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 Afriat skips Seder, wins $1 million
posted 4/19/2014  |  source: Yahoo News
Canadian Eric Afriat skipped Passover Seder with mother to play WPT Seminole in Florida, played sad and considered leaving mid-tournament; Afriat won for more than $1 million, mother is proud
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Atari and Pariplay to launch real-money gaming
posted 4/19/2014  |  source: CardPlayer
Atari announces strategic partnership with Pariplay to launch real-money online gambling; Synergy between two firms to take place in fourth quarter 2014
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Merge adds more to guarantees
posted 4/19/2014  |  source: Professional Rakeback
Merge Gaming Network increases numerous tournament guarantees following recent desegregation; Nightly guarantees rose from $16K in trio of events to $20,500; Total of $3,500 added to smaller daily guarantees
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Unibet temporarily closes to Russia
posted 4/19/2014  |  source: PokerNews
Unibet Group decides to stop accepting new players from Russia on Unibet.com and Maria.com one month after added to blacklist; Russian citizens with active accounts and those from other Russian-speaking countries not affected
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Sky Poker kicks off tenth UKOPS
posted 4/19/2014  |  source: PokerNews UK
Sky Poker offers 10th UK Online Poker Series (UKOPS) this weekend April 18-21; Twenty events have combined guarantee of £150K
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Weekly US MTT overlay report
posted 4/19/2014  |  source: Professional Rakeback
Winning Poker Network up to 18 overlays worth $15,715, Bovada up to 16 worth $5,420; Merge Gaming Network down to no overlays, Revolution and Equity networks improve
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Defending Internet gaming while AC shrinks
posted 4/18/2014  |  source: NJ Poker Online
Atlantic City's land-based casinos on downhill slide, predicted for years ... is online gambling the solution?; Casinos in other states provide competition
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Graham and Chaffetz want Internet gaming debate
posted 4/18/2014  |  source: The Hill
US Senator Lindsey Graham and Rep. Jason Chaffetz pen op-ed noting importance of public Internet gaming debate; Authors of Restoration of Wire Act bill to outlaw online gambling want supports of Internet gaming to come to Congress for debate
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Time for PokerStars back in US
posted 4/18/2014  |  source: OSGA
New online poker market struggles in US as PokerStars and Full Tilt unable to participate; Rational Group paid dues with US government, helped repay players, good for industry
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Mississippi Internet gaming study flawed?
posted 4/18/2014  |  source: PokerNews
Mississippi State Rep. Richard Bennett names Gaming Commission head (who is against passage of bill) to lead study on Internet gaming instead of legislators; Rep. Bobby Moak not asked to participate but Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling representative was
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US high rollers may be more scrutinized
posted 4/18/2014  |  source: PocketFives
US Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery says new regulations could further scrutinize high-stakes, high-risk transactions at casinos; Operators say more intrusive process will lead to business decline
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 Esfandiari begs for money at airport
posted 4/17/2014  |  source: F5 Poker
Antonio Esfandiari at Las Vegas airport without money or credit cards and "starving"; Found a poker fan, borrowed $30, says "he will be paid back in spades"
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April US payment processing report
posted 4/17/2014  |  source: Poker Affiliate Listings
Bovada remains atop US-facing online poker sites for payment processing with A grade, Winning Poker Network upgraded from A- to A; Merge Gaming Network drops to C grade, Lock Poker remains at F
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Copycat tactics not working for US online poker
posted 4/17/2014  |  source: Bluff
Online gaming sites in US must relay message that activity is now legal in some states, customers should be more educated; Copying same language as offshore poker sites doesn't distinguish legal sites from others
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Security tokens possible for New Jersey
posted 4/17/2014  |  source: Online Poker Report
Players propose security tokens for New Jersey online poker sites as stronger authentication option; Most sites confident in current protection for players but examining possibilities
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