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In Spain, Man Fakes His Own Kidnapping to Pay Off Poker Debts at Local Club

In Spain, Man Fakes His Own Kidnapping to Pay Off Poker Debts at Local Club

Ed Scimia - August 26th, 2015

Ever felt that sense of panic when you can’t make your payments? Why not fake your own kidnapping? That’s what one man in Spain thought would be a great idea, but like so many light bulb moments, this one quickly went dim. Everyone handles their gambling debts in different ways. Some people pay them off […]

Online Gambling Research Estimates 1 in 10 Adults Will Participate by 2019

Online Gambling Research Estimates 1 in 10 Adults Will Participate by 2019

Devin O'Connor - August 26th, 2015

Online gambling research is currently a rather active field as it’s the fastest growing form of gambling in the world according to the National Center for Responsible Gaming, and while its legalization is moving at a tortoise pace in the United States, a new study suggests its expansion on the global scale will mimic more […]

Paddy Power Betfair Deal Brings Together Two Internet Gambling Giants in Monster Merger

Paddy Power Betfair Deal Brings Together Two Internet Gambling Giants in Monster Merger

Ed Scimia - August 26th, 2015

Paddy Power Betfair may soon be an unstoppable force in the online gambling universe after a merger joining the two megapowers is finalized. Betfair and Paddy Power are already two of the better-known names in the world of gambling, especially in the United Kingdom. Now, the firms are set to join together to become one […]

Winamax Slashes Main Event Entry Fees in France After Record Low Day 1A

Winamax Slashes Main Event Entry Fees in France After Record Low Day 1A

Devin O'Connor - August 25th, 2015

Winamax made the drastic decision to cut fees for its showpiece weekly online Main Event after getting a poor turnout for its most recent Day 1A. Only 277 runners turned out for the €150 ($172) buyin tournament that carries a guaranteed prizepool of €100,000 ($114.7K). In reaction, the French-regulated site slashed 50 percent off the […]

Neymar Jr Out of PokerStars UK Ad Campaign Due to Regulatory Underage Issues

Neymar Jr Out of PokerStars UK Ad Campaign Due to Regulatory Underage Issues

Ed Scimia - August 25th, 2015

Neymar Jr has a bright career in the world of soccer ahead of him, in large part because he’s accomplished so much already at the tender age of 23, meaning he still has plenty of prime years to come. But his young age isn’t always a blessing, as PokerStars recently found out. The poker site […]

Jason Somerville Partners with DraftKings

Jason Somerville Partners with DraftKings

Ed Scimia - August 24th, 2015

Jason Somerville has been a major part of one of the biggest growth markets in the world of poker: the advent of live streaming poker, primarily on Twitch. Now, he’s set to be heavily involved in another quickly growing segment of a popular industry: daily fantasy sports. Somerville has entered into a partnership with DraftKings, […]

Neymar Jr Shows the Rich Get Richer with PokerStars Royal Flush

Neymar Jr Shows the Rich Get Richer with PokerStars Royal Flush

Ed Scimia - August 24th, 2015

Neymar Jr is one of the world’s biggest soccer stars, having made magic happen on the pitch more than a few times during his career. But the Brazilian superstar is now also one of the featured ambassadors for PokerStars, and it turns out that he can create some special moments at the poker table as […]

EPT Barcelona Breaks Records and Bumps Poker Tourney Popularity in Spain

EPT Barcelona Breaks Records and Bumps Poker Tourney Popularity in Spain

Daniel Smyth - August 24th, 2015

The popular EPT Barcelona, aka the European Poker Tour, got underway late last week and, in what’s becoming something of a tradition for the event, records have already fallen. However, while PokerStars and the EPT are used to pushing the boundaries and receiving coverage within the poker community, the latest poker festival has captured the […]

Messages of Condolence Flood in Following Chad Batista’s Death

Messages of Condolence Flood in Following Chad Batista’s Death

Daniel Smyth - August 23rd, 2015

The online poker industry received a sad piece of news this week after it emerged that Chad Batista, known online as ‘lilholdem954’, had passed away at just 35. Back in the golden era for online poker, Batista was one of the players who would entertain the rail with his aggressive brand of poker. Not afraid to […]

Poker Unlikely to be Impacted by Indian Supreme Court Ruling

Poker Unlikely to be Impacted by Indian Supreme Court Ruling

Ed Scimia - August 22nd, 2015

Online poker’s next big growth market could very well be India. Many companies in the industry are certainly looking at that possibility, with PokerStars even signing their first Indian team pro, Aditya Agarwal, earlier this year. But the blossoming poker industry in India didn’t get any help from the Indian Supreme Court this week, as […]

Sheldon Adelson Undercover Video Expose Shows Land Casinos May Have More Security Loopholes Than Online Ones

Sheldon Adelson Undercover Video Expose Shows Land Casinos May Have More Security Loopholes Than Online Ones

Daniel Smyth - August 21st, 2015

A Sheldon Adelson undercover video expose made by a US poker player in the Sands CEO’s Venetian and Palazzo casinos in Las Vegas shows that security and the potential for underage play may be more of an issue on land than online. The expose by Tim James is particularly accusatory in that Adelson’s primary argument […]