The United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) has fined online gaming operator Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) £2.2 million for allowing problem gamblers to play and for failure to adhere to anti-money laundering regulations. They Stole From Puppies The Commission found that n 2016, two of Paddy Power Betfair’s customers gambled “significant sums” of money on PPB’s… Read more »

On Tuesday, PokerStars announced a new tournament series, specifically for players in Spain, France, and Portugal, dubbed the Southern Europe Championship of Online Poker (SECOOP). It’s another Championship of Online Poker! Another COOP! We’ll just have to make sure we don’t misspell it, lest people think we’re talking about the Spring Championship of Online Poker… Read more »

The Arkansas Supreme Court dismissed a pair of lawsuits last week, clearing the way for a referendum on gambling expansion to appear on the state’s November ballot. The measure, listed as Issue 4, would amend the Arkansas Constitution to allow for four casino gaming licenses. Ballotpedia details the four licenses as follows: • To Southland… 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

PokerStars Introduces PokerStars VR

When I was a background extra in a movie a couple years ago (1 – sick brag! 2 – Melissa McCarthy’s Life of the Party – look for me as a groomsman in a wedding scene!), a fellow extra was for some reason fascinated by what I do for a living and was very interested… Read more »

Winamax Struck by DDoS Attack

Look, I won’t begin to pretend to know how to properly secure an online poker site. I used to be an IT consultant, but that was ages ago and I was not involved at all in network security. So far be it for me to criticize, but man, these Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks… Read more »

Poker Legislation

Online Poker Opponent Jon Kyl Back in U.S. Senate

Oh wonderful. Look who’s back. On Monday, Jon Kyl, one of the men responsible for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), was named by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey as replacement for the late John McCain in the Senate. There isn’t anything going on in the Senate when it comes to online poker,… Read more »

Nine Pennsylvania Casinos Apply for Online Poker Licenses

Pennsylvania finally legalized online poker last fall and now the industry is finally, slowly starting to ramp up. The first deadline for casinos to apply for interactive gaming licenses was early last week and though for a while it looked like very few or even none of them would file petitions, in the end, nine… Read more »

Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Penned With Bonkers Tax Rate

The good news: Kentucky state Senators are trying to legalize sports betting in the state next year. The bad news: the taxes they propose will kill the industry before it starts. Senator Julian Carroll (D – Dist. 7) pre-filed BR 29, essentially getting it all set to go so that he can quickly introduce it… Read more »

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Poker tournaments

Tamir Segal Wins 2018 WSOP Europe COLOSSUS

No matter what Tamir Segal does in his poker career from here on out, he will always have the honor of being a trail blazer, the title of being the “first” in something. And, of course, he will always have his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet, as he won the WSOP Europe Event… Read more »

U. S. Poker Open to Return in 2019

After debuting earlier this year to a less-than rousing reception, the powers that be at Poker Central and its streaming outlet PokerGO have announced that the U. S. Poker Open will return in 2019. The “made for streaming” series is a high dollar series of poker tournaments that, in some respects, makes for a “Big… Read more »

Tony Ruberto Wins WPT Maryland Live! Main Event

Tony Ruberto came inches away from a World Poker Tour title in August (does that even make sense?), finishing fourth in the WPT Choctaw Main Event. There are people in this world who have made a final table in a major event, only to neve return, so you never know what’s going to happen. Like… Read more »

2018 WPT Maryland Live! Final Table Set, Will Givens Sets Pace

The six-handed final table has been set at the 2018 World Poker Tour (WPT) Maryland at Live! Casino Main Event (can we just call it WPT Maryland?) after 548 players have been sent to the rail. Leading the way in tight race going into Tuesday’s action is Will Givens with 6.215 million chips. Givens is… 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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