Weekly Roundup October 31 2014

Weekly Roundup October 31 2014

PokerStars Changes Draws Anger from Players

PokerStars has made several changes that have drawn the ire of its player base.  It rolled out Spin & Go three-handed sit and gos that took traffic away from cash games and traditional sit and gos.  It also took skill away as an element of the game as the prize pool is randomly determined.

The new changes altered the prize pool and rake on the Spin & Gos.  The rake on many other sit and gos were raised this week, as was the cap on heads up cash games.  The $2.5 million annual Battle of the Planets was also discontinued.

The announcement and player reactions may be found here.

Ivey Poker App Ceases Operations

The Ivey Poker app is no longer available.  It closed down over the weekend.  The group is still offering coaching through its Ivey League website.  Many of those coaches are from Leggo Poker, which Ivey acquired last year.  Ivey Poker stated that it will come out with bigger and better offerings in 2015.

Carbon Poker Reload Bonus

Carbon Poker is offering a 50% up to $250 reload bonus.  The deposit code is MANIAPK.  The offer is valid between now and November 8, 2014.  The bonus clears at a rate of 150 VIP Points for every $1 in bonus.  It releases in $10 increments.  Players have 60 days to clear the bonus before it expires.  It also expires when a withdrawal request is initiated.

Yahoo Launches Poker

Yahoo has launched Texas Hold’em.  The new product is being heavily promoted within its fantasy sports section, which is among the most popular in the industry.  The poker platform offers only Texas Hold’em.  There are no real money games at this time.  Yahoo once offered real money poker.  It owned a skin that operated on the Boss Media Network.  It ceased operations in 2009.  Yahoo real money poker was never available in North America.