A new poker game app has been launched on Facebook following the partnering of Caesars Entertainment and Electronic Arts.
Online poker playing has been a growing phenomenon since the turn of the 21st century. What people love about online poker play is that it can be played with real money or played for free. Serious poker players can play real money games while casual players can play for fun and prizes.
With the emergence of mobile applications, real money poker play has become available on your mobile device. You will not find these special apps on Google play or iTunes though; real money android poker apps
are banned because they are considered gambling.
However, we have done the research and found the four leading real money android poker apps:
a) Bwin Mobile Poker: Play options include choices of stake, game, number of players, and more. This app also has a free play area, so it can be used for real or for fun. Features unique “had selection” feature that plays your best hand.
b) 888 Andriod Poker: With over 5 million members, there is always action on this real money android poker app. No deposit required at registration. Play for fun or with real money.
c) PokerStars: The mobile version of the world’s largest poker site is available for iPhone and Android platforms. Players love the sharp, well designed graphics and multi-tabling option.
d) Party Poker: Available for Android, this app offers Texas Hold’em play with real money. A quick seating lobby and multiple language options make Party Poker an excellent choice for on-the-go play.
Negreanu and friends vs. Full Tilt Poker, and New Jersey regulates online poker. It’s all in the week’s most interesting threads in the world of poker forums.
Negreanu’s challenge (2+2)
Thread: Negreanu challenges Hansen, Durr and Blom to HU challenge
The online poker community always loves a good challenge between pros. Some Twitter chatter between PokerStars’ Daniel Negreanu and Full Tilt Poker’s Gus Hansen turned into a six-man high-stakes challenge that will also involve Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom, Isaac Haxton and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.
2+2 vs. PPA (2+2)
Thread: Did PPA help foster situation that led to Black Friday?
Thread starts with an article that attempts to portray a link between poker payment processor SunFirst and the Poker Players Alliance quickly but degenerates into the poker world against the PPA. Several PPA execs weigh in about the venom directed toward the PPA, while the poker community gets more and more riled up. The PPA isn’t perfect, but having the PPA is better than having no advocacy effort at all. And we don’t really see an alternative out there right now. We’d also guess that the PPA is better served not responding in a 2+2 thread like this one, but that’s just our opinion.
Jersey poker (2+2)
Thread: NJ online poker legislation (passed)
The biggest news in online poker this past week is the signing of a bill regulating online poker and gaming in New Jersey. Keep up with the news and what’s next in regulation in N.J. here.
Thread: Most famous person you played live poker with?
Who is the most famous poker player you have ever sat down with? Share your stories here.
After a week in the entertainment capital of the world (and dodging the Academy Awards, among other events), the World Poker Tour heads to the northern part of California beginning on Monday for the more relaxed, sedate world of San Jose and the Bay 101 Shooting Star.
If you believed the part about “relaxed,” then you are new to the WPT and, in particular, this stop on the circuit. A part of every season of the WPT excluding its inaugural year, the Bay 101 Shooting Star is the most unique tournament on the WPT schedule because of its “bounty” format. In the past, up to 50 poker professionals have had the target squarely placed on them and, if an opponent knocks them out of the tournament, that opponent received a cash bounty. There have been instances over the years where a player was able to make his buy-in back (and then some) through just eliminating pros, let alone cashing in the tournament.
Over the years, the pros have done surprisingly well in the bounty tournament format, perhaps due to the over-aggression of people trying to eliminate them! In 2004, Phil Gordon defeated Chris Moneymaker (both were bounties) to take the WPT championship. Gus Hansen was the longest lasting pro the next year, finishing third to Danny Nguyen. Other top pros including David Williams, J. J. Liu, Jennifer Harman, Kathy Liebert, Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow, Mike Sexton, Joe Serock and Erik Cajelais have all been at the final table, while Ted Forrest, Brandon Cantu and Steve Brecher went all the way to winning the championship.
For this year’s version of the Bay 101 Shooting Star, the buy in is $7500 (it has wavered over the past decade between $5000 and $10,000) and players have two Day Ones to pick from. Late registration will run for the two Day Ones until the sixth level each day. Also on those days, an eliminated player has the opportunity to re-enter the event, but only on that day (a Day 1A player cannot come back on Day 1B), up until the tenth level of the day. It should guarantee a healthy prize pool for the event.
The bounties for the Bay 101 will have a $2500 price tag on their heads and the players run the gamut from the veterans of the game to its top newcomers. Tentatively scheduled to play on Day 1A are such names as poker’s all-time money leader Antonio Esfandiari, Dan Smith, Daniel Negreanu, David ‘Doc’ Sands, World Series of Poker bracelet winner and WPT champion Dominik Nitsche, Dwyte Pilgrim, Erik Seidel, former World Champions Jonathan Duhamel and Hellmuth, two-time WSOP Poker Players’ Championship victor Michael Mizrachi, defending European Poker Tour Grand Final champion Mohsin Charania, Scotty Nguyen and Harman (among others).
If that list isn’t formidable enough, Day 1B has a whole new host of bounties for players to take shots at. Leading the bounties is Poker Hall of Famer and WPT commentator Sexton, who is joined by Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Barry Greenstein, Amanda Musumeci, Allen Cunningham, Christian Harder, Chris Moorman, Dan Shak, Joseph Cheong, Maria Ho, Todd Brunson, Liebert and Serock (among others).
At last year’s Shooting Star, local player Moon Kim lived the dream in his run at the Bay 101 Shooting Star. Getting into the tournament on a $1000 satellite, Kim got that money back by eliminating Shooting Star Nam Le on Day Two. Kim used those chips (and other players’) well, driving to the final table (unlike past years, no Shooting Stars made the final table). Kim was able to outlast pros Andrew Badecker, Joseph Elpayaa, Serock and Cajelais before knocking off Ubaid Habib to take the championship and the $960,900 first place prize. Kim is expected back to defend his championship, this time as one of the bounty players.
Day 1A will start at the rather early (for poker players, at least) hour of 11AM (Pacific Time), with ten one hour levels of play on the agenda. Day 1B on Tuesday will follow the same schedule and the field will come together for the first time on Wednesday for Day Two. The six handed WPT final table will be played out on Friday at 4PM and will crown the next champion of one of the World Poker Tour’s venerable tournaments.
Although the state of New Jersey only passed their online gambling and poker bill earlier this week, one of the major investment firms is already hailing it as a “big boost” to the twelve casinos that operate in Atlantic City.
The investment firm Moody’s Investors Service stated that internet gambling would provide “much needed help” to the Atlantic City operators, the third largest in the United States behind only Nevada and Pennsylvania. “The law is a shot in the arm for the existing Atlantic City operators,” Moody’s vice president Peggy Holloway stated to Associated Press writer Wayne Parry on Thursday. “They have been struggling with weak gaming revenues and competition from other states.”
Holloway’s report doesn’t put an exact amount on the new revenues that will be brought into the New Jersey gaming system, but points out many avenues that will be beneficial to them. “It is difficult to estimate how much growth it will generate for the New Jersey gaming market, which last year raked in about $3 billion of gaming revenue,” Holloway’s report stated. “The new internet capability will surely draw to gaming some people who don’t currently visit casinos. Operators will also have the opportunity to offer online players incentives to visit their facilities in person.”
Parry cites Holloway’s choices for “winners” under the new online gambling system in New Jersey. With four of the twelve casinos in New Jersey, Holloway says that Caesars Entertainment would be the biggest beneficiary of the new law. Caesars would have the most to offer its players with its ownership of the World Series of Poker and could move quickly to opening up an online offering with its partnership with 888 Holdings PLC, which provides its software platform internationally. Boyd Gaming and MGM Resorts International, the co-owners of the Borgata, could also see some benefit, according to Holloway.
Not mentioned by Holloway, but something that lurks in the background, is the potential purchase of the Atlantis Casino and Hotel by the powerful online poker company PokerStars. If the purchase of the Atlantis by PokerStars is approved by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission (NJCCC), PokerStars would bring an influx of money to improve one of the poorer-performing casinos on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. It would also bring its potent online poker operation (and other gaming options) to the New Jersey online gaming industry.
The new law, passed rapidly by the New Jersey legislature and signed by Governor Chris Christie earlier this week, is more than just online poker. The new law allows Atlantic City casinos to offer any game online that is currently offered in their establishments (it also doesn’t require players to be New Jersey residents, only that their computer is physically located in the state). An analyst with Wells Fargo Securities, Dennis Farrell, noted to Parry that online gambling in New Jersey could be a $1.5 billion industry within five years, which would provide a tremendous influx of capital to the Atlantic City casinos.
That industry could potentially grow if the current wave of interstate compacts comes into existence. The New Jersey law allows for interstate compacts to be signed with other states to increase the player pool. Nevada’s online poker law originally left the potential for interstate operations in the hands of federal authorities but, recognizing the gridlock in Washington, D. C. and the inability to pass federal online gaming regulations, moved forward in late February to allow Governor Brian Sandoval the ability to negotiate pacts with other gaming states to increase player pools. (Delaware, the other state that has passed online gaming regulations, also has an interstate clause in its regulations.)
While only three states currently have passed online gaming and poker regulations, several other states are beginning (or continue) to entertain the idea. California (the largest state in the U. S. by population) recently introduced online poker legislation in its General Assembly, while the state of Iowa has passed an online poker bill through a Senate subcommittee and is expected to act on that legislation in the near future. Other states may jump on the bandwagon as the state-by-state regulation of online casino gaming and poker picks up speed.
The battle to legalize online gambling in the state of New Jersey has finally concluded. A few weeks ago it was announced that Governor Chris Christie had conditionally vetoed the online gambling bill, but only minor changes had to be made to the bill.
This month the state legislature approved the necessary changes to the bill. It was expected that the bill would be signed into law until March 18th 2013, as that’s when the senate was expected to be able to vote to approve the conditional veto.
The leading sponsor of the bill, Senator Ray Lesniak, was able to schedule an emergency resolution. The conditional veto was approved by the vote of 68-5-1 (Assembly) and 35-1 (Senate). All that was needed now was Governor Chris Christie’s signature.
Today the Governor signed the bill into law and it’s expected that New Jersey will try to fast track launching. Ray Lesniak has stressed that getting the bill signed into law as quick as possible was imperative to stay competitive with Nevada/Delaware.
Lesniak estimates that online gambling sites will be launched as soon as this fall. The next six months will be spent finalizing the new regulations and approving applicants. Only land-based casinos in Atlantic City are allowed to apply for an online license.
This is why PokerStars parent company (Rational Group) is working hard to receive regulatory approval from NJ to purchase the Atlantic Club Hotel Casino. If they receive approval they would be able to apply for an online gambling license in New Jersey.
When online poker rooms start to launch in Atlantic City they’ll only be available to people within the state. The bill does allow for interstate partnerships in the futures with other US states and other countries that have regulated online poker.
A few of the minor changes that needed to be approved include increased taxes, increased funded programs and a clause that authorizes the new bill for a 10-year period, which means if online gambling doesn’t work it would be unauthorized in 10-years.
There was a small increase in the amount of money that needs to be put towards problem gambling. Licensed gambling sites will need to spend $250,000 towards problem gambling programs and the tax on gross earnings is now 15% instead of 10%.
The increased tax hike to 15% won’t make online gambling unprofitable for providers, but there is a concern that it will prove to be difficult with Nevada’s online gambling framework that only calls for 6.75% in taxes to be paid with various loopholes.
If New Jersey ever wants to be the leader in regulated online gambling in the USA they’ll need to adjust the bill, but at the same time it’s great to see online gambling finally legal in the state after an extended battle that started in 2010.
Full Tilt Poker has officially launched the FTP brand under a .EU domain and license. The .EU site will serve players from 9 European markets : Finland, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden. The new license was granted by the Malta Lotteries and Gaming Commission and is only valid for the .eu site.
Players in those European countries will be able to take advantage of tax-free winnings while playing on the .EU site of Full Tilt Poker. Going forward Full Tilt Poker will be operating under 2 separate license.
FullTiltPoker.com will be operating under a license from the Isle of Man which will cater to various regulated markets. While FullTiltPoker.eu will be operating under a license from Malta and will only cater to the 9 European countries above.
Full press release is below:
MALTA — February 26, 2013 – Full Tilt Poker has launched www.fulltiltpoker.eu to serve players in selected European markets that benefit from playing under a license granted by the Malta Lotteries and Gaming Commission.
The site is now available for players in 9 European markets including Finland, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden.
Players on www.fulltiltpoker.eu will enjoy all of the same great features and innovative game play that is associated with Full Tilt Poker, including Edge Rewards, deposit bonuses, Happy Hour tourneys and a host of other great promotions, in addition to access to the global pool of players available on www.fulltiltpoker.com.
Players on www.fulltiltpoker.eu will have access to the same games and tournaments against the same players as they do on www.fulltiltpoker.com.
”Playing under a Maltese license has many advantages for players in various European countries, particularly those markets where playing on a EU platform means that player winnings are tax-free,” said Michael Holmberg, General Manager, of the Rational Group Malta, which operates the Full Tilt Poker brand.
The launch of fulltiltpoker.eu is certain to appeal to many thousands of players in Nordic countries where online gaming winnings are tax-free if offered from within EU under a license issued by an EU Member State.
Full Tilt Poker players in those countries can easily update their existing software and re-register their accounts to fulltiltpoker.eu and balances on those accounts – including cash and Full Tilt Poker Points – will be automatically moved over and available immediately once the move is completed.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About Full Tilt Poker
FullTiltPoker.com is a leading poker brand known for delivering the most authentic online poker experience in the world. Full Tilt Poker’s innovative software, game design and game play make it the online home for serious poker players.
Full Tilt Poker was re-launched in November 2012 by The Rational Group, which also operates PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site. There are now two FullTiltPoker licensed sites:
i) Full Tilt Poker.com, which operates in various countries around the world under license from the Isle of Man,
ii) FullTiltPoker.eu, which operates in the 9 European markets noted above, under license from Malta.
The Isle of Man and Malta gaming authorities both provide rigorous regulatory oversight and deploy the best practices in ensuring player fund protection and the security and integrity of online poker.
There are a number of terms bandied about in the online poker industry: Liquidity, Poker Ecology, and Segregation, the last of which will be the focus of this article.
The word segregation tends to evoke negative images, but for online poker rooms it’s used not as a weapon but as a protection, both for the long-term good of the online poker room as well as for the casual players at the site.
In this column I’ll take a look at three recent examples of online poker rooms/networks segregating parts of their player base.
Recently the iPoker Network decided to create two separate tiers for the numerous skins operating on the network.
The top performing skins would be rewarded with exclusive tables not available to players from other poker rooms on the network, and one of the main factors for a room to be promoted to the top tier was new signups and a good ratio between winning and losing players.
What the iPoker tiers accomplished was keeping poker rooms that cater to winning grinders from mingling their winning player bases with the new and casual players at other poker rooms.
These segregated tables were designed to prolong the life of the new players and create a better atmosphere to play at iPoker: The jury is still out on its effectiveness.
Lock Poker segregates tables from Revolution Network
Even more recently Lock Poker took the iPoker Network’s idea a step further, segregating a number of poker tables from all of the other poker rooms on the Revolution Poker Network. The reason for Lock’s decision was two-fold:
- Much like iPoker’s move, the segregation of tables at Lock Poker was an effort to protect Lock’s new players from other rooms on the network that are overloaded with winning players.
- Secondly, when Lock’s players lost money to other rooms’ players they were essentially transferring money from Lock Poker to the other room. There were a number of rumors that this was being done deliberately to facilitate cash-outs from rooms with faster withdrawal times.
Party Poker segregates new and losing players from winning regulars
The latest room to ponder segregating tables is Party Poker. Party Poker’s segregation will be slightly different from both iPoker and Lock Poker in that the site will segregate tables based on a player’s skill level after “grading” the player.
A Party Poker representative posted on the 2+2 poker forum regarding the segregation:
“We are continually looking for ways to balance our poker room ecology. As we have said before, we are testing various features to make poker a more fun and entertaining game for both new and inexperienced players.
Our extensive research shows that new and inexperienced players enjoy the game more and continue playing for longer if in the early stages they play with players of a similar ability, this includes, but is not limited to our welcome lounges. These players are free to play on any table they chose.”
After a light-hearted Twitter exchange started by Full Tilt Poker pro Gus Hansen where he posted a link to the memorable hand on High Stakes Poker where he coolered/bad-beat Daniel Negreanu by hitting a one-outer to make quads on the turn (Daniel flopped a better set and made a full house) Daniel responded with a few jabs of his own, followed by a “Challenge Match”, pitting Team PokerStars Pro against Team Full Tilt Poker.
Daniel issued the challenge via his Vlog channel on YouTube, after initially hinting at it on Twitter. Daniel’s challenge was pretty straightforward: Daniel would pick two additional members of Team PokerStars Pro to take on the three Team Full Tilt pros, Gus Hansen, Viktor Blom, and Tom Dwan. The matches would be heads-up clashes and take place at the upcoming EPT London tournament series; the team that wins two out of three matches would be declared the winner.
The initial exchange seemed harmless enough (some have expressed their doubts as to the legitimacy of the “twitter feud”, thinking the exchange was little more than a clever setup for the match) with Gus linking to the High Stakes Poker hand followed by a fairly funny needle from Negreanu, where he congratulated Gus on his 2013 graph before mockingly rescinding, saying he didn’t realize he was looking at it upside down.
From there the exchange devolved into the typical Challenge Match talk, and now Daniel Negreanu is awaiting the confirmation from Gus Hansen that both Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom are down for the match, while at the same time he is taking suggestions on who to pick to round out his trio. So far he has narrowed it down to Eugene Katchalov, Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mercier, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, and Ike Haxton.
The EPT London is already one of the biggest tournament series in poker, and the addition of a high-stakes heads-up challenge match between Team PokerStars and Team Full Tilt Poker should add even more excitement for poker fans. Chances are the match will be available on a live stream of some sort as well.
For the conspiracy theorists out there it does look like the heads-up matches could be manufactured: After all Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars are owned by the same parent company, and PokerStars has already pulled a similar move when they parted ways with Viktor Blom only to see him land at Full Tilt Poker soon thereafter –Full Tilt is of course where Viktor Blom first made his name in poker.
You can check out the challenge match details on Daniel’s vlog here:
The vlog also touches on the incredible fundraising efforts for St. Jude’s Hospital that Daniel spearheaded over the past week or so, including a thank you video from some of the kids who will benefit from the $280,000 that was raised.
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