rss rss <![CDATA[Highlights of Gambling in South Africa]]>

There are growing suggestions that the South African government ( might be moving towards allowing online casinos to be operated by local companies, in the wake of the findings of a review into gambling in the country.

The Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies announced in July that the government intends to tighten legislation around gaming, and as a result is contemplating the establishment of a single gaming regulator, whose remit would encompass online gaming, betting exchanges, the national lottery and sports pools.

Debate about the regulation and licensing of online gaming has raged for over ten years, and although speculation has been growing since 2011 that South African companies would eventually be permitted to operate online casinos, until this recent announcement it appeared that the process had stalled. A change in position was further hinted at in an acknowledgement by Zodwa Ntuli, an official in the Department of Trade and Industry, that the government’s view is that online gaming is “unlikely to disappear.”

Any proposed changes in the law, however, relate to the operation of online casinos in South Africa by local companies. Currently, in websites like it is not illegal for South Africans to play at online casinos located offshore. Therefore, there are already a number of online casino operators can be accessed by players in South Africa.

South African casino operator Grand Parade Investments ( has recently acquired a further two LPM (limited payout machine) route operator licences through its subsidiary GPI Slots, increasing the JSE-listed company’s dominance of the market.

After entering the industry with an initial allocation of 2,000 machines, the two new licences—in Gauteng and Mpumalanga—were gained through acquisitions, and the additional 2,000 machines in each province brings the total number under GPI’s control to 6,000. According to Chairman Hassen Adams, the company’s stated target is to reach a total allocation of 7,500 LPMs.

In 2012, GPI entered into a joint venture with the German LPM manufacturer, Merkur Gaming, to build and distribute slot machines and lottery terminals in South Africa. Grand Merkur, based in Cape Town, expects to produce its first locally-made LPMs by the end of 2013, and this will further benefit the company, whose LPM GGR increased by 25.1% in 2012, in terms of its ability control costs and maintain quality. The company ultimately aims to export its gaming machines to the rest of Africa, Europe and beyond.

It has been claimed that the South African government’s awarding of a third lottery licence in the country will only succeed in creating “stagnation, inefficiency and cronyism,” according to outspoken author and columnist Ivo Vegter ( and that this will also have a negative impact on the ability of new players to enter any potential homegrown online gaming market.

Vegter argues that the process by which the government awards such licences contravenes the country’s Bill of Rights by not enabling all citizens freely to choose their trade, occupation or profession, because the procedure for granting lottery and gaming licences excludes all but the wealthiest corporations.

The expensive and complex process for applying and bidding for a government licence, and the costs involved in maintaining one, are believed by Vetger to be both unreasonable and anti-competitive, in that only a select group has the resources, know-how and technical expertise to make a successful application. He details the costs involved in every step of the process, and describes the handling of the awarding of lottery and casino licences as “greedy”.

Vetger extends his argument to include the potential future regulating and licensing of online casinos in South Africa. He argues that new developments in online gaming will be stifled by this highly bureaucratic process, and that entry to the industry by energetic, innovative start-ups will be barred, in the interests of preserving the cartel enjoyed by the established, land-based players in the market. Vetger makes the case that limited licensing will in fact therefore be protecting the very companies who online casinos have set out to compete against, thus transferring the monopoly they enjoy into the new sector.

His argument is that such a scenario cannot possibly be in the interest of South Africans, as it will see them lumbered with a “decrepit, unattractive, limited, heavily-taxed, inefficient, uncompetitive and non-innovating bunch of licence holders” while inventive, player-friendly online casinos will remain outlawed. Under such conditions, he posits, “Why on earth would South Africans not continue to choose supposedly ‘illegal’ competitors who offer a better deal?”

To stay in touch with the opinions of Ivo Vetger, you can follow him on Twitter( .

<![CDATA[Titan Poker Team Pro Sam Trickett Wins British Poker Award]]> Television has the Emmys, Hollywood has the Oscars, and Broadway has the Tonys, but where do the top British Poker Players go to receive their dues?  They all show up at the British Poker Awards, a new awards ceremony meant to honor top players from the UK.

The inaugural Best New Player award went to Titan Poker Team member Sam Trickett. 2010 was a stand out year for Trickett as we witnessed his dominance across major European and US events.  From his win at PartyPoker’s World Open to his hard earned fourth place finish at the EPT Vilamoura in Portugal, Trickett never missed an opportunity to show the world poker community that he was serious about establishing himself as one of the best new players.

His combined winnings from his in the money finishes in 2010 stood at over $400,000.  In the World Open, he joined 48 other top poker pros that put up $10,000 of their own money to compete.  According to insiders who witnessed his play at the World Open, Trickett was at his very best from the early heats to the final table.

Trickett is not only trying to make it big in Europe, he has also competed states side in the 2010 WSOP.  He snagged 2nd place in the $5,000 No-Limit Texas Hold’Em event and cashed out for $505,725.  He also won five other small side events with combined earnings of $188,102.

As a member of Team Titan, Sam can be found regularly in Titan Poker’s online tournaments and cash games.  In an upcoming promotion that begins in November called the “Titan Poker Bounty Tournament”, online players have the chance to find these pros and knock them out for large cash prizes. 

To get a chance to play against players like Sam Trickett you’ll need to be a member of Titan Poker.  To visit or download Titan Poker, check out the links provided below. 
<![CDATA[September at Titan Poker - Get More For Your Money]]> Titan Poker is offering their Big Cash Out promotion during the entire month of September.  Both veteran players as well as new sign ups are eligible to take advantage of this special deal.
During September’s Big Cash Out players will get more for their Player Points than ever before.  Player Points are earned though membership at Club Titan and are awarded based on your level of play in cash games or tournaments.  During the promotional period players will earn points at a higher than usual rate and can start cashing out points as soon as they reach the 1,000 point threshold.  This is significantly lower than the normal cash out limit so more players can start converting points to real money sooner than normal.
If you’re a new player you can be upgraded to VIP status as soon as you earn 1,000 points.  Reaching VIP status earlier means you’ll earn points at a higher rate, and be eligible for special VIP tournaments and promotions that most new players can only participate after months of active play.
The Big Cash Out officially ends on October 10th, so if you’re not signed up at Titan Poker now is a great time to join.  You can register by clicking on the link provided on this page.  After you download the Titan Poker Software and fill out a short registration page you’ll be ready to deposit and sign up.  In addition to the Big Cash Out you’ll also be eligible for Titan Poker’s first time deposit bonus which gives you a 100% match on your opening deposit hen entering our Titan Poker Bonus Code.
<![CDATA[Titan Poker 2010 ECPokerTour in Vienna]]> The 2010 ECPokerTour in Vienna, Austria is one of Europe’s most exclusive poker events of the year.  As in years past Titan Poker is the tournament’s main sponsor.  That is why they are offering a special tournament for their players to earn a seat at the tournament and a chance to cash in from an estimated prize pool of €1,000,000.

The Main Event will take place at the Montesino Pokertainment Center in Vinnna between November 10th and November 14th, 2010.  Players who win the ECPokerTour Vienna package will receive a prize package totaling €5,500.  This includes the €3,000 + €300 buy-in fee, five nights at the Le Meridien Hotel, air travel, and spending money.

To win your way to Vienna you’ll need to enter one of the Super Satellite tournaments offered every Sunday and Wednesday at Titan Poker.  There are satellites starting every hour on the hour with low buy-ins starting at €1+ €0.10.

EC Poker Tour at Titan Poker

Past ECPokerTour’s have been held in such exotic locations as the Gran Casino de Barcelona as well as in Malta, Salzburg and Madrid.  Even if you don’t make it to the final table this year, Titan Poker plans to keep sponsoring future editions of this event.

If you are not yet a member of Titan Poker, we invite you to download their new and improved poker software and give their site a try. We'll also be happy to make it even more appealing with our exclusive Titan Poker bonus, Get it now!
<![CDATA[PartyGaming endorsements for responsible gaming and security]]> Party Gaming, the parent company of Party Poker, has recently received four gaming industry endorsements for their commitment to responsible gaming and security.  These four awards show that Party Gaming is one of the top online gaming sites in operation today.

FTSE4Good Index

The FTSE4Good Index grades companies on their commitment to social responsibility.  All companies included in this select group must prove their dedication to environmental sustainability, worker’s rights, and customer satisfaction.


GREaT Foundation

The Gambling Research, Education and Treatment Foundation supports research in the area of problem gaming.  As a supporter of these efforts Party Gaming has won a ‘Gold Award’ from this organization.


The eCOGRA Affiliate Trust Seal is the gold standard for eGaming affiliate programs.  Once again, Party Gaming has received this industry award as a result of its excellent affiliate program policies.


GamCare is the philanthropic arm of the eGaming industry.  For a sixth year in a row Party Gaming has been awarded a certification from GamCare due to their many charitable activities and involvement in addressing the social impact of gaming.

<![CDATA[CD Poker has Moved to William Hill Poker]]> In their goal to expand their poker operation and customer base William Hill has recently acquired CD Poker.  Current customers of CD poker who agree to have their accounts switched over will be eligible to receive a special bonus from William Hill.  If you still play at CD Poker, all you need to do is contact their online support team to request your account to be moved over.  If you have acquired any CDPoints they will also be transferred over to your new account at William Hill.  Additionally, because William Hill Poker uses the same poker network and software as CD Poker, your transition will be smooth and seamless. 

William Hill poker stands at the forefront of online gaming technology.  One innovative policy that they have implemented in recent years is their exclusive rake limits.  When you play on William Hill if you fold before the flop, you will not be charged any rake.  This ensures that you keep more of your bankroll for when it really matters.  William Hill offers all of the most popular poker games including Texas Hold’em, Omaha High, 5 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud, and Omaha Hi/Lo.  Because of their excellent game selection, customer service, and secure operation, we are recommending for all CD Poker customers go switch over as soon as they can. 

William Hill Poker
<![CDATA[William Hill New Look & Fill]]> The William Hill Poker site utilizes software from Playtech and is a member of the iPoker network.  Always wanting to stay on the cutting edge of gaming technology they have recently upgraded their software and it now includes a new look and feel.  Even if you loved the old software that William Hill provided we are sure that you’ll like the new software even better.  Here is a breakdown of some of the best new features they have to offer.

My Favorites

Under this tab you will be able to view your buddy list as well as any tournaments your buddies have registered for.

My Tournaments

Every tournament that you have registered for will be displayed on this screen.  By clicking on a tournament name you can access detailed information about it.  If you change your mind you can also unregister for any tournament from this page.

My Buddies

This new interface allows you to manage your buddy list and create groups to organize them according to any labels you create.  Any buddy with a green icon next to their name means they are logged in.  You can also see what table or tournament they are currently playing in.

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<![CDATA[Qualifiers and games at 888 Poker]]> Every week 888 Poker brings their players exciting new tournaments and contests.  Here’s a quick rundown of what’s going on this week at 888 Poker.

Monday Twins Challenge

888 Poker’s Monday Twins Challenge is a great way to start your week.  The challenge consists of playing in back to back $20+$2 tournaments at 20:25 and 20:45 GMT.  If you win both tournaments back to back you’ll get an additional $10,000 in cash.

Welcome Bonus

The first deposit match at 888 Poker is 100%.  Unlike other poker rooms that hold back your entire bonus until you reach certain playthough requirements 888 Poker gives you %25 of your bonus upfront without any waiting.  They also make it easy to track your progress via their slick status bar so you know how close you are to redeeming the rest of your bonus money.

First Depositors' Freeroll

Every new player is eligible to take part in the daily First Depositors’ Freeroll.  In this tournament, which has no entry fee, you can win your share of $3,500.  Because most participants are new players, you won’t encounter too many card sharks.

Poker Cruise

Ever have the urge to get up from the computer, and play some poker in paradise?  Now you have the chance to win a poker cruise package from 888.  One lucky winner will be chosen to represent 888 poker on the ‘Freedom of the Seas’ cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean.  To enter start by buying into one of the daily satellite tournaments for only $3.55 and make it all the way to the final table.

$25,000 Royal Flush Jackpot

What’s better than showing your royal flush at the table? How about getting an extra $25,000 for the best hand in poker.  Look for the Royal Flush Jackpot tables in the 888 Poker lobby.

<![CDATA[Rush Poker]]> If you asked a random sampling of regular poker players what is their least favorite aspect of the game, many would tell you that it’s waiting around for a hand to play out when they are no longer involved in the action.  The development team at Full Tilt Poker heard this from many of their customers so they developed an amazing new way to play poker that always keeps you in the action.  This new game is called “Rush Poker”.

Here’s how it works.  You join a rush poker game by selecting the ‘Rush Poker’ option from the games menu in the Full Tilt Poker lobby.  Once you’re in you will join in a pool of all the other Rush Poker players.  All players are randomly assigned to a specific table within the style of game they have chosen.  If you get a junk hand and decide to fold, or if you get knocked out of the action you will be instantly transferred to another table where a new hand is ready to start.  This means no more waiting around for the other players to figure out what they are doing with their cards, and you are always kept in the action at all times.  We think that Rush Poker is one of the coolest things to happen to the game in a long time, and after you try it out for yourself, we’re sure that you’ll agree too. Download Full tilt poker now and join the rush!

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<![CDATA[Online Cash Game Championships]]>

PartyPoker – Masiff Ownich wins Online Cash Game Championships

Masiff Ownich of Slovenia has just been announced as the winner of PartyPoker’s Online Cash Games Championship. Throughout the history of the PartyPoker website there had never been such an intense tournament as this one.  Ownich beat out his rivals by playing more than 400 hands per tournament level over a month long period. 

The newly crowned poker champ received a first prize of $40,000 for his gargantuan effort.  As this was the inaugural version of the event, Ownich is the first ever player to win this title.

Party Poker online cash games

When asked about his victory he remarked:

“I am really excited to be the Online Cash Game Champion. I had a lot of my friends watching me play the final table and their support definitely helped. I won a couple of big all-in pots early on and that helped to calm my nerves and to build a sizeable chip stack.”

Indeed, winning big early in cash games is an important strategy for players looking to make it to the final table.  The large bankroll that Ownich built up at the beginning of the tournament played itself out nicely for him.

Due to the success of this tournament PartyPoker has decided to renew it for the coming year as well, and they expect Masiff Ownich to be there to defend his title.  To find out when the next Cash Games Championships will be starting stay tuned to our poker news page for all the latest in the world of online poker, or downloawd Party Poker and play it for yourself!

<![CDATA[Poker 770 2010 WSOP Prize Packages]]> The months of June and July are hot ones on Poker 770, for players that are looking for their chance to get to Vegas for the 2010 WSOP.  This year Poker 770 will be sending more players than ever by putting up fro grabs  a total of 47 prize packages.  There are five separate ways to win, each with their own tournament structure. 

SNG Executive Jackpot - $25,000
Main Event NL Hold’Em – $13,000
PLO Championship - $13,000
Side Events - $5,500
Experience - $3,600

Poker 770 has structured these tournaments with every player in mind. The opening sit n’ go tournaments are the most affordable with miniscule buy-ins that are less than a dollar.  Even the SNG Executive Jackpot with $25,000 of prize money has a very low buy in of only  $10.  If you are interested in signing up for any of these tournaments you’ll need to be a member of Poker 770, we can offer you a great signup poker770 bonus - WEB770 - Use it and get $600!

poker770 2010 WSOP Prize Packages
<![CDATA[Unibet Poker – Win a Trip to the Golden Sands]]> Playing poker online is fun and convenient, but playing in a live tournament can offer a different level of action.  For players looking to get up from their computers, Unibet has just added a new destination to its Unibet Open calendar.  By playing in selected satellites you can win your way to the Grand Hotel Casino International, one of the largest poker rooms in Europe.  The tournament will take place from June 3rd to 6th, 2010.  The winner will receive 4 nights accommodation at the Grand Hotel, a €1500 buy-in to the Unibet Open event, and €350 for travel and spending.

The satellite structure for this event offers something for everyone.  You can qualify via daily freeroll or freezeout tournaments.  Buy-ins are always affordable, so this is truly a test of your skills and not your bankroll.  Weekly Finals will be held every Sunday at 20:30 CET.  Unibet is guaranteeing one trip package for every 10 participants that make it to the final table, so your odds of coming away a winner are great.
<![CDATA[Million Dollar Hand Promotion]]> Party Poker has announced a new promotion that is, quite frankly, spectacular. The Million-Dollar Hand promotion works like this: for every 15 points you earn between the 4th and 23rd of May you will receive a random "million dollar card". For every five card hand you make, you are guaranteed a cash prize. For one pair you get a 3 dollar prize, and for the royal flush you get a one million dollar prize. There is no limit to how many hands you can make, so it is theoretically possible to make two royal flushes during this promotion (good luck). There is no doubt that this is an exciting promotion, and to entice players further, Party Poker is giving everybody their first "million dollar card" for free! Good luck making those hands everybody, and remember to check the terms and conditions.  You can start playing now by download Party Poker

Party Poker $1 million promotion
<![CDATA[Everest Poker sponsorship]]> Right now at Everest Poker, you could win a chance to “Live the Dream” in the promotional competition of the same name. 200 players will qualify for a casting and a chance to win a $100,000 Everest Poker sponsorship contract.

If this sounds intriguing to you, you can qualify one of three ways: tournaments, cash games, or direct entry. Tournament players will have the chance each week to compete for the Top 5 places in the Live the Dream finals, which will be determined by the Tournament Leaderboard. To be eligible, opt in and create a unique player profile. The Top 3 places on the Multi-Table Leaderboard, as well as the top 2 places on the Sit & Go High Leaderboard will qualify for the casting.

Ring game players will be able to participate in bi-weekly Cash Bets Won and Summit Point Races. Each top 5 Summit Point earners for each week will qualify. The top 3 NLH and top 2 LH players in the Cash Bets Won Races will also qualify. Lastly, 104 players can buy into the casting qualifier for $109. Don’t miss this opportunity to Live the Dream complements of Everest Poker.

<![CDATA[Titan & CD Poker Software Upgrade]]> Online poker sites that operate on the iPoker network like Titan Poker and CD Poker now have updated software platforms to enhance the online poker experience. With the upgrades, players now have the opportunity to play on an enhanced network with tons more features and play options available to them.

For instance, the new software features some of the most cutting-edge tools that technology allows for in an online poker application such as auto top-up, increased buddy functions, and a razor sharp and innovative new interface.

In addition, the new software available at Titan Poker and CD Poker offers a new multi-currency feature, a 5-step seat finding option, the new hand-for-hand mode available to tournament players, and the new tournament time bank, which will allow players a predetermined extra time allotment during tournament play.

Check out the newest in online poker software at iPoker network poker sites. Its software upgrades like these that make playing online poker novel and fresh, even if you’ve been playing the game for years.