On this page we've listed summaries of the most important news events of May 2005
May 30, 2005 - The land and online popularity of poker shows no sign of slackening and participation records will be shattered in coming weeks when the 36th World Series of Poker opens in Las Vegas, US reports said this week.
May 30, 2005 - Canadian turnkey provider Chartwell Technology Inc. completed the acquisition of the successful and growing poker software developer Micropower Corporation of Gibraltar as we went to press this week, early reports suggesting that the price was $4 million.
May 30, 2005 - Full Tilt Poker.com has launched a newly redesigned website that is to serve as a gateway to Full Tilt Poker's online poker software, and a hub for those looking to play, chat, and learn with the some of the biggest names in poker.
May 30, 2005 - Online poker fans will have a new playing venue late next (June) month according to a press release from provider CYOP Systems International Inc.
May 30, 2005 - Bluff Magazine, now arguably Americas largest poker publication despite its relatively recent arrival on the gambling scene, has signed up some of the top experts in the business as contributors to its columns.
May 20, 2005 - Starlet and poker player Shannon Elizabeth rocked the tables at GQ and Calvin Kleins 2nd Annual Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament on Thursday May 5th. Elizabeth ended up a respectable 6th in the tournament and donated her winnings to the Peace Games. Leading online gambling site Bodog.com sponsored Elizabeths seat in the tournament.
May 20, 2005 - Global distributor of mobile entertainment, MFORMA Group, Inc., is collaborating with World Poker Tour to bring the excitement and high profile of the WPT to the wireless arena, and announcement reveals this week.
May 20, 2005 - Latest poker room to launch using Boss poker software is Imperial Poker.com, a Kahnawake licensed site offering no limit and pot limit Texas Hold 'Em and 7 Card stud poker in English, Greek, French, German, Spanish and Italian languages.
May 20, 2005 - The synergy between the game of poker and the Internet continued this week with another new initiative - webcasting of live poker from the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens California.
May 20, 2005 - The chairman & CEO of GWIN Inc, Wayne Root, this week signed a Letter of Intent with Live Cast Media to enter the online poker business by capitalizing on the brand name Wayne Allyn Root ("WAR").
May 20, 2005 - In what poker software provider Dobrosoft describes as "...an amicable arrangement" it was revealed this week that the America's Card Room (ACR) online poker network is changing to the Swedish Ongame poker software, taking some but not all of the poker room *skins* with it to the PokerNetwork.
May 20, 2005 - Encouraged by the positive legislative moves on Internet gambling in the UK, and the very high profile currently enjoyed in a global sense by the game of poker, SkyTV Channel 226 will launch Poker Zone, a new poker and casino lifestyle entertainment channel on May 18.
May 20, 2005 - Online poker provider Tribeca Tables Europe Ltd, inked an important deal this week to supply online poker facilities to Internet casino franchiser Gambling Federation, a business association that will enable the many GFED licensees to set up poker rooms on the Tribeca network.
May 20, 2005 - There will be more competition in the poker room field soon, following Gaming VC Holdings S.A. announcement this week that it has signed an agreement with Swedish provider Boss Media to provide an online poker platform for Casino Club.com, Gaming VCs online casino.
May 14, 2005 - Some of Hollywoods biggest stars are expected to go all in for HollywoodPoker.coms Celebrity Shootout Tournament. Considered the worlds largest online celebrity poker tournament, the event is accessible for the public to play with their favorite stars or watch as spectators. A full house of celebrities will join James Woods and Vince Van Patten in the online tournament June 18, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. PST awarding a guaranteed prize pool of at least $10,000 and two World Series of Poker packages valued at over $15,000 each.
May 14, 2005 - After eight months of anticipation and 37 preliminary tournaments in the 2nd Annual College Poker Championship (http://www.collegepokerchampionship.com), qualified students will have the opportunity to go head-to-head in this Sundays Semifinal Tournament (4pm EST) and earn a highly-coveted seat at the final table. Only the top 20 percent will advance to the final game on the 22nd and the chance to take home a significant portion of the $135,000 prize pool.
May 14, 2005 - It was refreshing to read about a new approach to charity tournament marketing from VIP Management Services, where a linked land and online gaming initiative for charity has been formed this week.
May 14, 2005 - This year's World Series of Poker (WSOP) fourth stop turned out to be something of an endurance test, with a record playing time of 12 hours 35 minutes at Harveys Casino Resort, reports the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
May 14, 2005 - The Internet poker message boards have been hot with exchanges on Empire Poker over the past week or more following what seems to be a large number of arbitrary and inadequately explained account closures.
May 14, 2005 - Online gambling group Bodog will be footing the bill for a University of Minnesota junior to compete with the best of the best at the 2005 World Series of Poker scheduled for July this year.
May 14, 2005 - Summit Entertainment Group, Inc. is introducing online gambling activities with a new online gaming casino, sportsbook, bingo and "One of a kind" Live poker at Lucky Summit.com.
May 4, 2005 - Another industry initiative based on the opportunities afforded by UK online gaming regulation surfaced this week when Internet video games provider CYOP Systems International Inc. announced it is to launch a poker software licensing subsidiary titled Red Felt Software Ltd. based in the United Kingdom.
May 4, 2005 - It wasn't just the players who noticed Poker.com's mobile gaming service launch last (April) month - several mainstream media publications seized on the opportunity to comment on what was dubbed "The U.S. Paradox" too.
May 4, 2005 - The marketers at Party Poker this week took advantage of the huge publicity generated by the British general election with a poster campaign questioning the poker faces of the various political party leaders headlined 'Got a bad poker face?'.
May 4, 2005 - Eric Morris's Bluff Media group has announced plans for a tournament to find the best online poker player, with a ticket to WPT superstardom for the winner.
May 4, 2005 - The UK newspaper The Independent carried one of those good luck, and great poker skill stories this week when it reported the WPT successes of a British businessman who took two weeks off in Vegas to play poker.