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Top aces to test no-dealer poker at top championship
Some shrewd marketing savvy lies behind an innovative element scheduled for introduction early next month during the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Pokertek, which has developed a new electronic dealerless poker table that uses computer screens for each player and speeds up play significantly, has teamed up with WSOP organisers to showcase the product in a Heads Up Challenge game featuring high profile players.  more...

$5 000 Limit Hold 'Em bracelet taken by Saro Getzoyan
Drawing large spectator crowds due to its powerpacked player roster, the $5 000 Limit Hold 'Em competition at the World Series of Poker boasted a truly star-studded hall of tables, promising seriously tough competition among the 257 players who registered.

The chance to win a WSOP bracelet and a chunk of a wealthy prize-pool of $1 207 900 attracted entries such as Marcel Luske, Howard Lederer, Daniel Alaei, Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson, Eric Froelich, Joe Sebok, Phil "Unabomber" Laak, Greg "FBT" Mueller, Ted Forrest, Minh Ly, Barry Greenstein, Ted Forrest, Internet champ Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo, WSOP Main Event winner Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and high-stakes cash game player Eli Elezra.  more...

Bigger prizes and more venues
The European Poker Tour has released its fourth program, featuring increased buy-ins (and therefore prizes) and an expanded tournament schedule.

Explaining the changes, EPT chief John Duthie said: "The decision was based on the limited number of seats we have to each EPT tournament, and the fact that our Euro 10 000 tournament this spring, EPT Grand Final, proved to be very popular,"  more...
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Apuestas makes the switch after only six months with Skill Games Poker Network
The Malta licensed Apuestas Poker site is in the process of switching from the little known Skill Games Poker Network (SGPN) to the 40+ sites Microgaming Poker Network this week, after only six months with the SGPN. The reasons for the change have not been made public, but probably relate to the better player liquidity on the well established Microgaming network.  more...

A Gamble feature that delivered bigtime!
A Canadian VIP player at the Jackpot Factory group enjoyed a dream Video Poker session that ultimately brought him an $80 000 payout on Double Double Bonus 10 Play Power Poker in an extraordinary torrent of good fortune this week.

Playing at First Web online casino, PatrickD was dealt an incredible ten Royal Flushes and went on to double his winnings on the game�s gamble feature, taking it to the maximum payout.  more...
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Public support necessary for IGREA success says press officer
With the excitement and media coverage of last Friday's generally positive hearings on Internet gambling out of the way (at least for now) the question on many lips is what Congressman Barney Frank's next move will be. His first foray into widely publicising his bill HR2046 Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act has clearly been a success but where does it go from here?  more...

Poker ace carves a unique niche for himself in WSOP history
The possibility that American poker ace Phil Hellmuth would be the first to achieve the unique honour of holding 11 World Series of Poker winner's bracelets was the hot topic at last year's championship, but the record was only achieved this week when a delighted Hellmuth took the $637 254 winner's check in Event #15, the $1 500 No Limit Hold 'Em.  more...

382 entries for the H.O.R.S.E. contest
World Series of Poker event 16 - the $2 500 H.O.R.S.E. competition - saw a strong scattering of professional aces among the 382 entrants on the first day of play.

That didn't stop the pros falling like ninepins in the first few hours of play however, and experts of the calibre of Dutch Boyd and Mike Matusow, followed shortly by Scotty Nguyen and Jeff Madsen were among the early casualties.  more...
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Turnkey provider to offer Three Card Poker, Dragon Bonus, Let it Ride, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Casino War and Ultimate Texas Hold 'EmTM to it's licensees.
Turnkey provider and gaming software developer Playtech has secured an intellectual property sub-licence agreement with Guardian Gaming and Shuffle Master that will enable it to offer its software licensees the Shuffle Master games, Three Card Poker, Dragon Bonus, Let it Ridem Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Casino War and Ultimate Texas Hold�Em.  more...
12 JUNE 2007 : HEADLINES          

Three seasons of association with Real Madrid
Vienna listed online betting group Bwin Interactive started the week with the positive news that starting on 1 July 2007 it will become the official main sponsor of Real Madrid, the top Spanish football club. The agreement has initially been concluded for a period of three seasons.

In addition to displaying the Bwin logo on the shirts of the Real Madrid team at national and international matches, the cooperation agreement extends to prominent branding of the stadiums and Real Madrid's training ground.  more...

Big bets on man vs. machine as poker pros challenge multi-faceted poker program
It's been done in chess and backgammon, and now two top poker pros are to face off against a poker computer program. University of Alberta academics are so confident in their latest poker bot Polaris that they have put up $50 000 that Phil 'Unabomber' Laak and fellow poker pro Ali Eslami will not be able to defeat it over 2 000 hands of Texas Hold 'Em.  more...

Poker pro prevails over a tough and talented final table
Poker pro and 2005 World Series Player of the Year Allen Cunningham showcased his experience and talent this week in Event 13 of the World Series of Poker - the $5 000 Pot Limit Hold 'Em tournament - against some formidable final table opponents.

Facing Cunningham around the table after surviving a starter field of 398 players, and with their eyes firmly on the lion's share of the $1.87 million prize-pool were defending champion Jason Lester; EPT Grand Final Champion Gavin Griffin; Costa Rican professional Humberto Brenes; 2003 WSOP bracelet winner Keith Lehr; European poker pro Jeff Lisandro and relative newcomers Travis Rice, Alan Jaffray and Joe Patrick.  more...
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Full Contact Poker's front ace moves to industry leader
Daniel 'Kid Poker' Negreanu's departure from Full Contact Poker (see previous InfoPowa report) was explained this week by news that Full Contact Poker is closing, steering its players to online poker industry leader Poker

Canadian born but Vegas resident Negreanu becomes the latest addition to Team PokerStars, joining a handful of the game's largest names including three of the last four WSOP Main Event winners, Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer and Joe Hachem.  more...

No infringements of federal securities law took place
Two years ago poker legend Doyle Brunson and his company together with unspecified investors hit the headlines in a surprise announcement that a $700 million offer for World Poker Tour had been tabled and was being considered (see previous InfoPowa reports)

The news sent WPT shares rocketing some 50 percent, but the excitement was short-lived as the deal unravelled, and the rapid sequence of events triggered a Securities Exchange Commission enquiry.  more...

But does PKR really have 600 000 players?
Intriguing press release of the week came from IGA Worldwide, an in-game marketing network that announced a deal with the PKR poker website to display adverts on its tables.

IGA points out that the practice of table felt advertising is now common in big land poker tournaments, and the concept is 'infiltrating' the online poker milieu as well.  more...
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Prime Poker promo offers to double player winnings
Only the specified timeframe prevents an online poker room's latest promotion from becoming dangerously generous, but the company making the offer is going ahead with a scheme that could see winners have their rewards doubled.

Prime has launched its "Prime Doubler" promotion, with the promise that it will double any amount won in poker cash games in a specific month. Claiming the offer to be the first promo of its kind in the online gaming industry, owners Prime Gaming say there are no limits on the amount that can be won every month, with Prime Poker doubling any amount from $100 to $100 000.  more...

The focus is on Europe
Organisers River City Group say that judging from the responses already, the 6th Annual European i-Gaming Congress & Expo (EiG) is going to be Europe's largest, i-gaming industry event yet.

If you decided to give GIGSE a miss this year, then you can't skimp on the networking opportunities in Barcelona, so now's probably a good time to reserve your place at to take advantage of discounted hotel rates.  more...
11 JUNE 2007 : HEADLINES          

Wheretobet's new role is as a community and information site
Readers who were around in the pioneering days of online gambling in the 'nineties will remember the portal Wheretobet, which was at that time a leading destination for information in the nascent Internet gambling industry but subsequently fell into relative obscurity. This week the site resurfaced under the aegis of the Costa Rican sportsbet marketing company Blue Reef SA with a new look and a new mission - as a "user driven" community and information site.  more...

Leading software powers new offering from poker operator
The well established online poker operator Purple Lounge has moved into the online casino space with the launch this week of a new online gambling site. Powered by one of the industry's largest turnkey providers, Microgaming, the new site gives the Purple Lounge group's 30 000 registered players access to over 300 high quality casino games, together with a an opportunity to win one of the multi-million dollar jackpots available through the Microgaming Progressive Jackpot Network - the world's largest.  more...

Ex WSOP tournament director hits the ground running with DG Holdings
The marketing rights for poker software owned by international investment group DG Holdings have been awarded to Doing in a deal signed this week following the recent arrival at DG Holdings of ex-WSOP tournament director Bob Daily (see previous InfoPowa reports)

Doing is closely associated with the online poker and casino operator Doing, a multi-language gaming site offering a range of games and single, multi-table and sit 'n go tournaments that claims up to 15 000 players use its facilities over peak periods each day.  more...
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Licensing snafu causes headaches....but a private place makes it right
Online gambling marketing affiliates in the Bahamas for the CAP Spring Break this weekend were on the receiving end of what appeared to be a licensing snafu when local gaming authorities nixed a Affiliate World Series of Poker fun tournament.

Delays in the arrival of the necessary paperwork had organisers hopping, but it all came right in the end when delegates were whisked off to another part of the island and a private property, where the tournament went on, offering prizes that included an all-expenses paid trip to Barcelona for the next Affiliate World Series of Poker and a possible $10 000 prize.  more...

Another massive entry field in popular competition
World Series of Poker Event number 12 - the six-handed $1 500 No Limit Hold 'Em - pulled in 1 427 players avid for a crack at a $481 697 winner's prize and one of the golden WSOP bracelets. By the time the six man final table convened - away from the main playing areas at the Rio in a Bluff Magazine marquee to facilitate its webcast online - there had been plenty of action and excitement, a good auger for what was to come.  more...

Raymer, Greenstein in final table tussle
Event 14 at the World Series of Poker - the two-day $1 500 Seven Card Stud - was decided in the early hours of Sunday morning after a tough 17 hour race to a final table tussle that featured big names Greg Raymer and Barry Greenstein.

Emerging from the fray with the winner's bracelet and $146 987 main prize was Michael 'The Doc' Keiner, who shut down heads up opponent Nesbitt Coburn in a great climax to a long and hard competition that initially featured 385 starters, winnowed down to 137 players at the start of Day 2 amid fears that the event may have to be extended into a third day.  more...
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Congressman is building support for bill that seeks to legalise and license online gambling
There's still a long political haul ahead, but Congressman Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and author of Bill HR 2046 which seeks to license and regulate online gambling in the United States, is using his considerable experience and legislative clout to continue building support for his proposal.  more...
10 JUNE 2007 : HEADLINES          

Casino City reporter hits the headlines with quirky bid to reach World Series of Poker Main Event
Kudos to Casino City reporter Aaron Todd, who made the mainstream press headlines in Boston this week with an entertaining story that helped him attract attention to what he considers an ineffective law, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.  more...

Do the owners of the Zamboanga special economic zone have the right to issue online gambling licences?
It looks as if an increasingly bitter war of words, and possibly litigation could be taking place in the Philippines, where the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) is at odds with the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone (ZSEZ) and Freeport Authority over its claimed right to issue online gambling licenses.  more...

Big disappointment for well known Internet poker player Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo
With a starting field of 1 531 entrants, event 10 - the $2 000 No Limit Hold 'Em competition - at the World Series of Poker currently running in Vegas was always going to be a tough contest, with highly experienced players like Internet poker expert Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo going full-on after the $566 916 main prize.  more...
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26 year old college student scoops entre to the world's top tourneys
A 26 year old Copenhagen student using the handle "Gentlemen8" has become the third winner of Absolute's Third Absolute Dream Package, claiming a coveted online poker prize package that's already dramatically changed the lives of two other online poker players in two different countries.
9 JUNE 2007 : HEADLINES          

Online gambling wins big mainstream media coverage
If one of Congressman Barney Frank's objectives in holding Internet gambling hearings was to draw attention to the controversial political topic then he has so far been remarkably successful - within hours of the first hearing in Washington this week the opinions of those present received extensive media coverage.  more...

Restricted US market triggers the need for wider horizons
According to reports in eGaming Review this week, the Antigua-based online gambling and entertainment group has confirmed it has ambitious plans for a push into the European market "within months." Asked for comment by InfoPowa, Bodog PR said that "soft launch" planning was in progress and that further information would be made available soon.  more...

This time it's a Party Casino player who strikes instant riches
Hard on the heels of 2 major online progressive slot wins (one for $8 million and another for $2 million) at Intercasino and Littlewoods Casino this month comes news that a 39 year old, self-employed Brit landscape gardener from a council estate in Sunderland is celebrating after raking in a Party jackpot of US$1 092 957 off a stake of just 18 cents.  more...
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$1000 No Limit Hold 'Em a good investment for Michael Chu
Another huge WSOP winner's check was cut this week, this time for 27 year old Los Angeles stock trader Michael Chu, who took home an impressive $585 744 and a WSOP bracelet after taking down an entry field of 844 competitors in Event 8 - the $1000 No Limit Hold 'Em (w/rebuys)

This is Chu's second World Series of Poker tournament, and he entered the final table in the Rio's Amazon Room with the fourth largest chip stack of the nine players. Tough opponents around the final table included Shane 'Shaniac' Schleger, Maciek Gracz, Tommy Vu, Dolph Arnold, Jan von Halle and Amir Vahedi (chip leader), along with newcomer Barry Cales and the more WSOP-experienced Robert Aron.  more...
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Brush up on your acronyms - new groups are in the legislative mix
The United States online gambling legislative scene is definitely front and centre at present, with a bewildering array of new acronyms to join the already widely known DoJ (Department of Justice), the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) and the over half a million strong PPA (Poker Players' Alliance)  more...

Financial group says Internet gambling could provide up to $25 billion in taxes over next 5 years
There has been a notable increase in the momentum of opposition to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act this week. The unpopular law, which passed last year in questionable Congressional manouevring, seeks to disrupt financial transactions with online gambling companies and has inconvenienced tens of thousands of American online gamblers and inflicted severe losses on gambling companies.  more...

New deal will allow players to compete in real time in television events
The giant American television network Game Shown Network (GSN) has inked a deal with Interactive television technology company Two Way TV which will soon empower viewers to participate and compete in shows and events through their mobile communication devices and in real time.

Due for operational launch later this year, the technology heralds what GSN calls "advanced interactivity" and will initially roll out on shows like High Stakes Poker and World Series of Blackjack.  more...
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Canadian customers claim e-wallet handed them over for collection without checking first
Beleaguered e-wallet Neteller was in the Canadian news again this week with a report in the Vancouver Sun that as many as 200 Vancouver area residents could be victims of identity fraud involving false accounts opened with the Calgary and Isle of Man based company.

Neteller, already beset by hassles with the US Department of Justice, frozen US client accounts, the arrest of its founders and suspension of its shares on the London market, will likely not find the latest accusations helpful.  more...

Third positive consecutive monthly returns
Interactive Systems Worldwide, Inc. has announced record monthly wagering volume, for the third straight month, from the operation of its SportXction system in the UK.

The system, operated by wholly owned Global Interactive Gaming Ltd. recorded over $2.0 million in turnover (the total amount wagered) in May. This total represents the largest monthly turnover ever recorded by GIG, adding to the turnover for April and March that also showed volume increases.  more...

"We want a quick hearing," says spokesman on legal action against US Attorney General
The mysterious organisation that surfaced so dramatically this week by initiating legal action against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA) expanded on its aims and objectives at a Montreal online gambling conference.

Addressing delegates at the Global Interactive Gaming Summit and Expo, spokesman Joe Brennan Jnr described iMEGA as a grass roots organisation that is seeking an injunction against the enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.  more...
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WSOP'S $5 000 Pot Limit Omaha Hold 'Em features big names and big money
The biggest prizes to date were handed out in the World Series of Poker $5 000 Pot Limit Omaha Hold 'Em competition, and the aces were out in force to claim them. 145 entrants started in the contest with ambitions to pocket the main $825 956 prize before 2 days of hectic poker decided the final table. The large purses up for grabs attracted a good turnout of railbirds.  more...
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