Weekly Roundup February 11 2017

Weekly Roundup February 11 2017

Bodog Poker Network Acquired

Bodog announced this week that it sold its poker network. The buyer is a company called PaiWaingLuo. The company is based in Hong Kong. The network will be called the PaiWaingLuo Poker Network. This sale does not appear to have any material effect on existing players with one exception. The poker platform, which is currently the largest of any U.S.-facing network, will open to eight new countries. Those are Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Chile and Colombia, according to Profrb.com.

This move comes just two months after Bovada poker players were moved to Ignition Casino. That left Bovada with only casino and sports betting. Ignition Casino only offers casino and poker.

PokerStars Festival and Championship Series Tour Dates Released

PokerStars announced five additional Festival dates this week for its poker tours. They will be held:

  • May 20-27: PokerStars Festival in Chile
  • June 19-25: PokerStars Festival in Marbella
  • July 14-24: PokerStars Festival in Asia
  • July 28-Aug. 7: PokerStars Festival in Manila
  • Sept. 16-23: PokerStars Festival in Uruguay

PokerStars previously announced seven other dates for its 2017 tour:

  • Jan. 6-14: PokerStars Championship Bahamas
  • Jan. 22-29: PokerStars Festival London
  • March 2-13: PokerStars Festival Rozvadov
  • March 10-20: PokerStars Championship Panama
  • March 30-April 9: PokerStars Championship Macau
  • April 25-May 5: PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino
  • Aug. 15-27: PokerStars Championship Barcelona

New York Poker Online Poker Bill Introduced

New York State Senator John Bonacic and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow have introduced online poker bills in New York. The bill would legalize Texas Hold’em and Omaha by declaring both games of skill. This could get it around potential constitutional issues in the state. This is likely the reason only online poker is introduced in these bills and not casino games, according to Online Poker Report. Online poker bills have failed in each of the past three New York Legislator sessions.