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Online Poker News Archive - December 2005

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On this page we've listed summaries of the most important news events of December 2005

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Bowmans joins Tribeca Tables network

December 18, 2005 - Bowmans, one of the largest sportsbook in the US and Canada, has joined the Tribeca Tables poker network. Tribeca Tables is a large poker network connecting over one hundred independent poker rooms, like for example Victor Chandler, Golden Palace and Doyles Room . The new poker room will be branded as BowmansPoker.com.

SEC investigates Doyle Brunson's WPT takeover bid

December 18, 2005 - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating a $700 million offer for California-based WPT Enterprises made on behalf of Doyle Brunson by the Las Vegas law firm Goodman & Chesnoff PC. After announcing the offer in July this year, WPT's share price increased rapidly by more than 50 percent, but it went down just as fast when WPT couldn't get any info on the offer from neither Brunson nor his attorneys.

$500,000 first prize at Global Poker Challenge

December 18, 2005 - Get ready to rumble with the first FullTilt Poker Global Poker Challenge. On December 15th at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, the best poker players in America are scheduled to team up to take on the best poker players around the globe.

PartyGaming's introduction of Blackjack boosts revenues

December 11, 2005 - PartyGaming gave a very positive trading update at the end of last week. A company spokesman said overall revenues were up substantially due to the successful introduction of Blackjack in the pokerroom. Forty percent of all poker players are also playing Blackjack, a game with a higher profit margin for the house than multi-player Poker.

Gift poker certificates at Full Tilt Poker

December 11, 2005 - The Full Tilt Poker marketing department did some good old-fashioned brainstorming to prepare themselves for the holiday season, and they came up with the "Full Tilt Poker gift certificate". It looks a bit like the "Refer a Friend bonus" promotions you'll find on a lot of poker websites, only with the bonus bit removed from the equation.

Stacked with Daniel Negreanu

December 11, 2005 - A new video game called "Stacked with Daniel Negreanu" is scheduled for release in February 2006, as announced this week by Atari and Myelin Media. In addition to poker lessons from Daniel Negreanu , the 2004 player of the year, Stacked will feature it's own online multi-table tournament system. The game will become available on Xbox, PlayStation and PC systems.

First televised high stakes cash game to air on GSN

December 11, 2005 - The Game Show Network (GSN) announced earlier this week that the premiere of the first televised high stakes cash game, High Stakes Poker, is scheduled for Monday, January 16th. With a minimum buy-in of $100,000 and the option to rebuy, players can win or lose hundreds of thousands of their own dollars on one single hand.

BetandWin enters into takeover talks with OnGame

December 11, 2005 - Austrian gambling company BetandWin announced this Friday it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Ongame, a Swedish software company that owns PokerRoom.com, regarding a possible takeover for an estimated $500 million. If successful the takeover would make BetandWin the second largest online gaming company after PartyGaming.

The Empire fights back

December 5, 2005 - After some pretty dismissive comments on the prospect of litigation by Empire Online from Party Gaming spokesmen last week, Empire Online came back strongly Tuesday with an emphatic announcement that it is launching litigation against Party Gaming with a claim of "several hundred million dollars" that will probably be decided in the law courts of Gibraltar.

Excapsa facilitates charity poker

December 5, 2005 - Excapsa Software, a poker software company headquartered in Toronto, Canada, has donated a poker software license to BenefitPoker.org. Benefit Poker is a non-profit organization that hosts poker tournaments to raise funds for various charities.

Phil Ivey wins Full Tilt Poker Invitational

December 5, 2005 - Phil Ivey seems to be on a serious winning streak. After winning $1 million dollars in the Monte Carlo Millions just recently, the young poker champ cashed in another $600,000 by winning the Full Tilt Poker Invitational hosted by the Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco.

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