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PokerStars increases rake and tournament fees
posted 10/30/2014  |  source: Professional Rakeback
PokerStars takes to 2+2 forums to announce rake changes effective in four days with more changes to be implemented January 1, 2015; Increases to apply to heads-up hyper cash SNGs, hyper-turbo MTTs, six-max hyper satellites, regular and turbo 9-max knockouts, as well as Spin & Gos and cash games
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PokerStars ends Battle of the Planets promotion
posted 10/30/2014  |  source: Pokerfuse
PokerStars announces end of monthly leaderboard promotion Battle of the Planets; Competition awarded $2.5 million in prizes each year; Rake increases to apply to cash game tables, Spin & Gos, and various tournaments
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 PokerStars RNG threatens survival of humankind
posted 10/29/2014  |  source: Bonus Code Poker
PokerStars use of quantum random number generator with photon emitters to ensure truly fair deal of cards worries players of universal annihilation; Complicated technology may explain why passive donkeys always seem to get there on goddamn river
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What US misses most about PokerStars
posted 10/29/2014  |  source: NJ Poker Online
Players highly anticipate eventual return of PokerStars to US market for many reasons; Top five are customer service, mixed games, rewards programs, online poker client, High Stakes Poker on GSN return
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Reasons to delay PokerStars in California
posted 10/29/2014  |  source: California Gambler
Delaying PokerStars from applying or receiving licensing to operate online poker in California will make entry easier and faster later; Legislation will pass quicker without bad actor debate; First operators have chance to win over customers before PokerStars enters
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Online poker role in US midterm elections
posted 10/29/2014  |  source: NJ Poker Online
Best case scenario for Congress is status quo with no action to be taken on Internet poker; States with important races for online poker support include California, Florida, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania
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Offshore sites impact on US regulated market
posted 10/29/2014  |  source: Pokerfuse
US-facing offshore poker rooms remain biggest problem for regulated sites in US; 888 CEO Brian Mattingley says not enough being done to prevent unlicensed operators from targeting US customers; Top five operators in US are Bodog/Bovada, Merge Gaming, Chico, WPN and the Equity Poker Network
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South Africa seeks to ban online poker
posted 10/29/2014  |  source: CardPlayer
South African Department of Trade and Industry proposes ban on Internet gambling, including poker; High-ranking government officials of National Gambling Policy Council discussing options
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Lesniak blames Christie for PokerStars delay in New Jersey
posted 10/29/2014  |  source: Poker News Report
New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak says Governor Chris Christie responsible for delay in opening New Jersey online gaming market to PokerStars; Says Christie must give okay to PokerStars license, causing weeks of delay since Lesniak vowed PokerStars would launch
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Florida governor race to determine online gaming
posted 10/29/2014  |  source: Bluff
Florida gubernatorial race pits current Republican Gov. Rick Scott against former Republican-turned-Democrat Governor Charlie Crist; Scott has pledged full support for Adelson's federal online gambling ban
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Which online poker sites fare best in SEO?
posted 10/29/2014  |  source: PocketFives
PokerStars remains model of consistency in SEO world; PartyPoker still working to shake off 30-day Google penalty earlier in 2014 for link-buying, and Full Tilt search engine score is roller coaster
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 Always Halloween at poker tables
posted 10/28/2014  |  source: Poker Update
Mostly due to prop bets and players seeking television time at poker tournaments, players dress up all year round at poker tables; Phil Hellmuth wearing baby costume recently for Poker Night in America may be most appropriate
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Pechanga committed to Cali online poker
posted 10/28/2014  |  source: iGaming Business
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians Chairman Mark Macarro says tribe is committed to legislation in California for "strictly limited and regulated online poker"; Stands firm on not allowing PokerStars into California, entering into interstate or international compacts
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Nevada online poker revenues down in September
posted 10/28/2014  |  source: Poker Update
Nevada Gaming Control Board reveals online poker revenue dropped 6.7% in September to $693K; Revenue has dropped more than 30% since summer high; Overall gambling in Nevada saw decline for second straight month
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Pro-gambling forces lead Adelson campaign
posted 10/28/2014  |  source: PocketFives
Sheldon Adelson's Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling lobbying group led by former New York Republican Governor George Pataki and former Denver Democrat Mayor Wellington Webb, both land-based gambling proponents; Neither had problem with gambling until recruited by Adelson to push anti-online gambling measure
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