Poker Business News: A round up of everything about the business of poker
Breaking News: Casino Carnival now managed by Pride Group?: if the grapevine is to be believed then Casino Carnival has been taken over by the Pride Group which also owns Casino Pride in the Goa waters. It is learnt that the management takeover has happened even though there is still no clarity on the much debated license transfer is there.
While the Goa CM Manohar Parrikar had announced last week that the Assembly was in the process of notifying new casinos rules on transfer of licenses, it was met with much wrath from the opposition. These new rules as well as Gaming Commission are expected to be in place on Feb 28th. The VM Salgaocar Group owned Casino Carnival was seeking this license transfer so the deal with Pride Group, owners of the Casino Pride could get through. When OPN tried to contact the Goa offices of both the casinos, no one was willing to comment. We also tried to contact the VM Salgaocar head office in Goa, but the GM, Hospitality who apparently is the one to comment on this deal was on a leave for a week.
Casino Carnival along with Casino Pride, Casino Deltin Royale and Casino Deltin Jaqk form the quartet of offshore casinos in Goa. The last two are owned by the Deltin Group and if the deal(between Carnival and Pride) has gone through then the Goa waters will have only two stake holders. It is also learnt that the BJP government in Goa has rejected a proposal from the Sahara Group whose Casino vessel Qing is docked and they were seeking transfer of the license of now nonoperational Casino Maharaja.
OPN also attempted to get in touch with Manohar Parrikar to get a full of the government’s final take on the transfer of casino licenses. But the CM was not available; thus for now it seems there is a stalemate on this.
Unibet releases new poker client: Unibet poker has launched a standalone poker platform which aims to attract the recreational poker player. While their earlier poker software was by Microgaming, the new platform is created by Relax Gaming. The main goal of this software with a simplified lobby and fun features is to attract new players who are looking for recreational poker games. Features like cartoon like avatars, screen name changes, no note taking features make for the stress on the recreational player. Further poker tracking sofwares are also not allowed here which further emphasize the fact that the site is trying to promote more fishes and also saving them from the sharks.
Currently, the new software by unibet is available PC’s but the MAC and a Tablet variant is expected soon.
Realgaming.com becomes Nevada’s third online poker room: South Point Casino had become in 2012 the first to be granted the license to operate an online poker site but before they could implement their plans, WSOP.com and Ultimate Poker took the lead and opened their online poker rooms in Nevada. But now South Point has announced the launch of Realgaming.com which will become the third online poker site of Nevada.
Some of the features of their poker offering are:
1. Custom Developed Software
2. No Download software
3. Only Texas Hold’em is offered currently
4. SNG’s available but MTT’s to follow soon
5. Available for PC’s, MAC, Tablets and Mobiles.
PokerStars receives online poker license in Bulgaria: PokerStars came one step closer to launching their online poker services in Bulgaria when Bulgarian State Gambling Commission (SGC) granted the poker room an online gaming license on Wednesday. This comes on the heels of the SGC approving eCOGRA as the country’s iGaming Testing Agency. This license will allow Pokerstars to operate an online poker room in EU’s emerging market. Earlier in 2013, Pokerstars was included in Bulgaria’s online gaming blacklist but PokerStars officials believe that the ‘removal’ is now weeks away which will follow the ‘activation’ of the poker site in the country.
PokerStars already holds licenses to operate in France, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Estonia, Malta and the Isle of Man and Bulgaria will go about strengthening the world’s largest poker room’s stake in Europe.