partypoker wins a prestigious industry award. The poker world continues to react to the passage of Pennsylvania’s online gambling bill. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.
EGR Names partypoker Poker Operator of the Year
partypoker is now on top — at least according to EGR. On Thursday, partypoker took down the 2017 “Poker Operator of the Year” award at the annual EGR Operator Awards at the Grosvenor House in London.
In taking down the prestigous award, PartyPoker was chosen from a short list that included 888poker, Pokerdom, Sky Betting and Gaming as well as the winner of the previous three years, PokerStars. While PokerStars has angered many players over the last couple years for a focus away from high volume players, partypoker has added a new live tour, new ambassadors, sitewide rakeback and a software refresh to give them more momentum that they have had in years.
Despite the good year that partypoker has had, they continue to trail PokerStars in the PokerScout traffic report, bringing in roughly 15% of PokerStars traffic over the last week.
— partypoker (@partypoker) October 27, 2017
– Reaction is coming in around the country after Pennsylvania became the 4th state to pass a bill to regulate online poker, along with daily fantasy sports and online casinos. One industry observer called the passage “one of the most aggressive expansions of gambling we’ve seen in any state.”
Rep. George Dunbar, who helped lead the efforts to pass the bill said the following of the legislation, “There were so few people who understood this issue well enough to know what they were deciding, but in the end it’s done. It’s not exactly the perfect product that we wanted, but it got internet gaming established in Pennsylvania. Now we can actually sit down and play.
Among the issues Dunbar cites with the bill is the tax rate on online slot machines (52%) as well as the number of video gaming terminals at truck stops.
Another discussion coming out since Thursday is whether momentum will move to other states as it did in 2013 when three states regulated online poker. A West Virginia lawmaker has already called for his state to follow the path of Pennsylvania. Who do you think is next?
POLL: Now that Pennsylvania has passed HB 271, which state will be the next to regulate online poker?
— Lance Bradley (@Lance_Bradley) October 26, 2017
– In World Series of Poker Europe action, the €1,650 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed nears the end of Day 2 with 11 players remaining. Jan Bedar and Andrej Desset share a virtual chip lead. One time bracelet winner Anthony Zinno is the most notable player remaining.
Friday also saw the start of the second flight of Event #5, THE COLOSSUS – €550 No-Limit Hold’em
– Grinderschool.com classic poker training video of the day reexamines the “Trouble Hands” series. In this episode, Carroters takes a look at AJ.
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