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Poker Pros Negreanu, Benger Join Twitch.tv

Twitch.tv, a popular platform for live video streaming, continues to attract the attention of poker players. Recently, Daniel Negreanu, a member of Team PokerStars Pro, and Griffin Benger, joined the large number of professional poker players at Twitch.tv.
Soon after his first live stream on Twitch.tv on April 14, he tweeted: “Thanks to Jamie Staples for helping me set up Twitch, and to Jason Somerville for making this platform cool.”
Already, over 4,000 people have subscribed to Negreanu’s Twitch account. He live streamed some cash games at PokerStars.com and actively interacted with his subscribers through Twitch.tv’s chat box facility. Negreanu, who has won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet six times in the course of his career, grabbed this opportunity to comment on his hands. He also allowed his viewers to see Mushu, his dog, and some parts of his residence. Commenting on his first experience with Twitch.tv, Negreanu said that “it was fun.” He also said that he will return to the site to stream more live videos.
Poker pros have been using Twitch.tv to promote the game in a big way for the past several months. Having noticed this, the world’s biggest online poker operator PokerStars, introduced Somerville to its team.
Those who want to better their poker game and learn from top players from different parts of the world should also subscribe to Benger’s Twitch.tv account. Benger, a Counter Strike legend and former professional player of video games, has earned over $6 million playing online poker tournaments and over $1.3 million playing live poker tournaments.
Benger, who currently lives in Toronto, won $1 million in the PokerStars Shark Cage TV show. He recently presented several action-packed live streams to his subscribers. In his third live stream, Benger enabled viewers to watch him play high-stakes games such as Super Tuesday.

Pennsylvania Passes Resolution to Fight against RAWA

Pennsylvania is now fighting for online poker legalization in a big way. Yesterday, the Poker Players’ Alliance (PPA) stated on Twitter that Pennsylvania’s House Gaming Oversight Committee passed a resolution to convince the Congress to strongly oppose the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), which would ban all forms of online gambling across the US. Pennsylvania will also host a hearing to discuss online gambling expansion on Thursday.
Early on the morning of Tuesday, the PPA announced that the legislation has been passed by the committee, adding that it was “great to see states stand up for Internet #poker.” Shortly thereafter, John Pappas, the executive director of the PPA, said that “the passage of this resolution sends a strong and clear message to the US Congress” that the state has the right to decide about regulating and legalizing online poker “without the partisan influence of Washington politics.”
The resolution, also known as HR 140, aimed at pointing out the negative effects the RAWA would have and at convincing the Congress that the RAWA must not be passed. Representative John Payne had introduced this measure, which would enable Pennsylvania to fight for an exemption even if the RAWA is passed.
On Thursday, the state will hear various ways to expand into the online gambling sector. Gaming Oversight Committee Chairman Payne plans to create a competitive and healthy atmosphere for gambling in the state and feels that online gambling legalization will assist in this.
Pennsylvania is already considering three online poker bills, and several related topics will be discussed at the hearing with the focus on online poker legalization. So far, three US states Delaware, New Jersey, and Nevada have already legalized online poker and other forms of online gambling. It looks like Pennsylvania will soon become the next US state to legalize online poker.

Spanish Leg of 888Live to Conclude on April 12

888Live’s next leg is scheduled to be held in Spain. 888Live is a series of live poker tournaments that 888poker organizers for the benefit of recreational poker players and amateurs. The event gives casual players an affordable opportunity to experience the excitement and adventure of live poker tournaments. The event will be played at Casino Marbella at Costa del Sol in Marbella from April 8 to April 12. Players can therefore look forward to plenty of poker action in a wonderful location. When they need a break from poker, they can just head over to a golf course and enjoy some golf.
The Main Event, with its guaranteed prize of $40,000 and buy-in of €440, will be spread over two days. The schedule also includes a couple of qualifiers for the benefit of those who wish to qualify for the Main Event. These satellites will be held on April 8 and April 9. In addition, the schedule includes a freeroll for all those who qualify on 888poker and a couple of side events with buy-ins of €110 and €30, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday.
888Live does not include too many events because it does not want participants to be too busy with poker. The organizers want to give participants a poker holiday, in which they will find plenty of time for sightseeing and fun activities such as golf. Since Marbella is known for its nightlife, 888Live participants will have plenty to do when they are not playing poker.
The organizers’ aim is to re-create the success an event called 888 Poker on Ice Live, which was held in January in Austria. Thorsten Facius of Germany had beaten a field of 113 players to win the Main Event. The organizers had combined live poker with fun activities such as snowboarding, skiing, parties, and luxury spa treatments.

Second NJCOP to Begin on April 16

The second edition of the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOP) will be played at Borgata Poker and partypoker NJ from April 16 to April 26.
The NJCOP schedule is packed with 35 events with a total guaranteed prize pool of $1,000,000. The most important event is the $150,000 guaranteed, $200 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Main Event, which will be played at 17:00 ET on April 26.
The schedule has been designed to coincide with the World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship and the Borgata Spring Poker Open to attract many non-NJ poker players. New Jersey’s regulations require players to be located with NJ to play poker on any of its regulated online poker rooms. However, they do not need to reside in NJ to take part in any online poker games or events.
The first edition of the NJCOP was played in April 2014 and had a total of 15 events in its schedule. The event gave away $600,000 in guaranteed prizes, but featured fewer events with smaller guaranteed prizes. The Main Event, however, gave away a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000. It attracted a field of 892 players, and MikeFrancesa, an NJ poker player, won the championship title and the top pot of $33,577.
This year, the NJCOP will begin with the $100 buy-in, $20,000 guaranteed NHL Freezeout Nine-Max Player’s Choice Tournament at 18:00 ET on April 16. The next event will be the $150 buy-in, $10,000 guaranteed Pot Limit Omaha 8 Six-Max Tournament, which will begin at 19:00 ET on the same day.
The schedule includes tournaments based on No Limit Hold’em, Fixed Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, Seven Card Stud, and Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo. In addition, the series includes a wide range of formats such as Six Max, Full Ring, Turbo, Heads-up, Re-buy, Super Bounty, and Deep Stack.

Qualify for Million Dollar Sunday at Americas Cardroom

Americas Cardroom will run a major online poker event called Million Dollar Sunday, which has a top prize of $200,000 and a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million. The tournament, which has a buy-in of $540, features blinds of 15 minutes and a starting stack with 10,000 chips.
Players can win seats to this tournament by taking part in qualifiers with buy-ins as low as $2+$0.20. Qualifiers begin on April 8, Wednesday and super satellites are being played throughout the day. Last chance satellites with buy-ins of $60+$6 will be held on April 11 and April 12, guaranteeing participants 100 seats per satellite.
If players find the buy-ins to be too much, they can win seats to the tournament by parting with just $0.01. Players have to participate in the Spin to Get IN feature, which will easily help them win a free seat to the event.
Michael Harris, a spokesperson for Americans Cardroom, said: “With a schedule packed full of satellites leading up to April 12, we could very well eclipse the $1 million guarantee in a big way. And depending on how successful the sophomore $1 million tourney is, it could become a much more regular occurrence in 2015.”
Americas Cardroom, a skin on the Winning Poker Network, is widely acclaimed for its Million Dollar Sundays, events that offer a guaranteed prize of $1 million. The next Million Dollar Sunday will be held on April 12.
US residents can register for real money play at Americas Cardroom, which is known for its ability to process payouts quickly, offer excellent customer care, and create a lively gambling atmosphere for poker players from different parts of the world.
Americas Cardroom welcomes newly registered players with a cash-match bonus of 100% up to $1,000 on their first deposit amounts, absolutely free.

Amaya Announces that PokerStars May Launch Soon in New Jersey

David Baazov, the chief executive officer of Amaya, announced that PokerStars may launch in New Jersey this year.
He was responding to questions at a conference call regarding Amaya’s plans for this year and its financial performance of 2014. However, before the question was put to him, he had vaguely stated that PokerStars was currently working with regulators in New Jersey.
Baazov said: “We would expect to receive regulatory approval and launch, I would say, in the next quarter.”
Baazov also announced that Amaya plans to double its online poker business in the following five years with the help of a “three-pronged strategy.” The strategy includes lucrative promotions, expansion into newly regulated markets, effective marketing and development of innovative poker products. It may be recalled that Amaya’s latest innovative product, the Spin and Gos, enjoys a great deal of popularity among recreational players. Early in March, the 100 millionth Spin and Go was played.
The company is currently actively lobbying for online poker legalizing in Pennsylvania and California. Baazov also predicted rapid market growth in Asia and South America.
PokerStars launched online sports betting services late in March. In the course of this year, the company plans to introduce more online casino games on Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. Amaya also has plans to enter the daily fantasy sports (DFS) market in the US.
Although Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars would offer sports betting and casino gaming services, the two would continue to focus on poker. Baazov told investors that Amaya is a “poker-first business,” which will “build upon and leverage the popularity” of its online poker brands and its own “operational excellence” to ensure growth in the future.
In 2014, the company raked in CA$688 in revenue. The company’s aim is to increase that number to CA$1.62 billion in 2015.