Weekly Poker Roundup: February 12, 2017
Oopsies. PokerStars Geolocation Error Costs Amaya $25,000
According to a report issued by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), Amaya was fined $25,000 in January for inadvertently allowing some players to access PokerStars from outside of New Jersey.
According to the DGE’s Civil Action Order, “a limited number of patrons” allowed to play for real money on PokerStars “for a short period of time” because of a software flaw that thought they were within state borders. A follow-up geolocation check figured things out and the players were properly blocked.
Amaya says that it discovered the problem on its own and self-reported to the New Jersey DGE. The software flaw has since been fixed.
Could Nevada Lower Gambling Age?
Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler recently introduced AB86, a bill which would lower the state’s legal gambling age from 21 down to 18. The bill was read in the Committee on Judiciary on Monday, February 6th.
Wheeler didn’t provide any reasons for the bill, but it very well could be as simple as trying to bring in more gambling revenue to Nevada. It also could be a common sense “freedom” sort of thing. 18-year olds are permitted to purchase cigarettes, can vote, and can be handed a rifle and be asked to go to war. 18-year olds are legally adults, so many would argue there’s no reason they shouldn’t be allowed to gamble.
The legal gambling age in most states is 21, though some Native American casinos have a gambling age of 18 or 19. Additionally, in some states, people as young as 18 are allowed to gamble if there is no alcohol served on the casino floor (the drinking age nationwide is 21).
Bodog Expanding into Latin America
Bodog announced via an e-mail to its affiliates that it will soon be expanding into more than a dozen Latin American countries. The short e-mail reads as follows:
We are excited to announce that, as of February 15, our partnered brands Bovada and Bodog will be launching their product offerings in Latin America.
Bovada Sports and Casino will be available in Mexico only while Bodog Poker, Casino, and Sports will launch in the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia [sic], Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.
Those Latin American countries (minus Costa Rica, as was clarified later) will combine with Canada, Vietnam, and Canada in Bodog’s player base. Poker players from the United States, who used to be on Bodog’s U.S. spin-off Bovada, are now with the Ignition Casino. Ignition’s player pool shares tables with Bodog. U.S. sports bettors are still on Bovada, as will be Mexican bettors. Yes, this is all quite confusing.
Asia, Latin America Stops Added to PokerStars Festival
PokerStars announced that it has added five new stops to the PokerStars Festival schedule. As a quick reminder, PokerStars shutdown the European Poker Tour (EPT) brand at the end of 2016 and created two new tours, the PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival. For all intents and purposes, the PokerStars Championship replaces the EPT, while the PokerStars Festival is a “minor” tour a la the World Series of Poker Circuit or World Poker Tour Nationals.
The PokerStars Festival kicked off in late 2016 at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City and continued in London at the end of January. The next stop is in Rozadov, Czech Republic in March. After that is when the new stops are scheduled:
May 20th to May 27th: PokerStars Festival Chile
June 19th to June 25th: PokerStars Festival Marbella (Spain)
July 14th to July 24th: PokerStars Festival Korea (SOUTH Korea, obviously)
July 28th to August 7th PokerStars Festival Manila
September 16th to September 23rd PokerStars Festival Uruguay
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