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Paddy Power Takes Odds on Full Tilt Poker’s Future

Not being one to shy away from controversy, Paddy Power’s sports betting service has just finished hosting an unorthodox wagering opportunity for its fans to take part in. Centred on the British government’s decision on the future of Full Tilt Poker’s UK operating license, the site took bets on whether or not the well known poker platform would be able to resume business.

Paddy Power members are already provided with a wide array of betting opportunities but, refusing to sit on the sidelines of a large industry event, the company opened its books to accept wagers on the Alderney Gambling Control Commission’s licensing decision. Full Tilt Poker was ordered to halt service offerings in June, meaning that no cash poker games could be held for members of its site until the Gambling Control Commission reached a decision. Paddy set 9/2 odds on a positive outcome and 1/8 odds on Full Tilt Poker being forced to close up shop. As the numbers reflect, Paddy Power wasn’t predicting anything good for Full Tilt fans. In order to console them the company has announced that Paddy Power Poker will completely match all sportsbooking stakes, allowing that money to carry over as bonus funds for Paddy poker players.

It’s obvious that Paddy Power is looking to take advantage of a bad situation and make something better out of it for both online poker fans and its own company. Regardless of whether Full Tilt Poker re-opens or is forced to shut down, Paddy Power punters are sure to benefit from the latest set of industry problems.

Sky Vegas Adds Banzai Challenge Slot

Sky Vegas, continuing its commitment toward providing its members with an unparalleled selection of games, has just announced the addition of a new title. Banzai Challenge gives players an exciting new five-reel slot, complete with unique play and fantastic prize opportunities.

The new Sky Vegas game is themed around the short-lived comedy show, Banzai. Challenge (which ran from 2001-2004) embraced gambling as part of its premise, making it perfectly suited to continuing its life as a slot title. Sky’s Banzai Challenge uses some of the show’s most popular features in its design, bringing Banzai cast members like Lady One Question and Mr. Shake-Hands-Man to the new slot. True to the spirit of Banzai, the game will allow players to place bets on the outcome of various scenarios drawn from the show (such as Celebrity Box of Death Dilemma and An Animal Scientific Experiment) and, if successful, receive multipliers of up to 2,000 times their line bet. Sky Vegas itself is helping to raise awareness of its new title through a number of special contests as well. The first will see two staffers engaging in a hot chili tasting challenge that lets fans of the company’s Facebook page place bets on the results in order to take home Sky Vegas vouchers.

Fans of Sky Vegas are sure to enjoy seeing yet another set of slots added to the site’s more than 170 games. Banzai Challenge has already been launched and will be the centre of a number of promotions throughout the coming months.

Paddy Power Poker Announces Upcoming Green Card Promotion

Paddy Power Poker has embraced the excitement of the summer poker season with a brand new promotion aimed at giving back to its most loyal fans. The forthcoming Green Card promotion will start at the beginning of next month and carry on into the fall, giving site members plenty of reasons to compete at Paddy’s virtual tables.

Green Card comes packed with a number of excellent prizes for players to compete for. The promotion takes the form of a loyalty points race, Paddy Power Poker members automatically becoming a “Green Card player” after accumulating at least 40,000 points within the space of a single month (current Black Card holders can receive Green Card status by emailing photographic proof of their membership and maintaining a minimum points balance for the following week). Once players have grabbed their Green Card they will receive twenty percent off at the site’s store and Paddy swag that includes a branded hoodie and personalized card. Better yet, Green Card members are provided with a complementary, £50 wager, entry to weekly $1000 freerolls and a token for a $50 satellite game as well.

As if that wasn’t enough, Green Card players that maintain their status for the entire three months of the promotion will receive an iPad2. The iPad2 will also be given to players that average 120,000 (or more) Paddy Points for 90 days after gaining Green Card status. Paddy Power Poker’s Green Card promo is set to kick off on 1st August and will continue for three full months following its launch.

Bodog Receives Gaming Licenses After Gambling Commission Proposals

The United Kingdom’s Gambling Commission has recently put forth proposals that could change the shape of online gambling in the nation. With the future looking somewhat uncertain fans of Bodog can, at least, take heart in the latest news to come from the massive internet poker, casino and sports betting network.

Bodog has announced that, despite the Gambling Commission’s proposal, it has received licensing that will allow it to continue providing its members with both remote and local play. This move ensures that Bodog will be able to offer its services to players even if UK authorities should receive the go-ahead to shake up the industry in the future. These licenses were given to Bodog just in the nick of time. Shortly before John Penrose, the UK Minister for Tourism and Heritage, proposed bills that would require all online gaming companies to operate with domestic licensing, Bodog was able to grab their accreditation. As part of a larger strategy meant to ensure stability in the face of a changing online gambling landscape, Bodog has also told press that it will be concentrating on making a push toward using its local license to its fullest, launching “ . . . an assault on the brick-and-mortar [businesses].”

Even though British players may not be able to rest easy just yet, the news of Bodog’s ability to continue its business does demonstrate a hopeful sign for the industry’s health. Hopefully more of the United Kingdom’s top gambling platforms will receive similar licensing in the near future.

Party Poker Removes Rake Charges from Multi-Table Tournaments

Party Poker, one of the sites hit hardest by the Black Friday legal indictments, is bouncing back and proving itself to its fans through an unprecedented business move — the removal of all rake charges from its multi-table tournaments. Members of the popular online poker platform will now be able to compete in the same games they’ve come to love with the added potential for extra cash rewards.

The decision to forgo the rake fee traditionally charged at all multi-table tournaments is a substantial one and will see Party Poker players competing for larger sums during the period that the special deal is on offer. Party Poker has detailed how the rake fee removal will work, explaining that the money usually collected by the hosting company will now go directly into prize pools, bulking up winnings across a wide number of small and large scale games. As a result of the move, events like the Summer Million and qualifiers for tournaments such as the GSOP Manchester will have their structuring reconfigured to accommodate the change.

Considering the bad press and legal difficulties that have resulted in the wake of the Black Friday indictments, Party Poker’s move seems like a smart one, sure to help drum up new business and win back wary fans. While the company has yet to outline exactly how long it plans to offer the rake fee removal, a Party Poker spokesperson released a statement that the site “ . . . will continue this outstanding value promotion for as long as we can.”

Titan Poker Announces Summer Jackpots III Promotion

The summer poker season, always an exciting time of year, is continuing to heat up with Titan Poker’s recent decision to add further promotional games to the coming months’ schedule. Summer Jackpots III, the series of events in question, provides poker fans with a wide variety of different playstyles and the promise of some exceptional rewards.

Titan Poker’s Summer Jackpots III has been designed for players of all types, bringing together buy-ins and a level of game variety that is meant to appeal to everyone, from amateurs to professionals. Among the most interesting of Summer Jackpots III’s line-up are events like reduced entry (for several guaranteed prize tournaments, $50,000 jackpot sit and go games and Double Challenges), happy hours and daily races (with special editions planned for Tuesdays and Sundays). Even members of the site that choose not to partake in the festivities will be able to claim something from Jackpots III as well, Titan rewarding a 50% bonus on loyalty points during special time periods during the promotion. In total Titan Poker is offering up a massive $500,000 in jackpot prizes alongside plenty of other non-cash prizes.

Summer Jackpots III has just begun and will continue to run throughout the remainder of the summer months. Cheaper tournament buy-ins will remain at the site until 24th September and weekly guaranteed prize games will continue until the same date.

Victor Chandler Celebrates Summer with Special Freerolls

The summer gives poker players a fantastic number of opportunities to enjoy watching and participating in great games, both through live venues and online events. Not to be outdone by its competition, Victor Chandler has just launched a special, seasonal promotion that will provide members of its site with entry into a wide array of lucrative freeroll competitions meant to celebrate the most exciting time of the poker year.

Throughout the rest of July Victor Chandler players will enjoy access to a series of freerolls that promise to reward more than €75,000 in prizes. One of the first freerolls saw competitors battling it out for their share of a €1,500 pool (divided out amongst the top 400 players). The tournaments continue onward with more fantastic cash games, capped at 3,000 participants. The month’s freerolls are available to standard members with larger prize pool events being offered to those willing to part with VIP points.

Aside from cash rewards, Victor Chandler is also offering prize packages that will send winners to live poker events. Upcoming travel freerolls include trips to the European Masters of Poker (EMOP) and can be won through the EMOP Dublin Iron Man freeroll. Winners of these competitions will receive €1,100 buy-in to the EMOP main event, four nights of accommodation at Clontarf Castle and €350 in spending money. Victor Chandler’s July freeroll tournaments have already begun and will be offered at daily intervals through to the end of the month.

Titan Poker Tells Players That it is Open to Business

Fans of Titan Poker, worried about the online poker company’s recent legal troubles, are finally being given some good news as the site has now announced that it plans to stay open for business. Since April the future of Titan has looked uncertain, its ability to remain a viable choice for internet gamers in jeopardy as its affiliate corporations were unable to assure customers that they would continue ongoing operations.

April’s legal indictments (now referred to as “Black Friday&rdquoWinking marked the first part of many online poker platform’s troubles. A month later the “Blue Monday” prosecutions continued to plague affected sites, Titan Poker being one of the most prominent among them. The iPoker Network, a group of affiliates that Titan belongs to, was forced to withdraw from the United States market and its backing site, Full Tilt Poker, also had its license suspended. Titan Poker has now released details regarding its future, however, and is guaranteeing that it will continue to function, regardless of external problems. Although the rest of iPoker (and Full Tilt Poker itself) may not be able to continue business, Titan’s news is one of the first positive signs to come since the beginning of the spring season.

Titan Poker’s spokespeople have been quick to reassure players of their security and financial safety at their site as well. Aside from its ongoing services, Titan will also launch an improved, 200% first deposit bonus (up to $1,000) that should bring in some new members and help set the network back on track. Announces New Software Upgrade has always enjoyed critical and popular acclaim, not least of all because of its highly sophisticated software. Now the online poker giant has announced yet another comprehensive upgrade that looks to make its service an even more popular choice for internet gamers.

The recent software upgrade (which went live as V2.04.07) includes a number of new features and revisions. Most notable is the inclusion of auto top-up and default buy-in options, something that has often been requested by players that frequent ring games (where table bankroll customization and management is extremely important). PKR has also added in-depth player statistics that allow users to view essential data on their friends and competitors. These statistics can be conveniently accessed (as text or graphics) through the in-game chat box, giving players the ability to more accurately gauge tournament foes while still concentrating on their game. Last but not least is the addition of a set of new avatar “emotes” that let players act out a wider range of feelings through their digital counterparts. These five new actions look to breathe even more life into the already impressive range of virtual emotions that PKR avatars can display during games.

PKR Lite, a minimalist version of the site’s robust, traditional software (intended for less powerful computers), has also been provided through the upgrade. Never content to rest on its laurels, has provided hints toward an end-of-year update as well, demonstrating that the company’s devotion toward offering unparalleled software won’t be stopping anytime soon.

Paddy Power Rolls Out New Mobile Games

Paddy Power, an industry leading online gaming network, has always been quick to seize on opportunities that bring their service to as many players as possible. Now, in a recent move that follows this tradition, the company is expanding on its previous forays into mobile gaming by releasing even more titles for on-the-go users to enjoy.

The new mobile games from Paddy Power have been created in partnership with software developer, International Game Technology (IGT). IGT and Paddy, after months of work, have now announced a wide range of fresh games that include smartphone-ready iterations of Jacks or Better video poker, 20+ Blackjack, Cleopatra, Monopoly Multiplier and much more. IGT formed its interactive division, specializing in the creation of mobile gaming software, after it merged with WagerWorks and Million 2-1 last December. Paddy Power signed a deal with the developers shortly after this move and can be expected to release even more new portable titles through the partnership in the near future.

Paddy Power’s decision to embrace mobile gaming is part of the online gaming industry’s wider trend in transitioning to smartphone-user support. As sophisticated devices continue to become more popular with a wide range of users, Paddy and IGT appear to be in an ideal position for capitalizing on the growing market. Both the recent and upcoming Paddy Power releases are designed for use with iPhones, iPads, the iPod Touch and Android smartphones. Offers Prize Packages to Its World Series Experience, one of the most popular online poker platforms on the market, is giving back to its many fans with new opportunities to compete in massive physical tournament events. The World Series Experience is the network’s accompaniment to the 2011 World Series of Poker and gives lucky players the chance to take part in the poker season’s biggest tournament series in style.

Members of are currently able to compete to win the site’s World Series Experience, an extravagant prize package that provides accommodations and travel to Las Vegas during this year’s WSOP. Recently has announced that these prize winners will be able to attend a number of extra events (including welcome drinks at the Bellagio Las Vegas’ Caramel Lounge, a meal from Emeril Lagasse’s Table 10 restaurant, entry to the PKR Party at the Mirage Resort and Casino’s Revolution Lounge and a tour of Las Vegas). Aside from the fun and relaxation on offer, courtesy of, winners of the World Series Experience will also enjoy free entry to event 54 of the WSOP on 2nd July.

The World Series Experience is an unbeatable way to experience the 2011 World Series of Poker and is continuing to award the prize package to talented and lucky members of its site. Buy-ins to the World Series Experience satellites range in price and allow every type of poker player to try their hand at competing in the most prestigious event of the year.

Gala Bingo Rewards Lucky Player with Gibraltar Vacation Prize

Gala Bingo has always provided its players with exceptional promotions and prizes and, true to form, the renowned bingo site has recently given one of its members a truly fantastic reward. The lucky winner has received entry, travel fare and accommodations for Gala’s upcoming 2011 Ultimate Bingo Championship, set to take place in scenic Gibraltar.

The Gala Bingo trip, offered as part of the platform’s 2011 Ultimate Bingo Championship promo series, was awarded to Susan Mayhew. Mayhew, a mother of two from Luton, has not only won a great prize through a quick game of bingo but is now getting ready to compete in the Bingo Championship itself. The Gala Bingo player simply logged onto her site of choice on a weekday for a quick game and, a short time later, found herself winning the Gibraltar trip and a chance at grabbing a part of the Ultimate Bingo Championship’s £100,000 prize pool. Mayhew and husband Richard will head off to Gibraltar this fall with airfare, tournament entry and three days of accommodations at a four-star hotel being provided by Gala Bingo.

Gala Bingo’s 2011 Ultimate Bingo Championship will take place from 7th to 9th November in Gibraltar and will see many bingo aficionados trying their luck at taking home a share of the £100,000 in cash up for grabs at the event. Gala’s Gibraltar prize packages will continue to be awarded weekly through the site’s ongoing Big Sunday Playoff promotion.

Full Tilt Poker Reveal New Details on Legal Troubles

The legal indictments that first rocked the online poker world this April continue to have an impact on players, especially American ones. Full Tilt Poker, one of the websites most highly effected by the crackdown, is now, finally, revealing details of how it plans to recover from its setbacks.

Full Tilt Poker immediately responded to legal troubles in April by signing a deal that would allow it to give back any existing bankroll balances to its American players. Despite this agreement with U.S. authorities Full Tilt players still have not been able to access their accounts and withdraw their money. The online poker company, in response to numerous complaints regarding this problem, has revealed new details on how it plans to rectify the situation. Full Tilt Poker released a statement that apologized for its lack of communication in recent months, declaring that its many shortcomings are the result of being “ . . . too optimistic in estimating how long it would take to sort through the issues we have faced since ‘Black Friday’.” The poker company says that it has been working constantly at finding the right method for refunding the money owed to its players even though it doesn’t have a definite timeline for when this will be finished.

In the same statement, Full Tilt Poker described its efforts to raise the money necessary for paying its American members and told press that it has been forced to keep silent regarding this work because of “legal constraints”.

Titan Poker Announce Special Sit and Go Promotions

Sit and go players should pay attention to Titan Poker in the coming weeks as the renowned online poker site has announced an upcoming promotion centering on the play style. The special games are beginning soon and will take place until the end of June, providing a great start to the summer season.

Titan Poker’s Sit ‘N’ Go Heat will hand out more than $105,000 in prizes during the coming weeks. The promotion will be scheduled to take place bi-weekly, being made up of two leaderboard races during each play period. Players will be ranked on their performance in order to determine their placement in the promo and the winnings they take home as the games play out. These leaderboards will be divided into four different categories, determined by buy-in tiers, with a fifth board being offered for heads-up sit and go players. Titan Poker decided to segment players in this way in order to ensure that every type of competitor is able to compete within their skill level and bankroll limitations. Sit ‘N’ Go Heat will also reward players that finish just short of winning a cash prize in the boards with entry to a $2,000 freeroll tournament.

Online poker players that enjoy sit and go play have a great reason to head over to Titan Poker throughout this month. Press releases detailing Titan’s Sit ‘N’ Go Heat have stated that the tournament series is meant to appeal to both poker newcomers and serious players, providing the right kind of leaderboard divisions for all types of competitors.

Paddy Power Offers Football Themed Freeroll Competition and More

Football fans with memberships at Paddy Power Poker were recently able to get into a promotion geared specifically toward their interests. The online poker site had announced a freeroll competition that saw winners taking home a shirt signed by Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Talented players that wanted to own a unique piece of sports memorabilia were able to sit down at Paddy Power Poker to duke it out with competitors for their chance to win. Messi, a Barcelona midfielder, had donated a shirt from his team, complete with his signature — a prize that drove a number of enthusiasts to the Paddy Power tables. Alongside this, Paddy offered up 20 UEFA Champions League final bets (valued at £10) that gave the highest-ranking 20 competitors a complementary betting opportunity.

Paddy Power Poker regularly hosts great freerolls and other promotions that are designed to drum up extra interest in their site. Following the football freeroll, Paddy announced that it would be hosting more than two dozen guaranteed prize tournaments through 28th May to 12th June. These tournaments come complete with discounted buy-ins that will reach to up to 80 percent off. Players taking part in events throughout the first week will also receive a free token for entry into the 11th June Sunday $250,000 Mega Satellite and another token for the 18th June Sunday $200,000 Mega Satellite.

Absolute Poker and Cancel Pro Contracts

Bad news has hit for fans of Absolute Poker and as the two companies have just announced the termination of some of its most popular professional poker players’ contracts. The move to immediately dump some eleven pros has come as a surprise to many.

Both networks are part of Blanca Games Incorporated and Cereus Poker Network, corporations that were greatly affected by the recent American federal indictments (dubbed Black Friday) leveled at online poker sites PokerStars, Absolute Poker and Full Tilt Poker. The indictments charged individuals associated with these poker companies with various illegal gambling activities and have resulted in massive repercussions for the involved businesses. Due to the legal fallout, Absolute Poker and have dismissed eleven of their professionals (Maria Ho, Eric Baldwin, Joe Sebok, Brandon Cantu, Prahlad Friedman, Scott Ian, Adam Levy, Dave Stann, Tiffany Michelle, Trishelle Cannatella and Bryan Devonshire). Absolute Poker and UB spokespeople attributed the firings as part of both businesses’ focus on efficiency measures. The companies, now faced with losing income from the United States, are being forced to take drastic measures in order to ensure their survival.

Absolute Poker and’s decision is a major one that is sure to send shockwaves throughout the industry. The loss of the entirety of Team UB along with one of Absolute’s top brand representatives is a sure sign of further financial difficulties to come. Statements from the Blanca Games companies were issued that expressed regrets for the sudden terminations and best wishes for the players’ futures.

Full Tilt Poker Announces Online World Series of Poker Tie-In Promo

Online poker network, Full Tilt Poker, is planning to give players a great way to get into the World Series of Poker (WSOP) spirit through a special promotion. The Fantasy WSOP, beginning this week alongside the real WSOP’s 31st May kickoff, gives site members the opportunity to compete online and, potentially, take home some fantastic prizes.

Full Tilt fans are now able to try their skills against other members for their chance to win big at the Fantasy WSOP. The promotion is organized so that competitors are able to create their very own team of 15 players for inclusion in a fantasy group. Full Tilt Poker has built up a registry of more than 450 poker professionals to pick from, allowing participants to select a dream team that will either win or lose based on the actual results of the World Series of Poker’s 58 events.

Full Tilt Poker has planned a number of great rewards for those that are able to make accurate predictions in their Fantasy WSOP competition. Prizes include custom clothing and other poker gear emblazoned with the Full Tilt brand and will be rewarded to the top finisher in each of the massive tournament’s events. With the 2011 World Series of Poker looming on the horizon there are sure to be plenty of Full Tilt players that are excited to take advantage of any promotion related to the games.

PKR Social Dusseldorf Hailed as Success’s ongoing venture into live gaming events has most recently brought the company to Germany for the PKR Social Dusseldorf. The company, banking on the continued rise in popularity of poker in German-speaking Europe, gambled on exploring a new market and, luckily enough, has now reported that its foray was a success.

The Social was held over the weekend of 7th May and brought a large number of players and PKR staffers together for a series of poker games, sports and more. PKR Social Dusseldorf is notable for being the first time that PKR has hosted one of its Socials outside of the United Kingdom, a European region that is known for enthusiastic attendance at poker-based events. The company’s decision to try their luck in Germany paid off, however, some 45 players and team members coming to Dusseldorf to play paintball at the Kaarst Paintball Arena then return to the event’s hotel venue for poker. The attendees shared dinner then sat down to a freeroll (with prizes furnished by PKR) until late into the night.

With the success of Dusseldorf likely to bolster the company’s comfort in bringing its Socials to other European markets, fans can look forward to more events to come throughout the continent. Speaking to press, spokespeople remarked that the Dusseldorf weekend was “ . . . the perfect start for many European PKR Socials to come.”

PokerStars Details American Player Refunds

The legal scandals that rocked the online poker world over the previous months continue to bring vast ramifications to both affected players and businesses. Most recently PokerStars, one of the industry’s most popular gaming networks, has begun to release details of its plans to reimburse members of its site impacted by its decision to halt American operations.

PokerStars’ most notable action to come is in refunding more than $100 million to United States-based players. After the scandal first hit the company, PokerStars abruptly pulled out of its American operations on 20th April, leaving a vast number of site members to wonder what would become of any money bankrolled at the site during this time. Although many of PokerStars’ non-American sites are still in operation, the company was forced to stop service after the United States FBI indicted founder Isai Scheinberg on money laundering, gambling and bank fraud charges. These legal actions lead to a domain name seizure and, ultimately, a corporate decision to shut down American servers. Now PokerStars is working to navigate the legal red tape that previously made player refunds possible, all in an effort to get its business back on track.

PokerStars isn’t the only American poker site reeling from legal troubles either. Full Tilt Poker has also been greatly affected and is working to address customers in a similar manner to PokerStars, recently announcing its ongoing work toward refunding player funds. While Full Tilt has been unable to offer money back to its customers yet, it has released statements detailing its work at doing so.

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Victor Chandler Readies Celebrations for Landmark Hand

Victor Chandler, a major online poker offering, is gearing up to celebrate a massive landmark in its history as a gaming business. This month Victor Chandler is expecting to deal its 2,222,222,222nd hand, a milestone that will see players at the site being able to take advantage of a fantastic promotion.

The 2,222,222,222nd hand is going to be accompanied by a series of contests and prize awards that will see Victor Chandler providing a total €22,222 in cash. Once hand number 2,222,000,000 is reached the website will kick off its special promotion. That hand will give the winner €1,000 in cash while every other participant in the hand will take away €100. When Victor Chandler deals its 2,222,111,111st hand that hand’s winner will receive €2,000 and participants will get €200. The promotion will continue until hand number 2,222,222,222 is reached. The winner of that landmark point will leave the table with an exceptional €10,000 while others get €1,000 each. Players can check Victor Chandler’s hand identifications to try to time their play along with the promotional awards.

The Victor Chandler celebration is a great reason to play often at the website throughout this entire month. Enormous prizes and the ability to be a part of a leading poker network’s history should provide ample incentive for packed rooms straight across Victor Chandler in the weeks to come.