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Decline in Nevada Poker Rooms: Indicative of the “End” for Poker?

Recently the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas announced that, as a part of their renovations that will take place this year, they would close their eight-table poker room and would not bring it back once the renovations were complete. The Monte Carlo, not necessarily known as a hot spot for poker, isn’t the first to close their room in Sin City, nor are they the first to close in Nevada. But it does lead one to ask the question:  is the decline in Nevada poker rooms indicative of the “end” for poker? To start with, let’s put to rest the “end of poker” talk. Poker has been played since the 1830s in the United States and versions of the game date back to the 17th century, so to say the closure of a few tables in one city in the vastness of the world is bringing about

Latest Matt Savage Tournament Creation Riles Poker Community

When it comes to tournament directors in the poker world, Matt Savage has earned a reputation for being a tournament director par excellence. He has traversed the world as the arbiter of some of the biggest events in the game of poker and currently is immersed in preparations for the upcoming trilogy of tournaments for the World Poker Tour in Florida and the upcoming Tournament Directors Association Summit, which will be held at the end of June. But it is the creation of another tournament schedule for his home casino, the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, that has riled some in the poker community. The California State Poker Championships are scheduled to take place at the Commerce between April 28 and May 14 and, as the tournament director, Savage is responsible for putting the slate of tournaments together for the event. It is the second event on the schedule on

World Poker Tour Begins Dash to End Season XV with WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

Looking to finish off the Season XV schedule with a bang, the World Poker Tour will be setting up shop in the sunny state of Florida for the next 10 days. Kicking off the trio of events to finish this year’s WPT roster of events will be tomorrow’s start of the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Now in its second year, the change for the WPT to playing its final events at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL, seems to have worked out well. When it was held last year, the WPT scheduled three events – a $ 3500 buy in tournament (the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown), a $ 10,000 tournament (the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale) and a $ 15,000 restricted access event (the inaugural WPT Tournament of Champions) – that were all conducted on the grounds in Hollywood. For the

PokerStars Leaning Less on Sports Stars for Marketing

For a decade, PokerStars has used sports stars to market its online poker room, with a particular emphasis on the marketing strategy in recent years. According to a recent e-mail to the site’s affiliates, though, it appears that this strategy may be about to disappear. The notice to affiliates reads as follows: Starting April 1st 2017 we will be focusing on our ongoing Free Welcome Bonus Offer. In addition, our branding team has designed some wonderful creative and banners to help support your acquisition efforts and drive in some big numbers! Therefore, as of midnight March 31st 2017, all Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar Jr promotions materials (ie. banners, images, etc) will have to be replaced as the Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar Jr banner creative will no longer be valid for you to use from that date. When PokerStars first gained real notoriety, it was because Chris Moneymaker had won a

MPN Hand History Changes Coming in April

The Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) is preparing to make changes to both the content and storing of hand histories in order to protect casual players. The changes, discussed in a blog post by Head of Product (Network Games) at Microgaming Alex Scott earlier this month, will go into effect in April. Scott is among the rare breed of online poker managers/executives who is actually a player, as well, and approaches problem solving from a fair perspective, balancing the needs of the company with the needs of the player. In the blog post, he talks about how while hand tracking software like PokerTracker has been a great tool for players, it also provides sharks the ability to prey on fish without really having to observe and study their opponents’ play. Writes Scott: We have a difficult relationship with tracking software. Personally, I think it’s really important for players to be able