Real Gaming offers Ultimate Match promo for former UP online poker players

The online poker business has always been a highly competitive one. In Nevada, market saturation has already resulted in the closure of one operator, Ultimate Poker. With just two sites remaining – one dominating the state’s online poker clientele and the other still struggling to fill a table – competitive marketing is the name of the game. In that category, the award goes to South Point’s Real Gaming for introducing the ‘Ultimate’ promotion. When Ultimate Gaming announced it would Read more [...]

Steve Wolansky wins Borgata Fall Poker Open for 2nd major score of 2014

Every professional poker player has their good years and bad years, with plenty of ups and downs in between. For one American poker pro, the ups just keep on coming. Steve Wolansky of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is having the best year of his 6-year career on the live circuit, collecting 10 cashes along the way including a WSOP bracelet win over the summer and last week’s $330k swoop of the Borgata Fall Poker Open. In 2014 alone, Wolansky has racked up $469,520 in live tournament cashes, accounting Read more [...]

Pros and Cons of using Heads-Up Display (HUD) in Online Poker

The ability to play poker over the internet has changed the entire landscape of a professional poker player’s career. Not only do they have access to competition from all over the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, online poker affords the added convenience of downloadable tools to increase a player’s abilities on the virtual felt. One such tool, the Heads-Up Display, or HUD for short, has become incredibly popular among grinders, but in the long run, is it really worth using? While there Read more [...]

WSOP NJ celebrates 1st Anniversary with GTDs, 2x APP and Tournament Discounts

Tomorrow, November 21, 2014, will mark the first anniversary of the online poker market in New Jersey. It’s been a bumpy road, to put it mildly, but an ultimately successful one for some operators and their devoted clientele. The second largest operator in the Garden State, WSOP.com is celebrating its first year with the introduction of a weeklong tournament promotion packed with $70,000 worth of guaranteed events, double APPs and a 24hr, 50% discount on tournament fees. WSOP NJ’s Anniversary Read more [...]

Phil Hellmuth secures first live event title of 2014 at Pittsburgh Poker Open

The ‘Poker Brat’ Phil Hellmuth has proved once again why he’s considered one of the most prolific pro poker players of our time. With a record setting 13 WSOP bracelets under his belt, the 50 year old poker phenom took top honors at the annual Pittsburgh Poker Open at Rivers Casino in Pennsylvania, pocketing $54,414. The win marks Hellmuth’s first title-worthy live tournament victory of 2014. The number 54 must be Hellmuth’s lucky number these days, striking thrice leading up to Hellmuth’s Read more [...]

Online Poker slumps in New Jersey, fate of industry uncertain

This time last year, New Jersey was abuzz with the potential for revenue growth in its emerging online poker and casino market. The results have been lackluster, to say the least, and a heavy decline in October’s online poker revenue, combined with the recent closure of Ultimate Poker (UP) in New Jersey and Nevada, could portend a disastrous fate for the industry in the Garden State. The NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement released its revenue reports for October last week, and the results were Read more [...]

Ultimate Poker resigns from Nevada Online Gaming Market

In April of last year, Ultimate Gaming made history by establishing the very first real money online poker site regulated in the US, Ultimate Poker. Success seemed imminent with the launch in Nevada, and the company did not hesitate to move forward with a parallel operation in New Jersey the following November. Unfortunately, reality did not mimic the brand’s strategic business model, forcing Ultimate Poker to exit New Jersey two months ago, followed by the unexpected closure of Ultimate Poker Read more [...]

GPI owner Alexandre Dreyfus says ‘We Need to Sportify Poker’

Since its very beginning over fifteen years ago, a dark shadow has been cast upon the online poker industry. The government, the media, affluent opponents of the activity, even some poker players have drug online poker through the mud, giving an outward appearance of its illegitimacy. Even the live version is generally looked upon as more of a pastime than a game of skill, despite tournaments being worth as much as $10 million or more to the indubitably skilled winner. Thus industry authority Alexandre Read more [...]

San Manuel teams with PokerStars alliance in push for California Online Poker

The battle to get online poker regulated in California has been a long one, dating back more than 5 years, well before the US Department of Justice reversed their opinion of the Wire Act, giving individual states the right to regulate online gambling. A difference of opinion between interested parties has resulted in an indestructible brick wall that has prevented the state from moving ahead with legal online poker. However, an unlikely alliance has formed that could shift the tides in favor of a Read more [...]

New Jersey Online Poker players perturbed by acceptance of Neteller

The regulation of online poker in some US states last year was a huge step forward for America’s card gaming community. Considering the government’s stance against internet gambling in recent years, many of today’s players were shocked at the change in opinion. Those regulations generally frown upon brands that broke US gambling laws in the past; a fact that still has online poker fans wondering how Neteller managed to get approved as a payment processor in New Jersey. Optimal Payments Plc., Read more [...]