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Full Tilt Relaunch Boosts Worldwide Online Poker Traffic 10% | Pokerfuse

Full Tilt Relaunch Boosts Worldwide Online Poker Traffic 10% | Pokerfuse | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Fears that the launch of Full Tilt would cannibalize PokerStars’ existing player base have thus far proved unfounded. PokerScout estimates that 400,000 former Full Tilt players have been added back to the global poker market in the first week of the site’s relaunch.

Of the 8,500 average daily cash game players on Full Tilt, only a quarter appear to have been poached from other sites. A first day average player count of 8,900 fell 10% by Sunday but was still only 1,000 players below its pre-shutdown levels. PokerStars, PartyPoker, and iPoker lost on average just 5% of their cash game players to the new Full Tilt.If Full Tilt can maintain these numbers its number two slot is secure. iPoker and bwin.party each have less than half this level of traffic and there is little prospect of either of them doubling up short of making some transformative changes.

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WSOP NEWS: WSOP EUROPE ON THE MOVE

WSOP NEWS: WSOP EUROPE ON THE MOVE | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
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PARIS -- (December 17, 2012) – The 7th Annual World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) presented by BarrierePoker.fr is moving to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, this time taking up residence in France’s oldest and most historic casino – the lakefront Casino Barrière Enghien-les-Bains in greater Paris.

 The 2013 WSOP Europe will be held from October 11-24, 2013 in the urban getaway town of Enghien-les-Bains, an affluent suburb less than 10 miles from the French capital. The Barrière owned resort facilities have undergone significant renovation, and now include Paris’ number one spa and wellness complex, “The Spark.”

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Card Player | Zynga Poker iPhone App Has Great Year

Card Player | Zynga Poker iPhone App Has Great Year | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
Struggling Zynga Inc. can take some solace in its “social” poker application being the highest-grossing game in the U.S. and U.K. for Apple’s iPhone in 2012, the Guardian reported.
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Struggling Zynga Inc. can take some solace in its “social” poker application being the highest-grossing game in the U.S. and U.K. for Apple’s iPhone in 2012, the Guardian reported.

Zynga has applied to be involved with a Nevada online poker market, which could expand beyond its borders if the feds ever legalize the activity or state partnerships form.

The firm has the most successful free-play poker game on the Internet, boasting millions of monthly users. However, the big question is what percentage could be converted to real-money players in a regulated American market.

Zynga doesn’t have a Nevada partner yet, but there were reports of talks with Wynn Resorts.

The California-based company does most of its business with Facebook.

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Daily 3-Bet: Lederer Settles, Isildur Daily 3-Bet: Lederer Settles, Isildur Defends, Poker World Order | Poker Listings

Daily 3-Bet: Lederer Settles, Isildur Daily 3-Bet: Lederer Settles, Isildur Defends, Poker World Order | Poker Listings | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
Today in the 3-Bet we find Howard Lederer settling his civil case with the DOJ for much less than the asking price, a growing list of rivals set on taking Isildur1's PCA High Roller title and Dan Michalski of Pokerati laying out the new poker...
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The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is the hungry-but-determined last line of defense against the marching armies of afternoon poker news ennui.

Any suggestions for a future 3-Bet, feel free to drop a note in the comments

Today in the 3-Bet we find Howard Lederer settling his civil case with the DOJ for much less than the asking price, a growing list of rivals set on taking Isildur1's $100k PCA High Roller title and Dan Michalski of Pokerati laying out the new poker world order in old-timey map form.

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Pokerfuse | California Online Poker Bill Reintroduced

Pokerfuse | California Online Poker Bill Reintroduced | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
Roderick Wright reintroduces online poker legislation, but it faces an uphill battle.
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ESPN Poker | The Top 12 in 2012

ESPN Poker | The Top 12 in 2012 | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
Bernard Lee looks at the biggest moments in the poker world from 2012
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As another year comes to end, let's reflect on the extraordinary moments that made 2012 another memorable year for the poker industry.

Off the felt, the world of poker was filled with drama. In February, the Epic Poker League officially filed for bankruptcy and was eventually bought by Pinnacle Entertainment. In May, the World Series of Poker announced expansion to the Asia/Pacific region in April 2013 at the Crown Melbourne, where five bracelet events will be held. In July, PokerStars reached an agreement with the United States Department of Justice to purchase Full Tilt Poker, and in November, PokerStars reopened the site outside the U.S. In September, Howard Lederer came out of self-imposed seclusion to tell his version of the Full Tilt debacle and recently announced a settlement with the Department of Justice.

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WSOP NEWS: DATES SET FOR 2013 WORLD SERIES OF POKER | WSOP

WSOP NEWS: DATES SET FOR 2013 WORLD SERIES OF POKER | WSOP | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 14, 2012) – Save the Date(s). The 44th running of the World Series of Poker will begin on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The action-packed schedule which includes gold bracelet events, satellites, cash games and daily deep stack tournaments will run for 49 consecutive days, concluding with the final nine players of the WSOP Main Event on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

The summer festival reaches its pinnacle with the globe’s longest-running poker tournament -- the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event championship -- which is again slated to run over ten consecutive days from July 7 - July 16, 2013.

The WSOP Main Event will feature three starting flights -- July 7, July 8 and July 9.

Tournament buy-ins start as low as $75. Cash games will begin on May 29 and run 24 hours a day throughout the seven-week series taking place in the Rio Convention Center.

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Full Tilt Money "a Long Way Away" for US Players | Pokerfuse

Full Tilt Money "a Long Way Away" for US Players | Pokerfuse | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Little progress has been made by the Department of Justice in refunding US players their Full Tilt money, the Poker Players Alliance has reported.

John Pappas, Executive Director of the PPA, met with officials of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering division of the DOJ on Tuesday.

According to a PPA press release distributed yesterday, little has apparently changed in the last three months, when US Department of Justice and PokerStars reached the agreement.

As part of the deal, PokerStars agreed to refund non-US players within 90 days—a promise they managed to keep—and the Department of Justice would repay US players.

But Pappas learned yesterday that the DOJ has yet to even select a payment processor to handle the remission process.

“This is certainly not good news for those poker players still awaiting the return of their money,” Pappas commented in the press release summarizing the meeting.


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WPT: Noah Schwartz Wins Jacksonville Main Event | BLUFF Magazine

WPT: Noah Schwartz Wins Jacksonville Main Event | BLUFF Magazine | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The World Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble came to a close on Tuesday in Florida and Noah Schwartz emerged from a field of 477 players to take home the top prize worth $402,970. It is his first major title and the win takes him to $2,718,258 in career earnings. This was his fourth WPT final-table appearance and first WPT victory. Schwartz has now cashed 37 times in his live career and this win comes on the heels of his appearance at the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop event at the World Series of Poker this summer. He eliminated three of his opponents at the final table after entering with a large chip lead, and despite being even in chips with Byron Kaverman at the start of heads-up play, he quickly pulled away to lock up the largest cash of his live tournament career.

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Greg Merson 2012 WSOP Main Event Champion | ESPN Poker

Greg Merson 2012 WSOP Main Event Champion | ESPN Poker | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

A 24-year-old Maryland poker professional won the World Series of Poker main event Wednesday, outlasting his final opponents in a marathon card session of nearly 12 hours for the $8.53 million title.

Greg Merson emerged with the title before dawn in Las Vegas after a session that proved to be a showcase for his skills amid the unpredictability of tournament no-limit Texas Hold 'em. On the last hand, Merson put Las Vegas card pro Jesse Sylvia all-in with a king high. Sylvia thought hard, then called with a suited queen-jack.

Merson's hand held through the community cards -- two sixes, a three, a nine and a seven -- to give him the title and put his name alongside former champions including Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth and Johnny Chan.

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Daily 3-Bet: Merson Grace, Hellmuth Class, US Tax Grab | PokerListings

Daily 3-Bet: Merson Grace, Hellmuth Class, US Tax Grab | PokerListings | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is the last man standing when the lights are switched off and the blood cleaned up after the afternoon poker news title bout.
Any suggestions for a future 3-Bet, feel free to drop a note in the comments.
Today in the 3-Bet we find Greg Merson already proving he’s a worthy WSOP Main Event title winner, Phil Hellmuth showing class in defeat and the US government putting a serious dent in the final nine’s WSOP payouts.

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Some Viewers Complain About Tanking At WSOP Main Event FT | Card Player

Some Viewers Complain About Tanking At WSOP Main Event FT | Card Player | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

As of around 10 p.m. local time in Las Vegas, about 90 hands had been played on the final day of action in the 2012 World Series of Poker main event. With millions on the line, some of the hands featured lengthy decision making.

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Full Tilt Poker Goes Live With Play Money Games | Card Player

Full Tilt Poker Goes Live With Play Money Games | Card Player | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Full Tilt Poker is back. Play money games were launched at the site today without any fanfare.

At the time of writing there were 990 players playing at the site and 13,539 tables including around 15 Rush Poker tables

Upon opening the old client players are prompted to upgrade their software before the site recommends choosing a new password. The cashier is accessible with this writer’s balance fully restored – the first time it has been viewable in 16 months.

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Phil Ivey opens up on all things poker | ESPN Poker

Phil Ivey opens up on all things poker | ESPN Poker | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Phil Ivey, considered by most to be the world’s best poker player, has won eight World Series of Poker bracelets and more than $17 million in live poker earnings throughout his career. He enjoyed another great performance at this year's WSOP, making five final tables.

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UFC Ring Announcer Bruce Buffer Talks Octagons and Poker Tables | FIGHTLAND

UFC Ring Announcer Bruce Buffer Talks Octagons and Poker Tables | FIGHTLAND | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
We talk with the UFC's exuberant ring announcer about his love of fighting, his talent for cards, and the father who taught him both.
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Back in the 1980s Bruce Buffer’s father was watching a boxing match on TV when he recognized the ring announcer as his son.

Michael Buffer — then in his early 40s — hadn’t had contact with his birth parents since being sent to foster care at the age of 11 months. But this chance recognition provoked a phone call from his father, and the two were reunited.

That led to Michael meeting his half siblings for the first time. One of them was Bruce, and the two made an impression on each other; Michael took on Bruce as a manager, and in Bruce’s words, “I gave up everything just to roll the dice, on a dream of making him richer and more famous than he ever dreamed [by] trademarking properly that phrase, those famous, five words.” The five (lucrative) words he means are “Let’s get ready to rumble.” You’ve probably heard them.

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PokerNewsDaily | Dutch Boyd Puts Bellagio Bracelet on eBay

PokerNewsDaily | Dutch Boyd Puts Bellagio Bracelet on eBay | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
Professional poker player Dutch Boyd needs some Christmas present money and he’s hoping a poker fan might be able to help him out with the cash. Cue eBay.
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Boyd has put one of his tournament bracelets up for sale on the popular internet auction website, with the closing date of the sale set for December 22. The bracelet is from his 2008 win in a $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em event at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, a tournament that earned him $162,605.

He claims that the meltdown value of the bracelet is $2,644, though he was only offered $1,500 by a gold buyer. The bracelet is 14k gold, meaning that it is 58.33 percent gold, and weighs 83 grams. Boyd said the spot price of gold at the time of the auction’s listing was $1,690 per ounce or $54.61 per gram, so he figures the value is $54.61 x 83 x .5833, which equals $2,644. His calculations appear to be slightly off, as at $1,690 per ounce equates to $59.61 per gram, making the meltdown value of the bracelet $2,886.

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Pokerfuse | Caesars Approved for Online Poker License in Nevada

Pokerfuse | Caesars Approved for Online Poker License in Nevada | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
Caesar/888 partnership moves a step closer to reality.
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You can add Caesars Interactive Entertainment—and the World Series of Poker—to the growing list of online poker businesses in Nevada. The Nevada Gaming Commission officially granted Caesars a license Thursday to operate in the Silver State.

The state’s gaming regulators have already approved a partnership with Caesars and European operator 888 Holdings. The joint venture already runs real money World Series of Poker-branded online poker rooms in the European market.

Caesars executives have said their Nevada site could launch early next year. The next step is 888 receiving a license as an interactive gaming provider.

12 other companies have already been approved as online poker operators in Nevada, including MGMACEP, South Point, Boyd and Golden Nugget. Five more have secured licenses related to online poker, including IGT and Shuffle Master, to provide services and infrastructure.

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Lederer Settles Black Friday Civil Case | BLUFF Poker News

Lederer Settles Black Friday Civil Case | BLUFF Poker News | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
Former Full Tilt Poker owner Howard Lederer settled the Black Friday civil suit, agreeing to penalties and asset forfeitures totaling more than $2.5 million.
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Former Full Tilt Poker President, Manager, Director and owner Howard Lederer settled the Black Friday civil suit brought against him by the U.S. government, agreeing to penalties and asset forfeitures totaling more than $2.5 million.

The settlement order was filed late Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New York. Under its terms, Lederer will turn over to the government two bank accounts of unknown value, a 1965 Shelby Cobra roadster, two Las Vegas properties with a combined value of approximately $975,000 and an additional $30,000 traceable to the sale of a third Las Vegas property.

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Card Player Magazine | High-Stakes Poker: Gus Hansen Down $2.6 Million Since FTP Relaunch

Card Player Magazine | High-Stakes Poker: Gus Hansen Down $2.6 Million Since FTP Relaunch | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
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He just keeps losing.

Another poor week at the tables has poker professional Gus Hansen down $2.6 million on Full Tilt Poker this year, according to tracking data from HighstakesDB.

He lost about $370,000 since last Friday.

The losses have made the Danish star by far the biggest loser on the software since it relaunched in early November. Hansen was on about a $6-million upswing prior to Full Tilt shutting its doors in 2011 under prior ownership.

His downswing is mitigated by the fact that he had tons of money frozen in his Full Tilt account over many months. Also, in tournaments this year, Hansen has cashed for about $1.8 million, with most of that coming in a World Series of Poker satellite tournament.

Full Tilt is now run by PokerStars, which also features its own nosebleed action. After the acquisition, the company has control over the priciest stakes on the Internet.

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TLC's Teaser Trailer of Jennifer Harman's New Show Sin City Rules | PokerNews

TLC's Teaser Trailer of Jennifer Harman's New Show Sin City Rules | PokerNews | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

We’ve known for awhile now that Jennifer Harman was involved in a new television show called Sin City Rules, but now things have really heated up with TLC's recently released description of the show along with a teaser trailer.
Sin City Rules will also feature designer Lana Fuchs, Rain Cosmetics owner Lori Montoya, entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs, Kimberly Friedmutter (who is married to an architect responsible for much of the Las Vegas skyline), and businesswoman Amy Hanley.


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HPT: James Carroll Wins $104,253 at the Palms in Las Vegas | BLUFF Magazine

HPT: James Carroll Wins $104,253 at the Palms in Las Vegas | BLUFF Magazine | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
The Heartland Poker Tour’s stop in Las Vegas was bound to attract a number of local pros, but they couldn’t have asked for a much better final table that the one that they got. There was a 2012 bracelet winner in Randy Ohel, two players with major final table experience in Michael Ryan (2011 Aussie Millions) and Trevor Pope (2012 WPT Championship) and a local pro in Dan Alspach with over $1 million in lifetime tournament earnings.

When the final card hit the felt, however, it was James Carroll claiming victory at HPT Nevada, winning over $104,000 for his victory at the Palms. He defeated Ryan heads-up and claimed three of the five eliminations at the final table, putting on a fairly dominant showing to record the biggest cash of his career and push his own lifetime winnings to over $1 million.

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Full Tilt Relaunch Boosts Worldwide Online Poker Traffic 10% | Pokerfuse

Full Tilt Relaunch Boosts Worldwide Online Poker Traffic 10% | Pokerfuse | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Fears that the launch of Full Tilt would cannibalize PokerStars’ existing player base have thus far proved unfounded. PokerScout estimates that 400,000 former Full Tilt players have been added back to the global poker market in the first week of the site’s relaunch.

Of the 8,500 average daily cash game players on Full Tilt, only a quarter appear to have been poached from other sites. A first day average player count of 8,900 fell 10% by Sunday but was still only 1,000 players below its pre-shutdown levels. PokerStars, PartyPoker, and iPoker lost on average just 5% of their cash game players to the new Full Tilt.If Full Tilt can maintain these numbers its number two slot is secure. iPoker and bwin.party each have less than half this level of traffic and there is little prospect of either of them doubling up short of making some transformative changes.

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WSOP: Big One for One Drop Returns in 2014, 'Little One' Next Year | BLUFF Magazine

WSOP: Big One for One Drop Returns in 2014, 'Little One' Next Year | BLUFF Magazine | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Poker fans who enjoyed watching the Big One for One Drop at the 2012 World Series of Poker got a special surprise on Monday night. During the live broadcast of the 2012 WSOP Main Event final table, Guy Laliberte, founder of One Drop, announced that the $1 Million buy-in event will return in 2014 as a bracelet event.

“It’s amazing what you can achieve when you dream,” said Laliberte. “We took the concept of a $1 million poker tournament and turned it into the most successful poker initiative ever held. As a result, over 100,000 people will be positively impacted. Projects in Honduras, El Salvador and West Africa have already put to use the money we raised in the initial event.”

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Phil Ivey Launches New Social Media Poker Site | Pokerfuse

Phil Ivey Launches New Social Media Poker Site | Pokerfuse | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Phil Ivey has launched a website that he hopes will change the landscape of social media poker.

He has enlisted Greg Merson, who started the 2012 WSOP Main Event final table third in chips, and will return as chipleader when play resumes three-handed. Jennifer Harman and Patrik Antonious have also signed on as Team Ivey coaches.

Currently, iveypoker.com offeres little more than a subscription to a mailing list and a link to Merson’s personal site.

But Ivey told ESPN that he wants to “teach the world how to play better poker.”

The sites slogan: “It’s more fun when you win.”

There is a teaser for “free bonus points for the Phil Ivey poker game” for those who join the mailing list.

The site will offer video instruction with interaction through online games, which Ivey said will be free.

“People aren’t learning how to play,” he told ESPN. “You see people just going on there and playing, but not really learning how to play the right way. What we’re doing here is teaching people how to become a winning poker player. I think a lot of people really don’t know how to play poker, and I think this is going to be an opportunity to play with the best players in the world.”

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Restricted EU Players Can Now Cash Out Their Full Tilt Balances | Pokerfuse

Restricted EU Players Can Now Cash Out Their Full Tilt Balances | Pokerfuse | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The latest software updates for PokerStars and Full Tilt have added the necessary transfer facility to allow players in France, Spain, Belgium, Denmark and Estonia to access their funds on Full Tilt.

Players in these countries will not be allowed to play on the new Full Tilt, as it does not have the relevant national licenses. However, agreements with national regulators have allowed for a system allowing players to transfer their Full Tilt balances to their accounts at PokerStars.

Once their funds are on the appropriate PokerStars site, players will be able to cash out or play using those funds.

The pairing process is relatively straightforward: first players will need a PokerStars account on their nationally regulated version of PokerStars—such PokerStars.ES or PokerStars.FR—have the latest FTP software, and be logged in to both clients.

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By The Numbers: WSOP Main Event Final Table History | BLUFF Poker

By The Numbers: WSOP Main Event Final Table History | BLUFF Poker | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The poker world is full of facts, figures, stats and records. With so many numbers being crunched day in and day out, sometimes it is tough to see what they all add up to. That is why BLUFF brings you some of the more interesting numbers related to the big tournaments, big stories, and big personalities in the poker world. Some are factual, some are fun, and some are both. In this edition of By The Numbers we take a look at some historical trends for the WSOP Main Event Final Table.

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