Stop me if you have heard this one before: an online poker site was hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. This time, it was the French site, Winamax, which was victimized last weekend. This is the second time in two months that Winamax has been disrupted by such an event.
Once again, the DDoS attack clogged up Winamax’s servers with bogus communications requests, creating login problems, table freezes, and disconnections. Winamax said that most players were still able to play just fine, but to keep things fair, all tournaments were cancelled and players were paid in accordance with the site’s terms and conditions. Winamax also assured players that the attack did nothing to affect player data or funds; all money is safe.
There has been a spate of DDoS attacks in online poker lately – Winamax is not the only victim. The Winning Poker Network, PokerStars, and partypoker have all been targets.
PokerStars Might Revive Novelty Games
According to an interview conducted with PokerStars by Poker Industry Pro, PokerStars might bring back some of the temporary novelty cash games. They would not return as cash games, but rather as game formats for tournaments.
“We are considering putting variants in, such as MTTs, because player feedback showed that they [would appreciate] this,” PokerStars’ Director of Poker Innovation and Operations Severin Rasset told the poker news site. “Some players were disappointed that they could not find games when we turned them off, so this is something that we want to potentially offer.”
Rasset also implied that at least one more new game was coming this year. Poker Industry Pro, in uncovering pre-downloaded table graphics, has figured out it will either be Six-Plus Hold’em or a game called Fusion. Previous novelty games at PokerStars include Split Hold’em, Showtime Hold’em, and Unfold, none of which remain in the cash game lobby.
Tony Ruberto Wins WPT Maryland Live! Main Event
Tony Ruberto won the World Poker Tour Maryland at Live! Casino Main Event, a tournament with one of the least-catchy names in all of poker, to capture his second career WPT title and more than $500,000. His first title came in 2011 at WPT Jacksonville.
“It feels really good,” he told WPT.com later. “I won seven years ago and the play has changed really dramatically since then. It’s difficult to win nowadays because everyone is just a lot better. It’s not how it was about eight or 10 years ago. It feels really good to win.”
Ruberto began the final table second in chips, but soon took over and coasted to heads-up play against Shankar Pillai with a huge chip lead, 18.125 to 4.050 million. Pillai, though, was undeterred, doubling up quickly and then proceeding to take the lead. For while thereafter, the two players battled it out, going through the old heads-up tug-of-war. Ruberto, of course, was eventually able to put the game away. The chips got into the middle on the flop, Ruberto with a flush draw and Pillai with top pair. The flush materialized on the river and Ruberto had his second WPT championship.
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