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ANOTHER ONLINE POKER LEGALISATION BILL FOR PENNSYLVANIA
Senator Edwin Erickson's soon-to-launch bill seeking to legalise online poker in Pennsylvania (see previous InfoPowa reports) is to be supported in the state Assembly by a similar bill sponsored by Republican Representative Nicholas Miccarelli.
It is understood that both bills will include anti-competitive "bad actor" clauses barring operators like Pokerstars who continued to supply US services after the UIGEA was passed in 2006.
There are also provisions to punish players who use unlicensed online poker sites - the first time this has been attempted outside Washington State's draconian anti-online gambling laws.
The Miccarelli bill will probably follow Erickson's lead in proposing a 14 percent tax rate on GGR and heavy initial licensing fees, and both bills are expected to include arrangements for the protection of player account balances.
U.S. PLAYER LEADS AS WORLD SERIES OF POKER MAIN EVENT GATHERS MOMENTUM2013-07-09
The final entry day for this year's World Series of Poker Main Event, Day 1C, has completed in Las Vegas, with Wisconsin pro Mark Kroon emerging as overall chip leader from all three entry days on 246,000, chased by Imari Love from Chicago on 214,300, and Clement Tripodi of France (on 207,050 the leader at the end of Day 1B).
After three initial days of action (see previous InfoPowa reports) there are 4,186 players left from a total starting field of 6,352 - the smallest main event field in six years.
Second round competitive action begins over the next two days as the survivors are further culled, usually by around 50 percent before Day 3 starts and the separate player fields from the Day 2 heats are combined and start the serious business of trying to get into the money.
Last years main event champ, Greg Merson is still in the competition, albeit way behind the chip leaders on 81,650, and trailing famous pros like Phil Ivey (119,650) and Phil Hellmuth (92,850). Other notable names who made it through the last entry day included Jason Mercier, Joe Hachem, Allen Cunningham, Nick Schulman, Antonio Esfandiari and Ben Lamb.
The high profile Canadian pro, Daniel Negreanu, is also still in the running, although further back on just 15,000 chips.
Among those who fell by the wayside this year were former WSOP champs Huck Seed, Robert Varkonyi and Jonathan Duhamel, along with successful and respected financial businessmen/players Bill Perkins and David Einhorn.
Also headed home were Brandon Cantu, Phil Laak, Vanessa Rousso, Tom Schneider, Eric Buchman, Shaun Deeb (taken out by Phil Hellmuth), Jennifer Tilly, Prahlad Friedman, Jeff Madsen, former November Niner Ylon Schwartz and Loni Harwood.
Strangely, two top names entered the event, paid the hefty buy-in, and then didn't show up; the starting stacks of Gus Hansen and Tom Dwan were blinded off, leaving Hansen with 17,975 and Dwan with 18,075 when chips were bagged.
WILLIAMS INTERACTIVE LAUNCHES BELGIAN SITE FOR JACKPOT PARTY2013-04-24
Williams Interactive, the online gambling provider subsidiary of US gambling group WMS Industries, has launched a Belgian-licensed site for the company's Jackpot Party online casino.
JackpotParty.be is a new online casino exclusively featuring WMS Gaming content to residents of Belgium. The fully legal and regulated site was designed and developed by Williams Interactive group entities and is operated in association with Groupe Partouche SA, the largest land-based operator in Belgium and France and one of Europes largest casino operators with nearly 50 casinos.
The new full-service online casino represents the first B2B deployment of Williams Interactives managed services online gaming solution and marks a significant progress point in demonstrating to local casino operators and their players the benefits enabled by the convergence of land-based and online gaming, a company spokesman said Thursday.
JackpotParty.be online punters have access to a wide array of Williams Interactives games, including 27 classic WMS themed slot games such as Super Jackpot Party, Gold Fish, Reel 'em In!, Jungle Wild, Alice & the Mad Tea Party, Kronos and Zeus.
Also on offer is the Jackpot Party Progressive - the first accumulating online jackpot in the Belgium market that can be awarded on any game, with any wager and at any time. The online casino also features classic casino table games such as roulette, blackjack and baccarat.
Orrin J. Edidin, president of WMS Industries Inc. and CEO and president of Williams Interactive LLC, said, "The JackpotParty.be online casino delivers to players the convenience of playing at home in addition to playing at the casino and is an exciting complement to Groupe Partouches leading land-based casino operations.
"The online experience is tailored to the Belgian player, with fully localised web sites in French and Dutch, multilingual customer support and localized payment solutions.
As our first i-gaming B2B execution, the launch of JackpotParty.be is an important milestone in our online gaming strategy."
The launch is being supported by television and digital campaigns airing in both French and Dutch languages to citizens throughout Belgium. Running from April 16 to May 5, these advertisements showcase the synergistic benefits between land-based and online gaming experiences for players in Belgium and the excitement of the online casino, which currently features 27 WMS slot games and more than 20 table and card games.
Fabrice Paire, chairman of Groupe Partouche, said, "The launch of our online casino is an exciting milestone for our business....we are delighted to launch JackpotParty.be in close collaboration with Williams Interactive....to extend its popular gaming content to our customers online in a branded continuation of our in-casino experiences.
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