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Dan Bilzerian Settling Down?

The "King of Instagram" and self-proclaimed poker player Dan Bilzerian, best known for posting pictures of himself surrounded by barely clothed models to his 22.6 million followers claims he's entered the first monogamous relationship in his life - evidently, his partner is young model, 22-year-old Sofia Bevarly.

Erick Lindgren and Erica Schoenberg Get Married

Let's start this week with some less-than-serious news: poker pros Erick Lindgren and Erica Schoenberg got married in Santa Barbara yesterday. Many poker professionals attended the event.

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Erica Schoenberg - Erick Lindgren posted by Daniel Negreanu

We wrote about Erick Lindgren a week ago, when he finished second at the WPT Championship, where Erik Seidel has beaten him. Now, however, Lindgren is a clear winner: he and Erica Schoenberg tied knots yesterday in Santa Barbara, Florida. Many poker pros attended the event, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth even posted some pictures of the wedding to their Twitter.

Full House Poker Hits Xbox Live

Microsoft has recently announced that a new poker game exclusively for Xbox Live will soon be introduced to occupy the space of 1 vs. 100, a social game shut down earlier. Full House Poker will be downloadable for free.

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A screenshot form Full House Poker

FHP has been announced by Microsoft to hit Xbox Live during Spring, 2011. Representing players by their avatars, the game will feature tournaments and heads-up games in the style of popular televised events. Playing against bots (that is, computer-driven opponents) as well as against fellow human players will be possible, but real money games don’t seem to be available.

BetFred Renews Deal with Wembley

BetFred is an independent sports betting brand, and the Official Betting Supplier to the 90,000 seat Wembley Stadium in London. BetFred has been operating betting kiosks at Wembley since 2007, and will continue at least until 2014, thanks to the newly extended contract.

“I am delighted to have extended the deal with Wembley Stadium,” said Fred Done, BetFred’s co-founder.

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Wembley Stadium

“We have been the Official Betting Supplier since the new stadium opened in 2007 and I am delighted with the association. I am very proud to see BetFred kiosks at Wembley and, as a proud England fan, I hope I can pay out a few quid to my fellow England supporters over the next four years.”

“Having an in-stadium betting provider is an important part of a sports fan’s day out so I am really pleased that we have renewed our deal with BetFred, who have been a key partner of Wembley Stadium since the venue opened,” said Peter Daire, Head Of Sponsorship for the Football Association, the company owning Wembley Stadium.

Two and a Half Men – How to Play a Full House?

A short excerpt from the series Two and a Half Men, starring Charlie Sheen, in which Jake helps Charlie earn some money. A little fun on this gloomy Monday.  

The Ballad of Jackie Mayfair

CardRunners instructor John ’JimmyLegs’ Wray produced another ingenious video for the equally ingenious poem by Jake ‘defenestrate’ Sapozhnikov, entitled The Ballad of Jackie Mayfair, honouring the 2010 WSOP Main Event. The video was published on the CardRunners YouTube channel to promote their site as well as

JimmyLegs is also behind the highly acclaimed animations The R4v3n, Felt Wars and Felt Wars pt. 2.

Unibet Withdraws from Negotiations - No Merger with Sportingbet

According to Sunday Times, Sportingbet and Unibet were reportedly working on a merger deal. It is a more and more common practice, so it doesn't suprise me much, it's almost industry standard in the times of such economic problems. Sadly, the negatiations fell short as Unibet announced its withdrawal.

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Sportingbet had to pay a $30 million fine for violating US gambling laws, however, they now seem to be ready for the acquisition/merging of newer companies. They seemed to be very active at that as in September they signed a sponsorhip deal with English Premier League soccer team Tottenham Hotspur. The sports betting firm (based in the Channel Islands near Britain) was trying to reach a fusion with its Swedish competition, however, just a few hours ago, Unibet has withdrawn from the merger talks according to Sportingbet's announcement:

"The board of Sportingbet notes continuing press speculation following an article which specifically referred to merger discussions with Unibet Group, a company listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm. Unibet informed the company today that it has withdrawn from those talks".

Introducing the Wireless Poker Controller

PokerControlsTM has recently introduced their latest product to make life easier for all of you who feel that the keyboard and mouse combo is either insufficient for your gaming style or simply out of fashion. The Wireless Poker Controller is a gadget designed specifically for online poker and is compatible with all the major poker rooms.


“Now there's no need to worry about making the wrong move or not having enough time to make your bet,” the product info reads at the official website. It also adds that “Poker Controller can help both beginners and pros to increase their bet speed, accuracy, avoid errors and generally play more comfortably and efficiently.”

19-Year-Old Teen Without Driving License Wins The Aston Martin

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Marek Sosnowski with his new ride

A 19-year-old Polish player, Marek Sosnowski took down PartyPoker's latest 'Drive the Dream' challange, winning a super-cool Ł150,000 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe. Sosnowski doesn't have a driving license yet; he's working hard to get one as soon as possible. He has only been playing poker for a year, but as he states, he has taken the game very seriously, studied and learned very hard to be able to win this freeroll. As he goes on to say:

"This strategic approach has helped me get better and better. This is a life changer for me.”

Betfair Shares to Hit LSE Tomorrow

As iGamingBusiness has reported, the shares of online gambling and sportsbook giant Betfair are to reach the main market of the London Stock Exchange on 27th October. The company’s initial public offering means they will sell 15% of their total equity for £13 per unit.


Betfair owners Ed Wray and Andrew Black aim to sell 16 million units, gaining £1.4 billion, which would provide for reinforcing the company’s “long-term relationships with customers, regulators and business partners around the world.”

As opposed to most of the competition, Betfair may still boast a rise in its weekly traffic and a 29% annual increase in underlying earnings. In this respect, the optimism of company CEO David Yu is quite understandable: “We believe we have many opportunities to grow our leading position in the online sportsbetting and gaming market and we are extremely pleased that new investors share our enthusiasm for the future of the business. We are grateful for the support of all our shareholders, old and new, and will work hard to generate further value for all our stakeholders.”

Bwin Adds Horseracing to Its Lineup

Online sports betting giant Bwin has added horseracing to its current lineup. At the recently launched, you can now wager on European, Canadian and US races.

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You can now wager on horseracing at Bwin

The company is listed as one of the world's leading online gaming providers, and with their recent addition of horseracing, they are expected to grow even bigger. The site adapts the traditional tote wagering system.

Bodog Signs Sponsorship Deal With LA Galaxy

Online gambling site Bodog announced that they are to cooperate with LA Galaxy in the form of an advertising deal. They would have their logos for example on all the LED field boards at the Home Depot Center, the Galaxy's stadium.

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David Beckham playing for LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy is the MLS (Major League Soccer) team that grabbed David Beckham and Landon Donovan, if you haven't heard about them so far. They are in the 15th season in the MLS and last year they finished second after Real Salt Lake. They have won two league titles, and is one of the most decorated clubs of the league.

Zynga Poker Won't Overtake PokerStars - Bill Rini

Znyga Poker is an interesting phenomenon in online poker. Offering play money poker only, and integrated into Facebook, they have succesfully built a huge player base due to the bigger (offering real money play) poker rooms' failure to account for their play money division properly.

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They recently updated their software on Facebook,
now offering Mandarin language as well

Bill Rini, considered expert in poker, wrote about just this in his blog post published today, I recommend it to everybody. He argues that even if the US will allow online poker, Zynga won't stand a chance against the likes of PokerStars and Full Tilt, as predictions say. You can find the post here.

Bargain of the Month: Buy an Island with Fitting Boat

If you can't decide how to spend your well-earned millions of poker dollars, well I have some great ideas for you. Cars are oldschool now, why not buy land? I inside a lake or an ocean.

It's more popular among high rollers to buy a very own island than you would think. Many actors and actresses have their very own retreats surrounded by lots of water. Want to join the club that includes names like Johnny Depp, John Lennon, Marlon Brando, Mel Gibson, Leo DiCaprio, Eddie Murphy, Celine Dion, Michael Schumacher etc.? All you have to do is buy an island.

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Johnny Depp's private island

Poker Quiz

Do you know how often you are dealt pocket aces? Or what Doyle Brunson’s favourite cards are? Do you recognise the most important faces of poker from the first glimpse? Yes? Than here is a quiz for you to put your knowledge of poker strategy and the world of the game to a test. No? Well, it’s time to find the answers out, then, so head for this little questionnaire and see if you truly are a novice or have some guesses in terms of poker after all...

Poker Quiz

You can find the quiz here.

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