Last Black Friday Defendant Pleads Guilty

March 28, 2012 Leave a comment

The last remaining defendant in the Black Friday ordeal will plead guilty today after cutting a plea bargain with federal authorities.

John Campos, a former bank executive for SunFirst Bank in Utah will plead guilty to a single misdemeanor banking charge when he goes in front of the judge in U.S. federal court in New York. His lawyer called the plea an “excellent resolution” to the case that was brought against his client.

The government alleges that SunFirst Bank processed money for poker sites Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars, both of which were hit heavily by the Department of Justice last year.

Campos was scheduled to go to trial next month along with co-defendant Chad Elie, who also plead guilty to his crimes on Monday. The duo joins Absolute Poker Co-Founder Brent Beckley and payment processors Ira Rubin, Ryan Lang, and Bradley Franzen, who all also plead guilty to their roles in their online poker scheme.

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Black Friday Defendant Pleads Guilty Two Weeks Before Trial

March 27, 2012 Leave a comment

A former e-payment processor who was indicted in the Black Friday charges suddenly plead guilty to the charges he was facing in a New York courtroom, two weeks before his trial was scheduled to begin.

Chad Elie plead guilty to conspiracy and admitted that he worked as a payment processor for the poker companies that were brought down on Black Friday. His guilty plea was unexpected, and the recent news that Elie’s former partner Daniel Tzvetkoff was going to testify against Elie may have been a factor in his change of stance.

With the guilty plea, only former bank executive John Campos remains awaiting justice, although prosecutors indicated that they are in discussions with Campos’ attorneys to determine whether the last defendant will face jail time if found guilty. The eleven other defendants besides Campos and Elie all pled guilty to their Black Friday related crimes.

When he is sentenced on October 3rd, Elie could face up to 12 months in prison. He will also forfeit $500,000 in profits he made as a result of his crimes as well as his interest in $25 million being held in payment processing accounts.

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PokerTracker 4 Public Beta!

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Ever wondered what all the fuss is about with poker HUDs? Well, now you can get in on the act for absolutely nothing with a free public beta from PokerTracker 4 – the newest version of the analytical software tool that tracks, analyses and helps you improve your online poker game.

The free pre-release public beta of PokerTracker 4 is available online for use on Microsoft Windows right now, as developers seek crowd-sourced feedback from the poker community at large and prepare the application for commercial release.

To take part in the free public beta, click here!

According to the creators, ‘PokerTracker 4 imports all your hand histories and players can then view this personalized information in a user-friendly format to explore nearly every possible angle of both the user’s and his/her opponents’ poker game to help determine optimal playing decisions’.

The PT4 development team believe that tracking software should augment users’ playing experiences, without interfering with your time at the tables.  ‘The interface and HUD are crisp, clean and without clutter while maintaining a vast amount of data available at the touch of a player’s fingertips,’ added the team.

If you need help using PT4, check out preview videos here!

The full commercial version is expected later this year.

PokerTracker Features:

Available for Texas Holdem and Omaha, with support for No-Limit, Limit or Pot-Limit betting structures for Cash Ring Games, Sit ‘N Gos and Multi-Table Tournaments

The most popular features from some third party software packages have been incorporated into PT4 at no additional cost. There are no additional downloads needed – everything is built directly into the application

HUD features include:

– Vector HUD Engine frees screen clutter at all table sizes
– NoteTracker automated note system
– Drag and drop HUD Profile Editor
– Street by street hand equities displayed at showdown
– Player Table-Session stat display
– Support for PokerStars Zoom cash game formats
– Money Flow Chart to see how winnings are passed between players
– Visualize statistics using the Holdem Hand Range Visualizer

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Mr. Green Casino Adopts Microgaming’s Quickfire Platform

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Mr. Green Casino has announced that it has adopted Microgaming’s Quickfire platform, enhancing its gaming library that already games from IGT, Net Entertainment, and NYX Interactive.

Commenting on the addition of Quickfire, Mr. Green CEO Mikael Pawlo said “We are very impressed with Quickfire and we believe our customers in emerging and existing markets will enjoy playing Microgaming games in the safe and entertaining environment provided by Mr Green.”

Mr. Green Casino is an online casino licensed in Malta and founded by Fredrik Sidfalk and Henrik Bergquist, two of the three founders of Betsson.

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MLB Baseball Betting Line Injuries Mounting Early for Star-Studded Phillies

March 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Despite recent shortcomings in the postseason, the Philadelphia Phillies are looking scarier and scarier from year to year. 2012 will be no exception as the leaders on the MLB baseball betting line have added more star power in a bid for another World Series championship.

The Phillies have won the NL East five years in a row, including winning the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, but have performed categorically worse in their past four showings in the postseason.

With both Ryan Howard and Chase Utley likely out for Opening Day, the latter possibly to be replaced by rookie Freddy Galvis, so the offense might not be as powerful as it has been.

But when your pitching rotation features the likes of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, and now with Jonathan Papelbon closing out games, a ton of offense may not be necessary.

Bodog has set Philly’s MLB baseball betting futures at odds of 11/2, followed closely behind by the New York Yankees – 13/2, Los Angeles Angels – 7/1 – and the Detroit Tigers – 8/1. The next National League team on the list is the San Francisco Giants at betting odds of 15/1.

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Study: Women Favor Online Poker More Than Men

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

A study by the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Richard Stockton College shows that woman in the northeast favor online poker more than men.

The study covers the Northeast megalopolis region with a range from Boston to Washington D.C. The study includes the states of New Jersey and New York.

The sample group of 3,000 people shows that online gambling appeals more to younger people and women. Between 16 and 25% of those sampled said they have a willingness to play casino games like blackjack, baccarat, poker, roulette, craps, and slots online.

However the most surprising stat of the study is that 40% of the women surveyed said that the favor online poker, compared to just 13% of men. 25% of those surveyed under the age of 30 said they would be happy to gamble online, compared to 10% of respondents aged 30-49.

The study had a 1.8% margin of error.

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Jackpot Party Releases Gorilla Chief 2

March 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Online casino Jackpot Party has released ‘Gorilla Chief 2’, its newest video slot based on the land based game developed by WMS Gaming.

Gorilla Chief 2 is a 50 payline, 5 reel video slot that features a jungle theme with 10 re-triggering free spins, and a progressive jackpot.

A video trailer of the game has been released by Jackpot Party and can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45qytQwcED4

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