PokerStars Implements Stars Rewards Changes in Italy

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A month ago, PokerStars announced that it was making changes to the Stars Rewards program. On adjustment was a bad one for tournament players, reducing the rewards points for multi-table tournaments by 55 percent. The poker site said the rewards would be distributed elsewhere, such as guarantees in various tournament series, but that is going… Read more »

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PokerStars Announces Seating Script Ban

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The poker world found out about a month ago, but PokerStars officially announced on Wednesday that it is restricting the use of third party software tools starting Monday, March 4th. In a blog post, Severin Rasset started out by explaining the high-level reasoning for the policy changes: We all sit down at the table as… Read more »

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Split Omaha Coming to PokerStars

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Do you like novelty cash games from PokerStars? Because you are going to get another novelty cash game from PokerStars. The online poker room has made no mention of it and there is no set date that it will launch, but evidence in the latest PokerStars software update points to a new game called “Split… Read more »

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PokerStars Making Changes to Stars Rewards Program

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One of the things that tends to be important to hardcore online poker grinders and recreational players alike is a poker site’s rewards program. For the high volume players, rewards can add up to significant chunk of extra income, while rewards can make the poker experience more fun for recreational players, who have a goal… Read more »

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Partypoker Launches Diamond Club ELITE VIP Tier

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If you are like me – and I know you are – you have hundreds of thousands of dollars burning a hole in your pocket, just begging to be deposited in an online poker room. Perhaps you won a boatload on the myriad of Super Bowl prop bets this weekend. Maybe you made a killing… Read more »

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PokerStars to Ban Seating Scripts, Shrink Time to Act

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According to multiple poker media outlets, PokerStars is preparing to ban seating scripts in order to create a more welcoming environment for players, recreational players, in particular. It is a continuing effort by Stars – as well as other online poker rooms – over the last few years to retain casual players by making the… Read more »

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PokerStars Launches 6+ Hold’em

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It was a poorly-kept secret for months, but on Tuesday PokerStars finally launched “6+,” a game also known in poker circles (and on the PokerStars blog) as 6+Hold’em. 6+ Hold’em follows several novelty cash games from 2018, though PokerStars has not said if it will temporary like its predecessors. 6+ Hold’em gets its name from… Read more »

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PokerStars Announces Winter Series

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You know how PokerStars likes to run tournament series that have two or three different buy-in levels for the same event? Well, call PokerStars Gillette, because fuck everything, they’re doing FOUR buy-in levels! The online poker giant announced the Winter Series on Wednesday, a tournament series which will feature 60 events with four different buy-in… Read more »

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Details of 888poker’s Pick’em8 Emerge

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When I play video games, there are often times when I have to wait for more players to join before the game starts. Since I apparently have the patience of a four-year old, I always find myself grabbing my phone and just surfing around for no reason, rather than just waiting a minute for the… Read more »

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PokerStars Cleared for Operations in Pennsylvania

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Life just got a bit more difficult for online poker operators in the state of Pennsylvania. After a meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday, the online poker behemoth PokerStars was cleared for authorization in the Keystone State. Not only will PokerStars be able to offer their popular online poker software, they will… Read more »

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Phil Galfond Talks About Run It Once Streaming in New Update

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Poker pro Phil Galfond still has yet to launch his online poker site, Run It Once, but he did post another update on Monday, this time explaining one way in which Run It Once intends to reward players. This is not the main rewards program, but it certainly an interesting one. The program, called “streamR”… Read more »

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PokerStars Introduces Fusion

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Back in the good old days, the days when I could play on the corrupt UltimateBet from the United States, I loved playing off the beaten path games. Crazy Pineapple was my favorite, a game in which you are dealt three hole cards and discard one after the flop. I was pretty darn good at… Read more »

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MGM, Golden Nugget Apply for Pennsylvania Online Gaming Licenses

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With the Pennsylvania casinos finished with submitting their applications for interactive gaming licenses (most have been approved at this point), operators from outside the state – “qualified gaming entities” – were permitted to file their own applications for the leftover licensing slots from October 15th to October 30th. Unless we hear otherwise, it appears that… Read more »

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PokerStars Announces SECOOP for Spain, France, and Portugal

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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 »

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MPN Improves Tables in Latest Software Update

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In July, the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) launched a complete rework of its software client, named Prima. At the time, it was released as a “Minimal Viable Product,” meaning that many features that one might expect were missing in favor of simply having a strong, foundational software package sooner rather than later. Yesterday, MPN began… Read more »

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PokerStars Introduces PokerStars VR

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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 »

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Winamax Struck by DDoS Attack

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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 »

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Report: PokerStars Jettisoning Unfold

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Just over a month ago, PokerStars debuted a new cash game called Unfold, saying that it was a permanent addition to the lineup. Not much more than a month later, and PokerStars has reversed course, deciding to ditch the unique game. According to pokerfuse, which routinely breaks the news of new, upcoming PokerStars games, Unfold… Read more »

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