Daily Poker News Review: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Bite-sized summary of the day’s poker news.

Main Headlines

Main Headlines

PartyPoker Beta Test Site Provides First Glimpse of New Software

The beta test site for PartyPoker’s long anticipated new software was leaked over the weekend. The test site currently carries a notice: “Our beta version is currently offline while we are fixing bugs.”

  • PartyPoker’s beta test website for its new software client is online.
  • A new table lobby with single click game access plus “missions and achievements” directly targets the recreational player.
  • New colors and a cleaner table layout retain familiar features but add a modern look.

Inagural WPT Alpha 8 Event Heads to TV Final Table

The World Poker Tour Alpha 8 Super High Roller at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open kicked off yesterday. Eighteen players combined for 21 total entries at a $100,000 a pop to take a shot at the first place prize of $891,660. As the tournament moves into day two, only nine players remain. Those left find themselves at the unofficial final table, and are looking to chip up into the top four spots, the only places that get paid.

  • Eighteen players combined for 21 total entries at a $100,000 a pop.
  • First place pays $891,660.
  • As one might expect, the entrants list is a veritable who’s who of elite poker professionals.
  • Matt Glantz is the chip leader heading into the final nine followed closely by Florida native and Team PokerStars superstar Jason Mercier.

Twenty-One Remain at Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open

Day 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open saw the field dwindle from the 100 runners that started the day to just 21 who still have a shot at the over $1,700,000 first place prize.

More Headlines from Around the Web:

Do we want anonymity in online poker? pokerstrategy.com

Barry Carter considers the current anonymity in online poker, and looks at its pros and cons—and whether things are set to change with poker’s increased integration with social media.

An interview with Bobby Hoff, originally published in Harrington on Cash Games, republished for free on 2+2 twoplustwo.com

In commemoration of online poker legend Bobby Hoff, who recently passed away, 2+2’s Mason Malmuth today republished a lengthy interview which first appeared in Harrington on Cash Games, Volume II: How to Play No-Limit Hold 'em Cash Games. Hoff stayed mostly out of the media spotlight, and so this in-depth interview is a rare look into the life of one of poker’s true legends.

Lee Jones demos the PokerStars TV and EPT mobile apps youtube.com

Want to watch PokerStars TV while you are on the go but aren’t quite sure how to work it out? In this handy video, Lee Jones explains what you can watch with the PokerStars TV app and how to get it on your mobile device.

“SrslySrs’s “can’t fold this remix youtube.com

Destined to be another classic, SrslySirius remixes Mimi Luu’s bizzarre “nitroll” ums-and-arrs over calling KK preflop for 45 big blinds at the SHRPO.

Exclusive Articles on pokerfuse PRO:

PRO Exclusive: First Impressions of PartyPoker’s New Software Client

New software will provide incremental changes rather than a complete overhaul, with social features and improved playing experience a focus. The highly-anticipated “all new” poker client from PartyPoker is now in private beta-testing, ahead of a general release that has been slated for August.

Technical Problems Plague New Ultimate Poker Software Release

Crashing tables and lack of access to the poker room’s cashier wreaked havoc on Nevada’s only regulated online poker site. Players on Ultimate Poker encountered technical issues on Saturday just hours after the Nevada online poker operator rolled out a new version of its software.

Bulgaria Removes PartyPoker.com from Blacklist

A month after appearing on Bulgaria’s blacklist, PartyPoker and two smaller sites have been delisted following compliance with the gaming laws. The Bulgarian State Gambling Commission (SGC) has reissued it blacklist and removed PartyPoker.com from the list of banned sites. Also removed were bet7days.com and tobet.com.

Belgian Gambling Commission Invites Players, Industry to 2-Day Regulation Review

Shared liquidity and player profiles are on the agenda at this open seminar on gaming legislation. The Belgian Gambling Commission (KSC) has put out an open invitation to industry and players to attend a two day seminar to review online gaming legislation. The meeting will be held in Egmont Palace, Brussels, on October 30 and 31.