The PokerStars EPT Prague tournament series is shaping up to be one of the biggest series of 2013 with records falling on a near daily basis, and it could have a major impact on the Player of the Year races.
Full Tilt Poker and one of their three high-profile Poker Ambassadors have called it quits and bwin.party’s growth continues in the US market.
There are just some of the stories you’ll find below as we take a look around the world of poker.
The Party/Borgata network in New Jersey is the largest licensed online poker provider in the country, and it is also can lay claim to being the fifth largest online poker provider in the US, having moved past several unlicensed providers like SealswithClubs.eu and the Revolution Gaming Network already.
But lest you think Party/Borgata has hit a ceiling, just look at the recent traffic reports from www.pokerscout.com, which show the Party/Borgata network closing the gap on two more unlicensed providers.
The Merge Gaming and Chico Poker networks have average traffic of 325 players, which is still well ahead of Party.Borgata’s 240 average players, but a better metric to look at would be peak traffic, since all of bwin.party’s traffic is in the same time zone and non-peak hours decimate the site’s average traffic numbers.
When it comes to peak traffic (using this Monday’s numbers) you can begin to envision a scenario where Party/Borgata overtakes Merge, Chico, and possibly even the Winning Poker Network in the traffic rankings somewhere down the line:
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The PokerStars EPT Prague tournament series is looking to send the 2013 tournament season with a bang, considering the Eureka Poker Tour Main Event set a record, EPT Prague Main Event pulled in over 1,000 players (another record), and the €10k High-Roller event pulled in 176 players!
The Prague series could also decides the Global Poker Index Player of the Year race, where Ole Schemion could potentially spoil Daniel Negreanu’s attempt at a clean sweep (Cardplayer Magazine, Bluff Magazine, and Global Poker Index) of the POY trophies.
According to GPI reports, Scemion would need to finish in the Top 18 to overtake Negreanu (Schemion is currently one of the chip-leaders heading into Day 5 with 22 players remaining), but there are still other tournaments that could decide the matter.
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The writing was on the wall when members of the poker community noticed his picture had been removed from the Full Tilt Poker website, so PokerListings.com confirmation that Tom Dwan is no longer a member of Team Full Tilt Poker’s “The Professionals” roster was fairly unsurprising.
“Full Tilt Poker and Tom Dwan have agreed to part ways following the recent expiration of Dwan’s contract,” it read.
Adding, “To have one of the most respected names in poker on our team has been a great pleasure. We will continue to watch Tom at the tables and wish him every success in the future.”
Of course, this hasn’t stopped the speculation machine that is the 2+2 NVG forum from running rampant.
For now, I’ll take Full Tilt Poker’s statement at face value, and believe the two parties simply moved on, unable to strike a deal to extend Dwan’s contract.
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