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David Baazov on Leave of Absence following Insider Trading Charges

Just last week, Amaya Gaming CEO David Baazov was charged with insider trading, stemming from the $4.9 billion purchase of PokerStars/Full Tilt Poker. And now, Baazov has chosen to take a leave of absence from running the company. “As always, I continue to be dedicated to doing the right thing for Amaya and all its […]

PokerStars launches in New Jersey Today

It’s official: PokerStars is back in the United States! Following PokerStars’ soft launch last Friday, they initiated a full launch earlier today (Mar 21). This means that every adult New Jersey resident finally has access to the world’s largest online poker site. Stars had to iron out a few hiccups in their software before being […]

Amaya Q4 Earnings: Casino up, PokerStars down

Amaya Gaming just had a very revealing conference yesterday about their Q4 earnings. Here’s the 10-page transcript of everything that happened. But if you’re looking for some cliff notes, here you go: - A large influx of casino customers helped Amaya earn more revenue last year, by signing up to new slot sites than in 2014. Unfortunately, PokerStars traffic was down, causing […]

Here’s why Russia will legalize Online Poker

Over the past few years, Russia has taken steps to discourage operators from offering online poker to their citizens. But now, it looks like Russia may be completely reversing their position and looking at legalizing the game. Thanks to Russia’s deteriorating finances, the government is looking for any revenue stream that they can muster. And […]

Phil Hellmuth explains how to beat Donald Trump

Donald Trump is running away with the Republican Presidential nomination so far. And it seems that he’s playing a mean game of poker against fellow candidates, humiliating some of them in the process. But Phil Hellmuth believes that there’s a way to stop Trump when looking at this from a poker perspective. Identifying Trump as […]

See Doyle Brunson Lakers Video that 30-30 Rejected

It’s been well documented that Doyle Brunson was an excellent athlete before a terrible injury forced him to turn to poker. But now we have a high-quality video to put behind Brunson’s legendary high school basketball career. A video that was rejected by ESPN’s 30-30 turned up on Twitter, which details how Doyle almost became […]

Mike McDonald almost walked 52 Miles in Ireland for Prop Bet

Not long ago, Antonio Esfandiari caused major controversy when he essentially peed at the poker table to win an all-day lunge prop bet with Bill Perkins. Now, we have word that Mike McDonald almost added another great - yet not as controversial - prop bet that would have seen him walk 52 miles across Ireland. […]

Ex-Drug Dealer Joe Reddick excelling in Poker

Joe Reddick’s life looked like it was going nowhere when he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for dealing crack. But one positive thing that arose from his lengthy prison stint is that he learned how to play poker. Just recently, Reddick used his poker skills to win the 2016 Borgata Winter Poker Open […]

Baazov to buy Amaya (PokerStars) - Make It Private

Amaya Gaming, owner of PokerStars and Full Tilt, has not had the greatest stock run ever since CEO David Baazov and powerful hedge funds bought the company for US$4.9b in 2014. And now, Baazov is offering shareholders a way out since he wants to purchase Amaya for C$21 a share and take it private. Baazov […]

Stern, Haxton’s PokerStars Meeting goes Nowhere

A trio of poker pros in Dani Stern, Isaac Haxton and Daniel Dvoress recently met with PokerStars’ parent company, Amaya Gaming. And their goal was to convince Amaya that it was in their best interests to reverse some of the sweeping VIP changes that they made. However, the meeting has came and passed with no […]