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    Paddy Power and PokerStars to create global online power

    Flutter Entertainment, the owner of Paddy Power, has agreed to buy the parent company of PokerStars in an all-stock transaction to create the world’s largest online business.

    Stars sets sights on Russia

    Stars Group has set it sights on Russia, saying it intends to obtain a bookmarking licence and will promote its PokerStars brand on a local cable channel.

    International Ent to operate events under PokerStars name

    HK-listed International Entertainment Corp has recently inked a deal with The Stars Group to host poker tournaments and live events under the PokerStars name in Asia. In a filing to the HKEX, International Entertainment said the new agreement will allow the company to diversify the business of the group, whilst maintaining the group’s core business […]

    APT to maintain Macau poker schedule

    Asia Poker Tour (APT) says it will push ahead with tournaments scheduled later this year in Macau despite a Chinese ban on online poker promotion.

    PokerStars to quit Australia in mid September

    PokerStars will leave the Australian market in September after the Senate passed a bill earlier this month that bans all remote operators from offering online poker and in-play sports betting to Australian clients. The operator told clients in an email of its decision, but did not name the exact date that it will no longer […]

    Pokerstars delays launch of India operations

    Online poker giant Pokerstars has announced there will be a delay in its plans to launch an India website by at least one to two quarters, according to remarks from Amaya Group CEO Rafi Ashkenazi, Glaws reports. Last November, Ashkenazi had indicated that Amaya Group was planning to launch its India operations by the first […]

    The year ahead – Jay Sayta

    Elections are scheduled in Goa in early 2017 and one of the key issues for political parties is the fate of casinos. Political parties like the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), whom political pundits feel have a decent shot at power, have promised to eliminate casinos if voted to power, while other opposition parties like the […]

    Amaya to exit Australia, turns to India

    Amaya Inc says it is “reviewing the applicability” of Australia’s new gambling bill, which proposes to outlaw online poker and casino. According to an analyst call with Amaya CFO Daniel Sebag, reported by Calvin Ayre, the Amaya executive said the company plans to exit the market. Amaya CEO Rafi Ashkenazi also said the company is […]

    Amaya chairman and chief executive takes temporary leave of absence

    Montreal-based Amaya Inc. today announced its chairman and chief executive officer David Baazov has taken a voluntary indefinite paid leave of absence, effective Mar. 28, 2016, as a result of insider trading allegations made by Quebec’s securities regulatory authority. The announcement, sent as a press release said that “Baazov is taking this leave voluntarily to […]

    Danny McDonagh retires from position as president of APPT

    Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) president Danny McDonagh has retired from his position in Macau, seeking to move back to Australia, local media reports. McDonagh, who is well regarded as an authority on the game and inducted into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame in 2012, was known for establishing the Aussie Millions Tournament and […]

    Baazov charged with insider trading over PokerStars takeover in 2014

    Chief executive of Montreal-based Amaya Inc, and two of his associates have been charged by Quebec’s securities regulator with insider trading over the company’s takeover of PokerStars in 2014, local media reports. David Baazov, chief executive and founder of Amaya Inc was charged by  Autorité des marchés financiers, Quebec’s securities regulator, for “aiding with trades […]

    Football legend Ronaldo confirmed to compete in 2015 Asia Championship of Poker

    Brazilian football legend and PokerStars Brand Ambassador Ronaldo Nazario is making his debut trip to Macau for the 2015 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) – the Season 9 finale for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars, an Amaya Inc. brand, announced today. The ACOP, which is currently taking place at PokerStars LIVE Macau, is the […]

    Neymar, Ronaldo launch PokerStars’ biggest social media campaign

    Amaya Inc igaming brand PokerStars has announced the launch of its biggest ever social media campaign. The campaign will feature global football stars and official PokerStars brand ambassadors Neymar, who plays for FC Barcelona, Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo former Brazil player Ronaldo Luís Nazário. The Facebook partnership team announced that the exclusive PokerStars advertisements […]

    Poker in Asia: a busted flush?

    For over a decade, Asia has been touted as the region where the next – and most explosive – poker boom will occur, and yet the spark has failed to fully ignite. So how much appetite is there still for poker in the Far East and what’s holding the game back?

    Poker operators look to Asia for next boom

    With growth stagnant in poker’s traditional strongholds of North America and Europe, operators are beginning to look towards Asia for markets which could kickstart a second boom.