The Current State Of US Poker

US PokerEver since Black Friday, American poker players have been at a loss, and the poker community around the world has felt the loss of American players at online poker sites. Americans, who make up the largest number of online poker players (or used to, at any rate), and who often possess a fair amount of skill in the game, have been banned from the major sites for almost a full year now. While plenty of loopholes existed before that would let US players get around the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which largely bans US banks from making deposits into and taking funds out of online internet sites, Black Friday saw a crackdown from the US government that prevented some banks and sites from exploiting these loopholes and scared others out of even trying. While some poker players in the US have switched to either live games or other pursuits altogether, the majority remain optimistic that their country and/or state will soon pass legislation that will bring back the access to online poker.

Legislature has been introduced in a good number of states. Here’s what’s been happening lately with poker legislation in the US:

Hawaiian Poker Bill 86’ed

Hawaii, which is one of only two US states that doesn’t have any form of legalized gambling (the other being Utah), has nixed another online poker bill. The state legislature has turned down roughly 150 gambling-related bills in the last 30 years, a surprising feat given Hawaii’s left-leaning political climate. Despite the rejection of the most recent bill, which pushed for the legalization of not only online poker but also state lotteries and land-based casinos, research is currently underway to examine the economic and regional impact of opening a land-based casino in Waikiki. While it’s a far cry from being able to play poker online from the Aloha State, it’s at least one indication that local politicians are interested in making strides in that direction… eventually.

Utah Actively Chases Poker Out of the State

Anyone familiar with Utah’s political history won’t be surprised to know that this ultra-conservative state is opposed to online gambling. Since around 60.4% of the state is made up of Mormons, followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a religion that openly forbids, among other things, gambling, it doesn’t come as a shock that the politicians are not only blocking internet gambling laws, but are actively campaigning to ban it from the state entirely. Stephen Sandstrom, a Republican Congressman from Orem, stated on his website: “We want to keep Utah free from the negative impacts of legalized gambling… the gambling industry profits from the vulnerabilities of its customers and opens the way for states to become further dependent upon tax revenues gained from a form of recreation that hits hardest those who can least afford it.”

Nevada Moves Forward on Online Poker Legalization

Unlike its neighbor, Nevada residents and their representatives aren’t squeamish about getting involved with gambling of any kind, least of all online poker. The state has been campaigning hard to legalize online poker ever since the DOJ announced that the decision would be left up to the individual states (albeit not without federal loopholes to jump through), and it seems that their efforts will bear fruit soon– online poker is likely to be completely legal in Nevada in late Autumn, making the state even more of a gambler’s paradise.

New Jersey Takes One Step Forward, One Step Back

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Poker fans abound in New Jersey, whose Atlantic City is the number two spot for gambling in the US, and an online gambling bill has made some headway in the Garden State, pushing through the Senate committee. Currently, the bill is facing some challenges from the horse racing legion, which considers online poker a threat to their well-being as a gambling institution. Only time will tell where this leads, but parties on both sides of the issue are getting pretty annoyed.

Iowa Online Poker Bill on the Fast Track

Like New Jersey, Iowa has also passed an online poker bill through their senate subcommittee, and the bill is ramped up for the next committee hearing. Iowans on the pro- side argue that the bill will bring in millions in added revenue, while the anti- side is convinced that the bill will corrupt family values by encouraging underaged players to gamble online. Given the political climate in Iowa, which obsesses over “family values” but has lately been seen as surprisingly progressive, there’s no telling which way this bill will ultimately go.

California Makes Progress

A bill in California proposes that online poker (and only poker) be allowed for a two-year trial period, after which time either the whole thing will be abandoned or other casino games will be phased in. This bill has more potential than the two bills struck down in 2011, and with 60% of America’s online poker players residing in California, residents are hoping that it goes through.

Mississippi Kills Poker Bill

The state of Mississippi killed a proposed online poker bill last week, one that proposed that casinos currently existing in the state could open online casinos and offer internet gambling and poker to their players. Given Mississippi’s position firm in the middle of the Bible Belt, it’s not particularly surprising that the bill was quashed, but plans exist to reintroduce the bill in the future (perhaps when the next elections trade out some of the current representatives for those of a different political persuasion).

Full Tilt Deal Due Any Day Now

Groupe Bernard TapieAnonymous sources have reported to eGaming Review and Gaming Intelligence that the deal between Groupe Bernard Tapie and the United States Department of Justice is looming in the near future, and should be completed very soon (by the end of next week– around the 23rd). Most poker players are unconvinced, however, as this is not by any means they’ve heard the “no, no, we’ll have things fixed soon” or “resolution is just around the corner!” spiels before. Most people aren’t getting their hopes up and are instead regarding the news with a dose of skepticism common among the once-bitten and twice-shy.

Benham Dayanim, the lawyer for Groupe Bernard Tapie, gave March 16th as the extended deadline for repayment of outstanding debts by professional poker players with outstanding debts to the site– players like Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, David Benyamine, Phil Ivey, Erick Lindgren, and Barry Greenstein. GBT blamed these players for the delays in both finalization of a deal and repayment of the players whose money was tied up in Full Tilt for the better part of the last year. The anonymous sources saying that a deal is imminent are implying that enough of these players must have coughed up their owed funds since GBT called them out for their responsibility.

The majority of the “evidence” that the deal is going down soon seems to lie in discussions that Groupe Bernard Tapie has been having with several prominent groups in an effort to obtain licenses and reopen the site. According to the anonymous sources, GBT has been in talks with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (the AGCC, which was responsible for dismantling FTP last summer), the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, and the licensing board in Spain, where legislative changes require more paperwork than they did a year ago. Tapie is allegedly also putting a team together for the reopening of the website and has an investor who will repay all of the former Full Tilt players. Last week, we were speculating about whether GBT really wanted to reopen the online poker site, or if they just wanted to seize the software, as the Full Tilt name has been so damaged that it likely can’t bounce back, and now they’re allegedly getting all their ducks in a row to reopen the site? Some news sources are speculating that the FTP site, remastered by GBT with new graphics and a new look, could be open sometime in April (although not to American players). It seems a big leap from last week, when there were no new developments at all.

Full Tilt Poker NewsThe timing of these rumors, released by “anonymous sources” to news outlets that require hefty subscription fees in order to get the full story, if particularly curious. Within a week of news breaking that another company might be interested in acquiring Full Tilt, and as more and more ire is directed at the flailing company and the players and other people behind it, not only does Ray Bitar come out of nowhere to make a statement– his first in the 11 months since Black Friday, but now more rumors are being leaked? It all just seems a little well-timed to be coincidence.

We’ll see by the end of next week whether there’s actually something going on over at Full Tilt, or if these conveniently-leaked rumours are nothing more than another smokescreen. Keep coming back to Max Poker Bonus for the latest developments in the Full Tilt Poker deal and other poker news as it develops!

WSOP Europe 2012 Schedule Released

WSOPE 2012The schedule for the World Series of Poker Europe 2012 tournaments has been released, and it looks like this year’s WSOPE will be a repeat of 2011’s, only with a bigger turnout, which in turns means larger prize pools. Like last year’s event, the WSOPE 2012 will be held in Cannes, France, which saw a record-breaking turnout during its debut year last year.

Cannes was a popular destination for poker players the world over, as the WSOP Europe’s previous location, London, England, is a bit dreary in the autumn, and with the schedule moved up a couple weeks, the French Riviera is, as always, a great location, especially when one plans to stay for the entirety of the WSOPE’s two week stint. Alain Fabre, CEO of Barrière Croisette Casino, the official host casino of the WSOPE 2011 and 2012, commented, “We are pleased to welcome back this event to the Cannes Barrière resort. The first edition of the WSOPE in Cannes was a great success, an award winning event that we took great pride in. We look forward to hosting the players again and will strive to make this ‘festival of poker’ even more fabulous.”

World Series of Poker Europe 2012While the WSOP lineup for this year offers some new bracelets, players in Cannes will be competing for more of the same, partially because French law only allows casinos to offer Hold’em and Omaha within the country. The lineup will keep the seven bracelets that it offered last year, and while there are an extra 48 side tournaments in the upcoming WSOPE, not much else has changed, apart from some miniscule changes to the buy-in costs. The vast majority of this year’s events are three days long, with two (the 10k Championship No-Limit Hold’em and the 1k No-Limit Hold’em) stretching to five days, with two separate starting days given to each of these events, the most popular WSOPE events by far.

Ty Stewart, WSOP vice president, offered a press release indicating that the large volume made Cannes a shoe-in for the selection, as it has more to offer the large numbers of players that are expected. He said of the decision to stay in the south of France: “We can’t wait to return to the Cote D’Azur in 2012. We have moved up the schedule a couple of weeks to take better advantage of the great weather and all Cannes has to offer. Ask anyone who attended last year. This tournament is now a certified major championship and the experience is second to none. The media is already speculating on 1,000 players for the Main Event and we will be ready for them.”

  • WSOPE 2012 Event#1: Friday, September 21 to 23,
  • €2,700 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em (three-day event)

  • WSOPE 2012 Event#2: Saturday, September 22 to 25,
  • €1100 No-Limit Hold’em (two starting days)

  • WSOPE 2012 Event#3: Monday, September 24 to 26,
  • €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha (three-day event)

  • WSOPE 2012 Event#4: Tuesday, September 25 to 27,
  • €3,250 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout (three-day event)

  • WSOPE 2012 Event#5: Wednesday, September 26 to 28,
  • €10,450 Mixed-Max Championship (three-day event)

  • WSOPE 2012 Event#6: Thursday, September 27 to 29,
  • €1,650 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha (three-day event)

  • WSOPE 2012 Event#7: Saturday, September 29 to October 4,
  • €10,450 Championship No-Limit Hold’em (two starting days)

Ray Bitar Opens Up About Full Tilt

Full Tilt Poker NewsAt long last, Full Tilt CEO and co-founder Ray Bitar has made a statement about Full Tilt Poker and his prolonged silence since Black Friday. His statement, which essentially amounted to “I’m sorry that I didn’t say anything sooner, but it was for your own good, and that’s really all you need to know,” has further angered many people in the poker community, who have been calling for Bitar to make a statement directed at former FTP players.

Eleven months after Black Friday, Bitar finally has something to say, but it seems to be a matter of too little, far too late. Players have been looking for a sense of accountability from those associated with Full Tilt for quite some time– most players could have dealt with the “you’re not getting your money back right away” if there had been honest communication about what was going on. Given that Full Tilt was not the only company affected by Black Friday, and that one of these companies, PokerStars, is now doing better than ever, the scandal doesn’t seem to be the issue. The problem is that players have been waiting for almost a year for someone to come forward and account for the site’s actions, and all they’ve gotten is radio silence and continual delays.

Most people don’t consider this information blackout to be over, as Bitar’s statement was indirect at best: “I would like to offer my sincere apology to all who have been affected by these events and to clarify that my silence was not an attempt to “hide,” or “ignore,” the situation. It was done out of necessity to ensure the focus remained on the continued efforts to reach the best outcome for the players. My entire focus is on obtaining a successful resolution for the players. I hope that before long I can provide some good news for all of the players involved.”

Why wait this long to say that, when the statement is so vague that it could have been made at any point in the last year? How does it Bitar’s refusal to speak about events at FTP benefit the players in any way, especially given that an official statement from Bitar months ago could have eased the minds of concerned players, at least for a time? There’s a lot of speculation around why Bitar chose to speak now, but a common opinion is that Groupe Bernard Tapie is close to reaching a deal with the US government (and if they don’t manage to do so, another company is ready to swoop in and salvage what little value the company still has), and he wants to be able to make a statement now in an attempt to preempt that finalized deal.

Ray BitarBitar claims that his lawyer(s) encouraged him not to speak about any of the goings-on at Full Tilt and that talking could have potentially impacted the ability of the company to make a deal, stating that “while it might satisfy people to have specific information about those ongoing discussions – and it would certainly take some of the heat off myself – I am convinced that such public statements would diminish the likelihood of a successful outcome.” Really? What kind of mess is behind the scenes at Full Tilt that a short, apologetic message might come across as bad for everyone? It’s far more likely that Bitar and his legal team have been trying to avoid admitting to any accountability for the condition of the company in the face of looming criminal charges.

Stay tuned with as we bring you more up-to-date news about the Full Tilt scandal and other important poker news!

New Company Takes Interest In Full Tilt

There’s a new player on the Full Tilt Poker scene, and rumor has it that they’re looking to step in and strike up a deal, since Groupe Bernard Tapie has been having some problems working out the details with the United States government.

Groupe Bernard TapieUnlike Groupe Bernard Tapie, this British-based private equity company doesn’t seem interested in relaunching the Full Tilt site, which seems to be where a lot of the current negotiations are running into problems. Instead, the new interest seems to be solely in purchasing the Full Tilt Poker software, and they’re willing to pay between 30 and 35 million dollars for it. Between the considerable amount they’re offering and the potential formal death of Full Tilt Poker once and for all, it seems quite likely that the US Department of Justice would be willing to accept their offer, although what this means for players who are still hoping to reclaim the money that they’ve lost has yet to be seen. Since the company’s debts to its players are roughly ten times the amount offered by the new company, it doesn’t bode well.

At this point, Full Tilt’s software, which was widely considered the best online poker software on the market, is the former company’s only viable asset. The Full Tilt brand means next to nothing now, having been tainted (likely forever) by scandal after scandal. Even if the company is bought out by another taker, players will be unable to forget that they’ve spent the better part of a year associating the name “Full Tilt” with getting ripped off. Since the software is the only thing that Full Tilt has that’s worth anything (apart from its customer database, which could be valuable to other online sites), it makes sense that this new company would buy the software and then resell it to the highest bidder– 888 Poker and bwin have both been rumored to have interest in procuring the software for their sites.

Chances are, despite what Groupe Bernard Tapie has been saying about relaunching Full Tilt, the “buy and resell” tactic is probably what they plan on doing as well, but they fear endangering the state of their negotiations with the US DOJ if they openly admit it. If they can drag down FTP and scare off other buyers in the process, they can snatch up the company and its associated software for much less than it’s worth and then use it themselves for the International Stadium of Poker Tour (ISPT). The longer they can stall before making the purchase, the less the software is worth to competing sites, who have seen developments of their own in the past year, but that doesn’t really make it any less valuable to GBT, who would be getting some excellent software for far less than market value.

While rumors state that the company is only interested in Full Tilt if the deals with GBT and the US DOJ fall through, much is still unknown about the company and its motives, so it will be interesting to see how the presence of an alternate solution affects the outcome of current FTP negotiations.

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Lindgren Becomes Newest Target Of Anti-pro Sentiment

As jaded online gamblers set their sights on those who have done them wrong, Erick Lindgren finds himself in the crosshairs. Multiple players and backers are slamming Lindgren, calling him a “degenerate… who never pays his debts”. The idea that someone else is holding onto money that rightfully belongs to another player has raised hackles the world over, ever since the Full Tilt scandal first hit the fan many months ago. Since that time, players and even the Group Bernard Tapie have been slinging accusations left and right, looking for an outlet for their rage, a likely scapegoat, or both.

Lindgren’s association with Full Tilt isn’t helping him clear his name. It seems that more often than not, players are willing to believe the worst about not only Lindgren, but the other players associated with the site as well. The root of the problem seems to be not that Lindgren has some problem paying off his debts in a timely manner (this has allegedly always been a problem with him), but rather that his steady source of income has dried up, and a player who once had $250,000 of income every month to balance out his losses now seems only to accumulate more debts.

According to posts over at 2+2 (you can read either the short version or the much more cumbersome long version), Lindgren has defaulted on several personal loans and debts accrued whlie placing bets on fantasy leagues, golf bets, and countless poker games. These debts range from as little as $2,800 on a fantasy league bet to well over $50,000. Those who have dealt with Lindgren and his debts in the past say that he never pays right away– it usually takes 5-6 months of aggressive pursuit before the poker star pays, but that things may be different now that Lindgren’s income source has dried up and he’s claiming to be flat broke. This, of course, begs three questions:

Why does anyone make bets with Lindgren, given his long-standing bad reputation?

Two main reasons: Lindgren is known as easy money in Fantasy Leagues, which means that players will risk having to wait indefinitely because they know that playing with him means free money in their pockets. Also, he’s historically paid off all his debts– eventually. The problem now is that people are starting to wait a little more than usual, and the Full Tilt scandal has rocked the foundation of trust in the poker community.

Why are we just hearing about this now?

Lindgren is in the news because of his associations with Full Tilt– that automatically makes him persona non grata in a community full of players who were burned by FTP and other poker sites after Black Friday. Unpaid debts speak to a much bigger point of contention– it’s not even about Lindgren or the other players, really, but about people who don’t have as much money being royally pissed off at people who do, especially when they’re not responsible with it.

If Lindgren is broke, how is he still playing in the LAPC and other poker tournaments?

That’s easy. Either he’s actually not broke and is lying to avoid playing his debts, or he has backers who are funding him with more loans until he hits a big pot and can start paying off debts Either way, it’s not a good situation for those who are owed money.

In addition to giving details on debts and repayment specific to Lindgren, the 2+2 forums also give a lot of insight into the present mindset of the poker community where debts (and professional players in general) are concerned. Players understand that Lindgren is just a symptom of a larger problem affecting the poker community. There’s a rallying cry that professional gamblers of any kind shouldn’t be trusted, given the incredibly unstable income and a history of volatile relationships with money that come about from rapidly toggling between having a great deal of it and then having next to nothing. As frustration with professional players grows, poker’s reputation and place worldwide grows a little more dicey– perhaps we haven’t yet seen the end of the tremendous Black Friday backlash after all. Site Seized By Us Government, Calvin Ayre Charged

Calvin AyreThe US Department of Homeland Security has gone after another site and its founder– this time and Calvin Ayre, a former Forbes billionaire and contender for most eligible bachelor throughout US media. The curious thing about this particular seizure, however, is that the site hasn’t been operational for nine months, so the US government isn’t shutting down a site so much as they are flaunting their power and taking it because they can. A federal grand jury in Maryland indicted Ayre along with James Philip, Derrick Maloney, and David Ferguson on February 22nd.

After the events of Black Friday, Ayre and the rest of Bodog Poker decided that they wanted to get as far away from the US market as possible, lest the fates of PokerStars, Absolute Poker, and Full Tilt rain down on them as well. They created and for European clients and stopped doing business with US clients completely (so they claim). Now it’s a bit of a he-said she-said, as the US government says that Bodog Poker continued to interact with US clients by paying them through bank accounts in Europe, Canada, Malta, and other places. Ayre vehemently denies this, claiming that these charges are ridiculous and that this is an “abuse of the US criminal justice system for the commercial gain of large US corporations.”

The indictment states that at least $100 million in funds were wired to online poker players in Maryland (among other places) between 2005 and 2012, and that Bodog spent $42 million on an advertising campaign geared at drawing new players to the site. The four face charges of illegal gambling and money laundering, which carry penalties of five years and twenty years of jailtime, respectively.

BodogAccording to the paperwork in the case, investigators posed as players, using Maryland addresses, to see if they could get checks via mail (they did), and conducted interviews with Bodog employees and former employees to get a better understanding of the company’s operations. The affidavit filed with the warrant includes information from a former employee that the company has hundreds of employees in Costa Rica and Canada who are working specifically to launder money into the US. The heart of this matter can probably best be summed up by ‘s official statement: “Sports betting is illegal in Maryland, and federal law prohibits bookmakers from flouting that law simply because they are located outside the country.”

Who’s telling the truth? It’s hard to say. Ayre’s rant against large US corporations neglects to mention that he’s the frontman of a large corporation as well, and lately, online poker sites seem to have a reputation for some shady dealings. Granted, the US government has also received no small amount of criticism for its tactics in dealing with banks, poker sites, CEOs and players alike. Time will tell if Bodog Poker is getting “special treatment” from the US government, or if their company name should be added to the ever-growing list of companies that tries to push the boundaries for a profit and eventually pushed too far. will bring you more updates on this and other news stories as developments arise.

Doyle Brunson Sticks Up For Friends At Full Tilt Poker

Doyle BrunsonDoyle Brunson has taken Daniel Negreanu to task for the Canadian player’s public tirade against Full Tilt Poker and its associated players, Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson. Negreanu made waves with his anger and wishes for violence against his repeated declarations of hostility. While Brunson doesn’t mention Negreanu by name in his blog at, he does make reference to some of Negreanu’s past comments (like his desire to hit certain FTP people in the groin with a baseball bat). Brunson said, “I don’t want to take a baseball bat and crush their grapes and I don’t want to keep them from rejoining the poker world. Where do you stop the level of responsibility? I don’t know, I only know all of the FT people were my friends and they still are.”

He blames Ray Bitar (but who doesn’t, at this point?), saying, “Ray Bitar for sure knew about the cover up and has to answer for his actions. You can believe or disbelieve the fact that Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer knew about the problems. I know the majority of the poker world wants blood and believe they did know. I believe time will tell us the answer to that.” He also stated that he didn’t see any reason why Lederer or Ferguson should have been suspicious, because “if you were a stockholder, would you question the management of a company that was sending you hundreds of thousands of dollars each month? I doubt you would, I know I wouldn’t, I’d think life is good!”

Brunson’s statement has caused quite a bit of stir in the poker community, where players seem to have broken into two camps: the first says, “Come on, how could the players NOT have known what was going on with Full Tilt?” and the other says, “Maybe there’s a chance that the players didn’t know what was going on.” The poker community hasn’t seen a clearer line drawn between cynics and idealists in a long time. But really, what’s the truth about what happened? Negreanu cries fowl while Brunson says that it was all a misunderstanding– but when this misunderstanding cost a lot of players a lot of money, and they lose more and more hope of seeing those funds ever returned to them, it’s easy to see why so many people are not only anti-Full Tilt, but avidly anti- the players formerly associated with the sinking company.

Ray BitarIt’s true, as it’s been said on various poker forums, that sometimes the details can just fly right on by when you’re delegating responsibility to someone else and trusting them completely. It’s also mostly true that Lederer, Ferguson, and the rest are poker players and not businessmen (although when you start to market yourself as a brand, there’s a certain amount of business-mindedness going on there). Yet other players have agreed with Brunson that no one would intentionally run a company into the ground (history tells us that this isn’t true at all when the people involved stand to gain loads of money in the process), and that the players probably just didn’t question the ridiculous sums of money that they were being given. If you started getting hundreds of thousands of dollars a month, you wouldn’t be even a little curious about the details? Really? Even if the only crime of which the FTP-associated players are guilty is gross negligence and a heavy dose of ignorance, doesn’t that still make them accountable?

We may never know exactly what went on behind closed doors at Full Tilt. It’s been almost a year since Black Friday, and we’re no closer now to answers than we were then. One thing is for certain, however– everyone has his or her own opinion about the matter, and the heated public discussions are just getting started.

PKR Backs The Poker Wiki – Now Online!

The Poker WikiAttention, poker fans– there’s a new poker information site on the web, and they’re gunning for the number one spot when it comes to comprehensive poker information. The Poker Wiki, backed by PKR Poker, who coughed up a lot of the funds to make this brilliant concept a reality, is now online. While the site is still new, it already offers plenty of great information, and it’s expected to grow rapidly and steadily until it becomes the internet’s best source for all things poker related.

PKR Poker are the number one 3D online poker room, and the UK-based company has released a true wiki– “an online poker encyclopaedia created by players, for players.” True to wiki fashion, users will be able to add and edit articles, verify the sources, and add citations and links to other pages. As the PKR press release put it, “”Users of The Poker Wiki can access all content for free, and in true wiki fashion can also submit edits and updates as well as adding their own articles. Poker players may write biographies of their poker careers to date, bloggers can provide articles about their websites, casinos can add details of their cardrooms and tournament schedules and live tournament organisers can provide information on their events, including results and reviews.”

While the site is doing well at providing information and has already grown considerably since their launch, there are naturally some areas that could use improvement. Some of the pages need editing, and whether The Poker Wiki lacks them entirely or they simply can’t keep up with the influx of new pages has yet to be seen. The pages are full of citations, which is a promising sign that the people writing the articles are making sure that they verify their facts. The links between articles are currently largely lacking, which means that when you find something interesting in one article and want to move to the next, you have to do a search for it, rather than simply clicking. With time, this will also surely improve.

PKRNow that the site has gone live, PKR Poker has released it into the wild, so to speak. According to their press release: “Although initially funded by PKR, The Poker Wiki has been developed as a standalone project. PKR Media Manager Dan Grant explains: “PKR has worked with a team of writers to get The Poker Wiki up and running, but from now on our involvement will be very hands-off. The Poker Wiki’s future is now in the hands of the poker community who we hope will pick up the baton and contribute content to help create the world’s foremost repository for all things related to poker.”

The main page of the site currently features articles on Doyle Brunson and the 2012 WSOP Schedule Announcement, as well as recently added articles on poker strategy, poker terms (like ante, poker dice, and table image), online poker sites, poker tournaments, and professional players. For wiki newbies, the site even offers a Users Guide that tells users how to do pretty much everything they could imagine, so there’s no excuse for not pitching in and exploring the site!

PokerStars Mobile App Has Gone Live In The Uk!

PokerStars MobilePokerStars has just launched their mobile app in the UK, which allows players with compatible phones to play real money games, even if they’re away from their computer. The app, which was made available for download on February 14th, allows players to play sit-and-go games, multi table, and compete in all the PokerStars tournaments.

The app is available throughout Great Britain (save for Northern Ireland), and versions exist for the iPhone, iPod, iPad, and various Android devices. The game has been rescaled to fit perfectly on the screen of the various devices that can use it, and the graphics and playability are uncompromised. Truly, using the PokerStars Mobile App is pretty much exactly like playing PokerStars from your computer, but with added portability! Now you can play from absolutely anywhere– waiting in line, on a plane (if the plane has wi-fi, that is), during boring business meetings. The new PokerStars app aims to revolutionize the way that players relate to poker and fit it into their lives, and from what we’ve seen, it has the potential to do just that!

PokerStars mobile is ideal for the casual player who is trying to beef up his or her game whenever the opportunity presents itself (and when you can play a few hands at the grocery store checkout, that opportunity presents itself far more often). The poker games currently covered by the app are Hold’em, Omaha, and Omaha Hi/Lo, and all come in No-Limit, Pot-Limit, and Fixed-Limit. Multi table doesn’t work exactly like it does on the computer– but it’s a reasonable approximation for the platform. Four tables is the limit for all devices except for the iPad, which can accommodate five, and one nice thing about multitabling on PokerStars Mobile is that your hole cards are clearly displayed, despite the small screen size.

PokerStars launched a mobile app in Italy last year, and while Italian players could only play for pretend money, rather than use their PokerStars funds, the app was popular and allowed PokerStars to run a successful beta test among an existing client base. A year later, with some added functionality thrown in, the same technology is seeing a re-release as PokerStars mobile 2.0, aimed at Britain.

So how does the app work with the functionality of your phone and plan? Well, for one, if you answer a call, you’ll have so sit out a hand, and if you’re gone for more than 25 seconds, you’ll be booted. Playing runs smoother over Wi-fi than 3G, but the same can be said of pretty much all apps that require a constant data stream. Because the game is using data (1MB down and 500KB up per hour), you’ll probably want to think carefully about whether or not to use the app if your plan isn’t unlimited.

You can download the app from, although you’ll need a PokerStars account beforehand. PokerStars is currently offering a sweet 100% match on opening deposits, so there’s never been a better time to join PokerStars and play… now from anywhere!