Weekly Roundup October 16 2015

Weekly Roundup October 16 2015

Party Poker Rolls Out Player Protections Party Poker first announced player ecology improvements on October 1.  The first segment of this was instituted this week.  Party Poker now lumps all players waiting for a game and limit onto the same list.  The player that is first in line on the waitlist is issued the first […]

Comparing Bovada to U.S. Regulated Poker Sites

Comparing Bovada to U.S. Regulated Poker Sites

There are players in the U.S. that prefer to keep online poker unregulated. Some players that feel this way fear being ringfenced within small state borders, which would create insufficient player pools for a reasonable level of action. Others are concerned about payment processing and geolocation issues that plagued regulated U.S. online poker in its […]

Weekly Roundup October 2 2015

Weekly Roundup October 2 2015

PokerStars Approved in New Jersey PokerStars received approval on Wednesday to operate in New Jersey.  This process took more than two years.  Its license application was suspended due to legal issues surrounding PokerStars and its parent company when online gaming launched in New Jersey in 2013.  PokerStars was acquired by Amaya Gaming earlier this year […]

Party Poker Removing Table-Specific Wait Lists And Restricting Hand Histories

Party Poker Removing Table-Specific Wait Lists And Restricting Hand Histories

By John Mehaffey Partypoker announced today that it will roll out a software update in the coming weeks that will improve the recreational player experience.  The “Poker for the People” campaign hopes to level the playing field for all participants. “The ongoing development of sophisticated third party online poker tracking software such as HUDs, seating […]

Minted Poker Players Stiffed Again

Minted Poker Players Stiffed Again

Minted Poker was a member of the Everleaf Gaming Network. It was once a popular choice for U.S. players due to its high rakeback deals and rake chases. It also attracted international players for these same reasons. Everleaf Gaming dropped U.S. players without notice in February 2012, citing a cease and desist letter from the […]

Weekly Roundup September 25 2015

Weekly Roundup September 25 2015

PokerStars New Jersey Application Still Under Review David Rebuck, director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, told Global Gaming Business that the PokerStars licensing process was unique and long process.  It is still ongoing.  Rebuck cited 80 sworn interviews his office had given across six countries to describe how thorough the investigation is. […]

Merge Gaming Cancels Pending Skrill Withdrawals

Merge Gaming Cancels Pending Skrill Withdrawals

The cashout woes at Merge Gaming continue. The network’s cashier canceled all pending existing Skrill withdrawals on September 10, according to numerous player reports in poker forums. Merge Gaming skins include Carbon Poker, PlayersOnly and Sportsbook.ag. The canceled Skrill requests date back months. The oldest reported was from June. Skrill Requests Now Processed as Bank […]

Weekly Roundup September 11 2015

Weekly Roundup September 11 2015

MPN Will Permit Username Changes MPN announced this week that it will permit users to change their handle on the site.  A software update on September 22 will add this feature.  Players be able to make a change every 30 days.  It can be done sooner if a player gives 1,000 hands of real money […]

Wincake Players Not Getting Paid, Americans Bailed Out

Wincake Players Not Getting Paid, Americans Bailed Out

It is no secret that the Revolution Poker Network is marred by slow payouts. Its flagship, Wincake, has been unable to pay players within any reasonable time frame. Other sites on the network have also suffered due to the lack of the network’s ability to pay skins. Few players have been paid in the past […]

Weekly Roundup September 4 2015

Weekly Roundup September 4 2015

888 Drops Bid For bwin.party 888 was recently outbid by Sportingbet’s parent company GVC.  The £1.1bn bid, or 130p-a-share based on Thursday’s stock market closing price, was about 10 percent higher than 888’s last effort.  Brian Mattingley, CEO of 888, says that his company will no longer compete for bwin.party.  888 has backed out of […]

Weekly Roundup August 21 2015

Weekly Roundup August 21 2015

September Hearing for New York Online Poker to be Scheduled New York State Senator John Bonacic will be scheduling a hearing to discuss regulating online poker in the state, according to a report by Gambling Compliance.  Bonacic is the chairman of the Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee. The hearing will include all potential stakeholders.  […]

Weekly Roundup August 14 2015

Weekly Roundup August 14 2015

Amaya Gaming Buys Fantasy Sports Site Amaya Gaming, parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, entered the fantasy sports business this week.  The acquired site is known as Victiv.  It will be rebranded as StarsDraft, referring to its powerful PokerStars name.  This will give the Stars brand access to legal online gambling in the […]

Weekly Roundup July 31 2015

Weekly Roundup July 31 2015

Full Tilt Makes Drastic Changes to Cash Games Full Tilt announced major changes to its cash games this week.  Players are no longer able to choose exact tables to sit at when looking for cash game action at Full Tilt.  Players choose the limit and the software automatically finds a table for that player.  The […]

Weekly Roundup July 24 2015

Weekly Roundup July 24 2015

Affactive Sites Close After Leaders Arrested The management of Affactive sites were arrested for involvement in a pump and dump stock scam this week. The allegations accuse Zvi Orenstein, Gery Shalon, and Joshua Samuel Aaron. The group allegedly sent spam emails in the hopes of getting investors to buy penny stocks. All sites related to […]

Weekly Roundup July 17 2015

Weekly Roundup July 17 2015

Bwin.Party Sold to 888 for $1.4 Billion 888 announced on Friday that it would acquire bwin.party for £898 million, equivalent to $1.4 billion.  The deal includes cash and equity.  Amaya Gaming, parent company of PokerStars, also bid on bwin.party but lost out to 888.  The acquisition gives 888 a near 100 percent market share in […]