July 26, 2016 Texas Holdem
888 Holdings Plc and Rank Group Plc may team up and make an offer to purchase gaming competitor William Hill.
Merger talks between the two companies are reportedly at a “relatively advanced” stage, according to a joint statement released to the media over the weekend. The deal would create an enterprise worth approximately £2 billion ($ 2.6 billion).
July 25, 2016 Texas Holdem
Weekly Columns: Strong performances from PokerStars Italy and WSOP/888 in New Jersey stand out in a week that saw the summer decline in full swing.
After three weeks of solid traffic retention, the seasonal decline finally took hold and dragged down the online poker market this week. The worldwide market dropped by 6.2%, from 29,130 average cash game seats filled to 27,316. Among the top 20, traffic shrunk 5.5%, from 25,763 to 24,335, with losers outnumbering winners 14 to 6.
In the dot-com and Euro markets, there were no new promotions announced by any big operator and warm weather experienced in large parts of Europe. The net effect—one of the biggest one-week declines we’ve seen all year.
July 24, 2016 Texas Holdem
Weekly Columns: Bots, Pokémon Go, reflection on the World Series of Poker and more.
The Mad Botter
Top read this week is this fascinating if uncorroborated thread from a self-confessed bot-operator who claims to have won approximately $ 30,000 playing on the US-facing offshore WPN online poker network using automated software.
July 23, 2016 Texas Holdem
Live and Online: 888’s twist: A countdown clock that switches the tournament format into an all-in shootout.
Following in the footsteps of other poker operators innovating on the lottery sit and go format, 888poker launched BLAST under the radar this week: A four-handed jackpot tournament with a countdown game clock.
As with traditional lottery-style tournaments, BLAST offers players short-handed, fast-structure winner-takes-all tournaments where the prize is chosen randomly, from 2 to 10,000 times the buy-in.
July 22, 2016 Omaha poker
Poker pro Jason Mercier has won the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Player of the Year (POY) award for his phenomenal run at this year’s WSOP. Mercier finally clinched the first spot after his closest competitor Paul Volpe crashed out of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event earlier this week.
Volpe exited the main event finishing in 29th place and cashing out with $ 216,211. The elimination saw him receive 357.62 WSOP POY points which still left him short by 270 points which he needed to surpass Mercier. If Volpe had to have a better run at the Main Event he could have secured the much needed points to push Mercier for the title.
Volpe now has around 1,927 points from nine cashes that includes a win in $ 1,500 8-Game Mix which netted him a gold bracelet, and a 4th place finish...Read More