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New mobile poker app, Duel by PokerStars launches in beta. Full Tilt and partypoker announce February tournament series.
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According to a press release by the company on Wednesday, withdrawal fees for “any and all payment options" have been removed.
Partypoker Puts an End to Remaining Withdrawal Fees

Withdrawal via ewallets is now free as a part of the company’s “Poker for the People” initiative.

New marketing officat Betsson. Amaya seeks to resolve player dispute.
Industry Insight

Amaya, Betsson, Paysafe and more in this week’s round-up of industry igaming news.

Paysafe Group released a statement Monday that revealed the extent of data breaches in 2011 which exposed the customer details of millions of customers of the two largest ewallet payment systems in the igaming industry.
Data Breach Exposed Details of Nearly 8 Million Skrill, NETELLER Accounts

Cyber attack in 2011-2012 exposed “limited account details” of millions of NETELLER and Skrill customer accounts.

A decision in the New York daily fantasy sports case can come as soon as this week. A group of PokerStars players plan to protest proposed changes to the company’s player reward program by staging a boycott of the site this week.
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Daily fantasy sports ruling expected, players boycott PokerStars and new details of NETELLER and Skrill data breach.

PayPal is now an accepted deposit and withdrawal method for WSOP and 888 in the New Jersey. Wynn Interactive formally ended its interest in launching regulated igaming in New Jersey.
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PayPal, Golden Nugget, partypoker and a look at DDoS attacks.

WSOP New Jersey and 888 New Jersey have both added PayPal to their options for processing deposits and withdrawals.
WSOP & 888 Introduce PayPal Payment Processing in New Jersey

The extra payment option will help resolve some of the friction created by payment processing difficulties in the New Jersey market.

Optimal Payments raises money from its investors by swapping three shares for five. Bettson returns money to its investors by exchanging one share for four.
Industry Insight’s sale should be announced in the next few weeks—assuming it all goes through. CEO Norbert Teufelberger can expect a massive payday.

Payment processing for online gambling consolidates as Neteller and Skrill join forces. Fresh from fending off a takeover bid by William Hill, 888 Holdings has reported that 2014 was a record breaking year for the company.
Industry Insight

888 and Amaya show their heels to the rest of the industry.

The two biggest names in online gambling payment processing are to merge as Optimal Payments proposes to buy Skrill for over a billion dollars.
Optimal Payments Buys Skrill for €1.1 Billion

Skrill’s owner CVC Capital is set to make a profit of $400 million after buying the company two years ago.

Caesars bankruptcy goes ahead and immediately hits a stumbling block—or two. At the other end of the optimism scale, David Baazov exudes confidence over Amaya’s future in an interview with a Canadian business program, and William Hill says that it had its best year ever in 2014
Industry Insight

Poker magazine Bluff announced the end of its print edition in a week that otherwise saw good news across the industry, although Caesars’ planned bankruptcy is not running smoothly.

Pala Interactive has announced a partnership with Optimal Payments which will provide the NETELLER branded payment processing solution to gaming customers in the regulated US market.
Pala Interactive Prepares for New Jersey with Optimal Deal

New Jersey customers will be able to deposit and withdraw using NETELLER when the newest operator to enter the market launches at the end of November.

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