You never know what a week might bring if you are a person or a company. Things can continue to surprise you. Things certainly took a surprising turn for Unibet and PartyPoker, at least for the gamers.
Let’s catch up with Unibet first. Unibet, is a Swedish online poker place, for those who are not familiar with the name. The company has a lot going on according to the media. Unibet has ambassadors like Espen Uhlen Jorstad and Rauno Tahvonen. They told media last week that they are adding one more- Rauno Kiviloo. These ambassadors are all trying to make 1 million euro in profit from their online poker and cryptocurrency trades. In fact, they are blogging about it online.
Unibet is supporting their work by backing the one year 1 million project. Kindred Group owns Unibet. The parent company decided it was not worth keeping the Stan James business alive and have shut it down. This means all the accounts are now under Unibet. Unibet simultaneously opened a new poker room for Irish located players. It is the first of its kind since 2015. Unibet wanted to celebrate Women’s Day by offering charity games, where the queen outranked the king. They called it #Queensrule.
Moving on from Unibet, we arrive at an update for 888Ppoker. During this past week, media learned Itai Frieberger wrote the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board about third-party sites like 888. He feared they would not be able to function in the state due to issues with land-based casinos, who are going to get online poker licenses.
When land-based casinos get online licenses, it does take away some business from other quarters, as the solely based online poker rooms such as 888Poker.
Besides licensing issues, there is an interesting tournament with 888Live Bucharest. The tournament ended with Andrei Racolta winning first prize and taking home over 71,000 euros. He had to beat out over 450 entrants. Ana Marquez was also at the game and took home the high roller prize of $26,000.
For PartyPoker, things could not have gone worse when their server went down. But, it did not affect the success of the South American Latin American Poker Championships that were hosted in Uruguay. Amauri Grutka took the first prize of $200,000. Party ambassador Joao Simao had a fourth-place finish. It was a good run for the player.
PokerStars is also in the news with their $30,000 Platinum Passes to the No Limit Hold’em Tournament in the Bahamas.