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Tournament: News and notes from 2009 World Series of Poker

June 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Australian poker pro Jeffrey Lisandro earned his third bracelet of this year’s World Series and the fourth of his career when he won the US$2,500 buy-in Seven Card Razz event. In addition to his wins at the US$1,500 buy-in Seven Card Stud Hi event and the US$10,000 buy-in World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Eight or Better tournament, Lisandro has garnered titles in each of the major varieties of Seven Card Stud. Along with cementing his status as the best Seven Card Stud player in the world, his wins have also given his a huge lead in the Player of the Year race.

Former pro hockey player Greg Mueller earned his second bracelet of the Series in the US$1,500 buy-in Limit Hold’em Shootout. The win also put an extra US$195,000 in his pocket alongside his earlier win in the US$10,000 buy-in World Championship Limit Hold’em event. Mueller’s winnings in this year’s events total over US$700,000 and his career WSOP earnings are now over US$1.5 million.

In the US$50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event, Russian poker pro Vitaly Lunkin leads the final nineteen players going in Day Three. Lunkin also currently leads the field in winnings at this year’s series with over US$2.3 million, thanks in large part due to his win at the US$40,000 buy-in 40th Anniversary event that earned him nearly US$1.9 million. He also finished second on the US$10,000 buy-in World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha event and cashed in the US$10,000 buy-in World Championship Mixed Event.

All of these events are serving to build the anticipation for the US$10,000 buy-in World Championship No-Limit Hold’em Main Event that starts July 3. The biggest event in poker winds down to the final table July 15. The final table will restart November 7 and the Main Event champion will be crowned November 10.

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888 Millionaire Genie Jackpot Worth Over 2.5 Million Dollars – 06-30-09

June 29, 2009 Leave a comment

June 30 – 888.com’s Millionaire Genie Mega Jackpot is currently worth over $2.5M.

The game theme is built around Genies and treasure including lamps, red diamonds, and sacks of cash.

A $3 bet gives you he chance of winning the jackpot currently valued at over $2.5 million.

The real action happens with the Wild Millionaire Genie Symbol which triggers the Scratch Card bonus game. If the Wild symbol hits in the right side reel, the payout table disappears and the player enters the Millionaire Genie Bonus Game. The player can then scratch 3 spots and will win the jackpot by getting 3 matching jackpot symbols. Other wins during the onus round are paid if yo get the same amount in all three scratches.

The previous record for this jackpot slot was a $1,300,000 payout bas far back as April of 2006. This is an unusually large jackpot, as most of the big wins for this game in the past have been around the one million dollar mark.

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Wimbledon Theme Casino Game Just in Time

June 29, 2009 Leave a comment

With the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament just around the corner, the online casino world is a buzz with the potential for Wimbledon themed games and promotions. CasinoAction.com, a well established online casino in the UK is pleased to announce Centre Court, their newest online slot game, appropriately themed after the classic tennis tournament.  

Centre Court is a 5 reel, 9 pay line video slot sure to bring all the excitement of prestige of the Wimbledon finals to gamblers from around the world. The golden trophy is the wild symbol with several free spins and bonuses throughout the game.  

With bets starting as low as $0.01, this game is sure to attract several new players to the online slot world. But for those more experienced players, wages can be placed at $0.25 and can go as high as $22.50. If you’re brave enough to wager the maximum, players will have the chance of winning $11,250 on the base game and a massive $112,500 on the Free Spins. 

CasinoAction.com is home to more than 300 online slots game, in addition to their slots they offer a full service casino with blackjack, roulette, poker, and many more of the most popular casino games. With new and exciting themed slots coming out every month, players are sure to find something to suit their needs and enjoy the Las Vegas casino experience from the comfort of your home!  

Currently, CasinoAction.com is offering a $1250 free bonus for one hour to test out any one of their excellent games, with any left over money or money won transferred over to the real casino. Basically, players can test out the casino and not have to use their money in doing so and get to keep the bonus and any money won for when there ready to experience the real thing! 

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Blotter: PartyPoker buys some pros

June 28, 2009 Leave a comment

For years now top poker sites like UltimateBet and PokerStars have been pumping their numbers through the commercial use of recognizable pros. Many aspiring amateurs get starry-eyed at the mere thought of rubbing elbows with poker legends like Daniel Negreanu, and many poker sites have been cashing in on this idol-worship by sponsoring their own teams of pros. While other online poker rooms pimped out their teams in trade for added traffic, PartyPoker has been largely neutral toward the movement…until now.

In a bid to maintain their historically high numbers, PartyPoker has joined the scramble for sponsored pros by adding a few recognizable faces to their own roster. From the beginning, PartyPoker’s only payrolled player was WPT commentator Mike Sexton. Whether Sexton was tired of going it solo or not, he’s going to get some company. In light of the site’s international crowd, their new team of pros is appropriately diverse.

The first PartyPoker pro addition is Englishman Ian Frazer, already a familiar face at PartyPoker’s major live tournaments. Days after announcing their first selection, PartyPoker announced two more: Frenchman Remy Biechel and Brazilian Felipe Ramos. While these three players may be relatively unknown to American poker fans, they’ve all placed in the money at the WSOP (with Ramos appearing at the Event 35 final table just last week) and have posted major international tournament wins.

PartyPoker’s recent additions officially give them their own team of pros, and insiders speculate more are coming soon. This should be exciting news for existing members of the popular poker room.

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Wimbledon Odds Shorten On Murray And Federer – Online Casino News

June 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Following news that defending men’s singles Wimbledon tennis champion Raphael Nadal has pulled out of this summer’s tournament due to a knee injury, the odds on either Andy Murray and Roger Federer winning the prestigeous event have shortened.

Murray triumphed at Queen’s Club two weeks ago, which is traditionally seen as a warm-up for Wimbledon, and began the week at odds as short as 5/2 with BlueSq.com, 888Sport.com, Ladbrokes.com, WilliamHill.com and ToteSport.com to win the men’s singles final on July 5.

These odds have now shorted to 7/4 with Bet365.com, BlueSq.com, 888Sport.com, Ladbrokes.com and WilliamHll.com while BoyleSports.com and VictorChandler.com are offering 15/8. Slightly longer, fans of the Scottish player can get 2/1 from ToteSport.com, SkyBet.com, Coral.co.uk, ExtraBet.com and StanJames.com or 9/4 from BetFred.com or PaddyPower.com.

The last British player to win the men’s singles competition at Wimbledon was Fred Perry in 1936 and SportingBet.com is offering Murray at odds of 11/4 to do the same followed by WBX.com and BetDaq.com with 16/5.

Swiss player Roger Federer was last year’s beaten finalist and began this week at odds of 10/11 with Bet365.com, BoyleSports.com and VictorChandler.com while ToteSport.com, BlueSq.com, PaddyPower.com, SportingBet.com, StanJames.com, 888Sport.com, Ladbrokes.com, ExtraBet.com and Coral.co.uk went with Evens.

With his main rival sidelined, the 27-year-old five-time Wimbledon champion is now listed at odds of 4/6 with Bet365.com, BlueSq.com, PaddyPower.com, 888Sport.com, StanJames.com, Ladbrokes.com and Coral.co.uk. ToteSport.com is offering punters 8/11 for a sixth Wimbledon title along with BoyleSports.com, BetFred.com, VictorChandler.com, SkyBet.com, WilliamHill.com and ExtraBet.com. Online bookies SportingBet.com and WBX.com have Federer at odds of 3/4 followed by BetDaq.com at 13/17.

Last week, Spanish player Nadal had occupied the third slot at odds of 3/1 with Bet365.com, Coral.co.uk and WilliamHill.com followed by 7/2 at BetFred.com, PaddyPower.com, Ladbrokes.com and ExtraBet.com. However, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has now taken this place with VictorChandler.com, StanJames.com, Coral.co.uk and ExraBet.com showing odds of 10/1 followed by Bet365.com, ToteSport.com, BlueSq.com, PaddyPower.com and 888Sport.com with 11/1.  

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4th Of July Tournament Coming Up At Vegas Tech Casinos – 06-27-09

June 27, 2009 Leave a comment

June 27 – Players from all over the world can enroll now for the Golden Casino 4th of July Celebration slots tournament.

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William Hill considers moving online operations offshore

June 26, 2009 Leave a comment

There has been continued speculation this week on whether one of Britain’s biggest online and land gambling groups, William Hill plc, is getting set to move its online operations out of the UK. It’s a frequently raised possibility triggered by rising taxes and competition.

Adding weight to the rumours this week was an interview given to the Financial Times by Will Hill’s CEO Ralph Topping.

“We face worldwide competition from 400 or so English-language betting websites,” the executive said. “In these circumstances, clearly we do not have the luxury of being parochial about our future or taking a simplistic stance on complicated issues.”

Topping went on to cite competitive pressure from low-tax jurisdiction rivals such as Paddy Power and Bwin, triggering renewed rumours that the UK company was seriously considering moving its key telephone and Internet betting operations offshore. Topping has in the past commented that he sees considerable potential in Internet operations, and these have seen significant expansion, most recently involving Orbis and Playtech.

Topping has previously voiced his frustration at having to pay UK tax of 15% whilst competitors like Paddy Power pay 1.5% in Ireland.

The Financial Mail was told that competition was the reason for the company’s decision to close 20 betting shops in the UK this year and freeze pay rises for its 16,000 employees.

Approached for comment by the FT, UK government spokesmen said the government would be “very disappointed” if groups like William Hill moved offshore, and assured the newspaper that a review of remote gambling rules was in progress in order to ensure a more level playing field.

Going back to 2005/6 when the reformation of British gambling law was in its initial stages, many online gambling operators were enthusiastic about using the UK as a licensing jurisdiction and were prepared to be examined by the proposed regulator. However, it was repeatedly pointed out that if the UK government set too high a tax level, there would be little incentive to change from jurisdictions like Gibraltar and the Isle of Man. In the event, then Chancellor Gordon Brown set a 15% taxation rate, which effectively discouraged most operators from relocating to the UK.

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