PKR is Best Online Poker Operator of 2009

February 05, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Poker News

PKR, one of the top poker rooms, became Best Online Poker Operator of 2009 at the International Gaming Awards in London. Not many were surprised when IGA’s award went to the PKR online poker room. Their unique mix of 3D graphic, advanced personalized futures, impassive social media platform, and great selection of online poker games and tournaments did not make judges think for too long.

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Some of the most important criteria of the award are originality, usability, growth and scale, payment processing, marketing. Special consideration is also given to the most innovative operators and those top poker rooms with a unique and or outstanding brand setting it aside from the competition.

“It is a wonderful achievement for us to be named Online Poker Operator of the Year,” said PKR CEO Malcolm Graham. “We are absolutely delighted to be honored by the International Gaming Awards in this way.”

PKR left behind some big sharks of the industry like Pokerstars, Full Tilt, Partypoker, and many more top poker rooms. The annual International Gaming Awards are hosted in London’s Millennium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre and seek to reward excellence in all areas of the online gaming industry. Nominations are made across a range of categories with judges selected from leading industry professionals, journalists, analysts and representatives of the Awards’ main sponsors.

Florida Gambling Going Online?

January 17, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Poker News

Florida to Legalize Online Gambling

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Florida is just one of several states considering legalizing online gambling as a way to help their local economies. On January 19th, the Florida Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability will present its assessment of online gaming to the Senate Regulated Industries Committee. The review is scheduled for January 19 at 4:00 p.m.

Horseracing and dogracing were legalized by the Legislature in Florida in 1931.  The impetus to legalize gambling in Florida has been attributed to the Great Depression of the 1930’s and the land boom of 1924-25.2 The pari-mutuel industry has proven to be a substantial source of entertainment and revenue to the state over the past 70-plus years. The pari-mutuel industry has grown from six dog tracks and three horse tracks in 1931 to 18 dogtracks, seven jai alai frontons, five thoroughbred and one harness track in 2004. However, attendance and revenues have steadily declined since the late 1980s. The decline has been attributed to increased competition from the state lottery, seven tribal casinos, including two Hard Rock casinos in Hollywood and Tampa, gambling cruise ships, and gaming in Mississippi.

Florida is one of a handful of US states considering legalizing online gambling, including poker, as a means of boosting their local economies. States will also look to become more competitive by offering gambling to their residence.

Most recently, the state of Pennsylvania legalized poker in its casinos as a way of competing with neighboring New Jersey and its gambling Mecca of Atlantic City.

Full Tilt Poker Site is offering “Aid for Haiti” poker tournaments

January 17, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Poker News

Aid for Haiti

Full Tilt Poker Site is offering “Aid for Haiti” poker tournaments in which the rake collected in each event will be donated to charities benefiting the earthquake’s victims. The Full Tilt Poker site also gives players the option to donate privately by transferring funds to ‘Aid for Haiti’ on the site. The Full Tilt Poker site will aditionally run a number of charitable tournaments wherein half of the prize pool goes to relief efforts.

In addition, the Full Tilt Poker site will match the amount of the juice, sending even more funds to Haiti. The Full Tilt Poker site has also created “Aid for Haiti No Play” tournaments. These allow players to donate without having to compete on the virtual felts and, as was the case with the traditional tournaments, Full Tilt will match all funds donated.

Finally, Full Tilt has created a player account named “Aid for Haiti.” You can make a direct transfer of at least $5 to this user name and Full Tilt will match it.

With traditional generosity, the online poker industry has been among the first to introduce disaster relief fund-raising schemes for the devastated country of Haiti following the horrendous earthquakes that have all but destroyed its infrastructure.

Full Tilt Poker Site is the host of a worldwide virtual poker cardroom service. It is not in the business of betting or wagering and does not participate in the games as a player. It merely provides a service to those who wish to test their skills against others for fun, prizes or money. With innovative graphics, superior customer service and a safe, secure interface, the software is geared to enhance and personalize the online poker experience. Players at all skill levels may download the software at www.fulltiltpoker.com.

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Sexiest Swimsuit Model in the World to Host PokerStars.com TV Show

January 10, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Poker News

Online poker site PokerStars.com announced the creation of their new televised poker tour and introduced Joanna Krupa as the TV hostess for the tour.

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Pennsylvania is legalizing table games

January 10, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Poker News

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has signed a bill legalizing table games like poker and blackjack at the state’s slots casinos. Table games are coming to Pennsylvania’s slots casinos in summer.

Table games include poker, blackjack and roulette. Larger casinos will be allowed 250 tables for the new games, while the smaller resorts casinos can have 50. Meanwhile, the machinery for implementing the games is already sliding into place. If all goes as planned, casinos should be running the games by mid- to late summer.

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The games are expected to raise about $370 million in taxes over the next two years. Initially they would be taxed at a rate of 16 percent, with 14 percent going to the state and 2 percent to host municipalities and counties. The tax rate would drop to 12 percent and 2 percent after two years.

Like Pennsylvania, Delaware is preparing to introduce table games this year, which is bad news for Atlantic City. Atlantic City will lose the monopoly it enjoyed on table games among the neighboring states. The city will continue to lose the convenience gamblers in Pennsylvania who want to stay closer to home. Pennsylvania’s table games could be the catalyst for more Atlantic City-style nongaming amenities, such as upscale hotels, retail shops, restaurants and nightclubs.