On this page we've listed summaries of the most important news events of December 2006
December 30, 2006 - Mansion Poker is to make a major investment in daily online poker tournaments according to an announcement from the company this week, which promises a "$100K A Day" guaranteed poker tournament series starting on January 3.
December 29, 2006 - Party Gaming ended 2006 with a bang this week, splashing out on the acquisition of both Empire Online group and online casino operator Intercontinental Online Gaming to the tune of GBP 33.7 million (US$ 66.3 million) in shares. Party will fund the acquisitions by issuing 115.2 million new shares, according to a statement from the company.
December 28, 2006 - Both Empire Online and Party Gaming spokesmen today (Thursday) confirmed yesterday's media reports that a sale of the former was being discussed.
December 28, 2006 - Some months ago InfoPowa reported on development work by Gaming Partners International on hi-tech gambling chips with embedded alarm-triggering tracers. In a sequel to the story this week, GPI has announced that the final product will be launched next month - probably at the London ICE show.
December 28, 2006 - Pok3d.com is the latest arrival on the 3D online poker scene, and its outstanding graphics are already generating favorable comments.
December 23, 2006 - The dispute between WSOP champion Jamie Gold and television produced Crispin Leyser took a new turn this week when a U.S. judge upheld the continued freeze on half of Jamie Gold's $12 million 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event winnings.
December 22, 2006 - The biggest event set to be held in Goa over the next year will, officially, be the inaugural Asian Poker Classic from March 1-5 2007. The Asian Poker Classic (APC) is the first professional poker tournament to be held in India. It will be sponsored by gaming site MaharajahClub.com and offer one of Asias richest ever poker prize pool a guaranteed $1 million. The three-day APC main event marks pokers arrival to the big time in India.
December 22, 2006 - The burgeoning online gambling market could be slowed down by a bill passed this week in the State Duma, the lower parliament of Russia. If the Federation Council and President Vladimir Putin sign it off, a highly likely outcome as the latter proposed it, the bill will become law.
December 21, 2006 - Melbourne, Australia poker ace Joseph Hachem added a World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship win to his c.v. this week and in the process pocketed a winner's check for almost $US2.2 million at the Bellagio Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. His winnings include a $25 000 seat sponsorship in the WPT World Championship.
December 21, 2006 - Rajesh Modha, a middle aged London nuclear physicist and father of three was celebrating a million dollar poker achievement this week as he banked a $1.2 million check from the Ladbrokes Poker Million having started the tournament as an outsider in a field of 25 000 players.
December 21, 2006 - Card rooms across Ireland and the UK are gearing up for live satellites for Euro 2 million guaranteed Paddy Power Poker.com Irish Poker Open 2007, with the betting company announcing the first wave of venues holding live satellites for the big event.
December 21, 2006 - The growth of the European Poker Tour has been further strengthened with the announcement of a new Series 3 event to be staged in Dortmund, Germany from 8-11 March, 2007.
December 20, 2006 - NBC invites viewers into the exclusive Las Vegas poker scene with its new late night show, "Poker After Dark," debuting Jan. 2 at 2:05 a.m. ET/PT. The nightly hour-long show, hosted by Shana Hiatt, one of poker's most recognizable faces, will air Monday Saturday and features six poker professionals vying for a winner-take-all $120,000 first place prize.
December 20, 2006 - Europes biggest ever game of televised high stakes poker airs every Tuesday night for four weeks in January 2007 on Sky Sports. The first programme will be shown on Tuesday 2nd January at 1000pm on Sky Sports 2.
December 20, 2006 - The Calgary-based Canadian online gambling turnkey provider Chartwell Technology Inc. has announced the completion and release of its popular European-style 32 Card Poker product in Flash technology, opening the way for more players to enjoy the game.
December 20, 2006 - Piquing interest in its January issue now on sale, the popular poker magazine Bluff announced the top poker room award from its Readers' Choice Awards this week.
December 19, 2006 - Brandi Hawbaker, a 24-year old wannabe poker pro, is enjoying her 15 minutes of fame in an epic thread on the two plus two forums. There's more drama in this story than in a complete season of Days of our Lives. The story begins with Brandi meeting Captain Tom's penis (sorry) and ends (for now?) with Brandi donking away $30k playing unsupervised from the PokerStars account of some Internet Poker Pro. Oh and did we mention the part where she writes the words "I will fly one day" on a bathroom mirror using her own blood?
December 19, 2006 - Italy's astonishing but very welcome about-face on Internet gambling has caught the attention of major industry companies, with reports of household names in the business all vying for a slice of the Italian action by applying for some of the estimated 17 000 licenses the Italian government is to issue.
December 19, 2006 - When Jamie Gold won the World Series of Poker's gigantic first prize of $12 million this year it triggered a nasty dispute which has taken some of the gilt off a great honor.
December 18, 2006 - The BBC reports that 24 players in Greenwich, south-east London have since Friday evening been playing poker without interruption in an attempt to set a new world record for continuous poker playing.
December 18, 2006 - Major industry turnkey provider Cryptologic has launched re-designed and improved online poker software developed by subsidiary Wagerlogic, with improved navigation, new choices and more information
December 18, 2006 - Back in the States with a bang after its recent acquisition from LVFH by the Norwegian public company Playshare Holdings AS the Action Poker Network launches its "$30 000 U.S. Poker Experience" this week with online qualifiers at Action Poker.com, Tiger Gaming.com and Poker in Canada.com.
December 16, 2006 - During press interviews surrounding the welcome news that Party Gaming is stabilizing following the impact of its withdrawal from the US market, CEO Mitch Garber gave some interesting insights into the way forward for the group, which generated over $25 million in revenues over the past four weeks.
December 15, 2006 - Players on the Scandinavian Internet poker site Best Poker.com will this week become part of the expanding Ongame network, joining millions of players on other websites pooled under the Ongame system.
December 15, 2006 - The Action Poker Network site Superior Poker.com has announced that it has re-entered the U.S. market with effect from December 1 and will be offering a full range of poker services and tournaments to US players going forward.
December 14, 2006 - The World Series of Poker has become one of the most entertaining poker events on the planet, attracting thousands of players and spectators and drawing in millions around the globe for the televised programs covering the action.
December 14, 2006 - PartyGaming said this morning (Thursday) that its daily online poker revenues had recovered to $721 000 (GBP 366 000) after falling to a daily low of around $637 000 after the United States banned Internet gambling in October.
December 14, 2006 - The ten times winner of World Series of Poker final table bracelets, and one time enfant terrible of the American poker scene, Phil Hellmuth is taking the tough approach to teaching poker with his Ultimate White to Black Belt video tutorial course.
December 14, 2006 - The winner of this contest in the frozen Scandinavian north could take home Euro 525 000. We're talking the European Poker Tour's four day Scandinavian Open poker event which takes place in Copenhagen next year between January 17 and 20.
December 12, 2006 - Poker TV channel Pokerzone has joined forces with Poker333 to run a series of high profile televised events in a search for the best and most committed TV poker players.
December 12, 2006 - Online qualifiers for the Blue Square & Grosvenor Casino GBP 4 Million UK Poker Tour begin on Saturday 16th December 2006, paving the way for online poker players to win sponsorships to what is likely to be the UK's biggest ever poker road show.
December 11, 2006 - After a grueling 10 day schedule of poker competitions the Ultimate Bet Online Championship ended on a high note this week with the $1 000 000 Guaranteed Main Event.
December 11, 2006 - Risk-based authentication specialists Digital Resolve has been signed up by WPT Enterprises, Inc., to install its Fraud Analyst risk-based authentication platform.
December 11, 2006 - The weekend's poker tournaments showed once again that the politicians can try to stifle poker, but its devotees are not easily stopped.
December 9, 2006 - With Party Poker's withdrawal from the U.S. market as a result of the UIGEA, many now ex-Party Poker players may be wondering what happens to the loyalty points they accrued whilst the company was still accepting American business. This week the company clarified the situation in emails to former players.
December 8, 2006 - Bodog boss and founder Calvin Ayre was in bullish mood this week when he was interviewed by the Antigua Sun on his company's move to the Caribbean island.
December 7, 2006 - The name Hellmuth and American poker are almost synonymous, so it's hardly surprising that a film on the life and career of ten times WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth is in the works, and according to "Production Weekly" the producers have found the right titles and the right actor to portray the mouthy poker ace.
December 7, 2006 - If you're one of the tens of thousands of U.S. poker players who feels strongly about the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and its impact on your pastime of choice, and you're prepared to do something about it, read on....
December 7, 2006 - The Swedish government online gambling monopoly Svenska Spel expanded its poker site availability to 24 hours this week, with spokesmen explaining that this would provide a safer gambling setting for Swedish pokerheads.
December 7, 2006 - Bluff Media confirmed this week that it has completed the acquisition of thepokerdb.com, arguably the world's most comprehensive source for tracking online tournaments and players. No financial details regarding the deal were disclosed.
December 7, 2006 - World Poker Tour Enterprises and London-listed online gambling group Party Gaming plc have teamed up in a multi-year agreement that will provide international television sponsorship of the World Poker Tour (WPT) and Professional Poker Tour (PPT). The agreement covers shows produced under WPT Seasons IV, V, and VI and PPT Seasons I, II, and III.
December 6, 2006 - Gambling media in the United States will be counting the probably substantial cost of a Bodog.com Entertainment advertising cut this week after the company revealed a plan to pull all its U.S.-facing gaming-related advertising, mostly for its free-play and educational site, Bodog.net.
December 6, 2006 - Brit poker pro David "Devilfish" Ulliot, who owns the online poker room Devilfish Poker.com was in the money bigtime this week with a $266 000 prize win in the Five Diamond World Poker Classic held in Las Vegas.
December 5, 2006 - When the 2003 World Series Main Event Champ Chris Moneymaker and his company Moneymaker Gaming signed a partnership with Playboy Enterprises you just knew there would be some innovative gambling ideas in prospect, and the partnership of poker savvy, fame and beauty has not disappointed.
December 5, 2006 - The Titan Poker.com online poker room has expanded its language offerings to embrace Polish and Turkish pokerheads in addition to the already available English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish versions, and has plans for a substantial $1 000 000 prize pool online poker tournament in the near future.
December 4, 2006 - The latest move by Las Vegas Sands, the major Vegas gambling group that owns The Venetian, Sands, Palazzo and Paiza land brands will cause ripples in the online gambling pond for sure - it has commissioned Cantor Gaming to launch an online casino and poker site initially aimed at serving the United Kingdom market. The site is anticipated to be launched during the second quarter of 2007.
December 4, 2006 - The decision by the regional government of Madrid to allow minimum Euro 1 bets in games venues as well as telephone and online bets, covering sports and other competitions, as well as allowing internet bets on bingo and casino games is another step toward an increasingly practical approach to regulated gambling in Europe.
December 3, 2006 - Writing in the news section of the online site Poker Player this week, Paul McGuire claims that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act passed recently in the USA is starting to impact jobs in the poker publications sector.
December 3, 2006 - In a scene reminiscent of the current James Bond film, Casino Royale, the Manchester United football star Teddy Sheringham was on hand this week to launch VCPoker.com's massive $10 million Grand Slam tournament.