Texas Holdem Card Games

 

OPENBET C.T.O. MOVES TO U.K. LOTTERY SPECIALIST
2015-01-23

Nikos Kryvossidis, CTO at Openbet since mid-2011 with special responsibility for sportsbook operations, has left the company to take up a similar post with the UK National Lottery organiser, Camelot Group plc.

Kryvossidis has extensive management experience in the telecommunication and IT industries and was previously employed by Google, where he was director of content and commerce partnerships. The role included leading a team of sales engineers, technology account managers and software engineers responsible for worldwide content related products including Google Maps, Google Editions and Local Shopping.

Prior to Google, he worked for Visto/Good Technologies, Symbian and Lucent Technologies.

He holds an MSc in Computer Science from McGill University, Montreal and a BSc in Mathematics from University of Patras, Greece.




EDUCATING POLITICIANS WITH NEW POKER MOVIE?
2013-08-16

In what could be seen NFL Lines as an indictment of the tragic paucity of knowledge among US politicians regarding online poker, reports surfaced this week that the land gambling trade body the American Gaming Association is considering using the new fictional online poker movie Runner Runner to persuade lawmakers on the need for federal regulation.
Starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake the movie is due to premier within the next month, and features a college student who becomes embroiled in a highly dramatized offshore, online poker industry with violent consequences see the trailer here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyboDr1e2xI
AGA chief executive Geoff Freemen is reportedly supportive of the move to use the film to persuade Congressional representatives on the need for federal regulation, presumably because the film depicts the allegedly seedier side of online gambling.
Two relevant bills one on general online gambling legalisation, and the other for online poker only have been introduced to Congress this year, and there are rumours that Nevada Senator Harry Reid is about to launch a poker-only proposal soon (see previous InfoPowa reports).
The respected and generally reliable Las Vegas journo, Jon Ralston broke the news and claimed to have seen an internal AGA email referencing the upcoming movie and its possible use as a vehicle to further the AGAs well known agenda of federal legalisation of online poker only, and under conditions best suiting its members.
In the email, Freeman allegedly shares his views with other AGA luminaries, noting that the movie involves: .illegal online poker and unscrupulous offshore operators, dramatically underscoring the risk American consumers face in a poorly-regulated market.
He concludes that the film could support the AGAs message for Washington politicians.ie federal regulation and only for online poker.
Freeman seems to be a man with a plan; according to the email the initiative using the movie could be accompanied by the release of research stats on how much illegal online gambling is happening in the USA, thus linking the AGA push to the movie and generating traffic to the Associations website and its proclamations on the subject.
He also appears to believe that there could be merit in holding screenings and discussion sessions with relevant audiences.


A GOOD FIRST QUARTER FOR INTERNET GAMBLING GROUP
2013-04-25

Online gambling group 888 Holdings plc issued its first quarter 2013 results and its interim management statement Tuesday, reporting another successful quarter and promising business prospects.

Q1 2013 Key Performance Indicators to the three months ended 31 March 2013 were:

* Group revenue reached a record US$103 million (Q1 2012: US$94 million), an increase of 9 percent year-on-year

* Revenue B2C of US$92 million (Q1 2012: US$83 million), an increase of 10 percent year-on-year

* Revenue B2C Casino US$48 million (Q1 2013: US$42 million), an increase of 13 percent year-on-year boosted by the launch of slots in Italy

* Revenue B2C Poker US$24 million (Q1 2012: US$21 million), an increase of 15 percent year-on-year driven by successful winter marketing campaigns

* Revenue B2C Emerging Offering US$8 million (Q1 2012: US$6 million), an increase of 27 percent year-on-year driven by stronger sport betting margins

* Number of active customers B2C Casino and Poker at 634,000 (Q1 2012: 566,000), a 12 percent increase year-on-year

* As at 31 March 2013, 888 had 13.8 million Casino, Poker and Sport real money registered customer accounts, representing an increase of 23 percent since 31 March 2012

Brian Mattingley, CEO of the 888 group, said:

"These are a fantastic set of results across all key metrics. Our excellent product offering, supported by our constantly innovative marketing and CRM capabilities, has helped us to deliver consistent growth and has positioned us well to take advantage of positive regulatory developments."

Breaking the results down, performance looked like this:

B2C

* Revenue B2C at US$92 million (Q1 2012: US$83 million), an increase of 10 percent

* Revenue B2C Casino at US$48 million (Q1 2012: US$42 million), an increase of 13 percent

* Revenue B2C Poker at US$24 million (Q1 2012: US$21 million), an increase of 15 percent

* Revenue B2C Bingo at US$12 million (Q1 2012: US$14 million), a decrease of 12 percent

* Revenue B2C Emerging Offering at US$8 million (Q1 2012: US$6 million), an increase of 27 percent

* Number of active customers B2C Casino and Poker at 634,000, an increase of 12 percent compared to Q1 2012

* Number of active customers B2C Casino at 236,000, an increase of 3 percent compared to Q1 2012

* Number of active customers B2C Poker at 474,000, an increase of 17 percent compared to Q1 2012

* Quarterly revenue B2C per active Casino and Poker customer was US$113, a 1 percent increase compared to Q1 2012

* Quarterly revenue B2C per active Casino customer was US$202, a 9 percent increase compared to Q1 2012

* Quarterly revenue B2C per active Poker customer was US$52 a 1 percent decrease compared to Q1 2012

Dragonfish B2B performance:

* Revenue B2B at US$11 million (Q1 2012: US$11 million), flat year-on-year

Management reported on current trading trends, revealing that the second quarter 2013 has started in line with expectations where trading reflects the historical seasonal pattern.

Daily average revenue during the first 20 days of April was more than 3 percent above April 2012, and performance continues to be led by core online casino and poker products, with increases in customer deposits, bets and first time depositors.

As at 19th April 2013 the 888 group had US$89 million of cash and cash equivalents and US$50 million liabilities to customers.


March Madness Bracket
2015-02-15

$100K MARCH MADNESS BRACKET CONTEST

The biggest March Madness contest just got bigger.This year Sportsbook.ag is splitting a guaranteed $100,000 in cash among our Top 5 March Madness Bracket contestants. Plus awarding a combined $5,000 in Free Bets to 1,000 other members.Play for a whopping $75,000 first-place prize when you buy your first entry for just $15. Additional entries costs little as $5 and buying multiple brackets gives you the chance to take home the entire $100K prize pot.

Here’s a breakdown of the prizes:
1st Place $75,000
2nd Place $12,500
3rd Place $7,500
4th Place $3,500
5th Place $1,500
6th to 1,005th $5 Free Bet


Visit Sportsbook.ag for an early buy-in and to make your picks