We have a lot of ground to cover in this week’s look around the world of online poker, so let’s not waste any time.
Among the stories we’ll cover will be bWin and Party Poker taking a big step forward this week as they eye a return to the US market; PokerStars’ decision to sponsor a popular awards ceremony; Sky Poker’s “Scotty77” and his deep run at the GUKPT Blackpool; and some very disheartening news for all the Gus Hansen fans out there, as the Dane reached an abysmal milestone in his online career this week.
So far so good for bwin.party in New Jersey, as the company secured a transactional waiver on Friday that allows them to move forward and take part in the soft-launch and official launch of online gaming in New Jersey later this month, along with their New Jersey partner, the Borgata.
Bwin.party will be supplying the software for the following websites in New Jersey, all of which are now accepting sign-ups for e-mail alerts:
Anyone outside of New Jersey can take advantage of bwin’s $50 no deposit bankroll offer available to all new players at the site.
Next year’s International Gaming Awards will be hosted by PokerStars according to an announcement this week.
The 2014 IGA’s will be the seventh consecutive year the awards ceremony has taken place, with the first event happening back in 2008.
The upcoming ceremony will take place in London, England at the London Savoy Hotel on February 4th, 2014. Other sponsors of the awards ceremony include Williams Interactive, Bet-Soft, PlayTech, and Optimal Payments among others.
Here is a look at this year’s categories:
* Casino/Integrated Resort of the Year
* Casino Operator – 3 winners: Europe, Americas, and Australia & Asia
* Casino VIP Room of the Year
* Corporate Services Supplier of the Year
* iGaming Software Supplier
* Innovator of the Year Award - No Boundaries
* Gaming Industry Fair Play Award
* Industry Publication/Media Service of the Year
* Mobile Operator of the Year
* Online Bingo Operator of the Year
* Online Casino Operator of the Year
* Online Gaming Operator of the Year
* Online Poker Operator of the Year
* Online Sportsbook Operator of the Year
* Payment Solutions Provider Company of the Year
* Socially Responsible Operator of the Year Land Based
* Socially Responsible Operator of the Year Online
* Slot Manufacturer Online or Land Based
* Slots Operator of the Year (Online)
* Technology Provider/Supplier
* Traditional Casino Equipment Supplier
* Outstanding Contribution Award
You can find more information about the 2014 IGA’s or the results from previous year at the IGA website.
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GUKPT success is normally the domain of Sky Poker Pro Julian Thew, who has three GUKPT victories and four final tables on his resume (both records), but at the latest stop in Blackpool it was another Sky Poker player, Ryan Spittles, who was making waves.
Spittles did make the money in the tournament, but his run came to an end before the final table according to the GUKPT website’s official reporting on the tournament.
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It’s no secret that poker superstar Gus Hansen is one of the biggest losers in online poker history, spewing millions at the high-stakes poker tables, mostly at Full Tilt Poker. But I doubt anyone realized just how much Hansen has lost over the years, which according to the highstakesdb.com website is an eye-popping $14 million!
Hansen’s 2013 results at Full Tilt Poker are perhaps even more alarming, as he finds himself down nearly $8 million for the year. I think I speak for many in the poker community (who consider Hansen one of the key figures of the Poker Boom, and one of the nicer guys in poker to boot) when I say, “Gus, power down the computer!”
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