2014 is off to a roaring start for poker players around the world. The US market is emerging, the 2014 tournament season has begun, and online poker is thriving in new markets (Asia) and old (Europe).
On the tournament front, the PokerStars PCA is underway.
And in addition to the seven-figure paydays won in the Super-High-Roller and Main Event there are plenty of other prizes and trophies being handed out in the Bahamas, as poker pro Shaun Deeb will tell you after his side event win in the Open Faced Chinese tournament.
In the US market, bwin.party just propelled the burgeoning US market at least two steps forward after the announcement of a major deal with two of the most storied franchises in professional sports.
And last but certainly not least is the world of online gambling, in which Full Tilt Poker made some hay with their recent launch of casino games.
You’ll find the complete details for all of these stories and a whole lot more below.
As if bwin.party didn’t already have a big enough lead in the New Jersey online gambling market, this week we learned that Party Poker has signed a deal with the New Jersey Devils, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Prudential Center (all owned by the same group) that will make Party Poker the official online gaming site of the teams and the arena.
The deal will see the Party Poker logo plastered all over Devils and 76ers games and at other events at the Prudential Center.
This is in addition to special kiosks being setup around the arena where patrons can sign up at NJ.PartyPoker.com and receive special offers.
After the deal became official, the PartyPoker also announced a major promotion called the Dream Seat Series, which you can learn more about here: Win Dream Seat Series tickets at Party Poker.
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There was a well-known winner in one of the side events at the 2014 Pokerstars PCA, as Shaun Deeb won the $2,200 Open Faced Chinese tournament, besting a field of 53 entries, which included some of the biggest names in poker.
Deeb would have to deal with a tough final lineup that included Jason Mercier, Jon Turner, and his heads-up opponent and 2013 POY contender Paul Volpe.
Deeb is pretty much obsessed with OFC, and is considered one of the best practitioners of the new, very popular, poker variant, so it’s not surprising he came out on top.
Here is how the final table played out according to the PCA section of the PokerStars blog:
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Full Tilt Poker made a big announcement of their own this week when the site announced the addition of casino games to their online offerings.
Currently, the FTP Casino offers blackjack and roulette games, with single and multiplayer tables available.
So why has FTP added casino games? The answer may have to do with the Rational Group’s US aspirations.
As PokerStars works towards becoming a licensed provider in the US, it may be Full Tilt Poker (Both Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars are owned by the Rational Group) that does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to casino games.
Speculation as to how PokerStars (which is poker only and plans to stay that way) would handle not offering casino games has turned the spotlight on PokerStars’ little sister, Full Tilt Poker, which announced it would be adding casino games some months ago, something that is now a reality.
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