Weekly Poker Roundup: August 20, 2018
Phil Ivey Played at WSOP and Borgata Noticed
In December 2016, Phil Ivey and his co-defendant Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun were ordered to pay more than $10 million in damages to the Borgata in the now-infamous edge-sorting case. It should come as no surprise that Ivey’s lawyers have attempted to delay the payment. After all, who gives up immediately? There are always appeals and delays.
This summer, Ivey’s attorneys said that having to pay so much money would cause him a great deal of financial distress, but putting off the payment really wouldn’t affect the Borgata at all.
The Borgata, though, isn’t having anything of it. USpoker.com reports that the fact that Ivey played in the World Series of Poker, putting up massive buy-ins, may be hurting his case for a delay. The Borgata’s legal team noticed it and recently argued in legal documents that the payment would not hurt Ivey’s ability to player poker professionally. After all, if he can come up with the money for his high roller buy-ins, he can come up with the money to pay the judgment in his case.
PokerStars Introduced Live Dealer Games in Play Money App
On Wednesday, PokerStars launched live dealer betting games on its free-to-play mobile app, PokerStars Play. PokerStars boasts that it is the first “social-gaming mobile app” to offer such games.
On the app, users can play cash poker games (play money) and Spin-and-Go’s, as well as partake in play money slots. These new live dealer games are neither of those, though, but rather two games – War of Bets and Bet on Poker – that give players the chance to bet on outcomes of card deals. In the latter, players bet on the outcome of a variant of casino war and in the latter, players bet on the outcome of a hold’em hand. In neither do users actually play the war or poker games – they just bet on the outcomes.
The uniqueness of these games, though, is that there are actually real people dealing the cards live from a studio. The dealer, always a woman from what I have seen, appears via a live video stream and deals the cards just as one would see in a real casino. The cards are oversized so that they are easier to see and each has a barcode that is scanned when dealt, with the reading fed into the game servers so that all hands and bets can be calculated.
PokerStars Hit By DDoS Attack
Last week, we talked about partypoker being the victim of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, something that is somewhat common in online poker (fortunately not TOO common). Now it turns out that PokerStars was affected by DDoS attacks recently, as well.
This past week, PokerStars tweeted,
“We recently experienced a series of DDoS attacks causing site outages & cancelled tournaments. We apologise to affected customers & ask for patience as we issue refunds, resolve technical issues & work with law enforcement. Rest assured accounts are secure & player funds are safe.”
PokerStars refunded players based on the site’s terms and conditions and did so quickly. Some players took issue with the process though, as in tournaments, reimbursements were made based on chip counts at the time of disconnect. The problem was that it was quite difficult to figure out when exactly players were disconnected, thus creating some controversy. Additionally, not everyone was affected, so those who had no connection problems were perhaps unfairly able to accumulate chips at the expense of those who did.
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