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888 officially withdraws from bwin.party talks
posted 9/4/2015  |  source: SBC News
888 Holdings publicly announces withdrawal from acquisition discussions with bwin.party; 888 says no "sufficient value" in revising its offer
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Caesars cuts Delaware deal with New Jersey
posted 9/4/2015  |  source: North Jersey Blog
New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement approves Scientific Games subsidiary to offer content for Delaware online gaming; No shared liquidity yet available for Delaware and New Jersey players
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Betfair chief pay package deemed excessive
posted 9/4/2015  |  source: Belfast Telegraph
Betfair shareholders urged not to approve CEO Breon Corcoran's bumper £11.6 million pay packet; Advisory group calls bonuses "excessive"
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New York legislators prepare for hearing
posted 9/4/2015  |  source: 4Flush
Legislators prepare for New York Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee hearing to discuss online poker September 9 at 1pm; John Pappas of Poker Players Alliance one of many scheduled to testify
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WPN Freebuy Super Series extended to Sept 7
posted 9/4/2015  |  source: Bitcoins Poker
Winning Poker Network adds another day and six more tournaments to Freebuy Super Series II; Free tournaments now run through September 7 with 60 events after three canceled August 30 due to technical issues
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GVC to restructure bwin.party, refocus marketing
posted 9/4/2015  |  source: iGaming Business
GVC Holdings main focus for newly-acquired bwin.party is to grow business significantly, ensure return on investment; Will implement cost synergies of €120 million in next 24 months
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Why is WSOP PayPal deal important?
posted 9/4/2015  |  source: Online Poker Report
WSOP online gaming deal to accept deposits via PayPal indicates policy shift from longstanding anti-gambling policy; Deal legitimizes industry, opens to more players with trustworthy name, shows willingness to accept online poker market
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PokerStars completes transition, launches StarsDraft
posted 9/4/2015  |  source: Legal Sports Report
PokerStars transitions Victiv daily fantasy sports players to new StarsDraft website; US players from Michigan and Canadian players not allowed to deposit; Initial strategy likely to be cost-conscious
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GVC to buy bwin.party for $1.71 billion
posted 9/4/2015  |  source: PokerNews
Bwin.party decides to accept GVC Holdings $1.71 billion offer for buyout, rejects 888 Holdings bid; Boards reach agreement on terms for cash and share operation worth £1.116 billion
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 Macau casinos need abduction insurance
posted 9/3/2015  |  source: Time
Wave of guest kidnappings at Macau casinos prompt trend of casinos buying abduction insurance; Most kidnappings occur in guests' rooms at casino hotels; Up to 170 people held against their will in first half of 2015
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PocketFives rankings: StrungOut1 hits top spot
posted 9/3/2015  |  source: PocketFives
Canada's StrungOut1 takes over top spot on PocketFives online poker rankings, relegating Aaron "aguskb" Gustavson to number two and Nico "PokerKaiser" Fierro to third place
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Lottery SNGs good for New Jersey online poker?
posted 9/3/2015  |  source: Online Poker Report
Lottery sit-n-gos likely to be part of PokerStars launch in New Jersey online poker market, will hurt cash game liquidity; Games will attract gamblers and level playing field but rake will determine ultimate viability
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Caesars Interactive first in US to offer PayPal
posted 9/3/2015  |  source: iGaming Business
Caesars Interactive becomes first US-licensed online gaming operator to offer PayPal as payment option; Available to Nevada players now, will open to New Jersey sites next week
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Unibet site designed for casual players
posted 9/3/2015  |  source: PokerListings
Unibet Head of Poker Andrew West says whole site focused on casual and new players has been successful; New players stay longer due to no chat, HUDS, table selection, trackers, or external programs
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UKGC pushes for gaming fee amendments
posted 9/3/2015  |  source: SBC News
UK Gambling Commission to advise government to amend current fees regulations to account for more gaming operators; Wants greater transparency about determination of fees
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