There is something fishy going on at the spiritual home of poker and it isn’t good news for professional poker players with a large fluid bankroll, as a number of professionals found out last week when they stayed at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
First, we’ll take a look at the news that several months after it released a tablet and smartphone compatible version of the website, Sky Poker have now put out the first version of their eagerly awaited iPad app.
After the well-received release of its tablet and smartphone compatible browser-based mobile site, Sky Poker have promised for some time that a dedicated app for iPhone and iPad would be released shortly and true to their word, at the end of May, Sky Poker did precisely that.
The new Sky Poker app, currently available in the App Store, works on the iPad only, though an iPhone compatible version is due out very shortly. However, fans expecting the full Sky Poker experience via the app are going to be disappointed initially.
Currently, the app only offers a choice of cash table games (across Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo versions of the game). This is a tad disappointing as you can play Sit & Go events and MTTs via the browser version of the site. However, Sky Poker have stated that they will be adding several features including access to Sit & Go and MTTs, as well as multi-tabling capability, to the app in the future.
At the same time as releasing the app, Sky Poker have announced that they won’t be releasing an Android version of the app due to Google’s policy towards gambling sites. Android users can still access Sky Poker, however, through their browser.
Another app, this time for iPhone, is due to be released within the next few weeks and we are expecting the updates to the app - including support for MTTs and Sit & Go games - to be added in a series of upgrades over the coming months.
If you want to try out the new app, it's a great time to give Sky Poker a try. Create an account today and you'll get a £10 free Sky Poker no deposit bankroll for doing so.
It’s one of the biggest and most important times of the year in Las Vegas for poker players with the start of the World Series of Poker, but a number of players staying at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino lost more than chips at the table.
Finnish Poker Pro Lauri Pesonen was first to report something amiss when on 24th May he tweeted that both his and his roommate’s (Joni Jouhkimainen) laptop computers had been stolen from their room at the Rio.
This initial tweet didn’t attract much attention but the following day, another professional staying at the Rio, Manh Nguyen, issued a warning to fellow poker players and other guests staying at the Rio stating that “large sums of money” had been taken from his room the previous evening. Nguyen revealed that around $35,000 had been taken out of their bags and that the criminals seemed to know what they were looking for.
“It didn’t look like they went through any of my other stuff. Nothing else was taken. Room was not messy, almost as if they knew to check the backpacks,” he stated to PokerNews following the incident.
Hotel security and the local police are now involved in the matter and are reportedly investigating both incidents at the Rio. The incident comes less than a year after players were targeted at an EPT event in Barcelona staying at the Arts hotel, where Jens Kyllonen and Ignat Liviu both claimed their laptops had been stolen and hacked before being returned to their rooms.