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NEW JERSEY OPERATOR TO LAUNCH THREE TIER ONLINE POKER TOURNEY2014-08-18
PartyPoker's New Jersey operation has published the schedule for its much-anticipated Garden State Super Series, promising a guaranteed prize pool of at least a million dollars, spread over sixty events in three tier buy-ins that will run from September 7 to September 21.
With buy-ins designed to attract low, medium and bigger spenders, the tournament is catering for all bankrolls, and starting August 18 PartyPoker will be running satellite qualifiers as well.
The buy-in variations will be spread over 20 events, making for sixty competitions in all, with the Main Event featuring buy-ins of $50, $100 and $200, and prize pools of at least $10,000, $20,000 and $75,000.
The highest buy-in - $1,000 - will give players a seat in the High Roller Event, whilst other events will have buy-ins as low as $5.
The full schedule can be found here:
LUCKYFISH GAMES CLOSES SERIES A FUNDING2014-05-22
Social game developer LuckyFish Games closed off $1.6 million in Series A funding led by Carmel Ventures, a member of the Viola Group.
This is the first investment for Carmel Ventures in the social gaming development sector, led by Daniel Cohen, General Partner at Carmel who also joined the Company's board of directors.
LuckyFish Games launched its first portfolio of 22 social games through OMG! Fortune on Facebook recently, it was founded at the end of 2012 by Roi Fishman, formerly an Infrastructure & Poker Delivery Manager at online gaming firm 888. Fishman is also the co-founder of SparkyBee, another social games developer.
In addition to its Facebook platform activity, LuckyFish said it will launch an Android version of OMG! Fortune in the coming days and an iOS version by next month.
"This funding will allow us to capture the rapidly evolving opportunity in the growing market of social gaming as a whole and social fortune games in particular," Fishman commented. "We are excited about the coming launch of our Android and iOS game versions and the rapid growth of our community of fans. The partnership with Carmel Ventures is also a validation of our innovative viral offering and our business model."
"We found LuckyFish to have a unique combination of a professional management team, exclusive content, and a cutting edge BI system which enables real-time analysis," said Daniel Cohen, General Partner at Carmel Ventures. "These are the key factors to LuckyFish's growth in a very exciting market."
NEW INDIAN POKER NETWORK FROM CUBEIA2013-10-14
Stockholm-based software firm Cubeia and local partner Mirch Entertainment, will unveil a new real-money poker network in India dubbed Cubeia Poker.
The new network, based upon the open source platform, is a fully responsive and flexible HTML5 poker client that Cubeia says runs on any computer, most mobile devices, all major browsers and all operating systems.
The Cubeia Network will seamlessly integrate with payment providers in India and the first operator, Thrill Poker, is expected to go live during Quarter 4 2013.
Lars J. Nilsson, executive vice president of Cubeia believes the second most populous country is an exciting new market with huge potential.
Cubeia's flagship product Firebase is a server platform for developing and running multiplayer online games. It is dual-licensed, one version for the development community under an open source license, and another version with enterprise features under a proprietary license.
How Mirch Entertainment intends to get around Indias rather restrictive online gambling laws is open to conjecture. The last InfoPowa heard Sikkim was the last Indian province remotely considering gambling.
CANADIAN PLAYERS SCORE AGAIN AT WORLD SERIES OF POKER2013-06-24
Canada's bracelet count at the World Series of Poker continued to mount as the new week began, with Justin Oliver of Toronto and David Idema from Vancouver winning bracelets - making it nine for Canada thus far.
Oliver, a 37-year-old jeweller, claimed his first WSOP bracelet in the $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Four-Handed event - number 38 on the WSOP schedule - along with the main prize of $309,071 after coming out tops in a field of 565 other players, many of them respected names in the game.
The entry field generated a prize pool worth $1,287,650, enabling 64 players to cash for a minimum of $4,223.
The Canadian did not look promising at all in the last phases of the game, especially in the six-and-a-half-hour final table, but staged a remarkable come-back which saw him prevail into the heads up against Nick Schwarmann. Despite Schwarmann's 6 to 1 lead Oliver kept his cool and played a few double ups finally enabled him to take the lead and ultimately despatch Schwarmann in the 115th hand of the heads up for $191,434.
The other two finishers were:
3rd: Jared Jaffe - $129,447
4th: David Pham - $89,736
Vancouver professional player Daniel Idema (29) last won a WSOP bracelet - his first - two years ago and was clearly delighted to enjoy the winning experience again in event 39, $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud.
Idema had to get the better of 557 other entrants in the event, which after three days thinned out to a final table comprising Idema, along with Joseph Hertzog, Raul Paez, Matt Vengrin, Mike Leah, Tony Gill, Fei Chu and Artie Cobb.
The heads up in this event was between Idema and fellow Canadian Joseph Hertzog, although at one stage in three handed play Spanish player Raul Paez looked as if he was going to take the title and the big money with a significant chip lead. The vagaries of poker intervened however, and Paez went out in third for $71,736.
Hertzog held the lead going into the 92-hand heads up, with both players celebrating with a round of drinks, but the amiable exchange did not dull the competitive edge of both players as the fight for supremacy and the bracelet began in earnest. Idema steadily played himself back into the game to ultimately send his opponent to the cashier's cage for a second placing cash of $114,109, leaving Idema to celebrate his second bracelet and a bank account-boosting main prize of $184,590.
It was his fifth WSOP final table, his nineteenth WSOP cash in 28 career live tournament cashes, and his second WSOP bracelet and his third firt place win.
Other final table players in the decent money included:
4. Matt Vengrin $51,488
5. Mike Leah $37,552
6. Tony Gill $27,834
7. Fei Chu $20,964
8. Artie Cobb $16,037