Saturday, 21 March 2015 16:20

New Jersey online poker sites offer $85 in free cash

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There is some great news for online poker player in New Jersey. They can now avail bonuses on offer at regulated online poker rooms within the state. The best part is that players DO NOT have to make any deposit to earn this bonus.

All one has to do to get this bonus is provide valid identification and end up with a cool $85 in free cash just by signing up. Due rules and regulations attached to poker bonuses, it is a tedious process to claim them across sites.

Hence this must be seen as a welcome change heralded in by online poker operators like, 888, Partypoker and Borgata in New Jersey.

Obviously, this is an attempt by online poker rooms to attract more players and retain most of them.‘s signup bonus offers the least amount of $10. 888poker offers the biggest signup bonus available by offering $30. Borgata is offering $20 to new players - $10 in cash and $10 inpoker bonus money. Partypoker has a $25 bonus on offer - $10 on the poker cash tables, $10 on casino games and jackpot slots, and $5 in big money tournaments.

With four wonderful options to choose from, players in definitely have a good problem on their hands. The ball is now firmly in the court of the players who will have to make an informed choice with regards to their preferred online destination in the state.

In case of confusion, players can always opt for 'more the merrier' and play on all the sites.



Yuiko Matsukawa PokerStars

PokerStars continued with its strategic extension into Asian market with addition of yet another high-profile addition to their team of sponsored celebrities.

After recently signing Naoya Kihara and Kosei Ichinose to Team PokerStars Pro, the online poker giant has now invited Japanese professional model Yuiko Matsukawa to become part of the bandwagon of poker celebrities.

The 24 year-old beauty is a reputed model in Aisa and has featured on several fashion magazines. Of late, box-office luck seems to be shining in Yuiko’s case her ‘Terrace House Closing Door’ movie has done really well.

PokerStars Director of Corporate Communications Eric Hollreiser said he was looking forward to working with the Japanese to promote the game of poker in Japan and the Asian continent.

Earlier in the moth, Yuiko Matsukawa took part in the Macau Poker Cup in China. Though she did not manage a cashout, her presence at the table definitely added to the glamour of the event.

Commenting on her experience at the recently concluded Macau Poker Cup, Yuiko Matsukawa said:

“I was honored to participate in a major poker event as a PokerStars brand ambassador. In the beginning, I was a bit nervous, but eventually I found myself enjoying the game in a relaxed mood. I really appreciate my fans that cheered me on during the competition.”

The impact of Yuiko Matsukawa’s addition on PokerStars’ marketing push is too early to gauge, but one thing is certain, her poker skills are bound to increase manifolds as she will be working with the best in the business at PokerStars.

As part of PokerStars-sponsored celebrities and sports stars, Yuiko Matsukawa joins a team of Rafael Nadal, Ronaldo and Fatima Moreira de Melo.

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Full Tilt Poker remission payments

As per Full Tilt Poker’s official administrator, the company would be making the next round of payments before the month end. The Garden City Group has made an announcement that players will be issued around $2.8 million in the latest round of payment that is set to be completed before March ends.

Among the petitioners that are bound to be paid, those claiming a different amount from the one provided by the GCG.

In case of such disputed amounts, those of with value of less than $500 will be included in the latest payments round.

Larger disputed amounts “are still under review and, if found to be valid, will be paid in upcoming distributions,” according to the GCG website.

The process followed during previous payments will be retained and the players that are due to receive their funds “may notice a zero-dollar transaction in their bank account statement that relates to the Full Tilt Poker Claims Administration” before receiving the pending money they have claimed.

The GCG faced the daunting task of repaying players whose balances were lost when FTP closed down post Black Friday. A whopping $100 million has already been paid out by the GCG to players during the previous payment rounds.

Yet, there are more players to be refunded along with the contentious matter of paying the disputed amounts. The company began making payments in 2014.




Yuguan Li macau poker cup win

PokerStars’ Macau Poker Cup has now been around for quite a while. In its 22nd edition this year, the event has always witnessed good crowds and decent guarantees. Red Dragon Main Event is the highlight of the Macau Poker Cup.

Last year’s Red Dragon event drew a crowd of 808 players. However, the 2015 field bettered the previous year as 987 players took part in the event. Since the buy-in was increased to HK$12,000, a record prize pool of HK$10,339,812 was created.

Celina Lin, Team Pokerstars pro and former two-time champion, couldn’t go deep and was ousted early. However, another big name, David Steicke made it to the final table. Steicke, having amassed USD$3.3million in career cashes and won the Aussie Millions AUD$100K Challenge for $1.2 million, crashed out in 9th place.

After a series of eliminations, it was left to Yuguang Li and Yunye Lu to battle it out in the heads-up. The duo agreed agreed to the following ICM deal after several hours of play: Yunye Lu – HK$1,645,000 and Yuguang Li – HK$1,598,000.

However, Yuguang Li finally emerged victorious taking home an additional HK$150,000 and a HK$100,000 ACOP Main Event seat.

After taking down the Red Dragon 24 hours before, Li put in an another great show to take home the HK$ 80,000 High Roller as well. He won his second title at the Macau Poker Cup as he beat Stephen Chidwick from England, ranked 10th in the Global Poker Index.

The final hand saw Chidwick move all in with KsKh on his opponent’s opening. Li called with Qd3d and turned a flush condemn the Englishman to a runner-up finish.

Prior to his triumph at the Red Fragon, Li’s best show was a 5th place at a side event at the APPT in Macau. Having won two titles within 24 hours, Yuguang Li not only made history but also won an eye-bulging HK$3.5 million in prize money.



Saturday, 14 March 2015 18:12

PokerTube launches iOS and Android mobile apps

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PokerTube, the poker media hub, broadened their services as they launched native mobile applications for iOS and Android devices.

The new apps will contain video and new content from the desktop site as well as new and interesting features.

Players and customers can access sign-up bonuses and exclusive deal for numerous online poker operators through this app. They will also be able to use PokerTube social wall.

Jamie Nevin, founder of PokerTube’s parent company 180Vita, said:

“While many online poker rooms have spent years developing sophisticated mobile platforms, affiliates in poker - and in the wider igaming space - are yet to produce top quality products in this niche. It can be a challenge, as you have to consider complicated elements around mobile tracking, geolocation, and displaying offers specific to different mobile devices. However it is a challenge we are more than capable of rising to with PokerTube.”

Apart from launching new native poker apps, the company has also upgraded the desktop site of PokerTube desktop with innovative new features like leaderboard and a tournament calendar.

Not just that, 180Vita also launched a new video player page that will help poker enthusiasts to view their favorite videos and clips without having to watch ads.

PokerTube is clearly moving towards a new strategy by focusing on the digital domain. This appears to be the new way forward and more media companies are bound to strengthen their digital presence henceforth.


wsop online poker bracelet event

World Series of Poker officials confirmed their intention of altering the format of the online poker bracelet event that is to be held in the summer.

Initially, it was communicated that this event would be played online with a pause at the time when the tournament gets down to heads-up. The game would then commence again live at the Rio the winner would be crowned and would be awarded the first ever WSOP online poker bracelet.

If the organizers are successful in making this happen, the tournament would be stalled when six players remain and the remaining players would then move to the Rio to complete the game. However, this new format would require the approval of Nevada gaming regulators.

The online bracelet event is due to start on Thursday, July 2 at 12 PM local time. All players from the state of Nevada can participate in the event. They can even play on their mobile devices.

 Seth Palansky, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Caesars Interactive Entertainment, said:

“We had concerns initially of getting the players to the Rio the next day to play out the event live. But we’ve decided that July 3 will be a 'travel day’ in essence for any players not in proximity to Las Vegas. As such, we will play the final table on July 4 now. This allows us to increase the live portion to six players and know we can get them all to the Rio in time.”

The live WSOP event will take place from May 27 until the 2015 November 9 is confirmed on July 14th.

This edition of the WSOP will comprise of first-ever running of “The Colossus”—a $565 bracelet event consisting of a cool $5 million guaranteed prize pool.

Like last year, Millionaire Maker—the $1500 buy-in tournament guarantying a $1 million prize for eventual winner and the Monster Stack featuring $1500 buy-in and a 15K chip starting stack will be there due to their tremendous popularity.

Main event of WSOP is scheduled for Sunday, July 5 and has 3 starting days. When we have our final 9, play will be stopped until November and the final table will be telecast live on cable television.

Due to feedback from players, the tournament’s payout structure has been revised to accommodate more payers in the prize pool. Satellites tournaments for the Main Event will be running throughout the series and on in Nevada and in New Jersey.


Pala Interactive New Jersey

Pala Interactive postponed launch of their online poker site in New Jersey despite it being ready.

Nothing specifically was the issue with the poker site’s release, but its makers opted to wait till PokerStars enter the market. The online poker giant is expected to be offering their products in New Jersey very soon.

In November 2014, Pala launched an online casino gaming product with association with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa of Atlantic City. The company was scheduled to launch their online poker site under the name Pala Poker, by the first quarter of 2015.

However, Pala Poker CEO Jim Ryan, seems to have changed his mind now and the launch has been postponed.

As per Ryan the delay was due to the impending entry of PokerStars in the market. Though Pala weren’t expecting to slice the biggest pie of the market, with the entry of Amaya Gaming-owned brand, their share could even drop further.

For Pala, liquidity will be a major challenge and that can be seen from the exit of a major player in Ultimate Poker from the market. Ryan felt he was fairly confident about his company’s online casino product and that poker would be the real challenge.

Hence, timing a release along with PokerStars would have been detrimental to their prospects. PokerStars’ launch was delayed due to approval from New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

However, neither Amaya Gaming nor the DGE issued any reason to explain the delay in launch of PokerStars. Some in the corridors of power believe Chris Christie is to blame.

New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak earlier said the Governer in past had had attempted in preventing the entry of PokerStars in the state. But Christie refuted those allegations.


Swedish online poker law

Online poker players in Sweden are bound to be very disappointed by the government’s decision to prohibit an international gambling market. 

Earlier, Swedish Gaming Board directed Apple to take off online gaming-related apps from its App Store. 

Following that, international operators including some big names withdrew their iGaming applications from Sweden’s online gambling platforms earlier in the week.

As of now, players cannot access their products from within the country. 

Despite the government’s decision violating European Union’s iGaming laws, the Swedish lawmaker’s have exhibited decisiveness in keeping their monopoly on online gambling.

“Svenska Spel”, the state-run company, enables the government of the day to retain its stranglehold on the casino, bingo and poker markets, both online and offline.

As per the EU law, member states do not have the power to ban other EU member states from engaging in online gambling activities within its borders.

Sweden, following the Commission’s request in 2013 had made its law compliant with that of the Union. 

Since there is no change in law, this issue is now in European Court of Justice (ECJ) to make sure Sweden goes back on the prohibition and does not monopolize online gambling in the country.

However, so far Sweden has showed no signs of wavering on its stand.

As per Swedish government’s survey, Svenska Spel’s revenues dropped by 8% in 2014 because of international betting operating in the country.

pokerstars spin n go profits

After PokerStars introduced Spin & Go tournaments, quite a few of the sites regular grinders were unhappy with the move. As per them, the new variant recreations players veered away and they could no longer make profits like before.

Hence, there was a view from serious grinders wasn’t a viable option for them. But after playing for over 5,000 hands of the Spin & Go tournaments, the view of one such PokerStars player’s view have been altered.

Online grinder “bighusla” began playing the new variant at the end of last year with an objective to attain a minimum of 8% return on his investment.

The player’s results revolved around a chip EV metric (cEV) so that one fortuitous jackpot strike on the game would not skew his results one way or the other.

The player ended up attaining an 8.8% cEV at the end of his experiment. Not just that, bighusla’s $30 buy-ins fetched him a profit of $11,000, along with the prop bets he ended up winning from other grinders at 3.5-1 odds against him.

At the end of his experiment, bighusla concluded that Spin & Go’s could be made profitable altering standard strategy. He wrote on a popular poker forum:

“There are really a ton of dynamics to consider at all times from all positions. Not to mention the fact that in combination to being a good 3 max player u must be a good [heads up] player as well in order to really crush these games. I’m currently considering donating 20 new laptops to foster children back home in Brooklyn,”

Not only did he make a profit, but bighusla also opened up a new debate regarding the new poker format of PokerStars. This approach would definitely help other players who had formed a particular notion about Spin n Go’s.



Michael Mizrachi Blast Longer

Poker pro Michael Mizrachi announced his latest business venture called Blast Longer this week. The objective of which is to piggyback on the popularity of last-longer bets in poker tournaments.

The Florida-based Mizrachi is not new to business, for he has previously invested in gold stores, the Mizrachi Dealer Academy, and promoting bitcoin-only poker sites

The 3-time WSOP bracelet winner’s new platform can be accessed online as well as through a mobile app. But for now, it will be geared towards online poker tournaments, with bets on sites including PokerStars, PartyPoker, FullTilt, iPoker.

However, the platform will provide the option going forward for all main live tournaments, too, including the 2015 WSOP.

Speaking about his latest venture Michael Mizrachi, said:

“The player in each blast who lasts longest in the tournament wins the pot. Each tournament will have multiple pots at different bet levels: 10 percent, 25 percent, and 50 percent of the buy-in for online tournaments, and one percent, three percent, five percent, and 10 percent of the buy-in for live tournaments.”

In the several features on the Blast Longer platform, the most interesting is that it can enable played to avoid any financial disputes that often tend to arise between individual gamblers.

Blast Longer also performs the role of “an insurance for poker players [providing them with] a new, interactive way to cash on their skills.”

Hence even without cashing in a tournament, players can make a profit.

The Blast Longer platform is in the Beta testing stage and a full rollout is expected in the coming weeks.