PokerStars quietly quieted the newly regulated Colombian market after online gambling regulator Coljuegos last week blocked the top of a list of 325 unlicensed online gambling operators.
ON FRIDAY, THE ONLINE POKER ROOM INFORMED ITS LOCAL PLAYERS THROUGH MONDAY, JULY 17, AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY POKER WITH REAL MONEY.
PokerStars was one of the high-profile names mentioned on the blacklist, which was made public by Coljuegos in March. And it was at the end of June when Coljuegos issued the first license for the provision of online services; Local operator Aquila Global Group and its sports betting site Wplay.co became the first to receive the necessary approval to operate in Colombia's newly regulated gambling environment. (READ HERE: POKERSTARS THREATENS IN LATIN AMERICA)
In his message to Colombian players, PokerStars explained that he was leaving the market due to the new regulatory regime and the fact that he was not licensed to operate legally in the country. However, the operator indicated that he was interested in obtaining such a license, which means that he can return to Colombia when he is given the necessary approval.
"Dear Locoaiza, PokerStars will remove the option to play poker with real money to residents of Colombia as of Monday July 17 due to the license requirements in that country
PokerStars has debated, and will continue to debate, positively and proactively with Colombian government officials on this issue; We hope we can return to offer real money games in the future.
PokerStars wants to guarantee affected players that their funds are protected and available for withdrawal. Before making a withdrawal, remember to open the chests of stars rewards you have received so that they can be converted into the rewards included in those chests. We will also recommend that you spend your StarCoin balance at the rewards store; There you will find a cash refund of USD $ 1 in case you want to convert your StarsCoin into cash.
For more information about withdrawing real money games, including answers to any questions you may have, visit our FAQ page for all players who live in Colombia. No other service will be affected in all Latin America. "
It is important to remember with the outgoing country platform, about 47,168 registered users are left with no place to play of which on average 571 were active users of all events that the company PokerStars carried out and where real money was bet. Surely these users will move to other pages that work under an illegal framework filling these chests that do not drive the online gambling industry in Colombia.
Wyoming is happy, it is close to being able to play poker.
Wyoming may be the state with the smallest population, but a few legislators have big plans when it comes to online casino gaming. A new bill was recently filed in the state house that would legalize online gaming. This comes after the state also legalized online sports betting in 2021.
Under the plan, online poker would also be allowed, but with a population of only 585,000, Wyoming’s players would need to hope for shared liquidity with other states to see any kind of thriving market. The legislation does allow for that to happen, should it go through.
Details On The Bill
If the bill is approved, iGaming would be regulated under the state gaming commission and allow “an internet-based version or variation of poker, blackjack, or any other card, slot or gambling game typically offered in a casino, including any internet-based gambling game approved by the commission.”
The legislation, which is sponsored by four Republican representatives, would allow for up to five operators, with each paying an initial $100,000 licensing fee, renewable every five years for another $50,000. Vendor permits would cost $10,000 and be renewable every five years for $5,000.
Poker fans will also be pleased with the game’s inclusion and another possible addition to the country’s Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA), which allows shared liquidity among poker operators in Nevada, Michigan, New Jersey, and Delaware.
“An interactive gaming operator in this state may accept interactive gaming wagers from persons physically located in a permissible jurisdiction pursuant to a reciprocal agreement,”
All online gaming revenue would be taxed at 10% with $300,000 set aside each year to fund problem gambling programs. The legal age to take part in online gaming would be set at 18. The state already has several tribal casinos and also allows horse racing and charitable gaming. Whether online gaming and poker will join those options remains to be seen.
The last few weeks has seen several states introduce legislation to legalize online gaming. Those include New York, Illinois, Maryland, and Hawaii.
Atlanta rapper 21 Savage has paid Kick streamer Adin Ross $250,000 after he supposedly cheated in an online card game on the latter’s channel.
Streamer and YouTuber Kai Cenat confirmed Ross’ receipt of the payment along with details of the controversy in a live phone call with him on Friday. Ross told Cenat: He sent the money, he sent me $250K.”
Hiphop DX cited social media users taking to X with a clip of the rapper opening a fresh pack of traditional red playing cards in front of Ross. However, when Ross was not looking, one of 21 Savage’s friends allegedly passed him a pack of marked cards. The British American rapper went on to win $120,000 from Ross while playing with the marked deck.
After the game, Ross inspected the marked deck and realized the rapper had duped him. Ross stated 21 Savage initially denied any knowledge of the markings until the Kick streamer showed him the dodgy deck. Ross told Cenat the rapper placed the blame on the friend in his camp.
“[21 Savage] spoke to me last night on camera. It was somebody around him that he said he should have cut off and sh*t.” Ross agreed with the rapper’s explanation, telling Cenat: “They’re not his cards. I know he’s not gonna do that to me.”
In the camera call, 21 Savage and Ross allegedly agreed to play an NBA 2K game so the latter could have a chance to win back his money. Ross’ key take in his discussion with Cenat about the scandal? “We’re playing dice and cards, bro. Just don’t cheat.”
Write down the date, don't make other plans and get a good night's sleep beforehand. The legendary Sunday Million is celebrating its 18th anniversary, and once again it will delight players with an increased $8 million guarantee!
In the world of online poker, there's probably no one who doesn't know the term Sunday Million. Winning this event is every MTT player's dream, but defending the title is almost impossible.
Over the years, only 19 players have managed to win the Sunday Million twice, and only one single player in history (Russia's Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov) can boast three wins. What few people know is that this legendary tournament is celebrating its 18th anniversary this year, and as is customary, the celebrations will now be enriched by a special edition of the tournament.
The biggest prize among the winners a year later went to Vanessa "Niffler" Kade, who took home $1,514,920 for defeating 69,876 entries.
Back again in 2024, ACR Poker brings back their popular online qualifiers for the upcoming $500,000 guaranteed Enjoy Poker Tour main event at Uruguay’s Punta Del Este Resort and Casino, which runs Feb. 16-26.
Each prize package is valued at $5,500 and includes:
â One $1,500 + $150 entry to the main event
â $1,500 for airfare
â $500 spending money
â 10 nights of double-occupancy hotel accommodation
â Airport transportation
â Daily complimentary breakfast
The first opportunity to win a ticket on ACR Poker comes Sunday, Jan. 21 at 3:05 PM ET.
This $109 buy-in online satellite has five full packages guaranteed, and players can get in even cheaper with an $11 mega-satellite, or even through a freeroll super satellite. For local players who just want to win the seat, there are also five main event entries guaranteed Sunday, Jan. 28 at 3:05 PM ET ($109 buy-in).
The exciting world of national poker will once again have its starting point at the prestigious Casino Admiral de Seville, located in Tomares.
From February 19 to 25, this prominent casino will be the epicenter of the action, hosting the inaugural stage of the 12th Season of the National Poker Circuit.
The Casino Admiral Sevilla has become an emblematic host for this event, being the third consecutive season to host the inaugural stage. Last season, the casino attracted 1,911 players in the inaugural stage, with an impressive prize pool of €680,075 distributed among participants, highlighting 661 players in the main event and 361 in the MINI CNP.
The stage will feature 8 tournaments and 4 satellites, offering a wide variety of options for poker enthusiasts. Highlights include the Crazy Pineapple (€125), the MINI CNP (€250), the 2-day Opening Event (€150) and the exciting El Cazador Knock-out event with €50 Bounty. The star events will be the High Roller (€1,100) and the Main Event (€550), with its characteristic structure and the exciting table televised on Live Streaming during the day on Sunday.