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POKER CENTRAL COVERAGE FOR $500k BUY-IN POKER TOURNAMENT
BRANDED BETTING SERVICE FOR THE SUN?
Marketing Week report News UK's NFL Odds News Group Newspapers subsidiary Sun is delving into the possibility of launching its own-branded gambling service.
News UK has reportedly applied for a range of "Sun Bets" trademarks, two of which carry the strapline "back yourself".
Sun Bet's betting service would join a gambling portfolio that comprises Sun Bingo and the Sun+ "Second Chance Sunday" Lotto game.
Britains most popular paper is the number once choice of more than half of the UKs online gamblers, so we are always seeking ways to strengthen our sports offer to them, a Sun spokesperson told Marketing Week.
An own-branded betting service would provide another revenue stream for the Sun, but may alienate big-spending advertisers such as Paddy Power who sponsored the Sun Goals app when it launched in the middle of last year (see previous InfoPowa report).
ZYNGA WITHDRAWS NEVADA ONLINE POKER APPLICATION
Eagle-eyed John Mehaffey of the online poker information site US Poker.com, reports that social gaming giant Zynga appears to have abandoned, for now anyway, its ambitions for a Nevada intrastate online poker licence.
Mehaffey spotted the withdrawal of the Zynga application on the September Nevada Gaming Control Board preliminary agenda, where it is listed as a "request to withdraw application."
The application to withdraw was subsequently granted, and a Zynga insider confirmed to US Poker that a withdrawal had been requested.
US Poker points out that Zynga advised in its Q2-2013 posting that it intended to drop its US real money poker plans in order to focus on freemium social games, although it affirmed that will continue to "...evaluate all of its priorities against the growing market opportunity in free, social gaming, including social casino offerings.
The report referred in particular to real money online poker operations in the United Kingdom under the Zynga Poker Plus brand on the Party Poker network, confirming that its evaluation process continues.
The decision is undoubtedly that of Zynga's CEO, Dan Mattrick, who was appointed earlier this year and almost immediately voiced his intention to focus on the core social gaming business of the company (see previous InfoPowa reports).
POKER REPORTER WINS FIRST EVENT IN 2013 WORLD SERIES OF POKER
The first event of this year's World Series of Poker - the $500 buy-in employees event - has been won by poker journalist Chad Holloway and is in the record books.
Holloway is the senior news editor for PokerNews.com, and as such he qualified as a WSOP contractor for entry.
POKER ACE BLOM IN ANOTHER ONLINE POKER COUP
Insane amounts of money again changed hands on the online high stakes tables at Full Tilt Poker Thursday as Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom and Ben 'Bttech86' Tollerene slugged it out in a Cap PLO session that lasted 5hr 40minutes across 4 virtual tables.
The High Stakes Data Base reports that after initially dominating the contest, Blom was forced onto the back foot by a resurgent Tollerene, setting the scene for an enthralling big-money back-and-forth as the lead see-sawed between these two bold and talented poker professionals.
Starting out one-tabling $500/$1,000 the two soon had more tables going and ever higher stakes at risk, culminating in Blom taking his opponent for $1,703,125.
The big win brought Blom back to a positive $4 million balance since the start of the year.