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ONLINE POKER TOURNEY ENDS IN STYLE
The main event of the 23rd edition of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) generated plenty of excitement and a three way chop as it ended another successful tourney this week, with German player "Itahaschi" besting a field of 3,326 competitors in the $635 buy-in event...but not taking home the most money.
"Itahaschi" banked $270,828, but runner up "DiaperSniper14" playing from Canada logged off $301,118 richer than he started, thanks to a three way chop approaching the heads up stage of the game.
The $1.5 million prize pool guarantee on the event was easily surpassed by the high turnout, with the pool ultimately worthy $1.9 million.
The FTOPS XXIII main event easily eclipsed the $1.5 million guarantee by offering a $1.9 million prize pool.
It was a fitting end to a successful tournament, in which 38 events took place over two weeks, with the two biggest events of the festival wrapping up on Sunday.
The other big event Sunday was the FTOPS $2,100 buy-in NLHE Re-Entry, which took two days to decide and attracted a large entry field of 599 top online players.
Toby "sexystuff1989" Lewis and Clark "Snake8484" Hamagami duked it out in the heads up, with Hamagami trying to repeat his week-old victory in the Pokerstars Sunday Million, but it was Lewis who took the honours after an exciting confrontation that included a two-way chop.
Lewis took home $253,063 - his best online career win yet - leaving runner-up Hamagami with a $223,141 second placing prize.
The winner was actually on holiday when he decided to enter the event, playing from Croatia on an internet connection that wasn't the best he had ever used, according to his tweets.
HUNGARIAN LOTTERY LAUNCH SPORTS BETTING SITE
The Hungarian National Lottery Szerencsejtk NFL Lines Zrt has launched its long-awaited online sports betting website at tippmixpro.hu following a five-month testing period.
The website due for launch around the middle of last year was developed by GTECH G2 who reportedly failed to meet the delivery deadline and was subsequently charged HUF 106 million ($473,284) in penalties according to the Budapest Business Journal (BBJ).
The BBJ said taking into consideration the penalty, the cost of developing the site and operating it for six years will amount to HUF 422 million ($1,884,210).
ULTIMATE POKER GROWING IN FIRST WEEK OF OPERATIONS IN NEVADA
Following a week of excitement and mainstream media headlines, the first legalised online poker site to launch in the United States - Ultimate Poker - appears to be settling down and building good business.
The site, owned the Fertitta brothers of Station Casinos fame under their online gambling brand Ultimate Gaming, was given a 30-day permit to practically test the newly implemented online poker regulations in Nevada last week, and independent monitor Pokerscout reported on the first week of operations Monday.
Ultimate Poker has achieved full online licensing status from the Nevada regulators and was the first-to-market despite competition from many big land and online industry names.
Pokerscout concludes that the new site outperformed expectations, with traffic increasing every day, from 136 peak cash game players on launch day (last Tuesday) to 287 players on Sunday.
"The site dealt its 100,000th hand of poker on just its third day, and we estimate that well over 10,000 individual accounts have played for real money in the first week," Pokerscout reports.
Teething problems have included hassles with the registration process, including Verizon mobile phone customers being unable to register; difficulty downloading the software with Internet Explorer, and the lack of a mobile or Mac-friendly app. Ultimate is addressing these areas as a matter of urgency.
The company was given plenty of feedback at the influential twoplustwo poker forum in a thread here:
Poker offerings at Ultimate are divided into three different categories: Ring Games, Sit And Gos and Tournaments, and players can sort the available tables by stakes, table name, buy-in, number of players and more detailed information such as the average size of the pot, number of hands per hour and percentage of players who see the flop.
Managed by industry veterans Joe Versaci, Tobin Prior, Chris Derossi and Tom Breitling, the operation is powered by Cyberarts software, a long-established industry company that Ultimate acquired lock, stock and barrel in 2011.
We feel our technology is a major advantage. Ultimate Pokers proprietary software is completely owned and operated by parent company Ultimate Gaming, allowing for continuous investment and product development, Ultimate chief exec Tobin Prior said recently.
Turning to the more general online poker sector over the past week, Pokerscout reports a welcome reversal - albeit a small one - of the declining traffic trend that has been evident over the past eight consecutive weeks.
Online poker traffic climbed 0.5 percent last week, with gainers outnumbered losers 6-4.
Overall, the market is down 18 percent from the same period in 2012.
Notable occurrences flagged by Pokerscout included Merge Gaming Network player counts tumbling after the network apparently split in two on May 1.
"Although network ring-fences are subject to change without notice, at the time of writing it appears that Carbon Poker and Aced are running on a completely separate network from PlayersOnly and Sportsbook," reports Pokerscout. "There is no overlap between the two segments in the cash game tables at any stakes.
"Carbon Poker and Aced appear to have kept at least two-thirds of the players. After the split, Carbon player counts dropped by not quite 20 percent. The decline may be purely a result of losing the other network segment from the player pool, although a simultaneous rake increase may also be impacting player counts."
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