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UK Gambling Industry at an All Time High
Written by B. Solomon | Friday, May 26th, 2017

The UK has one of the world’s most progressive and thriving gambling markets, which each year seems to experience exponential growth. The latest results released by the UK Gambling Commission have proved no exception, either, and for the 12-month period between... 

Jason Baldridge Wins Last WSOPC Event of 2016/17 Season
Written by B. Solomon | Friday, May 26th, 2017

The WSOP Circuit’s 2016/2017 season ended on a visit to the Harrah’s New Orleans casino, with 758 players turning out for its $1,675 Main Event to create a prize pool worth $1,137,000. The tournament got underway on Friday, and by Sunday night its champion... 

Poker Pros Fall Victim to Phone Hackers
Written by M. Rhodes | Friday, May 26th, 2017

A number of poker pros fell prey to a hacking scam on Tuesday, which caused them to lose control over their phone and social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter. The long list of high-stakes players affected by the incident included Cate Hall, Dan Smith,... 

France’s Online Gaming Market Positive in Q1 2017
Written by B. Solomon | Thursday, May 25th, 2017

French gaming regulator ARJEL has just released its latest online results for the first three months of 2017, and the news was almost universally positive across the whole range of its products, with even online poker enjoying an uptick in its revenue numbers. Dominating... 

Macau Casino Market Still Susceptible to Policy Whims
Written by B. Solomon | Thursday, May 25th, 2017

In August of 2016, Macau’s casino market rebounded after spending more than two years in the doldrums, and has subsequently posted nine consecutive months of positive growth. While a renewed sense of optimism now exists about the world’s biggest casino... 

PokerStars Tournament Payout of $39M a New Online Record
Written by A. Mitchell | Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

On May 21st, PokerStars paid out a total of $39 million in prize money, representing a new record high in the history of online poker. At the start of the day, the site had committed to forking out more than $29.5 million in tournament payouts, with the whopping... 

Mike Shanahan Triumphs at MSPT FireKeepers for $217k
Written by B. Solomon | Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Latest stop on the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) was the FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, which last Thursday saw 1,066 players enter its Main Event, representing a record high in the history of Michigan poker tournaments. On Sunday, the $1,100 buy-in event was... 

Mike Sexton Leaves WPT After 15 Glorious Years
Written by M. Rhodes | Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Mike Sexton joined the World Poker Tour back in 2002, and together with his commentary co-host Vince Van Patten, has helped elevate the brand into one of game’s most popular televised live tours. All good things must come to an end, though, and this week... 

Luigi Shehadeh Triumphs at 888Live Barcelona Main Event
Written by S. Taylor | Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Between May 11-22nd, the Gran Casino de Barcelona played host to the 888Live festival, with many of the brand’s top sponsored pros there to help add excitement to the proceedings, including Bruno Politano, Dominik Nitsche, Bruno Kawauti, Nicolau Villa Lobos,... 

Bruno Gagliasso Recruited by PartyPoker
Written by M. Rhodes | Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

South America has increasingly become the focus of many of the world’s biggest poker operators, with examples provided by the PokerStars sponsored Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT), or Bodog, which recently entered into a partnership deal with the H2 Poker...