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On this page we've listed summaries of the most important news events of November 2006

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Phil Gordon wins Full Tilt Poker.Net Championship

November 29, 2006 - Six of the worlds best poker professionals and one online qualifier from Full Tilt Poker.net met at the poker table on Thanksgiving Day last week to compete for a $1 million prize pool in the Full Tilt Poker.Net Championship at Red Rock Resort and Casino.

Mansion Poker launches $250,000 Added Tournament Series

November 29, 2006 - Mansion Online fuels the festive spirit throughout the month of December with added dollars and extra value through the launch of its $250 000 Added Tournament Series, boosting the prize pools of regular tournaments by $250 000 from December 4 until the New Year.

UK releases new license regulations

November 29, 2006 - The U.K. Gambling Commission said Monday that it has launched its new conditions under which licenses are granted to gambling operators and staff, together with new codes of practice.

Bowmans transfers US players to BoDog

November 29, 2006 - British group Bowmans International's online gambling operations in the United States have been halted, with all US players transferred to the fast growing Bodog betting group which operates from Costa Rica.

New poker game workaround for the UIGEA?

November 28, 2006 - GamingPublic.com, the center for investment information on internet gambling, highlighted the positive aspects of a version of online poker called, "Duplicate Poker" this week, claiming that it could be the workaround for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

Irish entrepreneur buys a 10 percent stake in Neteller

November 25, 2006 - Canny Irish business leader Dermot Desmond, who has investments in Paddy Power, Betdaq, London City Airport and a major shareholding in Glasgow Celtic Football Club is reported by E-Gaming Review as possibly involved in buying a 10 percent stake in the Isle of Man e-cash processor Neteller.

Sportsbook.com (formerly Sportingbet) to launch US poker room

November 22, 2006 - There's a prominent notice on the stunning new Sportsbook.com website that this successful and long-established US-facing online casino, horse and sportsbetting operation is "no longer owned or endorsed by the Sportingbet plc group" - a somber reminder that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act forced the respected British publicly listed Sportingbet to relinquish its Sportsbook subsidiary for a token $1 only weeks ago.

$500,000 prize pool in London ActionPoker shootout

November 22, 2006 - Six amateur poker players have battled their way past thousands of online competitors to represent their countries at the ActionPoker.com $500 000 Poker Shoot-Out in London on December 1.

PokerStars offers Aston Martin DBS as a prize

November 21, 2006 - With the release of the latest James Bond movie, featuring a new 007 in Daniel Craig, interest in the theme is red hot, and online poker provider Poker Stars has moved to capitalize on the international hype.

Poker is number one search on Lycos

November 21, 2006 - In tune with the fast approaching festive season, the Lycos portals and search engine this week published its take on the top gift searches its facilities have handled, and judging by the results you won't go far wrong in getting poker-related presents for your near and dear ones.

More poker stats from pokersitescout

November 21, 2006 - InfoPowa readers reacted positively to recent bulletins providing an insight into where poker players were going for their online gambling, and many requests have been received for a Top Ten assessment based on the same Pokersitescout.com statistics.

US players help produce another good weekend of online poker

November 21, 2006 - Full Tilt Poker's major Full Tilt Online Poker Series II tournament must have impacted the promotions of other sites this past weekend, but attendances were still remarkably good for the regular competitions held by the major players who still accept American business.

Moneybookers is up for sale

November 21, 2006 - Moneybookers, the UK-based ePayment provider, is up for sale with a price tag of GBP100 million, the UK business media reports. The business, which has around 2.3 million account holders, is owned by German retail tycoon Otto Beisheim. In 1964, Beisheim founded Metro Cash & Carry, now the world's fifth-largest retailer.

FTOPS winner takes home $224,635 at #2 poker room

November 20, 2006 - Besting a starting field of almost 2 500 other hungry poker players is no mean feat, but that's what player *Spiked* achieved in the second Full Tilt Online Poker Series II (FTOPS) Main Event this week, defeating a field of 2449 No-Limit Hold'em players for a $224 634 first place paycheck.

Boss Media is developing a Flash poker client

November 20, 2006 - Boss Media has announced that it has initiated the development of a web-based poker product. The new gaming client is being developed in Macromedia Flash.

French player hits $100,000 poker jackpot at Titan

November 20, 2006 - French poker player Remy Elkoubi, from Marseille, France, hit a Straight Flush that gave him a $100 000 jackpot prize at online poker room Titan Poker this week when he won six consecutive Fort Knox Jackpot Sit 'n' Go tournaments to qualify for the huge prize.

TonyG is Betfair Asian Poker Champ

November 17, 2006 - Top UK poker pro and online poker room owner Tony Guoga took control of the final table on day three of the Betfair Asian Poker Tour in Singapore this week with a combination of sharp banter and aggressive play.

Fairground Holdings to liquidate itself

November 17, 2006 - The shock news that Fairground Holdings is to terminate business as a result of having to abandon US-facing online gambling activities arrived as the week ended, a sad close to a brief but promising business future for the agglomerator.

WPT announces Father and Sons special

November 17, 2006 - Steve Lipscomb's World Poker Tour has announced that it has started work on a new poker television special entitled, "Fathers and Sons" with filming on the WPT set at the Foxwoods Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Conn. The unique show will feature pokers most prominent personalities and players competing for family pride and a $25 000 seat in the WPT World Championship.

Bwin books EUR534 Million loss for Ongame

November 16, 2006 - Austrian publicly listed betting group Bwin (formerly BetandWin) came to the market this week with a somber assessment of its affairs that included missed third quarter targets with a loss of Euro 5.6 million, a pared down full year forecast, reduced operational plans and a significant Euro 534 million write-off on Ongame - most of the value of the online poker provider and network which it acquired earlier this year.

New York law enforcement arrest 32 in sportsbetting raid

November 15, 2006 - In an exclusive report the Gambling911 portal reveals that a major New York enforcement action by staff of the Queens District Attorney has netted 32 agents working with offshore sportsbooks.

Lots of poker content in new Gambling.com magazine

November 15, 2006 - Hollywood starlet and poker bombshell Shannon Elizabeth is just one of the top celebrities to feature in the latest edition of Gambling.com Magazine (www.gambling.com), which is out now across the United Kingdom, Canada and Europe.

Nielsen/NetRatings confirms decline in poker/gambling traffic

November 14, 2006 - After months of steady, double digit growth, U.S. online gambling visits showed a marked decline in October, according to Internet usage specialists Nielsen//NetRatings on the release of the company's latest monthly statistical report.

PokerStars solidifies market share lead

November 14, 2006 - After four weeks of record breaking entries, it is now almost expected that PokerStars will continue to attract record numbers of players from around the world, but most importantly the United States despite recent legislative attempts to hamstring the industry and scare off international companies.

Playtech's numbers up this quarter; acquires Tribeca

November 14, 2006 - The Isle of Man registered gambling software and turnkey provider Playtech followed its announcement of a takeover of elements of Tribeca this week with a solid third quarter trading update.

comScore Media Metrix reports 29% drop in gambling traffic

November 14, 2006 - The Internet usage monitor comScore Media Metrix has released October statistics showing a significant drop in US online gambling penetration, and that Americans were drawn in particular to e-card, party, kids, toy, family and women's Web sites on the run-up to the festive season starting with Halloween.

Victor Chandler's grand slam will have a $20M prize pool

November 11, 2006 - Inspired by the famous grand slam tournaments in tennis and golf, VC Poker.com has announced the launch of its own online poker grand slam tournaments which will be worth $10 million to the winner.

Tribeca Tables leaves US Market (2)

November 10, 2006 - Following a long period of consultation with its gaming attorneys, Tribeca Tables Europe, Limited, the online poker solutions company, has announced that the company has decided to withdraw its poker room from certain territories; specifically the US, Israel, and Hong Kong markets.

Golden Palace transfers US players to separate entity

November 10, 2006 - Confusion reigned in the ranks of both players and affiliate marketers as the week ended, with the Golden Palace Casino affiliate program Casino Blasters sending out confusing signals that suggested the pioneer online casino could be about to turn its back on US players.

WSOP trademark battle continues

November 9, 2006 - Federico Schiavio, the former Binions casino exec and owner of the "World's Standard of Online Poker" (*WSOP.com*) company and domain has been tweaking the opposition's nose again with an update in the trademark case between himself and the Vegas gambling giant Harrah's Entertainment.

PPA's Michael Bolcerek upbeat about poker exemptions

November 9, 2006 - The president of the 120 000 member Poker Players' Alliance, Michael Bolcerek is optimistic that the changes in the US political system which brought the Democrats to power in Congress this week will create a more favorable environment for his association going forward.

PartyPoker offers online qualifiers for Aussie Millions

November 9, 2006 - PartyPoker.com has announced that for the third year running players can qualify online for the Aussie Millions, the southern hemisphere's premier poker event.

Leach is out but Goodlatte and Kyl remain in office

November 8, 2006 - The names of three US politicians have repeatedly cropped up in online gambling industry news these last few years. Goodlatte, Kyl and Leach were the members of Congress most determined to bring about the downfall of Internet gambling in the USA, despite their predilection for carve-outs for other forms of gambling.

Bluff Europe November Issue Out Now

November 7, 2006 - The November issue of Bluff Europe (www.bluffeurope.com), the magazine that brings you the thrill of poker every month, is out now across the UK and Europe.

Ladbrokes confirms interest in 888.com

November 6, 2006 - Amidst a weekend rife with rumors, Ladbrokes, the UK's second-largest bookmaker, confirmed late Sunday that it is in talks to buy the online poker and casino group 888 Holdings as pressure mounts on the internet gaming industry to merge after a US clampdown on financial transactions.

Cartamundi releases Casino Royale poker set

November 5, 2006 - Cartamundi, a Belgian company licensed to manufacture and market poker accessories for the latest James Bond movie "Casino Royale" has announced the public release of sets of playing cards and poker chips as used by the famous fictional 007 agent in the film.

Partygaming in acquistion talks with Bwin (Ongame)

November 5, 2006 - Hard on the heels of earlier reports in the UK media that Ladbrokes was making acquisition overtures to Party Gaming and other major online gambling groups comes news from Reuters that PartyGaming is in talks to buy part of Internet betting company bwin.com of Austria.

UltimateBet and Absolute Poker considering merger?

November 5, 2006 - eGaming Review reported at the weekend that Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet are about to announce their official merger on Monday. Rumors of a buy out of Ultimate Bet by Absolute Poker had been swirling around the industry for the past few weeks.

MGM Mirage interested in takeover of Partygaming

November 3, 2006 - The Business reports that Americas MGM Mirage and Britains Ladbrokes, two of the worlds largest gambling groups, have started exploratory takeover talks with internet rivals decimated by recent US Congress legislation banning online gambling.

Cryptologic's third quarter revenues up 32 percent

November 3, 2006 - The pioneering online gambling software firm CryptoLogic has reported third quarter revenues up 32 percent to US$27.7 million (GBP14.5 million), with EBITDA of US$7.6 million, a 27 percent rise on 2005.

Legal firm says DoJ emboldened by UIGEA

November 3, 2006 - British legal company Tarlo Lyons has published a report reviewing the impact of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. In it, the company spells out the choices facing online gaming operators and the potential legal developments the industry is likely to face.

Intertops Poker deals one billionth poker hand

November 3, 2006 - The Intertops.com Lady Luck was well and truly on the side of a 27 year old Finnish poker enthusiast, Petteri S. as he sat playing Texas Hold em on IntertopsPoker.com, when his table was handed the honor of receiving the 1,000,000,000th played hand on the network.

Partygaming lays off more than 800 employees

November 3, 2006 - More than 800 employees of Party Gaming subsidiary Ivy Comptech in India are feeling the sting of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act passed by the United States Congress recently. The employees are the victims of a retrenchment exercise that the company has embarked upon as a "right sizing" initiative, reports The Asian Age.

Canada's Alexander First Nation welcomes online gambling

November 1, 2006 - Ontario politicians may be trying to pass legislation banning online gambling adverts in the province, but elsewhere in Canada there's a more welcoming attitude to the industry. The Kahnawake First Nation Mohawks in Quebec province, home to well over 300 online gambling brands and host to a multitude of company servers will soon have competition from The Alexander First Nation.

Full Tilt provides UK commuters with in-cab entertainment

November 1, 2006 - The ubiquitous London taxi cabs will be offering poker entertainment for passengers soon courtesy of Cabvision and Full Tilt Poker.com. The two companies have partnered to launch an interactive poker series that will be shown as part of the Cabvision network in London taxis.

$1.2 Million and Growing in Ongame Network Poker Classic

November 1, 2006 - Only three days remain for poker players to enter the Ongame Network Poker Classic and have a chance at winning their share of more than one million dollars in this innovative tournament with both online and offline finals. 231 players currently have tickets for this $5,000 buy-in no-limit holdem poker tournament and the prize purse already stands at $1,255,000 including a $100,000 added overlay!

Poker Arena joins Microgaming Poker Network

November 1, 2006 - The Isle of Man registered turnkey provider and poker network company Microgaming has announced the addition of a new member to its growing global online poker network.

PokerStars continues winning streak

November 1, 2006 - PokerStars' record breaking run of giant prize pools continued this weekend with a third consecutive weekly record breaker. This weekend's Stars Sunday Million ($500 buy in) saw 2 785 entrants join the fun, translating to an incredible $1 392 500 pool, with a scheduled first-place payout of $249 396.75 falling only hundreds shy of the quarter-million mark.

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