(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – April 10, 2014 – Poker players who love to grind have suddenly been shunned by recent changes in the poker landscape. Some US-friendly poker sites are reducing the number of tables during multi-table play leaving a bad taste in the mouths of players and drastically affecting their earning potential. One online poker site has responded by letting the world know that it’s business as usual.
Americas Cardroom is reminding poker players that they can continue to play up to 40 tables simultaneously. That runs in stark contrast to the 4-table maximum allowed for some players at other US-facing sites. Affiliates are also concerned about the changes as those could have a direct impact on their earnings.
Americas Cardroom’s VIP program remains open to everyone while certain US-sites are removing players from the program. What’s more, Americas Cardroom continues to be the top choice for poker grinders, thanks to The Beast, which awards tens of thousands in cash each week, plus free tournament seats.
“We don’t know why some poker sites are making playing poker less lucrative,” stated Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris. “Poker sites should be fighting hard to increase their player pool. Our philosophy at Americas Cardroom is to build a site that offers so many advantages. We do that with our multi-tabling capabilities. We do that with our Online Super Series, which paid out well over $1.1 million. And we do that with The Beast, which grinders absolutely love.”
Harris notes that Americas Cardroom has seen its player pool increase dramatically over the last year thanks to promotions like The Beast, as well as Sit & Crush, which awards cash and tournament seats to Sit&Go players.
But it’s not just grinders who love Americas Cardroom. The US-friendly online poker site has become a main attraction for land-based tournament players. Americas Cardroom is a main hub for live tournament seats. Players can continue to win their way to several large-scale events including the Punta Cana Poker Classic, LSOP Millions, and other Latin Series of Poker events, which run multiple times per year.
(Press Release) TA XBIEX, MALTA–(Marketwired – April 10, 2014) – April’s New Games Launch Brings Excitement and Additional Winning Opportunities on Both PC and Mobile Platforms.
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With the 2014 Masters Tournament upon us, reigning champion Adam Scott has the opportunity to defend his title and bump himself into the No. 1 spot in the world golf rankings. With 10/1 PGA odds of coming up big at Augusta, oddsmakers seem to think that it’s a distinct possibility.
While Scott technically shares the top spot in the sportsbook with young Rory McIlroy, his pursuit of a back-to-back Masters run gives him the slight advantage in the court of popular opinion.
Other notables who will also have the chance to sneak into that No. 1 spot while Tiger Woods sits this one out are Henrik Stenson and Jason Day. Stenson’s 25/1 Masters odds are intriguing throughout golf betting circles, but his performance of late has been shaky at best. Day trails Scott, McIlroy and Phil Mickelson (12/1) with 14/1 odds of his own.
The Major championship won’t be the same without Tiger in the mix, but Woods, let’s not forget, hadn’t actually won at that level since 2008.
Will there be a new leader atop the rankings list come Monday? It won’t be long before we find out.
(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – April 8, 2014 – It’s not just the upcoming LSOP Millions II that has online poker players excited about the concept of a million bucks. Leading online poker site Americas Cardroom today announced that its $900,000 online poker series paid out nearly $300,000 more than what had been guaranteed, handing out a record $1,176,445 in prize money.
“OSS III was our biggest online poker series to date and we’re thrilled that so many players came out to participate,” state Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris. “We saw several events pay out way more than what had been guaranteed, including the two $50,000 highroller tournaments which saw their prize pools balloon to over $100,000.”
From March 28th to April 6th, Americas Cardroom had guaranteed $900,000 in over 63 separate online poker tournaments. Buy-ins for the tournaments ranged from just $0.52 to $530. Available tournaments included no-limit and limit Texas Holdem, Omaha Hi/Lo and Pot Limit Omaha events.
OSS III also offered a Championship Leaderboard. Poker players earned points for each event played and ranked on the leaderboard. “Sandymar”, the first place winner, walked away with bragging rights, the OSS III title, and an all-expense paid luxury trip to the 2014 Punta Cana Poker Classic.
With the online poker tournament series wrapped up, all eyes are now focused once again on LSOP Millions II. Americas Cardroom has revealed that they will be sending players to the second installment of the land-based tournament, scheduled for this September. While the LSOP Millions was originally slated to be an annual event, the success of the tournament has prompted to organizers to head back to Panama just six months after the inaugural tournament wrapped.
While OSS III has ended, online poker players don’t have to wait long to play in a large poker tournament. Every day, Americas Cardroom hosts The Big 10, a packed schedule of guaranteed poker tournaments with interesting prize pools. The online poker site will be hosting a $100,000 Guaranteed tournament this Sunday April 13th at 7:00pm EST.
(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – April 4, 2014 – There’s only a few more days left in Americas Cardroom’s OSS III, but if past tournament results are any indication, a record amount of money could be paid out in the next few days. The online poker site is reporting record payouts for all tournaments so far, including a $50,000 event that saw its guaranteed prize pool more than double last weekend.
“We expected a huge turnout for OSS III, but we’re still blown away by the number of entries and the size of the prize pools,” stated Michael Harris, spokesperson for Americas Cardroom. “We’ve already seen OSS III pay out way more than most expected, but we have a feeling things are just getting started.”
So far, all but two tournaments have seen final prize pools surpass what was promised. And the numbers are staggering. Last Sunday, for example, the $50,000 NLHE High Roller event saw the final prize pool grow to a smashing $107,500. That’s more than double what was guaranteed, a strong indication that this installment of the Online Super Series is on track to pay out well over $1 million.
From now until Sunday, April 6th, Americas Cardroom is continuing to spread $900,000 in guarantees over 63 separate online poker tournaments in the Online Super Series. Buy-ins for the tournaments range from just $0.52 to $530. Available tournaments include re-entry tournaments, hypers, bounty tournaments, mega stack, PLO and more.
On the docket for this weekend is a $50,000 Guaranteed event and a tournament featuring 10 packages for the LSOP Millions II (scheduled for this September). There are also a number of smaller tournaments with excellent guarantees and low buy-ins on the roster.
The Online Super Series leads up to a major $200,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold’em tournament on Sunday April 6th at 5:00pm ET. The poker tournament costs $200+15 to get into and a number of low buy-in satellites for the tournament are now live. The event offers re-entries for the first five hours.
OSS III also offers a Championship Leaderboard. Poker players earn points for each event played and rank on the leaderboard. The first place winner will walk away with bragging rights, the OSS III title, and an all-expense paid luxury trip to the 2014 Punta Cana Poker Classic. As of publication time, JustREBYLoL and Karoom_K are jockeying for first place, with just a few points separating the two players from the top spot.
(Press Release) – April 2nd 2014 – Leading online casino gambling software provider SkillOnNet will release 14 new online slots in April.
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In two short weeks, the NCAA Tournament field has been reduced from 68 to four. Brackets have been busted, expectations defied and college basketball betting fans who thought they knew how it would all unfold are left scrambling to forecast what comes next. Madness, isn’t it?
Leading the foursome of remaining contenders are the top-ranked Florida Gators, a No. 1 seed with lofty goals from the onset. With 10/11 odds of winning the NCAA Tournament, the Billy Donovan-led crew can add their third national championship in a decade.
With 30 consecutive wins under their belt heading into the regional final (the first since Duke to do so in 1999), it’s no wonder oddsmakers are having a tough time looking anywhere but Florida in the sportsbook.
Still, that doesn’t mean the others can’t deal some damage of their own.
Kentucky, fresh off of an upset of 2013 runner-up Michigan in the regional semifinals, boasts 5/2 odds heading into the penultimate round. Julius Randle is a 15.0 PPG/10.5 RPG future pro, but will the likely lottery pick be enough to get the Wildcats through a particularly motivated Wisconsin (13/4) team fresh off a win over top-seeded Arizona?
Connecticut (7/1), no stranger to tangoing with top competition, will look to set out and add yet another upset to their portfolio. Skeptics may have reservations whether Shabazz Napier (18.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 4.9 APG) and company can get through a team like the Gators, but then again they said the same thing about Michigan State. And Iowa State. And Villanova.
(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – March 28, 2014 – Just a few weeks after sending dozens of players to compete for a million-dollar prize pool in Panama, leading online poker site Americas Cardroom is putting a record amount of cash on the table – this time entirely online. On March 28th, the poker site hosts OSS III, the third installment of their popular Online Super Series.
The weeklong poker tournament series features $900,000 in guarantees, including a $200,000 Main Event. And it’s open to players in the US and around the world.
“Clearly, we don’t believe in taking a break,” stated Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris. “We’re excited to see who conquers our latest tournament series. We’ve packed OSS III with more events players have been asking for, plus a few surprises. It’s going to be great, every step of the way.”
>From March 28th to April 6th, Americas Cardroom is spreading $900,000 in guarantees over 63 separate online poker tournaments. Buy-ins for the tournaments range from just $0.52 to $530.
The Online Super Series culminates with a $200,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold’em tournament, scheduled for Sunday April 6th at 5:00pm ET. The poker tournament costs $200+$15 to get into and a number of low buy-in satellites for the tournament are now live. The event offers re-entries for the first five hours.
Players can also win their seat to the Main Event through freerolls, which run daily at 1:00pm and award seats in a nightly satellite. The freerolls are open to real money players and those who have never made a deposit.
OSS III also offers a Championship Leaderboard. Poker players will earn points for each event played and rank on the leaderboard. The first place winner will walk away with bragging rights, the OSS III title, and an all-expense paid luxury trip to the 2014 Punta Cana Poker Classic!
PGA fans looking for a unique opportunity to bet on golf in a truly traditional sense will get exactly that this week, as the Valero Texas Open is scheduled to unfold Thursday without the majority of big names that tend to dominate (and distract) in the sportsbook. Have insight into how the wide open contest will go down?
While Phil Mickelson still remains front and center as a household name competing in the draw, casual golf fans will get more than enough chances to broaden their knowledge with Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott all passing on the event.
Suddenly contenders like Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker are among the top tier of PGA betting options. Mickelson leads the way with 14/1 odds, while Kuchar and Johnson trail at 18/1 and Walker follows at 20/1.
Other notable options like Jordan Spieth and Charley Hoffman help round out a competitive field. Spieth’s a red-hot 20-year-old and Hoffman’s a veteran all too familiar with the event and course.
Can reigning champion Martin Laird repeat with just 50/1 odds? Is there anything left in the tank for 2012 winner Ben Curtis at 150/1? Time to start the research.
(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – March 24, 2014 – The leading US-facing online poker site announced that starting April 5th, there will be no more jackpot fee associated with The Beast, ultimately turning it into a free weekly points race. What’s more, all real money cash tables are now officially Beast tables. Players from all over the world are looking forward to this big change and are already calling it the best promotion in online poker.
“The changes to The Beast are right on the money. The players now have a true promotion, one of the best promotions I can remember in my ten-year career of online poker. The rake at Winning Poker Network is now lower than ever. In fact, as far as I know, it’s lower than any other site. When the Beast drop comes out of the rake, any Beast payout is gravy…just turns out this is a lot of gravy. With the Beast coming out of the rake, the weekly bonuses, and the VIP program, playing on the WPN is a no-brainer. The change to the Beast is HUGE for the WPN players”, stated MamaCoolj former champion in The Beast leaderboard.
Also Dusty Schmidt, Americas Cardroom Pro player stated “I think it is outstanding, the rake will be lower than anywhere else and will encourage people to play more without affecting their pot. If you are an active poker player and play somewhere else you have your head stick in sand. With the fast cashouts, VIP Programs and The Beast, Winning Poker Network is the place to grind”.
The Beast weekly competition won’t change. Each weekly contents runs from Saturday at 00:00 ET until the following Friday at 23:59 ET. But with every table now automatically a Beast table, the value of each cash and tournament prize pool is expected to grow by leaps and bounds.
What will change, however, is the jackpot fee. Americas Cardroom will foot the bill for The Beast, taking a percentage of their rake and dropping it into the weekly prize pool. At the end of each weekly period, the prize pool in The Beast is distributed to players who rank on The Beast leaderboard.
Out of every $0.06 in rake collected, $0.02 will go to feed The Beast. There’s no change to how rake is collected. The low rake players are used to at Americas Cardroom stays the same. Of the total Beast rake collected, players will receive both cash and a weekly chance at one of a variety of live events including the Punta Cana Poker Classic and LSOP Events.
This week’s PGA Tour stop, the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, is usually very popular among the biggest names in golf for three reasons: many of them live in the Orlando area, they like to pay their respects to Palmer and it’s often used as the final Masters tune-up for a lot of pros.
However, three of golf’s biggest names, all of whom will are considered top Masters contenders, won’t be teeing it up this week, including Tiger Woods, Jason Day and Phil Mickelson.
Woods was a shocking scratch and because of it could lose his world No. 1 ranking. Tiger has had back troubles since withdrawing from the Honda Classic three weeks ago. He tried to play through it the following week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral but it flared up in the final round and he shot a birdie-free 78, his worst score ever on the course. It was the first time in Tiger’s career he didn’t have a birdie in the final round of a PGA Tour event.
Tiger would have been the betting favorite at Bay Hill because he has won the tournament a record eight times. He and Hall of Famer Sam Snead are the only players to win at the same course eight times. However, the back issue isn’t healed so Tiger had to withdraw. Thus if world No. 2 Adam Scott wins and neither he nor Woods plays before the Masters, which is expected, Scott will be the new No.1 when the Tour reaches Augusta. Scott is the second favorite at Bovada at 12/1.
It didn’t take long into the new year for the Brooklyn Nets to start gelling as the Eastern Conference force they were projected to be. Now the Nets will look to show that their improved NBA odds are no illusion. With home-court advantage up for grabs, the Nets have extra motivation to close out their season on a strong note.
While they may lack the name recognition of the Miami Heat and the hard-earned respect of the Indiana Pacers, the Nets are an intriguing NBA betting option with 40/1 odds of winning the NBA championship.
Before the Nets can start contemplating a first-round playoff matchup, however, they’ll have to show that they can get past the Boston Celtics. Earlier this month the young C’s not only covered a 5-point spread against former teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Piece, they beat them outright.
If the Nets hope to truly contend in the league this year, losses like that can’t happen. While Brooklyn is above .500 and within reach of the top seeds in the East, the Celtics are all but eliminated from playoff contention.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to get way into this year’s crop of college basketball stars, now’s your chance. This month and next, a handful of future NBA superstars promise to make betting on the NCAA Tournament an instant classic.
Leading the pack of top-talent freshmen who’ve taken the NCAA by storm is Kansas Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins. The lanky, athletic forward has seen his spot at the top of the totem pole fluctuate this season, but he’s the primary reason No. 10 Kansas has 6/1 odds of winning the college basketball tournament.
His teammate, big man Joel Embiid, is another individual that many hoops fans have already envisioned making an impact in the pros.
Fellow freshman sensation Jabari Parker has helped drive the Duke Blue Devils to their No. 7 spot in the rankings, and the slick swingman will need to showcase his perimeter talents if Duke is to even think of living up to its 10/1 NCAA odds.
Julius Randle, another NBA-bound super prospect, finds himself in a slightly different camp prior to the tournament. His Kentucky Wildcats have fallen right off the AP poll board and have just 40/1 odds of winning the tournament. If the smooth-stepping big man can help the Wildcats redeem, he may be pleased with where he winds up in the NBA Draft this summer.
Where will you be able to say you were when these future stars were plying their trade in the Big Dance?
Johny Hendricks came about as close as he could to winning the welterweight title without actually winning it last November, the loser of a controversial decision in Georges St-Pierre’s final fight before taking a leave of absence. Now he’s the hands-down UFC betting favorite heading into another title fight for the belt GSP vacated.
This Saturday at UFC 171, Hendricks will take to the octagon as the -450 favorite against Robbie Lawler. While both are equals battling for the empty throne, one can’t help but empathize with Hendricks as the one who could have reasonably won the belt last November and who ought to be especially motivated to make it official this time out.
Lawler is no slouch on the MMA circuit, and a legitimate betting option with +325 UFC odds in the headlining event on the main card. If the belt is Hendricks’ to lose, then Lawler is an intriguing underdog capable of pulling the rug out from under the UFC betting community.
Is this Hendricks’ time to shine now that GSP has stepped away from the game? Did Hendricks’ punishing performance in their last bout perhaps contribute to St-Pierre choosing to take a leave of absence? Find out Saturday.
(Press Release) LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwired) – Ralf T. Hit the Coveted Diamond Royal Flush on This Progressive Video Poker Game.
Wild Jack Casino was the right place to be for Ralf T. from Germany. While playing Jackpot Deuces, a progressive video poker game at the online casino, Ralf placed a bet of 5 euros and hit a staggering 41,991.05 EUR jackpot.
“Video poker and table games are among the most popular games at Wild Jack Casino, and Jackpot Deuces is a particularly exciting game,” said Casino Manager Mary Wise. “In addition to offering top payouts for all hands, this progressive jackpot game gives players an even more enticing challenge: to go for a Diamond Royal Flush and trigger the progressive jackpot. Congratulations, Ralf! We look forward to celebrating many more big wins with you in the future.”
Jackpot Deuces is a Deuces Wild-style video poker game, where all the ‘two’ cards are wild and can stand in for any other card in the deck. The game awards special payouts for hands of three-of-a-kind, five-of-a-kind, a Deuces Royal Flush, and four deuces. The most coveted hand is the Diamond Royal Flush, which pays the game’s progressive jackpot when a player bets five coins at a time.
It may not qualify as a Grand Slam event but the BNP Paribas Open is the next best thing. These days, after a long winter, tennis fans find themselves ready and waiting as the ATP circuit finally heats up. We saw Stanislas Wawrinka shock the world with a win at the Australian Open in January, but the tennis odds point elsewhere prior to this next high profile affair.
The annual tradition at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden has become a highly anticipated one over the years and this time is no different. With all of the sport’s biggest and brightest names in the draw, it essentially serves as an unofficial fifth Grand Slam and a beloved intermediary between the Australian Open and the rest of the peak tennis season.
The sportsbook favors Novak Djokovic with 7/4 odds of winning the BNP Paribas Open, but Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer, too, all sit within the top four.
Wawrinka, fresh off of becoming the first non-Big Four player to win a Grand Slam event since 2009 and only the second since 2005, has 12/1 odds on those same tennis futures.
Two of the most revered college basketball programs in the country will butt heads Saturday, when the top-ranked Florida Gators try their luck against John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. Both have significant odds of winning March Madness, but only one can top their 2013-14 regular season campaign off with a win.
No. 1 Florida may hold a slight advantage over their opponents on the college basketball futures, but don’t think that their 5/1 odds mean that they won’t still have their work cut out for them at home against the Wildcats.
Kentucky may have fallen to Florida already this season, en route to their No. 17 ranking down the stretch, but they’ve also knocked off the reigning champion Louisville Cardinals.
Now, so long as NBA Draft hopefuls Julius Randle, James Young and Willie Cauley-Stein are leading the charge – each a prospective lottery pick – the team’s 16/1 odds of going all the way are at least worth a second look.
Losses to MSU, Baylor, UNC and a couple of unranked SEC rivals have damaged their stock, but the potential is there. Can they redeem themselves in a big way with a win over Florida this weekend?
(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – February 27, 2014 – Its known industry-wide as Sit & Crush, but players might want to sit down for this. Just weeks after moving Sit & Crush to a weekly format, ACR has announced that they’re adding an additional $2,500 to each weekly leaderboard competition during the month of March. The top finisher set to take home an extra $1,000.
“We want to give Sit and Go players the chance to compete for even more money next month,” said Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris. “So rather than wait for the prize pool to feed itself, we thought we’d get things started by throwing extra money on the table every single week in March.”
Sit & Crush is a progressive points race that’s funded entirely through the poker site’s jackpot tables, using players’ shared jackpot contribution money. The leaderboard competition gives poker players a new chance to race to the top of a leaderboard for cash prizes and tourney seats each week, just by playing in qualifying Sit and Go tournaments. At the end of each 7-day period, the Sit & Crush prize pool is distributed to players who rank on the weekly leaderboard.
Each week during the month of March, Americas Cardroom will top up the top 5 players with extra cash. First place receives an extra $1,000, 2nd place earns $600, 3rd place takes home $400, 4th place walks away with $300, and 5th place pockets another $200. The money is paid on top of the weekly leaderboard payout schedule, which varies based on how much money is contributed to the leaderboard.
With a new leaderboard each week, Sit and Go players have the opportunity to participate in a brand new large-scale Beast and Sit & Crush tournaments every seven days. For the next few weeks players will be winning their way into the OSS III Highroller events.
As March and spring approach this time of year, it’s hard not to get caught up in golf. Fortunately, as we all start thinking more and more about how we’ll fix our swings this season, we can also unwind and bet on the PGA as the tour starts raring up. If you missed out on last week’s World Golf Championship, you can bet on the Honda Classic this Thursday.
While WGC-Accenture Match Play winner Jason Day won’t get the chance to defend his recent win with another in Florida, he does stand to be a contender on the circuit this season with 8/1 odds of winning at least one Major.
The PGA odds favorites for the Honda Classic in particular are Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Tied with 8/1, McIlroy will look to replicate his 2012 success. Woods, playing in his first Honda Classic in 19 years last season, finished second.
After the Honda Classic, it won’t be long until golf courses across the country start to open and fans get ready for the Masters. Whether this is the year you finally get a handle on your slice or simply just predict the winner of one of the four Major events, the season of opportunity awaits.
While the Phoenix Suns may have once looked like an easy team to ignore on the NBA betting line, their play thus far in 2013-14 has suggested anything but. Currently the No. 8 seed in a relentless Western Conference, the club guided by rookie head coach Jeff Hornacek even has 75/1 odds of winning the NBA championship.
We get it, their spot on the basketball futures doesn’t exactly strike fear in the hearts of opponents. That’s just reality for an up and coming team in a dominant conference. While we love what Hornacek and All-Star snub Goran Dragic have done with the place, even we think it would be bold to buy in to a team that until this season was largely unproven.
But hold on a second.
The thing about Phoenix is, with each passing week that the Suns remain a factor in the West, they gain respect in the sportsbook. Last weekend the club took on Dwight Howard, James Harden and the Houston Rockets and were only two-point underdogs.
Now that rumours have started to swirl that Eric Bledsoe may be back in the lineup as soon as early March, we can’t help but consider them a dark hose candidate to make noise on the NBA betting scene.
They may have some work to do before oddsmakers start taking them seriously as title contenders, but it’s not exactly a stretch to consider them a force to be reckoned with night in and night out.