Brace yourself and get ready for another eclectic mix of stories, as this week’s agenda includes everything from PokerStars' latest foray into a new and completely untapped market; the imminent payments from Full Tilt Poker that are supposed to start hitting our bank accounts any day now; and a quick check on the action and results from the Sky Poker UK Poker Championship being held at the Dusk Till Dawn Casino.
You’ll find all of these stories and a whole lot more below.
Good news for aspiring poker players - PokerStars will soon be legally available in another part of the world as the world’s largest online poker room has just gotten the go ahead from a certain regulatory body, and no, unfortunately it’s not in the United States.
So where is it?
PokerStars got the nod from the Bulgarian State Gambling Commission (which based on my knowledge of Bulgaria I’m assuming is made up entirely of former Olympic weightlifters) and will hopefully be available in the country in the coming weeks.
PokerStars is the first company approved by Bulgaria since the country legalized online poker.
In a press release PokerStars' Head of Corporate Communications, Eric Hollreiser, stated:
“Poker is extremely popular in the country and recently we have seen some notable results from Bulgarian players including Dimitar Danchev, who won the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event for $1,859,000. We are delighted with today’s news and we are looking forward to work with the Gambling Commission so that we can launch as soon as possible.”
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Another major tournament series is currently underway over in the UK, as Sky Poker and Dusk Till Dawn host the UK Poker Championship, which among its robust schedule includes a High-Roller tournament as well as the Main Event.
In the £500,000 guaranteed Main Event its recent European Poker Award Lifetime Achievement recipient Barny Boatman is leading the way into Day 2, but there is still a lot of poker to be played.
There were a total of 622 entries for the £1,100 buy-in tournament (easily smashing through the guarantee) including some of the biggest names in UK poker, like the three Sams - Trickett, Razavi, and Grafton - as well as Sky Poker's own Julian Thew.
Here is a look at the final table payouts from the £3,300 High-Roller tournament:
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Full Tilt remission payments are expected any day now, as a number of recipients have confirmed that the Garden City Group has been sending out “test” deposits to their bank accounts.
These “tests” are simply transfers from the GCG with no money ($0), with the real transfers expected to occur before February 28th for some 30,000 players, totaling some $80 million!
However, at least one notable person, the Poker Players Alliance’s Rich Muny, indicated that he did not receive a test deposit and when he contacted the GCG they informed him that even though his account and remission petition were verified there was “an issue with my provided bank info…”
So it would seem that we are not completely out of the woods yet, and the saga of Full Tilt Poker still has many more chapters before it comes to a close.
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