Hit and Run: Amaya CEO Takes Leave of Absence; Donald Trump and Online Poker; Spin & Satellites?

Steve Ruddock : March 29th, 2016


Amaya Gaming CEO David Baazov has taken a voluntary leave of absence. Spin & Go’s and the poker economy. Former WSOP Champ says online poker is too slow. And more.

Baazov takes leave in wake of insider trading charges

It’s almost as if PokerStars, and by extension the entire online poker community, are stuck inside some strange nightmare they cannot wake from.

In the latest chapter in the saga we find Amaya CEO David Baazov taking a voluntary leave of absence less than a week after Canadian regulators charged him (and others) with insider trading in the lead up to the sale of PokerStars to Amaya in 2014.

In an announcement this morning, Amaya stated:

“David Baazov, is taking an indefinite paid leave of absence from the company, effective yesterday. Mr. Baazov is taking this leave voluntarily to focus on preparing an offer to acquire Amaya and to avoid a distraction for the company while he responds to certain allegations made against him by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), the securities regulatory authority in Quebec.  Mr. Baazov will remain a member of Amaya’s board of directors.”

With everything else going on, from the rake increases to the New Jersey launch, this story is kicking things into overdrive, with no shortage of speculation being offered – most of which is of the fringe conspiracy type, but some theories are far more thought out.

Quick Hitters

- Are role playing poker games (RPPG) coming soon? One startup is trying to raise funds to make this a reality, as they attempt to raise $100,000 in order to take the next step and develop their Lord of Poker game.

- Robert Turner makes the case for legal and regulated online poker, citing past examples where it’s been the players who have been forced to do the dirty investigative work and usually end up footing the bill.

- If it were a Facebook relationship status, the state of online gambling in the United States would read, “it’s complicated.”

- Joey Ingram offered up his thoughts on sustaining his motivation and work ethic for poker as he grows older and his interests more diverse.

- Is online poker too slow? 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson thinks so, and wants online poker sites to reduce the amount of time players have to act before their time bank kicks in.

- Where does The Donald stand on the issue of  legal online gaming? That’s the million dollar question the poker world would like answered, but like many of his policies, Trump’s thoughts on iGaming are a bit hard to pin down.

- The reduced buy-in coupled with a slew of Spin & Go satellites to the EPT Grand Final could lead to a super soft field according to Part Time Poker’s Alex Weldon.

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