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Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier Signs Deal with partypoker

 Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier Signs Deal with partypoker

Only a couple of months after announcing his much-ballyhooed departure from PokerStars, French poker professional Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier has revealed his new online home.

Beginning immediately, Grospellier will now don the patch of partypoker, the main rival of his old online home. “It is with great honor and pleasure that I can announce I’m joining Team partypoker,” Grospellier happily declared in the announcement of the partnership. “It is very refreshing to be in touch with a company which prioritizes the well-being of the game and its community.”

“I am very excited about being able to be closely and actively involved in the renewal partypoker is bringing to the poker, LIVE and online,” Grospellier continued. “Our aim is to become the reference in both and I am confident that with partypoker expertise and ambition, it is an achievable goal in the foreseeable future.” He concluded the announcement by encouraging the poker community to reach out to him, saying that he and partypoker were looking to build a “poker universe” for the players.

Grospellier’s arrival on Team partypoker brings more star power to what was already a potent lineup of players. ‘ElkY’ will be a part of a crew that includes Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, Sam Trickett, Fedor Holz, Jason Koon and Kristen Bicknell. It also comes at a critical point for partypoker as they look to reestablish themselves in the online poker industry.

One of the big moves from partypoker has been in their live efforts…or perhaps that should be their LIVE efforts. The partypoker MILLIONS LIVE events around the world have been garnering a great deal of attention and players, while PokerStars’ efforts have floundered in 2017 after they ended the European Poker Tour (and brought it back, in a limited form, in 2018). The MILLIONS LIVE tournaments have almost eclipsed any offering from PokerStars due to something that once was a staple of the PokerStars product – accommodating their players. The next event, the MILLIONS North America, begins on Tuesday with the first of five-Day Ones looking to build a $ 10 million (Canadian) prize pool, the very definition of a major tournament.

There are also battle lines being drawn regarding the European poker market. Although PokerStars has long dominated this arena, the recent move by Spain, France, Italy and the European Union to compact their players is opening new doors on the European continent. To say partypoker is looking to make inroads on this new frontier with a highly improved Team partypoker stable – and looking to promote not only their pros but also their qualifiers to major events – cannot be dismissed.

Overall Grospellier was a quality addition to the partypoker fold. When he left PokerStars after a decade-long partnership, ‘ElkY’ noted that part of the reason for his departure in January was that he wasn’t involved in making the site and its offerings better for the players. “Team Pro used to be a core part of their (PokerStars’) strategy,” Grospellier said in his departure statement. “It has become evident this was not the case anymore.” With partypoker, apparently Grospellier has found that his voice will be heard and that he’ll be able to formulate the product that he is promoting.

Grospellier also brings a high-quality poker game to the partypoker fold. First making his mark in the eSports arena and on the online poker world under his ‘ElkY’ moniker, he exploded on the live poker world in 2007 with his second-place finish in the EPT Copenhagen Main Event. In 2008, Grospellier won the EPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event for a $ 2 million payday. Along with his 2008 World Poker Tour championship (at the Bellagio Festa al Lago) and 2011 championship at the World Series of Poker ($ 10,000 Seven Card Stud), he is one of only eight men to have won poker’s Triple Crown. Grospellier has a total of over $ 13.5 million in live tournament earnings.

At 37, Grospellier has a long poker life ahead of him. By joining with partypoker, Grospellier is looking to continue to have an impact on the game for years to come.

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DraftKings, Arena Football League Ink Deal

 DraftKings, Arena Football League Ink Deal

Do you love fantasy football but hate that pesky wait between the Super Bowl and the first week of the NFL season? Well, my friend, you are in luck! On Wednesday, the Arena Football League and DraftKings announced a partnership that will have DraftKings host AFL contests. Degenerate DFS players unite!

In a brief press release, DraftKings said:

Today, DraftKings announced that it will become the exclusive daily fantasy partner for the Arena Football League. DraftKings will launch an AFL fantasy game and will stream AFL games through our app. Both the fantasy product and streaming capabilities are expected to launch for the 2019 AFL season. Combining daily fantasy and live streaming is a powerful combination for providing compelling content for our customers. We are confident that our customers will enjoy the fast pace of AFL games and the new daily fantasy sport contests the sport allows us to offer.

Ok, so maybe I got ahead of myself a little bit. Even though the Arena Football League’s season begins this week, you are still going to have to wait for the NFL season for your daily fantasy football fix, as the AFL contests won’t be on DraftKings until next year.

The Arena Football League, though not very well known, has been around in some form since 1987. It began that year with four teams, expanding by two the next season, and seeing its league balloon to a dozen teams by its sixth season. The league peaked at 19 teams in 2001, many thanks to the success of a former Iowa Barnstormer, Kurt Warner, who came out of nowhere to become Super Bowl MVP for the St. Louis Rams. By the end of that decade, the league had run into major financial problems and did not have a 2009 season.

Things looked like they might be ok once the Arena Football League restarted, as there were anywhere from 12 to 18 teams from 2010 to 2015 (as you might be able to tell, AFL teams weren’t the most stable), but after that, teams either folded or bolted for other leagues in a hurry (the Indoor Football League and National Arena League house many of the Arena League’s former teams). Now, there are just four teams again: Baltimore, Philadelphia, Albany, and Washington.

That said, this deal with DraftKings could be a real boon to the Arena Football League. Not only will daily fantasy give the league exposure and generate interest from people who wouldn’t otherwise care about this tiny league, but the league will also get lots more eyeballs through game streaming on the DraftKings app.

The Arena Football League also announced simultaneous partnerships with Facebook (live streaming), VSiN (data-driven content), and Sportradar (data).

“The partnerships we’re announcing today give fans a whole new range of ways to get in on the action of arena football,” said Ron Jaworski, Chairman of the AFL Executive Committee and former NFL quarterback, in a separate press release. “Today, we’re bringing fans even closer to the game by giving them access to more data, creating more intensity in each individual moment of the game and introducing some cutting-edge gaming options.”

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Calvin Ayre Negotiates Misdemeanor Plea Deal with U.S., Two Other Charges Dropped

 Calvin Ayre Negotiates Misdemeanor Plea Deal with U.S., Two Other Charges Dropped

After years of not being able to step foot in the United States for fear of being apprehended by federal law enforcement, Bodog founder Calvin Ayre, a Canadian national with citizenship in Antigua, is no longer a wanted man. According to CalvinAyre.com, federal charges of money laundering conspiracy and illegal gambling against Ayre, Bodog, and three other Bodog officials have been dropped. And while that is great for Ayre, his website doesn’t tell the entire story. Flushdraw’s Haley Hintze is reporting that one charge was not dropped. Instead, Ayre pled guilty to one count of criminal misdemeanor charge of accessory.

Calvin Ayre has been one of the most outspoken online gaming executives in the industry, keeping a relatively high profile even after the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland indicted him five years ago. He has just stayed out of the U.S. in order to maintain his freedom.

The charges stem from Bodog’s offering of online gambling services to U.S. players from June 2006 through January 2012. Even after Black Friday, when PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker, and UltimateBet either left the U.S. market or went under, Bodog continue to accept U.S. players and does to this day.

At the time of the indictments, $ 67 million in player funds that was on its way to customers in the U.S. was seized from third-party payment processors. Bodog will not get this money back. Fortunately, the company did repay affected players.

Bodog is also going to pay a $ 100,000 fine, but in exchange, it will receive the rights to its Bodog.com domain name, which was seized years ago.

What the CalvinAyre.com piece did not mention, but Hintze researched independently, was that Ayre did plead guilty to one count of misdemeanor accessory after the fact. As part of the plea deal, he is paying a $ 500,000 fine and is placed on probation for one year.

Thus, while it is definitely good news for Ayre and Bodog that the government dropped two of the charges, Ayre did not get off free and clear and still felt the need (under the advice of counsel, almost certainly) to plead guilty to one misdemeanor charge.

One thing I always found a little nuts was that Ayre was on the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “ten most wanted” list. Sitting on that list right now are human traffickers and child pornographers, yet ICE thought someone who let people play online poker ranked right up there with them. Ayre’s name has come off the list, so the jet-setting playboy can now touch down on U.S. soil if he would like.

Sounds like he won’t, though. CalvinAyre.com asked its namesake about it, to which he replied, “I don’t see this settlement changing anything, as I’m happy with my life the way it is. I’ll continue to focus on being an online gaming industry analyst, a tech investor and a philanthropist. But most importantly, I’m just going to continue enjoying life to the fullest.”

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NBA Signs International DFS Deal with…PlayON?

 NBA Signs International DFS Deal with…PlayON?

DraftKings and FanDuel are far and away the dominate players in the daily fantasy sports (DFS) space in the United States, owning somewhere in the vicinity of 90 percent of the market share. So when it came time for the National Basketball Association (NBA) – an equity holder of FanDuel – to partner with a daily fantasy site for international markets, it naturally turned to PlayON. Wait…what? PlayON?

Yes, PlayON is now the NBA’s “Official Daily Fantasy Partner” in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. More specifically, the deal covers:

Europe: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico
Asia: Australia, Japan, The Philippines

PlayON only offers daily fantasy sports contests for real money in Australia (regulated by the Northern Territory Racing Commission), the United Kingdom (UK Gambling Commission), and Ireland (Irish National Excise Office), so the rest of the jurisdictions that are part of the agreement are for play money only. On its website, PlayON boasts that it has customers from over 100 countries. It is very careful about abiding by laws and regulations:

Regulation and security are top priorities at PlayON. The company only offers real-money Daily Fantasy Sports games to customers based in regulated territories within which PlayON holds a license. This approach removes all regulatory risk for PlayON’s customers, shareholders and corporate partners. PlayON is focused on building a sustainable and responsible company over the long term, and views regulation as a key part of this growth strategy.

Obviously, it would make total sense for the NBA to partner with FanDuel, considering its financial relationship to the site, but FanDuel barely has any presence outside of the U.S., whereas PlayOn is already established. PlayON offers contests in soccer, golf, cricket, rugby, and even Australian rules football. Basketball is also offered, even before the NBA deal, but unlike at a site like DraftKings, there are no NBA playoffs contests.

In a press release, Salvatore LaRocca, NBA President, Global Partnerships, expressed his pleasure with the agreement, saying, “With basketball’s global appeal, we are always looking for new ways to bring authentic NBA experiences to our fans across the world. Our partnership with PlayON provides us an opportunity to deepen our engagement with our international audience, and bring these fans closer to the game.”

“PlayON is delighted to be partnering with the NBA to deliver Official Daily Fantasy NBA Games,” PlayON founder and CEO Killian Jones added. “The NBA’s global reach and daily fixture schedule make it an ideal fit for daily fantasy. We look forward to working closely with the NBA to deliver innovative sports entertainment experiences to basketball fans around the world.”

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NBA Signs International DFS Deal with…PlayON?

 NBA Signs International DFS Deal with…PlayON?

DraftKings and FanDuel are far and away the dominate players in the daily fantasy sports (DFS) space in the United States, owning somewhere in the vicinity of 90 percent of the market share. So when it came time for the National Basketball Association (NBA) – an equity holder of FanDuel – to partner with a daily fantasy site for international markets, it naturally turned to PlayON. Wait…what? PlayON?

Yes, PlayON is now the NBA’s “Official Daily Fantasy Partner” in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. More specifically, the deal covers:

Europe: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico
Asia: Australia, Japan, The Philippines

PlayON only offers daily fantasy sports contests for real money in Australia (regulated by the Northern Territory Racing Commission), the United Kingdom (UK Gambling Commission), and Ireland (Irish National Excise Office), so the rest of the jurisdictions that are part of the agreement are for play money only. On its website, PlayON boasts that it has customers from over 100 countries. It is very careful about abiding by laws and regulations:

Regulation and security are top priorities at PlayON. The company only offers real-money Daily Fantasy Sports games to customers based in regulated territories within which PlayON holds a license. This approach removes all regulatory risk for PlayON’s customers, shareholders and corporate partners. PlayON is focused on building a sustainable and responsible company over the long term, and views regulation as a key part of this growth strategy.

Obviously, it would make total sense for the NBA to partner with FanDuel, considering its financial relationship to the site, but FanDuel barely has any presence outside of the U.S., whereas PlayOn is already established. PlayON offers contests in soccer, golf, cricket, rugby, and even Australian rules football. Basketball is also offered, even before the NBA deal, but unlike at a site like DraftKings, there are no NBA playoffs contests.

In a press release, Salvatore LaRocca, NBA President, Global Partnerships, expressed his pleasure with the agreement, saying, “With basketball’s global appeal, we are always looking for new ways to bring authentic NBA experiences to our fans across the world. Our partnership with PlayON provides us an opportunity to deepen our engagement with our international audience, and bring these fans closer to the game.”

“PlayON is delighted to be partnering with the NBA to deliver Official Daily Fantasy NBA Games,” PlayON founder and CEO Killian Jones added. “The NBA’s global reach and daily fixture schedule make it an ideal fit for daily fantasy. We look forward to working closely with the NBA to deliver innovative sports entertainment experiences to basketball fans around the world.”

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