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Betfred Poker Unveils New Site Redesign

Betfred’s poker offering has just undergone a software redesign that makes it easier for site members to play their favourite games. The update is already live and comes with a number of new features that make it easier for players to get into the games they want, check their site statistics and receive rewards based on their loyalty status.

The first new detail that members of Betfred Poker will notice is the lobby, the landing page having been changed to include stats like a hands-played and session counter along with a section that shows how many VIP points a player has accumulated and information on when they’re eligible to cash out points for prizes. Even more interesting is the site’s plan to change their loyalty system. Betfred announced that rewards will be enhanced, beginning on 1st April and that the new VIP system will make it “much more straightforward to cash in [points] for a variety of different bonuses and awards.”

The site is also celebrating the release of its redesign with the unveiling of a number of brand new games and some changes to how the rake is calculated at cash games. Betfred Poker released a statement describing the new software as looking “cleaner, slicker and more visually appealing” and providing account and game information “in a flash.”

888 Launches New Online Casino Platform

Fans of 888 Casino will be happy to hear that their online gambling network of choice has just updated with a new software version that works to increase site usability and improve performance. The designers of the platform revision have added in a bevy of new features and customization options meant to help 888 players get the most from their experience on the site.

The updated version of 888 Casino includes behind the scenes improvements that provide greater speed and feature access. Probably the most interesting aspect of the 888 Casino redesign, though, is the focus on personal customization features. Members of the site will now be able to personalize their lobby view, adding shortcuts that link to their favourite games (with either icon or grid view formats) and saving their changes for future use. 888 has also altered their scrolling and filtering options to make finding preferred game styles easier and has added options that allow players to change screen resolution, game layouts, set slots to automatic play and more.

Players interested in checking out the new 888 Casino software will also be greeted by a number of giveaways as the site looks to grab even more attention by offering promotional bonuses to its players throughout the rest of March. A statement from 888 Casino described the software update as “bigger, better and faster than it ever was” and the changes certainly seem to make good on that claim.

Sky Poker Sends Skilled Players to Las Vegas with New Promo

very poker player wants to try their luck in Las Vegas, one of the world’s most popular gambling destinations, and, now, Sky Poker is giving them a chance to do so. The Viva Las Vegas promotion just launched by Sky is set to reward skilled competitors with lavish prize packages that will send winners to Sin City itself for a holiday filled with high-stakes action.

Members of Sky Poker can begin registering in Viva Las Vegas events now as the promotional series gets ready to take place over the next two and a half months. Players can enter into the games through daily satellites (with buy-ins set at £2.50) and, if one of the top five best competitors, continue into the £11.50 buy-in “quarter satellites.” One of the five from this stage will be able to enter the £52.50 buy-in quarter finals and, if their luck holds out, compete in the £240 buy-in semi-finals for a chance to win their way into the “grand finals.” These grand finals will take place once a week until the end of May, ultimately awarding the winners with prize packages that provide all-inclusive Vegas holidays (including flights, ten days of hotel accommodations and more) valued at some £10,000.

Sky Poker’s press release described the Viva Las Vegas prize as a “once-in-a-lifetime package” and, considering how far an initial £2.50 buy-in can take a skilled player, it certainly seems to be so. Players can register for Viva Las Vegas and compete in events from now until the end of May.

PokerStars Reveals Plans to Launch New, Zoom Poker Style This Month

Fans of popular online poker network, PokerStars, will soon be able to enjoy a brand new way to play their favourite game as the network readies the launch of Zoom Poker. By emphasizing speed, Zoom lets players get the most out of their gaming team through a smart twist on traditional multi-table poker.

Zoom Poker has been heavily refined during the last few weeks through the PokerStars’ test server, but now it will be taking its next step toward coming to the main platform proper: allowing for real-money play. The new style takes notes from Full Tilt Poker’s Rush Poker mode, stressing fast, multi-table play that allows for more hands to be played per hour than any other poker variant. Zoom sees competitors joining a table and playing as much or as little of the ongoing game as they wish. If they choose to fold a hand, they’re moved to another table with an entirely new set of players. The extremely fast playstyle averages 200 hands per hour or more and is currently available in 6 max No Limit Hold ‘Em format (with future variations expected in the near future).

PokerStars currently plans to move Zoom Poker to the next stage of its beta testing sometime in the remaining weeks of March, a change that will let players to compete with real money. After further refinement, it seems likely that the new playstyle will find its way to the main site so it can be enjoyed by as many online poker players as possible.

Paddy Power Poker Launches Irish Open 2012 Mega Satellite

Paddy Power Poker continues to help promote the rapidly approaching Irish Open 2012 with satellite tournaments designed to provide the site’s most talented members with access to the real-world event. The company’s latest effort takes the form of a massive qualifier that comes complete with lavish prize packages and, of course, seats to the Irish Open.

The enormous no-limit hold’em freezout satellite will take place on Sunday, 18th March and feature a €320 buy-in. For players with less money to spare, Paddy Power has created a number of feeder tournaments that will also provide entry to the main satellite without requiring as much of a financial commitment. Satellite winners will receive a seat at the Irish Open’s main event (a prize worth €3500 on its own) as well as €655 in cash and accommodations at The Burlington Hotel for five nights. If that isn’t enough, those who qualify will be given access to Paddy’s Sole Survivor, the chance to take home extra prize money and a €100,000 cash reward as well.

Patrick “Paddy” Power himself released a statement to the press that detailed the qualifier, touting it as “your best chance to qualify for the prestigious Irish Open 2012” and, considering the scope of the prize and exclusivity of the event, he doesn’t seem to be exaggerating. Irish Open 2012 will be held at The Burlington Hotel in Dublin, Ireland from 6th to 9th April, 2012.

PokerStars Reveals MicroMillions Tournament Series

Popular online poker network, PokerStars has just announced a brand new tournament series set to play out over the latter half of this month. MicroMillions, the series in question, comes complete with a guaranteed $5 million in cash and a huge number of exciting games for players to compete in.

Buy-ins to MicroMillions start from eleven cents and are offered alongside one dollar buy-in daily tournaments that come complete with $100,000 prize pools. Aside from these events, players are also able to compete in a large number of additional games with buy-ins set at amounts ranging from two to twenty two dollars. In all, PokerStars has prepared an enormous set of 100 events created to accommodate site members of all levels of skill and bankroll. With such a large number of tournaments to enter, games will be running non-stop throughout the promotional period. Regardless of their time-zone, players will be able to enter into Omaha, hold ‘em, stud and other varieties of poker whenever they wish.

Team PokerStars player Lex Veldhuis released a statement praising MicroMillions, describing how the events “actually [offer] players [with low bankrolls] the chance to be a part of a great tournament series” and provide a great complement to “all the different tournament festivals that PokerStars offers.” PokerStars’ MicroMillions tournament series will begin on Thursday, 15th March and end on Sunday, 25th March with a $22 buy-in $1 million guaranteed main event.

Betfred Casino Awards Player with the UK’s Largest Progressive Jackpot Prize

An anonymous member has just received an enormous windfall that made them much, much richer while also setting the record for the United Kingdom’s largest progressive jackpot prize.

The life-changing jackpot provided the unknown Betfred player with some £5.1 million, an amount awarded after the site member had staked only £1 on a slot game. The anonymous player sat down to a game of Beach Life and, after only six spins of the virtual slots, had triggered the staggering progressive jackpot — an amount that had been steadily building in size before being won. With such a large prize needing to be claimed, the winner was required to receive the multi-million pound cheque in person from Betfred’s founder Fred Done, receiving a trip aboard Done’s private jet. Even more extraordinary is the anonymous player’s earlier luck. Before winning the £5.1 million Beach Life jackpot, s/he had scored £250 through the King Kong slot. Later in the day, the winner became the recipient of the third largest progressive slot jackpot in the entire world.

Done spoke to press about the milestone jackpot, describing his enthusiasm as a bookmaker for “turning someone into a multi-millionaire at the click of a mouse” while adding that “it just goes to show it’s always worth trying your luck.” Players who want to take a shot at winning their own fortune should head to Betfred now to play at Gold Rally, the biggest progressive jackpot (at £838,000) currently available at the site.

New Jackpot Cashdrops Promotion from Sky Vegas Rewards Bonus Cash

A new promotion from Sky Vegas aims to give a handful of the online casino’s players a great cash reward. Jackpot Cashdrops, the promo in question, will make ten of the site’s members a bit richer through a prize that looks to kick back bonus money every time a progressive jackpot is hit.

The entry requirements for Jackpot Cashdrops are very minimal. Sky Vegas only asks players to spend a bit of time doing what they already come to the site to do — enjoy games — in order to become eligible for a cash prize. Jackpot Cashdrops works by kicking back a portion of £1,000 in bonus money each time a Sky Vegas jackpot of £50,000 or higher is triggered. The ten recipients of this money are chosen at random from any player who has sat down to one of the site’s progressive jackpots during the seven days leading up to its big payout. A large number of slots from across the Sky Vegas platform are part of the promo, letting members choose from popular options like Deal or No Deal, Blockbuster Drop, Planet X, Alice’s Wonderland, Chests of Plenty, Pharaoh’s Treasure, Kung-Fu Cash, Caribbean Nights and more.

A statement from Sky Vegas went on to describe just how easy it is to participate in Jackpot Cashdrops, asking site members to “simply [play] their favourite progressive jackpot slot” throughout the promotion period.

Sky Poker Announces New Play Style with Timed Tournaments

Sky Poker has just given its fans another great reason to log onto their site of choice by premiering a brand new style of play. The online poker giant is hoping to attract fresh attention on the strength of its interesting variation on traditional tournaments with the recently added Timed Tournaments option.

Timed Tournaments is part of Sky Poker’s continuing fifth anniversary celebrations and brings a fantastic alternative to site members who want to try a twist on traditional multi-table tournament competition. The new style of play forces players to make tougher decisions as they leverage regular tournament play against a timed countdown. Competitors will receive their prize money based on the chip count in their possession at the end of the time limit chosen for the tournament. The payout is determined based on the percentage of chips on the table a finishing player holds when the either 15, 30 or 60 minute game comes to an end. Time Tournaments are available through Sky Poker’s tournament lobby and should be bustling around the time of their introduction.

Players who are interested in signing up for a Sky Poker account to take advantage of the new tournament style should also be sure to check into the host of other exciting promotions occurring now in celebration of the company’s fifth anniversary.

PokerStars Launches Mobile App, Secures New License for European Sites

Playing online poker has just become a lot more convenient with the UK introduction of PokerStars mobile application. British poker fans will now be able to download a version of the popular virtual poker network that allows them to experience the same access to a wide suite of games that was previously only available via computer.

PokerStars Mobile has already launched and can be downloaded by owners of either Android or iOS devices. The app comes complete with portable versions of fan favourites like Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Texas Hold ‘Em and a variety of sit-and-go and multi-table tournaments. Players can choose to compete in either fake or real money games as well, the Director of New Platforms for PokerStars’ UK division stating that PokerStars Mobile is “the best, authentic poker experience available for mobile devices today.” Each feature has been carefully optimized for handheld gadgets (like smartphones, tablets and more) so that players can enjoy a traditional PokerStars experience without any slowdown or navigation issues.

In other exciting European news, PokerStars has also revealed that it will soon be able to launch revised domains in both Sweden and Finland. After being given a Malta Lotteries and Gaming Commission license, PokerStars will be able to add to its recently improved Belgian site with updated software that lets Swedish and Finnish poker fans enter into untaxed online poker games. A statement detailing the licensing change assured players from these nations that their accounts will transfer without the loss of loyalty points, cash balances or any other valuable information.

Bet365 Launches Freeroll Frenzy with $10,000 Guaranteed Tournaments

The latest promotional offering from is designed to give every member of the online poker site a chance to win a piece of an enormous cash prize pool. The Freeroll Frenzy promo currently running at the network, is offering up a total of $50,000 over the coming weeks while also providing an increase in the amount of loyalty points available to competitors.

Freeroll Frenzy is taking place over the next month and includes a number of great events that bet365 players won’t want to miss. These take the form of three $10,000 guaranteed tournaments set to run throughout the rest of February and early March. Each of these tournaments takes place on a Monday and allows players to enter by buying in directly or competing in a heads-up or freeroll qualifier. Alongside the $10,000 tournaments, bet365 is also giving its players the opportunity to take advantage of a boost in loyalty points earnings. Throughout the rest of the month members will be given further incentive to participate in Freeroll Frenzy as bet365 will award 20 points for every dollar spent on tournament fees instead of the usual 15.

The three $10,000 guaranteed tournaments are scheduled for 13th and 24th February as well as 6th March. Players are able to qualify (or directly buy-in) during the ten days leading up to each event. A statement from bet365 spokespeople detailed Freeroll Frenzy as “the poker event of the year so far”. Considering the enormous prizes and great bonuses on offer it certainly looks like there’s truth to this claim.

Sky Poker and Sky Bingo Announce Fifth Anniversary Promotions

Members of Sky Poker are being rewarded for their patronage as the popular online poker network celebrates its fifth anniversary. To commemorate this milestone in Sky’s business the website is offering up a number of fantastic events, complete with lavish prizes, for players to vie for over the coming weeks.

Sky Poker’s fifth birthday celebration is bulking up the rewards available from its regular games as well as providing a few new events alongside these. Probably the most exciting aspect of the promotion is the extra £5,000 being added to Sky’s daily main event and miniature main event jackpots. Each week that passes without the jackpot being won will also see an additional £100 thrown into the prize pool, giving players further incentive for competing. Sky Poker will also be giving out iPads through a draw (open to players who have earned a minimum of 55 loyalty points during the day), hosting £1,000 freerolls twice daily from Mondays to Saturdays, handing out Tour seats on the company’s TV channel and running frequent Happy Hour Points Boost events.

Alongside the festivities going on at Sky’s poker platform, the bingo section of its network is also giving back by donating up to £500 to the World Wildlife Fund UK and Sky Rainforest Rescue during the month of February. Those interested in helping simply need to “Like” Sky Bingo on Facebook. Each click will see Sky pledging 25p toward halting deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, giving players interested in great online bingo an extremely worthy reason to check out the site this month.