The week ahead in the online gaming industry.
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The US gaming industry descends on San Franscico this week for the annual
Global iGaming Summit and Expo (GiGse). Kicking off on Tuesday for three days of discussions on the emerging US online gambling market, it also runs alongside the new Social Casino Summit.

New Jersey’s temporary Fantasy Sports regulations come into effect Monday, authorizing casinos in the state to offer fantasy sports tournaments and contents to patrons.

Also this week, poker players meet on PokerStars Island to bring community feedback to the online poker giant. Three reps from 2+2—including one from New Jersey, as requested—one Brazilian, and one German from PokerStrategy will be present at the three day meeting from April 24-26.

Expect more Q1 2013 financials this week, including Zynga (they’re hosting a web conference on Wednesday) and Playtech (trading update up Thursday).

Other Conferences

London’s mGaming Summit, (the “m” stands for mobile), starts on Wednesday. This 1-day event by iGaming Business runs in conjunction with “mSport Summit” (“in recognition of the clear synergies between these two industry sectors”) and culminates in the second annual mGaming Awards. 888, mfortune, PKR, Pokerstars and Zynga are nominees for best mobile poker operator.

You’ll have to sober up quick from the awards show if you’re planning to make the annual Nevada State Conference on Problem Gambling, which runs April 25-26 in Reno, where you’ll find out all about gambling addiction’s reclassification in DSM-5 and network with other professionals to gain “... a better understanding of gambling and addiction in this constantly changing world.”

Live and Online

Supposed to be leading us into online poker this week is PartyPoker’s Pokerfest series, the third incarnation of Party’s one and only online tournament series. The tournament series was scheduled to kick off Sunday, April 21 and run for 10 days and 64 events but, at the time of writing, the first batch of guaranteed scheduled events have been cancelled. Watch this space.

iPoker’s spring series, iPOPS 4, seems to be off to a smoother start. This tournament series, which is currently running a “mini” warmup batch of tournaments this week and gets properly underway on Sunday with the larger events, guarantees over $1.2m in total prizes across its 15 events.

In live poker, most of the focus will be in Berlin for the penultimate stop in the EPT tour. The Main Event got underway yesterday and runs all week. The final table will be dealt on Saturday.

The Brasil stop of the LAPT gets started in Sao Paulo on Thursday, where we might see our first glimpse of the latest 'Stars signing.