Archive for July, 2013

Poker Night in America set to Take TV screens by Storm

by | Published: Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Headed for Television screens all over the United States, ‘Poker Night in America’, or PNIA, is an initiative of Rush Street Productions and will highlight the variety, entertainment and fun involved with Poker.

Headed by former head of Heartland Poker Tour, Todd Anderson, the show is aiming to be the first point of contact at the biggest shows all over the country.

“We’re looking to film the biggest and best poker events at premier venues” Anderson was quoted as saying recently.

“We’re going to bring a fresh approach to how poker is shown on TV, making the show relevant to the average viewer.

“We think the world is ready to watch poker in a whole new way” Anderson said.

Like many of the other television based Poker promotions that are currently succeeding in the market, PNIA will focus on ‘made for’ events featuring celebrities and professional poker players alike, however will also incorporate interactive, at-home play components involving prizes and even the chance of making an appearance on the show.

Anderson further revealed the inspiration for the initiative in a post recently left on

“Poker Night in America will debut on American television sometime in early 2014″.

“My goal is to make it very different from any other poker show. Ironically, to do so this new show will focus less on poker and more on the interesting story lines and characters in the world of poker and gambling.

“I’ve been involved in TV and Poker for the past eight years and if there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that this business is chalk full of fascinating people and stories” Anderson said.

While the show itself isn’t due for at least six months, the maiden PNIA television event will occur on August 10 at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York at the Empire State Poker Classic.

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Poker Star Kagawa and 8 others arrested in Japan

by | Published: Saturday, July 27th, 2013

High stakes poker player Masaaki Kagawa has been arrested this week and charged with running an Android malware ring and operating a scam dating website.

Kagawa, who is president of the Tokyo IT firm Koei Planning, has been labeled the mastermind of the illegal operation, which allegedly distributed spam via the use of a program designed to collect personal details from Android devices, titled ‘Android Enesoluty’.

After conducting a raid on the offices of Koei Planning in April this year, Authorities believe the operation had run from September 2012 solidly until that point.

As reported by recently, “The group was able to collect approximately 37 million email addresses from around 810 000 android devices”.

Further to this “The Company earned over 390 million yen (around 3.9million dollars U.S.) by running a fake online dating service called ‘Sakura’ in the last five months of the spam operation”.

“Spam used to lure victims to the dating site was sent to the addresses collected by the malware (program)”.

Kagawa is a pretty regular face on the poker circuit, particularly through the Asia-Pacific region, playing largely at stops offering high roller tournaments.

The 50-year-old Japanese national  has several times featured in the money at competition level, most notably in 2012 at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Final 100,000 pound High Roller, where he claimed $468,030 in prize money, as well as the 2007 Aussie Millions, $100,000 Challenge, pocketing $198,820.

Most recently, Kagawa finished third in the 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge, where he picked up a neat $337,824 prize.

All nine men including Kagawa are currently awaiting likely prosecution, whereby a lengthy sentence behind bars is a definite possibility.


Zynga cuts Real-Money plans in the United States

by | Published: Friday, July 26th, 2013

Following announcements of a plan to enter the U.S online gambling market, social gaming corporation Zynga has this week scrapped the idea to instead focus attention to free-to-play social games.

Shared via its second quarter earnings report filed this past Thursday, Zynga stated clearly it would no longer attempt to operate real money games in the U.S market.

In what appears to be a major reshuffle of the business’s portfolio since former head of Microsoft’s Xbox division Don Mattrick took over as CEO from Mark Pincus less than a month ago, the company best known for its title’s Farmville and Word with Friends look to be striving for repeat success, rather than an assault on a somewhat new industry.

“Zynga believes its biggest opportunity is to focus on free-to-play social games” the earnings report read.

“While the company continues to evaluate its real-money gaming products in the United Kingdom test, Zynga is making the focused choice not to pursue a license for real money gaming in the United States”.

Late last year, former CEO Pincus was quoted as saying the real money gambling market was a “natural fit” and proceeded to file an ‘application for a preliminary finding of suitability’ with the Nevada Gaming Control Board, followed by the appointment of Maytal Olsha, former online gambling executive to help get the new venture running.

Believed to be aiming particularly for the online Poker market, Zynga will continue to run their online gaming ‘test’ operation in the U.K. with whom they are in partnership with, perhaps with the intent of trialing a similar style of investigation within the U.S. market in the future, however this is so far unclear.

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Zokay Entertainment acquires The Hendon Mob

by | Published: Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

The Hendon Mob, the World’s most comprehensive, all inclusive Poker database utilized largely for its live tournament results has been bought out by Zokay Entertainment, parent company of Global Poker Index.

According to a press release released by Zokay Entertainment following the announcement of the takeover, Zokay will be investing around $3 million in acquiring and developing its poker products, however did not disclose the amount paid for the new acquisition.

Billed as easily the best Poker portal in all of Europe, The Hendon Mob was created by professional poker big wigs Barney and Ross Boatman, Joe Beevers and Ram Vaswani as an avenue to cover the rising popularity of Poker in Europe in the early 2000’s and to promote the group.

“The Hendon Mob poker database is the best in the world, without a doubt” Alex Dreyfus stated in the press release, founder and CEO of Zokay Entertainment.

“We plan to support and grow this tremendous asset”.

Since the formation of the mob in 2001, the four have been sponsored by three companies; Prima Poker originally, followed by a long standing relationship with Full Tilt Poker which ended only after the latter went offline and finally Genting Poker, which acted more as a support base until last month, when the partnership was terminated.

The acquisition appears to be a bright one for Zokay, as it fits directly into their ever-growing portfolio of relevant companies, obviously including Global Poker Index but also Fantasy Poker Manager, a newly launched entity.

Founding member Barney Boatman commented on the takeover, sharing his delight in the future security of The Hendon Mob.

“With the expertise, resources and commitment of the Global Poker Index, the legacy of the Hendon Mob is safe and its future is secure”.

“We are excited about the upcoming developments from which everyone in poker will benefit” Boatman was quoted as saying.


Shaffer Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em at 2013 World Series of Poker

by | Published: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournaments at the 2013 World Series of Poker have produced a number of first-time bracelet winners and event fifty-three was no exception with Brett Shaffer recording the biggest win of his poker career.

Shaffer outlasted the monster field of 2816 players to win his first WSOP bracelet and the first place prize of $665,397.

There were a number of interesting storylines at the final table as Loni Harwood was aiming to become the first female player to win an open event at the 2013 World Series while David Vamplew was attempting to go one better than his second place finish in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed tournament.

Harwood played exceptionally well throughout the event but was eliminated in fourth position by Vamplew who took a sizeable chip lead into the heads-up battle.

However, Vamplew wasn’t able to take advantage of his large stack and after a long and hard fought battle, which included an overnight break; Shaffer scored victory when his Ace-Nine outflopped Vamplew’s pocket queens.

Vamplew may have missed out on another opportunity to win his maiden WSOP bracelet but he is surely comforted by the fact that he has made over $750,000 thanks to his duel second place finishes.

While Shaffer celebrated his victory, the action was really starting to heat up on day three of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

With so many talented players in the field every single table is packed full of stars and the play is of the highest of standards.

The current chip leader is Jean Gaspard, who holds a narrow lead from Tommy Hang and David Benyamine, while former World Series of Poker Main Event Champions Jonathan Duhamel and Joe Hachem are also in the top ten.

The eliminations were flowing this evening with Nick Schulman, Jeremy Ausmus, Cary Katz, Chris Klodnicki, Brian Tate and David Singer all sent to the rail.

We will keep you up to date with all the action as the popular event reaches its climax.