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NEW LIVE POKER TOUR FROM MPN
A new MPN Poker Tour (MPNPT) will kick-off in London at the end of May.
During its inaugural year, the MPNPT will visit several locations across Europe, including London, Malta and Tallinn, focusing on building a community among MPN players and operators.
Every festival will consist of a deep-stacked, slow-structured Euro 550 Main Event, plus several cheaper Side Events.
The MPN said it will bring some of its exclusive online innovations to the live poker environment; players can earn special Achievements for taking part in live events, play live versions of their favourite online tournaments and may get the chance to fire a real-life Blazing Cannon!
"We have built some fantastic poker features over the past couple of years and we plan to bring them to the MPN Poker Tour," said Lydia Barbara, Head of Poker at Microgaming.
The tour's first stop is in London, from the 29th May to the 2nd June 2014 at Aspers Casino in Stratford.
It features a range of poker events including the Euro 550 Main Event, The Mosh Pit Live' (a fun, fast GBP 50 re-buy event) and an Open Face Chinese Poker Side Event.
Players can qualify for the MPNPT on 24hPoker.com, Betsafe.com, Betsson.com, BetVictor.com, NordicBet.com, Paf.com, Pokerihuone.com, PokerHeaven.com, StanJames.com and Triobet.com.
"The MPNPT looks set to be a fun-filled and action-packed poker tour," said Richard Cunningham, Poker Product Manager at Stan James. "It has something different to make it stand out from the other tours out there, like the chance to play Blazing Cannon, not to mention the famous MPN community spirit!"
More information on the tour can be accessed at www.mpnpokertour.com.
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 State
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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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