Posted on 21st February 2018 by Maya Michaels in Poker News

On Monday, 26 February, Unibet Poker will start a new tradition by emerging Unibet Online Series (UOS) that will last till 11 March. Unibet hosting first-ever online poker festival marks a huge breakthrough for Unibet Poker on their way to further establishing itself as one of the top online poker rooms in the world.

In order to participate in UOS you need an account at Unibet Poker that now offers amazing welcome package which includes €200 progressive bonus, four tickets to €500 Welcome Freerolls and €2 Unibet Open Qualifier ticket.

UOS will feature 28 events broken down into three different tiers per event called Nano, Low and High. This way, huge schedule of 84 tournaments is created with €300,000 combined guaranteed prize pools.

Different tiers mean that any player can participate regardless of their finance. The lowest tier will offer players buy-ins from €0.1 to €1.The Low events will feature buy-ins ranging from €2 to €25 while the High events feature buy-ins from €25 to €100. Even satellites, already running, give players a chance to qualify for the events for a fraction of the cost so this tournament will be a mixture of all range of players’ bankrolls.

Tournaments will consist of No Limit Hold’em and Pot-limit Omaha varieties and take advantage of many tournament formats like rebuy, bounty, progressive bounty, ante and freezeout. Each day, six events will be held, three at 7pm and three on 8.30pm. The series will end with three Main Events and the €100 UOS Main Event with €100,000 prize pool.

Four leaderboards will be held at Unibet Poker, one for each tier, Nano, Low and High, and one overall leaderboard. The winners of tier laderboards will be awarded €200, €500 and €700 while the winner of overall leaderboard takes home €1,500 and gets invited to the inaugural Unibet Battle of Champions.

Battle of Champions will be held at the beginning of 2019 and it will be live-streamed nine-player event. Participants will be four Unibet Online Series winners, four Unibet Open winners and the winner of Deep Stack Open leaderboard. Prize pool and finer details are yet to be announced later in 2018.

Posted on 14th February 2018 by Maya Michaels in Poker News

Encouraging numbers are here but according to the reports released by Nevada Gaming Control Board, poker in the state continues to perform under its peak from 2007.

Each January, the board releases the Nevada Gaming Abstract with a full review of the previous year’s financial results from the state’s casino licensees. In December 2017, Nevada’s casinos earned gaming revenue of $982 million, up 3,32% compared to the figure posted for the same month a year ago. Full-year 2017 gaming revenue increased 0.9% to reach $11.1 billion.

Over the past several years, Nevada’s gambling industry has been earning most of its income from outside the gaming floor. Revenue from table games dropped 3.8% to $4.1 billion while income from slot machines amounted to $7 billion.

During the last year, poker revenue increased 0.6% comparing to 2016 and reached the amount of $118.4 million. The highest revenue so far Nevada had was $167.9 million in 2007. The poker revenue kept dropping ever since, now reaching its second-highest mark since 2014’s $119.9 million.

The revenue of $118.4 million was generated from 71 poker rooms in the state. The Silver State offered 615 poker tables in 2017.Three hundred poker tables were located in Las Vegas and they account for 66% of all poker revenues or $78.5 million. Washoe Country with its 57 poker tables, raked in $6.5 million.

The small increase in total poker revenue of 0.6% is due to good results in December and June. December revenue was $9.5 million while in June, the poker revenue of $16.6 was the highest since 2007.

Despite this not so great performance in 2017, Nevada is still the biggest poker market in the US. Pennsylvania poker revenue for 2017 is $59 million, New Jersey’s $54 million and Maryland only $44.5 million.

Posted on 7th February 2018 by Maya Michaels in Poker News

Coolbet, a young online gambling brand focused on sports betting, has launched its online poker platform on Microgaming’s network MPN.

The Coolbet brand is owned by Staycoo, based in Estonia, and runs its own sports betting platform. It targets the Nordic markets under its Estonian online gambling license. Launched in 2016, Coolbet also offers casino and live casino games and, as of this week, poker.

They hope to benefit hugely from the experienced and knowledgeable Microgaming’s poker team and bring sportsbook players closer to poker. Being the best in the industry, being present in the Nordic region already, and due to Microgaming’s experience in the poker market, Coolbet chose the best partner possible.

This is not the first time Microgaming and Coolbet have worked together. Quickfire platform and the industry’s largest portfolio of games owner has been utilised by Coolbet since 2016. From now on, the award-winning network will provide the Estonian company with a comprehensive tournament schedule, a host of unique promotions and a popular live tour MPNPT.

Director of Network Games at Microgaming, Jean-Luc Ferriere said that Coolbet is a company with a very experienced team leading it and they have a clear vision and strategy when it comes to their targets and customers. They going live on MPN will only help them achieve those goals.

MPN has 26 different poker rooms that all share the same tables and tournaments.  There is a room for everyone, small boutique operators, huge publicly-traded companies and even rooms that give all profit to charity.

You can speak your own language at the tables and enjoy the best experience possible. The network won the B2B award for Best Poker Network in 2011 and 2015 as well as Best Poker Software in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Posted on 1st February 2018 by Maya Michaels in Poker News

At the beginning of the year, Spanish and French regulators announced that first Franco-Spanish online poker tables will be launched in the following weeks and now that time has come.

These two countries – Spain and France – are a part of an agreement signed back in July 2017 for a shared liquidity pool between four European countries Spain, France, Italy and Portugal. The agreement was aimed to enable these European Union members to share online poker players for the first time and to improve the state of online poker in all four markets.

France and Spain were the first to sign the Resolution in January 2018 to share liquidity, while Italy and Portugal are still in the process.

Since PokerStars holds licenses from the regulators both in Spain and France, it was only natural for them to be the first operator to join the exciting new project. PokerStars combined its French and Spanish ring-fenced online poker rooms to create a much bigger site with shared liquidity between the countries and opened up registration for players outside of both of the two countries.

To celebrate the shared liquidity pool, PokerStars is to unite poker players from both countries in a brand new poker tournament FRESH (France Espania Hold’em).

The series will take place between 28 January and 11 February. This will be the richest online series these two countries have seen so far, with $5 million guaranteed across 50 scheduled events. Plenty of tournament events are suitable for players with varying bankrolls with buy-ins starting from only $10 or $20.

The series include Main Event $250 buy-in and $1 million guaranteed Main Event Prize Pool. Besides the main prize, the winner of the Main Event will get a Platinum Pass Package to the PSPC (PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em Championship). The second Platinum Pass will be awarded in an all-in shootout involving all players that entered at least one FRESH event. Platinum Pass is valued at $30,000.

This is the first poker room of its kind and PokerStars is, for now, the only site approved by gaming authorities in both countries. PokerStars became the third largest online poker room in the world with this shared tables launch, right after the International PokerStars and IDNPoker. Fourth and fifth place belong to 888poker and PartyPoker.

Posted on 25th January 2018 by Maya Michaels in Poker News

Online Poker Bill in the state of New York has made it through the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee and now moves to the State Finance Committee.

The bill was passed easily by a 10-1 vote but we’ll have to wait and see what will happen next. This is the third consecutive year that the US state of New York is trying to change the gambling legislature and regulate online gambling but they simply hadn’t had any luck so far.

Last year the Bill also passed the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee and also the Finance Committee. The Bill even passed a vote of full Senate in the middle of the 2017 but then nothing happened. The Bill never came through the vote at the Assembly. They just didn’t have the time since the New York Assembly only has a handful of scheduled working days on its legislative calendar. We can only hope that this year, they bill will have more time and luck.

The bill is standard and will allow the New York State Gaming Commission to award up to 11 online poker licenses and to enter interstate agreements with other regulated states. A proposed tax rate is standing at 15% of grossed gaming revenue and the up-front licensing fee is a hefty $10 million. Not only would New York issue licenses to operators of video lottery gaming but the ones from the states with “similar licensing requirements” would be able to apply for online poker license.

A special “bad actor” clause was added last year just before the bill came to the full Senate. This clause relates to operators that were illegally active in the US after the 2006 passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). The “bad actor” clause forces regulators to weigh the acts from the bill related to illegal online gambling when they’re considering licensing suitability. This is not the strictest variety of the clause and it also doesn’t say that such an operator would be automatically deemed ineligible to receive an online license.

Most casino operators withdrew from the US market after the UIGEA passed so we’ll have to wait and see what will happen with those who stayed including the online poker giant PokerStars.

Posted on 10th January 2018 by Maya Michaels in Poker News

Tower Torneos, Latin America facing gaming group, has moved its poker operations to the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) for all its online poker needs.

The change comes as Tower Torneos aims to establish itself as a stand-alone operator in Latin America.

Being a skin on 888poker network, this migration to MPN marks what is believed to be the end of outside company participation in the network, leaving only company-owned skins, contributing to the network’s player pool.

This deal between Microgaming and Tower Torneos strengthens the relationship between the companies since Tower Torneos has previously integrated with the online solutions giant’s Quickfire platform for gaming content.

Integration with Quickfire proved they are the perfect partner to work with for a new and improved poker product since they have the necessary experience in the poker world. Being satisfied with the collaboration, Tower Torneos has extended the relationship with poker.

Besides poker and casino products, Tower Torneos also offers live dealer games and sports betting.

The company plans to launch skill games and bingo soon as well. This is a huge step for Tower Torneos and represents its transformation from being an operator’s white label brand to becoming a stand-alone operator, especially aiming Latin American market.

By joining the MPN, the operator joined an award-winning network and will from now on offer comprehensive tournament schedule, a popular live tour and a host of unique network promotions to its players. The Microgamning officials are content with the partnership and think that addition of Tower Torneos will bring a wealth of industry and poker experience to MPN and also increase their overall liquidity on the network.

This deal will also enhance Microgaming’s presence in the markets outside Europe. Jean-Luc Ferriere, the director of network games for Microgaming said that it was wonderful to welcome Tower Torneos to the MPN and to be their poker provider of choice and they hope to be working with them long into the future.

Microgamind made severe progress with the network in 2017 and is extremely positive about welcoming young and dynamic brands. The news about this partnership came just as Pokeryaar.com, operated by Lucknow-base Club Empire Tech Pvt. Ltd., joined the Microgaming-led India Poker Network. Pokeryaar.com now offers Omaha, Hold’em, Five-card poker variants, MPN’S Fish Party which is the only progressive jackpot SNGs.

Posted on 5th January 2018 by Maya Michaels in Poker News

Back in July 2017, an agreement between the gaming regulators in Spain, France, Portugal and Italy was announced to allow shared player pools between poker players from the four countries.

Over the past several years, these four European countries have seen continued drop in proceeds from cash games with players seeking out deeper player pools via any number of internationally licensed online gambling sites.

The agreement aiming at shared liquidity will enable these European Union member states to share online poker players for the first time. This ambitious project is to improve the state of online poker in all four participating markets. So far, they were all ring-fenced upon regulation which prevented players to play poker games against peers from other countries. With this agreement, players from all countries will play against players from their homeland but from the other countries as well.

Now, six months after the initial agreement, Spain was the first to announce, on 29 December 2017, that Spanish gaming regulator called DGOJ had signed a Resolution to authorize Spanish-licensed online poker licenses to share liquidity with other three countries. DGOJ said that the resolution will be effective starting from its publishing in the Official State Gazette later this month. DGOJ’s previous experiment with a walled-garden online poker market hadn’t been positive since and this agreement is hoped to advance the status of online poker. The current group of 50 gaming companies servicing Spanish players will be expanded for at least 10 more operators as DGOJ expects.

Just few days later, the French online gambling regulator ARIEL announced that first Franco-Spanish online poker tables will be launched in the following weeks. The two countries were the first ready to realize the project since they managed to produce the necessary paperwork in time to launch the shared liquidity project in early 2018.

Portugal and Italy are yet to announce their dates of joining the shared pool. Portugal is believed to join soon but Italy is speculated to have some issues concerning renewing existing licenses and admitting new operators to the local market. It is believed that Italy will wait the general election in March and no action is expected in the following months.

Since PokerStars and Party Poker both hold licenses from the regulators in Spain and France, they will be the first operators to join the project upon launch.

Posted on 27th December 2017 by Maya Michaels in Poker News

One of the largest poker rooms in the world, Party Poker is embarking on one of the most ambitious tournament efforts we have ever seen, the 2018 MILLIONS Online. They announced that players will compete for the biggest guaranteed prize in online poker history of $20 million on this annual tournament.

Party Poker hosted MILLIONS Online 2017, the biggest event in the site’s history, only a few weeks ago. The event was hugely successful and attracted 1,047 entrants that generated $5.135 million prize pool.

The guaranteed prize pool was $5 million and it was easily surpassed so the site feels it has the resources to support the record-breaking prize pool for the event in 2018. The president of Party Poker Live, John Duthie, is certain that they should return the favor to always supporting players, and go for this mind-blowing online prize pool of $20 million next year.

The Millions Online event will take place from December 1 to 4, 2018 and will attract Millions enthusiasts from all over the world.  The Qualification tree will be similar to this year’s satellite program and qualifiers will start from $1.10 “Central” level and work their way up to $5.5 “Feeders”, Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals.

Since Party Poker wants to include live players, even if they don’t normally play on the website, they will award 10 seats or $53,000 in value to the best players in every Party Poker LIVE MILLIONS Main Event.

Top ten players in every Live Millions, starting with the one at King’s Casino in Czech Republic on 10 February, will be awarded with a $5,300 seat in the Party Poker MILLIONS Online Tournament 2018. Those seats are being added by Party Poker, not taken out of player’s prize winnings.

The other way you can win the seat is through a Millions Online Leaderboard. More than $3 million of direct entries for the MILLIONS Online event will be given via weekly primary leaderboard competition starting   5 February. Each week, top ten players on the board will be awarded entry to the $5,300 buy-in even. The promotion will also include mid and low secondary leaderboards that will give out $22, $109 and $530 satellite tickets to the top 20 players.

Just last week PokerStars announced its Players Championship and 300 Premium Packages as well as adding $1 million to the prize pool and now Party Poker raised a bar with $20 million guaranteed prize pool at the MILLIONS Online Event. Poker players really have something to look forward to in 2018 and 2019.

Posted on 20th December 2017 by Maya Michaels in Poker News

The thing everyone in the poker world is buzzing these days is the return of the iconic European Poker Tour (EPT) and the new Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship.

When PokerStars, the market leader in the world of poker, decided to eradicate the EPT, the most powerful brand in poker outside WSOP, everyone was skeptical but now, a year later, everything starts to make sense. They wanted to find a more universal approach to online poker and they renewed commitment to promote poker around the world.

The European Poker Tour and its other regional brands is back and so is the Latin American Poker Tour and the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour.  Sochi, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Prague are definitely on EPT schedule for 2018 and players of all levels can once again enjoy in all its glory.

PokerStars has also announced the launch of annual Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) that will run in the week prior to the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. This exclusive poker tournament will see the world’s biggest online poker site pump at least $9 million of added value into the prize pool. $8 million will be awarded throughout the year in the form of 300 free packages and additional $1 million will be awarded to the eventual winner of the championship.

PokerStars hope to make the inaugural PSPC a smashing success and therefore they decided to give away these prize packages. They named them Premium Passes and they include the $25,000 buy-in, six nights’ hotel accommodation and $2,000 in travel expenses so every Platinum Pass has a worth of $30,000.

Some Premium Passes are to be won and some will be given away at random throughout the 2018. You can win a Pass by simply playing in online or live events as well as in cash games. Now and then, some player will be chosen at random and be given a Pass. There will also be Platinum Passes in some of the Stars Reward Chests.

Winning tournaments like Sunday Million, Sunday Storm, MicroMillions event, Turbo Championship of Online Poker, World Championship of Online Poker will bring you the Premium Pass.

The first chance to win it was on PokerStars Championship in Prague when two players who simultaneously bubbled the PSC Prague Main Event won Premium Passes. The next batch will be awarded during online Winter Series and IPO in Italy.

PokerStars plans to make the new PSPC the richest tournament in the history of poker with the $25,000 buy-in.

With both high and micro stakes players, plus an added $1 million for the winner, PSPC will make a fantastic poker spectacle.

Posted on 13th December 2017 by Maya Michaels in Poker News

Although it’s not even winter yet, the poker world is already looking ahead to the summer with Caesars Interactive Entertainment announcing the schedule for 2018 WSOP on Tuesday.

The 49th annual World Series of Poker, the richest, most prestigious and longest-running poker series, will have 78 events. The premier tournament will be running from May 29 to July 17, 2018 and will again be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The tournament’s famed no-limit Texas Hold’em Main Event will start on July 2. Starting fights will be held on July 2 and 3, and unlike this year, the final nine players will not get a two-day break between when the table is set and when the play begins, since the very final day of the Main Event is scheduled for July 4.  Huge field is expected in 2018 and PokerGO and ESPN will exclusively broadcast live streams from the 2018 WSOP, giving players not just a chance at becoming rich but famous as well.

The 2018 WSOP really offers something for every type of player since this year, nine new events have been added among which are $50,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em Event, The Closer $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Event and $1,500 Mixed 8-Handed NLH/PLO Event and $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NLH Event. Players of all levels will find the event in the 20,000 square feet Rio Convention Center that meets their desire and price point since this year’s event includes everything from $365 buy-in events to $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop charity poker tournament.

While the Main Event usually marks the end of the WSOP, this year is different since there will be a record 13 events that begin after the Main Event and will last until crowning the champion on Saturday, July 14. Several staples like Little One for One Drop and the Big One for the One Drop are part of those culminating events.

In total, 78 bracelets will be awarded in the summer and for those who prefer to play from the comfort of their home, 4 official gold bracelet events are planned to be played exclusively online from start to finish on WSOP.com Nevada, powered by World Series of Poker.

In 2017, almost 121,000 entrants played for more than $231 million in prize money and $10,000 entry fee was paid by 7,221 individuals to participate in poker’s richest tournament Main Event. This was the third-largest field in the event’s 48-year history. Scott Blumstein walked away with the 2017 title of poker’s world champion and $8,150,000. Another huge field is expected in WSOP 2018 whereas Marti Roca de Torres scooped the WSOP Europe crown.

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