Weekly Poker Roundup: May 21, 2018
PokerStars Dumps Split Hold’em
It was just a few weeks ago that PokerStars introduced Split Hold’em to its cash game lineup and by all accounts, players though the game in which two sets of board cards are dealt was fun. It seems like it wasn’t paying the bills, though, as it has been removed from the PokerStars lobby. The folks at Poker Industry Pro, though, discovered some new table backgrounds in the .NET client that indicate some more new games may be on the way.
The graphics show tables for games called Spin & Goal, Showtime Hold’em, and PokerStars Fusion. Other than the images, there is no indication as to what these games will actually be, though Anuj Arora at PRO speculates. Spin & Goal is the easiest to decipher – this will almost certainly be a special Spin & Go to coincide with the World Cup this summer.
The other two, who knows? Arora thinks Showtime Hold’em could be a game in which players are forced to reveal a hole card at some point. And PokerStars Fusion, based on the name, could very well be some sort of combination of different games. “Fusion” is one indicator of that, as is the fact that no specific poker variant is part of the name, as is the case with Showtime Hold’em. It is certainly fun to guess, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
WPT Returning to Japan, Korea in September
The World Poker Tour has announced that it will be making stops in both Japan and South Korea again this year, both happening in September.
WPT Japan will be in Tokyo September 15th through September 17th, with a buy-in of JPY 30,000. Just like the first WPT Japan, which was held this past November, the WPT is partnering with Japan Poker Union Corporation. In a move to help players compete in both WPT Japan and WPT Korea, those who are at WPT Japan can start the WPT Korea right there in Tokyo and then travel to Korea for the later stages of the tournament.
Segue…speaking of WPT Korea, it will run September 18th through September 24th at Paradise City Casino in Incheon, with the Main Event beginning on September 21st. Buy-in for the Main Event will be KRW 1.1 million. WPT Korea will also feature a $5,000 WPT Teams Event, a first for the Tour. There will be a maximum of 16 teams, each representing a different country, and each composed of four players. The only other bit we know right now is that the teams will compete in up to six different games.
Ourgame Execs Busted for Illegal Real-Money Poker Games in China
About a month ago, China’s Ministry of Culture announced that poker mobile apps were banned on social platforms. Recently, Ourgame International Holdings Limited confirmed that six executives of Beijing Lianzhong Interactive Network Co, a poker and eSports subsidiary, were arrested in April for violating said directive. Specifically, they were involved in running poker games for real-money using poker apps on smart phones.
Ourgame made two announcements about the employees two days apart. The first said that just three executives were arrested; the company’s stock was then suspended from trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange for two days. After those two days, Ourgame issued another statement, this time saying that six employees were caught up in the sting.
Three of the employees were Lianzhong’s executive vice president, the lead of the VIP services department, and the head of the chess and card division of the subsidiary.
Oh, and here’s something you just might be interested in: Ourgame owns the World Poker Tour. No big deal.
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