Archive for July, 2011

Sahamies Strikes for $155k

July 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies reigned supreme on Full Tilt Poker last night although many of the biggest players were missing.

With Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen and Jens “Ingenious89” Kyllonen absent, Sahamies moved down to the $100/$200 PLO games.

It proved to be a wise move as Ziigmund recorded 852 hands and tore his opponents up. Sahamies played a few hands against 1stUgetDmoney and LokoIsBack but his primary rival was Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky.

In the 500+ hands they played against each other, Sahamies smashed Sulsky for over $140,000. Including his other comparatively minor victories last night, Sahamies finished up a total of $155,000.

Meanwhile Sulsky was able to find success against online player KOMIJENDO last night in several $50/$100 No-Limit Hold’em games and managed to reduce his deficit to just $35k on the night. KOMIJENDO ended up taking $127k in damages.
It’s been a long time since Ziigmund was in the black for a year and even after last night he’d have to win $650k to get even in 2011.

Outside of Ziigmund there were few big winners on Full Tilt last night. Zivziv took second place with a modest $25,000 and LokoIsBack hit $11k in profit. Interestingly Canadian XWINK was active last night and also pulled in $11k.
Known for spinning his online poker roll up to an absurd amount from nearly nothing, XWINK is currently holding steady this year with $283k in profit.

There’s a good chance the high stakes online games will continue to be slow over the next couple of weeks as many of the biggest players in the world are headed to Spain for the EPT Grand Final and €25,000 High Roller event.
For many Americans it will be the first chance they’ve had to play poker since Full Tilt and PokerStars departed the U.S. market last month.

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All Slots Online Casino Launches New Online Roulette Game Riviera Riches

July 30, 2011 Leave a comment

All Slots online casino has just released Riviera Riches, a hot new online slot game with a unique roulette bonus game. The result is like having two great casino games – online slots and online roulette – all in one package.

The main slots game in Riviera Riches is a 5-reel 15-payline online slot machine featuring the rich and famous at play. The slot machine images include the aristocratic gentlemen, the sophisticated ladies, and the elegant Casino Riviera.

There is also a wild symbol, which doubles all regular payouts, and a scatter symbol, which can give the player 12 free spins with tripled payouts. And then there is the Roulette Bonus symbol.

When a Roulette Bonus symbol appears on the first and fifth reels of the online slot machine, the player is led away from the slot machines and into the roulette room. There, he is given two spins of the roulette wheel.

On each spin, he bets on one number, and all associated bets are also placed automatically. For example, if a player bet on the number 15, his automatic associated bets would be 2nd Dozen, 3rd Column, 1-18, Black, and Odd.

And, regardless of where the roulette ball lands, the player is guaranteed a payout of at least four times his bet in the Roulette Bonus game.

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Oklahoma Tribe Suing Feds Over Casino Land

July 29, 2011 Leave a comment

They waited and waited and waited. Once their patience ran out, they decided to sue. On Tuesday, the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior, also naming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in the suit. According to the lawsuit, the government has delayed doing something they are required to do, take land into trust so the tribe can build a casino.

Billy Friend, chief of the Wyandotte, said that “we felt like we were patient,” but eventually they had “no recourse but to take action against the department.” Before a casino can be built on the land in Park City, Kansas, the Interior Department has to take the land into trust. The Wyandotte’s land-in-trust application spent three years at a regional office in Oklahoma before being passed on to the main office in Washington. Since January 2009, it has been sitting at the Interior Department awaiting Salazar’s approval.

The Wyandotte tribe purchased the land with land-claim settlement funds resulting from a 1984 law that reimbursed them for land the government took from them in Ohio in 1843. According to the tribe, because they bought the land with those settlement funds, the federal government has no choice but to take the land into trust and allow a casino.

“They have an obligation to take the land into trust and have failed their responsibility.” Five and a half years is a long time to wait for a response, so the tribe is understandably out of patience. The Interior Department now has 60 days to respond to the lawsuit. A similar case happened in Glendale, Arizona, where the Tohono O’odham Nation purchased land, asked it to be taken into trust and got no response. Then four months after suing the department, the land was taken into trust. The Wyandotte hope this case follows suit.

Tags: Kansas gambling, tribal casino

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Microgaming Announces New Games Release for August

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

July 29 – Once more, Microgaming is keeping its promise of updating its casino slot games portfolio, this time with the release of four new games in August.

The new titles include download, Flash and Quickfire games and promise to popular additions to Microgaming’s ever-expanding portfolio.

The four titles are: Multi Player Isis, Triangulation, Spingo and Mount Olympus.

Multi Player Isis

  • Ancient Egyptian theme.
  • 40 pay lines.
  • Free spins features with free spin multipliers.
  • Wild symbols.
  • Community spirit where players enter a room to take part in a bonus round, played against others.
  • Collect Free Spin Multipliers each time two or more scatters land.
  • Multipliers allow players to participate in a shared features free spins bonus round, where the top prize is a 500 x multiplier!
  • Available on download platform.


  • Twist on traditional slot gaming.
  • The objective is to complete a chain of matching triangles anywhere on the triangular grid.
  • Exciting Swap Out bonus game is triggered when three or more Bonus symbols land. Choose three triangles to be turned into wild symbols, for extra winning potential.
  • Available on Flash platform and Quickfire.

About Spingo and Mount Olympus


  • Based on bingo-like draw machine which draws numbered balls onto roulette wheel.

  • Wager on numbers one through to ten and on certain colors.

  • 3D wheel and realistic gaming.

  • Available on Quickfire and Flash platforms.

Mount Olympus: The Revenge of Medusa

  • 5 reels, 25 pay lines.

  • Based on mythical Greek legend of Medusa.

  • The snake icons bring luck to players.

  • Five free spins triggered through the bonus game. Players choose their favorite snake and are able to collect a wild reel.

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Lesniak continues fight for online gambling

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

In a continued effort to bring intrastate online gambling to New Jersey, state senator Raymond Lesniak (D) has written a letter to Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General. The letter was sent as a response to a letter previously sent by Senators Harry Reid (D) and Jon Kyl (R), where the duo asked Holder why the Justice Department waited so long to go after PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker.

In Senator Lesniak’s letter, he tells Holder that states have a legal right to regulate and operate an online gambling industry as long as it does not cross the state’s borders. As an intrastate business, it would not fall under the jurisdiction of any federal law, including UIGEA and the Wire Act. Lesniak also pointed out that Nevada recently approved mobile sports betting and 37 states allow online wagering on horse races.

This is a big issue for Lesniak, who in November plans to reintroduce legislation to regulate intrastate online gambling in New Jersey. Earlier this year, Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed Lesniak’s bill, saying that he was worried that it violated the state constitution, which confines all casino gambling to within the boundaries of Atlantic City. Lesniak says that the new bill will address all of Christie’s concerns and should be signed by the governor. Senator Lesniak says that his bill would create between 1,586 and 1,903 new jobs and generate between $47 million and $57 million in annual tax revenue for the state. The industry could generate between $210 million and $250 million in revenue, he says.

Tags: Eric Holder, gambling legislation, New Jersey online gambling

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More Delays from Full Tilt

July 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The woes of Full Tilt have been well publicized since Black Friday, when the US government seized bank accounts and the domains of Full Tilt and PokerStars as well as indicting company founders and executives with wire fraud, money laundering, and breaking US laws designed to eliminate online gambling.

While PokerStars quickly refunded more than $100 million to US players and continues to serve players outside the US (easily remaining the world’s largest poker site), it’s been a steady downhill slide for Full Tilt and a seemingly unending litany of woes.

International players began leaving the site in droves as it became clear the Full Tilt lacked the money to refund the estimated $150 million owed to US players, with a further nail in its coffin coming on June 29th when the Alderney Gaming Control Commission (AGGC) suspended Full Tilt’s gaming license.

The Full Tilt site went dark shortly thereafter and has remained down ever since, with only a few glimmers of hope here and there, primarily from a rumored deal with European investors who reportedly are interested in buying the company’s European operations and licenses.

A much-anticipated hearing with the AGCC was scheduled for July 26, with Full Tilt clients and the online casino and poker industries hoping to get more clarity into Full Tilt’s current state, the potential deal with investors, and information on a possible timeline for refunding money owed to US players.

Those hopes were dashed, however, as the hearing ended with an adjournment to September 15 and little new information revealed. Full Tilt attorney’s successfully argued that publicly airing details would hurt the chance of pending deal to sell the company being completed, and the commission agreed it was in the best interest of Full Tilt customers to delay the hearing.

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Full Tilt hearing suspended

July 26, 2011 Leave a comment

It has been announced that the Full Tilt hearing into has now been delayed until mid-September.

 The hearing was set following the suspension of Full Tilt’s operating license in June, after the AGCC’s condemnation of the company for ‘operating contrary to Alderney legislation’.

 For many players unhappily awaiting their frozen funds, the scheduled Full Tilt hearing (set for the 26th July) was something to look forward to as a potential resolution to their problems – it signalled the end of a long and frustrating wait.

 Instead, players have been left disappointed and unsure what is going on. It was requested that the hearing be held privately, rather than the public affair it was originally intended to be. As reported by InsidePoker Business, The AGCC attempted to explain the motivation behind this request by stating that it would ‘allow FTP licensees to further pursue advanced commercial negotiations which could lead to a more beneficial outcome for player interests.’

 The rumour mill has recently been going into overdrive, with many guessing that Full Tilt is in negotiations with a mystery investor who could help to return players’ money (an estimated $150million). Evidently it feels a public hearing might negatively affect the chances of this going ahead.

 The meeting has now been postponed until mid-September, so it looks like players will have to be on tenterhooks regarding the future of their cash for a little while longer.


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