Google’s Online Gaming Rumors, SPT Newcastle, and More

Posted: September 14th, 2013

Google RumorThere was quite a bit of speculation today when rumors of a potential deal that would see Google (yes that Google) purchase the online gaming firm

In this week’s look around the world of online poker we’ll o some fact-checking and see if this rumor has any legs, as well as take a look at the upcoming Caribbean Poker Tour, the recently concluded Sky Poker Tour stop in Newcastle, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree’s final table run in the PokerStars WCOOP, and a look at the latest from mobile gaming sites Switch Poker and Terminal Poker.

No Truth to Google’s Interest in bWin and Party Poker

The Internet was buzzing this week when rumors that Google was looking into purchasing started circulating around. While a quick Google search of the terms “Google + Party Poker” returns plenty of stories talking about the potential deal, it also returns just as many stories claiming the story is false, so we’ll have to wait and let this one play out a bit more.

There might not be any truth to the Google rumor, but bWin is most certainly running a $50 no deposit bankroll offer.

Caribbean Poker Tour Launch Date Fast Approaching

This November Bet365 and the rest of the iPoker Network will be hosting the inaugural Caribbean Poker Tour tournament series on the beautiful island of Punto Cano. The opening tournament series will feature seven separate events culminating with a $1,500 No Limit Holdem Main Event.

For more information on the Caribbean Poker Tour hosted by iPoker you can visit the tour’s official website at

Bet365 is currently offering new players a free $5 bankroll to try the site out.

Liv Boeree Just Misses First WCOOP Win

When it comes to poker accomplishments Liv Boeree is best known for her massive 2010 PokerStars EPT San Remo Main Event victory, but the Team PokerStars Pro has had plenty of other successes in poker, including a major online tournament win back in 2011 when she won the Sunday Warmup on PokerStars that February. The win netted Liv over $147,000, her largest online score, but still 10-times less than her EPT victory!

This past week Boeree nearly eclipsed her 2011 win (in terms of prestige not money) when she made a super-deep run in Event #5 of the 2013 WCOOP, a 6-max No Limit Holdem Shootout tournament, but fell short at the final table, eventually finishing in 5th place. The tournament was a $320 buy-in event that had 1,296 entrants.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the tournament from the PokerStars blog:

  1. Aduobe4 (U.K.) - $62,208.36

  2. carlos_084 (Malta) - $45,656

  3. Luckbox4Life (U.K.) - $34,992

  4. MakeItReign (Canada) - $23,328

  5. Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (U.K.) - $15,552

  6. moyerboide (Mexico) - $9,642.24

Want to play in the WCOOP? A good place to start would be by taking advantage of PokerStars $20 free bankroll and perhaps you can win your way into a WCOOP tournament.

Sky Poker Tour Newcastle Results

Last weekend the Sky Poker Tour hosted their penultimate event of the current SPT season, the SPT Newcastle Main Event. One notable player in the field was tournament pro McLean Karr who had a pretty good showing in his first Sky Poker tour tournament, finishing in 4th place, and collecting £1,540. The winner of the tournament was Richard Knibbs, who plays on Sky Poker under the alias RichWhale. Knibbs collected £5,520 for the victory.

The £100 buy-in tournament sold-out it’s 140 seats so fast that the tournament created a queue for players, with the final attendance number hitting a whopping 204 entries.

Here is a look at how the final table played out in the tournament:

  1. Richard Knibbs   

  2. Paul Woloszyn   

  3. Simon Allen   

  4. McLean Karr     

  5. Richard Nelson   

  6. Bryan Cameron   

  7. John Hicks    

  8. Peter Munro    

  9. Kevin McCutcheon

Take advantage of Sky Poker’s £10 instant bankroll and perhaps you can satellite your way into the Sky Poker Tour Grand Final.

What’s Happening at Switch Poker

Did you know you can earn Switch Poker Medals just for playing mobile poker?

Switch Poker has a unique VIP Rewards Program, which unlike other poker rooms, awards players for reaching various milestones, such as posting on Switch Poker’s Facebook page, playing Real-Money games for seven consecutive days, or for playing a hand on a Bitcoin table.

There are three varieties of Switch Poker medals: Bronze, Silver, and Gold, and dozens of ways to earn them.

To get started at Switch Poker and start earning medals you can try Switch Poker’s free €10 bankroll offer.

What’s Happening at Terminal Poker

Did you know that Terminal Poker’s fast/fold poker variant, Speed Poker, is available for PC download as well as for mobile devices?

Most people assume (mainly because of the company’s mobile marketing strategy) that Speed Poker is only available on mobile devices, but Terminal Poker also makes a downloadable version available for PC’s and laptops. The downloadable version is available for Windows and Mac users and offers all the features players are used to on the Terminal Poker mobile tables.

You can try Terminal Poker by taking advantage of the site’s €50 free bankroll promotion.


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