May 7, 2013
@OPReport's Online Poker Bulletin
From OnlinePokerReport.com for the week of May 6th
STORIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK
#1. PokerStars’ apparently failed deal for the Atlantic Club Casino dominated discussion last week. But based on statements from Stars, this story is far from told. Hopefully this week we’ll get some more information about the nature of the contract between PokerStars and the ACC. And if the deal is dead, perhaps we’ll learn more about who is swooping in to buy the ACC out from under Stars. Could it be Station?
#2. Lock Poker. I said last week that the Lock Poker scandal-saga was going to gain momentum, and boy did it ever. Watch Dave Behr, Todd Witteles and Jonathan Aquiar (and me) on Twitter for the latest as it comes, along with the Lock Poker forum on TwoPlusTwo.
#3. Ultimate Poker rode a crush of publicity to a launch that saw reasonable traffic but was riddled with technical trouble. And not everyone thought it was such a big deal. Key thing to watch this week – the performance of next Sunday’s major tournament. It hit the cap of 200 players yesterday, so that’s the bar.
Correction: Last week I wrote that the MA House passed their budget bill with an online poker amendment intact. The amendment was removed prior to passage.
+ THE WEEK THAT WAS
- Rep Peter King announced plans to introduce a new federal online poker bill.
- California may have gotten closer to a passable online poker bill.
- Player pools were apparently further segregated at remaining Merge skins.
- An IL lobbyist suggested a longer timeline for online gambling legislation.
- Motley Fool dissuaded investors from jumping into online poker.
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