Amaya Acquires Victiv Daily Fantasy Sports Site; Will Launch Under New “Starsdraft” Brand
Amaya Inc. (TSX: AYA, NASDAQ: AYA) (“Amaya” or the “Corporation”) today announced that it has acquired Victiv (http://www.victiv.com), an Austin, Texas based daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) site that offers players the opportunity to build a roster of their favorite sports stars and compete for the chance to win real money.
The current Victiv team will manage the DFS business, which will be rebranded StarsDraft and will be initially launched at StarsDraft.com in select U.S. markets and later through the PokerStars platform. Victiv has received considerable attention among daily fantasy players for its user-friendly and innovative software for fantasy sports enthusiasts.
“StarsDraft (http://www.StarsDraft.com ) will combine Victiv’s innovative platform and experienced DFS team with Amaya’s expansive consumer base and operational excellence as the world’s preeminent online gaming brand,” said Matthew Primeaux, CEO of Victiv. “We intend to capitalize on what we believe is strong crossover between online poker players and daily fantasy sports. PokerStars is the most-trusted brand in online gaming and brings unmatched security, customer support and technical infrastructure that we believe all players can rely on.”
StarsDraft.com will feature the innovative Victiv software that Amaya believes has made the site increasingly popular since its launch last September, particularly among players who are new to the game. In particular, the Bankroll Builder feature allows new players the chance to learn the game in a risk-free environment. Joining free-to-enter contests new players have a chance to display their sports knowledge and win cash without having to deposit.
Man admits bringing counterfeit chips to poker tournament
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP)
A man admitted Thursday that he brought millions of dollars in counterfeit poker chips to use in a casino’s poker tournament, a scheme that was uncovered when he clogged a pipe by flushing the chips down the toilet in his hotel room.
Christian Lusardi, 43, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to trademark counterfeiting and criminal mischief. Under terms of a plea agreement, Lusardi will be sentenced to five years in prison.
Authorities said Lusardi, after suspecting the fake chips had been noticed, flushed them down the toilet in his room at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, where he had been staying. But the chips clogged the pipes, and guests on the floor below complained that water was dripping into their rooms.
Maintenance was called, and the chips were found. An additional 22 tournament chips worth $5,000 were found in a clogged toilet in the Borgata the next day. A total of $3.6 million worth of tournament chips were found, although they have no actual cash value.
Lusardi will be required to pay the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa $463,540 for the revenue it lost when it canceled the 2014 tournament after discovering the fake chips. He also owes Harrah’s Casino Hotel $9,455 for damaging the pipes.
There were 27 people remaining in the Borgata Winter Open Big Stack, No Limit Hold ‘Em event when play was suspended. The $1.5 million in remaining prize money was put on hold before Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck issued an order to distribute the money and refund entry fees.
Lusardi had won $6,814 in the tournament.
Investigators said he purchased the chips from a Chinese manufacturer online and then put a counterfeit Borgata logo on them. In response to the scam, the Borgata began using more intricate chips with more colors and an authentication element that can be checked under ultraviolet light.
Full Flush Poker’s Summer Online Poker Series
Over $150,000 Total Prize Money * 18 Events * 14 Days
San Jose, Costa Rica (Friday, Aug 2, 2015) – FullFlushPoker.com (“FFP”) kicked off their inaugural Summer Online Poker Series (“SOPS”) earlier this week, running from Monday, July 20th through Sunday, August 2nd, 2015. It offers players over $150,000 in Guaranteed Tournament prize pools across 14 days of added excitement in 18 events, and plenty of cash to be won.
Whatever a player’s poker preference or budget, FFP’s SOPS 2015 has it covered with an exciting calendar of daily events and guaranteed prize money. The Series culminates in a big money $80,000 GTD SOPS Main Event on Sunday, August 2 at 5:00pm ET; it’s an $80 Buy-in, with $16,000 to the eventual winner, and the top 70 places will get paid.
Other highlights of the Series include three $5000 HIGH ROLLER events on this Friday (July 24), Saturday (July 25), and Sunday (July 26) evenings, this Saturday’s $7.5K GTD Deep Stack (RE-ENTRY) at 5pm ET, as well as the $35 Buy-in SOPS $20K GTD on Sunday, July 26 at 5pm ET.
For novelty factor, look no further than the $4 Buy-in SOPS $1.5K GTD Upside Down event on Monday, July 27 at 7pm ET. This one flips the payout schedule on its head once play gets down to the final table.
Also of note is the $2 Buy-in $1.5K GTD Bounty tournament on Wednesday, July 29 at 7pm ET, with three FREE $80K GTD entries up for grabs for those who manage to K.O. the Bounty players.
Plus, a BUBBLE BONUS promotion will run throughout the Series, from SOPS $5K DEEP STACK on July 20th – SOPS $3500 GTD FREEZEOUT on July 30th. Bust on the money bubble during any of these 15 SOPS events, and get credited with a free $8.80 value entry to SOPS 80K SUPER SATELLITE 2 on August 1st at 4:00pm ET. Sure, you might have missed out on the money prizes in the lead up events, but you’ll pick up a second chance shot at earning an ENTRY TO the $80,000 GTD.
Through until August 2nd, 2015, the SOPS action will continue to deliver a tournament series designed for players of all levels, and regardless of bankroll, there’s an invitation waiting. So, come crush the competition at Full Flush Poker.
Loni Harwood, Daniel Negreanu Headline WSOP National Championship Final Table
By Earl Burton – Jul 31st, 2015
Looking to make her breakthrough into the major tournament Winner’s Circle, Loni Harwood will lead the final seven competitors when they reconvene for the World Series of Poker National Championship final table at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina this afternoon. Also at the final table will be a man who, coming off perhaps one of the biggest disappointments of his career, seems to be driven for his seventh WSOP bracelet in Daniel Negreanu.