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  1. The Restoration of America's Wire Act has now been introduced in both the US Senateand House of Representatives, causing at least a little bit of concern in the poker world, but that does not mean that efforts to legalize online poker in individual states has stopped. Californiaheld another poker hearing last week, perhaps inching ever so slightly closer to creating a regulated internet poker market in the state. It is still a ways off and there are still several points of disagreement among stakeholders, but the hearings at least indicate that the process isn't moving backwards. One thi
  2. In a recent Scouting Report, PokerScout.com compared the cash game traffic of the US states with legal online poker rooms with traffic data from before Black Friday. PokerScout didn't know the exact pre-Black Friday state-by-state player breakdown, as this is not something that was tracked, but it used traffic data and player demographics from early 2010 to get an estimate. PokerScout found that levels of player activity in New Jersey and Nevada are about the same now as they were before Black Friday. New Jersey is under-performing slightly, while Nevada's current traffic is actually beatin
  3. We all know that PokerStarsrules the roost in the online poker world in terms of cash game volume. It has been at the top of PokerScout's cash game traffic rankings for years and shows no signs of coming close to relinquishing that spot any time soon. With a seven-day average of 20,000 cash game players, it is eight-and-a-half times as large as its closest competitor. And that does not even take into account tournaments, where PokerStars is also king. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major
  4. On Sunday, the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina played out from Brazil. Football fans from across the world tuned into the match, which – spoiler alert – saw Germany win 1-0 in extra time. As you might have guessed, many poker players, especially those in Germany and Argentina, were glued to the game. As a result, traffic on the world's largest online poker sites took a major blow. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live eve
  5. Lottery-type sit and gos are the new big thing in online poker, the next wave of games to attract casual players after fast-fold tournaments. To review, lottery sit and gos are short-handed, hyper-turbo, single-table tournaments with small buy-ins ranging from $1 to $10. Typically winner-take-all, they feature randomly drawn prize pools that are announced once the game starts. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guarantee
  6. According to the Weekly Scouting Reportpublished by the cash game traffic monitoring site PokerScout, the 2014 FIFA World Cup is depressing internet poker traffic around the world. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play now for a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- It is common knowledge that football is the
  7. In December 2013, the Pennsylvania Legislature authorized a study of the condition of the state's gambling industry as well as what may be in store for the future. Econsult Solutions was tasked with this challenge and has now released its report. Of particular interest to the visitors of this website is Section 5 of the report, entitled "New Source of Revenue" and focusing first on internet gaming. After detailing some of the history of internet gambling in the US and discussing what has been happening in New Jersey, the report moved into estimating the potential Pennsylvania market. Two
  8. The secret is out: Lottery Sit and Gos are popular. They caught on quickly when they were introduced by Winamaxin July 2013, again when they were launched by iPoker earlier this year, and yet again when Full Tiltand PokerStars.es got on board more recently. But they officially hit the prime time when PokerStarsrolled out its version, Spin and Go, on its dot-com site just a couple of weeks ago. And boy, have the players lapped it up. To review, Spin and Gos are three-handed, hyper-turbo sit and gos in which each player starts with 500 chips. Rather than having a standard prize pool comprised
  9. PokerStars is into the second week of its December Festival, a month-long celebration in which at least $15 million in cash will be handed out across a wide variety of game types. Usually, poker room promotions focus on just tournament players or just cash game players, but this one has something for everybody. The first phase, the $1 Million Milestone Handspromotion, has wrapped up and, to put a bow on it, PokerScouthas analyzed how it affected PokerStars' cash game traffic in its weekly Scouting Report. The $1 Million Milestone Hands portion of the Festival should have been familiar to
  10. This week, the cash game traffic monitoring site PokerScoutreported mostly negative news about the state of the online poker industry in its latest Scouting Report. Cash game traffic fell 1% from the week before and, compared to the same time last year, traffic is down 8%. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- 888 Holdings and bwin.party reported that their profits we
  11. In early 2010, Full Tilt Pokerlaunched a new variant called Rush Poker, introducing players to the wild world of fast-fold poker. Since then, many sites have started their own versions of fast-fold poker games, all more or less the same as Rush. What looked to some people as initially just a gimmick has proven to be a very popular game with staying power. For those of you who are new to online poker, let's take a brief moment to review what fast fold poker is. At its core, it's the same as regular poker with hole cards, flops, turns, and rivers. The big difference is that once you fold, you
  12. According to the PokerScout Scouting Report, the last four years have shown a shift in player preferences on PokerStars in terms of the stakes they play. Looking at levels that range from $0.01/$0.02 to $2/$4, the shift has shown a predominance toward lower-stakes play. From 2010 to 2013, play at $0.02/$0.05 showed an increase of 55% and, looking at the 2013 to 2014 comparison, the $0.01/$0.02 tables have shown an increase of 12%. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is
  13. It was only a week ago that the online poker player pools of Nevada and Delaware were mergedin the United States' first interstate online poker compact, but the change is already paying dividends for the First State. According to PokerScout's Weekly Scouting Report, the effect the merger has had on cash game traffic has been nothing less than substantial. This new development in the world of internet poker dates back about 13 months, when Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed the "Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement," which authorized online gambling p
  14. Over the past 18 months, the story of Lock Poker has continued to get worse. This week in its Scouting Report, PokerScout has presented some information to show just how far Lock Poker has fallen in the poker community. The researchers at PokerScout point out that Lock Poker is in arrears to its players for potentially millions of dollars, but it hasn't had an impact on new players coming to the site. "Since departing Revolution in late October 2013 to re-launch as a standalone site, [the payment processing woes] have only worsened, with only a select few high-volume players receiving pro
  15. According to this week's PokerScout Scouting Report, the coming year will be a pivotal one not only for Russia, but also for online poker worldwide. "Players from the Russian Federation currently comprise a significant portion of total traffic on many of the largest poker sites," the PokerScout report stated. "But if the Russian government has its way, online poker will be about as prevalent in Russia as it is currently in the United States – that is, virtually nonexistent." The timeline for the effects of the Russian situation date back to 2012, when the Russian Supreme Court, in response
  16. As you probably know by now, PokerStars, the largest online poker site in the world, bumped the rake in its cash games, tournaments, and sit and gos. The cash game players most affected are high-stakes grinders, those who prefer Heads-Up No Limit Games. PokerStars doubled the maximum rake to $1 for all No Limit games in which two players are dealt cards at all levels below $25/$50. Above that, the rake cap is now $2. In addition, at stakes above $25/$50, the rake cap has gone up from $3 to $5 in games in which five or more players are dealt in. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brou
  17. This week, the popular Scouting Reportfrom PokerScout took a look at SEO from the major non-US online poker sites. In other words, when a prospective customer searches terms like "poker," "online poker," "holdem," and "free poker," how do the major sites stack up? And, is there a correlation between SEO visibility and liquidity? Does a poor SEO result equate to a death sentence? --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the safest and largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit b
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