Matt Kirby extends career with $84.5k win at 2014 Fall Poker Classic

At just 30 years of age, Matt Kirby of Bemidji, Minnesota just might be one of the best American poker pros you’ve never heard of. Unless you follow the Midwestern poker circuits, he’s probably failed to show up on your radar, but Kirby’s prowess on the felt has been proven time and again, trumped by his latest $84,502 victory at the 2014 Fall Poker Classic Main Event at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. Kirby shredded the opposition throughout the Fall Poker Classic, billed as the “midwest’s Read more [...]

PokerStars Exec announces first change in VIP Rewards come 2015

For weeks now, rumors have been circulating as to just how PokerStars intends to change its VIP rewards system. It’s no secret that a reduction in munificence for the online poker room’s most loyal players was on the way, but no specifics have been divulged – until now. An announcement was made earlier this week by an executive of PokerStars, revealing just one of the many changes to come in the following years. Steve Day is the Director of the VIP Club and Ring Games departments for PokerStars. Read more [...]

NJ Online Poker and Casino Gambling better than Daily Fantasy Sports

Betting on Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS for short, has been legal in the United States for many years now, unlike other forms of internet wagering, such as online poker and casino gambling. Those types of wagering were generally outlawed by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, which specifically carved out a niche for DFS. In 2013, Nevada chose to legalize and regulate online poker, while Delaware and New Jersey introduces a broader spectrum of iGaming that included poker and casino Read more [...]

Amaya “very pleased” with results of PokerStars / Full Tilt acquisition

Earlier this year, a relatively small gaming software company based out of North America made the biggest move the online gambling industry has ever seen, shelling out $4.9 billion to acquire the rights to the world’s largest online poker brand. Amaya Gaming’s procurement of Rational Group, parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt, was an enormous move; one that some industry analysts felt the Canadian group would regret in the long run. Now that the latest fiscal reports are out, regret is Read more [...]

Legendary Poker Pro Phil Hellmuth says No to Wife Swap

In the realm of live professional poker, there are few names or faces more recognizable than that of Phil Hellmuth. He holds the record for the most WSOP bracelet wins at 13, has a monumental attitude that earned him the nickname “Poker Brat”, and is arguably the most intimidating heads-up poker player the world has ever known. Unfortunately, as much as the legendary poker pro loves publicity, his loving wife of 25 years does not. Thus he was forced to decline an offer this week to appear on Read more [...]

NJ Online Poker sites neglecting the importance of a Trust Seal

When we buy medicine at the drug store, a seal is in place to ensure it hasn’t been tampered with. When we get social security letters in the mail, the paper is embossed with an official seal to guarantee it’s a legitimate, government document. Purchasing meat from the local grocer, the USDA seal of approval tells us it’s been sanctioned for human consumption. Seals are the backbone of trust and safety for American consumers, so why is it that much of the online poker and casino industry in Read more [...]

EPN celebrates 1st anniversary with $50k GTD online poker tourney

The Equity Poker Network was launched last year with a unique business model that caters to recreational online poker players and gives each of its skins the ability to customize many of their features, or maintain the status quo of the network’s provisions. It’s been a remarkably successful endeavor thus far, in part due to the fact that US players are welcome. Now, with the network’s first anniversary approaching, its flagship skin, Full Flush Poker, is celebrating with the promotion of a Read more [...]

Bodog online poker indictments could see extradition of Calvin Ayre

In early 2012, the US Department of Justice unsealed more indictments (akin to those unveiled on the Black Friday of Online Poker), aimed at four figureheads of the Bodog online poker and casino company. Bodog is by far the largest offshore internet gambling site to continue operating in the United States after PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker were abolished from the nation by the DOJ in 2011. Now, two years after the indictments, with Bodog Entertainment founder Calvin Ayre and three other Read more [...]

PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg shines at UKIPT High Roller, takes 1st place for $22k

Just about everyone who’s followed the online poker industry for any amount of time has gotten used to seeing the Scheinberg name in the headlines. The founder of the world’s largest online poker company, PokerStars, has been lighting up the presses ever since his name was listed among the unsealed indictments revolving around the Black Friday of Online Poker in 2011. And while he may still be a fugitive by US terms, his family’s relinquishment of the Rational Group has given him more time Read more [...]

US poker pro Phil Ivey appears in UK court over casino cheating

American poker pro Phil Ivey is arguably the best poker player of our time, and is apparently quite good at other card games, too. In August of 2012, he won £7.8 million (USD $12.1 million) at the Punto Banco (Baccarat) tables of London’s Genting Casino. However, the casino didn’t see it that way, accusing him of cheating and subsequently withholding his winnings. Last week, Ivey appeared in UK High Court to plead his innocence. Phil Ivey was accused by the casino of edge sorting, a somewhat Read more [...]