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 Poker with Ed Norton sells for €110K
posted 7/24/2016  |  source: Poker Strategy
Opportunity to play poker with Ed Norton of Rounders sells at online charity auction for €110,000; Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation ultimately raised more than $45 million at auction and gala events; No word on who purchased poker game or when it will happen
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Pennsylvania online poker remains complicated
posted 7/24/2016  |  source: Poker Update
Pennsylvania online poker/gaming looks promising for fall vote but no guarantees; Gaming expansion bill revenue included in new budget but bill still must pass Senate when legislature returns in late September
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GOP platform omits online gambling ban
posted 7/24/2016  |  source: CardsChat
Republican platform omits mention of online gambling ban for first time since 1996; Poker Players Alliance still warns of danger due to RAWA support from VP nominee Mike Pence and Sheldon Adelson support of Trump and Republican Party
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Nine states could legalize online gaming in 2017
posted 7/23/2016  |  source: Online Poker Report
Nine states have good chances to pass online gaming legislation in 2017; New York, California, and Michigan have best probabilities; Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio are long shots, New England states are possibilities
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Could California see omnibus online gaming bill?
posted 7/23/2016  |  source: US Poker
California gaming attorney hypothesizes about omnibus gaming bill to combine online poker with sports betting and DFS; New Jersey sports betting case could offer precedent; Current online poker bill still stuck due to lack of compromise
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Caesars Interactive bidder wants WSOP excluded
posted 7/23/2016  |  source: Online Poker Report
Chinese Giant Interactive Group currently negotiating Caesars Interactive deal without WSOP online; Source says WSOP assets do not fit GIG business strategy; WSOP could go to another buyer or remain part of Caesars
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WSOP-888 back on top in New Jersey
posted 7/22/2016  |  source: NJ Gambling Sites
WSOP-888poker in New Jersey reclaims top spot in state market from PokerStars; Liquidity grew on July 5 with Summer Reload promotion; PokerStars and PartyPoker-Borgata liquidity each stayed flat
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Chinese group in advanced talks for Caesars Interactive
posted 7/22/2016  |  source: Yahoo News
Chinese consortium including Giant Interactive Group in exclusive talks to online games business of Caesars Interactive; Value of online games unit could exceed $4.2 billion; Matter currently confidential, neither party open for comment
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PokerStars cash game traffic declines rapidly
posted 7/22/2016  |  source: Online Poker Report
PokerStars ring games decreased 50% in past six years, now hitting nine-year low; Reasons include declining interest, stricter regulatory laws, and conscious strategy to shift away from cash games to other formats
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888poker launches BLAST lottery-style SNGs
posted 7/22/2016  |  source: Online Poker Report
888poker launches version of lottery SNGs; BLAST plays four-handed, switches to all-in shootout format after first few levels, all but eradicates skill components
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 Drunk player booted from WSOP One Drop
posted 7/21/2016  |  source: Poker Listings
Belligerent player at WSOP Little One for One Drop event physically removed from chair and tournament room by players with security escort; Cory Cunningham eventually refunded buy-in but not allowed to continue playing
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UKGC outlines commitment to consumers
posted 7/21/2016  |  source: iGaming Business
UK Gambling Commission uses annual report to emphasize consumer interests at heart of gaming regulations; Progress on new three-year National Responsible Gambling Strategy critical
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Should WSOP add more online events in 2017?
posted 7/21/2016  |  source: Poker Update
Success of 2016 WSOP online bracelet event prompts question of adding more next year; Multiple buy-ins and games could expand player participation
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Anonymous botter confesses to winning $30K on Americas Cardroom
posted 7/21/2016  |  source: Part Time Poker
“Themadbotter" confesses on poker forum to operating bot on Americas Cardroom and winning $30K; Tries to rescind statements after someone threatens to out botter's real name but investigation by WPN already underway
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PokerStars Raise It video campaign goes viral
posted 7/21/2016  |  source: Poker Industry PRO
PokerStars marketing campaign showcasing sports stars becomes viral hit; First four #RaiseIt videos amass more than 19 million views, 100K shares, and 1M Facebook likes
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