PokerStars Dumps Split Hold’em, More New Games Teased

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PokerStars removed the new cash game Split Hold’em from its lobby this week, but according to Poker Industry PRO (pay wall), it will soon be replaced with another new game type. Split Hold’em was well received by players, but it must not have generated the rake that PokerStars wanted, or else it would still be… Read more »

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PokerStars Responds to Gordon Vayo Lawsuit

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Last week’s big news in poker circles was the lawsuit filed by professional poker player Gordon Vayo against PokerStars in U.S. District Court. We covered it, every poker media outlet covered it (mainstream news site, Forbes, covered it before everyone), and the poker internet message forums are talking about it. On Monday morning, The Stars… Read more »

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Run It Once Will Not Permit HUDs

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In April, Phil Galfond – after a lengthy silence about his upcoming online poker room – finally provided the poker public with updates as to the progress of Run It Once, promising to be more forthcoming with further updates as the launch date drew nearer. Last week, he provided another, lengthy post detailing a major… Read more »

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PokerStars Announces 2018 SCOOP Schedule

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Not content in topping its rivals, PokerStars keeps wanting to top itself. Case in point: the 2018 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). This year’s edition of the exceedingly popular online poker series will feature $65 million in guaranteed prize pools, $10 million more than the guarantees from last year. Running May 6th through May… Read more »

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PokerStars Rolls out Early Payout Tournaments

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PokerStars continues to tweak its offerings, popping the cork on a new tournament feature. And when I say tweak, I mean just a little tweak. The new feature is the “Early Payout Tournament,” which is exactly what it appears to be from the name. In an Early Payout Tournament, every player remaining in the contest… Read more »

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PokerStars Introduces Split Hold’em

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PokerStars, not known for being shy about introducing new games, has given players yet another novel offering. So if you sit down at a Split Hold’em cash game table, don’t freak out thinking there is a glitch. What you are seeing is completely normal. Split Hold’em plays just like regular Texas Hold’em except for one… Read more »

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PokerStars to Introduce India-Specific Poker Site on April 17

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There are few markets that the poker monolith PokerStars hasn’t entered. The name is synonymous with the #1 online poker site in many countries that have set up “ring fenced” operations, including Italy, Portugal and many countries in the European Union and continues to be the “top dog” internationally. Now PokerStars is ready to enter… Read more »

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Strategy: Who Said Poker Was Supposed to Be Fun?

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There are several things that make poker enjoyable. Sitting down with friends for a home game or even heading to your local casino to take on other players you know emphasizes the camaraderie of the game. The strategies and mindsets employed in playing the game help to keep your mental wits about you. Finally, there’s… Read more »

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PokerStars Announces 2018 NJSCOOP Schedule

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PokerStars has released the schedule for the New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP), which will run April 14th through April 30th, only on the New Jersey version of PokerStars (as the name would imply). There are 40 events this year, split into high and low buy-in variations, an increase of five events from… Read more »

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PTP, GameIntel Report: CoinPoker Player Traffic is a Sham

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A few weeks ago, one of the latest cryptocurrency-based online poker sites, CoinPoker, had its real money tables go live and to celebrate, the site is running a couple of generous promotions. Unfortunately, according to GameIntel Managing Editor and PartTimePoker.com writer Alex Weldon, it appears that those promos are contributing to artificially-inflated player traffic at… Read more »

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UKGC Publishes Advice on Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility

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On Monday, the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) published its formal advice to the government regarding its review of brick-and-mortar gaming machines and responsible gambling measures. The 97-page document focuses on how to best make sure customers, especially those vulnerable to the risks of gambling, have an enjoyable and safe experience. One of the most… Read more »

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PokerStars to Host Charity Tourney with Play Money Buy-in

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Charitable initiatives have been a part of online poker for essentially as long as online poker has existed. Every so often – whether it is in response to a major tragedy or just because – online poker rooms host poker tournaments to raise money for charitable initiatives. PokerStars has been one of the leaders in… Read more »

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UKGC Fines William Hill £6.2 million for Money Laundering Prevention Failures

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William Hill continues to put itself on the bad side of the UK’s regulatory agencies. Less than a month after coming to an agreement with the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority to remedy unfair promotional marketing practices, the gambling operator has been fined £6.2 million by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) for failing… Read more »

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Portugal Publishes Shared Liquidity Framework, Player Pools to Merge with Spain and France Soon

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Just over a month since Spain and France merged their online poker player pools, Portugal is about to join them. On Friday, the Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ), the country’s gaming regulatory body, published its technical standards framework for shared player liquidity. The next step is for Portuguese players to join Spanish… Read more »

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Poker Players Alliance Calls for Financial Donations

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For the first time in the organization’s history, the Poker Players Alliance has sent out a desperation call for donations to aid in their work. After taking the helm of the PPA last week from the departing John Pappas (who will depart the organization at the end of February), new PPA president Rich Muny issued… Read more »

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