PartyGaming signed an agreement with French bookmaker PMU

The British company PartyGaming, worldwide renowned in the online gambling field, has signed a multi-year agreement with French traditional bookmaker PMU (Pari Mutuel Urbain). The latter is the monopolistic operator who organizes horse races betting in France. Now, the new deal enables PMU to operate online poker as well.

“This agreement will come into effect once the PMU and PartyGaming have each received a license allowing them to offer online poker in France”, says a statement from PMU.

Both parts hope this agreement will bring them mutual benefits. PartyGaming, which runs the largest online poker room – PartyPoker – is the first online gambling company listed on London Stock Exchange. The agreement provides that “the PMU will benefit from the PartyGaming poker platform services and will ensure the commercialization of its poker offering and the management of its customers”. However, PartyGaming retains the possibility of getting a French license under its own name.

The main objective of the arrangement, as put forward by the PartyGaming’s Chief Executive Jim Ryan, is “to have the largest poker liquidity pool in France”. Similar B2B agreements have been signed in Italy and Denmark.

“Today’s agreement with PMU is consistent with our stated strategy of securing a small number of high value partners in regulated markets”, said Jim Ryan. “PMU is widely recognized as one of Europe’s leading betting businesses and we look forward to providing them with a world class poker service”, concluded Ryan.

The news on the PartyGaming-PMU partnership was nevertheless quite surprising. Firstly, because the partner chosen by the PMU was PartyGaming while Paddy Power seemed better placed. Indeed, the Irish operator has an online poker platform which could have been added to the existing agreement between the two companies. Secondly, because, as we remarked, this new agreement with PartyGaming is not exclusive, meaning that PartyGaming will have the right to enter the French market with a concurrent offer.

As a result of its recent agreements, PartyGaming is expected to improve its fiscal performances. The takeover of the WPT brand gives more reason to believe in a brilliant future for the company.

Joe Cada is the 2009 WSOP champion

The WSOP 2009 Final Table saw a 21 years old American becoming the tournament’s youngest winner. After a fierce final in Las Vegas, ended on 10 November, Joe Cada pocketed $ 8.5 million.

The youngest world champion since the tournament was created 40 years ago, won the deciding hand with a pair of nine, face to Darvin Moon, 25 years old, who had a jack to oppose it.

“I want to thank all my fans and my friends”, said Cada, overwhelmed, in a room of the Rio hotel-casino. The young man who abandoned his studies to become professional poker player, won thanks to a spectacular return in the game through bluffs.

Coming from Detroit (Michigan, North), Joe Cada is the son of an unemployed auto worker and of a casino employee. At first, the latter tried to dissuade his son from abandon his studies and make a living on online poker. But her son’s passion for the game soon convinced her to let Joe follow his own way: “When he started to cope so well, I told him to live his dream. He can always return to school if he wants to, but how many people do what they love?”

Besides the impressive prize, Joe Cada can boast with a gold bracelet that is traditionally a distinction offered to WSOP winners. For his second place, Darvin Moon cash in $ 5 million.

Senator Robert Menendez introduces a bill for regulating online gambling in U.S.

In an attempt to overturn The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, widely known as UIGEA, New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez has introduced a bill meant to set up the framework for online poker and other games of skill. “Internet Poker and Games of Skill Regulation, Protection and Enforcement Act” focuses mostly on the games where the outcome is determined by the player’s skills and not on the whole field of internet gambling. Besides poker, the other games cited in the bill are bridge, mahjong, backgammon and chess. The specific element that distinguishes these games from other gaming experiences is the little influence the chance has in the final results.

Menendez explains his particular consideration for poker by the significance of this game among Americans spare-time activities throughout their history: “Poker is part of the cultural and recreational fabric of the United States and has been since the founding days of the United States. United States poker aficionados have included presidents, judges, and statesmen.”

According to the proposed bill, the Treasury Department will the institution in charge to make the financial examination of all the applicants. This will reject any person or company that has been accused for any kind of gambling or financial violation. The bill also establishes the security control features that gambling websites will have to include: payment fraud protection and money laundering prevention, age limit policy, residence verification. The compulsive gambling behaviour is another topic of the law. The online casinos and other gaming rooms are obliged to monitor these habits if they want to keep their license. An opt out right for any state or Indian tribe wishing to ban online gambling in their jurisdiction, is equally specified in the text of the bill.

William Hill bookmaker to launch a French poker room

Strengthened after the merger with Playetch, the British company William Hill continues its advance in Europe, by launching a French version of its site, modernised and with some new improvements. The story of the English bookmaker goes back to the interwar period, when William Hill created a society for sports betting. This society recently became the first betting company in UK, ahead of its number one competitor Ladbrokes.

Meanwhile, it has developed by offering on its website casino games in addition to sports betting. Its reputation increased when the company proposed William Hill Poker Grand Prix, a show broadcast since 2006 on the British channel SkySports.

William Hill and Playetch merged on January 2009, on the basis of a contract for a period of 5 years. This allows Playetch to own 29% stake in the new entity created by the project “William Hill On-line”. This transaction, having amounted $250 million, is a boon for William Hill, because since then profits are steadily increasing.

In view of the forthcoming opening of the French market, the site has benefited from a makeover and has been integrally translated into French. Thus, the site has undergone some revisions of graphics and ergonomics.

Many tournaments will be available each day for all the members of IPOKER network. Sit’n Go’s, freerolls and many other tournaments will be offered on a regular basis.

The World Series of Poker attractions

The World Series of Poker greet each year the biggest players in the world. This year, the series looks again explosive. From May 27th to July 15th, Las Vegas will celebrate the 40th anniversary of this prestigious tournament series that continue to crown legends of poker.

These world championships of poker are held annually in the gambling capital of the world, cover all variations of poker and offer honourable titles, including “the world champion of the year” one. In 2008, it was the very young Dane Peter Eastgate who won the Main Event – the main attraction of the Series.

The huge Main Event opens on July 3rd, with no fewer than four “Day 1″. 13 days of intensive competition between the best Texas Hold’em players will shape the final table that will take place in early November. Approximately 10.000 players will be expected to attend the event (including some having been qualified through online casino). With a €10.000 buy-in, a tremendous amount could “collapse” on the winner.

But besides this Main Event, the world of poker has eyes fixed on the first major tournament to be held. For the 40th anniversary of the WSOP, a €40.000 buy-in tournament is set to open May 28th. This can be considered a precaution method of the organizer: Harrah’s Entertainement, aware that the level of the Main Event is very uncertain, inaugurates an event reserved for professionals. In fact, only champions can afford the very expensive ticket and the 300 seats available will boost the prize pool at € 10 million. In recent years, many players still unknown came in the spotlight, like the title holder, Peter Eastgate. At 22, the young Dane excelled especially online before winning in Vegas.

The pros will have another challenge to take: win the maximum of gains by finishing in paid places of the 50 tournaments offered. Scotty Nguyen, crowned “the Prince of the poker” after his performance in 1998, has promised to stop if he doesn’t pick up at least $ 4 million. For purists, the Event which will crown the true poker master, is the HORSE event. It combines 5 variations of poker and has the capability to test the highest skills.

Titan Poker organizes monthly freerolls for newcomers

You are a poker player, but you are not yet enrolled in an online poker room? Well, it is time for you to become member of Titan Poker, a top parlor in the online casino and poker field, which is now offering a very attractive bonus program. The prestigious poker room has set aside 20.000$ exclusively for new members – the prize pool of a free poker tournament freeroll, earmarked monthly for new players’ awards.

The generous endowment of this tournament, combined with a deposit bonus, allow you to boost your bankroll from the beginning and to make a convenient start on Titan Poker. Download the Titan Poker software, create your own account, make your first deposit and you may collect your bonus. Three days after your initial deposit, you will receive tokens, which are valid for 3 months. So enjoy, because it would be a pity not to benefit of this unique opportunity! In fact, these tokens will be yours tickets for a moneymaking journey. Therefore, use these incentives for exercising and prepare you for the next challenge: the New Depositors Freeroll Satellites.

To reach the grand monthly final, all you have to do, as new member of the poker community, is to participate in the weekly freeroll tournaments organised under the name New Depositors Freeroll Satellites. These tournaments run every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 20h. They allow you to compete against players from around the world.

Each of the New Depositor Freeroll Satellites offers 50 places for the finals to be held monthly – at the end of each month, at 20h. This corresponds to approximately 1.000 seats available for the final event and, consequently, to more chances for you to reach the finals.

So, enjoy this wonderful welcome offer, because it is not going to repeat and you are new member only once! And, even if you don’t win the contest, there is no need to worry. Titan Poker is a generous poker room and you will have many others opportunities to take advantage of! Titan Poker offers indeed freerolls pretty regularly throughout the year and that will give you more chances to win nice amounts of money.

Pacific poker for Aussie Millions

Everyone heard about Aussie millions, alias “the Australian Poker championship”. For those who do not yet know ,the Aussie Millions tournament is the most richly endowed tournament in the southern hemisphere. Standing at the prestigious Melbourne Crown Hotel, the event has become the most anticipated poker event of the year, with a prize pool accumulating of a 7.4 million Au$ for this year. Who doesn’t want to try their chance?

As the first poker event in “Land Down Under”, or land of Australia, the Aussi Millions has attracted the biggest names in poker, as Gus Hansen, the 2007 title holder, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Joseph Hachem, Nenad Medic, Shannon Shorr, Kristy Gazes, Erik Seidel and John Juanda. And this year, Pacific Poker added new names to this impressive list.
How can Pacific Poker make the dream of this pool come true? Well, simply by distributing every two weeks a package of 16.000 Au$ to cover not only the entry fees to the tournament, but also all the expenses, that may lead up to Melbourne travel and housing on the spot, when knowing that only the entrance fees for this tournament are 10.000 Au$ + 500 Au$. And all of this completely free thanks to Pacific Poker.
At the last event, 21 year old Russian Alexander Kostritsyn, crowned 2008 at Aussie Millions Champion Melbourne, Australia,Sunday 20 January 2008, came out victorious from the final table, especially against Erik Seidel, and left with over 1.630.000 Au$. The qualifying tournament for the direct Aussie Millions will be held in September.Considering that you can pocket more than one and a half million Australian dollars, it seems really appropriate to try and engage in this tournament.So,let your imagination free, close your eyes, you are the next Alexander Kostritsyn …