Weekly Poker Roundup: May 29, 2016
PokerStars to Run Promo to Compensate ex-NJ Full Tilt Players for Loss of Full Tilt Points
Almost of the former Full Tilt Poker customers in the United States who lost their deposits when the online poker room shut down after Black Friday have been paid back. Though it took years, at least the money has been finding its way home. Many players, though, have been upset that they still lost a lot of value that they had in Full Tilt in the form of Full Tilt Points. While player deposits have been returned, FTP’s were lost for good. For ex-Full Tilters is New Jersey, something may be done about that.
On a post on Two Plus Two, PokerStars VIP Club Manager Dylan Coady announced that PokerStars has plans to host a promotion for its New Jersey customers in order to compensate them for their lost Full Tilt Points. Coady said that when PokerStars bought Full Tilt and promised to pay back player deposits, it did not assume the company’s liabilities.
“Despite not being our responsibility, we have sought to ensure Full Tilt players could maintain some advantages associated with their previously accumulated FTPs,” wrote Coady. “In the coming months, eligible New Jersey Full Tilt account holders will be contacted via email with details of an upcoming promotion to reward previously accumulated Full Tilt Points.”
Online Gambling Bill Stalled in Pennsylvania House
Rep. John Payne’s online gambling bill, HB 649, was not passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday, but will likely come up for another vote in the near future. Oddly, it wasn’t even HB 649 that didn’t receive enough votes, but rather amendments for a different online gaming bill, HB 1925.
The amendments, A7622 and A7619, were both defeated, but it was the way in which they were defeated that was strange. Both included online gaming language, but A7622 permits for the expansion of video gaming terminals (VGT’s) outside of casinos. A7619 is not so liberal with VGT expansion.
Payne authored A7619, but was inadvertently listed as the man who penned both amendments. It was actually Rep. Mark Mustio who wrote A7622. As it turned out, many legislators who wanted VGT expansion voted against A7622 because they thought Payne wrote it. Then they voted against V7619, thinking that the amendments would be looked at again and come up for a re-vote.
As it turns out, the online gambling measures will come up for another vote, that date just hasn’t been announced yet.
Treasure Island Casino Opens Subscription-Based Online Poker Room
Las Vegas’ Treasure Island casino has launched an online poker room, though before anyone gets too excited thinking another room has been added to the Nevada/Delaware network, this one is a subscription poker room.
The site, ti-poker.com, has a free membership option that allows customers to play poker for free and still have a shot to win cash and prizes. Gold Premium Memberships and Platinum Memberships are also available for $9.95 and $14.95 per month, respectively. Both give access to additional tournaments, freerolls, and other poker perks such as message boards and enhanced customer support.
The usual games are available to players, such as Hold’em, Stud, and Omaha, but a unique Hold’em variation called Ozzie Poker is also on the roster. Ozzie poker starts the same as Hold’em, with every player dealt two hole cards. After the flop, though, players have the option to pay an additional “high blind” in exchange for a third hole card. Those who buy the extra card then have a time limit in which to decide which of their three hole cards to discard. If the time limit expires and a player has not made a decision, the new hole card will be the one discarded. After that, play continues like Hold’em; the chips used to buy the third hole cards is added to the pot.
GPL Week 8: Montreal Continues to Rack Up Points
The first third of the inaugural Global Poker League season wrapped up this past week with the Montreal Nationals and the London Royals going into the Summer Series portion of the schedule on top of their respective conferences.
London had been threatening the top spot in the Eurasia Conference for weeks, but was never able to eclipse both the Moscow Wolverines and Paris Aviators to get into first place. The team had a tremendous Week 8, though, scoring 18 points, while both Moscow and Paris only had single-digit point totals. Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov finished first and second, respectively, in the Sit-and-Go rounds, while Sam Trickett earned six point in his heads-up matches.
The Montreal Nationals had the highest scoring week, earning 19 totals points; Martin Jacobson finished first and third in his Sit-and-Go’s, but it was Jason Lavallee that was the star of the show, sweeping all nine point in his heads-up match with Anthony Zinno of the Las Vegas Moneymakers. The LA Sunset took over second place in the conference with a 16-point week, sending the New York Rounders down to third place.
- Montreal Nationals – 106 points
- LA Sunset – 95 points
- New York Rounders – 87 points
- Sao Paolo Mets – 82 points
- San Francisco rush – 69 points
- Las Vegas Moneymakers – 65 points
- London Royals – 97 points
- Moscow Wolverines – 92 points
- Hong Kong Stars – 91 points
- Paris Aviators – 86 points
- Berlin Bears – 74 points
- Rome Emperors – 63 points
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