Bwin coming to NJ, Bet365 $100k Giveaway, and More

Posted: August 26th, 2013

With so much going on in the world of poker we wouldn’t blame you if you were unaware of some, or even all, of the stories we are about to cover, but that’s why we put this column together every week.

In this week’s look at the online poker industry we’ll get you up to speed on bwin’s plans for the US market; a new $100k promotion being run at Bet365 Poker; a legal victory for PokerStars in an ill-conceived Class Action Lawsuit; the Sky Poker UKOPS tournament series; and the latest from two of the top mobile poker operators, Switch Poker and Terminal Poker.

bWin coming to the US

As we start to gather more information on the applicants for iGaming licenses in New Jersey we also are starting to get a clearer picture of what the industry might look like when it launches at the end of 2013… hopefully launches anyway.

One of the key players is likely to be bwin.party. The company made the interesting choice of deciding to pass on the Nevada market and focus all of their energy in the larger New Jersey market, where all online casino games were legalized, not simply online poker, as was the case in Nevada.

Bwin has partnered with the Borgata Hotel and Casino, one of the best brands in Atlantic City gaming.

Bet365 Poker’s Premium Cash Giveaway

From now until September 19th Bet365 is giving away upwards of $100,000 in cash prizes in its Premium Cash Giveaway Promotion. As players accumulate Bet365 points during the promotional period they will be awarded tickets, and every day Bet365 will randomly draw 350 winning tickets, with winners receiving a piece of the $100,000 promotional money.

For more information on the Premium Cash Giveaway Promotion you can head over to the Bet365 Poker website. And don't forget, UK players can get $5 free when they make a bet365 poker account - even if you already have a bet365 betting account. Full info here.

PokerStars Wins First Round of Class Action Lawsuit

A strange lawsuit against PokerStars was filed in Illinois back in 2012, with the plaintiff, Kelly Sonnenberg, attempting to sue the company under an Illinois law that allows the recovery of losses from illegal gambling.

According to an article in the Madison St. Clair Record from roughly a year ago:

“Kelly Sonnenberg, individually and on behalf of a group of others, filed a lawsuit Aug. 24 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Isai Scheinberg, Paul Tate, Nelson Burtnick and Oldford Group Ltd. Rational Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., Pyr Software Ltd., Stelekram Ltd. and Sphene International Ltd. are also named as defendants.”

Despite the law, this past week PokerStars won a small victory in the case when Judge Stephen C. Williams denied Sonnenberg’s motion of discovery, granting PokerStars a Protective Order Staying Discovery

The decision is good news for PokerStars which is trying to secure a New Jersey online gaming license. They're also offering new players a $20 bonus on their first deposit; details here.

Sky Poker UKOPS

All this weekend Sky Poker has been playing host to some of the best tournament action on the Internet, with their UKOPS tournament series. The 20-event tournament series features a total of £116,000 in guaranteed prize money, including the £25,000 guaranteed Main Event that took place on Saturday.

For a complete look at the UKOPS schedule you can visit the Sky Poker website. And if you're new to Sky Poker, you can get a no deposit bankroll when you sign up.

What’s Happening at Switch Poker

A user by the name of “Sokoll77” ran away with the €500.00 SPP Race on Switch Poker.

The contest ran from August 1st through the 15th, and in the end it wasn’t much of a contest at all, as Sokoll77 amassed an impressive 956,562 points, more than triple the amount of his/her nearest competitor! Here is a look at the final leader-board tally, showing the dominant performance by Sokoll77:

Position

Name

# SPP

1

Sokoll77

956562

2

Jaypee74

276138

3

Tarann

245802

4

ViciousFishnet

166656

5

Snowbruno

133146

Try your hand at the next Switch Poker promo with this free bankroll offer.

What’s Happening at Terminal Poker

Terminal Poker’s Speed Poker game is one of the very few fast/fold poker options available to mobile users. Fast/fold poker was first introduced by Full Tilt Poker (dubbed Rush Poker by Full Tilt) and has since spread to virtually every online poker room in existence.

Fast/fold poker is a unique-to-online-poker variant where players do not join tables, instead they join player pools. Once in the pool players are randomly assigned a seat in a poker game and as soon as their cards are folded they are instantly transported to a new seat in a new game with other randomly selected players from the pool.

Playing Speed Poker allows players to participate in three to four times the number of hands per hour as a conventional online poker table.

Get up to $50 free at Terminal Poker.

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Benny collects the tips, wisdom and insight of the InstantPokerBankrolls staff, who are constantly checking dozens of poker rooms and bankroll sites to identify and analyze the best free poker bankroll offers available for players.

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