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Bally Technologies to Enter US Online Poker Industry: Acquires Chili Poker Platform

Bally Technologies announced Thursday it had acquired the popular Chili Poker software platform, giving it a major edge as online poker becomes legalized in the US during the next couple of months.

 

The transaction, however, does not mean Bally wants to launch it own Internet gaming website, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/23/2012

US-Facing Online Poker Room Enjoys Accolades for ‘Fastest Payouts’: Sees Massive Growth

You’ve come a long way Baby!  Americas Cardroom back in its heyday was considered the red-headed step child in a field of far more advanced online poker rooms like PokerStars and PartyPoker.  Today, not only has the software vastly improved, so too have the promotions, the customer service and the all-important payouts.  In fact, Americas Cardroom is being praised as offering the “fastest payouts” of any US-facing online poker room today

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/23/2012

i-Gaming North America 2012 Conference to Take Place March 4-6

Everybody with even the slightest interest in the potential for legalized Internet gambling in North America will be in attendance at the first ever i-Gaming North America 2012 Conference, being held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas March 4 thru 6.

i-Gaming North America describes itself as the first networking and educational event designed to introduce the land-based gaming businesses of North America to the global iGaming industry.

Speakers include:

Alexandra Berzon, Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/23/2012

Mississippi House Bill 1373 Looks to Legalize Internet Gambling, Poker

Mississippi has become the latest state to introduce a measure that would legalize online gambling including poker within its borders. 

Mississippi House Bill 1373, also called the Mississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Act of 2012, was filed by Rep. Bobby Moak.

Any company looking to obtain a license must apply with the Mississippi Gaming Commission.  Application fees are a minimum of $200,000. 

The measure is packed full of provisions that include allowing of deposits by either cash, check, money order or credit cards.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Feb/23/2012

Internet Poker Measure Sails Through Iowa Senate Committee

A measure to bring real money Internet poker to the state of Iowa has sailed through the state’s Senate Committee with a vote of 11-4 approval. 

The state Racing and Gaming Commission would be able to establish a structure whereby competing hub operators would partner with state-licensed casinos to provide access to online sites for registered players ages 21 and older who were located within Iowa’s borders at the time they engaged in the Internet-based activity, according to KCRG9, the ABC affiliate in Cedar Rapids. 

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Feb/23/2012

BetDSI.com Casino Player Hits $23,000 on Progressive Caribbean Stud Poker Jackpot

A player, who is being identified as Carter M. in order to protect him from family members and friends looking to borrow money, managed to hit $23,000 yesterday on BetDSI.com’s Progressive Caribbean Stud Poker Jackpot.

He only played $4 total on 7 hands before cashing in for the $23,000. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Feb/23/2012

Massachusetts Mulls Online Poker: Forms Task Force (Video)

Massachusetts is the latest state to consider legalizing online poker for real money.

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“I think we’ve got an obligation to the people of the commonwealth to study the whole basket of (Internet gaming options) — including online poker,” state Treasurer Steven Grossman, who oversees the Lottery, said yesterday in a meeting with Herald reporters and editors.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/23/2012

Who’s Number One Among Poker Pros On Twitter? It’s Not Who You Think

Professional poker players have embraced Twitter as much as anyone else--hundreds of poker pros Tweet daily about the highs and lows of their professional and personal lives.

Many love to boast about the big hands they've won at the poker table, while other lament their bad beats.

Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson likes to Tweet jokes, such as ones about Joan Rivers' face.

Phil "Poker Brat" Hellmuth Jr. uses Twitter to drop the names of famous people he knows (a Tweet today informs us he'll be golfing with Wayne Gretzky tomorrow).

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Feb/23/2012

Oscar Odds 2012: Best Animated Feature Film

Oscar odds 2012 included the Best Animated Feature Film with “Rango” the big -1200 favorite.  You can find more competitively priced Academy Awards categories at WagerWeb.com here, which was taking bets on all the Oscar categories. 

Submitted by Jordan Bach on, Feb/22/2012

Tribal Gaming Network Begins Offering Legalized Real Money Internet Poker in US

Nevada-based Atlantis Internet Group Corp. announced Wednesday it has launched the first form of legal Intranet gaming within the United States.  Intranet means “local or restricted communications network”. 

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Submitted by Ace King on, Feb/22/2012

Steve Wynn Wins $7.5 Million Defamation Suit Against Joe Francis

It’s been an ugly back and forth battle but casino magnate Steve Wynn has come out on top in a very big way, winning his $7.5 million defamation lawsuit against “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis. 

The suit was filed following Francis’ proclamation that Wynn “deceived his high-end customers”. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/22/2012

MGM CEO: “Very Confident” Online Gambling Laws Would Pass on the Federal Level

Appearing on CNBC Wednesday evening, MGM CEO Jim Murren said he was “very confident” online gambling laws would pass on the federal level soon.

Murren added that, if such legislation fails to pass on the federal level, we will likely see the industry develop on a state-by-state basis. 

MGM has teamed up with the largest real money online gambling company, bwin.party.  Murren admitted that bwin.party might have to enter the US market at the state level first.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/22/2012

Wall Street Hedge Fund Manager Bets Against Online Poker Legislation in 2012

Managing member at KIF Capital Management, Ken Frankel, laughed off the idea that so many in the Internet poker community believed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would come through as a white knight last week. 

From Business Insider:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/22/2012

2012 Oscar Odds: Best Picture

The latest 2012 Oscar odds for Best Picture had “The Artist” as a ‘lock’ that requires a pretty steep risk versus reward.  There are quite a few more competitive categories that can be found at WagerWeb.com here.

Submitted by Jordan Bach on, Feb/22/2012

EPT Copenhagen 2012 End of Day 1B Update

The EPT Copenhagen 2012 leaderboard after Day 1B had Mads Wissing on top with 127,575 chips.

To date the Dane has $599,082 in live tournament winnings, including his 9th place finish at the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event – No Limit Hold’em that yielded $143,541.

Steve O’Dwyer and Lauri Varonen lead the way when combining both starting days of the European Poker Tour Copenhagen event.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Feb/22/2012

Online Gambling Affiliate Leader Honored by Obama

Warren Jolly, Head of Affiliate Media, was one of several honored by US President Barack Obama on Monday for his achievements as a young entrepreneur.  Jolly was one of the pioneers in the online gambling affiliate realm. 

Submitted by Sparky Collins on, Feb/21/2012

2012 Academy Awards Odds: Look to the More Obscure for Value

When it comes to the 2012 Academy Awards betting odds, WagerWeb.com has one of the most complete wagering menus available.  Here, Gambling911.com takes a look at some of the more obscure odds including “Best Makeup” and “Best Sound Effects”.  You’ll notice quite a few of these categories feature competitive pricing. 

Submitted by Jordan Bach on, Feb/21/2012

Japanese Gambling Tycoon Bribed Filipinos: US Suit

(AFP) - WASHINGTON — Japanese gambling tycoon Kazuo Okada was accused Tuesday in a US lawsuit of paying off Philippine regulators and cheating his powerful Las Vegas partner.

Wynn Resorts said Okada, Japan's pachinko king and a director of Wynn, went behind the company's back to develop business for his own Universal Entertainment group in the Philippines and broke US laws on foreign bribery, the lawsuit alleges.

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/21/2012

All The Seediness You’ve Been Missing During Alabama ‘Vote Buying’ Gambling Trial

The trial continues in Alabama for defendants accused in a high profile political “vote buying” case tied to gambling expansion in the state.  Some of the testimony has been nothing short of “movie” material, not to mention the “out of court” antics such as one of the defendants mysteriously dying a day before the trial was set to start.  You can’t write this script. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/21/2012

Peter Eastgate Signs on With Betfair Poker

2008 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Peter Eastgate has signed on to represent Team Betfair Poker.

The popular Danish player, who was last seen jumping off a bridge into a frigid canal after losing a $6000 prop bet, hasn’t exactly had the greatest impact on the live poker circuit of late.  He only won $14,345 in 2011.  In late 2010, Eastgate retired from poker, only to return a few months later (February to be exact).

Eastgate issued this statement at the time of his return:

Submitted by Nagesh Rath on, Feb/21/2012

Question of the Day: Why Can’t Everleaf Send US Players Funds Via Western Union?

It’s been a few weeks since the small – and some say struggling – online poker network Everleaf Gaming shut out its US customer base without any warning.  Players looking for their funds are being redirected to the new “provisions” page, which simply states US players are no longer able to play online poker at Everleaf.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/21/2012

Nine of Top Ten Online Poker Rooms See Drop Off in Traffic

The second straight week of declines occurred with a 3 percent drop off in traffic for online poker rooms.  Some of this could be attributed to the extended President’s Day weekend holiday in the US.

PokerScout.com also noted that Everleaf’s pullout from the US market only resulted in a 16 percent drop in overall traffic.  They noted that the network’s reliance on the US market was much less than had been previously believed.

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Submitted by Ace King on, Feb/21/2012

Doyle Brunson Talks Full Tilt Poker: Confirms Jack Binion Interest in Company

Legendary poker pro Doyle Brunson is the latest to offer his opinion on the folks behind Full Tilt Poker who have made miserable the lives of many thousands of players over this past year.  Daniel Negreanu did the same last week.  Neither gentlemen are known to mince words. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Feb/21/2012

WagerWeb.com Online Sportsbook, Casino Joins the Gambling911.com Family

Gambling911.com is thrilled to announce the return of WagerWeb.com to its portfolio of fine online sportsbooks just in time for March Madness.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/21/2012

Cake Poker Announces Major Software Upgrade

Cake Poker, one of the leading online poker networks, has announced a major new software upgrade.

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The update to its 2.0 client will feature improvements in speed, stability, navigation and graphics. 

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/21/2012

Emmett Mullin Captures UKIPT Galway Title and €100,000

Emmett Mullin from Omagh in Northern Ireland has beaten a field of 698 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway to take down the first UKIPT trophy of 2012 and the cool €100,000 that comes with it.

The final table took just five hours to drop from the nine who made Day 4 to the last man standing. An aggressive eight made up the official final line-up (Joris Ruijs, the Day 1a chip leader, falling in 9th) featuring the two time UKIPT champion Nick Abou Risk, who wasn’t to make it a triple but exited in 7th place, winning €14,700.

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/20/2012

Paris Hilton Wins $30k Gambling in Vegas on 30th Birthday

(PTI) - Socialite Paris Hilton had extra reason to celebrate during her birthday trip to Las Vegas after winning USD 30,000 on a game of blackjack.

The heiress jetted off to Sin City with her family to mark her turning 31 on February 17, and Hilton won the lump sum when they headed out to the Wynn casino for the evening.

In a series of posts on her Twitter page, she writes, "Just won 30k playing blackjack at Wynn Las Vegas! Yes! Birthday girl's luck! I love gambling!

Submitted by Guest on, Feb/20/2012

Odds to Win Best Supporting Actress: Oscar Odds 2012 (Video)

The odds to win Best Supporting Actress at the 2012 Oscars had Octavia Spencer as the ‘lock’ to win for her role in “The Help”.  You would have to bet $350 to win $10 though.  The Best Actor and Best Actress categories, along with the Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture and  offer much more competitive odds with all the latest prices found at BetDSI.com here

Submitted by Jordan Bach on, Feb/20/2012

Iowa Subcommittee Approves Legalized Online Poker

An Iowa Senate subcommittee on Monday approved a bill that would legalize online poker in that state. 

The vote came against opposition from family values groups like Family Leader.

“This is just the beginning," said Danny Carroll, a Family Leader official and former state lawmaker.  "The people of Iowa do not want it," he said, citing Iowa and national polls indicating a plurality of opposition to legalizing online poker.

Carroll has asked the three-member Senate panel to consider the dangers legalized online poker might have on families. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/20/2012

$125,000 Guaranteed Freezeout Online Poker Tournament has First Winner

CarbonPoker player Lachance222 won the first ever Sunday $125,000 Guaranteed Freezeout Tournament.

Lachance222 Walks away with $26,842.  Dfsdfasdfs won $17664.  Two other Carbon Poker players won four figures. 

Everyone who finished 144th and above cashed out with a minimum win of $206.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Feb/20/2012

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