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WSOP RESHAPES INTERNATIONAL EVENT FORMAT
2013-11-26

Caesars Entertainment's World Series Of Poker announced significant changes to its International event schedule Tuesday, consolidating and making bi-annual the WSOP Asia-Pacific and the WSOP Europe events.
The second WSOP Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC), in partnership with Australia's Crown Melbourne, will be expanded to feature 10 open bracelet events and is expected to run from October 1 to October 17, 2014. Thereafter, WSOP APAC will officially move to an even year calendar with 2014's event followed by the next in 2016.
The decision to move the event to October provides for a springtime tournament and allows Crown Melbourne more time to arrange satellites and promotions.
"The WSOP standard is bigger, better and different. Moving to a rotational approach, with one international event per year allows for better organization and more marketing in each region. We also want to do right by the players, and provide more value for their travel dollar. There is a glut of poker tournaments around the world, and our vision is to each year put on a single global showcase that cant be missed," explained Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director.
Crown Melbourne Chief Operating Officer, Xavier Walsh added: "Crown is once again proud and excited about this partnership between two industry leaders to create another premier poker event in this region. The new scheduling sits perfectly within the Melbourne events calendar, at the tail end of the Australian Rules Football finals and the beginning of the internationally renowned Spring Racing Carnival.
This provides Crown with significant exposure in Asia, Europe and America, which will in turn form an integral part of Crowns global marketing strategy to attract additional international visitors to Australia and Crown Melbourne."
WSOP Europe will return to the schedule in 2015 moving forward in odd-years. The complete schedule and dates are expected to be announced early in 2014.




PLENTY OF ACTION ON DAY 2A OF WORLD SERIES OF POKER
2013-07-10

On Day 2A at the World Series of Poker main event, 1,890 players took their seats - the survivors of Days 1A and B heats (see prev ious InfoPowa reports).
The bad news - former WSOP main event champ Chris Moneymaker was eliminated, along with a slew of other big names that includes Steve ODwyer, Faraz Jaka, Eugene Katchalov, Gaelle Baumann, Johnny Lodden, former main event champ Joe Cada, Eugene Katchalov, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Jonathan Karamalikis, Matt Salsberg, Jason Lester, Josh Brikis, Lee Markholt and Joe Tehan. and Tristan Wade.
The good news is that 10-time bracelet winner and poker legend Doyle Brunson is still in the hunt, as is last year's main event winner, Greg Merson. Brunson bagged up 224,000 in chips, while Merson grew his stack to 275,600.
Also finishing strongly were Kenny Tran, Ravi Raghavan, Brandon Meyers, Ludovic Lacay, Annette Obrestad, Ronnie Bardah and Cliff Josephy.
When Day2A action closed, it was Nick Schwarmann in the lead on 413,600 in chips, with closest rival Jason DeWitt on 382,900.


DO BETTING EXCHANGES MAKE IT EASIER TO CHEAT?
2013-05-28

The possibility that horseracing insiders could manipulate betting exchange wagering to make money at the expense of other punters was raised at the weekend by the Irish Examiner newspaper, which reported on the findings of a recent British Horseracing Authority (BHA) inquiry into allegations of race fixing involving Irish, English, and American horses.

The newspaper summarised the findings of the BHA as: "An increasingly popular range of online spread betting products was exploited with insider knowledge of horse races to generate guaranteed profits for a corrupt network of people."

Naming Betdaq and Betfair as examples of online venues that players can use in p2p bets instead of going to established bookies, the newspaper stressed that both companies were legitimate, but that integrity-challenged individuals with "intimate knowledge" could exploit these services to make an easy buck.

It has to be said that betting exchanges like those named in the article are often at the forefront of attempts to halt corruption in sports betting, and will often cooperate with regulatory authorities in finding and stamping out this criminal evil.

The Irish Examiner quotes the case of jockey Eddie Ahern and his friend and racehorse owner former footballer Neil Clement, claiming that they had reaped rewards by taking advantage of bets placed by an unknowing public and detailing the manner in which it was done.

The BHA has already linked up with other betting spread betting firms and, with the information gleaned; it hopes to pursue new inquiries.

It makes for interesting reading, and can be accessed here:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/analysis/online-gambling-insider-knowledge-and-guaranteed-profits-232138.html



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