PARTYPOKER ENHANCES ITS MOBILE PRODUCT
2014-06-24

Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment subsidiary PartyPoker has beefed up its iOS and Android mobile poker product, adding Sit and Go tournaments to the apps and easier transition from desktop to mobile devices.

Other enhancements include the ability to filter tables by stake, speed and format, and the availability of quick-play options. Free-play and real-money variants of all games are available, and punters on the go now have access to casino games as well.

A company spokesperson said that ease of access, speed and freedom of choice were all key objectives in the enhanced design, which is merely an initial step in the evolution of the overall product.




MYBET APPOINTS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE
2013-12-18

mybet Holding has appointed former Tipp24 executive Sven Ivo Brinck to succeed Mathias Dahms who announced his resignation last mo Apuestas Deportivas Apuestas NFL Futbol Americano Online Bingo Rooms Play Bingo online SITRAK C7H Costa Rica nth (see previous InfoPowa report).
Brink had spent over a decade in a series of executive positions at Tipp24 before embarking on a senior consultant in business development stint prior to this appointment.
We are delighted that we have attracted a management board member who is firmly established in the online and gaming scene, and can also offer sound management experience, such as in Sven Ivo Brinck," Dr Volker Heeg, chairman of the mybet supervisory board said.
Dahms position was tipped to be taken over by interim chief financial officer Monika Fiala who joined the company soon before Dahms resigned. She has resigned her role with immediate effect.
The company has been beset with a number of high profile departures this year that included chairman and co-founder Rainier Jacken, supervisory board members Rodolfo Carpintier Santana and Clemens Jakoptisch.


POKERSTARS COMPENSATES ONLINE HIGH ROLLER
2013-08-07

The always entertaining and informative poker forum twoplustwo was humming this week with the sad tale of online high stakes player Douglas Polk aka WCGRider, who took to the threads to publicise how he was cheated in an online gaming scam, resulting in Pokerstars refunding his account with almost $35,000.
Long story short: Polk was introduced by a well-known poker professional player to another poker fan named Joshua Tyler, who subsequently visited with Polk at his Las Vegas home on two occasions.
Very little appears to be known about Tyler, it has to be said.
The implication is that during the visits Polk's computer was in some way tampered with, rendering sight of his hole cards in subsequent online action possible, and in an online adversary using the handle Forbidden536 - who at first appeared to be an easy "fish" - taking him for a cool $35,000.
Polk then reported to Pokerstars that he suspected that Forbidden536 had been able to see his hole cards. An initial investigation did not turn up anything untoward, but two weeks later Pokerstars contacted Polk and confirmed that something had, indeed, been wrong although not through any fault on the Pokerstars end.
We have determined that Forbidden536 violated the Terms of Service for using their PokerStars account during their play with you," Pokerstars advised Polk.
"We have reviewed the play with both players' hole cards exposed. We are sure beyond any reasonable doubt that Forbidden536 was able to see your hole cards whilst they were playing against you.
The poker company then refunded Polk's account $34,397.10, the remaining balance in the account of Forbidden536.
Polk has also reported a similar - but less expensive experience - at Pokerstars sister-site Full Tilt Poker, where an enquiry has been carried out - so far without a positive result.
Polk has not openly accused Tyler of tampering with his computer, and that aspect remains open to conjecture.
The twoplustwo thread shows that Polk was not the only big player that Tyler befriended; others included multi-millionaire One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari and several nosebleed stakes professionals...none of whom have apparently been targeted.
Daniel "Jungleman" Cates, who introduced Tyler to Polk, has made several posts denying any responsibility for anything other than the introduction of two poker players to one another.
I didnt vouch for Josh, i never said he was nice, certainly didnt say he was trustworthy, or any such thing," he posted. "Doug [Polk] could have decided not to invite him over or whatever. I had no influence whatsoever on this decision.


NEVADA BILL ON ELECTION BETTING MAKES IT THROUGH THE STATE SENATE
2013-04-25

Nevada bill SB 418, which legalises betting on federal elections (see previous InfoPowa reports) made it through the state Senate Tuesday on a 14-7 vote and is now on its way to the House.

And in related news, bill AB 346, which seeks to permit syndicate, group or 'entity' wagering within the state on sports events (see previous InfoPowa reports) was unanimously passed by the Senate, albeit with one abstention.

Surprisingly, given their fanatical opposition to New Jersey sports betting expansion, the national sports leagues appeared comfortable with the development, and have not raised objections.



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CYPRIOT POKER PROS FORCED UNDERGROUND
2012-11-20

Members of the Cyprus Poker Association (CPA) have been forced to go underground, or rather online, to play selection games for the International Federation of Pokers European Nations Cup competition due to kick off in Vienna on December 7, 2012, despite being Government recognised and certified, reports The Cyprus Mail.
We are making history as the first ever national poker team to represent the island, said CPA vice president, Antonis Theophanides.
During what members insisted were no-money-play initial tryouts for the National team in July 2012, 31 CPA members were arrested by Cypriot Police and charged with illegal gambling during Police raids at two different venues. Cash found at the raided venues was explained away as membership fee collections.
The CPA says it is getting mixed messages from Police. When planning a final trial tournament to select the National Team, the CPA said it was given conflicting responses to its request for permission to hold the tournament in Nicosia in order to prevent any further Police action. As a consequence, the CPA ran its National Team trials online to avert further raids and arrests.
Initial meetings between the CPA and Police officials regarding the arrests in Limassol look positive, however, with a spokesperson for the Limassol Police saying: My personal opinion is that if these players were not playing for money, its not illegal. I believe the case will be withdrawn.
In the meantime, the CPA said it looks forward to the big European challenge, despite the hurdles it has had to overcome to select a National Team, we are making history and this is the first step for Cyprus into the poker arena, joining some 300,000,000 players globally, said Theophanides.