Blair Hinkle Tickled Green, bwin Expecting a Good 2014, and More

Posted: March 17th, 2014

bwin March April PromosWhat kind of impact has “Green Friday” had on the poker world? For one particular poker pro, the return of his Full Tilt Poker money was a life changing moment, and in this week’s look at the online poker world I’ll let you know what kind of plans he has for that money.

Chris Moneymaker became a poker legend in 2003, and now he’s back in the winner’s circle. I’ll let you know which tournament title he just captured this weekend.

With having a down year in 2013, a lot of people were questioning the company’s direction, but according to a recent statement the company has high expectations for 2014 that could make investors very happy.

You’ll find all of these stories and a whole lot more below.

2014 will be good for bwin

Even though they raked in over $150 million in 2013, and the company’s investors have far loftier expectations, and company brass expects a strong year in 2014 according to a Reuters article.

The Reuters article references a recent statement sent out to shareholders, in which bwin cited falling revenue, increased gaming taxes in Germany, access problems in Greece, and start-up costs in New Jersey as the reason for the small decline in year-over-year revenue.

But now that the company has streamlined its operations and shifted its focus to regulated markets, particularly the US, revenue should be on rise this year.

"Having streamlined the shape and size of our business we now have the foundations to return our business to sustainable growth," CEO Norbert Teufelberger stated.

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Chris Moneymaker wins HPO Regional title

Chris Moneymaker only has one major tournament title to his credit, but that one victory is a pretty big one.

Moneymaker’s 2003 WSOP Main Event victory has made him perhaps the greatest pitchman in poker history, evidenced by his 11 year run representing PokerStars, and he is probably responsible for bringing more new players to the online poker tables than any 10 men combined.

This is certainly one of the reasons the Hollywood Poker Open tour picked Moneymaker to be the tour ambassador, and the man who is credited with kicking-off the poker boom did his job and then some at the St. Louis Regional event.

This weekend Moneymaker once again lived up to his name, booking a $36k payday by winning the Hollywood Poker Open St. Louis Regional Championship Main Event, after triumphing over the 67 player field.

Here are the final table payouts from the live reporting team:

  1. Chris Moneymaker $36,259
  2. Frank Wyville $22,395
  3. James Basham $17,063
  4. Todd Bartlett $10,664
  5. Shabtai Moria $8,531
  6. Jovan Sudar $6,399
  7. Todd Metheny $5,332
  8. Matt Kingston – Did not cash
  9. Mark Fledderman – Did not cash
  10. Damjan Radanov – Did not cash

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Blair Hinkle, the happiest man on Green Friday

St. Patrick’s Day came a little early for Blair Hinkle this year, as the longtime poker player finally received his prize (which amounted to an awful lot of green) from winning the FTOPS Main Event on Full Tilt Poker back in early 2011.

Hinkle had just won over $1 million when Black Friday hit in 2011 and felt on top of the world, but that elation quickly turned to deflation considering his money has been locked in his Full Tilt Poker account ever since. But on Green Friday the Garden City Group released that money to Hinkle, and he was more than happy to hypothesize about what he might do with it in an interview with Cardplayer’s Brian Pempus.

One of Hinkle’s more outlandish thoughts was to use the entire chunk of cash to enter the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament at this year’s WSOP, perhaps feeling that he is already on a freeroll with the money.

I’d personally advise against that!

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