DAILY BUZZ: PartyGaming Deal, Sebok’s Sick Bet, Poker2Nite North

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PartyGaming inks five-year Danske Spil deal

Online casino and poker group PartyGaming struck a major deal today, signing an agreement with Denmark’s government-owned gambling operator Danske Spil to provide it with online gambling technology for five years.

The deal hinges on the passage of online gambling liberalization legislation currently being prepared by the Danish national legislature and similar to laws passed in other European nations like Italy and France within the last year. When approved it should be a solid deal for Party; Danske Spil turned over more than $2.1 billion in 2008, the latest year for which such statistics have been released, and success in Denmark could lead to other similar deals for the company in other European markets.

Jim Ryan, PartyGaming’s CEO, called the company’s first agreement to provide business-to-business services to a government-owned operator a “landmark” deal. “[This] validates our strategy to become a leading provider of B2B services to both corporates and governments around the world,” he said.

(PartyGaming to supply online platforms – Financial Times)

Joe Sebok will have cause to regret taking on his latest prop bet if the LAPC doesnt go well

Joe Sebok will have cause to regret taking on his latest prop bet if the LAPC doesn't go well

The kind of bet you really don’t want to lose

When Joe Sebok isn’t behind the desk on either Poker2Nite or PokerRoad Radio, he can usually be found making some sort of ridiculous prop bet with former WPT Player of the Year Gavin Smith. Less than two weeks into the new year he’s proven that he won’t be stopping that habit anytime soon.

Sebok, Smith, and the Buzz’s second favorite poker-playing rapper, Jeff Madsen, have made a pretty scary last-longer bet for this year’s LA Poker Classic main event: the first of the three to bust from the tournament has to get tattoos of each of the others’ faces – on the spot, by an in-house tattoo artist – while the second to bust only has to get a single tattoo of the bet winner’s face. The winner, meanwhile, gets nothing more than to enjoy his friend’s embarrassment.

That doesn’t sound like a huge upside for Seebs. But if his latest bet inspires him to another performance like he had in last year’s WSOP Main Event, when he nursed a short stack for what seemed like days to earn his biggest cash since 2007 with a 56th-place finish, the risk of tattooing G-Smith’s face on his body will be more than worth it..

(PCA Bound & New Prop Bets – Joe Sebok’s blog)

Poker2Nite settles the Score with Canada

One of the only things Canadians love nearly as much as hockey and beer is poker, a fact that’s not lost on Joe Sebok and Scott Huff. Almost halfway through their initial run of 13 episodes the Poker2Nite hosts have decided to expand their reach, taking their weekly show to the Great White North to give audiences on the Score Network the chance to keep up with poker news in style just like their southern neighbors. With access to more than 6.6 million homes, Score gives the show a significant presence in Canada.

Poker2Nite will air on Score every Sunday from January 10th through February 14th at 3:00 p.m. ET and again at 5:30 p.m. ET for the rest of the season.

MBA Poker Tournament returns to Vegas for fifth straight year

Even before former Wall Street exec Steve Begleiter made last year’s November Nine it was a known fact that the skill sets necessary for success at both business and poker are similar. If you need any proof of that consider that this coming weekend’s MBA Poker Tournament, running January 15th-17th at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and open to any full-time or part-time student 21 years of age or older pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree, will be the fifth annual event of its kind.

“This is an important networking and recruiting event for the MBA candidates and our recruiting team,” said Brad Warga, vice president of talent acquisition for Harrah’s Entertainment. “MBA poker players tend to think quickly on their feet and be quite quantitatively apt — two attributes highly coveted by businesses.”

Last year’s event awarded more than $65,000 in prizes to students and alumni from some of the nation’s top MBA programs. Aspiring MBA Poker champs can register in advance at the tournament’s website.

(Harrah’s Entertainment Announces the 5th Annual MBA Poker Tournament – FOX Business)

Around the Table:

The ex-Soviet republic of Estonia has become the latest European Union member nation to liberalize its online gambling laws in response to a faltering economy … Everest Poker’s second annual “Live the Dream” event, which drew 50,000 entrants, has ended with 10 players from seven European nations earning a $100,000 live tournament sponsorship package … Fans of Poker After Dark are worried that NBC might cancel the show now that Jay Leno’s prime-time show has bombed … While everyone else focuses on the whole “who’s got the most chips” news angle at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Wicked Chops Poker is sticking to the “how many hot chick were at the PCA party” beat with its usual satisfactory results.

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