Poker Industry PRO: Traffic Insight

June 26, 2016 Texas Holdem

Weekly Columns: Online poker cash game traffic continues its seasonal downturn.

The worldwide online poker market dropped 4.8% this week, crossing below the 30,000 concurrent cash game seats mark for the first time in a decade.

Drops of 5% or greater were seen across the board in dot-com and Europe, with the non-US dot-com market just keeping its head above 20,000 cash game seats.

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WSOP 2016: Hani Awad Wins Event #36

June 25, 2016 Texas Holdem

Live and Online: Fabrice Soulier Team Manager of the Paris Aviators finishes as runner up—Jason Mercier busts out in 11th place.

Hani Awad, a taxi cab company owner in Vegas, won the fiercely fought battle of Event #36: $ 2500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better—winning the first gold bracelet of his career and $ 213,186 in prize money.

Dedicating his win to his 93 year old mother who still lives in his birth place of Nazareth, Israel, Awad said: “I promised her I was going to win it for her. It was my dream to win this, and it means the world…I don’t even care about the money. I just wanted to win the gold bracelet.”

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Half a Billion Minutes: Jason Somerville Talks Twitch

June 24, 2016 Texas Holdem

Interviews: Run It UP! creator and PokerStars Pro Jason Somerville shares his thoughts on Twitch and how his viewers are turning into poker players.

In a recent interview with Poker Industry PRO, Jason Somerville spoke about how live streaming on Twitch is one of the best ways of engaging with audiences around the globe, how it creates a conversation around poker and how he believes it attracts new players to the game.

Somerville knows what he is talking about as he is no stranger to engaging with audiences on a mass level.

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PokerStars Removes Micro-Stakes Games From Belgian Site

June 23, 2016 Omaha poker

PokerstarsPokerStars made an unannounced change in its online poker offerings available to Belgian players by removing low stakes games from the site.

The world’s largest poker site, PokerStars operates a region-specific website for Belgian players as a result of the country’s gaming rules which allow only licensed operators to offer online gaming services.

The dot-be domain however shares international player liquidity with PokerStars’ dot-com site as well as others.

On June 15, PokerStars removed games having stakes in the range of $ 0.01 to $ 2 available for Belgian players without any official announcement. The company however issued a clarifying note in response to questions from users who noticed the changes.

In its response, company representatives said that PokerStars was in the pr...

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WSOP 2016: Alexander Ziskin Wins Event #29 After a Ferocious Heads Up Battle Against Jens Grieme

June 23, 2016 Texas Holdem

Live and Online: Jason Mercier busts out of Event #32 in 8th place and James Moore wins the Super Seniors Event #31.

After going into an additional day of play, Chicago poker pro Alexander Ziskin outlasted the field of 1,796 players to take down Event #29: $ 1500 No-Limit Hold’em.

460 hands played out on the final table, half of which were played heads up against German poker pro Jens Grieme before Ziskin walked away with the top prize of $ 401,494 and the first gold bracelet of his career.

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