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GSOP Grand Series of Poker 9 Ongame Network

The Ongame Network’s Grand Series of Poker 9 online poker series is scheduled to begin on September 30th. It will consist of 18 main events along with 18 lower buy-in mini events and over $3 million in guaranteed prize pools.

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Thoughts On The Future of Poker Affiliates

Michael Corfman, executive director of the Gambling Portal Webmaster’s Association, talks about the future of the US online gambling market. He believes that there is room for affiliates in the industry, big and small, but that smaller affiliates must be more focused in their efforts.

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Daniel Negreanu’s Next Rant

In his most recent rant, Daniel Negreanu covers topics ranging from the PokerStars/Full Tilt Poker deal, his disappointing World Series of Poker, the lack of ‘star power’ in the October Nine, homosexuality and theology and the Olympic badminton scandal. He also pays tribute to the late Ryan Young.

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One Speed PokerStars

In a bid to simplify their lobby, PokerStars has announced plans to eliminate the choice between ‘regular’ and ‘fast’ tables from their offerings, making all the tables a single speed for each game type and stake. The change is expected to be included in a server update later this week.

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Daily Poker News 16 March 2012

FTP, GBT Deal Imminent
GBT lawyer Behnam Dayanim is suggesting that the sale of Full Tilt Poker to the Groupe Bernard Tapie may be completed with the next few weeks. The deal would see assets of the poker operator sold for $80 million and the obligation of refunding non-US players. The US Department of Justice would be responsible for repaying US based customers, which would cost an estimated $150 million.
 http://www.pokernews.com/news/2012/03/nightly-turbo-full-tilt-poker…
 http://www.pokernewsreport.com/full-tilt-poker-deal-due-tomorrow-7836
 http://www.parttimepoker.com/full-tilt-poker-deal-with-groupe-bernard…
 http://www.pokerstrategy.com/news/world-of-poker/Full-Tilt-Poker-Tak…
 http://pokernewsboy.com/online-poker-news/anonymous-sources-clai…
 http://www.pocketfives.com/articles/gbt-acquisition-full-tilt-poker-comp…
 http://www.pocketfives.com/f10017/good-full-tilt-news-660809/
News: Hand Histories For Bodog
The Bodog Poker Network has announced that it now offers access to player hand histories. Players can request hand histories which include hole cards for all players up to 24 hours after a game has been played.

http://calvinayre.com/2012/03/15/press-releases/bodog-poker-makes-hand…

ForumBuzz: Unibet ‘Fast’ Poker
This forum user reports receiving an email from Unibet in which they announced that they will soon be introducing a ‘fast’ poker product, similar to ‘Rush Poker’ and PokerStars ‘Zoom Poker’.

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/unibet-microgaming-int…

ForumBuzz: Nano-Stakes For Zoom Poker
PokerStars is set to launch their real-money ‘Zoom Poker’ product sometime this week; however, they have now announced that the initial launch will be limited to nano-stakes no limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha cash games.
 http://pokerfuse.com/news/poker-room-news/nano-stakes-only-initial…
 http://www.parttimepoker.com/lee-jones-pokerstars-zoom-offers-real…
ForumBuzz: What Will The PPA Do If Law Passes
This forum poster wonders if the Poker Players Alliance will continue to fight for poker player’s right if online poker becomes regulated in the United States.

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/152/fight-poker-rights-ppa/what-happens-…

BlogBuzz: Ten Most Interesting Poker Tweeters
Barry Carter of PokerStrategy.com looks at his choices for top ten most interesting poker Tweeters.

http://www.pokerstrategy.com/news/world-of-poker/Top-10-Most-Interesting-…

ForumBuzz: Safest Cake, Merge Skins
With the danger stemming from the United States Department of Justice, this American online poker player asks the community for their opinion as to which Cake Poker network and Merge Gaming Network skins they believe are the safest.
forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/safest-cake-merge-skins-pla…

News: Lock Poker Says RTG At Fault
Lock Poker has responded to accusations that its poker site security flaws. The operator claims that the issue was created by an update delivered by software provider RTG and assures players that it will not happen again.

http://www.recentpoker.com/news/lock-poker-privacy-5295.html

News: Iowa Online Gambling Opposition
An article supports the opinion expressed by Senator Jeff Danielson regarding the movement for Iowa to regulate online gambling. He believes that while the revenues could help budgetary shortfalls, doing so could compromise the protected status of certain funds, which could then be targets of money withdrawals later.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120315/OPINION/303150050…

News: Move Nevada Gamblers
Lottomatica has announced that it has applied for online gambling licenses with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The applications have been made under the names Spielo International USA, Spielo International Canada, Spielo International Australia and GTECH G2.

http://www.gamingintelligence.com/business/15357-spielo-and-gtech-g2-app…

News: Another US Poker Ban
Power Poker has announced that it will no longer offer services to players in the United States. The site operates on the Cake Poker Network which previously stopped accepting new US customers on June 1st, 2011.

http://www.recentpoker.com/news/power-poker-usa-5286.html

News: Online Gambling Crackdown In Malaysia
Malaysian authorities are seeking into increase their efforts to ban undesirable foreign websites. The efforts will see the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission work more closely with police, regularly informing them of any detected violations.

http://www.recentpoker.com/news/Malaysian-online-gambling-5297.html

BlogBuzz: Daniel Negreanu’s Weekly Rant
Daniel Negreanu has released his newest ‘weekly rant’. This edition features a 20 minutes segment, mostly regarding Jeffrey Pollack, but he also discusses Ray Bitar’s apology over Full Tilt Poker, and Erick Lindgren.
 http://bluffeurope.com/poker-news/en/Daniel-Negreanu-s-Weekly-Ran…
 http://www.pocketfives.com/articles/daniel-negreanu-ray-bitar-apology-…
BlogBuzz: Epic Poker League And The UFL
This writer discusses a recent article in which the Epic Poker League’s failure was compared to that of the UFL.

http://www.pocketfives.com/articles/epic-poker-league-ufl-doomed-fail-587230/

BlogBuzz: Gambling Taxes In The United States
United States Tax Attorney Brad Polizzano continues his series of articles discussing American tax laws for poker players. In this entry, he looks at the tax implications faced by those who stake other poker players and those who receive the stake.

http://pokerfuse.com/features/in-depth/taxation-gambling-tax-implications-…

ForumBuzz: Mixed Games
This forum poster asks the online poker community for their thoughts on mixed game poker formats.

http://www.cardschat.com/f13/mixed-game-hate-love-what-why-208202/

BlogBuzz: Backing And Auction Hunting
This blogger compares backing poker players with auction hunting.

http://blog.pokerjunkie.com/live-poker/poker-backers-should-be-more-like-…

BlogBuzz: Seven Videos Of The Week
A look at seven new videos from PokerStrategy.com from the past week.

http://www.pokerstrategy.com/news/content/Weekly-Video-Review:-7-New-…

News: Celebrating Black Friday
Americas Cardroom has announced that it will be holding a promotion during Black Friday. The celebration will see $500,000 in prizes given away over the weekend.

http://www.gambling911.com/poker/americas-cardroom-celebrate-black-fri…

Remembering WSOP Champions
A writer lists what he considers to be the 6 best champions of the World Series of Poker. The list covers a range of players, from those that have played the game for decades, to more recent winners such as Chris Moneymaker.

http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ycn-11090514

ForumBuzz: Righthaven Ordered Sell Copyrights
Righthaven, a law firm often referred to as a ‘copyright troll’, who failed to successfully sue people for sharing stories online, including within online poker community, has now been ordered by a Las Vegas judge to forfeit all of their intellectual property in order to settle their financial debts.

http://www.gpwa.org/forum/judge-orders-righthaven-sell-copyrights-204003…

News: Free Online Poker Coming
W Technologies has announced it intends on launching a free to play online poker site. The site is expected to take four to six months to complete and would be offered globally. The company has also applied for a gaming license from Nevada.

http://www.intergameonline.com/i-gaming/news/6996/w-technologies-ceo…

News: 3D Gaming Platform
Rounder Inc. has announced a deal to launch a 3D virtual world with the Invicta Corridor Social Gaming Platform. The site will allow various virtual activities including online poker.

http://www.sunherald.com/2012/03/13/3814972/rounder-inc-rndr-announces…

News: Poker Is Hot In Italy
Gamingclub.com is claiming that Italy is the largest online poker market in Europe. The country took over the position from the UK in 2010, with expectations that the country will continue to grow and dominate into 2014.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/2205735

News: Merge Ranks High
Merge is showing an 84% traffic increase in year of year statistics. The traffic shows that the network is now considered to be the larger poker operator or network that serves US customers.

http://www.recentpoker.com/news/merge-network-5262.html

News: Bodog Takes A Dip
PokerScout.com is claiming that the Bodog Poker Network saw a 13% drop in its traffic over the past week. The fall in traffic is believed to be from the operator’s exiting various parts of the United States.

http://www.gambling911.com/basketball-odds/bodog-network-sees-13-per…

News: Public Casinos For New York
The State of New York has decided to allow public casinos and intends on updating its constitution to permit seven casinos. The location of the casinos is expected to be decided in 2013.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/15/us-new-york-casinos-idUSB…

News: Casino Niagara Will Stay Alive
A writer believes that the rumours of Casino Niagara being shut down are false. He suggests that the region could even possibly support an additional casino, but current incentives prevent that from happening.

http://www.bulletnewsniagara.ca/2012/03/15/column-you-can-bet-on-this…

More News From The Week That Was
ForumBuzz: Online Poker In Ontario
The forum community discusses rumours that the Canadian provincial government of Ontario is working on bringing fully legalized online poker to the province.

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/29/news-views-gossip/online-poker-well-…

BlogBuzz: Q&A With Ville Wahlbeck
PokerListings.com presents a ten question interview with PokerStars pro Ville Wahlbeck.

http://www.pokerlistings.com/10-questions-with-ville-wahlbeck

ForumBuzz: Merge Tournament Problems
This forum user lists a number of issues with tournaments on the Merge Gaming Network that he would like to see fixed.

http://www.pocketfives.com/f10017/merge-tournaments-plz-fix-660764/

ForumBuzz: Entraction, Microgaming, Ongame
This forum writer asks the community for a list of the ‘biggest’ online poker sites on the Entraction, Microgaming and Ongame Networks.

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/biggest-sites-1180165/

BlogBuzz: More State Legislation News
A further look at legislation news and discussions from various American states.

http://www.loukrieger.com/2012/03/online-poker-legislation-looks-prom…

ForumBuzz: Online Poker In Portugal, Spain
This forum poster asks the community for information regarding the online poker environment in Portugal and Spain.

http://www.pocketfives.com/f10016/help-online-poker-spain-portugal-660753/

BlogBuzz: Origins Of Online Poker Names
A writer discusses the origins of some of the aliases that online poker players selected for their screen names.

http://www.pocketfives.com/articles/how-did-you-get-your-online-poker-name-…

BlogBuzz: Lock ‘Temporary’ Double Charge
A forum poster suggests that Lock Poker ‘authorizes’ deposits and than charges a player’s credit or debit card through a separate transaction, effectively double charging the account temporarily.

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/195/lock-poker/temporary-double-charg…

ForumBuzz: Fake Name Causes Problem
This player claims that his account on PokerStars was locked after someone reported him for being underage, which he claims is not true. However, he did not open the account under his real name, so he cannot complete the verification process. He wonders if there is any solution to this issue.

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/pokerstars-account-…

ForumBuzz: Holy Rollers
The forum community discusses a new documentary concerning a group of Christian blackjack card counters.

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/57/poker-legislation/holy-rollers-docu…

News: All In – The Poker Movie
A review of the poker documentary “All In – The Poker Movie” has been published. The movie is seen as focusing on the more theatrical aspects of poker and has commentary provided by many famous poker pros.

http://blogcritics.org/video/article/movie-review-all-in-the-poker/

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Poker Daily News 16-01-2012

Poker Daily News: Abramhoff Speaks On Online Gambling

Former lobbyist Jack Abramhoff believes that the recent changes in opinion towards online gambling in the United States will lead to increased lobbying efforts by various groups. Abramhoff was a former lobbyist for Tribal casinos and spent three years in jail for mail fraud and conspiracy.
http://www.gambling911.com/poker/former-tribal-casino-lobbyist-jack-abram…
News: Social Gambling To Real Gambling
International Game Technology has announced that it intends on purchasing social media gambling operator, Double Down Interactive for $500 million. The news has investors looking to pressure social gaming giant Zynga to reconsider its online gambling position and tap into an estimated $1 billion market.
 http://www.gambling911.com/poker/double-down-interactive-ddi-acquir…
 http://www.businessinsider.com/the-glaringly-obvious-sign-that-zygnas…
 http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/01/13/business…
Forum: http://www.gpwa.org/forum/igt-acquires-double-down-interactive-500…
News: Bronson Talks Internet Gambling
Richard Bronson of U.S. Digital Gaming answers questions about the state of online gambling in the US. He believes that the recent opinion published by the US DoJ is significant and opens the door for states to present their own solutions. He believes that land based casinos will also play a major role in the regulated market.
http://www.pokernews.com/news/2012/01/the-insiders-u-s-digital-gaming…
News: Push For California Regulation
A presentation by U.S. Digital Gaming is encouraging lawmakers in California to embrace online gambling. The presentation projects a $2.5 million profit in the first year for the state and it could reach as high as $78.8 million within five years.
http://www.khon2.com/news/local/story/California-company-lobbies-law…
News: MGM Confident About US Poker
MGM chairman James Murren claims that online gambling regulations will pass in the United States in 2012. Murren outlined his opinion on CNBC but was unsure whether the regulation would come at a federal or state level.
http://www.pokernews.com/news/2012/01/mgm-ceo-james-murren-inter…
BlogBuzz: Belgian Online Gaming Updates
The Belgium government has announced that they will allow more poker sites to apply for operating licenses. As well, they are planning to introduce a ‘blacklist’ which would prevent financial institutions from dealing with unlicensed sites.
http://direct.pokerupdate.com/news/law-and-legislation/belgium-continued…
BlogBuzz: Major Gaming Firms Eye Online
A discussion of the increasing frequency in which major American gambling operators are entering into strategic partnerships with online gaming firms.
http://www.tightpoker.com/news/major-gaming-companies-eager-to-grab-us…

News: Abramhoff Speaks On Online GamblingFormer lobbyist Jack Abramhoff believes that the recent changes in opinion towards online gambling in the United States will lead to increased lobbying efforts by various groups. Abramhoff was a former lobbyist for Tribal casinos and spent three years in jail for mail fraud and conspiracy.http://www.gambling911.com/poker/former-tribal-casino-lobbyist-jack-abram…News: Social Gambling To Real GamblingInternational Game Technology has announced that it intends on purchasing social media gambling operator, Double Down Interactive for $500 million. The news has investors looking to pressure social gaming giant Zynga to reconsider its online gambling position and tap into an estimated $1 billion market. http://www.gambling911.com/poker/double-down-interactive-ddi-acquir… http://www.businessinsider.com/the-glaringly-obvious-sign-that-zygnas… http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/01/13/business…Forum: http://www.gpwa.org/forum/igt-acquires-double-down-interactive-500…News: Bronson Talks Internet GamblingRichard Bronson of U.S. Digital Gaming answers questions about the state of online gambling in the US. He believes that the recent opinion published by the US DoJ is significant and opens the door for states to present their own solutions. He believes that land based casinos will also play a major role in the regulated market.http://www.pokernews.com/news/2012/01/the-insiders-u-s-digital-gaming…News: Push For California RegulationA presentation by U.S. Digital Gaming is encouraging lawmakers in California to embrace online gambling. The presentation projects a $2.5 million profit in the first year for the state and it could reach as high as $78.8 million within five years.http://www.khon2.com/news/local/story/California-company-lobbies-law…News: MGM Confident About US PokerMGM chairman James Murren claims that online gambling regulations will pass in the United States in 2012. Murren outlined his opinion on CNBC but was unsure whether the regulation would come at a federal or state level.http://www.pokernews.com/news/2012/01/mgm-ceo-james-murren-inter…BlogBuzz: Belgian Online Gaming UpdatesThe Belgium government has announced that they will allow more poker sites to apply for operating licenses. As well, they are planning to introduce a ‘blacklist’ which would prevent financial institutions from dealing with unlicensed sites.http://direct.pokerupdate.com/news/law-and-legislation/belgium-continued…BlogBuzz: Major Gaming Firms Eye OnlineA discussion of the increasing frequency in which major American gambling operators are entering into strategic partnerships with online gaming firms.http://www.tightpoker.com/news/major-gaming-companies-eager-to-grab-us…

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WPT Legends of Poker 2011 Final Table

Will “The Thrill” Failla has won the 2011 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker main event at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California. Failla has bested a field of 757 players and taken home the $758,085 in prize money at his first final table at the World Poker Tour.

After eliminating Jeff Vertes in the third place for $186,400 in prize money, Will Failla found himself heads-up against Ken Aldridge, who has won a World Series of Poker Bracelet. At first Ken Aldridge was able to gain the chip lead after a big pot, but soon after that Failla managed to gain an overwhelming 6-to-1 chip advantage. Few hands later it was all over and Will “The Thrill” Failla took home the victory stating: “Second happiest day of my life.” Ken Aldridge won $365,800 in prize money for the second place.

“I didn’t get nothing from anyone,” Failla said. “My boys were trying to give me information on breaks and I said, ‘Just leave me alone right now. I just want to play the game. I don’t care about any anything.”

Final table standings and payouts:
1st – Will Failla – $758,085
2nd – Ken Aldridge – $365,800
3rd – Jeff Vertes – $186,400
4th – Joshua Pollock – $128,500
5th – Adam Aronson – $102,800
6th – Owais Ahmed – $77,100

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WPT Legends of Poker 2011 Day 4

The final table has been set at the season X World Poker Tour Legends of Poker event at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California. The day started off with 33 players and Will “The Thrill” Failla is leading the field of final six players with 6,775,000 in chips.

The final seven players have been playing for more than one hour until the official final table was set. Ray Henson could not make it into the finla six, as he was eliminated by the chip leader of the previous day Jeff Vertes, who stands in the 3rd place by the chip count with four million in chips. Ray Henson took home $64,250 in prize money.

Joshua Pollock has shown great skill at day 4, finishing it in the second place with 5,315,000 in chips. Ken Aldridge, Adan Aronson and Owais Ahmed will accompany them to the final table when one of them will be crowned champion of season X World Poker Tour Legends of Poker. The eventuall champion will take home the first prize of $758,085 in prize money.

Final table seating and chip count:
Seat 1 – Joshua Pollock – 5,315,000c
Seat 2 – Owais Ahmed – 1,720,000c
Seat 3 – Will “The Thrill” Failla – 6,775,000c
Seat 4 – Adam Aronson – 2,185,000c
Seat 5 – Ken Aldridge – 3,640,000c
Seat 6 – Jeff Vertes – 4,005,000c

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Daily Online Poker News 30-08-2011

FTP Lawyer Answers Questions
Full Tilt’s lawyer, Jeff Ifrah, has joined the Two Plus Two forums and has been active in issuing statements and responding to questions about Full Tilt’s situation. The change in activity follows the end of an exclusive negotiation period with an investor.

Who Knew About Bluff Chip Dump
A forum user polls the community asking them who of the three people implicated in the ‘Girah Scandal’ they believe was aware of the Bluff Challenge chip dump at the time it occurred.

Black Friday’ Cost In U.S. Jobs
Steve Ruddock discusses the cost of ‘Black Friday’ in terms of the number of jobs it eliminated from the American economy.

Why US Online Poker Is Far Away
J. Todd of APCW explains the situation of online poker in the United States. He considers that the country will not see regulation for quite some time, noting that California, despite its efforts, still fails to embrace online poker, and that doing so on a state by state basis would take an extremely long time, though the potential profits may motivate congress into action.

What Makes Good Poker TV
An article covers ten improvements to the coverage of poker on TV. The list highlights certain technical improvements, such as the rabbit cam, as benefits for the televised game.

Kimberly As WPT Hostess
An article discusses one of the assets of the World Poker Tour’s televised events, its hosts. Kimberly Lansing has been the host for the past two seasons and has been hostess for the tour in earlier seasons as well, while Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten are recognized names in the industry.

Meet With Senators, Reps
A Poker Players Alliance forum representative suggests that during the congressional recess, poker players should attend the town hall meetings for their Senators and Members of Congress, and use it as an opportunity to be able to meet and speak with them about online gambling.

The Mob In Online Poker
A forum poster reports hearing a story on CNN in which it was suggested that some form of criminal organization has either been trying to get in to, or has already gotten in on the running of online poker site’s.

GUKPT Goliath
The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Goliath tournament had a £100 buy-in, three starting days, and a multi-entry format. The goal was to break record of 1,440 players set in 2009 at the Boyle Poker IPO for the largest live tournament in UK and European history. In the end, the GUKPT Goliath succeeded with a total of 1,765 entrants.

Betfair Poker Live Season Two
A writer looks at the upcoming second season of Betfair Poker Live. The season begins with the first stop in Dublin, Ireland from September 22nd to September 25th.

Why Legislation Has Failed
Steven Ruddock discusses his thoughts on why online poker regulation in the United States always failed so far.

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