PokerStars Signs Hof, Bet365 vs. the ALC, Premier League Update, and More

Posted: October 7th, 2013

Bet365 & the Canadian LotteryThis week the world of online poker was overflowing with interesting stories and incredible new promotions from a number of different online poker providers.

In this week’s article we’ll take a look at a number of these stories ranging from a poker sponsorship from PokerStars to a couple of new commitments for the Party Poker Premier League VII, and from an upcoming online poker tournament series to a new rake-race offer from one of the best mobile poker providers in the industry.

But perhaps the most interesting story of the week comes from Bet365, which finds itself under fire from the Canadian Lottery for their sponsorship of a CFL team.

Phil Laak and Jeff Gross will be at the Party Poker Premier League VII

Last week we told you that Antonio Esfandiari and Tony G were the only two confirmed players for the Party Poker Premier League VII, but now two more players have been added to the roster, Phil Laak and Jeff Gross. The Premier League format only allows for a total of 16 players, so the spots are highly coveted, and as you can see from the current roster, go to only the best of the best in the poker world.

The Party Poker Premier League is one of the biggest events of the year for, and with the company’s online poker traffic numbers on the decline, this could be the shot in the arm they need.

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PokerStars signs Natalie Hof to Friends of PokerStars roster

This week PokerStars announced the signing of former EPT hostess Natalie Hof to their Friends of PokerStars roster.

German poker player Natalie Hof may not have the poker resume of her countrymen like Marvin Rettenmaier, Tobias Reinkemeier, Benny Spindler, and Philipp Gruissem, but she does possess something all of these young poker millionaires does not; mainstream name recognition from her time as the PokerStars EPT hostess – and did I mention that unlike the players listed above she is a very attractive woman?

In a statement on the PokerStars blog Hof talked about the signing, stating:

“Since I started playing poker I dreamed of becoming a member of Team PokerStars. I enjoyed working as a presenter, and now I am more honored to represent at the tables.”

To join the world’s largest poker site and play against Natalie Hof you can sign up for PokerStars $20 free bankroll offer.

Sky Poker UKOPS VIII announced

We recently learned that one of the most popular online tournament series in online poker will get under way in just a couple of weeks, after Sky Poker announced the latest installment of their Sky Poker UKOPS series. The UKOPS VIII will begin on the 27th of October and run through the 3rd of November, with four tournaments scheduled for each day of the series.

A Main Event being held on each of the eight days of the series at 8 PM, and each of these Main Event tournaments will award a Sky Poker UKOPS bracelet to the winner.

You can learn more about, or check out the full Sky Poker UKOPS VIII tournament series schedule here

And if you would like to get started at the site you can participate in Sky Poker's £10 instant bankroll offer.

What’s Happening at Bet365 Poker

According to an article in iGaming Business, Bet365 has found itself in the crosshairs of the Canadian based Atlantic Lottery Corporation, who feels the online giant has been illegally advertising at Canadian Football League matches –even though Bet365 is an official sponsor of the Hamilton Tigercats and boasts of the partnership on their website.

According to the ALC, because Bet365 is not licensed in Canada they should be unable to market their product. If the ALC gets their way this would obviously be a major blow to offshore operators in the Canadian market, but we’ll have to wait and see how this case plays out first.

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What’s Happening at Switch Poker

Did you know that Switch Poker will be hosting a €500 SPP rake-race starting on October and running until the 17th?

The top five finishers in the rake-race will each receive a share of the €500 pot, with €250 set aside for the player who collects the most SPP’s (Switch Poker Points) during the rake-race, all the way down to €20 for the 5th place finisher.

You can find out more about the SPP Rake Race by visiting the Switch Poker website, and if you haven’t already you can sign-up for Switch Poker’s free €10 bankroll offer.

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