Eccentric poker pro Tony Korfman dies at 71

Poker pro Tony Korfman was a man of many words and talents. His eccentric behavior on and off the felt is perhaps his most memorable trait, and one that will be sorely missed. At 71 years of age, the husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, poker pro and author of numerous gambling strategy guides has passed away. Korfman was a genuine character whose rapier wit was generally appreciated by all around him. His unconventional humor seemed to grow with age, as is evident in his books and Read more [...]

California Online Poker Site sets date for Real Money Launch

On July 1, 2014, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel launched an online poker room in California. At first, it was designated for free play only – no real money involved – but the highly anticipated announcement came almost immediately. The online poker site, PrivateTable.com, would be converting to real money play. However, there were two things clearly missing; a start date for the roll out of real money poker, and passage of a California internet poker bill. For the next few weeks, the Santa Read more [...]

New Jersey’s Online Poker Market lacking in quality PLO Tournaments

Throughout the late 1900’s, Texas Holdem was the game to play for both casual and professional poker players. Those who were good at it won money, while those who weren’t contributed to the coffers of better players. That’s just how it was. When the insurgence of poker struck in the early 2000’s, the dynamics of Texas Holdem changed. There were literally so many bad players in the mix that the pros were actually losing money due to variance. As a result, PLO became the game of choice for Read more [...]

Caesars CEO comments on PokerStars future in US Online Poker markets

Caesars Acquisition Company (CAC) held its quarterly earnings call recently, and one of the topics of discussion was the state of online poker in California; particularly the possibility that PokerStars might be allowed to participate with or without the inclusion of a bad actors clause in future legislative proposals. Amaya was commended for its recent acquisition of the Rational Group, parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt, and the fact that the buyout could result in a much cleaner slate Read more [...]

PokerStars 2014 WCOOP Schedule revealed; $40 million GTD

In the online poker community, September might as well be Christmas. That’s when PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker room, hosts the World Championship of Online Poker, the world’s largest online poker series. This year, the WCOOP events will be even bigger than ever, boasting a $40 million overall guaranteed prize pool with $10 million reserved for the Main Event alone. The 2014 WCOOP will feature 66 events. As a suitable frame of reference as to just how large the online poker Read more [...]

PokerStars and its California Partners speak out after Online Poker Bills shelved

Last week, State Senator Lou Correa announced that he was placing his California online poker bill, the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2014, on the shelf for the remainder of this legislative session. The next day, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer followed in his footsteps, shelving his own similar online poke bill of the same name. With that, the hopes of iPoker regulations coming to fruition in California in 2014 were abandoned, but PokerStars and its aligned partners have taken the time Read more [...]

Party Borgata announces $1 Million GTD online poker tournament series

The online poker market in New Jersey hasn’t been nearly as effective as players, operators and regulators had hoped up to this point. Much of that can be blamed on the inefficiency of the Garden State’s geolocation technicians, software developers and marketers. With the virtually guaranteed entrance of PokerStars looming in the not-too-distant future, time is running short to grab the attention of the online poker playing masses. With that surely in mind, the Party Borgata Network is taking Read more [...]

Sen. Correa shelves California Online Poker Bill for 2014

State Senator Lou Correa has been working diligently to push for a regulated online poker market in California for the last four years. In February of 2014, he proposed yet another revised version of his internet poker bill. With the end of the legislative session approaching, however, he’s finally decided to abandon hope for passage in 2014. Correa placed his latest measure on the shelf yesterday, stating that time would never allow for the necessary refinements to get online poker regulated before Read more [...]

Poker pros Ivey, Robl post $2mm bail after Illegal Gambling arrests

Four weeks ago, the FBI conducted a raid at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV where they allege  that famed gambling guru Wei Seng Phua, aka Paul Phua, and his son, among others, were conducting an illegal sports betting ring from the most expensive suites atop the hotel during the World Cup. According to the court filings, the evidence is stacked against them, but a group of high-profile professional poker players say otherwise. Phil Ivey and Andrew Robl were two such poker pros who came to their Read more [...]

Rational Group acquisition complete, Amaya takes over PokerStars, Full Tilt

Less than two months ago, then-CEO of Rational Group, Mark Scheinberg, wrote a letter to shareholders announcing the intended sale of the company to Canadian-based Amaya Gaming Group. A price tag of $4.9 billion had been agreed upon, and the result was a whirlwind of speculations as to how such an acquisition would affect the online gambling industry, particularly the online poker industry, on a global scale. But first, the deal had to be finalized. As of August 1, 2014, the final signatures were Read more [...]