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February 24th Poker news ... Online Poker Now at online-pokernow.com
EDITION 28 OF FULL TILT ONLINE POKR SERIES DUE IN MARCH
Online poker fans can expect a boost to internet action between March 15 and March 29, the dates scheduled for the 28th edition of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS).
This time around there will be 35 events incorporated various poker formats and total prize money of at least $4 million, spokesmen have revealed in launching low-cost satellite competitions this week.
Major events in the latest FTOPS will include a Hold'em Rush Rebuy tournament with $75,000 guaranteed; $2,500 buy-in two-day Hold'em tournament with $350,000 guaranteed; and mixed game action along with $25,000 and $50,000 guaranteed prize pools.
NETELLER TO APPEAR ON FOOTBALL CLUB STRIP
Optimal Payments, the parent company NFL Betting Lines for Neteller, Netcard and Netbanx, has inked a two-year shirt sponsorship deal with the Crystal Palace Football Club in the UK.
The Barclays Premier League team will help Optimal - Neteller to raise global awareness, with the club's first game in the new strip on August 16 against Arsenal.
Optimal Payments processes approximately $15 billion annually in more than 200 countries and territories with over 100 types of payment and multi-currency options.
Joel Leonoff, president and CEO of Optimal Payments, said Monday: The Premier League attracts the highest global viewership in international sports, with an estimated global audience of 4.4 billion. This sponsorship signifies an opportunity to support one of the leagues most exciting teams while promoting our innovative payment solutions worldwide.
The deals commercial potential is driven by the global passion for the Barclays Premier League; including live coverage by 80 international broadcasters televised action across 212 territories worldwide, inspiring billions of pages of editorial and dominating social media debate worldwide on a weekly basis between July and May every year.
Lorenzo Pellegrino, Executive Vice President Neteller said This partnership gives Neteller the platform to promote our services on a whole new level; putting it alongside major global brands like Barclays; Nike; Emirates; Samsung and General Motors.
OPEN FACE CHINESE POKER APP FROM TONYBET
TonyBet has launched a free-to-download Open Face Chinese Poker mobile app on the Android platform in beta.
The app includes popular game variations such as: OFCP Classic, Pineapple, Turbo, and 13-card Regular.
Shortstack tables debut on the app allowing players to buy-in with Euro 50 for Euro1 per point along with access to a range of real-money sit and go tourneys.
"I can't help to brag about how great things are going for TonyBet Poker," said Tony G, poker pro and the rooms owner. "It's only been two months and we're counting players by thousands. That's simply amazing for the site which is still in beta, is not a part of any poker network and has only Open Face Chinese poker.
"I had a dream of making an online poker revolution with this and I can already see it coming true. And the great news is it's only a start."
LOCK POKER PROMOS PULLED FROM TOP POKER FORUM
Pressure mounted this week on Lock Poker, a member of the Revolution poker network which has come under fire recently for slow-paying players and halting player-to-player fund transfers and subsequent cash-outs (see previous InfoPowa reports).
The influential twoplustwo poker forum stopped the company from pushing its offering due to the volume of player complaints, with forum owner Mason Malmuth taking an ethical approach which resulted in Lock agreeing to stop all promotions on 2+2 until the issues raised are resolved to the forum's satisfaction.
Lock Poker hosts a sponsored forum on 2+2 which includes company reps, and advertises extensively across the 2+2 site.
Malmuth reported that talks with the online poker operator had been "positive", although there were no results yet.
March Madness Bracket
$100K MARCH MADNESS BRACKET CONTEST
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3rd Place $7,500
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5th Place $1,500
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WHEN WILL FULL TILT POKER U.S. PLAYERS BE PAID?
It's been a long wait since Black Friday for Full Tilt Poker players in the United States who found their funds blocked in the legal actions against the online poker site back on 2011.
Since then they've had to patiently wait as news unfolded of complicated criminal and civil legal proceedings, pleas and settlements which culminated in Pokerstars acquiring Full Tilt Poker and agreeing to pay out hundreds of millions in settlement, global player refunds and payments to the Department of Justice for reimbursement to US punters.
Pokerstars paid out global players months ago, but the DoJ has been trying to hire the right independent "claims administrator" to handle the US player situation...a process that seems to have taken an inordinate amount of time.
It is understood that around 1.3 million players are impacted, involving around $159 million now held by the government.
Back in November, the Department said it hoped to make an announcement early in the new year, but January is now all but gone and still there is no news.
The publication Card Player asked the Department for comment this week, only to be told that an announcement would be made "soon."
Not much to pin hopes on, but perhaps some light at the end of a long tunnel.