Black Friday and the ramifications from that time still have repercussions today. Several major players in the online poker industry have served jail time and/or paid massive fines for their involvement and the industry in the United States has never recovered. But what happened to the man who “blew the whistle” and essentially brought down online poker as we knew it in the United States?
In what was a wide-ranging three-hour discussion, the Chief Executive Officer of Mediarex Sports & Entertainment and the man behind the Global Poker Index, Alex Dreyfus (pictured), offered his vision to a few hundred video conference attendees on Twitch. That vision? “Sportifying” poker through what Dreyfus is calling the Global Poker League. Check out Part 1and Part 2 of the discussion.
For the first time in its history, World Series of Poker Europe will be played at the Spielbank Berlin Casino in Germany from October 8 to 24, meaning the series starts Thursday. Over the span of 16 days, 10 bracelet events will be contested that count toward official WSOP records. The fun begins on Thursday with a €2,200 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em event.
PokerStars’ mainstay tournament series, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), wrapped up its three-week run with the $5,200 buy-in $10 Million Guaranteed Main Event on Tuesday evening.
After three months where she demonstrated some of the best gameplay ever seen on the show – and was recognized by her fellow competitors for it – poker pro Vanessa Rousso (pictured) finished in third place on the CBS reality series “Big Brother.” The finale aired on Wednesday night.
Continuing what has been a nearly two-year downswing, the Chinese gambling mecca of Macau cannot seem to pull out of its problems and despite some of poker’s biggest high rollers constantly flooding the island. It also doesn’t help when there is a multi-million heist from one of its major casinos.
Having been teased for several months, the documentary following reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Martin Jacobson(pictured) has been released. Entitled “10 For 10,” the documentary is a nice look back at the Swede’s run to poker’s World Championship, but a bit disappointing in that it is light on actual content.
A tournament meant to celebrate the second year of existence of a Florida poker room has instead become the target of rumors about the staff’s conduct after a huge chip controversy and other incidents that allegedly occurred.
According to reports, the online bookmakers Paddy Power PLC and Betfair have entered into a merger, creating a formidable billion-dollar company in what is becoming an even more competitive industry.