Weekly Roundup October 10 2014

Weekly Roundup October 10 2014

PokerStars Spin & Go Tournaments Drawing Criticism

PokerStars rolled out a lottery sit and go format that has drawn the ire of serious players.  These Spin & Go tournaments have just three players.  There is a random drawing for the first prize, which can run anywhere from double to 1,000 times the buyin.  The chances 98,890-1 against getting more than triple the buyin as the prize pool.

PokerStars player Masuronike decided to start a petition against this new format.  He is of the opinion that this eliminates the skill element of poker.  These tournaments have been quite popular.  Cash game traffic at PokerStars dropped 9% after the release, according to PokerScout statistics.

Maryland Seeking Extradition of Bodog’s Calvin Ayre

Federal prosecutors are seeking extradition of Bodog founder Calvin Ayre and others that were indicted in February 2012.  The group is accused of operating an illegal bookmaking site.  No movement has been made on the case since the indictments were unsealed.  Calvin Ayre remains on the Homeland Security Investigations Ten Most Wanted List.

Phil Ivey Loses Edge Sorting case Against Crockfords Club Casino

Poker legend Phil Ivey lost his bid to recover £7.7 million from Crockfords Club Casino in London.  The court ruled that Ivey did not win the money legitimately and that the edge sorting technique he used to beat the baccarat game was not a legitimate skill.

WSOP.com Nevada Launches Android App

WSOP.com in Nevada announced today that it has launched an Android mobile app.  The app was approved by Nevada regulators recently and is now live.  A iOS app is still not available in Nevada.  Both apps have been available in New Jersey since April 2014.

Carbon Poker Reload Bonus

Carbon Poker is offering a 100% up to $500 reload bonus through October 31.  The deposit code is OCTPK.  The bonus clears at a rate of $1 for every $15 in rake generated.  It releases in $10 increments.  Players have 60 days to clear the bonus.  A withdrawal request will cancel any pending bonus.