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BIG MONEY TO MARK NINTH ANNIVERSARY OF SUNDAY MILLION POKER
Online poker provider Pokerstars is pushing the boat out to mark the ninth anniversary of its popular Sunday Millions weekly poker tournament series, putting up $9 million in prize money.
The anniversary event takes place on March 8 with the usual buy-in of $215, but a vastly augmented prize pool, and satellites have already commenced.
The landmark event is expected to draw large numbers of online poker fans to the website; back in 2011 when the fifth anniversary was celebrated, 59,128 players entered, generating a prize pool of almost $12 million, with the winner taking home $670,000...and a Lamborghini Gallardo.
REAL GAMING SOFT LAUNCHES IN NEVADA MARKET
Las Vegas-based South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa has made its online poker debut in the Nevada market with the launch of its Real Gaming brand (see previous InfoPowa reports).
US Poker reports that the non-download poker brand, which is in soft launch phase, offers only No Limit Texas Hold'em and features an all together different verification system that sees players sent a text token which must be typed in to an authorisation box along with the last four digits of their Social Security Number.
Currently players have electronic check, check by mail and bank wire deposit options with only check by mail as a withdrawal option at present.
CARBON POKER BUFFS UP SIT & GO LINEUP
Carbon Poker has beefed up its Sit & Go (SNG) offering with a variety of changes that include a simplified lobby, rake changes, uniform starting chip stacks, different buy-ins along with 18- and 45-player SNG's.
The poker room said changes to SNG's were based on player requests and now include Turbo-format 18 and 45-player multi-table sit and gos which have been added to the daily schedule while the 5-minute breaks have been removed.
Players can now use tournament coupons and VIP points to enter SNG's, previously only possible on MTT's. A less cluttered lobby was achieved by removing rarely-played SNG Formats and reducing the amount of heads-up SNG's.
The company said the changes will provide players with an improved and better overall experience.
FORMER ONLINE POKER OPERATOR IN PUBLIC SPAT OVER MONEY
The number of celebrities who have seen Twitter posts made in anger backfire should be a cautionary example for all users of social media communications, yet very public - and permanent - disputes still continue to surface on the site and its emailed content.
The latest very public industry spat was reported this weekend by the information site Poker Eagles, which detailed a squabble over money that erupted on Twitter and involved Dan Fleyshman, the high profile former CEO of Victory Poker which folded its cards after Black Friday; one of its erstwhile poker pros David The Maven Chicotsky and Bluff Magazine founder Eric Morris.
With allegations of substantial sums of money owed, the argument appeared to achieve very little, but encouraged at least one outsider to butt in with opinions and questions.
It could also serve as yet another example of how dangerous it is to throw accusations around in the heat of the moment on a public internet venue viewed by millions every day. It there's a sound case, take it to the courts, not the court of public opinion.