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Ongame launches fast fold poker

Ongame launches fast fold poker | Poker & eGaming News |

Ongame launches fast fold poker with mobile support


MONTREAL, Canada – March 7, 2013 – Amaya Gaming Group Inc. (TSXV: AYA) is pleased to announce that Amaya’s Ongame Network Ltd has launched Strobe, an improved fast fold poker concept that includes full mobile support, lower rake and fast 5-handed games. Ongame’s Strobe is the only fast fold poker format available for mobile devices in the B2B poker industry. In addition to PC, Mac and web clients, it is available for both Android and iOS devices.


“Playing Strobe on a tablet or smartphone is a true killer application,” said Sacha Kéchichian, CEO at EuroPoker, an Ongame customer. “Players love the intense action in Strobe and the ability to quickly jump in or out of games for any period of time. Enabling this for mobile devices just makes sense.”


Fast fold poker has proven to be a highly successful gaming format among players, accounting for up to 40% of all cash game hands (PokerScout, November 2012). In traditional poker ring games, players compete against a static set of players seated at the same table. In fast fold poker like Strobe, players compete against a pool of players; when players fold, they are immediately placed at a new table with new opponents.


“Strobe is an important addition to our offering and we are proud to roll it out to all of our customers and for all platforms,” said Fredrik Kjell, Head of Poker at Ongame. “We strive to protect the poker ecology and have chosen to decrease rake by 20% on Strobe games. By combining fast 5-handed games, lower rake and mobile support, we are confident that players will embrace this great addition to the poker industry.”

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People play mobile games in the couch, bus or bed, InfoSolutions/PopCap

The most popular place to play mobile games is at home.

Home on the couch - 69%
As a passenger in a car, bus or train - 63%
Home while laying in bed - 57%
Waiting for an appointment - 55%
Watching television - 41%
On vacation - 28%
At work during lunch or other break periods - 27%
Waiting in line - 27%
On an airplane - 22%
Dining at a restaurant, cafe or coffee shop - 20%
Beach or by the pool - 16%

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Cross-platform players generates 25% more revenues, GameDuell

Cross-platform players generates 25% more revenues, GameDuell | Poker & eGaming News |
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Zynga launches casino games on iOS, Facebook

Zynga launches casino games on iOS, Facebook | Poker & eGaming News |

Social games powerhouse Zynga has entered the increasingly competitive world of virtual slot machine gaming with the launch Friday of Zynga Slots. Zynga aims for the mobile market: the game is only launched for iOS and not on Facebook or on its Zynga website.


Zynga’s new slots game follows the developer’s previous launches of Zynga Bingo and Slingo, another bingo game but with slots-type features.

Leading social games developers have been drawn to casino-type content as virtual casino games are considered to have both higher monetization rates and player retention rates than many other genres of virtual currency gaming. Zynga Poker recently became the most popular game on Facebook when surpassing both FarmVille and CityVille.


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Google Play Tops 500,000 Applications, Distimo

Google Play Tops 500,000 Applications, Distimo | Poker & eGaming News |

In the beginning of May Google Play already stocks more than 500K applications worldwide. This means that in only four months time over 100K applications have been added to the market. In the same period in the Apple App Store for iPhone ‘only’ 63K applications have been added. In the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and BlackBerry App World 35K and 22K applications have been added in the past four months. As of April 2012 there are over 600K applications available for iOS.

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Golden Palace launches iOS and Android Poker powered by Amaya Ongame

Golden Palace launches iOS and Android Poker powered by Amaya Ongame | Poker & eGaming News |

Amaya’s Ongame expands its mobile offering in Belgium launches mobile poker for both Android and iOS



MONTREAL, Canada – December 6, 2012 – Amaya Gaming Group Inc. (“Amaya” or the “Corporation”) (TSXV: AYA), announced today that has chosen Amaya’s wholly owned subsidiary Ongame Network Ltd. (“Ongame”) to power its mobile poker for both Android smartphones and Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The poker application can be found in the Belgian iTunes Store by using the search term ‘Golden Palace’. Android users can download the poker application link on


“Our poker players demanded a premium mobile offering,” said Glenn de Cuyper, Poker Manager at “Starting today, we can meet those needs with mobile poker from Ongame.”


“The new tool for Android allows me to also play on my smartphone,” said David Janssen, member of the Golden Team, a team of amateur poker players sponsored by “We have looked forward to this and the gaming experience is fantastic: fast and user friendly.”


“We’ve been first into every market opened so far,” said Peter Bertilsson, Managing Director at Ongame. “Ongame was one of the first to offer online poker in Belgium, and also the first to offer a complete mobile offering. Mobile has surpassed that of any consumer technology in history, being twice as fast as the Internet boom of the '90s and even three times quicker than the take-up of social media networking. Amaya and Ongame are proud to enable partners like to harvest the benefits of being a first mover.”




Ongame is one of the world’s largest B2B poker providers. The global network includes more than 25 of the e-gaming industry’s strongest brands and operators, and has up to 45,000 concurrent players at peak hours. Ongame also operates on regulated markets like France, Italy, Denmark, Belgium and Spain. The company offers both operators and their players a wide variety of cash games and tournaments to choose from, every hour of every day. Ongame Network Ltd. is headquartered in Gibraltar and part of the of Amaya Gaming Group Inc. Further information about Ongame can be found at




The Belgian Golden Palace group exploits 28 halls in Belgium, and since September 1, 2012 it has the online gaming platform, which was the first to get a B+ gaming license from the Gaming Commission. The company owes its success to its trustworthy relationship with its customers, which has been built up carefully in the various amusement arcades over the last 50 years. Golden Palace wishes to be the first choice for on and offline players. The company constantly strives to offer its customers a more rewarding and successful user experience; both online and in the arcades. For more information please visit




Founded in 2004, Amaya Gaming Group Inc. is a technology based gaming provider for the regulated gaming industry. An expansive global organization, present in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, Amaya is an innovator in the gaming world.


Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Amaya provides a host of services and solutions that range from: online and mobile casino games and platforms, traditional and mobile lotteries, hospitality in-room entertainment systems, management systems, content suites, advisory and management services, and integrity monitoring and auditing systems for the regulated gaming markets.  For more information, please visit or



For further information, please contact:


Mr. Darcy Krogh

VP, Business Development

Amaya Gaming Group Inc.



Carl Zide

Communications Manager

Ongame Network Ltd

+46 701 64 70 13

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Tablet is great for gaming, PlayFirst

- Tablet and games are made for each other: The average tablet gamer downloaded 20+ games last year, paying for 7 of the games.

- Games are the top monetizable content on tablet: The tablet has become TV Jr. in the home and games are at the center of the entertainment ecosystem on tablet.

- iOS remains premium platform for game audiences on tablet: iOS gamers on tablet and smartphone are more likely to play games, purchase games and buy in-game virtual goods.

- In-game virtual good spending on tablet leads the way: The average in-game virtual good spender on tablet spent $62 versus $25 from the average in-game virtual good spender on smartphone, showing again the emergence of tablet as the premium game platform for monetization on mobile.

- Game downloads up 30%+ on smartphone from last year: Year-to-year trends show game downloads increasing on smartphone platform, with free-to-play downloads increasing significantly.

- iOS leads in smartphone gaming: The iPhone user is most likely to play and pay for games on smartphone.

- Tablet gaming with continue to grow among installed base year-to-year: A third of all tablet users next year will likely be PAID tablet gamers, an enormous platform gone mainstream.

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iOS still leads the mobile battle over Android, Sebastian Haley VentureBeat

iOS still leads the mobile battle over Android, Sebastian Haley VentureBeat | Poker & eGaming News |

60% of all revenues comes from US, UK and Japan. iOS has a 71% share of the combined revenues.

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Android and iOS stands for 82% of all smart phones in the US, comScore

Android and iOS stands for 82% of all smart phones in the US, comScore | Poker & eGaming News |

More than 107 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in April, up 6 percent versus January.

- Google Android: 50.8 %

- Apple iOS 31.4 %

- RIM: 11.6 %

- Microsoft: 4.0 %

- Symbian: 1.3 %

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