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Victor Chandler Poker Celebrates 25th Chase Anniversary with Freeroll Promo

Victor Chandler, one of the most recognizable names in the gaming industry, is set to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Chase events with a special promotion. The company’s poker site, Victor Chandler Poker, will be hosting a series of freerolls that give lucky winners the opportunity to attend a day at the Ascot Racecourse.

Fans of Victor Chandler Poker will soon be able to compete for their chance to win one of the Ascot Racecourse Premier Admission badges on offer from the site. The badges will be made available as prizes for the winners of the upcoming poker freerolls. Victor Chandler has detailed that the freerolls will take place each evening — ending on Monday, 16th January — and provide a total of two hundred Premier Admission badges to the top five finishers of every one of its events. Each freeroll can be registered for one hour in advance and gives free entry to every player until all available slots have been filled.

Victor Chandler’s Andy Horne told press that his company was hoping to “brighten up a dreary January [with] a day at the races” for its members while also celebrating the long history of its Chase series. Premier Admission badges are available only to Victor Chandler members living in the United Kingdom and Ireland and will allow the lucky, 200 winners to attend the Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, 21st January.

Paddy Power Poker Launches Cheap Seats Promotion

Paddy Power Poker continues to help promote the much anticipated Irish Open 2012 by providing great ways for its fans to attend the event itself. The newest promotion, Cheap Seats, will consist of a set of tournaments with low buy-ins and fantastic prize packages.
                Cheap Seats is scheduled to take place as a pair of reoccurring nightly tournaments that will reward the best competitors with seats into the Irish Open 2012. Both of the daily tournaments are set to have €4 buy-ins and will be no-limit hold ‘em style with re-buys allowed. Each night of the promotion will see Cheap Seats tournaments taking place in the evening (at 7.30pm and 9.30pm), offering two opportunities for eager players to gain entry to the Irish Open. The aforementioned prize packages will provide seats at the Irish Open 2012 grand finals — a prize worth some €3,500 and unavailable through direct buy-in.
                Paddy Power Poker, impressed with the popularity of last year’s Cheap Seats promotion, decided to bring them back for 2012. A statement detailing the special tournaments described Paddy Power’s goal of making “it possible for the more casual poker player to win a seat into one of the most prestigious poker tournaments in Europe.” For competitors hoping to grab a lucky break in the world of professional poker Cheap Seats is not to be missed.

PokerStars Announces the 5th Edition of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour

Online poker network PokerStars has just announced the return of its prestigious Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT). Now in its fifth year, the APPT has become a massive success, well-regarded by professionals as a worthwhile showcase and by amateurs one of the most exciting series to watch.

PokerStars has produced one of the poker world’s biggest events with their yearly Asia Pacific Poker Tour and the upcoming edition looks to continue the series’ trend of attracting talented players, eager to make their name in the industry. The details released for the 2012 APPT thus far have revealed that it will consist of five events (taking place from 7th to 11th March) across Asia, with Seoul, South Korea confirmed as one of the stops. The APPT will feature a $2,600 buy-in main event and the return of 2008’s winner, Yoshihiro Tasaka of Japan — a player who has helped to build poker’s popularity in his home country and Korea..

A PokerStars statement detailed how “poker in Korea and Asia overall has grown immensely since Tasaka’s victory” and forecasted a “record field” for this year’s events. The press release also promised the launch of APPT prize packages and satellite games set to come to PokerStars in the near future. The 2012 Asia Pacific Poker Tour will be held at international locations including Seoul, South Korea’s Paradise Walkerhill Casino and will run from 7th to 11th March, 2012.

iPoker Network Details First iPOPS Success

The iPoker Network — which includes popular online poker sites like William Hill, Titan Poker and more — has just concluded the first edition of its iPoker Online Poker Series (iPOPS). iPOPS was deemed a massive success by its organizers, making it likely that a sequel could be in the works for sometime in the future.

More than 60,000 international poker players flocked to iPoker Network sites to compete in the new series and helped to contribute to just how well the events came off. Over one million dollars was handed out over four events. These included iPOPS kick-off no-limit hold’em six-maximum tournament (which came with a $200,000 prize pool) and its follow-up, a $150,000 pot no-limit hold’em turbo series. The other iPOPS tournament handed out $500,000 to 3,000 no-limit competitors and then assembled the highest ranking players into a top 27. These winners will soon officially end iPOPS (and take home the remaining prize pool) at a live event taking place at Prague’s Ambassador Casino on 12th December.

With the first iPOPS drawing such an enormous crowd — and paying out such impressive amounts — it seems extremely likely that we’ll be hearing about a second edition from iPoker Network soon enough. A statement detailed how the iPoker Online Poker Series was “a huge success for the network”, attributing some of this popularity to it giving “players the chance to win massive cash prizes [for] exceptionally low buy-ins.”

Virgin Games Launches Mobile Casino Software

Virgin Games is one of the UK’s most popular online gaming networks and now, with the launch of its mobile casino software, it’s looking to catch on in an even bigger way. The new Virgin Mobile Games has just been released and gives players the ability to enjoy some of their favourite casino games while on the go.

The app, (or Virgin Mobile Games for brevity’s sake), was developed in a partnership between Somo, a mobile marketing agency, and Virgin itself. The mobile software translates much of what already exists on Virgin’s web-based casino and seeks to offer a similar experience through smartphone operating systems. Aside from a suite of great Virgin games, the company has also announced that it has forged partnerships with other developers — including titles by Microgaming — in order to bring even more content to the platform over time. Virgin Mobile Games is a web application, compatible with most smartphones and already features games like the popular Tomb Raider and Thunderstruck slots.

Virgin Games’ Chief Executive Officer, Simon Burridge, explained that “smartphone penetration now [exceeds] 40 percent in the UK” and that “[Virgin] is simply responding to this demand.” Burridge went on to state his company’s position, describing how the launch is occurring at “the right time in the company’s life, the industry’s life and [that] the technology is ready. It’s what our customers want and it’s where the online gaming industry is heading.”

Titan Poker Announces Several Weeks of Promos with Winter Edition

This winter Titan Poker is looking to add some extra cheer to an otherwise dreary season by hosting two entire months of special games. Winter Edition, as the promotional period has been dubbed, will offer up more than $50,000 in prizes and is set to take place over the coming weeks.

Titan Poker’s Winter Edition will include a number of exciting games that look to appeal to nearly every kind of online poker player. Titan Time Cash Games are set to award some $24,000 in cash to ranked cash game competitors through an ongoing leaderboard race while another $24,000 will be made available through the Sit ‘Win’ Go leaderboards. Just as Titan Time Cash Games will pay out to the most active players across the entire site, the latter prizes will be made available to the players who perform best in sit and go tournaments taking place over six-day periods. Sit ‘Win’ Go will take place each Monday (throughout December and January) and will pay out based on weekly finishing positions. Winter Edition will also include a New Year $10,000 freeroll (available to all players who have banked at least 250 points during December) and Happy Hours, where extra loyalty points will be awarded during special weekend cash games.

Titan Poker released a statement regarding Winter Edition, detailing its aim to “appeal to all poker players no matter their playing preferences.” Furthering this egalitarian approach, the release went on to encourage “poker novices and veteran poker players alike [to] win their share of more than $50,000 in prizes.”

Victor Chandler Poker Launch Month Long Christmas Promo

With December now upon us, Victor Chandler Poker has decided to embrace the holiday season with a month full of Christmas-themed promotional events. Special games are set to run from now until 25th December and aim at giving every fan of the site a number of reasons for competing in daily games.

Victor Chandler Poker’s Advent Calendar promo looks to give members of its site an entire month of festive gaming, packed with great rewards. With a total of more than €40,000 in prizes up for grabs throughout the following weeks, Victor Chandler has designed a promotional period that encourages fans of the poker network to log onto their site of choice every day of December. Advent Calendar has already begun and, while full details on the coming special events has yet to be revealed, Victor Chandler has begun unveiling new, daily promotions each morning. Though specific promo details will only be shown on a day-by-day basis, Victor Chandler has also announced the return of Flop Stars competitions and a low stakes VIP points race set to run alongside the mystery events and prizes that make up Advent Calendar.

Andy Horne, Victor Chandler’s Head of Poker, told press that “it’s been an exciting year for [Victor Chandler]” with much more to come soon. Horne went on to describe how, “ahead of our next big announcement” the Advent Calendar promo will give “lots of players [a] little helping hand towards making this Christmas a memorable one.”

Paddy Power Poker Hosts Irish Open 2012 Qualifiers

Paddy Power Poker continues to promote the upcoming Irish Open 2012 with great events that look to give its members entry to the series. Its new online qualifiers will allow some of the best players to win their way into the venerable series, regardless of the size of their bankroll.

The Irish Open 2012 is fast approaching and Paddy Power Poker members interested in competing should take note of the site’s qualifiers. Weekly online qualifiers are now set to take place each Monday night with buy-ins set at €27.50. These events will take the form of no-limit hold’em re-buy games that provide each winner with a fantastic prize package. Paddy Power’s Irish Open packages are valued at €3,500 and come with access to the 2012 series and the opportunity to compete in its $100,000 Sole Survivor endurance games. If that wasn’t enough, the first edition of the weekly qualifier also gave its winner a €550 seat into Thursday, 8th December’s Irish Christmas Poker Festival at Cork’s Macau Poker Club.

Paddy Power Poker’s Irish Open 2012 qualifiers opened on Monday, 5th December and will continue to be offered for the foreseeable future. Paddy Power Poker’s press release spoke of the company’s desire to continue its tradition of “[offering] a variety of Irish Open satellites to suit all types of pockets” and encouraged its members by mentioning how last year’s “champion Niall Smyth was new to the poker scene and went on to win €650,000 in the Irish Open.” The Irish Open 2012 will take place next April.

BetFair Adds Hans Martin Vogl to Team BetFair Poker

Team BetFair Poker is one of the most well known collection of sponsored poker players in the industry. Now it has grown to include yet another talented professional with the recent signing of Germany’s Hans Martin Vogl.

Hans Martin Vogl has made a name for himself throughout the last several years, developing an extremely impressive career full of large earnings and exceptional live and online performances. Vogl is best known for his multi-table and sit-and-go play, specializations that first put him on the map back when he started playing full time in 2004. The German player was previously interested in sports wagering but, after using €5,000 of his winnings as a poker bankroll, he discovered that he was talented at the game. Vogl was snapped up by Team Full Tilt soon after and began to compete online and at live events like the 2006 BetFair Asian Poker Tour (where he placed seventh) and the 2007 Aussie Millions (where he took fifth place at the main event). His live earnings to date stand at an impressive $501, 497 and Vogl only looks to improve as he spends time studying poker to better his game.

Vogl looks to be a great addition to Team BetFair Poker and should help to boost the already impressive team’s profile in the coming years. BetFair’s Global Poker Manager, Asko Heiskanen, speaking on behalf of his company, said that “Hans has demonstrated time and time again that he is a player of extraordinary skills [and] we are delighted he has joined Team BetFair Poker.”

iPoker Network’s iPoker Online Poker Series Launches Qualifiers

Poker fans looking forward to the iPoker Network’s iPoker Online Poker Series (iPOPS) will be excited to learn that a series of satellite qualifiers has just launched through the Network’s gaming websites. The iPOPS, a collection of four internet events set to run from 28th November to 4th December, is one of the season’s most anticipated series and iPoker has found a way to get talented players involved for buy-in amounts as low as ten cents.

The iPoker Network includes a number of popular gaming platforms like Titan Poker and William Hill. These sites, and others, are kicking off satellite qualifiers meant to help promote the quickly approaching iPOPS. iPoker members will be able to take part in satellites running three times a week with main event packages as rewards along with weekly mega satellites that grant entrance to iPOPS events one and four. Some winners will be able to bypass the usual iPOPS tournament ladders and use their performance in the qualifiers to receive packages to the series’ finale in Prague. That prize package, just like the one awarded to the highest ranked iPOPS finishers, will provide satellite champions with their €770 iPOPS main event buy-in, accommodations and extra cash.

The iPoker Online Poker Series will take a small break from its internet tournaments after its top 27 competitors have been decided. These players will receive luxury accommodations and spending money before resuming the iPOPS less than a week later for a final showdown at Prague’s Corinthia Hotel.

Sky Poker’s UK Online Poker Series Finishes, Sees Thew and Williams Win Big

Last week saw the first edition of Sky Poker’s UK Online Poker Series come to a climatic end with the conclusion of its eighth and final event. The tournament series was a major success, not just for its creators but for some of its most talented participants as well.

The UK Online Poker Series ended up handing out more than £200,000 in cash prizes (well above its £140,000 guaranteed prize pool) to the competitors playing in its line-up of eight events. One of the biggest wins was awarded to Julian Thew, one of Sky Poker’s sponsored professionals and one who has been making waves through his performance at poker tournaments in recent months. Thew finished seventh in the UK Online Poker Series’ main event and first place at the series’ leaderboard competition. The other major winner was James ‘LIAMESL’ Williams won the main event and earned a staggering £15,714. In all, the UK Online Poker Series paid out £218,170 across its participants.

Sky Poker was thrilled by the popularity of its first UK Online Poker Series and announced plans for a second edition in 2012 as well as a miniature version scheduled to take place sometime in December of this year. Sky Poker’s Dave Bland told press that the UK Online Poker Series’ success “was really heart-warming for all of the people involved, both business and customer alike”, adding that the company “would like to pass on our congratulations to all of the players who cashed.” Signs Jake Cody to Team PKR Pro

Team PKR Pro has just announced the addition of another member to its squad of professional players/brand ambassadors. The newly sponsored player, Britain’s Jake Cody, brings even more talent to an already stacked line-up of fantastic competitiors.

Jake Cody is already well known to poker followers, the young pro having made his mark throughout a number of tournaments in recent years. At only 22 years old, Cody has already banked more than three million dollars and won the title of the youngest “Triple Crown” player (one who has taken home titles at the World Poker Tour, European Poker Tour and World Series of Poker) in the industry. Cody’s career began when he first tried online poker, taking a tiny $10 investment and playing with it until it grew to his current bankroll. He diversified over time by competing not just in online games but in live tournaments as well. Cody has gone on to win at many major live events and continues to attract attention for his performance on the web as well.

Cody told press that he’s “very excited about joining Team PKR Pro” and that his decision to sign with the company comes after being very “patient with sponsorship, waiting for the right deal to come along.” Jake Cody is now Team PKR Pro’s seventh member and will be celebrating his signing to the team by participating in two Bounty Day tournaments this Sunday (27th November).

Sky Poker Launches Promotional Freeroll Competitions

Sky Poker has recently revealed a number of exciting freeroll competitions as part of an upcoming promotional series meant to entice new poker players to the service. The site’s New Player Freeroll gives the site’s latest members the chance to start off their online poker career with great cash prizes.

New Player Freerolls are set to take place every Tuesday night and each competition will come with a fantastic £1,000 guaranteed prize pool. While the Freeroll events host the same features and cash rewards as traditional competitions, Sky Poker has tailored the promo to appeal to the newest members of its online poker network. Entry to New Player Freeroll is as simple as signing up for an account and competing in any real money competition during the week before the Freeroll is held. Eligible competitors are able to sit in on up to two freerolls each week, duking it out for a portion of the £2,000 of total weekly prize money. Sky handles entry to these events automatically — any newly registered member is allowed to compete if they have taken advantage of their welcome bonus or played staked poker during the appropriate timeframe.

Sky’s Dave Bland explained that the New Player Freeroll exists as a way to “[reflect] gratitude to all our new account holders” and that the site “[values] every new player who joins the family.” Sky Poker’s New Player Freeroll is available now for all new members.

PokerStars Announces Upcoming Record Breaking Attempt

PokerStars, not content with its current status as one of the best known names in the online poker industry, is looking to drum up a little extra publicity by attempting a new world record. It’s currently preparing to host a massive set of tournaments that will surpass the scale of anything yet carried out by a virtual poker provider.

The company has already set impressive records in the past: in 2009 PokerStars made its mark by holding the world’s largest online poker tournament. This event attracted 149,196 players through a $1 buy-in and rewarded a German competitor with $50,000 for taking first place. Now PokerStars wants to one-up its previous best with an enormous no-limit hold’em tournament meant to help celebrate its tenth anniversary as a digital poker network. In order to attract as many players as possible, PokerStars is offering up a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool and an additional $50,000 in reserve for the event’s first place winner.

PokerStars’ no-limit hold’em tournament is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 4th December, starting in the late afternoon and featuring another $1 buy-in. Team PokerStars Pro member, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier told press that he was excited to take place in the site’s previous record breaking tournament and is “looking forward to doing it again on December 4 . . . and [seeing] so many players come together to make history once again.”

Full Tilt Poker Sale Given Approval by US Department of Justice

This year has been full of difficulties for online poker network, Full Tilt Poker but, for now at least, a silver lining has appeared on the company’s horizon. The good news comes in the form of the US Department of Justice approving the business’ sale, a move that may allow it to repay members and start the poker website anew.

Full Tilt Poker is set to sell its site to Groupe Bernard Tapie, a French company specializing in business recovery. The two organizations have penned an exclusive agreement that would allow Full Tilt to pay its customers the outstanding funds owed to them following the onset of the site’s legal problems. The US Department of Justice has now signed off on the deal, allowing Full Tilt Poker and Groupe Bernard Tapie to begin moving forward with the hard work of getting the gaming site back on its feet. Though the Department of Justice approval is an important first step, Full Tilt’s shareholders still have to approve of the move in order to finalize this action. Full Tilt Poker’s Chief Executive Officer, Ray Bitar released a statement to shareholders explaining how, with their agreement, “Groupe Bernard Tapie may now proceed to finalize an agreement to acquire the companies or assets that comprise”

After enduring seemingly endless trouble following the Black Friday legal indictments, receiving the go-ahead to sell Full Tilt Poker to Groupe Bernard Tapie is one of the first positive news items regarding the site in some time.

Victor Chandler Renews Licensing Deal

Victor Chandler, well known as the operator of one of the web’s largest gaming networks, has just announced the renewal of a valuable licensing deal. The agreement was signed between Victor Chandler and, the developer of a popular and innovative betting game.

Passoker, the name of the game and developer both, is a kind of poker spinoff that provides chance-based rewards in place of the game’s traditional focus on skill. Players sit at virtual tables and receive points when sports events (like football goals, tennis double faults, etc.) occur. It was created over two years by a team of professionals including English footballer Viv Anderson and made its debut last fall. Victor Chandler currently hosts slot and real-money iterations of Passoker at its websites, allowing its members to play versions of the game that can be altered to include various brand and sports themes. Passoker’s developers released a statement detailing their excitement toward “reaping the benefits of the time invested in reaching this significant milestone”, hinting that the relationship between both companies looks to continue over the coming years.

Karl Riley, Victor Chandler’s Marketing Director, told press that the gaming network is “very pleased to have launched Passoker on” and that the company is “delighted to be able to offer it first.” Victor Chandler members can expect to see Passoker become a mainstay of the business’ poker, casino and sportsbetting clients, altered to include new themes and features long into the website’s future.