Poker Industry PRO: PokerStars, 888 Ready for Full Romanian Online Gaming Licenses

August 28, 2016 Texas Holdem

Law and Regulation: Sites announce dot-RO websites and compliance with local laws ahead of official September 1 go-live date.

Amaya and 888 Holdings announced changes on Friday to their Romanian operations ahead of full licenses that come into effect on September 1.

The pair independently announced a change to dot-RO domain names, with PokerStars also announcing the launch of its BetStars.RO sportsbook and the closure of the Full Tilt skin to Romanian players.

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Full Field of 14 to Battle in the 147th Travers Stakes

August 27, 2016 Texas Holdem

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It was a strange first step in handicapping the 147th running of the $ 1.25 million Travers Stakes. A visit to revealed that rain is unlikely this Saturday at Saratoga. A dry track is good news for the full field of 14 in the 1-1/4 mile test for 3-yr olds, except for 3-1 morning line favorite Exaggerator.

If the forecast was for an off track, my work would be done. Exaggerator, trained and ridden by the Desormeaux brothers, has won the Santa Anita Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Haskell, three Grade 1 affairs, at three different tracks, all in the mud. I couldn’t venture a guess as to which would have had higher odds, Exaggerator winning all three, or all three tracks coming up sloppy in the same season.

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PokerStars Announces A Major Rejig In Its Live Tournament Branding

August 26, 2016 Omaha poker

PokerstarsPokerStars, the biggest online poker operator in the world recently announced a major rebranding initiative under which their key live tournament tours would be renamed as the PokerStars Championships and PokerStars Festivals.

The change in branding will be effective from 2017 onwards, barring the inaugural PokerStars Festival being held in November 2016 in New Jersey.

The 2016 European Poker Tour Prague will thus be the last with EPT branding.

Under the new arrangement, live events by PokerStars would be split into PokerStars Championship events comprising larger tournament events and PokerStars Festival events which are shorter live events targeting recreational players. The shorter live events will usually last for a period of 6 to 7 days.


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Poker Industry PRO: Russian Regulator Targets Social Media Pages of Offshore Bookmakers

August 26, 2016 Texas Holdem

Law and Regulation: Over 250 pages taken down from VKontakte.

The popular Russian social network VKontakte has blocked or deleted more than 250 links and groups pertaining to offshore online gambling at the behest of the Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor.

More than 40 bookmakers were affected in the recent clampdown, including Marathon, Fonbet, Leon and PariMatch, the regulator announced this week.

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Global Poker League Shifts Playoffs And Final To Las Vegas

August 25, 2016 Omaha poker

Global Poker LeagueThe inaugural edition of the Global Poker League (GPL) has just been completed and the GPL will now move to Las Vegas for the GPL Playoffs and the GPL Final.

The Playoffs were initially scheduled to be held in San Diego as a part of TwitchCon, which is a conference organized by Twitch and the final was to be held in London, England. Alex Dreyfus, CEO of the GPL said that the changes were made after a review of the first half of the season.

Additionally, the GPL has announced that the second leg of the regular season has been moved back by a few weeks and will now start on September 20.

The change in the schedule was done so that GPL games did not clash with other large poker tournaments...

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