888 Poker Coming To Nevada This Summer

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888 Holdings has announced that it expects to be able to launch online poker in Nevada by the summer of 2013. According to what CEO Brian Mattingly to Reuters this past Tuesday, April 23, 888 plans to open its online poker room to Nevada players this summer, right after its software finishes passing approval by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Once that occurs, 888 Poker will be available to players in Nevada via 3 different state approval online gaming partners.

The UK based 888 will also be providing the online poker software platform for the World Series of Poker branded site being run by Caesars Interactive Entertainment. It will also provide a poker platform for several slot machine makers, including Treasure Island and WMS Industries.

Already the Nevada Gaming Commission has given its approval for more than 20 online gambling licenses to be awarded, including The Golden Nugget, MGM International, and Boyd Gaming, but none of those already granted licenses have yet announced a launch date for online poker.

Mattingly says that the complete effects of this launch financially will be experienced in around 2015. In related news, 888 Holdings is also looking at setting up shop in New Jersey where intrastate online poker has also been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. Mattingly also says that a huge marketing push by 888 is expected in 2014.

If 888’s performance in Italy and Spain over the first few months of this year are any indication, the company is set to make a huge splash in legal US online poker when it comes to pass, and present in each state paving the way.

Bet Online Poker Holds On The Hour Freerolls With Real Money Prizes

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Bet Online Poker runs freeroll tournaments held hourly that award real cash prizes ranging from

But although the site calls these tournaments “On The Hour Freerolls”, hardly any of them actually start literally on the hour. Therefore we’ve taken the liberty of providing you the full schedule of these so-called On The Hour Freerolls below, as it really is a fine opportunity to whet your poker chops and walk away from the table with some real cash in your pocket for doing so.

Notice in the below schedule that two events actually have a buy-in, although not a cash buy-in. They’re the 11:20 am and 5:20 pm events and they each cost 1 poker point to buy-in. Beside each listing is the number of players receiving a pay-out in the tourney (e.g. top 10 pays out the top 10 finishers.)

The Bet Online Poker On The Hour Freerolls Schedule is as follows (all times listed EST):

•    12:20 am – $25 Freeroll, top 20

•    1:10 am – $10 Turbo Freeroll, top 10

•    2:10 am – $25 Freeroll, top 20

•    3:10 am – $10 Turbo Freeroll, top 10

•    4:10 am – $25 Freeroll, top 20

•    6:00 am – $100 European Nooner Freeroll, top 40

•    8:10 am – $25 Freeroll, top 20

•    9:10 am – $25 Freeroll, top 30

•    10:10 am – $10 Freeroll, top 10

•    *11:20 am – 1,000 POP Freeroll — costs 1 POP to enter — top 10

•    12:00 pm – $140 Nooner Freeroll, top 50

•    1:20 pm – $10 Turbo Freeroll, top 10

•    2:10 pm – $10 Turbo Freeroll, top 10

•    3:10 pm – $25 Freeroll, top 20

•    4:10 pm – $50 Freeroll, top 30

•    5:10 pm – $10 Turbo Freeroll, top 10

•    *5:20 pm – 1,000 POP Freeroll — costs 1 POP to enter — top 10

•    8:10 pm – $10 Turbo Freeroll, top 10

•    9:10 pm – $50 Freeroll, top 10

•    10:10 pm – $25 Turbo Freeroll, top 20

All Bet Online Poker freerolls cap their player pools at 3,000 registrants, so be sure to register early and secure your spot.

Blanca Games Inc Issues Statement on Restructuring

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Absolute Poker and UB to Focus on Non-U.S. Business
St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda (May 5, 2011) — Blanca Games Inc. (“Blanca”), operator of online poker rooms Absolute Poker and UB, issued the following statement today:

As previously stated, Absolute Poker and UB ceased their U.S.-facing operations due to recent legal developments in the United States. The company is currently restructuring and is focusing its resources on consolidating its non-U.S., rest-of-the-world operation and software business. In order to have a more efficient and successful future business, an immediate need to downsize and streamline operations significantly at both online poker rooms has been required.  Absolute Poker and UB continue to operate their non-U.S.-facing business.

This decision comes after considerable review and analysis of the impact that ‘Black Friday’ has had on the business as a whole. The workforce has been liquidated, and the process of rehiring approximately 20% of staff in key positions has commenced. All affected employees have been informed of this necessary restructure.

A company spokesperson said: ”We regret that we have been compelled to take these actions.  We have worked tirelessly to create a truly amazing company that is filled with extraordinary people. We have always been and still remain fully committed to our employees and players. At the same time, we are confident that this restructuring will strengthen the company and its future.”

The Company spokesperson also addressed erroneous reports that Blanca has filed for bankruptcy. The apparent confusion over this issue stems from the fact that Blanca recently informed a debt holder, Madeira Fjord, that it was terminating debt payments to, and its relationship with them.  As a result, Madeira Fjord apparently filed a notice of bankruptcy in Norway. This notice has no negative impact upon Blanca, the operating company, or its brands.  As stated previously, Absolute Poker and UB continue to operate their non-U.S. facing business around the world.

For non-U.S. players, Absolute Poker and UB have increased their maximum withdrawal limits to $1000 for Visa withdrawals and $500 for all other methods.  The number of transactions being processed per day has been significantly increased as well.  Players are still restricted to one transaction per week, but we are working to return non-U.S. withdrawals to normal service levels as quickly as possible.

As confirmed earlier this week, the company’s legal counsel is in continuing discussions this week with the U.S. Attorney’s office to formalize an agreement that would facilitate the return of funds to U.S. players.

888 Poker Gets Social

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888 PokerThis March, 888 Poker is turning the world of online poker on its head when 888poker goes social!

888poker incorporates two special features that allows poker players across the world to engage socially while playing their favorite game and winning real cash.

1. NEW PokerCam Tables: The REAL Experience. NEW PokerCam tables for face-to-face play in real time! Revolutionizing online poker for a more “true-life” experience.

2. NEW Teams Poker™: Every week 888poker adds special Teams Poker™ tourneys, where players can join the favorite teams for only $0.88. It’s the same as a regular poker tourney, except 50% of the prize pool is shared with the winning team so even those knocked out still get their share of the pot!

Complementing these two new advancements in the world of online poker…888poker is revolutionizing online poker AND offering up some great bonus offers and tournaments this March!

$8/£5 FREE: All new players start off with an instant £5.00 (UK players) $8.00 (all other players) FREE, no-deposit bonus when they download and register at 888poker.

ALL for 8 Cents! Three times a week, players can enjoy a $1000 tournament with just an $0.08 buy-in! Super-low buy-in, super high winnings!

Play More, Win More! According to the number of days they play, players get entry to weekly ‘“Play More’” freerolls of $1000, $4,000 and every 2 weeks $10,000.

With over 5 million registered users, 888poker continues to offer the best consumer experience. For all the latest information on 888poker’s current promotions, online reward store and new community, go to 888poker.