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Phil Ivey takes on Full Tilt Poker

May 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Phil Ivey, one of the biggest poker players in the world and one of the biggest endorsements of Full Tilt Poker, is now biting the hand that feeds him. Well, it’s not exactly like that, but he has turned on Full Tilt and has drawn a line in the sand, calling on them to make things right by their members.

Phil Ivey has won eight World Series of Poker bracelets and is the second-ranked poker player in the world, behind only Erik Seidel. He appears in commercials for Full Tilt and regularly plays in live tournaments wearing Full Tilt gear, but he is now taking on his sponsor. Frustrated by the fact that American members haven’t been refunded their money, he has refused to play in the World Series of Poker this year or appear anywhere on their behalf.

Ivey says that he is embarrassed by the company and has had his name tarnished by association. Full Tilt Poker was one of the companies targeted by the Department of Justice on Black Friday. Like PokerStars, they reached a deal with the DOJ allowing them to reopen the domain to return money to American players. However, while PokerStars has announced that they have refunded all of the money, Full Tilt has not. Their latest response was to say that the money is “safe and secure and we are working to resolve the distribution of these funds.”

Ivey says that isn’t good enough. He is sitting out the World Series of Poker, saying that it is “not fair that I compete when others cannot.” He hopes that by taking on the company, he can help them quickly resolve the problem and pay the players. In addition to the name-calling, refusal to appear for Full Tilt and refusal to play in the WSOP, he is also suing Tiltware, the software provider for Full Tilt, on behalf of the players.“I sincerely hope this statement will ignite those capable of resolving the problems into immediate action,” he said.

Tags: Black Friday, Full Tilt Poker, Phil Ivey, World Series of Poker

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Hansen Busts Dwan to Make Final Eight

May 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Gus Hansen is putting on a world-class performance in his first WSOP event of the summer.

Hansen, who won the WSOPE Heads-Up title in London last year, beat four of the best heads-up players in the world to secure a spot in this year’s $25k Heads-Up Championship’s final eight.

The WSOP could not have scripted Hansen’s final match on Day 2 of the event any better as he faced online wizard Tom “durrrr” Dwan. 

The match lasted nearly four hours before Hansen was finally able to fight back from a steep deficit and dispatch Dwan, much to the delight of a huge crowd of railbirds.

“When push comes to shove it was a very tough match and I had the luck in the end,” he said.

It hasn’t been an easy path for Hansen as he’s already had to beat Jason Mercier, LAPC winner Greg Brooks, Daniel Alaei and Dwan just to make it to the round of eight.

“If I’d seen that draw ahead of time I wouldn’t have liked my chance of making it to the final eight,” admitted Hansen.

Unlike some of the other opponents, Hansen and Dwan were very familiar with each other’s games, having played thousands of hands against each other online.

Hansen, however, wasn’t convinced that experience helped either player in a significant way.

“Obviously we know each other and have played a lot,” he said. “We haven’t played that much No-Limit Hold’em though.”

The Great Dane added that he’s been playing a much different style than he usually does when he’s playing online.

“Hopefully I had a read or two on him,” chuckled Hansen.

Hansen joins an elite group of players in the final eight that includes Matt Marafioti, Eric Froehlich, Anthony Guetti, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Jake Cody, David Paredes and Nicolay Evdakov.

First up for Hansen tomorrow will be Canadian high stakes player Marafioti. A win against Marafioti will shoot Hansen into the final four.

It’s already been an exceptional year for Hansen, who is up nearly $4 million in online poker.

This year’s Heads-Up Championship had two distinct changes from last year’s event. The first was the bumped up buy-in from $10k to $25k while the second was the addition of two “reload chips” which players can use at any time.

The event attracted a total of 128 players, who generated a record-setting prize pool, for a heads-up event, of $3 million with $851k dedicated to first place.

Action will resume at 3 p.m. local time tomorrow and PokerListings will be on hand for all your live coverage needs.

The 2011 WSOP continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas be sure to check PokerListings’ Live Updates and News.

Categories: Online Poker

Illinois House passes Chicago casino bill

May 30, 2011 Leave a comment

New Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel got his wish in the Illinois House, and as far as I know he didn’t even have to send a dead fish or any other threat to get it. The state House of Representatives passed a bill allowing a casino in Chicago. The bill now moves to the Senate, where Emanuel is urging them to pass it swiftly.

By a 65-50 vote, the House passed a bill that would allow four additional casinos in Illinois, including one in Chicago. The legislation would also allow slot machines to be added to the state’s racetracks and to the two airports in Chicago.

Emanuel supports the legislation and has lobbied lawmakers in the House and Senate on behalf of bringing a casino to Chicago. He has talked to members of both parties and has also lobbied the governor. After the House passed the bill, Emanuel issued a statement saying that “a Chicago casino will spur local economic growth and provide jobs to Chicagoans, both needed to get our city moving again.”

Often when someone says that a casino will boost an economy, someone else rolls their eyes and says that it won’t do much. However, it’s hard to make that case for Chicago. Though the city doesn’t have its own casino, there is one across the border in Hammond, Indiana, which is only 25 miles away. The casino there gets so much business from Chicago that they refer to themselves as a Chicago entertainment business. Half-joking, Emanuel said recently that “we have a casino in Chicago,” but that “it just happens to be located in Hammond, Indiana.”

Terry Link, the senator sponsoring the bill in his chamber, says that he expects it to clear the Senate easily. He also expects Governor Pat Quinn to “take a long hard look” at the legislation, eventually signing it to avoid turning down billions of tax dollars and new jobs.

Tags: Chicago gambling, gambling expansion, Illinois gambling, Rahm Emanuel

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Bookmaker Refunds €3,000,000 After Barcelona’s Teaching of Football

May 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power have refunded a record breaking €3,000,000 in losing bets placed on last night’s Champions League final at Wembley Stadium.

The bookie had sensationally pledged to refund losing bets on the Champions League Final, if red-hot betting favourites Barcelona won the match in 90 minutes.

A spokesperson of the bookmaker commented: “This Money-Back Special was chosen for our customers by our customers so I had a feeling it was always going to end up this way. A three million quid refund has raised the bar to new heights, but that’s what happens when you bet with Paddy Power.”

Pedro’s first half goal had the writing on the wall for Paddy Power and set the wheels solidly in motion for the record breaking €3,000,000 customer refund.

This generous offer, which applies to all losing first/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast bets placed on the match, was chosen by Paddy Power betting customers from a list of potential Money-Back specials on the game. Continue..

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The Sunday Scoop: Reinkemeier is Sunday Million Champ

May 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Big events on PokerStars and Full Tilt meant big money this Sunday with BadExtasy89 and Tobias “PokerNoob999” Reinkemeier finishing as the day’s biggest winners.

Reinkemeier had a lucrative session on PokerStars, winning the last Sunday Million before the WSOP begins Tuesday.

An accomplished German poker player with big results online and live, Reinkemeier earned $135,053 for the victory.

A total of 4,833 players bought in to the PokerStars Sunday Million this week, coming up just short of the $1 million guarantee and forcing PokerStars to chip $33,400 into the prize pool.

720 players in all would get a spot in the money. Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree pure-bubbled this event, busting in 721st.

When the final table was reached, Reinkemeier was second in chips with 11.3 million, trailing The_Anfied who led with 14.7 million.

A deal was agreed upon nine-handed, based on chip equity, and $20,000 was set aside for the winner.

Reinkenmeier enjoyed an almost 2-1 chip lead when the tourney got heads-up but it was a see-saw match that saw The_Anfied taking the chip lead and handing it back before Reinkemeier was able to put his opponent down for good.

Reinkemeier won a SCOOP title in 2009 and his total online poker tournament earnings now total more than $1.5 million.

He’s made his mark in the live arena as well, amassing over $2.2 million in winnings since he started playing tournaments in 2007.

Reinkemeier’s live results are highlighted by an EPT High Roller victory in Monte Carlo last year that earned him $1,272,698.

As no surprise then, he’s also one of PokerListings Best Bets for the 2011 WSOP.

In total $529,930 was awarded to players who made the final table.

Here are the final results taking into account the nine-player chop:

1st:  Tobias “PokerNoob999” Reinkemeier ($135,053.32)
2nd: The__Anfied ($129,319.00)
3rd : TomsBrakis ($26,834.20)
4th : Maroc_Dk 77 ($49,354.30)
5th : rumazon ($42,861.55)
6th : 3max ($25,917.22)
7th : sedinoel ($37,521.16)
8th : reutsim ($42,295.27)
9th : swillslinger ($40,773.98)

Full Tilt Poker’s big Sunday tournament went off with 4,299 entrants, breaking the $750k guarantee and building a total prize pool of $859,800.

BadExtasy89 outlasted them all to take home $153,904.

Here are the full final-table results:

1st:  BadExtasy ($153,904.20)
2nd: Exan 13 ($106,615.20)
3rd : Budnikov ($76,350.24)
4th : JTpatron-CH ($56,746.80)
5th : Andypsx ($42,130.20)
6th : trontrontron ($29,233.20)
7th : prrak ($19,775.40)
8th : bloodlust007 (13,756.80)
9th : Santiniii ($9,457.80)

Categories: Online Poker

King Cashalot Slot Lands GBP1.5 million Jackpot

May 28, 2011 Leave a comment

June 1 – King Cashalot, one of Microgaming’s best-loved progressive casino slot games has proven that this is a keeper, after the software giant announced a massive jackpot win on this game.

Microgaming said that a member of Ladbrokes Casino, one of the most popular online casinos on the group’s gaming network, had bagged himself £1.5 million after playing King Cashalot on May 2nd at the site.

The Head of Casino for Microgaming software group, Mike Hebden said: "I am delighted that the progressive jackpot network has created another millionaire."

"It is so exciting when this happens and I am extremely proud that the player is paid out in one single payment, rather than an annuity," he said.

"We still hold the record of the biggest online jackpot win in history back in May 2009 with a staggering €6.37 million pay out," reminded Hebden.  "Watch this space for more winners in the future."

So far, over eight thousand players have so far won £237 million through the jackpot network at partner casinos on the Microgaming network.

Multi Features and Big Payouts

The attraction of King Cashalot slot can definitely be understood, as this game boats multiple features and huge payouts.

More about King Cashalot slot game:

  • A huge progressive jackpot that gets reset to $100,000 after it is won each time.
  • The average progressive jackpot payout is $700,000.
  • The King symbol is the Wild symbol and five of them on the pay line with a maximum wager earns the player the jackpot.
  • The King also acts as the multiplier and doubles all payouts.
  • The Jester symbol is the scatter symbol and will pay out wherever it is on the reels.
  • The highest single line win is 15,000 coins.
  • There are thirty single line winning combinations.
  • The fixed coin value is $0.05, meaning that with all lines enabled, the top price per spin is $2.25.

Categories: Casino

Black Friday has more casualties

May 28, 2011 Leave a comment

US federal authorities pursuing online gambling firms operating in America can add another notch to their gun following the announcement by the World Bingo Network that it has shut down with immediate effect.

The network includes sites like Bingo Workz, Desperate Housewives Bingo, USA Bingo, Bingo Tropic, Bingo Gang, Bingo Comics, Bingo Oasis, Fair ‘n Square Bingo and Wave Bingo.

In an email sent to affiliate marketers working for the network, WBN explained:

“Unfortunately, due to many circumstances totally beyond our control, World Bingo Network will close its doors, effective May 27, 2011.

“This has been an incredibly difficult decision, but we have no choice.

“Obviously this will affect all WBN affiliate sites and affiliates. We will do our best to settle all accounts if and when possible.”

The final sentence sounds especially ominous, and the company has not yet clarified the position regarding its players and how it intends to pay monies owed to them.

As InfoPowa went to press the company had not responded to enquiries.

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