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Win an Audi S5

After fourteen successful seasons, the World Poker Tour is definitely “commanding the ship in North America”, stepping on the gas in the last several years, mostly thanks to their Tournament of Champions, which is a great success, because the attendance is higher than ever. The greatest poker tour in the United States of America, which made a big boom with their unique poker-tournaments television show, are even considering to turn this tournament into a long-term activity, due to the current popularity of the event.

You probably remember that the winner of the last season World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions, Farid Yachou, who managed to defeat 64 contestants, went home with a life-changing reward of $381,600 and a shiny new Corvette, so this year’s contestants expect even bigger prizes! This is why WTP added lots of stunning rewards to the mix this season.

For example, Monster added extra $100,000 to the prize money pile, becoming the headline sponsor of the tournament, while Mau Jim will prepare custom-made sunglasses for contestants. The final six will also get a Monster Superstar Ravebox. The winner, however, will definitely go home smiling, because, apart from the big pile of cash, the Monster Superstar Ravebox, and the cool Mau Jim shades, he will also drive away home in a brand new Audi S5 Coupe, wearing a Hublot King Power Unico Carbon and Red watch. He will practice his moves on a custom made BBO Poker Table, but before that he will relax on a week stay in Wyndham Extra Holidays.

The event will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, starting from April 7. Seventeen players have already secured their places in the final showdown, while two more will come from the $3,500 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship and the $10,000 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale. Apart from the Season XV Main Event winners, the members of the WPT Champions Club can also participate, provided they are willing to pay a $15,000 buy-in.

Protection Poker’s Action Clock will take care of the time, because all players will have 30 seconds to make their decisions. Also, they will get five extra 30-second timebank extension chips, they can use if they need more time to decide. On the final table, where the final six contestants will meet, the number of timebank chips will be reduced to four.

The grand finale of this amazing event is scheduled for 9th April, and we do expect an epic battle between the masters of poker. We are eager to see which of the contestants will take the title of this season’s Tournament of Champions.

If you want a shot at entering a WPT event ou can qualify online at any of our recommended best USA poker sites. Play USA online poker and not only have a shot at winning an Audi S5 but also hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars!

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Absolute Poker Founder Pleads Not Guilty

Absolute Poker founder, Scott Tom pleaded not guilty under the accusation that his poker company was engaged in money laundering. His company faced criminal charges 6 years ago when the federal authorities accused Absolute Poker alongside two other major online poker companies: Full Tilt and Poker Stars of money laundering. The indictment referred to 11 people involved in alleged crimes including Scott Tom and his brother.

In order to fully understand this case we must remind you that under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act any form of internet gambling is prohibited. The law does not specifically state that online poker or any other game is banned but it does ban any kind of funds transfer from any business or legal entity to gambling sites. Precisely this is what the accused sites were doing. They were conducting illegal money transactions by tricking some banks and bribing others into processing money acquired via internet gambling to offshore companies.

At that time three major online poker companies PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker were accused of money laundering, bank fraud and violation of Unlawful Internet Gambling Act. The penalties for these crimes could fall between 5 and 30 years in prison and between $250,000 and $1 million. This day was called Black Friday and it saw 11 people facing the charges. According to the prosecutor Absolute Poker took $500 million. PokerStars agreed to pay their US-based customers, thus saving their reputation.

One of the eleven accused people, Scott Tom, the founder of Absolute Poker stood before Manhattan federal court on Thursday pleading not guilty. After a hearing, a bond of $500,000 was set for Tom and his lawyer believes that the case will be over soon.

When the Black Friday incident occurred Poker Players Alliance protested such decision and action of Department of Justice. In their support to PokerStars, Absolute Poker and Full Tilt they raised their voice by condemning such treatment of successful online poker operators. Moreover, they believe that it is the right of every citizen to play online poker if they want to and that is should not be considered as a crime. According to them poker should not be stigmatized in the USA but it should be regulated and integrated in the existing regulated gambling activities.

Furthermore, there have been heated debates whether poker can be considered a game of skill in which case it could be legalized by the same principle as Daily Fantasy Sports are allowed under the federal law. However, the arguments that the players need to possess certain skills in order to play poker are not convincing enough, so unless the USA online poker advocates find some other way to legalize it, the situation will remain the same.

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Winner of 2017 Triton HK $250,000 6 Max

Daniel Colman emerged as the winner of 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series Manila HK$250,000 6-Max Event, part of the second Super High Roller Series organized by Triton Poker, a service company that specializes in organizing high-end poker events. In the heads-up battle for a top prize of HK$3,641,600, Colman beat his pro colleague Eric Seidel, leaving him behind with HK$2,326,000. 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series took place at Solaire Resort & Casino in Manila, Philippines.

A total of 43 players have entered 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series Manila HK$ 250,000 6-Max Event in the Forum of the luxurious Solaire Resort and Casino to fight for their share in the prize pool of HK$10,113,600. Day 1 left 24 players in contention for the prize lead by Russian Timofey Kuznetsov. Everything was over in 12 hours. After the first two levels, the number of hands was reduced to nine. The final table was set when the money bubble eliminated Richard Yong, who is, actually, the founder of Triton Poker, and left Sergio Aido in the play.

The final seven started with Rainer Kempe in the lead with 700,000, followed by Sergio Aido with 351,00. The first player to leave the table was Mikita Badziakouski earning HK$405,000 on 7th place. Mustapha Kanit followed pretty soon to occupy the sixth position and get hold of HK$556,000. Kempe made sure that Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov gets the fifth place and the prize of HK$708,000.

When the game came down to top four, Colman started to gather pace. He sent Aido straight to the fourth position and a prize of HK$1,011,000, while Kempe did not know what hit him as Colman escorted him to the third place with HK$1,466,000 in his hands.

Heads up round was a showdown between two major poker pros, Daniel Colman and Erik Seidel. Even though Colman started with a 2:1 lead, Seidel managed to come back in the game and reverse the situation. The last hand, however, favored Colman and secured him a victorious position in the 6-Max Event, winning HK$3,641,600 . His runner up, Seidel had to settle for HK$2,326,000. Interestingly, this is not Seidel’s first time in playing in Manila. Last year he ended up fourth in the HK$ 200,000 Suncity Cup.

Daniel Colman is best known for his major success at 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 buy-in The Big One for ONE DROP when he beat Canadian Daniel Negreanu, holder of six World Series of Poker bracelets and a two time champion of World Poker Tour. In a tough heads up round against a powerful opponent he managed to win the tournament and grabbed a prize of a whopping $15,306,668. Now he is 4th on the all-time money list (Seidel is second).

Hone your skills for large events like this by playing online. Many players use online poker as their training tool as it is readily available to play anyday at anytime, even USA online poker. Browse our website to find the best USA poker sites and start training for larger poker tournaments.

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Bills for Online Poker in New York

After deeming DFS as the game of skill and passing the bill to allow it to be legally performed within the state, the State of New York is now mulling over whether some variations of online poker can be considered a game of skill and as such legally regulated. This question is not new and it does not appear exclusively in New York. Other US states including Pennsylvania have also been fighting to introduce regulations that would define the online poker activity.

By the end of last month Senator John Bonacic reintroduced his bill to legalize online poker in the state of New York. The first time he ventured such a proposal was in 2015 when the bill passed the Senate with majority of votes, 53 to 5. Unfortunately, following this favorable turn of events, the bill failed to pass the Assembly.

Obviously Senator Bonacic is not giving up as he filed practically the same version of the bill in January. The bill suggests that USA online poker operators should pay a licensing fee of $10 million and a tax on gross gaming revenue of 15%. Former version of the bill proposed that the expiration period of the license was set to three years, while the latest version extends this period to five years.

The main obstacle of legalizing online poker is that the revenue estimated to be earned through licenses and taxes might be less than what the regulation process will cost. Furthermore, the concern is that with legislation of online poker only, a small number of operators will be able to use this opportunity.

Now, the New York Senate sees another bill proposed, this time by Assemblyman Garry Petlow. New bill A 5250 was proposed on Monday and it is not essentially different to that one proposed by Bonacic. Both bills predominantly rely on the interpretation of poker as a “game of skill” rather than “game of chance” explaining that it requires planning, making complex decisions and creating strategies. Bonacic gives examples of Texas Hold’em and Omaha as games which require these skills but also states that any game similar to these two should be considered as game of skill.

This is the main argument both proposals will use in their battle to legalizing online poker, as this way they would circumvent the federal ban on online gambling on games of chance. Interestingly, the bill proposed last year by Bonacic was turned down when it got to the hands of no other than Assemblyman Garry Pretlow. The fact that now the same man is proposing practically the same bill might be a good sign for the future of online poker in New York.

One thing that gives hope is that last year daily fantasy sport (DFS) was legalized in the state of New York, precisely on the grounds that it requires players to possess certain skill in order to play DFS. In the meantime USA and New York residents can still play at the best USA poker sites. Be sure to see our poker site reviews to see which sites best suit your style of play. Then use any of our links to visit the poker site of your choice and collect a great bonus when you make your first deposit.

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12 Days of USA Online Poker and $3 Million

Americas Card RoomUSA online poker fans are in for exciting 12 days as Americas Cardroom, one of the best USA online poker sites, continues the tradition of Million Dollar Sunday online poker tournaments with a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000,000. The moment of decision is scheduled for December 18 just before Christmas to make someone’s holidays even merrier. The Million Dollar Sunday comes as the climax of the Eighth Online Series that lasts from December 7th to December 18th consisting of 78 events and a total prize pool of over $3 million.

Million Dollar Sundays, hosted by Americas Cardroom, is a part of the biggest online poker tournament available for USA players and can be played on Sundays throughout the year. It offers a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000,000 and first place wins $200,000.

The next tournament is scheduled for December 18th at 4:00 pm ET, so be sure to take your seat. The Million Dollar Sunday tournament is a no-limit Texas hold ‘em tournament with 15 minute levels and is available for a $540 buy-in. The hosting poker room is dedicated to providing the best USA online poker experience for the players so this time the winner of the main prize will not only receive a $200,000 win but also a sterling silver bracelet as a memorable gift. The bracelet will have the title of the tournament and the achievement engraved on it.

Players also have the chance to qualify through satellites held on a daily basis as well as “Mega” satellites organized on Friday, December 16th with 50 seats available and Saturday, December 17th at 7:30 pm with 100 seats. Both days hold a buy-in of $60 + $6 while on the tournament day – Sunday, December 18th at 11:30 am buy-in will be $80 + $8 with 150 seats available.

There is also the “Spin to Get In” option where a single penny could earn you a place at the Million Dollar Sunday tournament. Just spin three reels and test your luck in the attempt to win a free seat. This option can be found in the tournament lobby below where you would register for the tournament.

This tournament is the main event of a 12-day “Online Super Series” that is hosted at Americas Cardroom for the eighth time this year. The biggest USA online poker event includes 78 action-packed poker events available daily December 7th – December 18th with a total prize pool of over $3 million. Buy-in’s range from as little as $1.10 up to $540 with each day and event leading to the Million Dollar Sunday. If you have have never played at Americas Cardroom, see our complete Americas Cardroom review and then use one of our links to either visit the poker room or to download the poker software directly. By using our link new registered players can benefit from a 100% match bonus that awards up to $1000 and also gives you 20 days of free play on their popular “Jackpot Poker” tables.

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WSOP Continues Global Expansion

The thirteenth season of the World Series of Poker Circuit will be the biggest in its history. It has officially kicked off August 4 at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina, announcing 22 confirmed U.S. Circuit stops plus up to 14 international stops during 2016-17 circuit season. The tour will last practically non-stop from August through May, ending in Harrah’s New Orleans May 11-22, 2017.

WSOP International Circuit 2016/2017 Reveals Targeted International Stops

The World Series of Poker Europe was the first WSOP expansion outside of US, starting with championship events held in London in September 2007. Before arriving to France in 2011, WSOP expanded to another overseas location, this time to South Africa. In 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific was launched, with the first event held at Crown’s Melbourne casino in April that year.

Confirmed international locations for season 2016/2017 include Sydney – Australia, Marrakech – Morocco, Campione – Italy, Cannes – France, Estoril – Portugal and Brussels – Belgium. The seventh addition has not yet been revealed. “If all events planned do come to fruition, the WSOP International Circuit will reach its previously announced target of 14 stops for the season,” the company announced in its press release. There are also two new stops added to the domestic WSOP Circuit schedule, Potawatomi in Milwaukee and Hard Rock in Tulsa.

“We believe we have found terrific partners in each of these markets to help bring the WSOP brand to a local and regional audience”, says WSOP Director Gregory Chochon.

$10,000 Buy-in to Compete for the $1 Million Prize Pool

Each stop offers several gold ring events starting at $365 buy-in level and conclude with a $1,675 Main Event. There are several ways for poker enthusiasts to secure their place at the 2016/17 Global Casino Championship. They can win a Circuit Main Event at any of the stops, emerge victorious from the Casino Championship, or finish the season as one in the top 50 when it comes to accumulating points throughout the campaign. This should account for about 122 players who will receive a “free roll” seat into the final event. Everybody else will have a chance to spend $10,000 for a buy-in to the WSOP Global Casino Championship. Additional buy-ins will increase the original $1 million prize pool.

About WSOP Circuit

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) dates back to 1970, when Benny Binion invited several best-known poker players of that period to participate in a single tournament which took place in the Horseshoe Casino. Starting in 2005, the WSOP began a tournament “circuit” across various US locations. Nowadays, WSOP Circuit Events are hosted throughout the US and the world beginning in August each year. Local events culminate in May the following year with a $1,000,000 Global Casino Championship. On top of a monetary prize, winners also receive a World Series of Poker bracelet which is considered to be the most desired non-monetary prize a poker player can win.

The coveted bracelet has gone a long way since 1976 when it was a simple golden affair costing about $500. In 2012, famed jewelry designer from Beverly Hills created the Main Event

bracelet featuring each suit in the deck in rubies and black diamonds. Weighing over 160 grams of 14 karat gold and 35 carats of diamonds, the bracelet is lusted after more because of the prestige it delivers rather than its value. Owning one signifies you are a member of a very exclusive club.

WSOP is today the largest, longest-running and probably most prestigious gaming event in the world, having paid more than $1.6 billion in total prize money since it was launched.

To qualify for events you can play online and buy into satellite tournaments for just a few dollars. Most online poker sites offer qualifiers for large land based tournaments and almost all have ways to get to the main event. See our recommended sites for playing USA online poker and who knows, you may be seated with the worlds best at any of the circuit stops.

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Play Online Poker and More

Play online poker and more from the USA. Some of our recommended USA online poker sites not only offer some of the best online poker games and tournaments but also offer casino games and slots. While poker is our first choice we also like to play some online casino games and slots from time to time and if you want to also you can do it all from the same site.

A few USA online poker sites also offer an online casino where you can play a wide variety of slots and games. This is different from the Blackjack popup game you might find at many online poker sites, these are full online casinos. If you play some online casino games check out BetOnline, PokerHost or Bovada. All three are reputable USA poker sites and also offer a reputable, safe and fair online casino.

PokerHost offers what we feel is the best online poker experience but their online casino is not as good as some others we have seen. If you only plan on using the online casino from to time, PokerHost can be a good fit but if you plan on playing online casino games on a regular basis we recommend BetOnline.

BetOnline is one of our top online poker sites which offers great ring games and tournaments and also offers a great online casino. In fact the online casino at BetOnline was launched before their poker room and is a main part of their revenue. First opening as an online sportsbook, BetOnline has grown to be one of the biggest and most respected online gaming portals on the Internet. BetOnline offers a poker room, an online casino and an online sportsbook. If you live in the USA and want an all around online gaming website, open an account at BetOnline.

Obviously because all the online poker sites we recommend here accept USA players, so do the online casinos. And because we make sure the poker sites we list get USA deposits approved easily, you will never have an issue getting money into your account to play casino games.

If you want access to USA online casinos signup at one of the recommended poker sites named above, Again we highly recommend BetOnline where you can enjoy playing online slots for real money as well as just about any casino table game you can imagine. BetOnline also offers a live dealer casino where you can play against a real live dealer and watch your game over a live streaming feed. This is the closest to playing at an actual land based casino online as you can get.

So get started playing USA online poker and also enjoy online casino slots and games. Only deposit one time but play poker and casino games using the same account. See our BetOnline review for more information on our top rated online poker room and casino or check out PokerHost or Bovada. Regardless which site you choose you can always be confident your money is safe and when you want to make a withdraw you will receive your funds in a timely manner.