Hit and Run: Amaya Formally Enters DFS; New York iPoker Hearing; Poker Ruled Illegal in Wisconsin


Amaya purchases DFS site Victiv; will rebrand the site as StarsDraft. An online poker hearing has been scheduled in New York. New Jersey gaming revenue ticks up in July. Poker wins but still loses in Wisconsin.

Amaya entering the DFS market

On their earnings call this morning, Amaya gaming CEO David Baazov announced the company had purchased the Daily Fantasy Sports site Victiv (which it will rebrand StarsDraft) and will launch prior to the upcoming NFL season.

The launch of a DFS site in the US could also accelerate Amaya/PokerStars ability to receive online poker licenses in regulated markets as our own Alex Weldon explained in a column this morning.

New York schedules online poker hearing

While we wait on developments in Pennsylvania and California, a third potential candidate for online gaming expansion has just emerged, New York.

Gambling Compliance is reporting State Senator John Bonacic has scheduled an online poker hearing for September, where potential stakeholders will talk iPoker expansion in the Empire State.

Quick Hitters

– New Jersey’s land-based and online gaming operators posted a solid month in July, with revenues up nearly across the board.

– Members of the poker community have launched two separate campaigns to get Isai Scheinberg and Dave Devilfish Ulliott into the Poker Hall of Fame, but who really belongs in the Poker Hall of Fame? Poker Update’s James Guill offers up his Top 9 candidates.

– Full Tilt Poker continues to rollout some major changes and new policies, this time the site has revamped its reward program.

– Two players (both from Hungary) are the first winners of PokerStars new $100 buy-in Spin & Go tournaments. Both players pocketed $300,000 for their wins. If you’re wondering what the odds of finding yourself in one of these jackpot Spin & Go’s, it’s 100,000-1.

– Germany’s Manig Loeser pockets $76k with victory in WPT National Series Rozvadov Main Event.

– Lee Jones discusses the impact of the PokerStars Pro Tour in California.

– Wisconsin judge says poker is a game of skill… but it’s still illegal under state’s constitution.

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