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10% online casino bonus with 32 Red!

July 17, 2009 Leave a comment


After the introduction of Pay pal on 32Red as discussed in our previous article, 32 Red introduces PayPal they have announced a fantastic new promotion!

Until the end of July, 32Red in association with Pay pal are offering a 10% bonus on every casino deposit using the PayPal system. It’s not just for you casino newbie’s; existing customers can also take part in the great offer!

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Platinum Play Online Casino Offers Free Play Promotion – 07-17-09

July 17, 2009 Leave a comment

July 17 – Platinum Play Online Casino invites new player to take advantage of their free play offer. New customers will receive 1500 free credits as a starting balance. A profit of up to 100 credits can be retained after an hour of free play.

This give players a unique chance to experience the online casino before making a deposit, with the added benefit of earning free credits in the process.

In addition to this opening offer, new players can claim a 100% up to $200 match bonus, regardless of whether they have taken up the free play offer or not.

The casino has gone through a complete redesign and the results are fantastic. Platinum Play lives up to its billing as one f the most popular Microgaming powered casinos.

In other news, Platinum Play offers players the chance to participate in the Grand Slam of Slots, the biggest ever online slots tournament with a total prize pool of 1.3 Million Euros. The winner of this tournament will receive and incredible One Million Euros.

Platinum Play also offers access to the International Slots League, packed with huge tournament prizes each day.

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Latest British Open Golf Tournament Betting Odds – 07-15-09

July 15, 2009 Leave a comment

July 15 – We have listed odds for the British Open from different bookmakers. For our US visitors we list the odds at Sportsbook.com and for our non-US visitors, we provide the odds from Ladbrokes. We list the odds from Sportsbook.com first with the Ladbrokes odds in brackets.

No surprises that Tiger Woods, is listed as the short odds favourite at 2/1 (5/1), with Sergio Garcia listed as the second favorite at odds of 20/1 (25/1). Bet the field at 4/1 (3/1).

Padraig Harrington will be chasing another Open victory and he is listed at 28/1 (40/1). Other contenders listed at the same price include Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood.

Some of the hottest contenders are paying very good money. Geoff Ogilvy is at 25/1 (50/1) as is Retief Goosen, who can never be ignored. Ernie Els is 40/1 (50/1), Miguel Angel Jimenez is at 125/1 alongside Davis Love III, Rory Sabatini Weir and Stephen Ames.

Some interesting bets at Ladbrokes.com include:

Top American – Mahan and Furyk at 7/1.

Tiger Woods to miss the cut 10/1 (haha).

Will there be a Hole in One? Yes – 10/11

You can also bet all the three balls for the opening round at Ladbrokes.

Predict the first two finishers at Paddy Power and you can get paid up to 66/1.

Also worth mentioning is an exciting promotion at Irish bookmaker, Paddy Power, They are offering each way odds on the first seven finishers in the Open.

Read our Sportsbook.com Review, Ladbrokes Review and Paddy Power Review.

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32 Red Casino Launches 1.3 Million Euro Slots Tournament – 07-16-09

July 15, 2009 Leave a comment

July 16 – The award winning 32Red online casinoo, has announced that it will be running its biggest ever online slots tournament this summer. The Grand Slam of Slots boasts a total prize pool of €1.3 million and a top prize of €1,000,000.

Slot tournaments first came to online casinos in 2008 as an entirely new way of playing online slots and have been popular ever since. Players join a tournament based on one of three online slot games which are available and play the slots as normal. However, instead of cash being awarded from certain combinations on the reels, players receive the equivalent payouts in points instead. The sum of these points establishes their position on a leader board which, when the slot tournament is finished, determines the amount of the prizepool the player receives. The higher up the leaderboard players finish the greater the prize. In this case, players in the Grand Slam of Slots battle for €1.3 million and can win €1 million for finishing in the top position.

Head of Marketing for 32Red, Mark Quayle, said, "The Grand Slam of Slots is one of the biggest gaming events we’ve ever been part of and is a great chance for players to experience these great games, the amazing Tomb Raider online slot and become the first slot tournament millionaire in the process."

He added, "There are 481 winning places in addition to the massive €1,000,000 top spot, where players can win runner-up prizes worth up to €50,000. That means a ticket to the Grand Slam of Slots has a 20% chance of being a winner. In true 32Red style we’ve added 32 €1,000 bonus prizes that will keep the tournament exciting and competitive throughout the leaderboard and not just at the top. Players can even pickup a €1,000 prize in 8328th place."

Tickets to Grand Slam of Slots are not available to buy; instead 32Red will be offering competitions, leaderboards and more to allow players to secure their seat. The final will take place over 9 days between Friday the 23rd October and Monday November 2nd which allows for an unlimited number of rebuys. Quayle pointed out, "Rebuys are going to be pivotal to anyone serious about hitting one of the bigger prizes. The opportunity for more credit and time will boost leaderboard scores and could be the difference between finishing below the payment threshold or in the money. For those wanting to practice their slot tournament skills, 32Red runs daily tournaments and even free slot tournaments from inside their online casino."

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Is the WPT on the selling block?

July 15, 2009 1 comment

The knowledgeable and well connected Wall Street Journal columnist Brett Arends, writing in the publication Marketwatch this week, poses the question “Is the World Poker Tour up for sale?”

The indications would appear to suggest it is, with CFO Tom Flahie revealing that he had provided confidential data to third parties, and CEO Steve Lipscomb confirming: “We’ve had discussions with, and exchanged documents with, some companies that have expressed an interest.”

Arends examines the recent and troubled past of the company, observing that it isn’t hard to see why the WPT would be in play. “Years of losses and missteps have left it looking like an impulse purchase for a major broadcaster or an online poker company,” he writes before noting a stock price at $1.25 for parent company WPT Enterprises, giving it a value around $25 million.

“The company has about $18 million in net cash sitting on its balance sheet. Flahie confirmed that pretty much all of that would be available to an acquirer. So the “enterprise value” — the net cost — would only be about $7 million or so at current prices,” Arends comments.

Arends goes on to quote Lipscomb, who says, when he talks to potential sponsors: “The inevitable question when someone is about to pay you $3 million, or $4 million, or $5 million, is (for them) to look and say, ‘Why don’t I just buy your company? Oftentimes the answer is: It’s not for sale. But of course everything is always for sale.”

WPT is apparently doing somewhat better nowadays, which may make it more attractive. It generated positive cash flow last quarter for the first time in more than two years, and Flahie says he’s confident they will break even, or better, for the year.

But, Arends observes, it’s a long decline for a company that was once valued at half a billion dollars and revolutionised televised poker, playing a key role in creating the poker boom of recent years. WPT launched the tour – a series of high-stakes tournaments in various cities – back in 2003. The key invention was the so-called “hole cam,” a camera that let TV viewers see the players’ hidden or “hole” cards during the betting, building audience interest and excitement.

In 2005, at its peak, the stock hit $26.

Arends reports that critics diagnose the decline as too many copycats and a company that never found a way to convert its brand name into a reliable revenue stream. Even selling WPT-branded products didn’t work: Online casinos give away many of the same things for free. Company mistakes didn’t help – from a failed venture in China to letting costs get out of control. From 2004 to 2008 overhead trebled to $22 million while revenues, after a brief boom, fell backwards. This in a world where the poker boom went from strength to strength.

“The poker boom in the U.S. isn’t quite as manic as it was a few years ago. But overseas it is still growing like Topsy,” Arends writes.

Lipscomb says the World Poker Tour is now broadcast in more than 150 countries. In France, his second biggest market, episodes sometimes get more viewers than in the U.S., and the company has a strong brand in a crowded field and much experience.

Arends concludes his article with a review of the legal position in the United States, where some states may be about to exercise their prerogative to legalise poker as a generator of tax revenues, and Congressman Barney Frank is working at the federal level on trying to legalise online gambling in general in the USA (see other InfoPowa reports). It poker achieves legalised status, there are clearly some very positive possibilities for companies in the business.

“Other countries are also taking a second look at liberalizing online gambling laws,” Arends comments. “The big reason? Governments desperately need more revenues — and legalizing, regulating and taxing online gambling may give them just that.

“There are reasons to hope that things may look up for the World Poker Tour after all.”

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Multi-million chip stacks on WSOP day 5

July 14, 2009 Leave a comment

The Amazon Room at the Rio in Las Vegas, where the Main Event of the 2009 World Series of Poker is being decided this week, was looking remarkably spacious by the end of Day 5 on Sunday evening, as 185 players – all that remains of an original entry field for the event of 6,494 – bagged their chips in preparation for Day 6.

407 survivors from Day 4 started playing at noon Sunday with an average chip stack of 475,000, and a structure that called for five levels or no further than the elimination of 232 players. The action was immediately fast and furious, and five hours into the tournament well over fifty percent of the field had been eliminated. An hour later, after six hours of what had been anticipated would be a 10 hour day, Tournament Director Jack Effel decided that at 185 players and three levels, it was time to call it an early day.

Incidents of note were Phil Ivey’s precipitous decline down to only 220,000, and his equally remarkable come-back to end the day around 46th position with 1,380,000. He had to contend with some tough encounters with Elad Magidov, who finished in 26th place on 1,762,000.

Dutch player Noel Boeken had a good day, finishing 12th on 2,338,000, but the convincing chip leader at the start of Day 4, Bertrand Grospellier suffered a decline and ended the day in the 83rd spot on 973,000. British pro James Akenhead waved the flag for the UK, ending up in the top ten with 2,692,000.

Matt Affleck, the the University of Washington undergrad from Seattle who looked almost unassailable as he headed the field into Day 5, ended it in the 7th position on 2,882,000.

Actor Lou Diamond Phillips saw the end of his Main Event hopes, hanging on until the last hand of the day, when he went all in before the flop with pocket kings against two players, both with pocket aces. The board didn’t save him and he headed for the rail as the two players split the pot.

Seemingly appearing from nowhere after a disciplined and selectively aggressive performance, Warren Zackey ended Day 5 in the chip lead with 4,872,000, over 500,000 ahead of second placed surprise Kasper Cordes on 4,352,000.

Departing the Main Event on Day 5 were David Levi, Thor Hansen, Dan Harrington and Bobby Baldwin. Early knockouts included Jeff Kimber, Peter DeBaene, Sorel Mizzi, Sander Lylloff and Burt Boutin. Later eliminations included Nick Binger, Kara Scott – the only woman to cash in both the 2008 and 2009 WSOP Main Events, Dan Shak, Day 1 chipleader Amir Lehavot, Nick Schulman and Adam Sanders.

Among those who remain in the running are Phil Ivey, Ludovic Lacay, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Tom Schneider and James Akenhead. The field still has two remaining World Champions – Joe Hachem and Peter Eastgate, and those reporting for duty on Day 6 will include Joe Sebok and Antonio Esfandiari.

The Top Twelve chip counts going into Day 6 are:

Warren Zackey 4,872,000; Kasper Cordes 4,352,000; Darvin Moon 3,218,000; Tom Schneider 3,168,000; Bernhard Perner 3,022,000; Miika Puumalainen 2,894,000; Matt Affleck 2,882,000; Charlie Elias 2,780,000; James Akenhead 2,692,000; Steven Begleiter 2,621,000; Eugene Katchalov 2,544,000; Noah Boeken 2,338,000.

Average Stack for Day 5 action was 1,053,081.

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NBC & Full Tilt TV Show

July 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Online poker has grown considerably over the past few years, with over 20 million people playing on the virtual tables. However, the online tables will never manage to eclipse the real adrenaline rush of the real tables, especially when it comes to watching your favourite pro’s battle it out on the final table.

There is an ever growing market of people who enjoy watching major televised poker games, and this is where NBC & Full Tilt Poker are placing their bets.

These two industry giants are putting their chips together to create a weekly TV programme which seeks out online poker players to give them the opportunity to prove themselves and show off their skills on real professional tables.

The programme will be named ‘Face of Ace’ and will give talented online poker players media exposure which could present them with many opportunities.

It’s easy to brush online casino players to the side as talentless, but NBC & Full Tilt believe that there is a well developed talent pool online just waiting to be uncovered.

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