I thought I would kick off this weeks edition of “The Dirty Stack with Peter Mac” sharing the news that Paf Poker Room wont be playing with their friends in Spain as the online operator is temporarily folding up the felt due to lack of players on the Ongame.es network.
A statement from the operator was released stating, “Our goal is to provide Paf the best experience possible, which enjoy playing with friends. And in poker today, we were not fulfilling this objective because the network does not have a sufficient number of players. We really want to have a poker product in Spain so we are currently looking into our options and hope to re-launch poker soon again with a better customer experience.”
Until such time Paf will hold a “farewell tournament” this upcoming Sunday, so that players interested can qualify for the April’s Paf Poker Challenge live event.
Online Gambling Anyone?
In our last edition of “The Dirty Stack” the buzz was on NJ and Gov. Christie. Many supporters of legalized online gambling in the state were confident they were going to support the Governors suggested changes after he vetoed the conditional online gambling bill last week.
“Internet gaming will be a crucial boost to Atlantic City as we continue our efforts to revitalize the area,” Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said in a statement. “The economic benefits to the region will mean additional revenue, additional jobs, and additional growth. It cannot be stressed enough how important it was that New Jersey be ahead of the curve on Internet gaming.”
Both houses will now vote to decide on agreement with the governor’s changes in order to send the bill back to Christie’s desk for signature by Feb 26.
In other parts of the U.S., Delaware may be the first state to have legalized full-fledged online gambling, but the federal law says it will limit play to gamblers physically located within the state’s borders, as verified with GEO location software.
Pokerstars is still in a bid to purchase the struggling Atlantic City casino, The Atlantic Club. Pokerstars is sure to face some definite obstacles as its parent company The Rational Group has now filed for an “interim casino authorization,” which is the first step set into motion for the impending take over while according to analysts, the New Jersey agencies that regulate Atlantic City’s $3 billion casino industry, the Division of Gaming Enforcement and the Casino Control Commission, will definitely take into the fact that PokerStars’ had a run-in with the Justice Department as part of their Black Friday case.
Bonuses and Tournament Events
- Bovada – As mentioned previously the $850,000 Black Diamond Poker Open is back and poker players can compete from February 4 to March 24, playing in over 80 events for a chance at the $850K Guaranteed prize pool.
- Poker Time – New purchasing players will receive a 100% match bonus on their first deposit, players can play Blaze Poker for non-stop poker action.
- PokerStars announced the $7,000,000 guaranteed Sunday Million to celebrate seven years of the biggest and best tournament around on 3 March. Take your shot at the $1,000,000 held up top for the winner.
And to round out this week’s edition we will leave you with some words from the APCW as J Todd reports further on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie decision in the online gambling legislation, plus, will 2013 be the year for the United States to embrace regulated online gambling?