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Pennsylvania Next State to Legalize Online Poker?

by | Published: Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware are on the list of U.S. states to legalize and regulate online gaming, but another state could soon join that list – Pennsylvania.


Parx Casino set to launch simulated online casino in Pennsylvania.

In preparation of online gambling (including online casinos and poker rooms) being introduced to the Keystone State, Parx Casino, which is located in Bensalem, PA, has supposedly struck a deal with gaming developer GameAccount Network (GAN) to offer a stimulated online gaming experience for those players who just can’t wait.

“GAN has demonstrated its regulated gaming capability in New Jersey and the merits of simulated gaming when integrated with a casino management system,” said John Dixon, CTO of Greenwood Entertainment and Racing, which owns Parx Casino. “By deploying its system on-property, Parx Casino will have the opportunity to launch simulated gaming nationwide before year’s end and be well prepared in the event regulation of real-money internet gaming emerges in the state of Pennsylvania.”

The plan will be to launch the simulated gaming experience, comprising initially of just casino slots, in the fourth quarter of 2014 to players nationwide. When online gaming becomes legal in Pennsylvania, the site will be able to automatically switch to a real-money platform.

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A Pennsylvanian study released in early May projected that full regulated online gaming could potentially generate $184 million revenue for the state in the first year alone, growing to $307 million in subsequent years. Online poker would account for $77 million of the first-year revenue, and $129 million in the established years after that.

These statistics inspired State Sen. Kim Ward, who chairs the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee that ordered the study, to become an advocator of bringing online gambling to the state.

“Internet gaming, pensions and liquor are the big issues on our plate,” Ward previously said in a phone interview with PokerNews. “iGaming hasn’t been there in the past, but now that this looks like it could be a source of income it will probably become a prominent part of the discussion.”

In June, a hearing was held to discuss the iGaming study, and most casinos showed interest in moving forward with some form of online gambling in Pennsylvania, which is the second-largest casino market in the U.S. with 12 casino properties.

Online gambling looks set to come to Pennsylvania, but in what form and at what time is still up in the air. Why wait to play your favorite poker varieties online? Carbon Poker Carbon Poker has a range of tournaments, events, and simple games available right now. Open your real money account to begin playing your hand.

Summer Slam Series Returning to Seneca Niagara

by | Published: Monday, July 21st, 2014

The annual Summer Slam series returns to Niagara Falls, New York later this week at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. The seven-event series will run for just over one week from July 25 through August 3, with highlight events including a $600 Main Event which features a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.

The Summer Slam kicks off this Friday with a $200 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack at 11 AM. But the flagship event of the 10-day festival would have to be the $600 Main Event running from August 1-3.

Andy Spears took out the top spot in last year’s Summer Slam Main Event worth $23,000. Spears is expected to return to Seneca this year to retain his title along with recent Western New York Poker Challenge champion Nick Walker. Numerous other successful players from the Western New York region are also expected to be in attendance.

Brand new to the Summer Slam series this year is a $125 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event which comes with a $50,000 prize pool. The tournament will begin with six separate starting flights across three days (July 28-30), with players who advance on Day 1 returning on July 31 to play for the champion title. Players are allowed to enter in more than one flight, with their largest finishing stack being taken forward to Day 2.

2014 Summer Slam full schedule:

Event Date Time Tournament
1 Fri, July 25 11 AM $200 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack
2 Sat, July 26 11 AM $300 No-Limit Hold’em
3 Sun, July 27 11 AM $200 No-Limit Hold’em
4 Sun, July 27 6 PM $100 No-Limit Hold’em
5 Mon, July 28 11 AM $125 No-Limit Hold’em Flight A ($50K Guaranteed)
5 Mon, July 28 6 PM $125 No-Limit Hold’em Flight B ($50K Guaranteed)
5 Tues, July 29 11 AM $125 No-Limit Hold’em Flight C ($50K Guaranteed)
5 Tues, July 29 6 PM $125 No-Limit Hold’em Flight D ($50K Guaranteed)
5 Wed, July 30 11 AM $125 No-Limit Hold’em Flight E ($50K Guaranteed)
5 Wed, July 30 6 PM $125 No-Limit Hold’em Flight F ($50K Guaranteed)
5 Thurs, July 31 12 PM $125 No-Limit Hold’em Day 2 ($50K Guaranteed)
6 Fri, August 1 11 AM $600 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Day 1a ($100K Guaranteed)
6 Sat, August 2 11 AM $600 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Day 1b ($100K Guaranteed)
6 Sun, August 3 11 AM $600 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Day 2 ($100K Guaranteed)
7 Sun, August 3 11 AM $200 No-Limit Hold’em

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Reload Frenzy at Carbon Poker

by | Published: Friday, July 18th, 2014

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Current Reload Bonus:
Reload Bonus Code: FRENZYPK
Reload Bonus: 50% up to $500
Validity: Now to July 27th 11:59 PM server time
Minimum Deposit: $35.00

Reload Deposit Bonus Terms & Conditions:

  • When clearing your bonus, there is a minimum VIP point requirement of 150 points per $1 of bonus.
  • The minimum deposit required to qualify for this bonus is $35.00.
  • The bonus is valid for one use only.
  • Bonuses award cash in $10 increments, deposited into your account after earning 1500 VIP points. (150 VIP points per $1.00 paid in rake x 10).

Why not use your bonus to check out the classic poker game Omaha? Omaha is a version of a community based poker game. Community poker games are poker games that combine the player’s personal cards as well as cards that the community of players can use to create the best hand possible. Community cards are basically a number of cards that are dealt face up in the middle of the table by the dealer. These cards are viewable to all players, and all players have the ability to use the same cards.

Basic Play

  1. Blind Bets – betting without seeing any cards first
  2. Deal – 4 cards are dealt to all players
  3. First round of betting
  4. The Flop – the first three shared community cards are dealt
  5. Second round of betting
  6. The Turn – the fourth shared community card is dealt
  7. Third round of betting
  8. The River – the final shared community card is dealt
  9. Final round of betting
  10. Showdown

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Take the Weekly Freeroll Drive to Cruise to a Big Win

by | Published: Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Cash in your hard-earned Poker Points at Bovada Poker Bovada Poker and brag your share of $5,000 every week in the Weekly $5K PTS Freeroll.

It’s time to rev your engine and hit the road to riches in Bovada Poker’s Weekly $5K PTS Freeroll. Put your Poker Points to good use with the weekly drive for $5K, where you can score a nice payday without even having to risk any cash. That’s a total of $20,000 up for grabs every single month, so shift gears and get in the fast lane this week with the Weekly $5K PTS Freeroll.

How to Qualify

The Weekly $5K PTS Freeroll at [bovada] will be held every week and gives you the option of buying in directly for 1,000 Poker Points or you can enter a qualifier for just 25 Poker Points. The Weekly $5K PTS Freeroll will alternate every week between a turbo tournament on Thursdays at 9:20 PM ET and a regular tournament Saturdays at 2:20 PM ET.

Check out the tournament details below and choose the road to the Weekly $5K PTS Freeroll that’s right for you. Be sure to check the lobby in the Bovada Poker software for the complete start and registration times.

$5,000 PTS Freeroll Qualifier – 200 PTS buy-in.

  • These run daily at 7:40 PM ET.
  • The top-15 finishers get a ticket for the weekly $5,000 PTS Freeroll Tournament.

$5,000 PTS Freeroll Qualifier (Turbo) – 25 PTS buy-in.

  • These run daily at 9:40 PM ET.
  • The top-15 finishers get a ticket for the weekly $5,000 PTS Freeroll Tournament.

$5,000 PTS Freeroll – 1,000 PTS buy-in or use a tournament ticket won in the qualifiers above.

  • This is run every other Saturday of every month at 2:20 PM ET.
  • Top 20% of the field shares in the $5,000 Prize Pool.

$5,000 PTS Freeroll (Turbo) – 1,000 PTS buy-in or use a tournament ticket won in the qualifiers above.

  • This is run every other Thursday of every month at 9:20 PM ET.
  • Top 20% of the field shares in the $5,000 Prize Pool.

Earning Poker Points

Ring Games: Earn points when you put in to a raked pot (see chart below).

Tournaments: Get 3 points for every $1 spent on tournament entry fees.

For example, get 15 points for entering a tournament with a $50 buy-in and a $5 fee.

The points you earn while playing ring games are based on the rake you contribute. For every hand that you contribute rake of $0.01 or more you will earn between 0.05 and 1 Poker Point. The amount depends on the rake contributed and breaks down as follows.

Rake Points
$1.00 – $3.00 1.00
$0.50 – $0.99 0.50
$0.25 – $0.49 0.25
$0.05 – $0.24 0.10
$0.01 – $0.04 0.05

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Top Athletes Spotted at the WSOP

by | Published: Thursday, July 10th, 2014

What makes the World Series of Poker so great is that it brings people of all ages, nationalities, and occupations together to compete for the same thing, the most coveted prize in poker: the WSOP Main Event championship. Everyone plays on an equal playing field, which is what makes the WSOP so great. The adage that anyone can play and anyone can win has been proven true time and time again.

While literally anyone can play, it’s still exciting to see celebrities or athletes take a shot – they’re just like us! The latter group in particular has increasingly been making the trip to Las Vegas to compete in the most famous poker tournament in the world. The WSOP has become a regular athlete spotting ground.

FC Barcelona center-back Gerard Pique, UFC’s Martin Kampmann, NFL’s Richard Seymour, NASCAR driver Jason White, Australian cricket legend Shane Warne, and NBA’s Paul Pierce and Earl Barron have all been spotted at this year’s tournament.

It’s not surprising, really, that athletes would enjoy playing poker during their off-season. The game offers the player a competitive arena without the potential of injury; they can go through intense competition, constantly changing strategies, and even an element of risk and guarantee they’ll be match-fit when their sport resumes. It’s a win-win situation.

It appears that athletes bring some of their skills to the felt and also develop skills while on the felt to bring back to their sporting game. Pierce, for one, said, “I have grown to love the game over the last seven to eight years. It is very competitive and mentally challenging. It helps with my patience, because in poker, you have to have a lot of patience, and that translates to the court where it helps me make the right decisions at the right time.”

Kampmann added his perspective: “You have to stay cool under pressure. One mistake at the poker table and you could be out of the tournament. Same thing in fighting; one mistake and you can get clipped, knocked out, or you can get submitted. You just have to stay cool under pressure.”

Barron reasoned it was the competitive nature of the game that brings athletes to the poker room. “Nobody that plays a sport wants to lose. While you will win some hands and lose some hands, it’s the competitive nature that makes you want to outlast everyone.”

One of the athletes gaining the most attention at the WSOP would have to be Pique. The international football star has a lot of spare time on his hands this summer after Spain was shockingly knocked out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the first round. It seems he’s spent his time improving his poker hand. Surrounded by media when he was playing in the Pavilion Room, Pique couldn’t just blend in and play his game without distraction. Nevertheless, he proved he could hold his own against poker’s best.

Piqué has had a couple of cashes on the European Poker Tour (EPT) and former Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel said in a past interview for PokerNews that Pique can play. “You can tell he has played the game before. He has some good moves, and he bluffs at the right time. It’s good to have him at the table,” Duhamel said.

Another apparent trend is online poker rooms partnering with athletes to help build a poker brand. Warne, an 888poker ambassador, was seen playing on Day 1c, and PokerStars recently signed one of the biggest names in tennis, Rafael Nadal, to its roster of SportStars. 888poker had also signed football star Luis Suarez to their roster, but cancelled his contract after he was embroiled in a biting scandal in the World Cup.

These partnerships can only help the online sits improve their brand, with fans rushing for a chance to play a game against their favorite athletes.

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