The poker world generally takes a prolonged vacation in the run up to Christmas, a vacation that generally lasts until the PokerStars PCA kicks off in mid-January.
But despite a shortage of “big” news stories, there is still plenty to talk about, like Party Poker’s new mobile offerings in New Jersey, and Switch Poker’s intriguing new poker network –which is a far cry from the typical poker network model.
We’ll also reflect back on the year that was in the world of online and live poker, such as the Global Poker Index’s Player of the Decade choices, how the Full Tilt Poker remission process fared on the pundits biggest stories of the year lists, and a whole lot more.
Bwin.party and the Borgata have teamed up in the burgeoning New Jersey online poker market, and so far the partnership has turned into far and away the top online provider in the state and in the new US markets.
The reign of supremacy for NJ.PartyPoker.com and BorgataPoker.com will likely see even more of a boost in the coming weeks and months after both sites launched their long anticipated mobile apps, joining 888 Poker and WSOP.com as the only four New Jersey online poker rooms with a mobile gaming option.
WSOP.com is the only Nevada poker room with a mobile app.
While the current versions of the apps leave a lot to be desired, they are now available, and are likely to be constantly improved and upgraded in the near future.
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The Global Poker Index created a very interesting list over the past week or so, laying out their nine choices for the poker players of the decade.
Of the nine people selected, three of the players are members of PokerStars Team Pro, Daniel Negreanu (who was chosen as the Player of the Decade by the GPI), ElkY, and Barry Greenstein.
The rankings are only based on live tournament results, and it would be hard to argue against any of the names that were selected, although Shannon Schorr being the 7th ranked player on the list was a bit surprising, considering the other eight players are all Hall of Fame caliber players.
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The initiation of the Full Tilt Poker remission process by the Garden City Group landed in virtually every poker pundit’s “Top Story of the Year” list, and in every list I viewed the story was in the Top 5. Still, the FTP Remission story could have even been ranked higher (possibly #1, ahead of the launch of licensed online poker in the US) had repayments actually been made in 2013.
US poker players shouldn’t have to wait too much longer though. According to the latest information on the GCG website, uncontested remission applications should start seeing their money as soon as March of this year.
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Well, this is a first.
Apparently Switch Poker has launched the Switch Poker Network, where anyone can create a unique, branded online poker room and join the Switch network. Creating a skin is completely free and you can have your online poker site up and running in less than a day.
According to this article at Cardplayer.com, skins on the Switch Poker Network will receive somewhere between 30% and 70% revenue share.
It’s an interesting idea, and one that may catch on as a place to hold leagues, or for members of different communities to play together.
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