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New Life for California iPoker Bill, But Deal Comes with a Major Price Tag

New Life for California iPoker Bill, But Deal Comes with a Major Price Tag

Philip Conneller - February 12th, 2016

California iPoker’s “most-likely-to-pass” bill appears to have gained an amendment that would give the state’s racetracks a whopping cut of the revenues of a future regulated market. AB 431, sponsored by Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-21st District) contained very little in the way of language when it was introduced last year. Instead, it was designed to […]

World Poker Tour Announces Television Schedule for Upcoming Season

World Poker Tour Announces Television Schedule for Upcoming Season

Jon Sofen - February 11th, 2016

The 14th season of the World Poker Tour (WPT) got underway months ago, but has yet to air on television. Come February 28th, that will all change. That’s when FOX Sports Networks (FSN) will begin to air Season XIV of the WPT, followed by a new episode each Sunday evening at 8 p.m. WPT will […]

Partypoker Eliminates Withdrawal Fees for Any Method, Starts Immediately

Partypoker Eliminates Withdrawal Fees for Any Method, Starts Immediately

Philip Conneller - February 11th, 2016

Partypoker will no longer charge any vig on withdrawal fees. The online site announced the change this week, saying it takes effect immediately. The company said that from now on, no fees will be charged on transactions via e-wallets such as Neteller, Skrill, and Webmoney. Party scrapped the fees charged on MasterCard, Visa and bank […]

Hialeah Park Poker Room in Miami Rocked by Cheating Scandal

Hialeah Park Poker Room in Miami Rocked by Cheating Scandal

Jon Sofen - February 10th, 2016

Miami’s Hialeah Park poker room must now attempt to patch things up, and rebuild the trust of the community, following an major cheating scandal. The Florida poker room was accused of cheating players out of money during an August poker tournament. The tournament guaranteed a $200,000 prize pool but, according to a top local player, […]

Amaya Executives Join CEO David Baazov in Private Company Bid, Barclays to Review

Amaya Executives Join CEO David Baazov in Private Company Bid, Barclays to Review

Philip Conneller - February 10th, 2016

Several top Amaya executives could be jumping on a bid by their CEO and chairman David Baazov to acquire the company and take it private. Amaya said this week that its executive vice-president for corporate development, Marlon Goldstein, along with three other unnamed senior management figures, may be joining the potential takeover. In a move […]

Dutch Poker Players Vindicated in PokerStars EU Tax Dispute

Dutch Poker Players Vindicated in PokerStars EU Tax Dispute

Philip Conneller - February 10th, 2016

For Dutch poker players, some good news came this week, as authorities in the Netherlands finally conceded defeat in a longstanding legal battle over the taxation of players’ winnings. The Dutch tax authorities withdrew an appeal to the Supreme Court of the Netherlands this week that sought to overturn a previous judgment that had declared […]

PokerStars Heads-Up Tables Zooming Out, as Fish-Friendly, Anti-Predatory Positioning Continues

PokerStars Heads-Up Tables Zooming Out, as Fish-Friendly, Anti-Predatory Positioning Continues

Daniel Smyth - February 9th, 2016

PokerStars heads-up tables will soon be one for the history books, at least in their classic format. The site’s static heads-up games are set to become a thing of the past later this week, after the operator informed players that Zoom games only would now become the norm. In the newer Zoom (which was first […]

PKR Comes Out of the Cold and Joins Microgaming Poker Network

PKR Comes Out of the Cold and Joins Microgaming Poker Network

Daniel Smyth - February 8th, 2016

PKR is now joining the Microgaming Poker Network after surviving for 10 years as an independent entity. Following a series of changes over the past few months, PKR is now joining the tenth-largest poker network in the world, with a current 24-hour peak influx of players of just over 1,500. This figure, combined with PKR’s […]

Borgata Winter Open Main Event Sees Chris Leong Battle Back for Win

Borgata Winter Open Main Event Sees Chris Leong Battle Back for Win

Philip Conneller - February 8th, 2016

Chris Leong won the Borgata Winter Open and $186,000 in Atlantic City on Sunday night, after managing to wrestle control of a final table that he had entered hours before as the short-stack. A chip disadvantage wasn’t the New Yorker’s only problem as he nursed his modest stack at the start of play, though. This […]

Success of FTOPS XXIX Key to Full Tilt Poker Recovery

Success of FTOPS XXIX Key to Full Tilt Poker Recovery

Jon Sofen - February 8th, 2016

The popular FTOPS (Full Tilt Online Poker Series) returns to Full Tilt for its 2016 edition beginning on February 21st, and this one may be the poker site’s most important series ever. Full Tilt Poker, prior to Black Friday in 2011, was right up there with PokerStars in terms of popularity. But that all changed […]

Tattoos and Poker Latest Lure as American Casinos Court Younger Customers

Tattoos and Poker Latest Lure as American Casinos Court Younger Customers

Daniel Smyth - February 7th, 2016

Tattoos, as we all know by now, are so hip as to be commonplace these days, and nowhere more so than among the Millenial generation. Once reserved for sailors and prisoners, in the last 20 years, tattoos have become downright mainstream. Now American casinos are using the popularity of the tattoo parlor, in conjunction with […]