Weekly Poker Roundup: July 31, 2016
Maryland Live! Suing MGM National Harbor
Maryland Live!, the largest casino in Maryland has filed a lawsuit against MGM Resorts International, a subsidiary, and three former Maryland Live! employees, alleging that MGM National Harbor, the soon-to-be-opened casino south of Washington, D.C., hired the former Maryland Live! hosts knowing full well that they were bringing confidential high roller customer information with them.
The lawsuit states that the ex-employees “misappropriated Maryland Live’s trade secrets without authorization and are using them to advance their interests to the detriment of Maryland Live,” and that MGM “aided and abetted this whole scheme, hiring the individual defendants with knowledge that they have misappropriated trade secrets and are subject to No Hire/Non-Compete agreements.”
MGM has responded, saying, “….this lawsuit amounts to nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt to stifle the competition Maryland Live expects from MGM’s National Harbor resort and to try to tarnish MGM’s reputation in the marketplace.”
Amaya Eliminating Former Full Tilt Jobs
In a bit of news that should not be shocking at all, Amaya, parent company of PokerStars, is eliminating “dozens” of Full Tilt jobs in its London office, this according to eGaming Review. In May, Full Tilt was erased from existence in all ways save for the actual brand when its liquidity was merged into PokerStars’. No longer is Full Tilt an independent poker room; it is now just a skin of PokerStars, its players sharing the tables with PokerStars’ players.
When the Full Tilt absorption was announced, Amaya said, “This platform migration will allow Amaya’s development and technology teams to focus on improving one market-leading platform rather than two, leading to a better gaming experience for all; improvements and features will be delivered faster and more efficiently rather than doubling development requirements. For instance, rather than splitting resources developing Full Tilt Jackpot Sit & Go and PokerStars Spin & Go features independently, teams will be able to work together on delivering the best possible product on one platform.”
Read: “we’re not going need all these employees anymore.”
Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Amaya Inc. and PokerStars, did confirm that some positions were being eliminated, but the company was going to try its best to put affected staff into other jobs.
Winamax Running Stressful Expresso Poker Promo
With the popularity of PokerStars’ Spin & Go, people often forget that France-based Winamax was the online poker room that invented the Lottery Sit & Go. And now, Winamax is in the midst of a promotion for its Expresso Poker games called Expresso Eleven.
In Expresso Eleven, players are presented with a collectible playing card representing one of the eleven members of Team Winamax when they end up in an Expresso match with the lowest possible prize pool multiplier (2x). If the player wins the game, he receives that card for his collection. Players then win prizes when they collect at least seven cards.
But here’s where the promotion gets sadistic. If a player already has the collectible card that pops up and then fails to win the Expresso Poker match, that card is removed from the player’s collection and he has to earn it all over again. We predict that many tears will be shed over this promo.
The Expresso Eleven promotion will continue to run until €500,000 has been given out. So far, about €180,000 has been awarded.
888 Holdings & Rank Group Investigating Possible William Hill Purchase
Online gambling giants 888 Holdings and Rank Group are looking into a team-up that would have them acquire rival William Hill. In a statement last week, the two companies confirmed that they are “evaluating a possible offer.” They went on to add:
The Consortium sees significant industrial logic in the combination, through consolidation of their complementary online and land-based operations, delivery of substantial revenue and cost synergies and from the anticipated benefits of economies of scale which will accrue to all shareholders.
888 is probably the best known of the three to poker fans, as it operates 888poker.com, the second largest poker room on the internet. It also has a sizable casino gaming business. Rank is more known for its brick-and-mortar casinos, as it owns the Grosvenor Casinos in the UK. William Hill is the largest online sports betting company in the UK.
William Hill actually made an attempt to purchase 888 back in early 2015, but obviously that never worked out.
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