Daily Poker Update

 

A collection of odds and ends from around the poker world…

 

*Fresh off interviews for the Lederer Files and the 2+2 Pokercast, Howard Lederer decided the stress has been too great to conduct a scheduled interview with Diamond Flush. As DF tweeted over the weekend:

Diamond mentioned a Plan B though and yesterday released the first part of her commentary on the Lederer interviews “The Distortion of Truth in the Lederer Files.” Upcoming parts will be released this week and will feature DF using her unique insight to dissect the claims Howard made in his interviews.

 

Howard Lederer in 2004 World Series of Poker -...

Howard Lederer in 2004 World Series of Poker – Rio Las Vegas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

*French pro Arnaud Mattern is no longer a PokerStars Team Pro. He is looking for “new adventures” according to a tweet sent out early this morning:

 

Tournament Poker News
*Greg “Fossilman” Raymer won the main event at the Heartlnad Poker Tour stop at the River City Casino in St. Louis, Missouri. The 2004 WSOP Main Event champ’s victory is even more impressive considering it is his second this year (Raymer also won the event in Albuquerque) and his record in HPT events is now 2 out of 3! Dennis Phillips also made the final table and finished in 7th place.

 

Greg Raymerk at the 2008 World Series of Poker

Greg Raymerk at the 2008 World Series of Poker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

*PokerStars announced the schedule for the upcoming Caribbean Adventure. The 40 tournament event starts January 5 next year. Read more here.

 

*And finally, Brandon Cantu took to Twitter to voice his displeasure after losing to John Aguiar in a WSOPE event. Cantu claimed he was “robbed” by the decision to delay his heads up match with Aguiar do to the start time of the WSOPE Main Event which Aguiar was registered for.

 

English: Brandon Cantu at the 2008 World Serie...

English: Brandon Cantu at the 2008 World Series of Poker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

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Bwin.Party Completes Sale of Ongame Network

 

 

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Bwin.Party has sold the Ongame Network to Amaya Gaming. The network sold for around $19 million dollars but the price could go up if the U.S. regulates online poker in the next few years. The deal comes months after Shuffle Master pulled out of a similar deal to purchase the network. Ongame is home to several different poker rooms including Betsson, Betfair and Coral. The Press Release is below.

 

Bwin.party digital entertainment

Bwin.party digital entertainment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

1 October 2012

 

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Sale of Ongame to Amaya Gaming Group Inc. (‘Amaya Gaming’)

 

Highlights:

 

Sale of Ongame, a leading B2B online poker network, to Amaya Gaming for up to €25.0 million on a cash-free and debt-free basis
Initial consideration of €15.0 million payable in cash on completion expected during the fourth quarter of 2012
Additional payments of up to €10.0 million, will become payable if there is regulated online gaming in the United States within the next five years
Completion is subject to the standard conditions for a transaction of this type, including regulatory approvals

 

bwin.party today announces that it has agreed to sell Ongame, its business-to-business (‘B2B’) online poker network, to Amaya Gaming Group Inc. (‘Amaya Gaming’) for a total cash consideration of up to €25.0 million.

 

Contingent consideration will become payable by Amaya Gaming if there is regulated online gaming in the United States within five years of completion. The exact amount of the contingent consideration will depend upon the extent of the regulation based upon the number of states that regulate and the total population covered.

 

The transaction is subject to the normal terms and conditions for a transaction of this type as well as certain regulatory approvals and is expected to complete during the fourth quarter of 2012. The management of Ongame will transfer with the business and the net sale proceeds will be used by bwin.party for general corporate purposes.

 

Information on Ongame

 

Ongame Network Ltd (‘Ongame’) is one of the world’s largest B2B poker providers. The global network includes 25 of the e-gaming industry’s strongest brands that are owned by a total of 19 operators. Ongame also operates regional networks in France and Italy. The company offers both operators and their players a wide variety of cash games and tournaments to choose from. Further information about Ongame can be found at http://www.ongame.com.

 

Commenting on today’s announcement, Jim Ryan and Norbert Teufelberger, the Co-CEOs of bwin.party, said:

 

“The sale of Ongame conforms to our strategy, especially as we move closer to launching our single, proprietary technology platform in the next few months. We believe Ongame will fit well into Amaya Gaming and has an excellent future ahead.”

 

David Baazov, Chief Executive Officer of Amaya Gaming, said:

 

“The acquisition of Ongame bolsters Amaya Gaming’s product portfolio, transforming Amaya into a leading provider of gaming platforms. Amaya looks forward to unleashing Ongame’s technology to its full potential through the leveraging of our many B2B relationships and delivering new partners and players to the network. The Ongame platform is scalable, proven and secure and is well suited for quick deployment in new regulated markets. We’re excited about the wide range of opportunities this acquisition makes possible for us as we execute on our vision.”

 

bwin.party was advised by McQueen Limited.

 

Gus Hansen Returns to Full Tilt Poker

Gus Hansen at WSOP 2006 Rio, Las Vegas

Gus Hansen

Gus Hansen has agreed to represent the new Full Tilt Poker according to a press release issued today. The role will be a familiar one for the popular Danish poker player who held a similar position with Full Tilt under previous management. Hansen, a world-class backgammon player as well as one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men,” has long been a fan favorite. Since the demise of the old FTP Gus has played online at PokerStars (mostly PLO and PLO8) under the screen name “Brokski.” After Tilt’s re-launch this November, Gus will be back “home” and he’s ready for the challenge of rebuilding the reputation of the former #2 site in the world:”I’m very excited to represent the industry’s most authentic poker brand” Hansen stated. Players around the world are eagerly awaiting the return of FTP and Gus’s high stakes matches.

Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The full Press Release:

GUS HANSEN WILL RETURN AS THE FACE OF FULL TILT POKER
“The Great Dane” becomes re-launched site’s first brand ambassador

DUBLIN – October 2, 2012 – FullTiltPoker.com today announced that international poker star and tournament legend Gus Hansen will return as brand ambassador for the site, which plans to re-open for real-money poker on November 6, 2012.

In August, PokerStars obtained the assets of Full Tilt Poker and committed to reimburse Full Tilt Poker customers outside the U.S. whose accounts have been inaccessible since the previous management closed the site in June 2011.

Full Tilt Poker will offer real-money poker games and tournaments globally, with the exception of the U.S., France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Estonia and Belgium. Full Tilt Poker’s customers in the rest of the world can soon look forward to accessing their accounts and playing on the re-launched site, confident that they are supported by PokerStars’ history of integrity combined with Full Tilt Poker’s track record of delivering the highest quality online poker experience.

Hansen, a poker icon and four-time WPT champion, already boasts career tournament earnings of nearly $11.2 million and is widely considered to be one of the best all-around players in the world – whether it be large tournaments, live cash games or online. As a former Full Tilt Pro, Hansen, 38, is excited to be returning to one of the world’s leading poker brands.

He said: “I’m very excited to represent the industry’s most authentic poker brand. Full Tilt Poker has the best games, most innovative software and the strongest poker community; to me this feels like coming home.”

“Gus is one of the best-known and most respected names in the poker community,” said Sarne Lightman, the newly-appointed Head of Marketing at Full Tilt Poker. “Gus has always embodied the best characteristics of the Full Tilt Poker brand and we are thrilled to have him return as an ambassador.”

“Expect plenty more news in the comings weeks,” states Lightman. “More international pros, exciting launch promotions and the return of Full Tilt Poker as the world’s most innovative poker site.”

Players can start playing on Full Tilt Poker from November, 6 2012

For more information contact press@ft-services.com

About Full Tilt Poker
FullTiltPoker.com is a leading poker brand known for delivering the most authentic online poker experience in the world. Full Tilt Poker’s innovative software, game design and game play make it the online home for serious poker players.

Full Tilt Poker is being re-launched in November 2012 by The Rational Group, which also operates PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site. Full Tilt Poker plans to operate globally under license from the Isle of Man, which provides rigorous regulatory oversight and deploys the best practices in ensuring player fund protection and the security and integrity of online poker.

New Nadal Video for PokerStars

Español: Rafael Nadal, en el torneo ATP de Tok...

Español: Rafael Nadal, en el torneo ATP de Tokio 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PokerStars just released a new video featuring Team PokerStars SportStar Rafa Nadal. The video features Nadal learning how to bluff by pretending to be an ordinary guy (who bares an uncanny resemblance to Rafa Nadal) working at a golf clubhouse. Check out the candid reactions below.

This is latest video from Nadal and PS who earlier released a TV spot  showing off PokerStars mobile app.

PokerStars Announces Full Tilt Re-Launch Plans

PokerStars issued a press release today updating their plans for the much-anticipated re-launch of Full Tilt Poker. The company is making good on its agreement with the U.S. DOJ and plans to reopen the first week of November 2012 with all players (outside if the U.S.) funds available. For residents of France, Spain, Denmark, Estonia, and Belgium players will “pair” their FTP & Stars accounts and use their Stars account to withdraw/ play. Details for Italian players are still being worked on. Players from the United States are still waiting for updates on repayment from the U.S. government. All other players around the world will have access to their funds to play/ withdraw once FTP opens in early November.

A copy of the Press Release is below:

The Poker World Responds to The Lederer Files

Here’s a collection of some of the many responses to the Lederer Files that have popped up online over the last few days.

It’s only right to start with Matthew Parvis who actually conducted the interview. He gives his thoughts in a written article on PokerNews- The Lederer Files: The Process and Opinions

Not exactly Edward R. Murrow

Next is an interesting blog from Bill Rini. He offers his unique perspective on the videos as someone who actually worked for Full Tilt in the past.

A Review of The Lederer Files (Parts I – IV) and Andy Bloch Interview
Covers the first 4 parts of the interview and has this “BaghdadHoward” photoshop:

Well played Rini

And The Lederer Files Parts 5, 6, and 7 covers the end of the interview.

Daniel Negreanu took a brief respite from tweeting to conduct a short interview with PokerListings. Negreanu: Ivey, Juanda Will Refute Lederer Files

Haralabob tweeted a blog will be out soon with his thoughts:

Barry Greenstein (barryg1) made a post on 2+2 with his take here.

Barry Greenstein moments after winning event #...

That’s a Cosby sweater!

Poker commentator Jesse May just published a blog The Lederer Files: Remaining Questions.

Barry Carter also wrote a blog- The Lederer Files from a Poker Media Perspective.

And finally, if you missed it here is the great montage of Lederer’s interview: