On this page we've listed summaries of the most important news events of August 2005
August 31, 2005 - This weekend the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas will be hosting the first of ten shootout tournaments part of the $15 million Quest of Champions . In each shootout event ten players will compete for a sponsored seat into the final. An unprecedented 15 million dollars will be awarded to the winner of the grand finale, which is scheduled for January, 2006.
August 28, 2005 - The September issue of Wired Magazine carries and interesting piece on a former RealTime Gaming engineer who wrote WinHoldEm, a poker bot with an optional team module, allowing for computer aided collusion, or should we say fraud.
August 26, 2005 - Card Player Magazine recently received a financial injection from a group of private investors, including some very well known and respected professional poker players like Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, and Jennifer Harman , as well as Hollywood stars Laura Prepon, Danny Masterson, and Chris Masterson.
August 24, 2005 - Mainstream media in the UK's financial sector are speculating that Cassava Enterprises, the company owning Pacific Poker and Casino on Net, is planning a $1 billion plus flotation on the London Stock Exchange later this week.
August 23, 2005 - Anthony Jones, a 42-year-old warehouse supervisor from Romford, Essex, cashed in the first prize of $1 million dollars at the Ladbrokes Poker Million tournament last Friday. The Ladbrokes Poker Million is the number one European televised poker tournament with a total prize pool of $1,935,000. Almost half of the prize money was contributed directly by Ladbrokes Poker.
August 20, 2005 - According to reports in Israel's Haaretz.com and the Globes Online, three men were arrested for attempting to blackmail the CEO of Empire Online, Noam Lanir . The prime suspect is Motti Menashe, suspected by the police to be connected to organized crime.
August 18, 2005 - Chartwell Technology Inc. launched it's new Poker Nexus network earlier this week. Poker Nexus currently has two European poker clients, but Chartwell expects to sign on more European customers before the end of this fiscal year.
August 17, 2005 - The Wynn Las Vegas Charity Gala raised an impressive $125,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. The auction and accompanying celebrity poker tournament was sponsored by Full Tilt Poker and Bluff Magazine.
August 15, 2005 - William Hill Poker today announced the impressive line up for their prestigious Poker Grand Prix. This no limit Texas Hold'em event has a total prize pool of £450,000, with a first prize of £150,000. It will be filmed in a customized Cardiff TV studio for broadcasting later this year on Sky Channel.
August 15, 2005 - Joe Hachem, the Australian who won the World Series of Poker earlier this year, will make his first major public appearance at the Ladbrokes' Superstar Showdown tournament, scheduled for August 17th at 14:00 BST. Joe Hachem will donate any winnings to the Australian Salvation Army.
August 15, 2005 - As the Texas Hold Em poker craze continues to sweep the nation, a new company is bringing the game to college students with a unique twist offering students the chance to compete for free as part of the schools intramural program, giving students the chance to win thousands in scholarship money.
August 14, 2005 - Mads Junker, the star striker of the Danish major league soccer club Nordsjślland, cheated his teammates for over a year at a poker game they played during off hours. The amount of Danish Kroners involved is subject to heavy speculation, and fluctuates from 50 kroners (according to the team captain ) to thousands of kroners (according to the Copenhagen Post ).
August 12, 2005 - TeleCaster, a Canadian TV commercial clearing agency, says there's nothing illegal about a TV commercial advertising a play for free poker site, in response to critical questions from the Globe and Mail. The newspaper quoted an independent Internet consultant, who said that broadcasters should close this "loophole" that allows on-line poker rooms to advertise on Canadian television.
August 10, 2005 - Cryptologic's share price took a 25% beating earlier this week, due to the announcement that BetFair poker, one of Cryptologic's nine poker licensees, has plans to develop it's own poker room. The fast growing poker business currently accounts for 30 percent of Cryptologic's revenue.
August 2, 2005 - Empire Online, the owner of Empire Poker, has reached an agreement to buy Noble Poker , the largest poker room powered by Playtech's iPoker software. The deal will give Empire Online control over Noble Poker's player database, brand and other intellectual property.