Apr 9, 2015 |

BLUFF POWER 20 #1 – #5: Sheldon Adelson, David Baazov Square Off

POKER’S MOST INFLUENTIAL Each year BLUFF polls poker industry leaders from around the world in an attempt to measure and rank the people who are influencing the game and industry today. The ballots are collected and tabulated to produce the BLUFF POWER 20. The list has become an annual source of discussion and debate within the industry and now, ten years after […]

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Dec 12, 2014 |

Amaya Gaming Part of AMF Stock Trading Probe

Amaya Gaming, along with two investment firms, are the subjects of a securities probe being conducted by Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) according to Forbes Nathan Vardi. According to Vardi’s report, the AMF along with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided Amaya’s Montreal headquarters on Wednesday, as well as the offices of investment firms Canaccord […]

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Dec 5, 2014 |

PokerStars and CA Partners Respond to New iPoker Bill

On Tuesday, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto unexpectedly introduced a draft of online poker legislation in California. Gatto’s bill draws heavily from previous legislative initiatives, including 2014’s Jones-Sawyer bill (AB 2291) and the proposed legislation written by a coalition of 13 tribes from the summer. Most notably, the bill includes a (further strengthened) Bad Actor/Tainted Assets/Acquired […]

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Nov 13, 2014 |

DGE Approves Pala Interactive while PokerStars Continues to Wait

As 2014 comes to a close the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) is apparently playing a frustrating game of Red Light/Green Light with their iGaming licenses; a game that has somewhat surprised and frustrated the online poker community. On October 31, Pala Interactive was given the go ahead to launch an online gaming […]

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Jun 26, 2014 |

NJ DGE Already Reviewing PokerStars License Application

Could PokerStars be licensed in New Jersey even sooner than we expect? It looks like the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement is trying to get the licensing application completed before the ink on the sale to Amaya Gaming has even dried according to the latest reports. The talk around the proverbial campfire has the […]

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Jun 13, 2014 |

Reactions to Amaya PokerStars Deal Run the Gamut

* This article has been updated with statements from PokerStars’ Eric Hollreiser and Morongo Chairman Robert Martin. Today’s news that Amaya Gaming has purchased the Rational Group for $4.9 billion has the entire poker world buzzing. Reactions have varied from disbelief to jubilance to speculation about the future. Let’s see what key players in the […]

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Jun 13, 2014 |

Amaya Gaming Acquires PokerStars and Assets for $4.9 Billion

A blockbuster deal went down on Thursday evening that will see a wholly owned subsidiary of the Amaya Gaming Group acquire PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and all of the Oldford’s/Rational Group’s assets for a staggering $4.9 billion. The deal has been rumored for several weeks as Amaya Gaming’s stock started to inexplicably rise in late […]

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Jun 12, 2014 |

OFFICIAL: Amaya Acquires Rational Group for $4.9 Billion

The rumors were true. Late Thursday night Rational Group, operators of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, issued a press release confirming that Amaya Gaming Group had acquired the online poker powerhouse for a staggering $4.9 Billion US. “This is a transformative acquisition for Amaya, strengthening our core B2B operations with a consumer online powerhouse that […]

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Jun 12, 2014 |

Amaya’s Stock Rises as PokerStars Sale Rumors Heat Up

Over the past few weeks the Amaya Gaming Group has seen its stock surge upward on the back of a potential buyout of PokerStars or some other iGaming asset. Rumors abound as to what is causing the spike, but we’ve yet to see any tangible evidence that would cause us to pin down precisely what […]

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Nov 8, 2013 |

Ultimate Poker, 888, Caesars & Bwin.Party Receive Approval in NJ; No Word on PokerStars

The New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement issued transactional waivers to seven Atlantic City casinos and their online gaming partners Friday, allowing them to engage in ‘Internet gaming activities’ when it becomes legal in the state in late November. Caesars Interactive received waivers for both Caesars Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City, along with their […]

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Oct 2, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Amaya-Caesars Deal Raises Suitability Questions

During the Global Gaming Expo last week, Amaya Gaming announced a content deal with Caesars Interactive Entertainment. These types of content deals have become commonplace in the world of online real-money gaming, especially as New Jersey prepares to launch a full suite of real-money online games. Many financial analysts have labeled the deal a “big […]

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