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Winamax’s Expresso Eleven Promo Rolling Along

The Spin & Go games at PokerStars are generally the first ones we think of when we consider the Lottery Sit & Go, but it was French poker site Winamax that introduced the world to this type of game when it launched Expresso Poker in July 2013. Since then, countless copycats have arisen (well, not literally countless, as there are a finite number of online poker rooms in existence), each offering their own slight variation on what has become an extremely popular game. Winamax is still there, though, and while nobody outside of France should really care, as they can’t play on French sites, the poker room is in midst of a pretty interesting Expresso Poker promotion. The promo, called Expresso Eleven, will run until €500,000 has been given away. To date, about €74,000 has been won, so there is still plenty of time left to get in on the

888Poker Launches BLAST Poker Lottery Sit & Go

I just wrote one article about Lottery Sit & Go’s, so might as well write another, while the subject is on my mind. Guess today is an all-Lottery day. The news on this page: 888poker has launched its own Lottery Sit & Go version this week, called BLAST Poker. Like any Lottery Sit & Go, BLAST Poker is a short-handed, hyper-turbo (two minute blind levels) game with small starting stacks. One all players are seated, the prize pool is announced; it can be 2x, 5x, 10x, 100x, 1,000x, or 10,000x the game’s buy-in. Most sites make these games three-handed, but BLAST Poker goes its own way with four players per table. But that’s not at all interesting, so 888 came up with another change, one that will make these games even less skill-based than they already were. After a certain number of levels, all players will be automatically forced all-in

Rank/888 Holdings Making Play for William Hill

UK-based Rank Group and Gibraltar-based 888 Holdings confirmed rumors this weekend that they have teamed up in talks to acquire competitor William Hill, the largest gambling company in the UK. No financial numbers have been made public. Both 888 and Rank issued a statement today, which reads, in part: 888 Holdings plc (“888”) and The Rank Group Plc (“Rank”) (together the “Consortium”) note the recent press speculation regarding a potential transaction involving William Hill plc (“William Hill”) and confirm that they are evaluating a possible offer for William Hill (the “Proposed Transaction”). The Consortium sees significant industrial logic in the combination, through consolidation of their complementary online and land-based operations, delivery of substantial revenue and cost synergies and from the anticipated benefits of economies of scale which will accrue to all shareholders. No formal approach has yet been made to the Board of William Hill and there can be no

Republican Party Removes Online Poker Ban from Platform

In an e-mail sent to Poker Players Alliance (PPA) members late last week, PPA Vice President of Player Relations Rich Muny relayed the positive news that a ban on internet poker has been removed from the Republican Party’s platform in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Ever since online poker has been a thing that has existed in this world, an online gambling prohibition has been a part of the Republican platform. The irony of it is that the Republican party claims to be the party of small government, yet for a solid two decades, it has included this plank, among others, that would give Americans less freedom and a federal government that controls their lives. But hey, there are only so many ways to keep that religious conservative vote. Of course, it wasn’t like the Republican Platform Committee just up and decided that an online gambling ban

Final Settlements in Full Tilt Case Reached

After more than five years of travel through the courts in the United States, the final settlements regarding Full Tilt Poker were quietly reached earlier this year, ending the saga of the now-defunct twice over online poker site and putting it into the history books. The issues that Full Tilt faced were directly related to the “Black Friday” indictments by the U. S. Department of Justice against top officials from the online poker room. Indicted directly criminally in the case was Ray Bitar, the Chief Executive Officer of TiltWare, and Nelson Burtnick, who was the Director of Payments for Full Tilt Poker. In addition to those men, a class-action civil suit was filed against Full Tilt executives Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson by a player consortium consisting of Steve Segal, Nick Hammer, Robin Hougdahl, Todd Terry and Bradley Clasen, looking to retrieve monies that were taken in by Lederer and