Online poker players in the United Kingdom are falling in love with PokerStarsall over again this Valentine’s Day, as the world’s largest online poker room has launched a fully featured mobile version of its client for U.K. customers. PokerStars Mobile is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, as well as a wide range of Android phones and tablets.
In recent days, PokerStrategyreported that several well-known pros owe Full Tilt Poker sizable sums of money, a situation that if unresolved could potentially kill the deal that would see Groupe Bernard Tapie (GBT) purchase the assets of the beleaguered site. According to a report from iGamingFrance, GBT Managing Director Laurent Tapie has confirmed that the debt amounts to $16.5 million and is not a bill his company intends to foot itself. There’s also a hiccup regarding money allegedly owed to Chris Ferguson.
The poker advocacy group the Poker Players Alliance(PPA) received positive press last week, having been cited in PC World as an organization that has successfully used digital media to advance its cause. The PPA is in eclectic company, as also receiving a rating of “effective” or better from PC World were such high-profile movements as the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the ongoing Occupy movement, and the 2010 “It Gets Better” project.
Remember when you were in grade school and a couple times a year, the teacher let you play games for an entire class period? Wouldn’t it be grand if that happened at an institute of higher learning? This month, CardRunners instructor Will TheDreamerMa is teaching a course on poker at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is a second-year PhD student.
The 2012 Aussie Millions is underway at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia and, right off the bat, a PocketFives member is making waves. Brendon Rubie (pictured), known as BrendonRhere on the site, won a $1,000 + $100 AUD No Limit Hold’em event, the opening tournament of the annual festival. Rubie outlasted 945 entrants to win an Aussie Millions gold ring and a cash prize of $200,000 AUD (approximately $207,000 USD).
As the calendar turns from December to January, people around the world are filled with optimism. The new year is viewed as a clean slate, an opportunity to make the year the best one yet. Many of us stick to our resolutions for a while – eating healthy, quitting smoking, working harder, etc. – but as the weeks go on, it gets harder to stay committed and it’s back to the same old, same old.