Live London Series from PokerStars

Six months after PokerStars ended all of their live tours and replaced them with PokerStars Championships and Festivals, they have created a new low buy-in tour in London.

PokerStars has taken the rather unusual step of partnering with the Hippodrome Casino in London to present the new PokerStars Live London Series.

I use the word ‘unusual’ because in August 2016 the largest online poker room in the solar system decided to make complicated things simple by starting their live events with a fresh slate creating the PokerStars Championships and Festivals brands.

The axe came down on the European Poker Tour (EPT).

The United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) was found hanging from a tree.

The life support machine connected to the France Poker Series (FPS) was switched off.

And the head of the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) was kept under water until their lungs resembled cement bags.

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888Poker to Sponsor WSOP Again

888poker has agreed a deal to continue as lead sponsor of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) for the 2017 series.

The online operator’s logo will appear at all events in the WSOP 2017 season, which is due to begin in May.

The extended agreement also includes exclusive television sponsorship rights.

International players hoping to gain a seat at the WSOP 2017 season will have to win it on the 888poker website.

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Absolute Poker Founder Returns to US and Pleads Not Guilty

The founder of what had been one of the largest online poker websites agreed on Thursday to confront U.S. charges stemming from a long-running criminal case targeting internet firms like his operating illegally in the United States.

Scott Tom, who founded Costa Rica-based Absolute Poker, pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges he violated a federal internet gambling law and engaged in a money-laundering conspiracy.

Tom, a citizen of Saint Kitts and Nevis who lived in Antigua, arrived in the United States voluntarily from Barbados on Thursday to face the charges, prosecutors said.

He was released on a $500,000 bond following a court hearing. James Henderson, his lawyer, said in court he expected a plea deal soon.

“There’s going to be a resolution in this case quickly,” Henderson said.

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California Online Poker Returns for 2017

Online poker legislation has become a perennial event in California, with efforts stretching back some 10 years.

Despite a decade of debate, the state still seems far away from getting a bill across the finish line. But that doesn’t mean lawmakers won’t try.

California Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer introduced the state’s latest online poker legislative effort, the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act, which seeks to legalize and regulate online poker in the Golden State.

Jones-Sawyer’s bill (AB 1677) would allow approved tribes and card rooms to offer online poker to anyone over the age of 21 located in the state of California.

Racetracks would not be eligible to operate online poker sites under AB 1677.

Instead, the bill uses the racing compromise first put forth last year by Assemblymember Adam Gray.

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PartyPoker Out of Czech Republic Amid New Regulations

Thursday was not a particularly fun day for partypoker customers in the Czech Republic. Envisioning a fun – and hopefully profitable – session of online poker, players logged into their accounts only to find out that they are no longer allowed to play.

Fortunately, it was not because of anything they did wrong, but because partypoker is withdrawing, at least temporarily, from the Czech market in response to the recent changes in the country’s gambling laws.

It was Czech poker site PokerArena that first shined a light on the issue yesterday, posting a screenshot of the message players were greeted with upon trying to access the tables from the Czech Republic:

You are either registered in or logged in from a jurisdiction

where we do not allow the use of our product.

If you want more information, or want to access

your account, please contact Customer Care.

 

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