888 Poker Hosts GR888 $10K Winter Giveaway

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Win a share of up to $10,000 daily in 888 Poker’s The GR888 Winter Giveaway, running now through the end of December, with $10K (£6K) freeroll tournaments running each and every day.

To get started, check your 888 Poker email inbox for your first free ticket into a $10,000 Daily Winter Freeroll tournament. To earn an additional ticket into another 888 Poker Daily Winter Freeroll, each with a $10,000 (or £6,000) guaranteed prize pool, just get 3 of a kind 8s (trips 8) on any hand and make it to the Showdown of that hand. Every time you do so, you’ll earn an additional ticket into another $10K Daily Winter Freeroll. Players can earn a maximum of 1 such ticket per day of the promotion.

In addition, there are also Winter Warmers, prizes of 888 Poker merchandise and more, all also up for grabs during these $10K (£6K) Daily Winter Freeroll tournaments.

New players to 888 Poker, upon making their first real money deposit, will earn, in addition to their Welcome bonus, 5 free tickets into GR888 Winter Giveaway Daily Freerolls.

Players have until the end of December to redeem their Daily Winter Freeroll tickets before they expire.

Only 3 of a kinds received during cash games or tournaments with real money buy-ins are eligible for Winter Giveaway Freeroll tickets. Trip 8s received in freeroll tournaments, for example, do not count toward Daily Winter Freeroll Tournament tickets. It does not matter, however, whether the three of a kind includes 1, 2, or none of your hole cards.

Party Poker Giving Away Sony PlayStation4s Daily in November

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Party Poker is giving away a Sony PlayStation4 a day, minimum, in its PlayStation4 Freestival giveaway running throughout 2013 November.

Enter daily qualifiers into an $11 buy-in tournament with a PS4 added to the prize pool three times each day, all throughout the week. You’ll find the complete schedule of qualifiers on the promotion’s page on the Party Poker site, but there are three slots each day with two $1 buy-in qualifiers and 1 freeroll qualifier each day.

There are two different $11 PS4 added events then to choose from. One on M, Tu, W, F, and Sun at 14:30 ET with an $8K GTD prize pool. And one on Th and Sa at 21:00 ET for a $4K GTD prize pool.

Then there are three of Party Poker’s Sunday Majors where a PS4 is added to each one’s prize pool: the $200K GTD Sunday at 13:30 ET for a $215 buy-in, the $10K Super Bounty at 13:00 ET for a $54 buy-in, and the $5K 5-Max Speed Rebuy Sunday Majors at 15:45 ET for a $2 buy-in.

There are even daily PS4 giveaway freerolls during this event: one every M, W, F, and Su at 13:00 ET and one every Tu, Th, and Sa at 19:00 ET.

Party Poker players should also look out for surprise opportunities to win other gadgets by Sony throughout the November PlayStation4 Freestival. Win a 16GB WiFi Tablet Z, an Xperia i1 smartphone, a Smart Watch, and any number of other prizes.

Bovada Poker’s Mystery Month Awards Cash Bonuses & Tournament Tickets

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Win cash bonuses and tournament tickets weekly at Bovada Poker during its Mystery Month, lasting between Monday November 4th and Sunday December 1st and during which eligible players can win themselves a surprise reward each and every week.

Bovada Poker offers two tiers of Mystery Bonus awards: Tier 1 Mystery Bonuses including cash bonuses of $5 to $20 and tournament tickets of $5.50 to $11; Tier 2 Mystery Bonuses including cash bonuses of $10 to $50 and tournament tickets of $7.70 to $162. In both tiers, players can also win a Weekly $5K PTS Freeroll Ticket worth 1,000 Poker Points.

To earn a Tier 1 Mystery Bonus in a given week, just earn 75 Poker Points minimum at the Bovada Poker real money tables that week. To earn a Tier 2 Mystery Bonus, earn 150 Poker Points that week. Players can only qualify for one mystery bonus per week, that being the highest for which they’re eligible.

To have your Poker Points earned during Bovada Poker’s Mystery Month count toward a weekly reward, you must opt in to the promotion through the Bovada Poker website or your player software. Each weekly promo period is counted as Monday at 00:00:01 am ET to Sunday at 11:59:59 pm ET. Bonuses will be issued November 11th, 18th, 25th and December 2nd. Other important terms and conditions apply to this promotion, so be sure you read all of them closely when you participate.

New players at Bovada Poker now get a 100% welcome bonus of up to $1,000 cash depending on your Bovada Poker Points earned during your first 60 days at the site.

888 Poker Holds $2.5 Million XL Series

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888 Poker’s XL Series offers players 3 tickets to a share of a $2.5 million guaranteed prize pool. It’s all for new players signing up at 888 Poker for their first real money account with the site. No deposit is even required to take advantage of this offer, though you can get up to a $400 welcome bonus when you make your first deposit. But you’ll get your 3 freeroll tickets just for signing up. Then, the top 100 players from each daily freeroll tournament will advance to the Super XL Series Main Events as follows:

First place each day gets a $500K Super XL Main Event seat.
Second through 4th places each get a $200K Super XL Opening Event seat.
Fifth through 12th places each get a $50K Super XL Mini Main Event seat.
Thirteenth through 42nd places each get a $30K Super XL Mini Opening Event seat.
Forty-third through 47th places each get a $10K Super XL Mini Turbo Deep Event seat.
Forty-eighth through 52nd places each get a $3K Super XL Mini Nitro 4 Max Event seat.
Fifty-third through 100th places each get a $1K Super XL Micro Main Event seat.

The promotional period for 888 Poker’s $2.5 Million XL Series is November 3 to December 8, 2013. Extensive terms and conditions apply to this promotion so be sure to read up on them before beginning to participate. They include information for VIP, MVP, and High Roller players, Mobile players, New Members, and information on Super XL Leaderobards and TrT awards, or Tournament Tickets, among other important promotional details.

Party Poker Launches Multiple World Poker Tour Satellites

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Party Poker has satellite series’ going on now into multiple World Poker Tour main events. In addition the WPT Montreal satellite series which is still raging strong, on October 14 and 15, respectively, Party Poker launched its WPT National UK and WPT Prague satellite series’, and on October 28, Party Poker launches its WPT Borgata satellite series.

The WPT National UK satellite series runs through December 15 and awards seats worth $310 in the WPT National Milton Keynes Main Event taking place December 19 to 22, 2013. The series starts with daily freerolls and ends with $33 satellites, also daily, awarding 1 seat guaranteed at each running, and one for each $310 in the prize pool.

The WPT Prague satellite series runs through December 8 and awards full $6,100 prize packages into the WPT Prague main event that includes accommodations and expense funds. The WPT Prague itself takes place December 15 to 21, 2013.The series starts with daily freerolls and ends with weekly $325 satellites awarding 1 prize package guaranteed at each, and 1 for every $325 in the prize pool.

The WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open satellite series runs through January 12, 2014 and awards full $6,000 prize packages into the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open main event that includes accommodations and travel and spending cash. The WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open itself takes place January 25 to 31, 2014. The series starts with daily freerolls and ends with weekly $325 satellites, that award prize packages to 1 in every 20 participants.

Party Poker Holds Mission to WPT Montreal Promo

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Party Poker is now holding a promotion called the WPT Montreal Mission giving players tasks to complete in order to get their chance to win one of 3 WPT Montreal main event entries or the grand prize, a $5,000 WPT Montreal prize package.

As you’ll shortly see, this is a clearly Canada themed promotion, with the country’s history and culture permeating the online poker missions laid out for players. In order to be eligible to win one of these prizes, you must first complete 5 Missions:
1.    Play at least 1,867 hands of online poker at Party Poker, any game type (in honor the year Canda was founded)
2.    Win a hand each with: pocket 9s, pocket 7s, 8-7 suited, pocket 6s, and pocket 3s (in honor of the jersey numbers of some of Canada’s hockey legends)
3.    Play in any 3 MTTs with at least 25 players in each event or more (in honor of the 3 territories of the country)
4.    Play in any 10 Sit ‘n’ Go tourneys with 3 or more players at each (in honor of the 10 provinces in the country)
5.    Play 1 or more hands per day on 6 different days of the month of October 2013 (in honor of the 6 different time zones in Canada)

Players have until October 31, 2013 to complete all of these missions. Those who do so will be automatically entered into the WPT Montreal Freeroll tournament taking place on November 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm ET.

New Jersey’s First Online Gaming Permit Goes To…The Borgata!

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The Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa owned by Boyd Gaming and MGM has become the proud owner of the first online gaming permit to be issued in the state of New Jersey.

After becoming, in February 2013, the 3rd state in the country to make online gambling legal, following Nevada and Delaware, New Jersey expects online gaming within the state to go live for players sometime in November of this year, likely on November 26, after a trial period to ensure everything runs smoothly.

The Borgata is one of a dozen hotels and casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, currently the only casinos in the state that the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement are permitted to launch online gambling sites. Other casinos looking to get into the game themselves include Caesars Entertainment, Trump Entertainment Resorts, The Golden Nugget, and the Tropicana Casino and Resort. Another, Resorts Hotel, looks to be teamed up with Poker Stars to offer an intrastate version of that site’s offerings to its customers who reside in New Jersey. The Borgata, meanwhile, is teamed up with Bwin.party Digital Entertainment, owners of the Bwin Casino Poker sites and the Party Casino  Poker sites.

Analysts estimate New Jersey’s online gambling revenue will be around $500 million to $1 billion annually, compared with their estimates for Nevada’s, which is only $50 million to $250 million.

The first online gaming site to go live in the country occurred in Nevada, with UltimatePoker.com, offered by Station Casinos.

PokerStars Increases Daily Big, Bigger, Biggest

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One of PokerStars staple tournament offerings are The Daily Bigs: events with big prizes pools for comparatively tiny buy-ins. Between Monday, October 14 and Sunday, October 20, 2013, PokerStars will be increasing the buy-ins even more, by turning them into Big, Bigger, or Biggest tournaments.

The new promotional Big version of The Daily Bigs will run from Monday, October 14 to Friday, October 18, increasing guaranteed prize pools by 50%.

The Bigger version of The Daily Bigs will run on Saturday, October 19, increasing guaranteed prize pools by double.

The Biggest version of The Daily Bigs will run on Sunday, October 20, increasing guaranteed prize pools by triple. This culminates in Tourney Number 800 Million with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool and $100,000 in added prizes.

In addition, at all of these Big, Bigger, and Biggest events – including Tourney Number 800 Million – bubble prizes will be awarded, in the form of free tickets back into the same event, in essence giving all those players who finished on the bubble in a particular The Daily Bigs event a second chance to play in that event again at no cost to them. The number of bubble prizes awarded at each event varies, depending on the event and whether or not it is currently Big, Bigger, or Biggest.

The Daily Bigs run all day each day, from The Big $3.30 at 01:00 ET through to The Big $2.20 at 20:30 ET.

The increased Daily Bigs are being offered as part of PokerStars larger 800 Million Celebration, being held in honor of the site’s 800 millionth tournament held.

PokerStars Holds $500K Giveaway

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PokerStars is holding a $500,000 giveaway promotion for all its sit and go tournament players called $500K Golden Sit & Gos – one small part of the site’s upcoming 800 Million Celebration.

Running from Sunday, October 13 to Saturday, October 19, 2013, the PokerStars $500K Golden Sit & Gos promotion promises boosted cash back on buy-ins and boosted prize pools. Randomly, PokerStars will declare various real money sit and go tournaments held during this promotional period to be $500K Golden Sit & Go Tournaments, which come in three types: Big, Bigger, or Biggest.

Big events award all participants twice their buy-in back plus boosts the guaranteed prize pool of the event by double.
Bigger events award all participants three times their buy-in back plus boosts the guaranteed prize pool of the event by triple.
Biggest events award all participants five times their buy-in back plus boosts the guaranteed prize pool of the event by five times.

PokerStars estimates that throughout the week-long promotional period, such prizes will be awarded, on average, every 3 minutes.

The $500K Golden Sit & Gos promotion is just one part of PokerStars larger 800 Million Celebration, honoring the holding of its 800 millionth tournament, which will cap off this multi-promotional event on Sunday, October 20, 2013.

Stay tuned here for more details on other events making up PokerStars 800 Million Celebration, including more details on the culminating tournament itself as well as the Big, Bigger, Biggest tournaments temporarily replacing the site’s popular The Daily Big tournament events.

Runner Runner Poker Movie Releases Friday

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Today, Friday, October 4, 2013, a new poker movie hits theaters. It’s called “Runner Runner” and it stars Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake as opposite sides of a dispute about one man’s (Justin Timberlakes) loss of a great sum of money to an online poker site.

Calling it a thriller that set against a backdrop of online poker (actually it’s set in Costa Rica, although more of the film was shot in Puerto Rico) the movie is the most recent from the team of writers/producers Brian Koppleman and David Levien. The movie follows a ruthless offshore online poker site operator played by Affleck, lending to rumors that the film will shed a bad light on online poker and hurt the industry’s efforts to legalize in more states and then the whole U.S.. The producers’ answer to that is to look at the 1998 film “Rounders” (which was written, incidentally by the same dynamic duo) that rallied that same complaints, yet only served to bolster the game of real money high stakes poker, if anything. The writers/producers also swear that they were already working on the film before the 2011 Black Friday debacle hitting sites like Absolute Poker and Ultimate Poker took place, with those events merely serving as validation that they indeed had themselves an urgent and relevant story worth telling.

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Also involved in the making of the “Rounders Rounders…” – sorry “Runner Runner” online poker film was live poker pro player Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari.