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The PokerStars Beijing Millions Sets Record

The record for the largest entry field for a live poker tournament hosted outside the United States goes to The PokerStars Beijing Millions, a $480 buy-in event with a $1,195,000 prize pool and 2,732 participants, during its inaugural event. "We always believed that this would be a successful event but this result greatly exceeded our wildest expectations," sa...

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Amaya-Rational Group Acquisition Deal Progresses

During a general meeting this week, Amaya Gaming shareholders approved the acquisition deal of Oldford-Rational Group. Approval from shareholders is a crucial aspect of the acquisition process following regulatory approval. All the required shareholder and regulatory approvals for the transaction have been approved on both sides moving toward closing the...

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Winamax Pulls Fast-Fold Poker Product

User related issues has caused French online poker operator Winamax to pull its newly launched fast-fold poker product, GO FAST Poker. The Instafold button can be used at any time unless the player is not required to call a bet to remain in the hand for example, big blind or when all-in. The company is confident in the popularity of its fast-fold poker v...

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Latin Poker Series Launches Revamped Website

The Latin Poker Series has undergone a bit of a makeover and re-launches with two new LPS leaderboards tracking player performance, one of which awards an LPS Tour Pass to the first place player. "We're seeing a lot of repeat players who have really embraced the LPS format," Diego Chan of LPS said. "Our new totally revamped website showcases everything LPS ha...

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Intertops Poker Pumps Players for Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event in Barcelona

Now that the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has come to an end, it's time to begin looking ahead toward the next main Poker event: the Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event in Barcelona. With less than a month until it takes place, Intertops Poker is featuring daily satellites beginning this week so that you reserve your spot at the event well in advance. Last year's...

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World Poker Tour Integrates Video Game Entertainment

The World Poker Tour has partnered with Twistory Entertainment Studios in an entertainment deal which will see its video game Belle's War appear in upcoming WPT tournaments broadcasted on Fox Sports Network. The theme and setting of the Wild West of Belle's War fits in with the days of early poker days. The deal will also see actress Danielle Vasinova of Be...

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Nevada Gaming Commission Approves All American Poker Network

The application for a new network of shared player pools among Nevada online poker operators was submitted by WSOP.com operator Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE) and Treasure Island who both have partnerships with 888. Treasure Island is expected to launch soon and will become the first skin on 888's All American Poker Network (AAPN). As a result of...

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Satoshi Poker Closes

Brandon Casten, owner of Bitcoin online poker site Satoshi Poker, has closed down the site and redirected players to the soon to launch BurnTurn.eu. The site was initially owned by Bart Von Oort, who says that Casten has not maintained his obligation to pay players. A spokesman for Casten's Antigua-based Open Source Industries Limited, BurnTurn.eu operator,...

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A Chance to Cruise the Caribbean at Juicy Stakes Poker

As the leaves begin to change color and everyone begins to accept the fact that winter is fast approaching, Juicy Stakes Poker will be giving you something to look forward to; a Caribbean Poker cruise. This will consist of a chance to travel the world by sea and visit countries like Haiti, Mexico and Jamaica. Players will have a shot at this grand prize, begin...

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Rational Group Gives Back

The Rational Group has revealed the tally of its charitable donations over the course of the last seven months totaling $560,078. The majority of which went toward the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Both Full Tilt and PokerStars ran a campaign to match player donations dollar for dollar. The money raised was donated to the CARE Internationa...

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Amaya Gaming Content Live on Full Tilt

As of Monday Amaya Gaming Group Inc. launched many of its online casino games on Full Tilt Casino. Amaya and Full Tilt parent The Rational Group have entered into a content deal that will see Amaya's Casino Gaming System platform integrated into Full Tilt's platform. Rational Group will continue to add content from Amaya's Casino Gaming System and utilize A...

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PartyPoker Launches Special Edition Mobile Fastforward

PartyPoker's "Fastforward" poker variant is now available to mobile users in Austria, Ireland, Sweden and the UK. PartyPoker mobile users will now have more options with the new product featuring a convenient swipe interface. A PartyPoker spokesman revealed that the new "special edition" offers a better player experience, with more single-hand interactivity...

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ARJEL Approves PokerStars.fr Licensing

Not long after Amaya Gaming announced its acquisition of PokerStars in June 2014, it also announced that it was in discussions with the French regulator ARJEL regarding the possibility of obtaining licensing for Pokerstars.fr. The change in ownership must have impacted the ARJEL decision as it has approved continued licensing for both Pokerstars.fr and holding...

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WPT Alpha8 to be Hosted in London and Las Vegas

World Poker Tour organizers have revealed the first two stops on Season 2 of the WPT Alpha8 series as London and Las Vegas. The Palm Beach Casino in London will host the event once again before it moves to the Las Vegas Bellagio. This week, WPT president Adam Pliska said, 'We are truly honoured to announce WPT Alpha8 London and WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas as our...

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Drugs Found in Johannes Strassmann's Body

German news reported that poker pro Johannes Strassmann (29), who was found dead in a Slovenian river, may have been taking hallucinogenic drugs. This week Slovenian officials revealed that the autopsy indicated the presence of "prohibited drugs' in Strassmann's body. It was discovered that the evening of Strassmann's disappearance, he was spotted at a lo...

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Full Tilt Drops the Poker

The Rational Group, owners of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, have begun to rebrand Full Tilt by losing the 'poker' element to make players aware of the general online gambling services available. Full Tilt.eu as well as other domains in jurisdictions including Spain, Sweden and Italy are reflecting the change as well according to Full Tilt spokesmen. Ratio...

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PokerStars Appoints Head of Pro and Celebrity Marketing

PokerStars has appointed Kirsty Thompson as its head of Pro and Celebrity Marketing. Thompson joined the team in 2009 and has moved through various areas of the company, most recently serving as president of the U.K. & Ireland Poker Tour and live rooms. 'Kirsty is well known in the poker community as a passionate, smart and dedicated manager,' said Va...

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November Niners Revealed After Day 7 of WSOP Main Event

Although Luis Velador was among the chip leaders throughout the World Series of Poker main event, he has knocked out in 10th place just short of making the final table. The final table made room for nine poker players from six different countries who will play for the ultimate winner in November. All nine player will each receive $730,000 prior to Novembe...

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El Cortez Casino to Launch Online Poker in Nevada

El Cortez Casino is set to enter the Nevada online poker market with Ultimate Gaming management. 'By combining the online accessibility of Ultimate Poker with the classic Vegas feel of the El Cortez, we're giving new and existing players a different way to experience the game of poker,' El Cortez executive vice president Alexandra Epstein said. Ultima...

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New Poker Room to Launch from California Tribe?

Online poker blogger Marco Valerio reported that a former San Diego tribal land casino operator intends to launch a new online poker site called PrivateTable.com. The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel has received licensing from the Santa Ysabel Gaming Commission. The word is that the Kahnawake Gaming Commission is also involved in a inter-jurisdictional agreeme...

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