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Online Poker News Archives - December 2005

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Full Tilt Poker Goes Mac

The competition for Mac poker players has grown even tougher with the debut of Full Tilt Poker's new Macintosh poker room. The innovative group of star players behind the company has spent a lot of time focusing on the needs of today's online marketplace and have come up with a flawless version of their software to meet the needs of Mac users.

December 31, 2005

Attorney general says poker runs are illegal

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued an opinion that poker runs — the popular charity motorcycle rides — amount to illegal gambling.

December 30, 2005

Online Poker – Driving Gambling To New Heights

Detailed industry report includes results of a survey conducted among industry experts featuring gambling’s hottest topic - Online Poker.

December 27, 2005

A look at Christmas events worldwide

Bethlehem, West Bank: Thousands of tourists and pilgrims gathered in Bethlehem, Jesus' historic birthplace, in festivities that capped the most peaceful year since the outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian fighting in September 2000.

December 25, 2005

Benedict Leads 1st Christmas Mass as Pope

Pope Benedict XVI offered a Christmas prayer for peace in the Holy Land on Sunday and made a special mention of children, including the unborn, as he led his first midnight Mass in the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica.

December 25, 2005

It's always poker night on campus

Every Sunday at 6 p.m., coast to coast, more than a thousand college students go online to compete for scholarship money in the qualifying rounds of a national poker tournament.

December 23, 2005


With the release of the all-new real money casino games Craps and Roulette, top online poker and casino operator has launched a brand new gaming site exclusively for casino players.

December 22, 2005

Paradise Poker creates world's second online poker millionaire

Santino Sgambelluria arrived in the Bahamas a casual online poker player with hopes of winning the big one. The dream is now a reality for the family man and Naval Officer. On Sunday, he became only the second person to ever win $1 million in an online tournament at Paradise Poker's $1 million freeroll tournament.

December 21, 2005

Full Houses for Poker, an Empty “House” for Bingo

For years now, staging bingo nights has been a blue-chip strategy for U.S. charities in need of funding. Most non-profit organizations are run on shoestring budgets, usually by people who nobly give of their time in the name of the charitable cause.

December 20, 2005

Betandwin.Com to Acquire Ongame e-Solutions AB Interactive Entertainment AG announced today that it has entered into a Share Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Ongame. Ongame owns and operates, amongst other sites, one of the world's leading poker websites,, and runs one of the fastest growing and most liquid poker networks as a B2B service provider.

December 19, 2005

Charities capitalize on poker boom

Guth organized a Texas Hold ’Em tournament in March that offered as the grand prize a seat at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. The fundraiser was a smashing success. In a single afternoon, Ken-Rock earned a $15,000 profit.

December 19, 2005

US watchdog probes $700m poker bid

US regulators are investigating a $700m bid for World Poker Tour Enterprises launched by Doyle Brunson, one of the game's best-known players.

December 18, 2005

Absolute Poker Hosts a $100,000 Tournament This Weekend

Absolute Poker one of the world's largest online poker sites, has announced that this Saturday's $150 entry tournaments will now have a guaranteed prize pool of at lease $100,000.

December 16, 2005 and Matchroom Sports Announce the Global Poker Challenge

Get ready to rumble with the first Global Poker Challenge. On December 15th at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, history will be made as the best poker players in America team up to take on the best poker players around the globe in a white knuckled event.

December 15, 2005

University Class President Robs Bank After Racking Up Poker Debt

Class president, son of a Baptist minister, second cello in the Lehigh University orchestra, chaplain's office assistant ... bank robber? Class of 2008 president Greg Hogan was arrested on Friday on charges of bank robbery, and now the sophomore class leader faces up to 20 years in prison.

December 15, 2005

Hollywood Poker Announces Charity Poker Gone MADD Winner, where the stars come to play, was happy to lend a helping hand on Saturday, December 3, 2005 for the first installment of the "Charity Poker Gone MADD Tournament Series," organized by Exit 131 Productions and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at the Bicycle Casino. More than 170 players participated in the first installment of the series, generating a prize pool of $69,000.

December 14, 2005

Aussies to host $60 Million Poker event

Melbourne's Crown Casino announced Tuesday that it will host the world's richest poker tournament next year - a winner-take-all battle for US $60 Million.

December 13, 2005


Popular online poker site Full Tilt Poker has come up with an innovative idea for the festive season that enables buyers to share the gift of poker with friends and family.

December 12, 2005

Documentary exposes poker's darker side

Swayed by the glamorous image of poker portrayed on the TV tournament programs, a lot of guys - many college-aged - aspire to become professional players. Every one of them should be required to watch "Poker Bustouts," an acerbic, darkly humorous new documentary about the ugly underside of poker.

December 11, 2005

In poker, a reputation can mean everything

So says Barry Shulman, the publisher and chairman of Card Player magazine and author of "52 Tips," a sharp book on hold 'em. Shulman has won a World Series of Poker gold bracelet, but says he has made plenty of bad plays and has found a way to make them pay off.

December 11, 2005

Poker TV Network Announces Plan to Move to New Exchange

Poker TV Network is a development stage company that has created a broadband, Internet based TV network dedicated to providing information, news, trends, updates, non-fiction entertainment (reality based), and educational programming related to the world of poker.

December 10, 2005

The Big Poker Gamble

The business of online poker is booming, giving players the chance to win a fortune from the comfort of their own front room.

December 9, 2005

'HIGH STAKES POKER' Featuring a $100,000 Minimum Buy-in Premieres on GSN

GSN is bringing viewers the first true cash game of poker on television with a $100,000 minimum buy-in. Unlike other poker shows where the most players can lose is their initial buy-in of up to $10,000, the stars on GSN's newest series, HIGH STAKES POKER, have millions of their own cash at stake and will win and lose several hundred thousand dollars. HIGH STAKES POKER premieres Monday, January 16 at 9 PM ET/PT.

December 8, 2005

State, dog track at odds over poker

The Melbourne Greyhound Park is taking a chance, but the Texas Hold 'Em tournaments will continue when a new $5 million poker room opens there today.

December 7, 2005

The 'perfect' poker style: your own

Maybe I'm completely wrong for thinking so, but I've always assumed that when all the chips fall, there is one strategy for poker that will be most successful. My entire education as a player has attempted to hone in on this one "perfect" strategy, and in my eyes, I keep getting closer and closer.

December 7, 2005

Titan Poker and Noble Poker Team Up to Offer $100 Million Jackpot Freeroll

Titan Poker and Noble Poker will offer a $100 Million Jackpot prize, the largest prize ever awarded in any sporting event, at the Final Table of what promises to be the world's most exciting freeroll tournament.

December 6, 2005

Future unveils plans for World Poker Tour title

World Poker Tour: The Official Magazine will be the first magazine sanctioned by the World Poker Tour brand, which has built a major following in recent months in the UK after securing a high profile slot on the newly launched ITV4 digital channel.

December 6, 2005

New Features for Tracking Online Poker Players has been updated with new features for online poker rooms. New weak players have been tracked and has been introduced to the website.

December 6, 2005

Murky Law Makes Poker Website A Legal Gamble And Bars Us Residents

The LA Times reports today that while American players drive the $2.4-billion online poker market, but the profits they generate flow overseas to the foreign companies that dominate the business.

December 5, 2005

Four Card Poker 101

Four Card Poker has some similarities to Three Card Poker, Jim, but as its name suggests, four cards make your final hand instead of three. Furthermore, there is no dealer qualifying hand as in Three Card. You get one additional card to make your best 4-card hand, and you can raise your ante up to three times.

December 4, 2005

Mark Williams crowned Betfred poker champ!

Betfred, in conjunction with the Manchester Evening News, ran a competition inviting budding poker players to win a seat at a table with two of the most famous snooker players in the world. Fred Done, chairman and founder of Betfred, further cemented his reputation as the Bonus King by offering up a prize fund of $10,000.

December 3, 2005

Poker player flushed with success

David, aged 31, a mobile phone business analyst, of Vicarage Gardens, Flamstead, was holding two jacks in his hand the night he won the tournament played on

December 2, 2005

Online Casino Poker Leads the Way

Poker has been the leading catalysts in the online casino revolution. This year, online casino poker topped $2.4 billion in revenues, accounting for 20% of the overall revenues generated by online gambling worldwide. Experts estimate that by the year 2010, online poker will account for 27% of the profits generated by the online gambling market, reaching a whopping $6.7 billion.

December 2, 2005

TV, Internet adding fuel to America's poker craze

"I'm not going to risk money that I can't afford to lose," the restaurant manager said, talking about his regular poker nights and online playing. "You should not be playing the game (for money) if you can't afford to lose some money, but I'm also trying to win and be successful at the game."

December 1, 2005

Poker Advertising Catches the Attention of Uncle Sam

Online poker sites are garnering attention from the US government in what’s being seen as a flagrant display of defiance against advertising restrictions imposed on the online poker industry.

December 1, 2005

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