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.


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’.


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.


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


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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