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New Bitcoin Poker Room to Launch in February 2015

A new Bitcoin poker room, BitnPlay.eu, is scheduled to go live in February 2015 providing players with the option to deposit and withdraw using Bitcoins. The operator is also welcoming investors through its BitnPartners initiative offering Bitcoin-valued shares. BitnPlay plans to offer tournament action only upon the initial launch as a means to remain co...

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Yang Zhang Wins $1,500 Buy-in APT Beijing Event

Yang Zhang of China emerged from the 2014 Asia Pacific Poker Tour Beijing $100,000 richer as the event winner. A total of 346 participants registered with the majority from Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The $1,500 buy-in event generated a prize pool of almost $500k with the final 38 guaranteed a cash prize. Several days in, Zhang made it to the final table...

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PokerStars Temporarily Takes Down Spanish Online Casino Offering

PokerStars has pulled its real money online casino from the Spanish market after its launch two months ago. Not to worry though, the company will be working on technical issues to meet local regulatory requirements before re-launching in the next couple of weeks. Those in the industry have pointed out that the casino hasn't been as successful among Spanis...

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WSOP 2015 Dates Released

The dates of the 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) have been announced and will run from May 27th to July 14th at Las Vegas' Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in 2015. The schedule includes gold bracelet events, satellites, cash games and deep stack tournaments running three times a day. The $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em WSOP Main Event championship is expecte...

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Online Poker for New York in 2015?

Although attempts to push through online poker regulatory and licensing laws in New York State have been unsuccessful, the state indicates that it will try again in the coming year. New York's population is more than double New Jersey's at nearly 20 million which is likely what prompted MGM to begin lobbying for legalization this year. The New York Times re...

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Progress for NYX Gaming in Poker and Casino Markets

NYX Gaming Group has launched Sit & Go tournaments on its Poker product available for mobile and tablet on the iOS platform. The news comes after the company's acquisition of the Ongame Poker Network boosting NYX's existing cash games and fast fold poker offering. Speaking of NYX Gaming, the company has completed a content deal with Ladbrokes resulting in t...

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Mohsin Charania Takes Down WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Mohsin Charania was victorious in the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic for his second win and a $1,477,890 cut of the $5,682,200 prize pool. The event was held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and saw 586 participants including some well-known players such as Fabian Quoss, Daniel Colman, Dan Smith, Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari...

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Andrew Lichtenberger Wins World Poker Tour Alpha8 Las Vegas

Poker pro Andrew Lichtenberger cleaned house at the Bellagio taking first prize of $2,104,245 in the World Poker Tour Alpha8 Las Vegas, a $100,000 buy-in tournament that generated a prize pool of $5,395,500 with 55 participants. Tom Marchese, Brian Rast, Noah Schwartz, Jason Les, Bryn Kenney, Brandon Steven and Phil Laak joined Lichtenberger at the final tabl...

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Malta is the Hot Spot for 2015 Poker Tournaments

Malta is the hot spot for live poker tournaments and PokerStars is the latest to select this location for its European Poker Tour. EPT has scheduled 67 events for the EPT Malta Festival, which will take place on March 18, 2015 through March 28, 2015 at the Portomaso Casino. The Malta Festival will feature a Euro 5,300 Main Event and two high-roller events...

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Poker Night Movie Gets Bad Reviews

The "Poker Night" movie received unfavorable reviews this week in LA after launching on VOD and iTunes this month. The film is based on a young police officer who attends a poker game involving several older police colleagues who tell him violent stories of their time on the streets. The Variety said: "The cops' tiresome bullish bravado, the multiple voi...

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Stephen Graner Wins Euro 5,300 buy-in EPT Prague Main Event

Stephen Graner, 26-year-old Las Vegas poker pro, won the Euro 5,300 buy-in European Poker Tour Prague main event taking the largest win of his career, Euro 969 000. The Euro 5,368,950 prize pool set an EPT record. Among those at the final table were Anton Bertilsson and Simon Mattson of Sweden; Jonathan Wong from Britain; Germany's Bjorn Wiesler and Fabio...

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Chinese Company Secures Exclusive Rights to WPT Trademark

bwin.party Digital Entertainment subsidiary WPT Enterprises has struck a deal Chinese gaming company, Ourgame International Holdings Limited, for exclusive rights to the WPT brand across several Asian countries. As a result of the agreement, Ourgame has exclusive rights to use the World Poker Tour (WPT) logo and trademark in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong,...

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New Study Allows Americans to Speak on Government Regulation of Poker

American online poker players have the opportunity to express their thoughts on government regulation via a University of Las Vegas study run by Professor Bradley S. Wimmer of the university's Lee Business School. In order to participate, US citizens must be at least 21 years old and complete an online questionnaire. The university invites you to take par...

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Equity Poker Reports DDoS Attacks

The most recent poker network to report Distributed Denial of Service attacks is Equity Poker joining Merge and Winning Poker networks. The network released a statement saying, "DDOS attacks at EPN have occurred intermittently across the past six weeks, causing some short-term disru...

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Intertops and Juicy Stakes Poker Clean up Nice and Players Benefit

Juicy Stakes and Intertops Poker have set out to give their players a brand new, more convenient experience. In honor of this exciting occasion, players will reap all the benefits. Each site will be granting gamers with a 50% reload bonus up to $100. Site improvements include a revamped lobby, which players can't miss upon login. This means larger fonts and wi...

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Zynga Poker Launches Windows 8 Version

After a regional soft launch, Zynga Poker for Windows 8 is now available to a wider market excluding certain countries including the United States. Supported languages include Turkish, Italian, French, German, Simplified & Traditional Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean and Indonesian for game including Texas Hold'Em, Shootouts, SNG's and Lucky Bonus Slots.

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Server Attack on Americas Cardroom Results in Postponing of Tournament

After several reports of Distributed Denial of Service attacks directed toward online gambling sites, Americas Cardroom postponed the Winning Millions Tournament due to an attack on its servers. The tournament was taken down Sunday after several interruptions and will now take place on February 22, 2015. Americas Cardroom made a statement regarding the canc...

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Poker Cheating Scandal Revolves Around Danish Poker Pro?

There was quite a bit of speculation over the weekend regarding who may have been involved in allegations of professional high stakes cheating with the use of Trojans placed on computers of opponents. Danish media reported that the Danish police economic crime unit was involved in the investigation of charges brought about by several online nosebleed players w...

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British Player Wins Eureka Prague High Roller Event

UK poker pro Louis Salter won the Euro 2,200 buy-in Eureka Prague High Roller event last weekend taking home Euro 124,560 following a seven-way chop. A total of 620 hopefuls dwindled down to a final table comprised of Dan Shak, Eugene Katchalov, Ben Pollak, Ari Engel, Owain Carey, Dmitry Ivanov and Michael Aron. Salter faced Dan Shak in the heads up....

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Three Winners Emerge from Prague Festival of Poker

Three champions of Eureka, EPT Super High Roller and Open Face Chinese events have emerged from the festival of poker in Prague. Hungarian pro Balazs Botond took down the Eureka Prague event which resulted in a three way chop between Ayman Zbib and Athanasios Xenodochidis. Those that made it to the final table included Botond from Hungary; Lebanese player A...

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