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German Court Rules In Favor Of Blocking Private Gambling Companys

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has upheld a ban that prohibits private companies from operating online betting sites.

The court ruled in favor of the prohibition of private sites saying that it is necessary to combat the dangers associated with online gambling, a report from Bloomberg states.

Speaking about the ruling, Federal Court of Justice Presiding Judge Joachim Bornkamm said, “Because of the greater dangers of the Internet, above all anonymity, lack of social control and accessibility at any time, this sales venue can be subject to stricter regulation.”

Gaming company Bwin .e.K. issued comment on the ruling saying, “The ban violates European rules and won’t last. A regulated market opening is the only way to combat the black market in Germany and to comply with EU requirements.”

Bwin e.K. has the option of filing a constitutional complaint, but it is expected to not have a ruling until the end of the year if it pursues its case.

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Late Night Poker starts!

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Late Night Poker, the show that started it all, is back on your screens from Monday October 3, with a brand new line up, brand new sponsor Coral.co.uk and $150,000 up for grabs.

Just as the name suggests, you’ll have to wait till the wee hours to get your Late Night poker fix, with Channel 4 broadcasting the show from 12.35am.

Monday’s opening heat features EPT and WPT champ Roberto Romanello, the UK debut of Dan ‘jungleman12’ Cates, everyone’s favourite gas bag Luke Schwartz, the newly sponsored Hendon Mobster Barny Boatman along with the lesser known Melanie Weisner and amateur Adam Noone.

Each heat will be broadcast over two weeks all the way up to the final table, shown on November 28 and December 5.

The line-ups for remaining heats are as follows:

Heat 2 (October 17 and 24):
Sam Holden
Devilfish
Simon Trumper
Matt Perrins
Tobby Lewis
John Duthie
Peter Costa
George Stewart

Heat 3 (October 31 and November 7):
Liv Boeree
Ross Boatman
Andrew Feldman
Padraig Parkinson
James Dempsey
John Tabatabai
Luke Davies
Richard Ashby

Heat 4 (November 14 and 21):
John Eames
Vanessa Selbst
Joe Beevers
Jake Cody
Neil Channing
James Bord
Rob Okell
Ram Vaswani

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More Details Emerge About Record Online Jackpot Winner

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

More details have emerged about the winner of a record €11.7 million jackpot at the Betsson online casino, with the story developing into a true rags to riches tale.

A young Norwegian student has become the world’s biggest online jackpot winner after hitting a massive €11.7 million win playing Mega Fortune slots at the Betsson online casino.

Most progressive jackpots require a minimum bet of $3-$5 per spin to be eligible for the bonus but the recent jackpot winner — who still remains anonymous — won the massive jackpot while using free promotional spins as part of a casino bonus offer.

According to the new millionaire himself: ” It was a shocking experience when the €11.7 millions dropped before my eyes. I couldn’t believe it….I had to call my brother and a few friends. It hasn’t really sunk in yet…It was just impossible to sleep, and I am shaking and sweating. I haven’t thought about what to do with the winnings. I need to try and calm down before even thinking of what I do with the money!”

Due to the size of the jackpot Betsson is going so far as to provide a free financial advisor to help the winner wisely invest his money. 

Progressive jackpots are just as popular at online casinos as at their offline counterparts, with each of the major providers of casino software offering progressive jackpots that regularly pay out $1 million and up to the winner when they’re hit.

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PokerScout Issues Response To Bodog Block

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Online poker monitoring site PokerScout has issued a response to Bodog’s announcement that data mining software was being blocked as part of a new system software update.

PokerScout stated that Bodog’s blocking of data tracking is in some way related to the events of Black Friday. The statement claims “it is apparent that a major objective was actually to prevent PokerScout from tracking Bodog’s traffic.” and later added that “Bodog asked to be completely removed from the PokerScout website shortly after Black Friday”.

The full statement can be read at: http://www.pokerscout.com/news/PokerScout-largely-unaffected-by-Bodog-up…

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Kallllle takes down WCOOP Main Event

September 25, 2011 Leave a comment

The PokerStars World Championships of Online Poker are over. Done. Finito. After 62 events and more than $45 million in prize money, the poker world can relax. Although we doubt Thomas ‘Kallllle’ Pedersen will be putting his feet up just yet.

The Danish player beat a whopping 1,627 entrants in the two-day $5,000 WCOOP showpiece, netting a tasty $1,260,018 for his troubles.

After a five-handed deal on the final table, Kelllller became the only player in this year’s series to walk off with a six-figure sum, eventually defeating Vojtech “Vojta_R” Ruzicka heads up for an additional $100,000 and all the glory.

Kelllller’s victory signalled the end of this year’s WCOOP and finalised the standings for the WCOOP player of the year. That honour went to former tennis pro Joel ‘2FLY2TILT’ Gordon and Big_Nemo after both players accrued 295 points over the series. The duo just outshone Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu, who also snuck into the top three.

The WCOOP Main Event final table finished as follows:

Buy-in: $5,000 +$200 buy-in Main Event
Prize Pool: $8,135,000
Entrants: 1,627

1. Thomas ‘Kallllle’ Pedersen  $1,260,018.50*
2. Vojtech “Vojta_R” Ruzicka  $710,000.00*
3. Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah  $560,000*
4. BackDoorovic  $650,000.00*
5. VadziMoney  $750,000.00*
6. WhySoSrsSon  $220,085
7. jle90  $162,700
8. OU THE NICK  $122,025
9. Dan “dan82mur” Murariu  $81,350

*denotes five-way deal with $100,000 set aside for first

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Yet Another Reason to Gamble at Online Casinos

September 25, 2011 Leave a comment

A deadly shootout between rival banker gangs at a Nevada casino highlights yet another reason why more and more players are choosing to gamble at online casinos instead.

The leader of a San Jose chapter of the Hells Angels biker gang was one of two people killed in a shootout on the casino floor of casino floor of John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada.

The incident occurred during the annual five-day “Street Vibrations” biker festival that draws thousands of bikers from across the US. Sparks police said they responded to a fight involving rival gangs in the casino, with gun shots fired before police could arrive.

The parties involved were rumored to be the Hells Angels and Vagos biker gang, which according to police are “blood enemies”.

It’s the second time that casinos in Nevada have played host to a similar scene; in 2002 at Harrah’s Casino & Hotel in Laughlin a brawl between the Hells Angels and Mongols left three people dead on the casino floor.

While violence is rare is US casinos in Nevada and elsewhere, the accumulation of such concerns, worries, and added cost of spending a night at a casino has helped boost the popularity of online play. 

Many games such as slots are essentially exactly the same and offer similar huge progressive jackpots, with the convenience of enjoying other games any time of the day or night making up for missing some of the excitement of playing at a live casino.

 

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Overall NFC East Sports Betting Odds Likely Affected by Michael Vick Injury

September 24, 2011 Leave a comment

The injury-depleted Philadelphia Eagles will host the New York Giants in their home opener this weekend, looking to establish some early season positioning in an unpredictable NFC East Division.

On the NFL betting board the Eagles are the team to beat, with 8/1 betting odds of winning the Super Bowl, but not far behind are the Giants, Redskins and Cowboys. If Michael Vick’s recent concussion proves severe, then either of the three underdog clubs could make a run for the division.

This Sunday it will be Eli Manning and the Giants charged with the task of disrupting the quarterbackless Eagles and they may have just the opportunity.

For as deep as Andy Reid’s Philadelphia team has been, there is no denying the spark that Vick has provided since returning to the NFL. His on the field production has been obvious, but it has been his resurgence in the football community off the field that has allowed the Eagles to successfully transition from the Donovan McNabb era.

With Philly’s future in limbo, the Giants stand to benefit most, provided they can hold off a Redskins lineup currently powered by a refreshed Rex Grossman and a Cowboys club struggling with quarterback health issues of their own.

No timetable has been announced for Vick’s return to the field, so it is likely that offseason acquisition Vince Young will step in with the start.

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