Online Poker Tournaments

 

STEVE WYNN ON INTERNET POKER
2013-11-26

Land gambling mogul Steve Wynn of Wynn Resorts has come out with an opposing view to that of Sheldon Adelson that online poker should be banned.

Speaking to a Las Vegas Review Journal reporter at a Wynn function this week, Wynn says that uncertainty in Congress makes him unsure of where online poker is going.
Wynn also discussed the new Adelson attack on online gambling through the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (see previous InfoPowa reports), observing that "....outlawing online poker is like the Volstead Act where they outlawed beer, a reference to the lack of success in the banning of alcohol in the US in the twenties.
He noted that the authorities can outlaw online gaming but people are going to do it anyway.
I think its questionable whether Sheldon will be able to stop it, which is not to say he is wrong, Wynn said. I just think this sort of thing has a life of its own. Im neither a proponent nor opponent of it, Im an observer of this process and the chairman of a publicly traded company that is required to pay attention to such things.
That said, Wynn admitted that his company has teamed with Caesars Entertainment Corp. in the New Jersey internet gaming market and intends to "stay in the game".
Im not the leader of this parade, Wynn told the LVRJ. The Caesars people are because theyve got the World Series of Poker. I know Gary Loveman (chairman and CEO of Caesars) believes in this as strongly as Sheldon opposes it.
However, Wynn believes that neither Adelson nor Loveman will make the final decision - everybody is going to try to influence the outcome, he predicts.
http://www.reviewjournal.com/business/steve-wynn-compares-effort-outlaw-online-poker-prohibition




PAF GOING AFTER RECREATIONAL POKER PLAYERS
2013-07-18

The online poker collaboration between Apuestas Deportivas Online Bingo Play Slots Online in US NFL Betting Finnish gambling monopoly Alands Penningautomatforening (PAF) and Microgaming's MPN internet poker network has resulted in a more recreational player-friendly approach designed to ease novice players into the game.
The company said in a press statement this week that the partnership will premiere a new online poker offering that features a softer approach to the classic game and comes complete with helpful instruction videos and full-service guidance.
Beginners should be able to learn to play poker at their own pace and on a suitable level together with their poker peers, said Herbert Paradis, head of poker for PAF.
The company offers a range of different poker softwares in addition to the Microgaming offering; with Both Ongame and IPN from Boss Media available in order to give players a wider choice.
Anders Wiklund, a director of PAF, says the company wants its poker to be "...a friendly place for hanging out and having fun with friends."
PAF wants to offer something new and unique, something that is non-exclusive in that it suits all players. We believe that this is where the growth potential is, Wiklund said.


ONLINE GAMBLING SHOULD PROVIDE SOLID TAX REVENUES FOR NEW JERSEY (Update)
2013-04-24

Answering an enquiry from New Jersey legislative budget chief David Rosen this week, the state treasurer reiterated his assessment that the legalisation of online gambling will generate $225 million in state taxes, and that the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement is tasked with delivering and implementing online gambling regulations sometime between late May and late November 2013.

New Jersey treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff responded this week to the enquiry, writing that his estimates were based on a report from a Wells Fargo analyst who projected New Jerseys Internet gambling potential could grow to $1.5 billion over the next five years. The Treasurer had opted for a more conservative estimate of $1.2 million in overall revenues.

At a 15 percent tax rate, this would yield $225 million in revenue to the state, Sidamon-Eristoff explained, adding that he expected $180 million in tax revenues would be generated during the first fiscal year of implementation in Atlantic City.

The budget boss had asked for clarity on the issue, expressing some scepticism on the state government's budgeting projections,

New Jersey has legalised online gambling, which is to be licensed to existing New Jersey land gambling licence holders and strictly controlled (see previous InfoPowa reports).

The publication Press of Atlantic City reports that Sidamon-Eristoff feels the Wells Fargo study may have underestimated the potential of Atlantic City-based online gambling, commenting in his response to Rosen:

Wells Fargo estimated an initial impact, which did not benefit from a specific knowledge of the final legislation or our ultimate plans governing how quickly we would be able to roll out a fully functional system.

We also feel that Wells Fargos analysis underestimated the level of excitement, novelty and publicity that such a rare opportunity would create.

Dennis Farrell Jr., the Wells Fargo senior analyst who issued the original estimates, told the Press of Atlantic City that it was possible Internet gambling could gross $1.2 billion in the first year, but that there were many unknowns, including when the regulations would be published and when companies are ready to go online.

Maybe they have an aggressive timeline, he said. The sooner, the better.

Meanwhile, the UK-based consultancy GamblingData has published its own estimate on New Jersey's potential for online gambling, projecting gross gambling revenues of $262 million in the first year (see previous InfoPowa report).

Gambling Data says it bases its forecast on data from the Italian market - a country chosen because its tax rate also is 15 percent, and that it shares other comparable factors.



MULTI-PLATFORM ONLINE POKER COMPANIES AT WAR?
2012-11-02

Over the past two days it has become clear from website notices and message board postings that there is serious conflict between the PIV and Muchos Poker multi-platform referring networks.
Some reports suggest that litigation has already commenced, although the genesis for the dispute is uncertain at present, with confusing informal claims from both sides regarding player deposits, royalties, Interpol involvement, affiliate clashes and company responsibilities for payments.
Industry posters impacted by the dispute report that Muchos has advised them that its contract with PIV was terminated on October 29th, although no reasons were given.
Some reports suggest that PIV shut down Muchos banking facilities a month back to channel player deposits to itself, but this has not been confirmed.
Muchos has apparently stopped promoting the PIV poker platforms and is now promoting a range of its own which includes 888, Boss Media, Instadeal, Ongame, Revolution, Merge and iPoker tiers 1 and 2, with Microgaming listed as a forthcoming attraction.
Several affiliate marketer sites report being told by Muchos Poker that their players would no longer be able to access PIV skins, but that a new and improved range of skins are open to them following the termination of the Muchos-PIVGame partnership at the end of October.
Muchos allegedly recommended that affiliates withdraw their account balances from PIV and persuade their players to sign up with it on terms and conditions similar to those they had previously enjoyed.
Players are again left in the no-man's-land between the warring factions and await more clarity on the issue.