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BETFAIR AND POKERSTARS CONNECTIVITY ISSUES2015-04-15
Wagering giants PokerStars and Betfair reportedly experienced major connectivity problems over the past weekend with Betfair taking to Twitter Monday to confirm the company was fighting off a DDoS attack.
"We're currently experiencing a DDoS attack on our site. We're working to fix this as quickly as possible," the tweet informed.
While PokerStars have not confirmed a similar attack, forum posts along with Tweets from Lee Jones - head of poker communications, indicate connectivity and slow response times on the website since as early as April 9, 2015.
This past weekend customers experienced major lag and time out issues with the PokerStars tech team eventually forcing a restart of the server.
Latest forum reports indicate the service had returned to normal when InfoPowa went to press.
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 Gr
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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."
POKERSTARS PARENT LOSES OUT ON ATLANTIC CITY APPEAL (Update)2013-07-02
The Rational Group, parent company of Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker, has suffered another legal setback in its attempt to establish a foothold in the nascent New Jersey online gambling market by buying troubled land casino the Atlantic Club (see previous InfoPowa reports).
On Monday a New Jersey appeal court rejected the company's appeal against an earlier decision in a lower court that Atlantic Ciub was within its rights to withdraw from an acquisition deal with Rational after the agreement ran out of time due to licensing delays.
By then Rational had handed over $11 million to Atlantic Club owners Colony Capital as a gesture of good faith and to help the casino to survive; the American judges have ruled that Colony is within its rights to keep that money.
In its appeal, the Rational Group claimed the judge in the initial hearings made several errors. It also argued that its $15 million purchase deal should be reinstated, noting it has already given The Atlantic Club $11 million.
Commenting on the successful outcome of the appeal for Atlantic Club, chief operating officer Michael Frawley said the casino was clearly pleased with the result of the litigation.
"Our intentions have, and will continue to be focused on the aggressive pursuit of New Jersey's emerging online gaming opportunities," Frawley said.
Pokerstars-Rational Group had not commented when InfoPowa went to press Tuesday morning.
There has been speculation that Atlantic Club used the licensing delay to pull out of the deal because a more attractive alternative may have developed.
The casino was in financial trouble prior to the Rational deal, which put an acquisition price of $15 million on the table and also involved a commitment by Rational to fund a potential $32 million shortfall in the employee pension account.
Rational also had discussed investing an additional $20 million to $40 million into the property once the deal was completed.
As things stand at present, Atlantic Club has not only succeeded in withdrawing from the agreement, but it is keeping the $11 million handed over so far by Rational Group.
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