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Full Tilt CEO Ray Bitar Speaks, Apologetic

11 months have passed since Black Friday, and today was the first response of any kind from a member of Full Tilt's board of directors. Tuesday, Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar finally ended the almost year-long silence, while still revealing very little in an exclusive interview on PokerStrategy.

One of the original founders of Full Tilt Poker, Bitar currently still works with Full Tilt as the operating Chief Executive Officer. In the interview, he gave little away on the legal matters facing Full Tilt from the Department of Justice, or the timetable for the rumored purchase of Full Tilt by Groupe Bernard Tapie. However, he did answer three basic questions, the last of which was an opportunity to issue a public apology. "I would like to offer my sincere apology to all who have been affected by these events and to clarify that my silence was not an attempt to 'hide' or 'ignore' the situation," said Bitar. "My entire focus is on obtaining a successful resolution for the players. I hope that before long I can provide some good news for all of the players involved."

A former equities trader in Los Angeles, California, Bitar forged a friendship ...

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The Betfair Premier Cup! Over $15,000 in Prizes!


PokerTableRatings has teamed up with Betfair, the official betting sponsors of Manchester United, to run a poker competition over 8 weeks (split into two half times), with weekly prizes and a grand prize at the end of each half! The total value of prize is just over $15,000!

If you're into soccer (it's really football, right?) and even better, if you're a Manchester United fan then you need to sign up for the Betfair Premier Cup! Players will be competing for tons of great swag, with not one, but two grand prizes!


How do I enter?

It's simple, follow the competition sign-up instructions found on the Betfair Premier Cup page.

Note that this promo is only open to NEW Betfair Poker sign-ups who use the Download button found on that page.

Please read the Terms & Conditions thoroughly. Betfair will confirm that your newly created account is eligible to participate shortly. Check back to see your updated status.

How does it work?

All prize winners are determined by total points. Complete various poker challenges to earn points - the harder the challenges, the more points you'll earn.

Each week will reveal 2 challenges, and each challenge ...

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Badges Announced for the Betfair Premier Cup!

Betfair Premier Cup

We're just a few hours away from the launch of the Betfair Premier Cup and the details for the first half of competition have just been announced!

What's at stake? One PTR member will get an expenses paid trip to Old Trafford to see Manchester United play Sunderland in BOX SEATS! Another PTR member will walk away with a signed Manchester United Jersey and $500 cash! And if that is not enough motivation, EVERY WEEK for 8 weeks we are giving away an iPad 2, Samsung Notebooks, PS3's, Beats Headphones, and more!

Haven't registered yet? SIGN UP NOW!

Note: You must be a NEW DEPOSITING PLAYER on Betfair and use PTR's signup link in order to be eligible. The competition starts March 2nd at 00:01 GMT (a stroke past midnight Thursday)!

Betfair Premier Cup - First Half Badges

  • Week 1: March 2 - March 8
  • Heroic Save [25pts]
    Call a river bet with King high or less and win (pot must be minimum of 35bb)
  • Bend It Like Rooney [25pts]
    Win a hand with hole cards 10 and 7 (hand must go to showdown, pot must be minimum of 75bb)
  • Week 2: March 9 - March 15 ...
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Bodog's Calvin Ayre Responds to Indictments

Bodog DoJ

On Tuesday, Federal Prosecutors in Maryland unsealed an indictment against former Canadian billionaire Calvin Ayre, the founder of Bodog. The site was once one of the world's largest online gambling companies, but has been inactive for quite some time. The indictment accuses Ayre of operating an illegal gambling business involving sports betting as well as conspiring to commit money laundering. The DoJ and Homeland Security also saw fit to seize the inactive web domain of Bodog.com as part of their sanctions being levied against Ayre and the site.

The flamboyant Ayer became a central figure from within the online gambling industry when he was the focus of a 2006 Forbes.com cover story titled "Catch Me If You Can" where Ayers said "we run a business that can't actually be described as gambling in each country we operate in. But when you add it together, it's Internet gambling." For years after, Ayers was able to dodge US law enforcement agencies despite continuing to operate questionable operations of online sports betting and casino games to US gamblers.

Calvin AyreThree other men in addition to Ayre were included in the indictment unveiled by Rod Rosenstein, the US Attorney in ...

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Patpatman Heats Up vs Ilari Fin, Ville Wahlbeck

High Stakes Poker

Newcomers to the highstakes online poker scene are always fun to watch, and yesterday seemed to be the coming out party for patpatman.

Playing primarily $100/$200 6-max PLO and $50/$100 6-max PLO, patpatman has seen his overall earnings eclipse the $500k mark since arriving on PokerStars just a month ago (where he also won the biggest hold'em pot in January). Yesterday's sessions yielded some great results for the newcomer, highlighted by these six figure pots:

  1. Patpatman rivers quads as his As-Kc-3d-Ad holds vs. Ilari Fin and Ville Wahlbeck
  2. Patpatman flops a set, and turns quads this time to get 3 streets of value.
  3. All it takes is two pair as patpatman gets some more off of Ilari Sahamies.
  4. LuckyGump flops a set to crack aces and turns a boat to fade the flush draw.
  5. Heads up with Ilari FIN, patpatman flops two pair and cracks aces for another big pot

After all was said, the big winner was patpatman who ended this session +$298,968.45, but ended up negative on another session to end the evening up $166k on the night. Alexey 'LuckyGump' Makarov also had a good evening, finishing out his long grind with ...

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Top 20 Most Searched Poker Players in 2011

NewsDominating the high-stakes tables in the first half of the year with several SuperStar Showdowns against the best heads up players in the world, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom was not surprisingly the most searched online poker player profile on PTR in 2011.  After a brief disappearance, Isildur1 is back at the $50/$100 PLO (6-max) tables. In second, after taking a break to move to Vancouver, Canada due to Black Friday, Randy "nanonoko" Lew continued his consistent play which is shown in his stellar PTR graph. Nanonoko's popularity was boosted by an excellent Team PokerStars documentary "I AM NANONOKO"  released early in the year.

The third most popular poker player on PTR in 2011 belonged to the current high-stakes king, Ilari "Ilari FIN" Sahamies, who had a rollercoaster year. Ziigmund's massive swings began with an epic run in the summer which ended abruptly after a historic PLO showdown with Isildur1 that left him feeling down but staying classy in defeat. From Ilari's official blog (August 27, 2011):

I played very weak and that was fair I lost my money.Now my girlfriend has to use sunglasses few days.Only good thing those money went to Isildur,no any ...
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PartyPoker Challenge II Winners Announced

PartyPoker Challenge 2 WinnersThe PartyPoker Challenge II has come to a close and the final results are in! After a month of crazy action, $25,000 in prizes is ready to be given away. Winners will be emailed shortly. Thanks to everyone for playing and we hope you enjoyed the new badges we came up with for this version of the challenge!

Note: Everyone that reached the 4-badge, 8-badge and 12-badge milestones has won a PTR Premium subscription and entry to the exclusive freerolls.

Here are some of our favorite hands witnessed during the month-long battle:

  1. Reppin' the Jackson 5 hasn't been this profitable since the release of ABC.

  2. Nwcnwa is rewarded with his monochrome badge after making the easiest call of his life.

  3. It's never a chopped pot when you want it to be, as Afurrowdub hits the never ending straight.

  4. Don't you wish they were all this easy? Beg4Mercy_ wins a $237 pot and the Family Feud badge.

A salute also goes out to floriiiii for his awesome PTR graph during the challenge, all the while earning 9 badges. Those are just some of the awesome hands we saw during the challenge.

Let us know ...

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Week Two Kindle Winners, One Week Left

PartyPoker Challenge WinnersWe're down to our last batch of Kindle Fires left to give away in the final stretch of the Party Poker Challenge II.

Apparently one wasn't enough for our Week Two leader, as Week One king of the hill jan_vanmard came back in full force to claim yet another one of the sleek new Amazon tablets.

A total count of a dozen badges was enough to claim the crown this time around, with 2nd place going to cliiick with five badges. 3rd place was won by leaderboard regular mantelo who completed four challenges in the past week.*

Screen NameTotal Badges Earned
1. jan_vanmard120120
2. cliiick5032
3. mantelo4121

Final Week of the PartyPoker Challenge II

With the final week in progress until Saturday October 29th 11:59PM, all players still have a chance to grab one of the remaining weekly prizes! Don't let the same shark win the top spot for all three weeks, meet him at the tables and earn a sweet piece ...

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Week One PartyPoker Challenge II Winners

PartyPoker Challenge WinnersThe first of three weekly bonus rounds of competition ended this past Saturday at 11:59PM GMT, with one clear leader earning an impressive 12 badges to secure the top podium spot for the October 9 - October 15 period.

Taking part in his 2nd Party Poker Challenge, Dutch player jan_vanmard earned eight more badges than the next nearest challenger, comfortably taking first place and a Kindle Fire. With four badges each, belijs and cliiick also win the remaining two prizes. Both players are very active in the PartyPoker Challenge II, with belijs holding seven total badges, just one badge away from the 8-Badge Pro level which would join him with cliiick in winning one month of PTR Gold Premium and entry to the Exclusive Pro Freeroll.

Screen Name Total Badges Earned
1. jan_vanmard 13
2. belijs 4
3. cliiick 4

See the Weekly Leaderboard for full results for the October 9 - October 15 Weekly Badge hunt.

Week Two Badge Hunt Begins

Week Two is already in progress as of 12 ...

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Kindle Fire Giveaway from PTR and PartyPoker!

PartyPoker Challenge Prize KindleWeek 1 of the PartyPoker Challenge II is in the books and many of you are crushing the badges already, great job! If you think it is too late to sign up, think again! Read on to find out how you can win a Kindle Fire starting this weekend!

So far three players have crossed the 12 badge mark on the Leaderboard, with a handful of others close behind. To make things even more interesting, we are adding more prizes to the mix!

The Weekly Twist
Starting this Saturday night when the clock strikes midnight (12:00AM GMT Sunday actually), we will start the first weekly badge hunt that will go on until the end of the PartyPoker Challenge II.

For play between Sunday 12:00AM GMT and Saturday 23:59GMT,  the three players who have earned the most Bet the Farm, Doyle Brunson and Family Pot badges combined during the week will win a Kindle Fire! We will have new leaderboards up next week so you can track your progress.

Only these three badges count towards the total for the week:

BadgeBadge DescriptionConditions
Win a hand in which you make a minimum of 5 bets and/or ...

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