Amazing online poker promotions this December, 2013:
1. Choose Your Christmas present at Betsson
Betsson is inviting you to Choose Your Christmas present and they’ll make sure that Santa delivers it to your doorstep. All you have to do is opt-in for the gift you want to receive, follow the progress of your play from ‘My Account’ in the Poker client and acquire the necessary loyalty points in the required period.
Prizes you can choose from: Deck of cards, wallet, Sky Dragon RC Helicopter, Apple TV.
How can you opt in to win?
▪ Opt-in for the offer of your choice this December
▪ Check your progress by clicking here
▪ Acquire the required loyalty points, and the gift is yours
Register account here.
2. €50,000 Betsson Xmas Micro Masters!
Join the Betsson Xmas Micro Masters as they’re about to give away added cash prizes worth €50,000.
The Xmas Micro Masters is an online tournament series for players that like low buy-ins but huge guarantees! Get blown away with a total of 21 Xmas Micro Masters tournaments with buy-ins starting from as little as €2,20.
Register account here.
3.Xmas Blazing Cannons with Betsson Poker Black
Free money to burn for the Xmas festive season on their Blaze Poker tables! Play Betsson’s ‘Quick-Fold’ poker game Blaze and you can win cash bonuses of €1, €10 or a huge €100 if you can bring down the house of cards in our awesome Blazing Cannon mini-game!
Here is how:
▪ Play on the Blaze Poker tables at stakes of €0.05/€0.10 or €0.25/€0.50; and for every 20 hands you win after the flop you’ll activate our ‘Blazing Cannon’ mini-game.
▪ Take aim and fire the cannon at the house of cards and you could win a cash bonus from €1 up to €100 INSTANTLY - depending on how many gold suits you can knock down!
▪ There are no restrictions on the amount of Blazing Cannon bonuses you can win, so start playing Xmas Blaze Poker today to claim your share of the free cash!
On the 20th of December all player’s Blazing cannon counter will be reset to 19 so you only need to win one raked hand to trigger the Cannon!
What Is Blaze Poker?
Blaze poker is the ultimate action game where you play against a pool of players instead of a set number of opponents at a single table. Don’t like your hand or your position? In Blaze Poker you can fold at any point and you’ll be instantly re-seated at a new table, with a new set of opponents. Use the ‘+1 Button’ on your table to double the amount of Blazing Cannon fun!
Register account here.
4. December Festival with PokerStars - $27,000,000 to be won this December!
There is $27,000,000 to be won this festive season with the PokerStars December Festival! This month-long celebration gives all players the chance to win huge cash prizes, including boosted prize pools in their most popular tournaments, random prizes just for playing your favourite games, and lots more fromDecember 1-22.
Register account here.
5. The Gr888 Winter Giveaway with 888
Poker 888 boldly goes where no poker room has gone before… Yep, we’re giving away $88 absolutely FREE to all new players. No deposit needed. Simply join 888poker using a valid email address, check your inbox and you will get $88 in your bankroll to play with. Hurry, offer is for a limited time only!
Register account here.
6. Betsafe MicroMaster
EUR50,000 Prove you’ve got what it takes to be a Betsafe MicroMaster and you could win easy cash in our €40,000 guaranteed MicroMasters tournaments. On top of that you can win even more cash in the €10,000 MicroMasters leaderboard which is our seasonal gift to all our players.
€10,000 MICROMASTERS MVP
Collect leaderboard points by playing any MicroMasters tournaments in December and win big!
The top 200 players at the end of the series will win a share of €10,000 in prizes, including a breathtaking first prize of €1,000!
Secret Santa Spin Galore!
You can also collect leaderboard bonus points by playing our brand new Casino in Poker side game – Secret Santa,every Friday and Saturday. This game delivers a randomly triggered secret bonus every 5-7 minutes in average! You’ll earn 1 leaderboard point for every €1 wagered in the Secret Santa Online Slot.
If you can’t find the casino game – don’t worry, it’s very easy! Just click on the “Casino” tab within the poker client.
New feature: You can now follow your leaderboard position within the poker client!
Register account here.
Singapore is considered to be one of the biggest land-based casino markets in the world. With an approximate $6 billion in gambling revenues there is no denying that gambling enthusiasts love Singapore. But now, there are reports of the country not wanting to be open to online poker.
Singapore is aiming to invoke a ban on every form of online gambling as per the reports in “The Diplomat”.
An official from the government made a statement at the Symposium on Casino Regulations and Crime, which read as:
“Remote gambling gives us cause for concern [because] is ubiquitously and easily accessible through the Internet and mobile applications, especially by a younger and more tech-savvy generation. The nature and design of the games, especially poker and casino-type games, lend themselves to repetitive play and addictive behavior. From a law and order perspective, remote gambling operations can potentially become a source or conduit of funds for other illegal activities and syndicated crime, These operators are beyond our jurisdiction and they operate without restrictions or limitations on the types of games they can offer or the promotions and advertising they undertake.”
A ban of this kind would also mean that existing online gambling websites accessed by residents of Singapore would be shut down as well. This also casts doubts about the future of domestic casino operators in Singapore.
However, the only silver lining for online gambling enthusiasts in Singapore may be the news that the state is considering strict regulatory measures for online gambling sites if they do get the green signal to continue.
If reports are to be believed, the online gambling industry in Singapore is worth a whopping $375 million annually. With such huge numbers, it is evident that Singapore is a massive gambling market and the state as well as gambling operators is aware of this fact.
The Bulgarian State Gambling Commission on Gambling had caused massive ripples in the online gambling world in October when they decided to ban a host of online poker sites in the country. The same government has previously made online poker legal in 2012.
This story has now taken another u-turn as the government intends to legalize online gambling in the country again. They plan to issue licenses and have just released a list of 3 certified gambling equipment as well as software - BMM Testlabs, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), and Bulgarian Institute Metrology.
So far among all the operators only Eurofootball from Malta has gained the license to provide online gambling in Bulgaria. Vasil Krumov Bozhkov, a billionaire from Bulgaria, however, owns this online sportsbook.
The government of Bulgaria is also said to have contemplating a reduction in taxation. The gaming tax on total turnover is about 15% right now. This move by the government is aimed at attracting more online gambling operators to Bulgaria.
Chairperson of the Budget and Finance Committee in Bulgaria said the following:
"The present taxation regime on Internet gambling needs to be liberalized in a way that will attract foreign registered operators to register themselves in Bulgaria and pay their taxes here."
Bulgaria has always been a great market for online gambling. However the government policy has never been stable causing a lot of uncertainty to players. Hopefully this time the government will be firm in its actions. This would certainly pave the way for a profitable online gambling market in the country.
News source: Poker News
Image Source: Poker Update
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) brand has had its online version available in Nevada. Caesars Entertainment Corp owns the brand. However,now the WSOP brand is being tested by means of a train run in New Jersey. The players that are within the physical borders of the state of New Jersey can only access these online games.
There has been an announced made by the company of hosting an online championship series that will commence on January 19th of 2014. This online championship called the New Jersey Online Championships will commence with an Invitational Freeroll of $250,000.
As per the information available on the site of the WSOP, payers have to sign up for an account on WSOP by 9th of December 2013. After creating the account, players need to just download the WSOP software and get logged in. On signing up, the players will receive emails from WSOP to confirm whether they are eligible to participate in this massive freeroll. This email is expected to be received by players by 16th January 2014.
After the $250,000 freeroll, there are around seven real money buy-in tourneys scheduled. Post these real money buy-in tourneys; the site will host one final freeroll. The total prize money of all these events totals up to $1 million.
After that there will be seven events with real-money buy-ins. A final freeroll will be for those who entered into the previous events. Everything adds up to $1 million.
Here is the schedule of New Jersey Online Poker Championships (as published by CardPlayer.com)
Jan. 19 — $250,000 Invitational Freeroll
Jan. 20 — $215NLH R&A $50,000 Guaranteed
Jan. 21 — $109 PLO R&A $25,000 Guaranteed
Jan. 22 — $215 NLH $30,000 Guaranteed
Jan. 23 — $109 NLH $25,000 Guaranteed
Jan. 24 — $215 NLH 6 Max $50,000 Guaranteed
Jan. 25 — $109 NLH $70,000 GuaranteedJan. 26 — $530 NLH $250,000 Guaranteed
Feb. 2 — $250,000 Player’s Freeroll
In the recently updated rankings for online poker tournaments for UK and Ireland rankings for the United Kingdom and Ireland, Chris Moorman finds himself at the top. Having won the Pocket Five Triple Crown for his 19th time, Chris Moorman comfortably stretched his lead over the compition.
Post winning the Triple Crown, Chris has 19 cash outs to his name, which comprises a 4th place finish in the Big $109 at PokerStars. This was an amount of $8,512.
Rankings for Online Poker Tournaments for UK and Ireland
Chris “moorman1” Moorman
Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth
Charlie “chaz_man_chaz" Combes
Sebastian “Seba29072” Saffari
Rhys “floppinhel” Jones
Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis
Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer
Jareth “jareth3542” East
Tomas “luckymo32” Geleziunas
Jon “EMSBas” Spinks
The details of the above rankings table have been obtained from PokerNews.com.
Barring the interchange of rankings, all the top 10 players of this week are same as last week. The next week promises a lot of action on FTP and we could see a lot of changes in the current top 10 rankings. The coming week will be exciting for poker players and poker lovers in general with the FTOP's kicking off.
If reports are to be believed, Sheldon Adelson, billionaire CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation intends to fund an extensive campaign to oppose online poker. This will include the formation of an anti-online poker group as well.
The report on Washington Post claims that the businessman is opposed to the legalization of online betting. Adelson will position his anti-online poker crusade on the lines of it having a harmful effect on the kids, people with low income as well as anybody who stands a risk of being exploited by it. However, his team has not specified the amount Adelson would be willing to spend to achieve his objective.
These reports have emerged after three states in the US - Nevada, New Jersey and now Delaware have legalized online gambling. As per the Washington Post, Team Adelson will be shortly introduced to the public at large and will comprise of Mayor of Denver, Wellington Webb, former senator Blanche Lincoln, former New York guv George Pataki and several child advocates. This team is expected to speak at various events as well as publish columns articulating their anti-online poker stance.
This announcement comes at a time when several other states in USA are contemplating legalization of online gambling by 2014. Adelson also wants a bill passed that will ban legalization of online gambling by states.
Recently Adelson even sponsored a poll to prove that people in states do not want online gambling to be legalized. However, the output of the poll was not decisive.
Sheldon Adelson has written an op-ed in Forbes magazine where he mounted a scathing attack on Internet gambling by terming it as plague to the society. The biggest problem he has with legalization is the adverse effect this could have on children.
All these events sure make for an exciting year-end to the fortunes of online gambling industry in probably its biggest market. Year 2014 intends to open with a bang!
What’s in a name?
Well, when it comes to poker and poker players, there is everything to do with their poker names and how they were actually coined.
Doyle Brunson – Texas Dolly
Legend has it that Jimmy Snyder was overheard calling Brunson as “Texas Doyle”. Unfortunately for Brunson, the reporters present there heard it as “Texas Dolly”. Since that very day Texas Dolly has virtually stuck with Brunson despite him having several other names like Godfather or just plain and simple Dolly.
Chris Ferguson – Jesus
No prizes for guessing but its quite evident why Ferguson has been nicknames after…well…. GOD himself. Yes, it’s the hair and that beard that had an eerie similarity with Jesus himself. Although I doubt if Jesus would ever approve of what his namesake does for a living!
Phil Hellmuth – Poker Brat
Don’t know if big Phil is proud of his nickname. Our guess - he is! What else could explain the official poker brat merchandise? Good old Phil earned this name for the multiple times he lost his cool at a poker table and all the trash talk that he engages himself in during games. Well, we think it works for the man. All the WSOP bracelets are proof.
Tom Dwan – durrr
As per Dwan he selected durrr has his online nickname just to annoy fellow players. We couldn’t agree more. It definitely goes with his playing style. However, this name has been a rage on the online poker scene and has caught up more than any other name.
Michael Mizrachi – Grinder
We all know what a grinder is. But this name stuck to Mizrachi for the simple reason of his way to move deep into tourneys. Simply put – it was a grind. The Grinder is more than just a nickname now though. It’s a poker brand.
Antonio Esfandiari - Magician
No, he does not disappear cards on a poker table. Esfandiari was a magician before he turned full time poker professional. We have all seen his cool poker tricks. It’s just magic and we agree.
Daniel Negreanu - Kid Poker
No poker list can be complete without Daniel. The smiling assassin of the poker world, Negreanu earned himself this name way back in 1988 when he was the youngest player to win the WSOP bracelet. He no longer holds that record and has moved from being kid poker to poker legend.
Phil Laak - The Unibomber
Every time Phil is playing at a table he is wearing his sunglasses, hoodie sweatshirt pulled over his head. This excentric look got him the nickname 'The Unibomber'.
Howard Lederer - The Professor
Jesse May gave this name to Howard our of nowhere. Jesse introduced Howard as 'The Professor of Poker' at Poker Million on the Isle of Man.
The EPT London High Rollers Event is full of surprises.
Our beloved Daniel Negreanu, one of the best profet in poker got busted out of the event and had to re-buy.
Negreanu played against Behbehani and the first showed pocket queens at the end. Behbehani with a straight poker face previously announced Negreanu that he is holding on to deuces. But to Negreanu's surprise, Behbehani rolled him with a flush.
Heh, this things happen in poker, even though Behbehani apologized laughing, Negreanu was not amused.
Daniel Negreanu later posted on social media 'EPT High Roller! Just got slow rolled. Can never quite understand the humor in that. Weak comedy...'
Nevertheless good luck to you all!
EPT10 London (sponsored by PokerStars) £50k SHR: Day 2 seat draw
26, 2, David Benefield, United States, 373,000
26, 4, Talal Shakerchi, United Kingdom, 200,000
26, 6, Shawn Buchanan, Canada, 591,000
26, 7, Rick Salomon, USA, 178,000
26, 8, Timothy Adams, Canada, 314,000
27, 1, Erik Seidel, USA, 250,000
27, 2, Tobias Reinkemeier, Germany, 236,000
27, 3, Igor Kurganov, Russian Federation, 102,000
27, 5, Martin Finger, Germany, 472,000
27, 6, Bill Perkins, United States, 760,000
32, 2, Mike Watson, Canada, 340,000
32, 3, Mike McDonald, Canada, 920,000
32, 4, Steven Silverman, United States, 279,000
32, 5, Dan Shak, United States, 169,000
32, 6, Daniel Negreanu, Canada, Team PokerStars Pro, 660,000
32, 7, Sam Trickett, United Kingdom, 380,000
33, 1, Haralabos Voulgaris, Canada, 145,000
33, 2, John Juanda, Indonesia, 622,000
33, 5, Steve O'Dwyer, United States, 903,000
33, 6, Andrew Chen, Canada, 325,000
33, 7, Sorel Mizzi, Canada, 360,000
33, 8, Christoph Vogelsang, Germany, 607,000
36, 2, Jonathan Duhamel, Canada, Team PokerStars Pro, 312,000
36, 3, Ole Schemion, Germany, 286,000
36, 6, Jeff Gross, USA, 523,000
36, 7, Dan Smith, United States, 380,000
36, 8, Johannes Strassmann, Germany, 1,530,000
37, 2, Fabian Quoss, Germany, 478,000
37, 3, Richard Yong, Hong Kong, 430,000
37, 4, Paul Newey, United Kingdom, 256,000
37, 5, Max Altergott, Germany, 180,000
37, 7, Jason Mercier, United States, Team PokerStars Pro, 161,000
37, 8, Joni Jouhkimainen, Finland, 154,000
In order to establish the top 10 Poker Players of 2013, i took two of the best Poker websites out there and tried to compare their rankings. I can see that there is a discrepancy between the lists, due to different formula calculations and events.
The Points at Bluff Magazine are calculated by multiplying the point factors from all three criteria. For re-buy events and multiple-entry events the buy-in is determined by prizepool/players. Only a player’s top ten finishes through the calendar year will count towards the Player of the Year standings.
CardPlayer.com offers comprehensive poker rankings. CardPlayer Player of the Year race has ranked tournament poker player success for more than a decade and they now rank casino and online tournament data.
Bluff.com ranks on the first place Daniel Negreanu, followed by: Mike Watson, David Peters, Ole Schemion, Blair Hinkle, Steve O'Swyer, Scott Seiver, Joe Kuether, Justin Bonomo and Paul Volpe.
On CardPlayer we have the same place for Daniel Negreanu, followed by: Paul Volpe, Blair Hinkle, Justin Bonomo, Steve O'Dwyer, David Vamplew, Erick Londgren, Michael Watson, Steven Silverman and Dimitar Danchev.