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Online Poker News Archive - February 2007

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On this page we've listed summaries of the most important news events of February 2007

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Brit press speculates on French gambling crackdown

February 28, 2007 - UK newspaper The Guardian has speculated that the request by French authorities for interviews with a reported 20 online gambling company executives could presage a US-style crackdown on the industry in that country.

2007 World Series of Poker pre-registration opens

February 28, 2007 - Harrah's Operating Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., (NYSE:HET - News) has opened pre-registration for the 2007 World Series of Poker, scheduled for June 1 through July 17, 2007, at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.

Online poker pro has $800,000 stuck in NETeller

February 27, 2007 - A young online poker player who thought he had it made with a $800 000 second place finish in a major online poker tournament has been caught up in the Neteller e-wallet showdown with the US Department of Justice, with his funds frozen and poor communications the apparent order of the day.

European WSOP starts September 6 at London casino

February 27, 2007 - Harrah's Entertainment Inc, owners and organizers of the World Series of Poker has added detail to an earlier announcement that the world's biggest poker event is to have a European equivalent.

PKRs biggest event ever offers WSOP seat for small buy-ins

February 26, 2007 - PKR, the worlds most advanced poker room, unveiled details today of its groundbreaking new online poker festival Springfest. The event is expected to draw thousands of competitors from around the world by giving players at all levels the chance to play for big money prize pools plus a shot at a seat in the worlds most prestigious poker event the World Series of Poker.

Commerce Casino attracts largest WPT field ever

February 26, 2007 - The L.A. Poker Classic Championship (LAPC) event at Commerce Casino smashed records for largest field and largest prize money ever for a $10,000-buy-in World Poker TourŪ (WPT) event and for a WPT event in the continental U.S. The 790 field of established pros and aspiring amateurs swelled the prize money to a whopping $7,593.600.

5th Annual WPT Invitational scheduled for March 3

February 25, 2007 - WPT Enterprises, Inc. will roll out the red carpet on March 3 for one of the most glamorous stops on the poker circuit - the 5th Annual World Poker Tour (WPT) Invitational. Each year, the exclusive, invitation-only event welcomes famous Hollywood faces and world-class poker professionals who go head-to-head in a freeroll Texas Hold Em poker tournament for charity, cash prizes, and bragging rights.

PartyPoker closed to new French players

February 23, 2007 - According to a notice posted on PartyGaming's affiliate website, PartyPartners.com, PartyPoker will no longer accept deposits from new French customers. Existing players from France may continue to play.

Chad Brown Named Bluff Magazines Poker Player of the Year

February 22, 2007 - Chad Brown has been honored with the Title of Bluff Magazines Player of the Year 2006. Brown, a professional poker player who has been playing poker since boyhood, considers this one of his greatest achievements.

YouTeller launches but for invited customers only

February 22, 2007 - London-based Seed Capital Ltd has launched its much discussed new e-wallet service YouTeller in the UK, but surprisingly is showing some reservations about whether its servers can handle the traffic!

Full Tilt rumored to have acquired U.S. part of Doyle's Room

February 21, 2007 - Perhaps triggered by transfers of Doyle's Room poker players across to Full Tilt Poker.com with full privileges, the rumors are currently rife that Full Tilt has acquired the US operations of the popular poker site by outbidding rival Bodog.com. There are also reports that Doyles Room player accounts are currently being transferred en masse to Full Tilt Poker.

BetonUSA joins the Digital Gaming Network

February 20, 2007 - Online poker software company Digital Gaming Network, (DGN) has added to its growing stable of clients after striking a partnership with BetonUSA.com. This new signing comes on the heels of the recent acquisition by Digital Gaming Network (DGN) of Gibraltar-based Poker software company Dobrosoft, as well as several recent signings of other established network partners.

Ted Forrest will defend title at National Heads-Up Championship

February 20, 2007 - Sixty-four of the worlds best poker players are set to converge on Las Vegas March 1-4 as the 3rd National Heads-Up Poker Championship brings its distinctive, confrontational style to the Caesars Palace Poker Room.

Spain a key region for online gambling growth

February 20, 2007 - Dublin-based Research and Markets says the Spanish gambling market - including the online sector - is the place to be, with the potential to grow to Euro 39 billion by the year 2010, according to its latest report "The Spanish Gambling Market - a Key Region for Future Growth".

Doyle's Room no longer accepting U.S. players (2)

February 19, 2007 - As reported previously Tribeca Tables has announced that it will no longer welcome U.S. players starting February 28th. Doyle's Room is on the Tribeca Network and thus affected. Doyle's Room is planning to move to a new network somewhere in March, but it isn't clear right now if U.S. players will be allowed on the new platform either.

Neteller lays off almost 40 percent of it's workforce

February 16, 2007 - Neteller plc continues to feel the consequences of US legislative and enforcer activities this week, and has announced that it plans to cut 250 jobs as part of its withdrawal from the US market.

US Attorney's office delays indictment in Neteller case

February 15, 2007 - If readers thought that the February 14 court date set in the case against Canadian Neteller founders Stephen Lawrence and John Lefebvre would produce new information they were disappointed. As USA Today reported, the waiting game for thousands of U.S. patrons with money tied up in the Isle of Man based online payment service currently under federal investigation just got longer.

Tribeca no longer welcomes U.S. players

February 15, 2007 - In an expected but still unwelcome move this week, the online poker network Tribeca Tables has announced that it will no longer welcome new US players, and that with effect from February 28 all US IP addresses will be locked out.

Lost in America

February 13, 2007 - Industry observers and online gamblers alike were aghast at the apparent pettiness of US enforcement officials in Whitefish, Montana this week when an Associated Press report divulged details a *raid* on a legitimate antique shop and the arbitrary confiscation of antique gambling equipment worth $77 000.

TonyG Poker closed for U.S. players

February 13, 2007 - The usually ebullient poker pro TonyG was in an uncharacteristically negative mood this week when he notified players using his online poker site that he could no longer continue to accept US players.

AGA President pessimistic about UIGEA poker exemption

February 12, 2007 - The ambitions of American poker players to have their game of choice classified as a "game of skill" to circumvent the current US assault on Internet gambling received a sobering shock this week when a top American gambling administrator told a journalist working for the Las Vegas Sun "...they don't have a chance in hell."

Sweden wins Poker Nations Cup

February 11, 2007 - Sweden defied huge odds to pull off a spectacular triumph at the PartyPoker.com Poker Nations Cup in Cardiff. The winning team,captained by Bo Sehlstedt, included 2006 WSOP bracelet winners Anders Henriksson and Mats Rahm, as well as Johan Storakers, William Thorsson and online qualifier Hans Isoz.

Bluff Magazine integrates and adds value to ThePokerDB

February 10, 2007 - We're not sure if it merits the title given to it of 'The Coolest Thing Ever' but Bluff Magazine's latest player aid certainly offers a useful way for pokerheads to track, interact, and satisfy their poker urges online.

Grosvenor UK Poker Tour takes off

February 10, 2007 - The organizers of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour were flushed with success this week following a better than expected response to the tournament which showed just how popular this concept is. The demand on the inaugural Bolton leg of the competition has persuaded Grosvenor to extend all future events to four, instead of three days.

Sportingbet effectively closing down Paradise Poker

February 10, 2007 - The British online gambling group Sportingbet.com has had to make some tough business decisions regarding its poker operations, culminating this week in the announcement that it will effectively be closing its Paradise Poker.com platform at a cost of some GBP55 million (US$107million).

Cryptologic signs exclusive deal with Holland Casino

February 10, 2007 - The Dutch government owned Holland online casino and poker room, formerly powered by Access Gaming is to switch to Cryptologic software following an agreement with the veteran turnkey provider announced this week.

USAO freezes NETeller payouts to US citizens

February 9, 2007 - Isle of Man based e-wallet Neteller has issued an update on its ongoing problems with getting US players paid following its withdrawal from the US market - and it looks as if the US authorities are primarily responsible for payout delays to US players.

Full Tilt's Online Poker Series (FTOPS) starts February 9

February 9, 2007 - Poker enthusiasts will be looking forward to the third season of Full Tilt's Online Poker Series (FTOPS) following the announcement this week that the series will commence on February 9.

Record Prize Pool Announced for Asian Poker Classic

February 9, 2007 - The richest poker tournament in Asia just got richer organizers of the Asian Poker Classic (APC) have guaranteed a minimum add in of $250,000 to the prize pool, which means more than $1million could be available at the first professional poker tournament ever staged in India. The Asian Poker Classic, sponsored by MaharajahClub.com, is set to be one of the biggest events on the Eastern poker calendar.

PKR announce new weekly $10K guaranteed tournament

February 9, 2007 - Saturday nights at PKR will never be the same again, as the next-generation poker room has today announced the launch of a new weekly $10,000 Saturday Night Special tournament.

NETeller disables card and peer to peer transfers for Americans

February 9, 2007 - The sad Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act fall-out for American online gamblers continued this week with Americans attempting to withdraw their funds from the Isle of Man regulated Neteller e-processor, and that company seemingly stymied by US actions that prevent it from paying out US players.

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