Poker News

  • 19 August 2016

    Bovada Poker Closing - Ignition Poker Receiving Players

    Bovada Poker has been a staple in US online poker since 2011 when it was split from the Bodog brand. This came right around the time that the Department of Justice announced that the Wire Act did not apply to online poker, which in turn meant that the UIGEA did not apply unless online poker was illegal on a state level. This dynasty has come to another change, however, as they are now closing their doors. Details on the Close On September 30, 2016, online poker will be done and over with.

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  • 20 July 2016

    MPN Launches Fish Party 3-Handed SNGs

    One of the biggest innovations in terms of new formats of poker becoming popular over the past few years has been three-handed jackpot sit-and-go tournaments. These events give you a chance to win a pretty significant top prize relative to your buy-in because they use a distribution of available top prizes instead of using the traditional SNG prize format.

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  • 02 July 2016

    EGR B2B Poker Software of the Year Award for MPN

    Earlier this month, the EGR B2B awards were held, and Microgaming walked away as a pretty big winner. Their poker network, known as MPN for Microgaming Poker Network, picked up the EGR B2B award for Poker Software of the Year. This is pretty impressive because this is the fourth year in a row that they've been able to do this. Their wins show that they have come a long way in the software arena since a decade ago when the network was known as Prima Poker and had sub-par software for the times.

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  • 08 February 2016

    Bill for Online Poker in New York Gets Traction

    The situation with online poker in the United States is extremely tricky. Because the game is unlikely to be regulated on a national level, it's up to the states to regulate things one at a time. New York has been one of the states putting up the most resistance to regulating the industry, but a recent development has put players in a position of being a bit more hopeful than before.

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  • 28 January 2016

    Russia Could Legalize Internet Poker Games

    In the past, Vladimir Putin has expressed an interest in legalizing online poker because of the sport and competition elements of the game. A lot of industry experts assumed it most likely wouldn't actually happen, but they could have been mistaken. Business Insider published an article recently that builds a pretty strong case for Russia being about to legalize the industry instead of carrying on with the current ban.

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  • 21 January 2016

    Irritated High Stakes Players Meet With PokerStars

    One of the tools that online poker players have is boycotting and organizing sit-out protests. Several years ago when France first introduced legislation for regulating the online gambling industry, they set the rules for taking a rake in online poker games so high that it made no sense for anyone to play them. A big boycott and sit-out protest on the French-facing PokerStars site was enough to get the attention of officials and to get those rules changed.

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  • 06 January 2016

    Philippines Hosts High Roller $200,000 Poker Tournament

    Something that started happening a few years ago in the poker world is the concept of the high roller tournament. The basic idea was to have tournament buy-ins of $25,000 and $50,000 to thin the field and offer an atmosphere that consists more of the elites battling it out than thousands of people hoping to get a good run of cards. The Super High Roller $200,000 event in the WPT National Philippines Festival of Poker, however, is even bigger than that.

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  • 14 December 2015

    Paul Sorvina Stars in New Poker Movie: Cold Deck

    There are a handful of gambling-related movies that have become classics. Rounders is the greatest poker movie of all time with Matt Damon and Ed Norton, and the older Cincinnati Kid is a classic as well. There have been multiple attempts to create new films based on gambling themes, especially poker, but none of them have really gained the steam behind them that those two films did.

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  • 10 December 2015

    Effectiveness of the PokerStars Boycott Questioned

    High stakes and high volume players on PokerStars staged a boycott for the first three days of December, and it's not clear how effective it was. While they definitely brought attention to their complaints, the main effect was in the high stakes games, and how much that effects the company or the general player pool is difficult to measure. Overall, it would seem that the timing was poor and that there are too many variables to determine its effectiveness.

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  • 07 December 2015

    PokerStars Targets Social Gaming Market With New App

    The Amaya Gaming Group has made a number of big changes since taking over PokerStars back near the middle of 2014, and they've expanded in several different directions in the process. They seem to be going after casual players after a new move has them unveiling their new Jackpot Poker game. This free play game will appear on iOS, Android and Facebook, and it's based primarily around their Spin & Go tournament format. It's aimed at casual players.

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