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partypoker Rises in Traffic Rankings Thanks to Summer Promo

Today when I confirmed to one of my two prized offspring (for clarification, I only have two children – I wasn’t implying that I have more and I only cherish two of them) that I was indeed born in the 1970’s, the other said that that makes me seem “ancient.” Of course, it isn’t just the mathematics of my age that makes me seem old to them, it is also the stories with which I regale them about how there was no internet when I was kid or how phones had cords or how my parents didn’t have to furnish every piece of equipment when I played Little League baseball. What also makes me feel old is when I think back to how long ago it was that partypoker (once spelled with proper capitalization) was the 800-pound gorilla of the online poker world. You young twenty-somethings, with your Instagrams and

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Bill Passes House

Last week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted in favor of an amendment to HB 2150 that would expand gambling in the state, including the legalization and regulation of online poker. That was fantastic, but it was still just a vote on an amendment. The bill was then sent to the Appropriations Committee for financial approval and then finally, on June 28th, the House gave a positive vote to HB 2150 as a whole, 114 to 85. HB 2150 has now been sent to the Senate’s Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee. There is nothing particularly unusual about the online gaming portion of the bill; both online poker and casino gambling would be permitted should the bill become law. As is the case with bills and laws elsewhere, this would be for intrastate online gambling, meaning that only people within Pennsylvania’s borders would be able to play on the Pennsylvania

PokerStars Withdraws from Israel Real Money Poker Market

PokerStars has halted the offering of real money poker games in Israel, according to both an e-mail that was sent to customers and a pop-up message that was presented to Israeli players upon attempting to login. The ban took effect Monday, June 27th. In a somewhat ironic side note, the founder of PokerStars, Isai Scheinberg, is Israeli. It appears that this decision was made because Israel is what is considered a “grey” market in the online poker world. That is, online poker is not explicitly illegal in the country, but it isn’t legal, either. Israel does, though, bar most other forms of gambling and has typically used those laws to cover internet gaming, as well. PokerStars has been withdrawing from grey markets over the years. It is generally understood that the decision to do so is to make its parent company, Amaya, look as squeaky clean as possible as it

Canadian Football League, DraftKings Forge Partnership

For American sports fans, this time of year is the doldrums of the sports calendar. The professional hockey and basketball seasons just ended (college seasons ended a while ago), college football is two months away, and the NFL season is more than two months away. Right now, it’s just baseball, which is cool and all, but the middle of the baseball season just doesn’t excite. Last week, though, was the opening week of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and with it came a new alliance between the CFL and DraftKings. Just in time for the opening kickoff, DraftKings launched CFL contests, the centerpiece of which was the CFL $ 50K Kickoff Special, featuring a $ 50,000 guaranteed prize pool, a $ 5,000 first prize, and payouts down to 435 spots. The usual types of games were all there, from 50/50’s to heads-up matches to smaller guaranteed prize pool contests. Scoring

George Danzer Wins Fourth Career WSOP Bracelet

George Danzer won Event #43: $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better Championship at the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) early Tuesday morning, acquiring his fourth career gold bracelet. He is now tied with Max Pescatori in that category, topping the list of European WSOP bracelet winners. Danzer received $ 338,646 for the victory, bringing his earnings total for this year’s Series to just over $ 445,000. Danzer made his mark on poker history in 2014, when he became just the sixth player to win three World Series of Poker bracelets in the same year. He won this very same event and $ 10,000 Seven Card Razz in Las Vegas, following those up with a win in $ 5,000 8-Game Mixed at the WSOP Asia-Pacific. He is just one of six players to pull the trifecta, joining Puggy Pearson (1973), Phil Hellmuth (1993), Ted Forrest (1993), Phil