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Say Goodbye to Black Belt Poker

As of February 28, 2014, English poker pro Neil Channing's Black Belt Poker skin will no longer be in operation. Channing said: "Sadly sometimes in life you just have to accept that things are not working and you need to move on. That time has come with Black Belt Poker." He also reassures players that their balances were held at Black Belt Poker partner Bo...

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Matthew LaPossie Wins Niagara Poker Tournament

Canadian poker pro Matthew LaPossie had his biggest success to date this weekend when he won the World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic at Niagara Falls. LaPossie took the first place prize of CAD $363,197 knocking out a field of 382 and a final table which included Spiro Mikrogianakis, Jason James, Howie Leung, Josue Sauvageau and Dylan Wilkerson. Wilker...

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PokerStars Fails to Break Record

PokerStars attempted to break the record for most active online poker players at once this weekend. The company had previously set the Guinness Word Record of 225,000 but came up short by 13,000 players on Sunday. The turnout was great but it wasn't enough to smash the prior record Sunday's winner, Dal2009 of Germany did manage to win a whopping $25,...

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Online Gambling to Become a Misdemeanor in Pennsylvania?

Last week Pennsylvanian state Representative Mario Scavello revealed plans to introduce a state law that would classify online poker and casino players as criminals; however he may be rethinking such a law after the results of a Google Poll of 500 adults from the state. The poll was conducted by Online Poker Report and asked: "PA State Rep. Mario Scavello w...

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Coral Interactive to Add Playtech Mobile Poker

Coral Interactive is bulking up its poker products with the addition of Mobile Poker from Playtech's Mobile Hub. Utilizing HTML5 technology, the Mobile Hub is accessible with web browsers, native applications and HTML5 devices. Craig Perry, Head of Poker at Coral Interactive said: "Coral Poker continues to see very strong year-on-year growth and we're deli...

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PokerStars Guarantees $8M Prize Pool for Anniversary of Sunday Millions

PokerStars is celebrating the eighth anniversary of its Sunday Million online poker tournament series which a huge event offering an $8 million prize pool. The special tournament is scheduled for March 2 and the winner stands to take at least $650,000 for a buy-in of $215. Satellites are running every half hour for $1 until the end of the month which could lea...

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Hero Poker Open Beta Testing Begins

Open beta testing began for Hero Poker, licensed in the Philippines, this week on its Microgaming poker client. Real money games are only available in Philippines currency but additional currencies are anticipated as the brand fully launches online. Once Hero Poker is officially live, there are plans for a VIP program and major tournaments. The word is...

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International Poker Network to Close After 10 Years

Boss Media's International Poker Network will be closing after ten years as GTech group plans to focus on regulated markets. Several top online poker sites have been part of the IPN at some point but operators are now interested in moving into legalized and regulated markets which has led to brands either leaving the network or taking on dual platforms. GTe...

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iGaming North America Forms Poker Panels and Discussion

Last year iGaming North America launched a forum especially for the issues of online poker players. Since real-money online poker networks have launched in Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey, US players now have a resource. In 2014 the iGNA offers a larger panel to accommodate US legalized poker and a discussion on 'Regulated Online Poker - The Story So Far....

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Smart Move for Party Poker NJ Marketers

New Jersey online poker site got its marketing team to work quickly with the announcement of $82 million in Full Tilt Poker reimbursements being sent to 30,000 US players. IN a brand new marketing plan, the site will give players special bonuses for their deposits using FTP remissions. There are three tiers involved. A $75 deposit will resu...

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Juicy Stakes Weekend Poker Tournaments

Juicy Stakes Poker has a few offers you can't refuse with a Monday Freeroll, two extra $500 freerolls, a guaranteed bounty tournament and a guaranteed turbo R&A now included in the weekend schedule. The most exciting event will be the $15,000 Guaranteed tournament. 'Tournaments give players a chance at some nice prize money risking just a minimal buy-in,'...

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First MPN Poker Tour to Kickoff in London

In May 2014 London will become the home of the first leg in the new MPN Poker Tour (MPNPT). In its first year MPNPT will stop in various locations across Europe, including London, Malta and Tallinn. Each tour will feature a Euro 550 Main Event and several lower buy-in Side Events. "We have built some fantastic poker features over the past couple of years...

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Winamax Prepares to Deal One Billionth Hand

French online poker company Winamax prepares as its billionth hand approaches and join a small group of companies to achieve such a feat. Winamax has invested Euro 100,000 for marketing of this event. Special jackpots will be featured at every 100,000 hands beginning with hand 990 million through the billionth hand. As the one billionth hand draws near the...

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Bwin.Party Subsidiaries Guarantee Larger Prize Pools

PartyPoker and World Poker Tour, Bwin.Party subsidiaries, plan to put together live poker tournament prize pools attracting players. One million dollars has been invested in PartyPoker's Pokerfest to ensure attractive prize pool. The 67 events will offer $1 and $5 buy-in qualifying satellites for a main event featuring a guaranteed $300,000. Pokerfest is a...

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Could Online Poker be in Florida's Future?

The Florida Senate Gaming Committee recently discussed the draft of a gaming reform bill in the works to be presented during the 2014 legislative session. The draft is said to include various recommendations such as a $400,000 independent consultant's study of Florida's gambling market. Plans include bringing Florida gambling laws in line with other legalized...

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Bodog88 Poker to Withdraw from All Markets to Focus on China and Vietnam

Standalone network of Bodog88 Poker, Bodog's Asian facing brand, has decided to withdraw from all markets to focus on China and Vietnam. Asian players received notice last week and were given ten days to redeem loyalty, VIP points and tournament tickets for cash values. The casino and sportsbook operations will still be available to players.

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Poker770 Withdrawing from Spanish Market

Poker770, an iPoker Network skin, has announced that it will withdraw from the Spanish online poker market. Twitter followers were notified of the withdrawal via a tweet from the company last Friday. The shutdown will take place as of March 1, 2014. The company also ensures the safety of player account balances and marketing affiliates. The company intends...

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Live Poker Tournaments for Norway?

The Norwegian Minister for Culture, Thorhild Widvey is in support of live poker tournaments and hopes to host the Norwegian Poker Championship in 2015. Norway has a reputation for restrictions and fines in terms of organizing live poker tournament events so opening up the market will be a welcomed change; however it is possible that anti-gambling organizations...

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Daniel "jungleman" Cates Wins South African Poker High Roller Event

The fourth edition of the $100,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Alpha 8 High took place in Johannesburg, South Africa and feature some high profile players this week. Those big names in attendance included Phil Ivey, Daniel "jungleman" Cates, Dan Harrington, Antonio Esfandiari, Jason Mercier, Philipp Gruissem, Jeff Gross, Max Altergott and Erik Seidel. By the se...

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Full Tilt Poker to Offer Sports Betting

Full Tilt Poker recently added a range of online casino games from Leander Games and has plans to soon launch sports betting facilities as confirmed by the Rational Group this week. Rational is considering suppliers and plans for the sports betting addition is scheduled to be available some time during 2015.

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