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Black Friday History Week: D-Day and Aftermath

13 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Black Friday History Week: D-Day and Aftermath
April 15, 2011 has become one of the “where were you when” moments of poker. Seemingly just another day, players instead woke up to DOJ seizure notices on the big three websites available to US players – PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute/UB. Panic immediately took hold with players scrambling for information. Shortly after a statement was released explaining that 11 defendants had been charged with band fraud and money laundering including PokerStars' Isai Scheinberg, Fill Tilt Poker's Ray Bitar and Absolute Poker's Scott Tom: "As charged, these defendants concocted an elaborate criminal fraud scheme, alternately tricking some U.S. banks and effectively bribing others to assure the continued flow of billions in illegal gambling profits," said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. "Moreover, as we allege, in their zeal to circumvent the gambling laws, the defendants also engaged in massive money laundering and bank fraud. "Foreign firms that choose to operate in the United States are not free to flout the laws they don’t like simply because they can’t bear to be parted from their profits.” Suddenly PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute/UB were cut off from the massive U.S. online poker market.

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Black Friday History Week: The Peak of PokerStars, Full Tilt, UB

11 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Black Friday History Week: The Peak of PokerStars, Full Tilt, UB
When the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act hit in 2006 many online poker sites, including industry-leading PartyPoker, decided to vacate the U.S. market as a precautionary measure. And when those online gaming giants pulled out, it left the door open for sites like PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute/UB Poker to dominate. And dominate they did. In the years following UIGEA, PokerStars, Full Tilt and the CEREUS Poker network sucked up over 60% of the online poker market share and brought in hundreds of millions in profit. Here is a closer look at the so-called big three in their prime from 2006-2011:

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Black Friday History Week: How it All Began

9 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Black Friday History Week: How it All Began
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." – George Satayana One year ago this Sunday, the US Department of Justice brought charges against Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars and the Cereus Poker Network (Absolute Poker/UB). Every day this week we'll be taking a closer look at the events that led to poker's Black Friday. Today we reveal the origin stories of Black Friday’s three principal characters. For a full history of what's happened since Black Friday, see our Black Friday Bulletin Board.

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Black Friday Bulletin Board - US Online Poker Legal Updates (Updated 09/19/2012)

1 February 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Black Friday Bulletin Board - US Online Poker Legal Updates (Updated 09/19/2012)
The catch-all, one-stop shop for everything related to poker's Black Friday and the ongoing development of online poker in the US. We'll be updating this with news and links whenever something significant occurs in relation to PokerStars, Full Tilt poker sites and AP/UB's ongoing dealings with the US Department of Justice.

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Kevmath > Klout: The Real Top 10 Social Media Players in Poker

29 December 2011, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Kevmath > Klout: The Real Top 10 Social Media Players in Poker
Please welcome new guest writer Kevin Mathers, aka Kevmath, poker forum guru and all-around fount of information. Earlier this month, PokerListings posted an article listing the ten biggest social media players in poker. The list was provided by Klout, a company that measures social media influence by tracking users' Tweets, Facebook posts, FourSquare checkins, etc. If you've taken a look, there are several interesting choices. The obvious #1 choice is Daniel Negreanu, surely the most powerful professional poker player today, but when you look further down the list, a few names stand out. Howard Lederer? Phil Ivey? Andy Bloch? Maybe they're using some super-secret accounts only Klout knows about. When the list was rediscovered earlier this week on Twitter, discussion centered on who should actually be considered. PokerListings decided to ask me for some guidance, so here's my attempt at the top ten social media players in poker, not necessarily in numerical order.

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Forex Trading: Legit Plan B for US Online Poker Players?

5 August 2011, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Industry Insider
Forex Trading: Legit Plan B for US Online Poker Players?
The jury’s still out on what happens next for online poker players in the United States. Some, like Phil Galfond, have already left for Canada to keep playing. Some have started the transition to live poker. Most are still in limbo though. And despite a more optimistic outlook for legislation lately, there’s still no definite timeline for online poker’s mass return to the US.

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Best Places to Move to Play Legal Online Poker

21 April 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Best Places to Move to Play Legal Online Poker
You know things are serious when people are willing to give up their country before they'll give up their game. With Americans looking at a horizon devoid of online poker some are considering taking matters into their own hands and finding a home more hospitable to their chosen profession. Here are our picks for realistic locations where players can legally enjoy online poker.

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José Girah for durrrr Challenge III? We Say Finish the First Two

25 March 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
José Girah for durrrr Challenge III? We Say Finish the First Two
José Girah, the so-called Portuguese poker prodigy, contacted Tom Dwan via Twitter a few days ago, inquiring as to whether Dwan would be taking on a third durrrr Challenge. Dwan responded in the affirmative, telling Girah to post $500k to get things started. This, at a time when Dwan is already up to his neck in the first two durrrr Challenges. Listen durrrr. You're not America. These aren't wars we're talking about.

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Real Life Cheating Ring Grifts Vancouver Businessman

21 March 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Real Life Cheating Ring Grifts Vancouver Businessman
In a story yesterday in the Vancouver Province we learned that Vancouver businessman Alex Tkach lost $9,000 in one hand to a cheating ring that's reported to have been working their way across the country. We've got the cliffs notes for you below, plus our take on how gullible someone has to be to lose $9,000 to some random people they just met playing cards in a rented office.

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$7.3 Million Poker Chip Set - Why Wait? Get Yours Today

17 March 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
$7.3 Million Poker Chip Set - Why Wait? Get Yours Today
Excess is something we strive for here at PokerListings so when we heard about a diamond and jewel-encrusted poker chip set worth $7.3 million dollars one one word came to mind: obv! This landmark accomplishment in completely impractical poker technology is the brainchild of London-based specialty game maker Geoffrey Parker. Parker has been offering pimped out games ranging from Monopoly to backgammon for years but this poker chip set blows everything else he's done out of the water. Keep reading for the details.

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Tyler "frosty012" Frost Tells His Poker Story - VIDEO

10 March 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Tyler Frost sounds like the secret identity of some Mr. Freeze-esque super-villain but in fact he's just a regular super-successful online poker pro from Canada. Man were we disappointed when we went to his house to film this interview. Frost, who plays under the online name frosty012, is one of the latest batch of additions to Team PokerStars Online Pro. Not even two years out of university Tyler has established himself as a very profitable online player, making Supernova Elite in 2010 and securing himself a rare online pro endorsement. We stopped by his condo in Burnaby, just outside of Vancouver, to say what's up. Please excuse the gray tone of this video; that's just what Vancouver looks like.

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Complete Guide to High Stakes Poker Season 7

8 March 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Complete Guide to <i>High Stakes Poker</i> Season 7
High Stakes Poker Season 7 is here. We’ve got new players, a controversial new host and a new location. It’s easy to see that things have changed this season but have they changed for the better? We break it down, slap a letter grade on it and tell you whether it's worth your time in our Complete Guide to High Stakes Poker Season 7.

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Review of A Kid's Game Online Poker Documentary

1 March 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Review of <i>A Kid's Game</i> Online Poker Documentary
**Update: This movie is now available to view for free here** Bluefire Poker was nice enough to give us a look at their new poker documentary A Kid’s Game: The Story of Online Poker this week. So we put the Jiffy-Pop on the stove, sat down on the coach, and opened up our laptops to play online poker, looking up from time to time. That’s just how we watch TV.

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Bluff Announces 2011 Poker Power 20

25 February 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Bluff Announces 2011 Poker Power 20
A few months ago we got the email from Bluff Magazine asking us to participate in the voting process for the 2011 "Power 20". Even though Bluff could have saved themselves a lot of time by just publishing our ballot as the final list, they brought in 101 voters, including online operators, land-based operators, agents and media. A total of 195 different people received votes but, like some sort of Highlander for underachievers, there could be only 20! We've got the final list below. Let us know what you think in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

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Cheater Suing Partouche Poker Tour for €1.5 Million

23 February 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Cheater Suing Partouche Poker Tour for €1.5 Million
It was reported today on a German poker site that alleged cheater Ali Tekintamgac has filed a lawsuit against the Partouche Poker Tour for his disqualification from the PPT main event final table last November. Tekintamgac is asking for 1.5 million Euros, which his lawyer has explained as representing the 1.3 million Euro first-place prize plus 200k in damages. It's going to be interesting to see how this unfolds but one thing is for sure, if he wins this lawsuit we're going to throw up on our keyboards.

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Gimmick of the Week: Play-Money Poker on Windows 7 Mobile

18 February 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Gimmick of the Week: Play-Money Poker on Windows 7 Mobile
We're always on the lookout for ways to feed our degenerate need for poker action and access to poker on our mobile device pretty much tops the list. We had high hopes for Windows 7 phones but since they still haven't implemented Flash our dreams of playing real money in-browser online poker have been put on hiatus. In this week's installment of Gimmick we're looking at the next best thing: Play-money poker on Windows 7 phones. And for the XBox Live crowd there's a special bonus that goes along with this game.

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WPT Celebrity Invitational Has Celebrities, Live Streamed

17 February 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
WPT Celebrity Invitational Has Celebrities, Live Streamed
We just received the list of celebs that the WPT has assembled for its Celebrity Invitational this weekend in LA and it's looking pretty decent. In our experience the WPT usually kicks off the tournament with a few hours of open bar on the patio of the Commerce Casino. It's an evening start and the mood is jubilant to say the least. This year they've announced that they'll be live streaming the red carpet, as well as the tournament itself. We're not sure exactly what they'll be streaming but you can check it out right here. It starts Saturday night at 7pm PST. Check out the full list of celebs that are supposed to show up.

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