888 Holdings Expects Major Rise in Revenue with Ease on Internet Gambling

888 Holdings is expecting a record rise in revenue due to the ease of internet gambling. Several states have approved internet gambling and more to follow. 888 is postioned to benefit big time from these changes. It allready has an online casino in Nevada with Delaware and New Jersey to follow shortly.

“In 2014, we should start to see some meaningful revenues come through,” Chief Executive Brian Mattingley said, talking about prospects in the American market.

Tax hungry states are lifting rules to get more revenue. Internet gambling was banned in 2006 by former President Bush. Major markets like New York and California are the prized markets because of the population. Online casino operators will feast on these states like sharks.

In a trading statement, 888 said group revenues rose two percent to $94 million in the third quarter and that it was trading in line with its expectations.

Shares in the company were slightly up, 0.24 percent, to 164.4p at 0730 GMT, valuing it at around 575 million pounds ($918 million).

Analyst Ivor Jones of Numis noted that revenues had been increasing more rapidly earlier in the year.

“Growth in the U.S. is coming along just in time to offset slowing growth in some of the current core products,” he said.
 
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The High Five Series at America’s Cardroom Begins November 20, 2013

America’s Cardroom will be starting a new tournament, The High Five Poker Tournament Series, from November 20th to 24th.  There will be 5 major guaranteed tourments with smaller events . The series guarantee is $350,000.

Michael Harris, from America’s Cardroom states:” Buy-ins will be from $2 and up to $200 and guarantees from $1000 and up. There will be something for all level of players in this tournament.Players can win big every night and have the opportunity to make life changing money in the Main Event,” continued Harris. “Participants can qualify for their seats to all the different events at just a fraction of the cost via our satellites that will be posted before and during the series.”

The High Five Tournament will be spread over 5 days with each a bigger GTD leading up to the $350,000 Main Event. 4, 6, and 9 handed tournaments are included as well as standard, deep and mega stack structures.This tourney will include rebuys as well.

This is America’s Cardroom first High Five Tournament. It’s great to be in something new. America’s Cardroom also hosts the Online Super Series, and Mini Online Super Series. Other tourneys from ACR include 50k Guarantee every Sunday, 100k Guarantee every month and satellites for the Latin Series of Poker with guarantees as high as $500,000.

With a reputation for fast and easy payouts, America’s Cardroom is rising fast as best poker network for online poker.
 
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Heartland Poker Tour Results from Daytona Kennel Club and Poker Room

The Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room was the setting for the latest in the Heartland Poker Tournaments. The winner was Cong Pham, who battled it out with James Calderaro. After 46 hands, Cong Pham won taking the title and $104,033.

Pocket pairs ruled in the end with Calderaro holding a pair of eights while Pham held a pair of aces. This was another win for Calderaro netting him $ 64,158 boosting his career poker earnings to nearly $2,000,000.

John Holley, who finished 3rd in the Seniors WSOP was eliminated to fifth place. He played against Calderaro and took home over $23,000. Luis Serra went all-in in the early position and was called by Pham. He took over $30,000 finishing in fourth place. It was a huge success since he only invested $360 in the tournament.

Justin Fawbush , whose shove or fold strategy works well, finished in sixth place with nearly $20,000.

Keith Romanovitz of Massachusetts finished in seventh place. He had two jacks and went all-in against Fawbush’s early position raise. It looked like he would win but Fawbush got a king to make a straight. He took home over $16,000.

The remaining winners include : Peter Walsworth , who won over $11,000 and Talel Patel who won over $13,000.

The next stop for the Heartland Poker Tour is – Iowa – Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino Hotel 10-12-2012 – 10-21-2012.
 
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Archie Karas Extradited to California – Accused of Cheating Casino of $8000

Archie Karas was extradited from Nevada to California to face charges he cheated a San Diego casino out of more than $8000. He entered a “Not Guilty” plea on Friday.

The 62-year-old Karas, a top gambler known for a winning streak from 1992 to 1995 that earned him $40 million, is accused of adjusting blackjack cards at the Barona Casino. Prosecutors say the Barona Gaming Commission caught him on surveillance video. He was arrested at his Las Vegas home.
Prosecutors said Friday that Karas, whose real name is Anargyros Karabourniotis, faces nearly four years in prison if convicted.

 
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The $1 Million for One Drop Poker Tourney

The $1 Million Big One for One Drop is coming back in 2014 as part of the WSOP. The Big One for One Drop helps bring water to areas in the world where water is scarce. And it also has one of the largest jackpots in poker history.
It began in 2012 and raised nearly $6 million. Guy Liberte , Cirque De Soleil founder, says : “There’s still alot of work to be done to ensure water access for all. I have no doubt that the poker community will once again live up to its reputation for generosity by helping to transform lives sustainably.”
The WSOP anticipates payouts between 16 percent and 20 percent of the entrants with reservations based on a first-come-first-serve basis. Players who deposit their $1 million will be guaranteed a seat. If you’re part of a network of backers, now is the time to solicit them to get a seat. And if you’re rich enough to do it alone , go for it.
Poker pro Antonio Esfandiari, who’s also a magician, won the first One Drop poker event in 2012, taking home$18,346,673. The event instantly made him poker’s biggest money earner. The 2014 event could pay over $20 million. 
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European Poker Tour Prague Poker Festival

A big turnout is expected for the Prague European Poker Tour Main Event that takes place in December. Last year the event attracted nearly 900 players . The first prize of over a million dollars (US) was won by Swedish player Ramzi Jelassi.

Qualifiers started on October 5, check with your poker site to see if they’ve got satellite tourney seats. Pokerstars does in fact have these qualifiers, check them out.

Prague European Poker Tour Schedule

TIME # EVENT BUY IN
Daily
24 Hours Cash Games Available Various
December 8 – Sunday
12:00 1* EUREKA – Main Event – Day 1A €1,000 + €100
16:00 2 NL – Super Sat to Eureka Main Day 1B – THREE SEATS GUARANTEED €150 + €15
19:00 3 NL – Unl. Rebuy Super Sat to Eureka Main Day 1B (€50 RB/AO) – THREE SEATS GUARANTEED €100 + €10
22:00 4* NL – Turbo €200 + €20
December 9 – Monday
12:00 1* EUREKA – Main Event – Day 1B €1,000 + €100
20:00 5 NL – Unl. Rebuy Super Sat to EPT Main Event (€50 RB/AO) – ONE SEAT GUARANTEED €100 + €10
22:00 6* NL – Omaha High/Low – Deepstack Turbo €200 + €20
December 10 – Tuesday
12:00 1* EUREKA – Main Event – Day 2 CLOSED
12:00 7 EPT10 – PLO Championship – 8 Handed – Day 1 €5,000 + €300
16:00 8* EUREKA – NL – Mini Event – Day 1 €300 + €30
21:00 9 NL – One Rebuy/One Add on Super Satellite to EPT Main Event €500 + €50
22:00 10* 5 Card PLO and PLO High/Low Mix – Deepstack – 6 Handed – Turbo €200 + €20
December 11 – Wednesday
12:00 1* EUREKA – Main Event – Day 3 CLOSED
12:00 11* EUREKA – NL – High Roller – Day 1 €2000 + €200
12:00 7 EPT10 – PLO Championship – 8 Handed – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 8* EUREKA – NL – Mini Event – Final Day CLOSED
13:00 12* Limit Holdem – Deepstack – 6 Handed – Turbo €200 + €20
16:00 13* PLO -Double Chance – Day 1 €250 + €25
19:00 14 NL – One Rebuy/One Add on Super Satellite to EPT Main Event €500 + €50
20:30 EPT10 Player’s Party Invitation
21:00 15 NL – Turbo €1000 + €100
22:00 16* NL – Crazy Pineapple – Turbo €200 + €20
December 12 – Thursday
12:00 17 EPT Main Event – Day 1A €5,000 + €300
12:30 1* EUREKA – Main Event – Final Table CLOSED
12:30 11* EUREKA – NL – High Roller – Final Day CLOSED
12:30 13* PLO – Double Chance – Final Day CLOSED
13:00 18 Chinese – Open Face – Unlimited Re-Entry – 30 Minute Levels €2,000 + €200
14:00 19* NL – Holdem – Mix Max – 80 player cap €250 + €25
19:00 20 NL – One Rebuy/One Add on Super Satellite to EPT Main Day 1B €500 + €50
22:00 21 NL – Last Chance Turbo Super Satellite to EPT Main Day 1B €1,050 + €50
December 13 – Friday
12:00 17 EPT Main Event – Day 1B €5,000 + €300
20:00 22 NL – Turbo – “8 Handed” €2,000 + €150
December 14 – Saturday
12:00 17 EPT Main Event – Day 2 €5,000 + €300
16:00 23 NL – Holdem – Day 1 €2,000 + €200
21:00 24 PLO – Turbo €500 + €50
22:00 25 NL – Turbo €300 + €30
December 15 – Sunday
12:00 17 EPT Main Event – Day 3 CLOSED
12:00 23 NL – Holdem – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 26 NL – Holdem – Reverse Mix Max – 64 player cap €1,000 + €100
12:00 27 No Limit 5 Card Single Draw High / 2-7 Single Draw – Deepstack – 6 Handed – Turbo €200 + €20
13:00 28 NL – Holdem – Women’s Event €300 + €30
14:00 29 PLO – Day 1 €1,500 + €150
18:00 30 NL Holdem – Single Re-Entry – Day 1A €1000 + €100
21:00 31 NL – One Rebuy/One Add on Super Satellite to EPT  High Roller €500 + €50
22:00 32 NL – Turbo – Win the Button! €300 + €30
December 16 – Monday
12:00 17 EPT Main Event – Day 4 CLOSED
12:00 29 PLO – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 30 NL Holdem – Single Re-Entry – Day 1B €1,000 + €100
13:00 33 NL – Holdem – High Roller – Single Re-Entry – “8 Handed” – Day 1 €10,000 + €300
15:00 34 Pot Limit 7 Card Stud – Deepstack Turbo €200 + €20
19:00 35 NL – Holdem – Deepstack – Day 1 €500 + €50
21:00 36 NL – Turbo Bounty €1000 + €1000 + €150
22:00 37 PLO – Dealer’s Choice 4/5 Cards – Deepstack Turbo €200 + €20
December 17 – Tuesday
12:00 17 EPT Main Event – Day 5 CLOSED
12:00 30 NL – Holdem – Single Re-Entry – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 33 NL – Holdem – High Roller – Single Re-Entry – “8 handed” – Day 2 €10,000 + €300
12:00 35 NL – Holdem – Deepstack – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 38 NL – Holdem – Mix Max – Deepstack – Day 1 €2,000 + €200
13:00 39 PLO – Heads Up – 32 Cap – Day 1 €1,000 + €100
16:00 40 PLO – High / Low – Deepstack Turbo €200 +€20
19:00 41 NL – Holdem – 30 Minute Levels – Day 1 €1,000 + €100
20:00 42 NL – Winter Wonderstack – Day 1 €200 +€20
22:00 43 Pot Limit 7 Card Stud High / Low – Deepstack Turbo €200 +€20
December 18 – Wednesday
12:00 17 EPT Main Event Day 6 – Final Table CLOSED
12:00 33 NL – Holdem – High Roller – Single Re-Entry – “8 handed” – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 38 NL – Holdem – Mixed Max – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 39 PLO – Heads Up – 32 Cap – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 41 NL – Holdem – 30 Minute Levels – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 42 NL – Winter Wonderstack – Final Day CLOSED
12:00 44 NL – Turbo – “6 Handed” €5,000 + €300
13:00 45 NL – Deepstack Turbo – €30K GTD – 30K Stack / 15 Min levels €300 + €30
16:00 46 NL – Turbo – “6 Handed” €2,000 + €150
17:00 47 NL – Hyper Turbo – €10K GTD – 10K Stack / 10 Min levels €100 + €10

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Swedish Poker Player Robin Ylitalo Wins the European Poker Tour London Main Event

 

Swedish poker player Robin Ylitalo won the European Poker Tour London Main Event taking home over 560,000 euros. He’s been playing and winning finishing 141st in the WSOP Main Event.

This is the 10th European Poker Tour London Main Event and it started with 604 players. 87 players made the money, claiming their share of a £2,929,400 prize pool.

The runner up was Georgios Karakousis who qualified online via PokerStars. He’s been playing and in the money for a while as well. The winner’s list is as follows.

1, Robin Ylitalo, Sweden, PokerStars player, £560,980
2, Georgios Karakousis, Greece, PokerStars qualifier, £349,200
3, Leo McClean, UK, PokerStars qualifier, £249,850
4, Ludovic Geilich, UK, £193,340
5, Jeff Rossiter, Australia, PokerStars player, £152,320
6, Stefan Vagner, Slovakia, £119,225
7, Jan Olav Sjavik, Norway, £88,175
8, Kully Sidhu, UK, £60,640

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Runner Runner – Movie Themed on Online Poker

Runner Runner is out and playing in movie theaters. It stars Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. The movie synopsis is:

Richie Furst used to have a lucrative career on Wall Street; this history prevents him from receiving tuition assistance at Princeton, so he funds his master’s degree by referring students to online gambling, for which he receives a cut. After the dean threatens to expel him for these activities, Richie tries to win his tuition using his excellent poker skills in online gambling, but he loses all his money to a cheater, something he is able to prove by statistics.

Richie goes to Costa Rica to confront Ivan Block, who runs the biggest empire of online gambling websites in the world, including the one Richie lost his money on. After Ivan sees the statistics, he finds coders have coded the software to allow them to cheat. After firing those involved, Ivan tells Richie he’ll pay him millions per year for him to assist with the site work. Richie slowly begins a romantic relationship with Rebecca Shafran, Ivan’s ex-love affair, and Ivan displays no objections to this. FBI agent Shavers kidnaps Richie and threatens to ruin his life in various ways if he does not assist in a conviction of Ivan Block. Shavers cannot do anything legally as he has no authority in Costa Rica, but he takes advantage of this to use tactics that would be illegal/unethical for law enforcement inside the United States. Ivan tells Richie that everyone in the organization ends up confronted by Shavers at some point.

Over time, Ivan’s organization is revealed to be less than ethical. He sends Richie to bribe Costa Rica gaming director Herrera with too small of a payment, which leads to Richie being beaten. Ivan tells him it comes with the territory of such a wealthy career. Ivan throws Herrera and his bodyguard into a lake of crocodiles, but pulls them out before they are eaten. Ivan has Richie blackmail a gaming affiliate with videos of his infidelity to force him to sign with Ivan. Richie’s friend Andrew Cronin, who works on the software design for Ivan, finds that Ivan is running a Ponzi scheme; the players’ accounts have no actual money, and Ivan uses the money as his own bank account, keeping just enough to allow players to cash out when they need to. Cronin disappears and is later found nearly beaten to death. Fearing Richie might be having a change of heart, Ivan buys the massive poker debts of Richie’s father and brings him to Costa Rica, using him as a hostage against Richie.

When Richie tries to leave the country, Shavers has drugs planted in his bag and offers to overlook it if Richie agrees to cooperate. A local police officer reveals that the police dislike Ivan but that he would buy his way out of any trouble and destroy whoever tried to take him down. Thanks to Rebecca betraying Ivan, Richie finds out that Ivan has been swindling him all along; Ivan is about to move his operations out of Costa Rica, and from the start he wanted to leave Richie behind as the fall guy. Richie gives out massive bribes to all local officials, including low-level police officers. When the movement day hits, Ivan calls to satirically apologize to Richie, telling him he’ll be arrested, as Ivan flies away on a private jet.

When Ivan lands, he finds he has been betrayed: the bribed pilot has instead flown him to Puerto Rico, American territory. Shavers arrests him as Richie and Rebecca fly away on the private jet. Shavers says they’re free to go because Richie left a flash drive with him containing sufficient evidence to convict Ivan.

Wiki as source.
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Macau Poker Cup – $1,000,000 Guarantee Tournament – January 10-21 2014

Pokerstars has put its plans for the 20 Macau Poker Cup that will run between January 10th to the 21st. This is a $1 million dollar guarantee tournament so their will some major prizes for winners.

The Macau Poker Cup is the biggest poker series in China and the prize money will add to its luster as a major poker tournament.

A Red Dragon tourney was held in April 2013 and had nearly 900 players. The Macau tourney is expected to draw over 1000 players.

For the Macau Tournament, there will be several Asia Player of the Year events as well at two new tourneys: HK $6000 Baby Dragon and the HK $50,000 High Roller Tournament.

“I always knew the MPC would get bigger and the Red Dragon is hugely popular throughout Asia,” said Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin. The two-time Main Event champion added: “It’s hard to believe we’re at number 20 already but I have no doubt MPC20 is going to be the biggest ever, and I love the opportunity of winning a historic event.”

Players can qualify for free to MPC20 on PokerStars.net beginning November 4, 2013 via satellite seats.

MPC20 SCHEDULE (all figures in HKD)

Fri, Jan 10 @ 8pm — $2,000 Deepstack NLH (200k GTD) [2-day event]

Sat, Jan 11 @ 6pm — $6,000 BABY DRAGON (1m GTD) [2-day event]

Sun, Jan 12 @ 4pm — $2,000 Deepstack PLO [2-day event]

Mon, Jan 13 @ 7pm — $3,000 6-max [2-day event]

Tue, Jan 14 @ 7pm — $5,000 KO Bounty [2-day event]

Wed, Jan 15 @ 7pm — $3,000 NLH Turbo

Thu, Jan 16 @ 3:30pm — $2,400 Red Dragon MEGA Satellite (20 Seats GTD)

Thu, Jan 16 @ 7pm — $11,000 RED DRAGON ($8m GTD) – Day 1A

Fri, Jan 17 @ 2pm — $1,500 NLH Turbo

Fri, Jan 17 @ 7pm — $11,000 RED DRAGON ($8m GTD) – Day 1B

Sat, Jan 18 @ 3pm — $11,000 RED DRAGON ($8m GTD) – Day 1C

Sun, Jan 19 @ 6pm — $4,000 NLH [2-day event]

Sun, Jan 19 @ 8pm — $20,000 NLH ($1m GTD) [2-day event]

Mon, Jan 20 @ 6pm — $2,500 KO Bounty [2-day event]

Mon, Jan 20 @ 7pm — $50,000 High Roller [2-day event]

Tue, Jan 21 @ 3:30pm — $2,500 Deepstack NLH [2-day event]

Punta Cana Classic Poker Tournament at the Hard Rock Hotel

Punta Cana Poker Classic has become an important poker tournament attracting the top poker players. It’s held in Santo Domingo at the Punta Classic Resorts. The Punta Classic is from November 11th to the 17th , winter in much of the country. In addition to poker , players also get some great weather!! It’s sponsors include America’s Cardroom, Betcris and Bovada. And you can get in on the action too at America’s Cardroom.

America’s Cardroom has been sending qualifying players there in droves. There is $500,000 in prize money at this tournament. In 2012 , the top player took home over $130,000 in prize money. A great stop on a poker tour for Matthew Weber, last year’s tournament winner.

America’s Cardroom is giving players a chance to win at this event. The Punta Cana Classic is held every Sunday till the end of October:

Sunday, August 18th 6:00pm $125+ $12.50 2 Punta Cana Packages
Sunday, September 1st 6:00pm $125+ $12.50 2 Punta Cana Packages
Sunday, September 8th 6:00pm $50+ $5 10 Punta Cana Packages
Sunday, September 15th 6:00pm $125+ $12.50 2 Punta Cana Packages
Sunday, September 22nd 6:00pm $125+ $12.50 2 Punta Cana Packages
Sunday, September 29th 6:00pm $125+ $12.50 2 Punta Cana Packages
Sunday, October 6th 6:00pm $125+ $12.50 2 Punta Cana Packages
Sunday, October 13th 6:00pm $50+ $5 12 Punta Cana Packages
Sunday, October 20th 6:00pm $125+ $12.50 2 Punta Cana Packages
Sunday, October 27th 6:00pm $50+ $5 10 Punta Cana Packages

Each winner gets:

Americas Cardroom is now running satellites for the tournament, with guaranteed prize packages worth $4,100 each. Here’s what each one includes

$1,500+150 buy-in to the Main Event with $500,000 Guaranteed!

6 nights accommodations, single occupancy, at the 5-star Hard Rock Hotel Casino Punta Cana from November 11th through 17th.

Round trip airfare up to $800.

Ground transportation in Punta Cana (airport-hotel-airport).

All-inclusive premium food and beverages.

A welcome gift bag

24-hour premium room service.

$1,500 Resort Credit to spend on spa, golf, and tours at the hotel.

24/7 VIP Support Line

Either buy-in or qualify playing one of the satellites including freeroll. It’s a great place to play be it a vacationer or serious poker player.

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