The 2013 World Series of Poker is becoming just a memory for most of us, and the returning online poker players are working on getting back to their usual grind routines.
In this column we’ll take a look at all of the latest news and promotions that these players will be returning to, including some that will likely appeal to live poker players as well.
We’ll start off with some information on a couple of poker tours, the Sky Poker Tour and the recently announced Caribbean Poker Tour; followed by a special promotion that will be running throughout the month of August at PokerStars; and we’ll finish up with a couple of updates from the world of mobile gaming.
The iPoker Network will be sponsoring the upcoming Caribbean Poker Tour set to take place in Punta Cano and St. Maarten in September, and you can be sure that Bet365 (one of the flagship sites on the iPoker Network) will have a major presence at the tournament series.
While a few of the tournaments have been officially sponsored by iPoker sites like William Hill and Betfair, but all of the networks room will be represented at the series, including Bet365.
You can learn more about the Caribbean Poker Tour and take a look at the full schedule events at the following link: http://www.caribbeanpokertour.com/tour/poker-schedule
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Don’t fear PokerStars players, even though the site has wrapped-up its Road to 100 Billion Hands promotion they are still offering their players plenty of chances at even more cash and prizes.
For instance, PokerStars latest promotion will run for the entire month of August and will see the world’s largest online poker site hand out hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. The promotion, dubbed VIP Month, will see the following promotions and contests held at the site throughout the month of August according to the PokerStars blog:
This part of the VIP Month promotion will feature five tournaments with $1 million in cash and prizes on the line, including WCOOP Main Event tickets. According to PokerStars, “These aren't tournaments, per se, but instead flipaments. You enter, are forced to go all in every hand, and see what happens.”
From August 5th to the 11th PokerStars will host special Happy Hours where FPP and VPP points will be earned at a rate of 30%-50% faster.
Visit the PokerStars store between August 9th and the 31st to see what items have been chosen for the special sale.
During the week of August 12th to the 18th you’ll find trivia satellite freerolls on PokerStars with 35,000 entries into the $1 million giveaway tournament up for grabs.
On August 31st PokerStars will host a WCOOP Main Event satellite with 100 guaranteed seats up for grabs. This tournament’s prize-pool (the worth of the tickets) is a whopping $520k!
For more information on VIP Month at PokerStars you can visit their website at http://www.pokerstars.com/poker/promotions/vip-club-month/
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Better known for his cash-game prowess, Ryan Spittles is no slouch at the tournament tables either, evidenced by his recent final table run at the Sky Poker Tour Nottingham Main Event held at the Dusk Till Dawn Casino.
The £220 buy-in six-max tournament drew a huge field of 246 players (there were so many entries that DTD had to start an alternate’s list that soon stretched to 50 names) with a total prize-pool of £49,200, easily eclipsing the £40,000 guarantee.
Here is a look at the final table payouts from the event:
Ian Senior - £12,311
Ross Bennett - £7,114
James Stavastano - £4,260
James Rann - £2,982
Gordon Casey - £2,343
Ryan Spittles - £1,917
In addition to being a poker player, Spittles is also one of the primary hosts on Sky TV, and is a fixture at the Sky Poker cash-game tables where he plays under the screen-name of Scotty77. You can find complete updates and coverage from the Sky Poker Tour Nottingham Main Event on the Sky Poker forums.
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Did you know Terminal Poker also takes sports bets?
Not only can you play online poker at Terminal Poker on your mobile devices, but you can also place sports wagers through the same software. Terminal Poker offers a number of different sports to bet on and wagering options, with live betting and single bet and multi-bet options available.
For a look at the latest betting lines and futures bets that are offered at Terminal Poker you can check out the Terminal Poker website.
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At 7PM on Friday, August 2, 2013, the Switch Poker lobby showed 14 tables running with stakes ranging from €.01/€.02 up to €10/€20. In addition to the tables with players, there were a further two dozen tables available in the Switch Poker Lobby, including two tables where the currency was listed in Bitcoins.
While these numbers are far from earth shattering, the fact that Switch Poker is only available as a mobile app shows that there is a serious market for mobile gaming, and with the rate of growth of mobile gaming (in software and in reach) growing exponentially, the few dozen players currently sitting at Switch Poker tables could jump to a few hundred in 2014, and a few thousand in 2015.
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