24 September, 2008
Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, Bodog, and Doyle’s Room – 4 of online poker’s biggest and most popular poker rooms are at risk of losing ownership of their own names, as the governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, masterminds what’s being called a “hostile takeover” of the sites in order to protect his state’s thoroughbred horseracing, charitable gaming, and lottery interests.
The total list of online poker rooms that the Democratic governor hopes to remand to government control, according to the Franklin County Court civil suit he filed, amounts to 141 poker sites. Others include:
• Cake Poker
• Ultimate Bet
• Absolute Poker
The state charges that these sites are in violation of the law by offering their gaming services to its residents. Rumor circulating the web currently is that if Beshear is successful in his aims, he intends to shut down said sites. Whatever he does with ownership of these popular domains, though, if this passes it will no doubt come as a huge blow to the online poker industry.
15 September, 2008
Doyle’s Room, the official poker site of the Godfather of Poker, Doyle Brunson, has attracted several other big name poker celebrities into its midst over the years, and now it’s about to welcome another – only this one isn’t famous for his card playing skills at all, though it is his ferocious competitiveness that made his name a household word.
It’s Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimmer who lived up to his promise of collecting 8 Gold medals in this year’s games, bringing his Gold Medal count now up to 14. And apparently swimming isn’t the only sport he’s been practicing to near-obsessive proportions this year. It seems Doyle Brunson himself and son Todd Brunson, another poker star in his own right, have been training Phelps in the ins and outs of the game, preparing him to excel as much at the online poker tables as he does in the water.
So far, so good for the pro online poker novice, as Phelps has already won his first big poker prize. Albeit not a tournament, he has nonetheless won the honor being named by Gambling911 as the Sexiest Professional Poker Player of the year.
Doyle’s Room gives its players a unique opportunity to try and beat this unbeatable champion on more even ground.
11 September, 2008
PokerSense.com is a comprehensive resource for online poker players and enthusiasts who want to make the most of their internet poker experience. More than just an online poker resource, PokerSense.com is an online community for people interested in all aspects of the game – from how to play poker to where to play poker online for the best returns to who are the latest poker players to beat.
For newbies to the whole online poker scene, Poker Sense teaches you all the ins and outs of how to play poker and win. Learn the poker rules for Texas Holdem, Omaha, 7 Card Stud, and others.
Study a comprehensive selection of poker site reviews, each giving a thorough rundown of each site’s benefits and drawbacks. A look at the Everest Poker review, for example, will show you that the maximum sign up bonus has just been doubled from $100 to $200, that around 7,000 can be found at the tables during peak hours, that Everest Poker was first multilingual poker room online, that there’s a great online poker tutorial equipped with interactive AI opponents, as well as they don’t offer a loyalty program, don’t offer telephone support, and don’t accept US players.
Once you’re ready to play poker, Poker Sense keeps tabs on all the most current online poker tournaments running (at the time of this writing the PokerStars WCOOP – World Championship of Online Poker) – from scheduling and how to enter to ongoing results updates. In terms of scheduling, PokerSense.com provides its visitors a fully searchable interface for finding the online poker tournaments that are right for you. Search by Poker Room, Game, Limit, Prize Pool, or Buy-In. You’ll even be able to stay abreast of every possible satellite tournament offering an opportunity to win a seat in WSOP (World Series of Poker), WPT (World Poker Tour), EPT (European Poker Tour) land-based events.
And it’s the same thing for freerolls – review a full calendar of the new big money freerolls happening, and review them by date and time or a selection of sortable criteria. Plus, beside each event listed is a link that will take you directly to the page of the given poker room where you can sign up to play.
PokerSense even has something to offer for when you feel like taking a break from playing poker, because PokerSense stays on top of all the latest internet poker news reports, Stay in-the-know on all the goings on in the online poker industry (including legal updates on the UIEGA and US poker sites) and at the various major (and minor) poker sites (like Everest Poker, PokerStars, and FullTilt Poker).
Rounding out PokerSense.com’s offerings is a poker school, a rundown of the best poker bonus offers currently going, poker strategy guides, reviews of poker books on the market, a bios of some of the most revered professional poker players today.
10 September, 2008
Online poker room PKR Poker announced today that they have just welcomed their 2 millionth player to their poker tables. A relatively fledgling poker site by industry standards, within 1 year of first launching in 2006, PKR Poker signed up its 1 millionth member. Now, just 1 year thereafter, they’ve doubled that remarkable feat.
Part of PKR Poker’s skyrocketing success comes from its unique characteristic of being a 3D poker room. Running its own proprietary poker software, PKR Poker features true-to-life avatars animated by an Emote Control System (ECS) that gives them behaviors and mannerisms unheard of in other poker rooms. And players victorious in certain tournaments can even add more creative versatility to their avatars.
This all in spite of the fact that, unlike the internet’s two leading poker rooms – Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars – PKR Poker does not accept players from the United States, making its accomplishment even more impressive.
4 September, 2008
In the next parlay about illegal online poker in the U.S., a new bill comes before congress to “clarify” the much-loathed and unenforceably vague UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act). Introduced by Republican Congressman Pete Sessions, HR 6663 may or may not benefit US online poker players. Unfortunately the jury is still out on that one (and arguing vociferously).
On the Pro-HR 6663 side, analysts assert that it:
• clarifies the law as applying solely to US-operated online sports books (the unspoken presumption being the online poker rooms are exempt from its restrictions);
• protects sites like Pacific Poker and PartyPoker and the US players they accepted (and still retain) before the UIGEA was instituted in October 2006.
On the Anti-HR 6663 side, analysts argue that the bill will never pass as the UIGEA was most definitely intended to control online casino-style gambling (including online poker) as well as sportsbetting. (Decrying that, unfortunately, “clarifying” and “redefining” are not the same thing).
Will the lack of support from the Poker Players Alliance help or hinder the passage of HR 6663? And what will the repercussions of either be on US internet poker players? Our representatives in Washington are still figuring that out.