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NBA Signs International DFS Deal with…PlayON?

 NBA Signs International DFS Deal with…PlayON?

DraftKings and FanDuel are far and away the dominate players in the daily fantasy sports (DFS) space in the United States, owning somewhere in the vicinity of 90 percent of the market share. So when it came time for the National Basketball Association (NBA) – an equity holder of FanDuel – to partner with a daily fantasy site for international markets, it naturally turned to PlayON. Wait…what? PlayON?

Yes, PlayON is now the NBA’s “Official Daily Fantasy Partner” in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. More specifically, the deal covers:

Europe: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico
Asia: Australia, Japan, The Philippines

PlayON only offers daily fantasy sports contests for real money in Australia (regulated by the Northern Territory Racing Commission), the United Kingdom (UK Gambling Commission), and Ireland (Irish National Excise Office), so the rest of the jurisdictions that are part of the agreement are for play money only. On its website, PlayON boasts that it has customers from over 100 countries. It is very careful about abiding by laws and regulations:

Regulation and security are top priorities at PlayON. The company only offers real-money Daily Fantasy Sports games to customers based in regulated territories within which PlayON holds a license. This approach removes all regulatory risk for PlayON’s customers, shareholders and corporate partners. PlayON is focused on building a sustainable and responsible company over the long term, and views regulation as a key part of this growth strategy.

Obviously, it would make total sense for the NBA to partner with FanDuel, considering its financial relationship to the site, but FanDuel barely has any presence outside of the U.S., whereas PlayOn is already established. PlayON offers contests in soccer, golf, cricket, rugby, and even Australian rules football. Basketball is also offered, even before the NBA deal, but unlike at a site like DraftKings, there are no NBA playoffs contests.

In a press release, Salvatore LaRocca, NBA President, Global Partnerships, expressed his pleasure with the agreement, saying, “With basketball’s global appeal, we are always looking for new ways to bring authentic NBA experiences to our fans across the world. Our partnership with PlayON provides us an opportunity to deepen our engagement with our international audience, and bring these fans closer to the game.”

“PlayON is delighted to be partnering with the NBA to deliver Official Daily Fantasy NBA Games,” PlayON founder and CEO Killian Jones added. “The NBA’s global reach and daily fixture schedule make it an ideal fit for daily fantasy. We look forward to working closely with the NBA to deliver innovative sports entertainment experiences to basketball fans around the world.”

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NBA Signs International DFS Deal with…PlayON?

 NBA Signs International DFS Deal with…PlayON?

DraftKings and FanDuel are far and away the dominate players in the daily fantasy sports (DFS) space in the United States, owning somewhere in the vicinity of 90 percent of the market share. So when it came time for the National Basketball Association (NBA) – an equity holder of FanDuel – to partner with a daily fantasy site for international markets, it naturally turned to PlayON. Wait…what? PlayON?

Yes, PlayON is now the NBA’s “Official Daily Fantasy Partner” in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. More specifically, the deal covers:

Europe: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico
Asia: Australia, Japan, The Philippines

PlayON only offers daily fantasy sports contests for real money in Australia (regulated by the Northern Territory Racing Commission), the United Kingdom (UK Gambling Commission), and Ireland (Irish National Excise Office), so the rest of the jurisdictions that are part of the agreement are for play money only. On its website, PlayON boasts that it has customers from over 100 countries. It is very careful about abiding by laws and regulations:

Regulation and security are top priorities at PlayON. The company only offers real-money Daily Fantasy Sports games to customers based in regulated territories within which PlayON holds a license. This approach removes all regulatory risk for PlayON’s customers, shareholders and corporate partners. PlayON is focused on building a sustainable and responsible company over the long term, and views regulation as a key part of this growth strategy.

Obviously, it would make total sense for the NBA to partner with FanDuel, considering its financial relationship to the site, but FanDuel barely has any presence outside of the U.S., whereas PlayOn is already established. PlayON offers contests in soccer, golf, cricket, rugby, and even Australian rules football. Basketball is also offered, even before the NBA deal, but unlike at a site like DraftKings, there are no NBA playoffs contests.

In a press release, Salvatore LaRocca, NBA President, Global Partnerships, expressed his pleasure with the agreement, saying, “With basketball’s global appeal, we are always looking for new ways to bring authentic NBA experiences to our fans across the world. Our partnership with PlayON provides us an opportunity to deepen our engagement with our international audience, and bring these fans closer to the game.”

“PlayON is delighted to be partnering with the NBA to deliver Official Daily Fantasy NBA Games,” PlayON founder and CEO Killian Jones added. “The NBA’s global reach and daily fixture schedule make it an ideal fit for daily fantasy. We look forward to working closely with the NBA to deliver innovative sports entertainment experiences to basketball fans around the world.”

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Editorial: With Australia’s Departure, International Online Poker Is Dead

 Editorial: With Australia’s Departure, International Online Poker Is Dead

My fellow online denizens, we are gathered here today for a funeral to celebrate a short but white-hot light that was snuffed out last week. International Online Poker passed away after a long illness otherwise known as “death by 1000 cuts.” While it seems that it was around for much longer than it was, International Online Poker was only 19 years old and had envisioned a much better life for itself.

Coming out of the womb of something called “the internet” and buoyed by the increase of home computers in the late 1990s, International Online Poker came to life in 1998 with its first home, Planet Poker. Soon after that, other homes began to emerge for International Online Poker, with each one improving on the previous domicile. Paradise Poker was next to host International Online Poker, but the true boom wouldn’t come until PartyPoker opened a new palace for International Online Poker to live just before the end of the 20th century.

PartyPoker made it cool to play poker, especially with people from around the world, and it thrived on a solid platform and good customer service. In 2001, however, another new place for International Online Poker to call home was built with even better amenities. Called PokerStars, the new place was unveiled but was quickly overcome by the news of the day, an attack in the United States that brought down the World Trade Center in New York City.

PartyPoker remained the dominant site for the next couple of years as PokerStars fought to get the attention of International Online Poker and draw it over to its new pad, alongside such other upstart homes as Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker. In 2003, PokerStars got its edge in sponsoring a young man with the unlikely moniker of Chris Moneymaker after he won a seat to the World Series of Poker’s Championship Event. After Moneymaker won the tournament, more people began to flock to International Online Poker’s new hangout, especially when more World Champions became tied to PokerStars after their victories.

In 2004, another newcomer came along. The people considered “professionals” in the poker playing community decided it was time they got a piece of what International Online Poker was giving and opened their own home. Called Full Tilt Poker, those “professionals” promoted the factor they lived in the home as well, making for a great place for people to come and learn the game while enjoying the new digs. With outstanding properties popping up seemingly every day, International Online Poker was quite happy and celebrating whichever home it went.

The clouds were growing for International Online Poker, however. In 2006, the first chink in the armor emerged when the United States passed laws making it illegal to finance online gaming transactions. PartyPoker, in a highly difficult decision, pulled out of the country to stay in accordance with the new laws, as did 888Poker. PokerStars, Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker didn’t, however, leading the U. S. contingent – and, thus, International Online Poker – to go to those sites.  The actions in the U. S. were limited to begin with but, as the years went on, other countries began to also knock chunks out of International Online Poker.

Germany, Italy, Spain, France…all introduced legislation over the next few years to ban online gaming save for sites that were expressly established and located in the country of the game. These moves also wore on International Online Poker as it pulled those countries’ players out of the overall pool and forced them into playing against their countrymen and didn’t allow anyone else in. It also didn’t help that those countries where “fenced off” play was located were taxed extremely, driving players from the game who could no longer make a living.

Just as International Online Poker was trying to get used to these changes, the U. S. dropped another atomic bomb of sorts. “Black Friday,” where the U. S. Department of Justice indicted the leaders of the three powers of the online poker industry – PokerStars, Full Tilt and CEREUS (the partnership of Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker) – effectively knocking the U. S. out of circulation. International Online Poker was dealt a severe blow with “Black Friday” and it only got worse until International’s demise this week.

Alas, my friends, International Online Poker will never come back after the Australian decision. The current trend towards “nationalism” in politics has spread into our taxation and revenues systems. If a nation can tax something from its citizens to death and keep those profits for itself, they are going to do that (we’ve seen this with France, Spain, and Italy). If they can enforce laws that make companies come inside their borders to participate, then they’ll make sure they do that, too. What they won’t do is allow the old status quo to return, when someone in California could be playing the game against someone in Lithuania in a world-uniting endeavor.

Several locales will survive International Online Poker’s demise, each struggling to make it on its own. French Online Poker, Spanish Online Poker, and other nationally-restricted siblings of full-fledged International remain, with “International” now limited to the United Kingdom, Canada, South and Central America, Africa, and Asia. That may seem large until it is considered that Asia may be the next to withdraw inside itself rather than see the money go elsewhere.

How strange is it that slightly more than a decade ago we now consider the “Golden Age” of the online game? It was a brief but bright light that burned twice as brilliantly. Now, International Online Poker is dead, never to return as we once knew it. And we can only sit back and wonder what could have been…

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WSOP Announces New Stops for International WSOP Circuit

 WSOP Announces New Stops for International WSOP Circuit

The World Series of Poker has announced the addition of seven stops to the WSOP International Circuit schedule, bringing the total number of stops on the non-U.S. portion of the Circuit to 14. The first six additions, announced a couple weeks ago, are:

Sydney, Australia – November 22 through December 12, 2016 – The Star, Sydney
Marrakech, Morocco – January 14 through January 22, 2017 – Casino de Marrakech
Campione, Italy – March 6 through March 20, 2017 – Casino Campione D’Italia
Cannes, France – April 17 through April 24, 2017 – Casino Barriere Cannes le Croisette
Estoril, Portugal – May 1 through May 7, 2017 – Casino Estoril
Brussels, Belgium – May 19 through May 28, 2017 – Grand Casino Brussels VIAGE

Additionally, the U.S. Circuit event that was scheduled for Bally’s Las Vegas from February 23rd through March 6th has been moved to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It will now be February 16th through February 27th, 2017.

At the time the above six Circuit stops were announced, a seventh was foreshadowed. Another World Series of Poker International Circuit stop HAS been revealed this week, but it is not the seventh to go with the above six on the 2016-2017 schedule. The WSOP announced that a new WSOP International Circuit stop will for the 2017-2018 season will be in the Netherlands at the Holland Casino Rotterdam. No date specifics have been revealed, as the schedule for that season has not been set yet.

“We are proud of the collaboration between Holland Casino and the largest poker brand in the world. The WSOP is a wonderful addition to our already broad range of poker, and it has national and international allure,” said Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart in a press release.

“As a European, I know Holland Casino to be a party that is capable of organising large and prestigious poker events, such as the historic Master Classics of Poker,” added WSOP Director of Events Gregory Chochon. “We are very proud that the WSOP can work together with such an iconic casino chain and we are looking forward to seeing more Dutch players take part in the WSOP in Vegas.”

As is the case with the WSOP Circuit stops in the United States, two players will qualify at each international stop for the WSOP Global Casino Championship. The Main Event winner will earn an automatic seat in the season-ending Championship, as will the “casino winner.” Each official ring event at a Circuit stop awards players points based on how they finish. The player that earns the most points in total at a particular stop is dubbed the casino winner.

The international portion of the WSOP Circuit has been quite successful lately. According to a press release, the recent stop in Brazil saw 2,981 entries for the opening event, a WSOP record for an event outside of the United States. The tournament was a R$ 580 (USD $ 170) re-buy event, so it wasn’t, 2981 actual players, but rather a combined number of initial entries and re-buys.

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Oklahoma Indian Tribe Given Go-Ahead for International Online Poker Operations

 Oklahoma Indian Tribe Given Go Ahead for International Online Poker Operations

As many states still struggle with the idea of regulating online gaming and/or poker within their borders, an Oklahoma Indian tribe could be moving forward with plans to open up the first international online poker room within the borders of the United States.

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has received final clearance from the federal government to launch an online poker site that, in essence, will be able to step into the market that is currently being worked by such sites as PokerStars, 888 Poker and partypoker on an international basis. The U. S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma’s Judge David L. Russell stated during hearings that there were “no genuine issues of material fact that preclude summary judgment in the tribe’s favor.” The Iowa Tribe, a small band that consists of only about 800 members, is headquartered in Perkins, OK, and their tribal jurisdiction extends across Lincoln, Logan, Oklahoma and Payne Counties inside the state.

The journey to reach this point has been an arduous one for the Iowa Tribe. In September 2015, the tribe announced that they were going to move forward with opening an online poker site per their agreement with the state of Oklahoma and the state’s Gaming Compliance Unit, which oversees all gaming within the state. The GCU believed that the Iowa Tribe’s move into online gaming violated the state’s gaming laws and objected on those grounds, forcing an arbiter to take a look at the case.

That arbiter, Charles Chapel, rendered his decision in December that “usage of the Internet is merely using technology to play covered games as a way to increase tribal revenues. It does not extend or restrict the scope of the games and does not amend the compact in any way.” In essence, Chapel stated that the Iowa Tribe’s online poker room was a simple extension of their operations and not a “new game” that needed new regulation. Surprisingly, the state accepted the arbiter’ ruling and, perhaps even more surprising, the federal government signed off on the deal also.

Now the Iowa Tribe is free to work their deal with Universal Entertainment Group, who has been down this road before with tribes inside Oklahoma trying to start online gaming ventures. In December 2015, NewsOK.com’s Brianna Bailey stated that Universal Entertainment Group had been involved in online gaming in the Sooner State since 2014, when they worked with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in a site called PokerTribes.com (the new site with the Iowa Tribe with be called PokerTribe.com – note the dropping of the “s” from the website). After putting upwards of $ 10 million into the efforts, those two tribes backed out of the deal with Universal and the company has been searching for a new dance partner since.

Why is this important for Universal and the Iowa Tribe? Simply put, the financials. Bailey says that Universal estimates that a fully matured international online poker operation from the tribal lands could generate as much as $ 132 million in revenues by 2018. Add in the potential for teaming with other tribes in the state of Oklahoma – something that Iowa tribal chairman Bobby Walkup isn’t against, according to Bailey – and the potential exists for even more revenues for the operation.

With all the legal actions out of the way, the only question now is when the Iowa Tribe and Universal will get down to action. If all goes as planned, PokerTribe.com will be open sometime before the end of 2016 and it will be a full service online casino, not just an online poker operation. Then will come the question of whether the international community – and just how many U. S. players – will or can come calling on the site as to how successful it will be.

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