Hit and Run: 888 Purchases bwin.party; Bluff to Cease Operations; PokerStars Pro Tour in CA


Huge news in the online gaming world as 888 has inked a deal to acquire bwin.party. Bluff Magazine 11 year run appears to be coming to a close. Aria Super High Roller Bowl TV schedule. And more.

888 to buy bwin.party for $1.4 billion

In a blockbuster deal, it appears 888 Holdings has snatched bwin.party out from under GVC Holdings and Amaya. The deal reportedly has a price tag of $1.4 billion and should improve competition in the online poker market as bwin.party and 888 are the two key players in the U.S. market and the second and seventh ranked online poker companies worldwide.

Alex Dreyfus certainly thinks the sale to 888 is good news.

We’ll keep you posted on this developing story.

Bluff gets called and folds

While the company and its employees have remained silent, Bluff Media is apparently no more according to several very credible sources. Expect an announcement from Bluff and Churchill Downs in the coming days. Bluff began its life in 2004 and was sold to Churchill Downs in 2012. Earlier this year the company cancelled its monthly print edition.

Quick Hitters

PTP’s Alex Weldon breaks down just about every stat imaginable from the 2015 World Series of Poker, and even lets you take a behind the scenes look at his spreadsheet.

The first stop on the PokerStars Pro Tour in California will take place at Stone’s Gambling Hall on August 2. Jason Somerville, Liv Boeree, and Chris Moneymaker are expected to be playing. The tour is PokerStars way of reaching out to Californians to help push for the legalization of online poker.

PokerStars is offering players a chance to take part in a private charity home game with Neymar Jr. in Brazil. Neymar signed with PokerStars earlier this year.

Beginning on July 29, NBC Sports will air weekly coverage of the recently concluded Aria Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout, followed by the $500k buy-in Super High Roller Bowl.

Wynn is threatening to sue Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for defamation as the casino and the city continue to tussle back and forth over the proposed casino in Everett, Massachusetts.

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