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Justin Bonomo Has Complaint with PokerStars

Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo haven’t forgotten PokerStars’ changes in their VIP reward program. At the 2016 EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, Bonomo expressed his dissatisfaction with the online poker giant. Bonomo twitted that he would refuse all media request from PokerStars and EPT. “At this point in time, I see no reason to do unpaid promotional work for a company that has defrauded many thousands of players,” Bonomo said. But the player won the €2,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em side event for €110,000. According to him, he declined a winner’s photo with PokerStars: “Update on winner’s photo situation: They say they would never not-pay, but I am banned from all PS Live events if I don’t take the photo.” Back in 2006, Bonomo was banned for […]

Poker Debt May Be the Reason For a Murder

Mark De Jong, Coach of world ranking tennis star Robin Haase, was arrested on suspicion of murder. Koen Evernik was found death by his daughter at his home in the Netherlands. De Jong said that he had been watching soccer with Evernik on the day of his murder and had seen “suspicious characters” around the house when he left. Investigators didn’t believe that, but they let De Jong travel to Miami with Haase. On his return, he was arrested at the airport. According to the evidence, Evernik and Haase had loaned De Jong €80,000 for gambling.The reason for the murder is being suggested to be that Evernik was demanding the money back and was threatening to expose De Jong’s gambling problems. The people close to […]

PokerStars NJ Tops Traffic Rankings

Just after week 1 in New Jersey, PokerStars have rocketed into first place of the online poker traffic rankings. The online poker giant has averaged some 179 cash game players within the last seven days, with a 452-player 24 hour peak. According to PokerScout, an online traffic tracker, WSOP/888 has had an average of 140 cash game players this week and a 395-player 24 hour peak. On third place is Party Borgata with a weekly average of 95 and a 24 hour peak of 283. However, despite this statistics, the week has been though for PokerStars and Amaya. David Baazov, the CEO of Amaya Gaming was hit with insider trading charges and as a result, the company’s share price tumbled down with 21,5%, and now […]

Amaya CEO Baazov Takes Paid Leave

Baazov won’t be a CEO for now, but will still be a member of Amaya’s Board of the Directors. Taking over as interim CEO is Rafi Ashkenazi,  the current CEO of Amaya unit Rational Group, while Amaya director Divyesh Gadhia will serve as interim Chairman. Ghadia is also the chair of the special committee set up after Baazov made clear his intentions to try to take Amaya private to consider any offer made for the company. The company said that it is an “indefinite paid leave to focus on preparing an offer to acquire Amaya”. In his statement Baazov said, “As always, I continue to be dedicated to doing the right thing for Amaya and all its stakeholders.” “I believe that stepping down in the […]

Rapper Uses Fake $50 Bills at Casino

The 25-year-old rapper ‘Fat Trel’ was arrested for allegedly using counterfeit bills. Martel Reeves, better known as ‘Fat Trel’ was arrested, according to Later, he was charged by the authorities after trying to use nine fake $50 bills to gamble in Maryland Live! Casino. First he said that he claimed the bills from an ATM, but later the rapper said on Twitter that he didn’t use ATM. Maryland Live! Casino is the largest casino in Maryland.

João “XxJoaoFeraxX” Otávio Wins Sunday Million for $213K

The Brazilian ends on top of this week’s Milly. A week after the 10th anniversary and the huge prize pool, it was time for a “normal” one, but still special. For João “XxJoaoFeraxX” Otávio this week was even more spectacular as he beat the field and exchange his $215 buy-in for $213K in the no-limit hold’em event on PokerStars. In contrast to the last weeks 55,000 players, this week was more casual with a 7,124-player field. Meaning that the prize pool was $1,424,800, exceeding the guarantee of $1 million. The top 1,080 finishers made it to the money. The Brazilian started heads-up play with a lead of 58,355,022 versus his opponent’s 12.884.978. After 20 played hands, the pair soon came to the final showdown. Extragloves […]

The Luxury Wedding of Ray Bitar

Few months ago, the former Full Tilt CEO Raymond Bitar got married to Jacquelyn Lucas. As you can see from the pictures, there is no clue that Bitar is “unlikely to live more than a couple years and is nearly penniless,” as the poker pro Allen Cunningham stated back in October 2014. The former CEO escaped a lengthy prison sentence due to his ill health and his desperate need of a heart transplant. Eventually, he pled guilty and paid a $40 million fine, but remained a free man. Nevertheless, in October 2015, he was at the altar with his lovely bride, looking much healthier and thinner. We don’t know if he received the new heart that he needed so badly, but the photos show that […]

Shares of Amaya Tumble Down

Recently, Amaya, Inc. produced a lot of news, after re-entering the US Market, the increased rake and insider trading charges. It was a hard week for Amaya. Following the Quebec Securities Investigation,  the company’s shares have been dropping rapidly. On both the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange, they fell with 21,5%. Also, Moody’s, a credit rating agency, has stated that this brings to a negative outlook of the company. “The negative outlook considers Moody’s perception of increased credit risk for Amaya. Moody’s believes these civil charges along with the legal process that follows could negatively affect the execution of the company’s operations and growth strategies, particularly given that Mr. Baazov is significantly involved in the development and execution of Amaya’s business strategies. Additionally, the negative […]