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PokerStars Tosses Hong Kong Real-Money Players into the Muck

Hong Kong PokerStars

For Hong Kong PokerStars players, real-money play is off limits. The online poker giant without warning announced the cessation of real-money options on Wednesday. In an email sent to players based in the special administrative region, it offered no specific reason for the move other than that it “frequently reviews commercial and regulatory developments around…Read More

PokerStars Seals Deal with Hong Kong-Listed Casino-Hotel Group to Expand Asian Tournament Footprint

Stanley Choi, chairman of International Entertainment Corp

PokerStars’ parent The Stars Group has inked a deal with Hong-Kong-listed International Entertainment Corp to operate land-based poker tournaments in “certain Asian counties” under the PokerStars brand, according to a filing by International to the Hong Stock Exchange. International Entertainment is the owner-operator of the five-star AG New World Manila Bay Hotel and Casino in…Read More

WSOP Runner-Up Gordon Vayo Sues PokerStars Over Tournament Win Nonpayment, Operator Claims Player’s Geolocation in Question

Gordon Vayo 2016 WSOP Main Event

2016 World Series of Poker Main Event second-place finisher Gordon Vayo is suing PokerStars for withholding nearly $700,000, which he says he won legitimately in its SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) internet tournament series last year. Vayo placed first in SCOOP Event #1, a $1,050 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $692,000 first…Read More

China Bans Play-Money Social Poker Apps, Squashes Chinese Poker Boom

China Social Poker Ban

China is to ban social play-money poker apps and will also announce the game will no longer be viewed a competitive sport, a designation that allowed live poker tournaments to be tolerated in certain regions. The move effectively eradicates a previously burgeoning social poker industry and is likely to cut short the recent growth of…Read More

PokerStars Blocks Play Money Games in Washington State, Federal Judgment Unnerves Social Gaming Industry

PokerStars blocks play-money in Washington

PokerStars has blocked free-to-play games in Washington State. According to the State Gambling Commission, the online poker giant is one of several providers of “freemium” social casino-style games that opted to withdraw services to state residents last week, following a federal court judgment on the legality of the Big Fish social casino app. On March…Read More

Poker Player Jake Cody Wins Tournament, Puts It All on Black: Guess What Happens Next?

Jake Cody plays roulette

Poker player Jake Cody won just shy of $60,000 when he took down the partypoker UK Poker Championships “high roller” event on Monday night at England’s Dusk Till Dawn Casino. Nothing too remarkable about that – a prolific tournament player, Cody has over $4.5 million in tournament winnings and is Britain’s tenth most successful poker…Read More

Poker’s Top Female Pro Vanessa Selbst Steps Back from PokerStars Endorsement Deal and the Game Itself

Vanessa Selbst leaving poker

Vanessa Selbst, who’s won three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and made nearly $12 million as one of the top poker tournament players in the world, surprised fans and fellow players by announcing on New Year’s Eve that she’s retiring from the game. The most successful women’s player gave several reasons on an in-depth…Read More

Researchers Reveal Secrets of Libratus Poker AI

Libratus poker AI

Back in January, the Libratus poker AI defeated four top heads-up no limit hold’em specialists, marking the first time that a computer showed it could defeat high-level professional players. Now, the team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University that created the silicon shark have revealed just how they pulled off that feat. In a paper…Read More

Dominik Nitsche Wins $4 Million in WSOPE High Roller for One Drop

Dominik Nitsche One Drop

Dominik Nitsche overcame a strong field that included many of his German countrymen to win the 2017 High Roller for One Drop at the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The victory earned Nitsche not only €3,487,463 ($4.04 million), but also his fourth career WSOP bracelet. The High Roller attracted a…Read More

Chris Ferguson Wins Sixth Bracelet at WSOP Europe, Sparking Bitter Poker Player Backlash

Chris Ferguson WSOP Europe

Chris “Jesus” Ferguson won the €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event at the World Series of Poker Europe on Wednesday, earning the long-time professional poker player his sixth career WSOP bracelet and a whole lot of public grief. As one of the founders of Full Tilt Poker, Ferguson fell out of favor with…Read More

Player Sniffs Out, Partypoker Snuffs Out High-Stakes Tournament Collusion Ring

Partypoker collusion ring

A Partypoker representative confirmed that the online poker room had found a series of accounts that were working together to collude in high stakes tournaments. The admission came following a thread posted on the Two Plus Two forums in which a frequent tournament player shared his suspicions about a group of accounts he had frequently…Read More

Schenectady Casino Awards $500K Three Card Poker Jackpot

Three Card Poker Jackpot

One lucky player at the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady walked away nearly a half-million dollars richer on Saturday, after they hit a progressive jackpot at a Three Card Poker table in the Schenectady, New York casino. The player, who chose to remain anonymous, played an optional side bet in order to become eligible…Read More

‘Match Poker’ Given Observer Status, First Step towards Olympic Inclusion

Ladbrokes Court of Appeal.

Could there be a day when a form of poker is seen in the Olympic Games? The game may have taken its first step on the road to inclusion this month, as an international body that says it works closely with the International Olympic Committee gave it and other lesser-known sports recognition for the first…Read More

Judge Rejects Part of Poker Player’s $2M Lawsuit Against Casino Owner Leon Tsoukernik

Leon Tsoukernik, owner of King’s Casino in the Czech Republic

A Las Vegas judge dismissed eight of the 10 claims in poker player Matthew Kirk’s lawsuit against Leon Tsoukernik, a fellow high-stakes rounder and owner of King’s Casino in the Czech Republic. District Judge Linda Marie Bell said the $2 million that Kirk is seeking amounted to an “unenforceable gambling debt.” “Whether in the form…Read More

Cyberattacker Shows His Cards, Says Rival Site Paid for Assault on ACR Poker Network

The Winning Poker Network (WPN) and its flagship site America’s Card Room (ACR) were hit by a spate of massive DDoS attacks on Thursday. The onslaught lasted three days and resulted in the cancelation of the network’s “Bigger Online Super Series” (BOSS) of tournaments. Cyberattacks are nothing new, and DDoS assaults have menaced the online…Read More