Poker News Week in Review 24 April to 1 May 2010

Posted by Victor on May 02, 2010 Posted in Online Poker News | No Comments »

Poker is a game of constant motion in that chips fly, moves are made, pots are taken down, and bad beats shatter dreams on the river. There are winners and losers in the game of poker. This stands true on the felt and in the news.

Huge Traffic Spike for Merge Network

Recapping the poker news of the week, the big winner in the online poker world was clearly the Brisbane based Merge Poker Network, who reported an amazing 160% increase in cash game traffic, partially at the expense of the Cake Network. The Merge Network jump in traffic only cost Cake a 16% decline, which means that the exodus of Cake Poker stalwarts Sportsbook, PlayersOnly Poker, and SuperBook from Cake to Merge generated excitement well beyond that of the active Cake Poker player base. Players can take advantage of the huge traffic spike at the Merge Network and grab a 100% up to $600 bonus from Carbon Poker

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Live Poker News

Speaking of movers and shakers, reported the rumors surrounding a possible move of one of the biggest and most famous Vegas poker games. The “big game” has been played at the Bellagio and is now believed to be moving to the Aria Hotel and Casino.

Also this week in the world of poker, the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA), after putting in what surely amounted to tons of thought officially recognized poker as a mind game and will be featured in the 2012 World Mind Sports Games in London. This thought provoking gesture might just pave the way for those who maintain poker is in fact a game of skill.

Nicolas Chouity, who claimed a €1.7 million prize after ousting six of the final seven players, took down the EPT Grand Final. Also having a great week and claiming a $1.5 million first prize in the WPT Championship was Bodog’s Dave Williams.

Online Poker News

Full Tilt Poker booked a winner or two this week, as they emerged victorious from not one but two separate lawsuits. Their 2-0 record in the legal battleground keeps their undefeated record intact, as both Full Tilt lawsuits were won by the online poker giant.

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Finally, with the 2010 World Series of Poker months away, Harrah’s is rumored to be shopping their Las Vegas Casino. Should Harrah’s attract a buyer, this could spell yet another WSOP move in the years to come.

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