Poker News

  • 07 September 2015

    Amaya Gaming Group Running Simultaneous Poker Events

    Last year when the Amaya Gaming Group purchased the Rational Group, it brought the center of the online poker world to Canada. With both PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, the two top brands in the online poker space, under the same umbrella, Amaya has shown that they are very serious about getting this sector of the industry back to the popularity it once had. That's why the month of September is going to see two major events running, one from each of these brands.

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  • 04 September 2015

    US Plans Revealed for World Poker Fund

    The laws for online poker in the United States are all over the place. Federal laws like the Wire Act and UIGEA overlap with state laws, which are different in virtually all of the 50 states, to create chaos and confusion among players. The World Poker Fund releases this, and they have announced that they're going to push for subscription-based poker sites in the United States. These plans are expected to be rolling out by the end of the year.

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  • 26 August 2015

    Huge Draw for the Goliath Poker Tournament

    Poker tournaments still get a lot of attention in the United Kingdom, and the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour is a good example of that. The Goliath tournament is one of their annual events that gets a lot of press because of the overwhelming number of entries that it typically earns, and this year was no different. The guaranteed prize pool was £250,000, and that's pretty sizable in itself considering that the entry fee is just £120.

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  • 25 August 2015

    California Legislation Hopes Faltering Yet Again

    In the United States, each individual state has to regulate online gambling independently of the others because of how the federal government seems like they're never going to get anything through Congress until the states have their own thing going. Because California is such a huge state with such an overwhelming population, when they regulate any part of the industry, it's going to be a big influence on the rest of the nation.

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  • 05 August 2015

    Daughter of Poker Pro Wins WSOP National Championship

    They say that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and in the case of Joel and Loni Harwood, that seems to be the case. Joel is known for being a professional in the game, and his daughter Loni (also a professional poker player) picked up a win at the 2015 World Series of Poker National Championship. This is an impressive win in an important tournament, and it probably goes a long way towards establishing her own legacy and getting out from the shadow of her father.

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  • 05 August 2015

    Guts.com Inks Online Poker Deal With Microgaming

    Guts.com is known for having a solid online casino that uses a wide variety of software companies to give players an excellent selection of games. This selection is going to be boosted once again after a recent announcement that they are going to be adding online poker to their lineup. Thanks to a new deal with Microgaming, Guts.com will offer online poker services through MPN, the Microgaming Poker Network.

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  • 27 July 2015

    More Proof California Needs Online Poker

    California has been one of the major states to try to get online poker legislation passed consistently for the past few years to no avail. Every year politicians come out and say that this is the year for online poker, and every year comes and goes with no advancement of actual regulation or legislation. A new survey shows just how much people in California want online poker, and it shows that politicians should do something about it.

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  • 27 July 2015

    World Poker Fund Hires Expert Lawyer

    The World Poker Fund has recently hired an important lawyer in their development of online poker in the United States. For their Online and Interactive Gaming Committee, Martin D. Owens Jr. has been hired as a chief advisor. This is a key position that will help to drive the direction of their efforts and maximize the efficiency levels for how they use their resources. The History of Owens Martin D. Owens Jr.

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  • 22 July 2015

    PokerStars Could Enter US Daily Fantasy Sports Market

    Something you have to remember about PokerStars is that they still have the information of thousands of players who were super into online poker before they were forced out of the market by Black Friday on April 15, 2011. They've been sending out surveys to a lot of these players recently testing the waters to see how much interest there would be in tapping that player pool over daily fantasy betting.

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  • 22 July 2015

    $4.9 Million Raised for Global Poker Index

    Global Poker Index (GPI) is a company based around the idea of bringing together poker under one central league and ranking system. Mediarex Sports & Entertainment is the parent company of GPI, and they've recently raised $4.9 million in funding to back GPI in its quest to bring all poker players together under one set of rankings. Because poker is full of different groups of people scattered all over the world, there is a lot to be said for the idea of bringing them all under one umbrella.

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  • 16 July 2015

    American Gaming Association Changes Online Poker Focus

    The American Gaming Association is a very important entity for gambling companies in the United States. They act as a sort of trade and lobbying body, and they are the largest such organization in the US. They showed support for quite a while for federally-regulated online poker, but they have changed that support to now being against it. A lot of people have asked for an explanation on that switch, and now they get one.

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  • 06 July 2015

    Takahiro Nakai From Osaka Wins WSOP Event 57

    A total field of 2,497 players were in attendance for the World Series of Poker event 57, a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em event. This event used nine-handed tables, the norm for this style of poker, and it was won by Takahiro Nakai. Nakai is 36 years old, and he resides in Osaka, Japan. This was his first trip to Las Vegas, his first time playing in the World Series, his first final table and his first World Series bracelet. Talk about making a lot of firsts at the same time.

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  • 01 July 2015

    More Bracelets Awarded at the WSOP

    There are tons of events at the World Series of Poker, but it was event 45 that saw Upeshka De Silva, 27 from Texas, take down a $424,577 win. The game was no-limit hold'em, and the buy-in was for $1,500. These smaller buy-in events have been turning out some major prize funds, and a total of $2.23 million was up for grabs in this event. This was Silva's first bracelet, and he fought off some major names at the final table to win it.

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  • 23 June 2015

    Ourgame International to Purchase World Poker Tour

    In the history of poker over the past two decades, few brands have been as important as the World Poker Tour. First founded in 2002, this brand was responsible for major tournaments that were televised with hole cameras for the first time outside of the WSOP, and it turned into a major show with a lot of followers that helped to drastically increase the popularity of no-limit hold'em poker.

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  • 23 June 2015

    Ivan Luca First Argentinian to Win WSOP Bracelet

    In the World Series of Poker, there are tons of different events at different buy-in levels for different types of poker. If you come out on top in one of these events, then you're given a gold bracelet as a winning token along with your prize money. Ivan Luca picked up the very first bracelet won by an Argentinian at Event 30 in this year's WSOP.

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  • 17 June 2015

    John Gale Beats Odds and Wins WSOP NLH Turbo Event

    In another chapter of an amazing story, British John Gale picked up his second World Series of Poker bracelet. This second bracelet came in the $1,500 turbo no-limit hold'em event, a two-day event with a very fast blind structure. He picked up a solid $298,290 for winning this tournament, but the rest of his story is pretty impressive as well.

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  • 09 June 2015

    Viejas Attack PokerStars With Inaccurate Radio Ads

    Online poker in California has been under debate for several years, and one of the main reasons it hasn't made it anywhere in that time is that certain native tribes have been seriously combating the initiative to keep out major competitors like top-tier online poker sites. They've also been working to keep out racetracks, who have been lobbying to get a piece of any expansion of online gambling since their revenues have been consistently falling over time.

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  • 09 June 2015

    Potential Cheating Scandal Happens in WSOP Event

    Valeriu Coca was a player in the $10,000 heads-up no-limit hold'em championship event, and after his fifth-place finish for over $54,000, there is some suspicion that he could have been cheating. While there is no concrete evidence against him at this time, there's a ton of circumstantial evidence that's piling up quickly. His win came after he beat five players, and all five of them have noted they were suspicious of his behavior and play during the games.

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  • 08 June 2015

    Tuan Le Repeats in WSOP 2-7 Triple Draw Championship

    At the World Series of Poker each year, there is a series of championship events for all of the common games. These events have a standard $10,000 buy-in, and for all of the non-hold'em games, they are typically seen as the world championship each year for that particular event. Tuan Le won the 2-7 triple draw championship event last year in 2014, and he repeated that feat in this year's World Series of Poker by winning the same event again.

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  • 24 October 2010

    South Carolina Wrestles with Skill vs Chance

    The South Carolina courts are now tasked with another gambling decision: is poker a game of skill or a game of chance? A statute written in 1802 declares all forms of gaming illegal (that is, all games with cards and/or dice), regardless if real money is at stake. Rather than stick with the literal interpretation of the law, the current administration weighs a game’s reliance on chance versus skill. In essence, the more skill-based, the more legal it becomes.

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  • 07 October 2010

    Full Tilt Poker Announces FTOPS XVIII Series Details

    Four years ago, FTOPS (Full Tilt Online Poker Series) came onto the scene with eight events and a prize pool of around a $1,000,000. Not a bad start, you might say. With the upcoming November FTOPS XVIII tournament boasting an astounding 34 events and over $19,000,000 in guaranteed prize money, you also might say that’s not a bad finish. At least you would, if Full Tilt had any intention of stopping (which, of course, they don’t).

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  • 02 October 2010

    PokerStars folds its cards in Washington State

    As we noted in last week’s Gambling News blog, the state of Washington upheld that it’s ban on Internet gambling is not unconstitutional. Now, just a few days later, PokerStars announced that it will no longer be accepting real money players from the Evergreen State, stating on its PokerStars News blog, “We regret this decision, which will no doubt disappoint our customers in Washington State.

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  • 27 September 2010

    PokerStars 50 Billionth Hand Won

    Many people may scoff at the $.02-$.04 NL Holdem tables but not anymore.  Think the micro tables don’t pay off? Ask tbvle who plays at PokerStars and you may get a different opinion. Wednesday, Sept. 22nd, tbvle was involved in a hand at the PokerStars NL micro table. Well, not just any hand, the 50 billionth hand.  The month long promotion at PokerStars was about to pay off and tbvle not only held off 5 opponents for the $26 pot but also walked away with $56,140.

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  • 19 August 2010

    Free Poker Calculator App for Iphone

    LAS VEGAS, August 19, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Web’s Most Authoritative Poker Odds Calculator Comes to the iPhone and iPod Touch – Free for Limited Time OnlyCard Player Media today announces the launch of its Card Player Poker Odds Calculator iPhone App.The app has been developed from the most authoritative online poker odds calculator, the CardPlayer.

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  • 09 August 2010

    Free U.S. Friendly WSOP Online Poker Site

    A free online poker site really isn’t that big news. A Harrah’s free online poker site with a WSOP theme is however. Though the site has been up and running now for over a month, Harrah’s has now up the advertising campaign and is now heavily promoting its latest online project. It has been in the USA Today but now you will see commercials for the new site on ESPN’s coverage of the 2010 World Series of Poker broadcasts.

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  • 22 July 2010

    Eight Chosen for Brunson 10 Pro Poker Team

    The Brunson 10 is rounding into shape as David “Doc” Sands finishes a top the Become a Legend Leaderboard to take the 8th spot on the team. After earning the most points at the 2010 World Series of Poker tournament, David joins seven other online poker phenom’s that already qualified for the team. Sand’s cashed in five separate WSOP events this year winning a total of $88,000 and toping the leaderboard with 2,269.10 points.

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  • 09 July 2010

    $8.94 million to 2010 WSOP Winner

    The winner of the 2010 World Series of Poker is…well, that has yet to be determined but we do know how much that winner will get, $8.94 million. Still not a bad paycheck for a few days of work. This years no limit Texas Hold’em main event will field a total of 7,319 players. That is the second best field to only the 8,773 taking a seat in 2006, the year Jamie Gold won $12 million. This year however is up over 12% from last years which equates to 825 more players in 2010.

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  • 05 July 2010

    Brunson 10 Hopeful Dan Kelly Wins Bracelet

    Some say playing 6 handed NL hold’em takes the most guts and skill than any other poker game. Maybe that’s why many poker pros couldn’t wait to start the $25,000 6 Handed WSOP tournament. 191 players including some of the biggest names in the game sat down to win this prestigious bracelet and a piece of the $4,536,250 price pool. It was a rookie however; barely old enough to even get into the casino that took home the $1,338,609 first place price.

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  • 30 June 2010

    DoylesRoom Pros Cashing Big at 2010 WSOP

    Earlier this month we brought you the story of the 4 people who are looking for that conveted spot #7 on the Brunson’s 10 Pro Poker Team. David Sands, Faraz Jaka, Daniel Kelly and Michael Martin get points for each cash during the 2010 Word Series of Poker tournament. The highest point total at the end of the tournament gets spot number 7 on the DoylesRoom Pro Poker Team headed by the legendary Doyle Brunson.

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  • 13 June 2010

    MyPokerCard Mastercard Geared to Online Poker

    Mastercard has stepped into the online poker market with their new gold MyPokerCard. It is a prepaid Mastercard that does not require you to register your bank account or credit card details online. Some of the other great features are it guarantees your purchase 100% and since you do not register any account information it gives you complete privacy on your online purchases. One down fall however it is is not available to players in the United States….yet.

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