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Zoom Poker Making Waves in Online Poker Sector

Zoom Poker, PokerStars fast-paced ring game format, has been introduced in beta format this past week and it is the talk of the Internet poker world.

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Not since Full Tilt Poker’s now defunct Rush Poker has a similar format been introduced.

PokerStars explains the Zoom Poker format and why it’s such a hit with players: 

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/18/2012

Managers with 40 Plus Years Experience Sacked at Star Casino

Seven mid-level managers, some with more than 40 years experience, have been sacked by Australia’s Star Casino for a breach in email policies.  One of the managers reportedly forwarded an internal email revealing how the casino had apparently permitted international high rollers to gamble 24 hours straight.

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Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/18/2012

RaiseOnce Phil Ivey? The Biggest Winner Saturday

Online poker ace RaiseOnce is widely rumored to be none other than Phil Ivey.  RaiseOnce was this Saturday’s biggest winner at the online PLO tables.

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From HighStakesDB.com

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Mar/18/2012

Herman Cain Wins at Wynn Using ‘9-9-9’ Plan at the Poker Tables

One time GOP candidate for President of the United States and former head of the Godfathers Pizza restaurant chain, Herman Cain, has taken his famed “9-9-9” plan to Vegas.

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/18/2012

Horse Racing Drama 'Luck' Proved Too Real for HBO

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Horse racing has long withstood the deaths of its skittish, injury-prone thoroughbreds. Hollywood proved it lacks the stomach for it.

HBO abruptly cancelled its racetrack drama series "Luck" this past week after three horses used in the production were injured and euthanized during 10 months of filming in the last two years.

The abrupt fall of "Luck," which will end its single-season run on March 25, reveals the chasm between the racing and entertainment industries.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/17/2012

New Jersey Internet Gambling by September Despite Thursday Hiccup

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak promised that his measure to legalize Internet gambling would sail through the state legislature this past Thursday.  That didn’t happen.  But it was more a technical snafu than any type of opposition blocking the bill’s passage. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/17/2012

Jennifer Tilly to Appear on “The Simpsons” in Episode About Online Poker

Jennifer Tilly, star of the enormously successful slasher film “Bride of Chucky” and an avid poker player, will be appearing in an episode of “The Simpsons” next season.  That episode will involve Lisa discovering that her dad, Homer Simpson, has stashed her college money away in an online poker site (hopefully it wasn’t Full Tilt Poker).  Lisa must then learn how to play the game.

Tilly, who currently provides the voice for Bonnie Swanson on the animated series “The Family Guy”, will play herself.

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Mar/16/2012

Carbon Rolls Out 3rd Online Poker Reload Bonus: Poker Maximus Satellites Unveiled

Seeing that the last reload bonus was such a success, Carbon Poker has decided to offer another reload bonus for the remainder of March, to coincide with the second half of the Poker Maximus event!   With Poker Maximus entering the final week of its three-week run, the big time main events are coming up next weekend and Carbon is not only offering its reload bonuses, they also have

Submitted by Matt Skinner on, Mar/16/2012

Card Player Magazine Head Barry Shulman Visits Bangkok: Sees Live Sex Show

Professional poker player and Card Player magazine publisher Barry Shulman, in the midst of a three-month, half-million-dollar, Asian-Pacific cruise, is apparently having a good time--he recently visited the world's most infamous red light district and blogged about the live sex shows where women do vulgar tricks with ping pong balls!

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Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Mar/16/2012

Epic Fail: Poker League “Mountain of Debt” Claims Clarified by Execs

Responding to claims reported by CardPlayer.com that the Epic Poker League had left behind a “mountain of debt” as it seeks to reorganize under a Chapter 11 filing, the league’s CEO David Goldberg and Jeffrey Pollack attempted to clarify the situation in an interview with PokerNews.com. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/16/2012

Fast Poker vs. Zoom Poker: Two New Fast-Paced Platforms Debut

Just as PokerStars.com has unveiled its new fast-paced online poker game, Zoom Poker, a new game modeled after the now defunct Full Tilt Poker brand, Rush Poker, is set to debut on a number of European skins.

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Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/16/2012

PayPal Cracks Down on March Madness Betting

PayPal has restricted some accounts for their apparent participation in March Madness betting, according to a report appearing in Bloomberg News Thursday. 

Emails were sent to those suspected of using PayPal’s service for violation of the gambling policy.

The emails read: 

“It has been determined that you are in violation of PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy regarding your sales/offer of March Madness sports pool,” according to the report.

Targeted customers are required to sign an acceptable use affidavit prior to their account being reactivated. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/15/2012

Fool’s Gold: Jamie Gold Poker Room at Tropicana No More After One Month

In a blink of the eye, the much ballyhooed Jamie Gold Poker Room at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is no more after only one month. 

The poker room is still open.  It’s just not called the “Jamie Gold Poker Room” and any association with the WSOP champ seems to have been erased. 

Gold is the biggest winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event ever, having won in 2006.  Ultimately he had to split the funds with a promoter as part of a settled lawsuit.

Gold promotional posters have since been replaced with March Madness promos.

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/15/2012

Iowa House Kills Online Poker Bill

The Iowa House has decided not to take up Senate File 2257 which would have legalized Internet poker in the state.

House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, said there has been a “general lack of interest” in the topic among his 60-member GOP caucus, according to Dubuque’s KCRG. 

“What are we in? Week 10?” Paulsen said March 15. “I don’t know if I’ve had three members mention this subject to me … until this week when the big hub-bub was.”

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/15/2012

2012 EPT Madrid Chip Leaders After Day 2

Mike McDonald led the pack at the 2012 EPT Madrid after Day 2. 

The Canadian pro has 21 career cashes in live tournament play and has taken in $3,639,312 to date. 

Lock Poker elite player Melanie Weisner still remains among the 116 players yet to be eliminated.  She was clinging onto 43,200 chips. 

EPT Main Event Chip leaders at End of Day 2

Place

Name

Chips

1

Mike McDonald

409,800

2

Frederick Jensen

404,500

3

Dmitry Vitkind

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Mar/15/2012

Full Tilt Poker Deal Could Happen This Week

Reports have surfaced that the Groupe Bernard Tapie (GBT) is fully prepared to acquire the Full Tilt Poker website as early as this week.  While we have heard the same song and dance for months now, there is renewed optimism as a result of the specific time frame being announced.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/15/2012

Covers Up: Sports Handicapper Ben Burns Denies Covers.com Exclusivity Demand

Famed sports handicapper Ben Burns is insisting that the popular sports picks website Covers.com has not required exclusivity deals from its sports prognosticators. 

In a Gambling911.com world exclusive, Burns did reveal that sites like Covers.com do frown upon sports handicappers “undercutting” the company by selling their plays elsewhere.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/14/2012

Third Horse Death Results in Suspension of HBO Series ‘Luck’

All future production of “Luck” has been suspended, according to HBO.  This news comes following the death of a third horse in connection with filming the racetrack drama. 

The most recent incident involved a horse that had to be euthanized after sustaining an injury. 

From the Associated Press:

Submitted by Jordan Bach on, Mar/14/2012

Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdinck Millions Went to Pay Off Mob Bosses

Legendary performers Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck lost millions as a result of their manager, music mogul Gordon Mills, siphoning off the cash to pay gambling debts to the Mob, according to reports that surfaced this week. 

Mills, who passed away from cancer in 1986, is reported to have owed $320 million in gambling debts.

The monies disappeared from Las Vegas shows that were on a retainer of $8,000 (£5,000) per week.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/14/2012

Americas Cardroom to Celebrate Black Friday, Jenny Woo Birth With Quarter Million Giveaway

April 15 is fast approaching and for those in the online poker world, this marks the infamous “Black Friday”, a day in which the US Justice Department unceremoniously shut down three of the biggest US-facing Web card rooms.  To mark the occasion, Americas Cardroom is giving away $250,000 as part of a No-Limit Hold’em online poker tournament with the first prize a guaranteed $50,000.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/14/2012

Isaac Haxton Wins Superstar Showdown Against Viktor Blom

The highly anticipated PokerStars Superstar Showdown between Isaac Haxton and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom has been won by Haxton. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/14/2012

Former US Vice Presidential Candidate Wayne Root Looks to Launch Online Poker Site in US

Nevada based online social media and gaming company W Technologies Inc. is looking to launch an online poker within the USA that could eventually embrace “real cash” play. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/14/2012

Matchbook Betting Exchange Looks to Expand in Europe, Asia With Multi-Currencies

Matchbook Betting Exchange is delighted to announce the release of their new multi-currency platform. This will allow all customers to bet in Euro, Sterling, Canadian and Hong Kong Dollars, as well as the previously available US Dollars. Since being newly acquired in early 2011, there has been heavy investment in the product and this is the first of a number of exciting announcements, including a fully functional mobile application, to come in the next few months.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/14/2012

Iowa Forges Ahead With Legalized Internet Poker

Could Iowa soon become the hub for legalized Internet poker in the Midwest USA?

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/14/2012

No Voter Referendum Needed for New Jersey Internet Gambling

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) In the race to be the first to approve Internet gambling and dominate a potentially multi-billion-dollar market New Jersey lawmakers heard what they wanted to hear Monday from a Seton Hall law professor and expert on the state constitution.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/13/2012

€2.3 Million Prize Pool for 2012 EPT Madrid

A total of 477 players from 46 countries competed at EPT Madrid creating a €2,313,450 prize pool. The winner will snag a first prize of €545,000 as well as a bracelet worth more than €10,000 from EPT Season 8 Official Bracelet Sponsor Shamballa Jewels. A total of 72 players will be paid. (See below for nationalities pie chart)

Nearly 60 players have already signed up for the Last Longer contest run by Skrill, the Official Payment Provider for EPT Season 8. The winner will get their €5,300 Main Event buy-in credited back into their Skrill account.

Submitted by Guest on, Mar/13/2012

Sportsbook Review Defendant in Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

Stevo Design, Inc. is suing SBR Marketing Ltd. over a trademark infringement.  SBR Marketing runs the popular Sportsbook Review website and posting forum

Court Description:

Submitted by C Costigan on, Mar/13/2012

Nevada Anticipates Online Poker Sites to be Live by Fall: NJ Big News Coming

In an interview with iGaming Business, Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board Mark Lipparelli, said he anticipates Internet poker rooms to go live as early as this coming fall (2012). 

He said, licensees “thoughtful about their approach and had their systems reviewed by test labs in the past” will be the first given the green light. An operation could go live soon after a successful technical evaluation, “by late fall and certainly by late winter or the early part of 2013.”

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/13/2012

Mississippi Burning: Internet Poker Bill Dies in Committee

A controversial Internet poker bill that would have seen players funds essentially confiscated for nonactivity has died a quick death in the Mississippi legislature.

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Submitted by Ace King on, Mar/13/2012

Annie Duke: ‘You Can’t Ride a Green Unicorn Because They are Impossible to Tame”

On her Huffington Post blog Monday evening, poker pro Annie Duke talked of green unicorns in making a point about good decision making and drawing parallels to the recent financial crisis.  

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Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Mar/12/2012

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