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Flutter would be juggling PokerStars and Full Tilt, two iPoker skins, and two independent platforms--Sky and Adjarabet.
Online Poker Under the Flutter-Stars Group Merger: Six Key Points

Sports betting is the focus, but poker remains a key component of the deal—Flutter could inherit six online poker brands across four separate platforms.


New v43 feature breaks down the customer’s profit and ROI each tournament. The network later clarified that v43 would be its last major release before the network shuts down.
MPN to Roll Out Final Software Update Before Shutdown

New tournament lobby with ROI panel is coming in v43, its last major update before the network closes next year.


"It's important to have the ecology of the cash rooms as clean as possible, so there's been a clean-up there—things like bots."
Bot Crackdown Led to Partypoker Revenue Slowdown Last Quarter, Says GVC

Ecology changes, including the clampdown on bots, resulted in a decline in online poker revenue in Q3 2019.


So-called “stealth” tables will be available in the lobby alongside regular tables. There has been a shift in the industry over the last eight years towards offering some form of anonymity.
PokerStars to Trial Anonymous Tables

Optional tables dubbed “Stealth” will be tested out on the online poker room soon.


Pokerfuse exclusive: PokerStars is going to trial "Stealth Mode" tables, their name for anonymous tables. This is a major change from PokerStars' previous policy of always having screen names on display.
Exclusive: PokerStars to Test “Stealth Mode” Anonymous Tables

Anonymous tables are expected to be optional, and it may be possible to toggle “stealth” on and off, while hand histories will be de-anonymized after 24 hours.


Just like 18 months ago, synergies, complementary brands, and better US positioning justify the merger.
All of a Flutter: Five Thoughts on the Proposed Flutter-TSG Merger

A sports betting strategy in the United States and Europe, expected investigations, product diversification and concentration: five takeaways from last week’s mega-merger proposition.


Prizes vary from entry into a freeroll to cash prizes up to 100 times the buy-in of the tournament. It is the first time the company has worked with such a brand to launch a themed game.
Winamax Licenses Hasbro’s Monopoly for Expresso Promotion

French market leader launches “Winamax x Monopoly,” a major new collection promotion at its lottery sit and go tables.


PokerStars is developing a new version of its Spin and Go game, Flash. It will join the Omaha and Max variants of the lottery sit and go game.
Spin and Go Flash, Swap Hold’em in the PokerStars Product Pipeline

New lottery Sit and Go variant appears to be in the works, and new assets suggest “Swap” is coming to market.


The business will continue under the Flutter Entertainment name, which was only minted in May of this year.
Flutter Entertainment, The Stars Group Announce Mega Merger

The two giants will combine to create the world’s largest online gambling operator.


The Sunday Million was changed from a $215 buy-in to a new $109 format in late January. While the first week was successful—it attracted over 15,000 entries—numbers dwindled over the next few months.
Three of the Last Four $109 Sunday Millions have Been in Progressive Knockout Format

The bounty formula is proving successful for the operator—PKO event in August set a new high for turnout at the $109 buy-in level.


Both the province and city of Buenos Aires passed laws in late 2018 to regulated and tax online gaming.
Political Turmoil Puts Buenos Aires Online Gambling Licenses in Limbo

Applications from the Stars Group, 888, William Hill, Bet365 and Paddy Power Betfair are now up in the air as Argentina looks set to elect a new left-leaning Government.


One local report puts Malta job losses at over 100, a third of its headcount on the island. Suggested job cuts “are a component of our overall plans to position us to deliver our mid-term growth targets and long-term sustainable growth.”
PokerStars Cuts Staff in Isle of Man, Malta

Regulatory headwinds in the international business to blame for what is reportedly between 130 and almost 200 job losses in two key hubs.


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