Bloomberg is reporting that Blackstone Group, Inc. is pursuing the acquisition of both the Bellagio and MGM Grand Las Vegas from MGM Resorts International. The financial media outlet’s sources say the two companies are talking, but no details are known yet and things could always fall apart. Bloomberg analysts estimate that the Bellagio could sell… Read more »

Day 1B of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Poker Open Main is in the books and, as expected, the field for the second starting flight dwarfed that of the first. A total of 707 entries were booked on Monday; added to the 271 on Sunday brings the entire field to 978 so far. Registration… Read more »

For the last several days, poker players have been frustrated with The Venetian Las Vegas. Refreshingly, I might add, none of the frustration has to do with Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. Instead, people are talking about an October tournament series at The Venetian called the $225,000 Lucky Shot Poker Series & Drawing. Looks… Read more »

The World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Poker Open Main Event kicked off on Sunday with the first of two starting flights. 271 entries were tallied on the day, though expect loads more on Monday. Leading the 129 survivors into Day 2 is Mukharji Uppalapati with 252,400 chips. The Borgata Poker Open is one of the… Read more »

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A major investment bank has taken the surprising step of downgrading the “price targets” – or the future price of a stock – for several of the top performing online gaming and poker sites. The reason? The improvements in technology have become so good that it allows for artificial intelligence – or “bots” – to… Read more »

Poker Strategy

If you are any type of tournament poker player, then you’ve been in this position. You’ve taken your starting stack and built it up nicely, maybe doubled it or more. You’ve been in the position normally where you’ve been the chip leader at your table and have been dictating the play. But now your table… Read more »

Online Poker

Universal Championship of Poker Set to Begin at MPN

When it comes to online poker tournament series, the focus is always on PokerStars with its Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) and the currently-running World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). Full Tilt Poker’s FTOPS was also very popular, but Full Tilt no longer exists except as a skin of PokerStars. But poker players who… Read more »

GGPoker to Introduce “Smart Betting” Software Feature

If you are reading this from the United States, there is a good chance that you have never heard of the online poker network GGPoker. Hell, I read about poker for a living and I barely know anything about it. Europeans might not know much about it, either. GGPoker, while open to most countries across… Read more »

Online Legend Phil Galfond Responds to PokerStars Table Cap Move

The move by The Stars Group, the owners of the #1 online poker site in the industry (PokerStars), to limit the number of cash game tables that players can play simultaneously has brought an avalanche of reactions. The reactions have been about 50/50, surprisingly, with some admitting that the new move will improve their game… Read more »

Poker Legislation

DOJ to Appeal Wire Act Lawsuit Defeat

We all hoped they would just go away. Just stop. But we knew they would be back. On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a Notice of Appeal of the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire’s Wire Act ruling from June. In that ruling, US District Judge Paul J. Barbadoro said that… Read more »

Standoff Continues Over Future of Michigan Online Gaming and Poker

After once getting to the point where all it needed was one person’s signature, the state of online gaming and poker in Michigan has plummeted precipitously. Now, there is a definitive standoff between the representatives pushing for the Wolverine State to adopt regulations for the industry and the state’s new Governor over whether or not… Read more »

New Swiss Online Gambling Law in Effect, Foreign Operators Barred

A little over a year ago, Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a law – by about a 3-to-1 margin – that banned online gambling operators from outside of the country. That law is now in effect, with only the country’s casinos as the ones who are permitted to be licensed. Even though 73 percent of those… Read more »

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Poker tournaments

WSOP Circuit Ameristar St. Charles Sees Two Double-Ring Winners

It is always something special when someone wins two gold bracelets at the World Series of Poker (WSOP). We don’t often hear about poker players’ exploits on the WSOP Circuit, though. Last week, something quite newsworthy happened at the WSOP Circuit Ameristar St. Charles stop when not one, but two players won gold rings. That’s… Read more »

2019 WPT Legends of Poker Final Table Set

Three days down, one to go. The six-handed final table has been set at the 2019 World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker Main Event. The chip leader going into Wednesday is Gueorgui Gantchev with 5.560 million chips. As we discussed yesterday, the top of the leaderboard was jam-packed going into Tuesday’s action. Two players… Read more »

2019 WPT Legends of Poker Main Event Day 2: Leaderboard Logjam

Apologies if we missed this while focusing on other things, but did you know that the World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker Main Event has been underway for a few days? Seriously. It’s actually going on right now as I write this. And after Day 2, two players are tied for the lead: Jeremy… Read more »

Site News

Responses Pour In On Full Tilt Poker License Revocation

The shockwaves of yesterday’s decision by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) to revoke the e-gaming license of Full Tilt Poker continue to be felt across the poker world. Following the announcement of the decision by the AGCC – where the executive director of the organization, Andre Wilsenach, said that Full Tilt Poker “fundamentally misled… Read more »

PokerStars WCOOP 2011 Schedule Announced

As the saying goes, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  While the online poker industry has been attempting to weather a serious storm over the last few months, one constant still remains: the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP).  The world’s largest online poker room (smaller, but still the largest)… Read more »

Tom Dwan Addresses $1 Million Promise

On April 19, four days after the U.S. Department of Justice seized the three major online poker rooms, Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Phil Galfond turned to Twitter to try and calm the storm. The two poker superstars each guaranteed $1 million from their own pockets if PokerStars and Full Tilt didn’t pay back players, and… Read more »

Phil Gordon Dismissed from Full Tilt Poker Class-Action Lawsuit

After being included in a class-action lawsuit filed against Full Tilt Poker last month, Phil Gordon immediately went to work to clear his name from any illegal activity involving the embattled company. He hired Maurice Suh of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher of Los Angeles to press a civil suit filed by a group of poker… Read more »

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Full Tilt Poker

A class action lawsuit was filed against Full Tilt Poker in the Southern District of New York on Thursday, a move that could potentially delay the return of player funds following the tentative sale of the company to European investors. Plaintiffs Steve Segal, Nick Hammer, Robin Hougdahl, and Todd Terry filed the lawsuit against the… Read more »

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