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 PokerStars may reject Full Tilt transplant
posted 7/25/2016  |  source: Bonus Code Poker
PokerStars immune system shows signs of rejecting hastily-grafted Full Tilt organ in May 2016 surgery; Health scare follows emergency surgery last year to amputate Supernova Elite VIP program
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Experts note complications of Hill-Rank-888 deal
posted 7/25/2016  |  source: Gambling Insider
Industry experts note risks and complications for William Hill takeover by Rank and 888 start with complicated three-way deal; Regulatory challenges and valuation disagreements have ended similar bid approaches in gaming sector, including those involving 888
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G2E to showcase online gambling but on tight schedule
posted 7/25/2016  |  source: Online Poker Report
2016 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) to host iGaming Congress on September 26 but creates tough scheduling decisions for attendees; Removal of time slots increases emphasis on session selection; Entire expo scheduled for September 26-29 in Las Vegas
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Amaya cuts some London staff amidst restructuring
posted 7/25/2016  |  source: SBC News
Amaya confirms staff cuts at London office in effort to reduce costs and restructure operations; Dozens of jobs cut, some staff moving to Isle of Man headquarters
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Pennsylvania online gaming top priority for Senate GOP
posted 7/25/2016  |  source: Post-Gazette
enate GOP spokeswoman Jennifer Kocher says gaming bill including internet gambling will be top priority for Senate Republicans upon return from summer break; Only off-track betting parlors expected to receive any pushback
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888 and Rank Group consider joint bid for William Hill
posted 7/25/2016  |  source: The Guardian
Gaming groups 888 and Rank join forces to consider £3 billion joint bid for struggling rival William Hill; No formal approach made but consortium formed to analyze
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PokerStars New Jersey strong but not dominant in Q1
posted 7/25/2016  |  source: Online Poker Report
First full quarter of data from PokerStars New Jersey shows strong market performance and impetus for market growth but not anticipated dominance; PokerStars Spin & Gos offered initial market advantage but PartyPoker and 888poker now have competitive offerings
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888 and PokerStars real winners of WSOP
posted 7/25/2016  |  source: Poker Industry PRO
Online poker operators 888poker and PokerStars benefit from 2016 World Series of Poker; Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier wins two bracelets and Player of the Year award, while two players of November Nine won Main Event entries via small-dollar online poker satellites
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888 Holdings joining forces with Rank Group?
posted 7/25/2016  |  source: The Times
888 Holdings and Rank Group in advanced stages of talks to become £2 billion gaming giant via merger; Investment, law, and accounting firms working on deal
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 Poker with Ed Norton sells for €110K
posted 7/24/2016  |  source: Poker Strategy
Opportunity to play poker with Ed Norton of Rounders sells at online charity auction for €110,000; Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation ultimately raised more than $45 million at auction and gala events; No word on who purchased poker game or when it will happen
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Pennsylvania online poker remains complicated
posted 7/24/2016  |  source: Poker Update
Pennsylvania online poker/gaming looks promising for fall vote but no guarantees; Gaming expansion bill revenue included in new budget but bill still must pass Senate when legislature returns in late September
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GOP platform omits online gambling ban
posted 7/24/2016  |  source: CardsChat
Republican platform omits mention of online gambling ban for first time since 1996; Poker Players Alliance still warns of danger due to RAWA support from VP nominee Mike Pence and Sheldon Adelson support of Trump and Republican Party
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Nine states could legalize online gaming in 2017
posted 7/23/2016  |  source: Online Poker Report
Nine states have good chances to pass online gaming legislation in 2017; New York, California, and Michigan have best probabilities; Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio are long shots, New England states are possibilities
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Could California see omnibus online gaming bill?
posted 7/23/2016  |  source: US Poker
California gaming attorney hypothesizes about omnibus gaming bill to combine online poker with sports betting and DFS; New Jersey sports betting case could offer precedent; Current online poker bill still stuck due to lack of compromise
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Caesars Interactive bidder wants WSOP excluded
posted 7/23/2016  |  source: Online Poker Report
Chinese Giant Interactive Group currently negotiating Caesars Interactive deal without WSOP online; Source says WSOP assets do not fit GIG business strategy; WSOP could go to another buyer or remain part of Caesars
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