Zynga Taking a GambleThey stated they weren’t going to take advantage of their huge player base and offer real money poker games, but now it seems Zynga Poker has made a u-turn. AllThingsD confirmed the news yesterday, explaining that Zynga were considering various partnership opportunities with established gambling companies.
In a statement given to the news site, a Zynga spokesperson said:
"We build games and experiences that our players want and love. Zynga Poker is the world’s largest online poker game with more than 7 million people playing every day and over 30 million each month. We know from listening to our players that there’s an interest in the real money gambling market. We’re in active conversations with potential partners to better understand and explore this new opportunity."
Following the news Zynga’s share prices rose by 6% as the potential billion dollar revenue stream became a very real proposition in the near future.
Indeed, while it will take a few months for the process to be completed, it looks as though online poker may have a new player in the near future.
The Party is OnThe ever popular PartyPoker Premier League is set to return for its fifth incarnation this April. Now branded as a WPT event, the WPT Premier League V presented by PartyPoker.com will take place in the fabulous Montesino Casino in Vienna, Austria.
Between the 4th and 12th of April a hand selected roster of pros will battle it out in the $125,000 buy-in tournament. Of the 16 players granted access to the tournament, Sam Trickett, Vanessa Selbst, Tony G, Luke Schwartz and Andy Frankenberger are already confirmed.
In addition to the regular $2,000 per point system, this year’s final table will have $200,000 in added prize money as well as a seat for the winner in the $25K WPT World Championship.
For a final touch of glamour the ever radiant Kara Scott will be hosting the event which will air on SkySports later in the year, before being distributed internationally.
TCOOPIts turbo structure means the events are flying by thick and fast in the last 24 hours we’ve seen another handful of online players race to victory in PokerStars' TCOOP series. Germany’s "chismann" took down the $22 PL Draw event for $6,680, while "Ghoulio" took down the popular $55 6-max event for $31,953.7
The biggest winner of the day, however, was the UK’s "_JMCD_89" who bagged a bankroll-tastic $68,000 for his win in the $82 Double Chance event.
Check out the full list of results and current leaderboard at PokerStars dedicated TCOOP site.
You’re Having a LaughIt’s always wise not to invest too much authority in forum rumours, but when you combine a post with a Tweet from the subject in question, it does intrigue the senses.
Having left his home at PokerStars, it’s been claimed that Joe Hachem is to become the face of new poker site: Haha Poker. The absence of any proof, combined with the sheer unfeasibility of the move, has caused many to instantly dismiss the post.
However, a recent Tweet by Joe does thicken the plot, somewhat:
“Signing contracts and drinking scotch mmmm good thing Neo here to make sure I don't sign my life away.”
Could it be one big joke? Or is Joe poised to start the next chapter in his poker career?
High Stakes Corner“VietRussian” took the top spot yesterday in the high stakes charts with a healthy profit of $67,078, a shade ahead of “PimpyLimpy” who bagged $61,677.
Topping the bottom charts with a loss of $61,130 was Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. Also making an unwanted appearance in the losers’ chart was Brain “aba20” Townsend with a $51,076 loss, over the course of just 107 hands.