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Women’s Poker Association Founded to Further Female Involvement in the Game

While poker has long been a tremendously popular game that spans all ages of men, the representation from women has always been rather small. Year after year, female participation at the World Series of Poker – the preeminent poker event in the world – hovers around the 3% mark. With that in mind, a new organization called the Women’s Poker Association has been founded to increase female involvement in the game. Organized to “promote and develop the advancement of women in poker,” the WPA announced earlier this week that they were open for business in Reno, NV. The announcement of the new organization’s launch party was held during the Nevada State Ladies’ Championship at the Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino, with its Board of Directors named and its founder revealed. Several of the names involved with the new Women’s Poker Association have long been at the forefront of the women’s

“Molly’s Game” Premieres Today with Jessica Chastain Garnering Oscar Buzz

With Christmas just around the corner, time for many people might be a bit short. For those who are finished with their preparations (lucky dogs!), a movie might be in the cards. For those who have a fondness for poker, the latest attempt at a “poker movie” hits screens across the country and around the world today, with Oscar buzz aplenty. After a long buildup Molly’s Game, the directorial debut of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin that stars Jessica Chastain as the titular star of the film and Idris Elba as her attorney. If you don’t know the story of the book penned by Molly Bloom, it is the story of a plucky underdog that was able to overcome the odds and become a winner… OK, that’s not true, at least most of it. Molly’s Game, based on the book of the same name written by Bloom, was her expose of her

PokerStars Testing Shorter Time to Act at Select Cash Game Tables

In what seems to be a never-ending effort in the poker industry to speed up the games, PokerStars announced last week that it will be conducting a trial of some new “time to act” settings at its cash game tables. Announced in a post on the corporate blog, the goal of the new settings is to try to reduce the impact of unnecessary tanking. “One of the most frustrating aspects of playing cash games can be making a disciplined fold and then having to wait for your opposition to play out a painfully slow hand before you get to make your next decision,” wrote Dan Price, the PokerStars Ring Games Manager. “Unsurprisingly one of the most common complaints we receive is about opponents taking forever over the simplest decisions… even going into their time-bank just to fold pre-flop!” To that end, PokerStars is implementing the trial of the new “time

Ignition Casino Switches to Quick Seat Cash Game Lobby

Ignition Casino and its twin online poker room, Bodog, recently made a major change to their cash game lobbies, moving from the traditional table listing to what the poker rooms call the Quick Seat lobby. This lobby variation is nothing new; it has been around in the online poker world for years. What makes this interesting is that it is now the only way to find a cash game seat at Ignition Casino. The way we have been used to for as long as internet poker has existed is now gone. No more perusing the list of open tables, no more seeing what the average pot size and percent of players to the flop are, no more ability to open a table to see who is playing. Now on Ignition, players will just choose their stakes, the maximum table size, the game (Texas Hold’em, Omaha, or Omaha Hi/Lo), and game

PokerStars Alpha Testing Bonkers New Power Up Poker Game

Hold onto your butts, everyone. A new poker game from PokerStars is in the pipeline. And this isn’t just another Spin & Go or Zoom Poker variation. Power Up, now in very limited Alpha testing, is something that takes a game of hold’em and quite literally adds new cards that give players the power to transform the hand. In Power Up, the players get magic powers. They even get magic powers to counteract each other’s magic powers. I’m dead serious about this. In a post on the PokerStars blog, PokerStars Director of Poker Innovation and Operations Severin Rasset explained that his company has “been putting significant resource toward poker innovation.” “The common goal of these innovations is continue to maintain a high level of engagement from our active players, to reactivate players that may be tired of playing poker as it is today, and to speak to potential players that