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Online Poker News Archive - March 2007

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

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Founder of BetonSports arrested in Dominican Republic

March 30, 2007 - Gary Stephen Kaplan was arrested late Wednesday, March 28, in the Dominican Republic, U.S. Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway for the Eastern District of Missouri announced today.

WTO rules US internet gambling ban is illegal

March 30, 2007 - The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled today that the US internet gambling ban continues to violate the free trade agreement by discriminating unfairly against foreign betting companies. According to the WTO the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) confirmed the US is in violation.

MECN study finds German poker market has great potential

March 30, 2007 - The management consultants at MECN have just completed a new study analyzing developments in the German betting and lottery market following the Federal Constitutional Courts decision, the state treaty on gambling, and the ECJs decision in the Placanica case.

J.C. Tran wins World Poker Challenge

March 30, 2007 - After making five World Poker Tour final tables in his career--with three in the past two months--professional poker player J.C. Tran won his first WPT Champion title yesterday at the World Poker Challenge at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev.

WPT Season V launches April 4th on the Travel Channel

March 28, 2007 - The global leader in poker entertainment, WPT Enterprises, Inc., today announced that the television premiere of the World Poker TourŪ's (WPT) fifth anniversary season will launch Wednesday, April 4 at 9pm ET/PT on the Travel Channel(TM) with The Mirage Poker Showdown kicking off the new season.

Neteller drops Canadian and Turkish customers

March 26, 2007 - Neteller published a press release today in which it announced the group will no longer process transfers related to online gambling sites on behalf of Canada or Turkey resident customers.

Lee Jones steps down as poker room manager at PokerStars

March 26, 2007 - After serving almost four years with PokerStars as poker room manager, Lee Jones announced yesterday that he will step down to pursue other opportunities effective April 1st, 2007.

Matthew Hilger publishes new book: The Poker Mindset

March 25, 2007 - Renowned poker professional, esteemed author and creator of (ITH), Matthew Hilger, has teamed with friend and fellow ITH cohort and poker expert Ian Taylor to publish "The Poker Mindset: Essential Attitudes for Poker Success."

Irish Poker Open to be shown on Challenge TV across the UK

March 24, 2007 - Paddy Power Poker, in association with Winmedia International Ltd, today announces the television broadcast details of the 26th Irish Open. Europe's largest and longest running poker tournament will be shown on Challenge TV in the UK.

Iowa poker player wins Mansion's Poker Dome Challenge

March 23, 2007 - Poker amateur Rodel Tuazon from Iowa has emerged $1 Million richer following his winner-takes-all triumph in the Mansion Poker Dome Challenge.

Neteller signs agreement on US player funds with DoJ

March 21, 2007 - The frustrations of US players who have funds frozen in the Neteller vs. U.S. Department of Justice debacle may nearly be over...but further patience will be required before the issue is finally resolved, according to a statement from the Isle of Man-based e-wallet.

Bluff Magazine signs exclusive WSOP media deal with Harrah's

March 20, 2007 - Bluff Media signed up probably its biggest business deal yet this week, reinforcing its reputation as poker's biggest and most respected poker magazine.

WSOP prepares for biggest entry field ever

March 16, 2007 - The trials and tribulations of online gambling in the United States notwithstanding, Harrah's Entertainment as organizers of the World Series of Poker are planning on the basis of a record breaking entry field of 10 000 players this year. In previous years a significant number of WSOP hopefuls have qualified online at numerous Internet poker sites offering sponsored WSOP packages.

US Congressman Barney Frank to the rescue

March 14, 2007 - Generating massive interest on both sides of the Atlantic, and giving online gambling stocks a boost is the news in the Financial Times today that US Congressman Barney Frank is about to launch an offensive against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which has been creating problems for US players and online gambling operators alike since last October.

Angry customers join forces in Neteller Customer Coalition (2)

March 13, 2007 - Almost immediately following the arrests of Neteller's two founders, Stephen Lawrence and John Lefebvre on January 15, Neteller froze the accounts of all US customers, leaving them no method for withdrawal. In addition $55 million in pending transactions was seized by the United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO). 200 angry Neteller customers, who collectively have no less than $500,000 locked up at NETeller, have now joined forces in the Neteller Customer Coalition in order to be prepared in the event legal action may be required to get their funds released.

PokerStars celebrates anniversary with $2M online tournament

March 13, 2007 -, the world's largest online poker room, celebrated the first anniversary of its Sunday Million(tm) Tournament with a record-shattering $2 million online poker tournament. The $200 buy-in event attracted 10,508 players, the largest pool of players ever to play in a cash poker tournament of any kind.

WPT Enterprises releases financials for 2006 and 4th quarter

March 12, 2007 - WPT Enterprises, Inc. today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2006. Business highlights for the quarter included delivery of four episodes of Season V of the World Poker TourŪ (WPT) television series, five episodes of Season I of the Professional Poker Tour (PPT) television series and continued progress in the development of the Company's new online poker room and casino, which is scheduled to launch during the second quarter of 2007.

Canadian BC government becoming 'gaming crackheads' ?

March 10, 2007 - Buying lottery tickets through a website isnt Internet gambling. That's the opinion of the Solicitor General for the British Columbia province of Canada, reports Canada Press.

NETeller engages Clifford Chance as legal counsel

March 9, 2007 - Neteller is starting to show some public signs of mettle after weeks of being perceived as allowing the U.S. Department of Justice to stomp all over it despite its Isle of Man registration as a financial institution and UK stock market positioning.

Juha Helppi wins Premier League Poker

March 8, 2007 - Juha Helppi celebrated his 30th birthday in style and avenged his inner demons by winning the inaugural Premier League Poker title. Helppi, from Helsinki, Finland showed skill and patience in abundance to overcome a world class field in a unique televised tournament, filmed at Maidstone Studios, Kent, UK.

Top online pro joins Cardrunners

March 8, 2007 -, one of the premier online providers for poker training, recently announced the addition of their newest instructor, blogger, and co-owner, Brian Townsend. Townsend, known to the online poker world as sbrugby and aba20, has moved up through the online poker ranks at an astonishing speed in the last few years to become one of the top online high stakes cash players.

Dane wins Asian Poker Classic

March 6, 2007 - March 4th 2007 is an historic day in Indian sport as Carl Hostrup from Denmark (1st place), Samuel Lehtonen from Sweden (2nd place), and Pranav Bathija from India (3rd place) share their portion of the $1,000,000 (44,490,085 INR) prize pool at the Asian Poker Classic (APC) sponsored by, Indias first-ever professional poker tournament.

PKR grows with 200,000 players since Christmas

March 5, 2007 - PKR, the next generation poker room, has today announced that it has registered over 300,000 players. The site has added 200,000 players since Christmas alone and the rate continues to accelerate.

Former Senator D'Amato joins PPA as Chairman of the Board

March 5, 2007 - The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), a grassroots organization of more than 160,000 poker enthusiasts, announced today that former United States Senator Alfonse D'Amato has joined the PPA to serve as Chairman of the Board and help lead efforts in Washington D.C. to protect the game of poker.

PartyGaming results negatively impacted by UIGEA

March 2, 2007 - The long awaited Party Gaming annual results out this week show the adverse impact of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in the United States, but an encouraging resilience and diversification into other markets by the group.

The Poker Channel expands into Europe

March 1, 2007 - On 1st March 2007 The Poker Channel is set to expand into Europe, launching Scandinavia and Frances first dedicated poker channel. Commercial Director, Chris White, has inked carriage deals with leading networks in every major poker territory in Europe including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, France and Germany. The channel is maintaining its presence in the UK through its channel block deals, and the rest of the world through its broadband feed.

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