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Americas Cardroom Hosts Big Tournaments and $50,000 Guaranteed Main Event

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

The state of online poker in America continues to look up, and you do not have to look any further than Americas Cardroom for proof. The US-friendly online poker site’s Online Super Series gets underway with the first three tournaments in the 6-day, $150,000 tournament series.

Dubbed ACROSS, the online tournament series runs from November 29th through December 4th, features $150,000 in guaranteed prize pools, and includes a $50,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold’em Grand Finale.

If the Thanksgiving Day ACROSS warm-up event is any indication, online poker players can expect guarantee-exceeding prize pools. A total of 274 players entered the $25k Guaranteed tournament, bumping the prize pool up to $25,449. The event was taken down by GirlyGirl62, who walked away with $5,471 for her first place finish.

The 6-day, 19-event tournament series is strategically structured to appeal to players of all stake levels. ACROSS features three major events per day, with prize pools ranging from $250 all the way to $50,000. The series wraps up with a $50,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold’em tournament on December 4th.

Buy-ins for the series range from $3.30 to $109, with some tournaments offering players the option to buy in using Frequent Player Points. Low buy-in satellites for each event are available leading up to its start-time.

Also part of the series are: contests that award free tournament seats to the top 10 players to cash in the series; a $1k freeroll seat for every player who cashes more than once in the series; and the tournament buy-in will be refunded as an award for each player who finishes a tournament on the bubble. Continue..

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Staszko joins Team Pro

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

PokerStars made it a Main Event one-two this week after signing Martin Staszko to it’s ever-growing list of big name Team Pros.

Staszko joins his 2011 Main Event opponent Pius Heinz at the site, less than a month after losing heads-up to the young German in Vegas.

The stoic former chess whiz and auto plant worker is the second Czech player to join Team Pro alongside Martin Hruby, and although he’s largely known as a live player, Staszko has over $200,000 in online winnings under the alias ‘filfedra’.

‘I enjoy a live game,’ Staszko said. ‘But for practical reasons it is better online. I can play every day without ancillary costs.’

Staszko’s first outing in Team Pro colours will be next month at EPT Prague. Check back with PokerPlayer to see how he gets on.

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GTechg2 Agrees To Provide Software To Xorti

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Online gambling software designer GTechG2 has announced that it will be providing its software to two new wagering sites via an agreement with French Holding Company Xorti.

The two sites, “PokerLeaders” and “Spinwinners” will receive the company’s poker and gambling software. PokerLeaders has applied for a license with French regulator ARJEL, and is awaiting approval. After the application is processed and a gaming license is granted, PokerLeaders will sport the software on its site.

GTechG2 President William Scott commented on the agreement saying, “It’s very exciting for GTECH G2 to be involved with the launch and creation of two new brands in the iGaming sphere. We are certain that both the Pokerleaders and SpinWinners sites will benefit from our ever expanding games portfolio.”

Xorti Director Olivier Douce said, “As a company we are passionate about iGaming and wanted to invest in the very best technology and services. GTECH G2 has provided us with the perfect partnership for our entry into the market.”

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Nanonoko wins APPT Macau

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Online legend books first live win

Randy ‘Nanonoko’ Lew finally proved he can do more than push buttons online with victory at APPT Macau this week, seeing off a stacked field which included some guy called Phil Ivey, to bank HK$3,772,000 ($483,902).

Lew, better know for his online multitabling skills, has had to wait a while for his first big-money title, but turned around a final table short-stack to end his live tournament drought in dramatic fashion.

After battling his way into a heads-up bout with Zuo Wang, Lew ground down the Chinese pro before finally tipping the scales in his favor when his pocket sixes became trips on the flop to crush Wang’s A-9.

The final hand was a real cooler, with Lew’s Q-T flopping top two pair on a Q-T-8 board, against Wang’s K-Q. A 5 on the turn and Jack on the river meant Nanonoko now has a title to his name, and over $600,000 in career earnings.

Earlier in the week, the big story was the return of Phil Ivey, who made his first tournament appearance since the events of Black Friday in April. Ivey failed to cash, but most believe he was only playing the tournament to waste time before challenging the world’s biggest cash games in Macau. Is Ivey back for good? Watch this space…

Here’s how APPT Macau finished up:

1. Randy Lew $484,617
2. Jimmy Pan $304,106
3. Jeff Rossiter $167,791
4. Fabian Spielmann $130,918
5. Zuo Wang $103,938
6. Kai Yat Fam $83,896
7. Daniel Nordstrom $63,982
8. Tan Tai Zheng $47,922
9. David Steicke $33,828

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24 Poker Has License Suspended

November 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission has suspended 24 Poker’s gaming license, taking the Microgaming powered poker site off the market.

In a statement released by Microgaming, the company said: “Microgaming today announced that all game play on the 24 Poker website has been blocked due to the Kahnawake Gaming Commission suspending 24 Poker’s gaming license. Both Microgaming and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission have tried without success to contact the 24 Poker Management Team. Further announcements will be made as additional information becomes available.”

24 Poker is owned by BPR Services Limited in the United Kingdom. 24 Poker has been licensed by Kahnawake since 2004, and the site’s gaming license was set to expire at the end of January 2012.

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission also announced that Blue Cactus Enterprises has also had its license revoked for failure to pay fees. The license revocation will affect LiveGambler, and Kong888 gaming sites.

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Beach Life Soars Past $5 Million Mark

November 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The popular Beach Life progressive slots has just moved past the $5 million mark, extending what has been a record run for it during the summer and fall. It broke its previous record of $4.2 million weeks ago and is now cruising even higher, cracking the $5 million mark.

Available to players at Europa Casino, Beach Life has benefited from mobile apps that let players take a spin at it from smartphones and tablets as well as a flurry of promotional offers from various online casinos as it moves into record territory.

It’s been over 200 days since the last winner at Beach Life became an instant millionaire with one spin of the reels, and the current jackpot size is very unusual as the average win in the past has been about $1.8 million.

Slots with progressive jackpots are just as popular at online casinos as they are at US casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, with money from each spin contributing to the overall jackpot prize.

Top online progressive like Beach Life, Mega Moolah (which can be played at All Slots Casino), and others regularly pay out well in excess of $1 million for their largest jackpots; a 20 year-old Norwegian student won the largest ever online jackpot in the summer of 2011 of €11.7 million while playing at Betsson Casino.

 

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    Genting buys Fox Poker Club

    November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

    The Fox Poker Club, one of London’s premier cardrooms, has been sold to Genting Casinos for an undisclosed sum.

    The Fox Poker Club, located on bustling Shaftesbury Avenue, opened a little over a year ago and has grown into one the UK’s best poker venues thanks to a slew of affordable buy-in events, round-the-clock cash games and its association with online site PKR.

    The club was established by Ian Hogg and Chris North back in 2005, and received a full casino licence three years ago before opening to the public in September 2010. With over 20,000 members, it marks a major coup for the Malayan based Genting, which recently added the Hendon Mob and James Akenhead to its growing list of pros.

    Genting Casinos will add the Fox Poker Club to its fast-growing portfolio of UK gambling establishments, which now numbers 46. And the acquisition ends a busy period for Genting, following the announcement of a new seven stop tournament series with over £800,000 in prizes earlier this month

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