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.

Americas Cardroom Offers Freerolls On Demand

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You can now play freeroll tournaments for real cash rewards whenever you like with Americas Cardroom’s new Freerolls on Demand.

Offered all day, every day, Americas Cardroom’s Freerolls on Demand are multi-table Sit ‘n’ Go tournaments that start as soon as all 270 seats are filled. Additionally, these events all offer late registration for 30 minutes into the event. The moment an On Demand Freeroll starts at ACR, registration opens for the next one.

Each of these ACR On Demand Freerolls offer a $10 guaranteed prize pool, but more than that, each of them award the top 10 finishers points on a biweekly leaderboard running from the 1st to the 15th of each month, and again from the 16th to the last day of each month. The top 10 finishers on each biweekly leaderboard will share a prize pool of $270 worth of tournament entries.

Players get 10 points for finishing first in any ACR On Demand Freeroll; 9 points for 2nd; 8 points for 3rd; 7 points for 4th; 6 points for 5th, 5 points for 6th, 4 points for 7th, 3 points for 8th, 2 points for 9th; and 1 point for 10th place.

First place on the biweekly On Demand Freerolls Leaderboard will get a Beast tournament entry and a $215 Sunday tournament entry. The remaining players in the top 10 will each get a Beast tournament entry.

Players are free to enter as many Americas Cardroom On Demand Freerolls as they desire.

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 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, 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.

Poker 770 Free Festival For $50K

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Win a share of a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool at Poker 770 with its Free Festival 770, running through October 31, 2013.

With free unlimited Sit and Go tournaments and at least 1 freeroll per hour between now and Halloween, the Poker 770 Free Festival 770 events are all free to enter and all have guaranteed cash prize pools.

Between 2 am and 1 pm every day of the promotional period are Free Festival $10 tournaments, from 2 pm to 1 am are Free Festival $27.70 tournaments, and all day long are SNG Free Festival tournaments with $0.10 guaranteed prize pools.

Players can also win a free package into the MegaPoker Series through the Free Festival 770 and Poker 770. You can qualify for the next MPS stage by playing in the $27.70 Free Festival event. From each running, the top 10 finishers will get a 2.20 Euro token into the daily “Mega 1” satellite with 1-seat guaranteed with a 2.15 Euros + 0.05 Euros direct buy-in.

Also during this limited time promotional period, Poker 770 is holding Hyper SNG tournaments with extraordinarily low buy-ins. There’s the Hyper SNG $0.05 buy-in event with a $0.05 + $0.01 buy-in, and the Hyper SNG $0.10 buy-in event with a $0.10 + $0.01 buy-in.

And all this is being offered in addition to Poker 770’s usual selection of monthly freerolls: $50,000 worth each month. These include the $30 Daily; $200 Daily Final; $500 Weekly Final; Late Night Poker; Lunch Time Poker; Tea Time Poker; Midnight Poker; and $35K Tokens events.

Bovada Poker $120 Weekly Cash Bonuses

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In celebration of the upcoming WPT Montreal stop on the 2013 World Poker Tour, between Monday, September 30 and Sunday, October 27, Bovada Poker is giving its cash game players the chance to earn $120 in weekly cash bonuses.

That’s up to $30 per week in cash bonuses for 4 weeks, based on earning poker points at the Bovada Poker cash tables. Earn 75 points in a week and get a $10 cash bonus; earn 150 points in a week and get a $20 cash bonus; earn 200 points in a week and get a $30 cash bonus.

All cash bonuses will be released into eligible player accounts on October 28, 2013, with players earning the highest weekly bonus amount for which they are eligible.

In addition, each bonus level that you reach will earn you another ticket in the random drawing for the grand prize: a $6,000 WPT Montreal Prize Package that includes free seats into the WPT Montreal main event. Get 1 draw ticket with every $10 bonus, 2 draw tickets with every $20 bonus, and 3 draw tickets with every $30 bonus. Plus you’ll get an additional draw ticket for every 50 poker points you earn above and beyond the first 200 each week.

And remember, Bovada Poker is also where online tournament players can find satellite tournaments awarding many more of these $6K WPT Montreal prize packages.

To be eligible for these bonuses you must opt in to the promotion and you must be subscribed to Bovada Poker’s promotional email list.

Wynn Resorts Gives Nevada 888 Poker

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Poker players living in Nevada will soon be able to play online poker with other Nevada players through 888 Poker, in partnership with Wynn Resorts.

In the latest legal U.S. online poker partnership of a cascade of them to hit the news desk these past months (and for months to come in the foreseeable future) Wynn Resorts has partnered up with 888 Holdings, owner of 888 Poker among other online gambling sites, to offer its unique brand of online poker to players throughout the state of Nevada, where intrastate online poker has now been legalized and regulated. That makes Wynn Resorts, owned by Steve Wynn, the latest member of the All American Poker Network or AAPN that 888 Holdings set up along with Avenue Capital Group in order to offer legal intrastate online poker in states where it’s legal.

Currently, partnerships with land-based casinos already established in these areas is the only way an online poker site can apparently set up shop in the newly budding intrastate U.S. online poker market. Originally the news was that Wynn Resorts would be partnering with Poker Stars for its intrastate online poker offerings, but after the debacle of Black Friday, 2011, Wynn Resorts backed out of all talks with PokerStars, which is how AAPN and 888 Holdings was able to get a leg in the door.

So far, the states where online poker is now legal are Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware, and 888 Holdings’ Brian Mattingly is already getting in a stake in every one of these markets.

Players Only Poker Promotional Rundown

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Players Only Poker is a sister site to Sportsbook Poker, and as such holds the same selection of promotions that Sportsbook Poker does. Over the past weeks and months, we’ve brought you these promotions one by one. This time, in light of Players Only Poker’s partnership with Sportsbook Poker, we’ll give a quick refresher of all those promotions in one handy post. Here we go:

The World’s Bet Poker Bonus – a 200% match on your first deposit up to a maximum bonus of $2,000.

The Better Bad Beat Jackpot – a new and improved bad beat jackpot that lowered the requirements for the “losing” hand to a full-house jacks or better.

The $20K Wolf Pack – a VIP points leaderboard promotion that awards $20,000 monthly

In addition, both Players Only Poker and Sportsbook Poker hold a pair of promotions for their Sit and Go tournament players too:

Sit & Go Tournament Leaderboards – with $25,000 monthly guaranteed to be awarded to players at the real money 6-max and full-ring sit and go tables.

Step & Go Tournaments –  a step tournament series of sit & go tournaments; a 6-step series that gives players the chance to turn a $1.10 buy-in into a $250 payout.

Players Only Poker also participates in the Poker Maximus, when it comes around. Currently, the sites are finishing up their 6th installment of the beloved featured event, but members can always look forward to the next Poker Maximus tournament series to be coming up around the bend. This time around, the prize pool stood at more than $3 million guaranteed across 85 events over 2 weeks.

Bovada Poker Hosts Back to School $5K Poker Scholarship Promo

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Between September 2 and 29, Bovada Poker is giving its players the chance to earn as much as $115 in weekly cash bonuses, plus chances to win a $5K Poker Scholarship, consisting of 40 big money online poker tournament tickets.

The first step toward winning that $5K Poker Scholarship is opting in to the promotion by clicking the red Enter Now button at the Back to School promotion’s page on the Bovada Poker site. You must also be subscribed the site’s promotional emails in order to qualify for this bonus. A link to confirm your subscription is active is provided on the same page, below the Enter Now button.

Then, after all that is set, you’re ready to claim your weekly cash bonuses by meeting one of the following two requirements each week – notice that, as in school, the requirements getting harder as you progress through each successive level:
Freshman Week (week 1):
◦    Get 50 Poker Points and earn a $10 cash bonus
◦    Get 100 Poker Points and earn a $20 cash bonus
Sophomore Week (week 2):
◦    Get 75 Poker Points and earn a $15 cash bonus
◦    Get 125 Poker Points and earn a $25 cash bonus
Junior Week (week 3):
◦    Get 100 Poker Points and earn a $20 cash bonus
◦    Get 150 Poker Points and earn a $30 cash bonus
Senior Week (week 4):
◦    Get 100 Poker Points and earn a $25 cash bonus
◦    Get 200 Poker Points and earn a $40 cash bonus

You’ll also receive one drawing entry for every week’s easier task, or two drawing entries for every week’s harder task.

Online Poker Documentary “Bet Raise Fold” Released

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A new independent, feature-length documentary film focuses its lens on online poker players. The movie is called “Bet Raise Fold” and it follows three players – Martin “AlexeiMartov” Bradstreet, Tony “Bond18” Dunst, and Danielle “dmoongirl” Moon-Andersen – all of whom make their living with online poker.

The subject is true to the film’s producer Jay Rosenkrantz’s heart, as he moved to NY after earning his Film and TV degree at Boston University only to make $1 million through high stakes card games by the time he reached the age of 24.

The main conflict of the film is the event known as Black Friday, which took place on April 15, 2011 when the U.S. Department of Justice, a federal agency, pulled the rug out from under the online poker industry’s (and players’) feet, shutting down the most popular online poker sites operating in the U.S. – Poker Stars, Ultimate Bet/Absolute Poker, and Full Tilt Poker – and seizing hundreds of millions of dollars of U.S. player funds that still haven’t fully been returned. Only Poker Stars has completely paid back its players.

From the moment to which many attribute the big boom in online poker – when online poker and satellite tournament winner Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker in 2003, setting the stage for many amateur players turned instant professionals and celebrities overnight. This also occurred just as the televised broadcast of the World Poker Tour was taking off in popularity.

Bet Raise Fold is billed as a “coming of age story for an entire generation of young poker professionals.”

Interestingly, the film was fully funded by the online poker winnings from a group of select pro players.