PokerStars’ New Loyalty Program with “Randomized” Rewards to Roll Out This Summer

Highest volume players could see rewards reduced by up to 85%.
19/04/2017
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    In this week’s poker news round up we remind you of the death of online poker in Australia, a storm brewing above the heads of the High Rollers competing in the PokerStars Championships and more. Australian poker players were dealt a blow this week when the Interactive Gambling Amendment...
  • Internet poker company founder pleads not guilty to U.S. charges

    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...
  • Portugal finalizes online poker liquidity sharing plan

    After months of delay, Portugal has finally sent its new online poker liquidity sharing technical standards to the European Commission for approval. Last November, Portugal welcomed the first online poker site (Amaya Gaming’s PokerStars) under the country’s new online gambling licensing regime, but it wasn’t until this Tuesday that...
  • PokerStars removes lowest stakes games for Romania players

    The real-money online poker room has decided to remove games from the Romanian market, a move aimed at reducing costs as players will be driven into higher stakes. The change began in early October when the $0.01/$0.02 zoom poker games were removed from the lobby. Later in the month,...
  • New York shows DFS can learn lessons from the case of i-poker

    The differences and similarities in how online poker and daily fantasy sports (DFS) in the US have been handled continue to emerge, following recent developments in New York. While online poker bill S5302 missed the adjournment deadline of 17 June, S8153, a bill seeking to legalise both daily and...
  • Gambling Catholic priest jailed for stealing £96,000

    A Catholic priest has been jailed for 10 months for stealing £96,000 from his parish in North Ayrshire to fund an online gambling habit. Fr Graeme Bell, 41, embezzled the cash from St Mary’s (Our Lady, Star of the Sea) in Saltcoats between March and May 2015 to play...
  • France’s regulated online poker market posts first revenue gain since 2011

    France’s regulated online gambling market experienced its single largest year-on-year gain in sports betting and the highest quarterly wagering total yet recorded. According to figures released Monday by French regulator ARJEL, online sports betting handle in the three months ending March 31 reached €516m, up a whopping 47% from...
  • France okays online poker liquidity deals, spanish legislators urged to follow suit

    France’s beleaguered online poker market got a long-desired shot in the arm after politicians authorized liquidity sharing with other European Union regulated markets. France’s ring-fenced poker market has been in terminal decline for years but politicians steadfastly refused to grant requests by French regulator ARJEL to allow its licensees to...
  • Could DeepMind try to conquer poker next?

    What next for Google’s DeepMind, now that the company has mastered the ancient board game of Go, beating the Korean champion Lee Se-Dol 4–1 this month? A paper from two UCL researchers suggests one future project: playing poker. And unlike Go, victory in that field could probably fund itself...
  • France rejects online poker liquidity sharing…again

    France’s long-suffering online poker market will get no help from the outside world after politicians rejected sharing liquidity with other European countries. Despite pleas from local gambling regulator ARJEL, the French National Assembly declined to approve gambling law amendments that would have allowed French-licensed online poker operators to share...
  • Another Online Poker Boycott: And This Time It Has Nothing To Do With PokerStars

    The decision to restrict player liquidity in Portugal, as reported back in December, has resulted in members of ANAon—the Portuguese Player Association—angrily declaring that they will boycott nationally regulated online poker rooms. That is, unless the regulator agrees to shared international player liquidity—which does not look very likely at...
  • Portugal to Segregate Online Poker in Unexpected Announcement

    In an unprecedented move at the Gambling Compliance conference in Lisbon on Monday, SRIJ Director and Head of Online Gambling Manuela Bandeira announced that regulated online poker in Portugal would be segregated. This is a major blow to Portuguese players and online poker operators looking to enter the Portuguese market....
  • PokerStars Adds Video Poker to its Online Casino

    Those that play at the PokerStars Casino may notice a new tab at the top of the client. In addition to Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and other table games, Video Poker is now available in select markets and presumably will be rolled out further in the near future. PokerStars first...
  • Poker tournaments become a big deal in Barcelona

    It wasn’t so long ago that poker was illegal in Catalonia. But Barcelona is rapidly styling itself as the game’s European capital, and is second only to Las Vegas as the most popular destination for the world’s top players. This weekend, 93 players sat down to the European Poker...
  • Lottery Sit and Gos Go Mainstream: PokerStars Introduces “Spin & Go”

    PokerStars has introduced “Spin & Go,” a new poker variant known collectively as Lottery Sit and Gos, first introduced on Winamax last year and now available on four of the top ten online poker networks globally. It is currently live on the segregated market in Spain. A rollout to other...
  • Another Portuguese Raid Targets Home Poker Game on Madeira

    The farcical—but highly intimidating—bingo raid in Portugal last month has been followed by a raid on a private poker game in Madeira, a Portuguese autonomous region. The Atlantic island is a famous tourist destination. The National Republican Guard arrested 18 people at a private home where a poker game...
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