Hit and Run: Breakdown of 888’s Loyalty Program; FSTA Criticism; Small Changes to 2016 WSOP Schedule

Steve Ruddock : March 8th, 2016


DFS and FSTA under fire. Global Poker League players dominate the weekend. An in-depth look at 888 Poker’s new loyalty program. And more.

Legal Sports Report Critiques The FSTA

It was a big day for the DFS industry, as Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the nation’s first bill legalizing daily fantasy sports. But with that legalization effort came plenty of criticism, including from the FSTA, which seems to have a Jekyll and Hyde relationship with the newly minted law.

But as Dustin Gouker notes, the FSTA has essentially throwing their own charter in the trash in order to placate some of their members, and now they are the lead voice when it comes to crafting DFS regulations in statehouses across the country.

It’s a very interesting read, as it paints a clear picture of the paradox DFS has found itself in.

Quick Hitters

- RAWA was already on life support, but political developments may have just pulled the plug on the Sheldon Adelson backed bill.

- The Global Poker League is already paying dividends on the marketing front, at least for the New York Rounders franchise. This weekend, three of the five Rounders team members won significant tournaments in Las Vegas, allowing poker scribes to add a new storyline into their “Man wins tournament” articles.

- Part Time Poker’s Alex Weldon takes a comprehensive look at the 2016 World Series of Poker schedule, and why the more subtle changes the series has implemented in 2016 (compared to the more radical changes put in place for 2015) are mostly positive.

- Most of the current people in the greater poker community have only been around for less than a decade, and don’t understand where poker stood prior to the poker boom, and why the current downturn the game is undergoing really isn’t that bad.

- 888 has overhauled its loyalty program, and Online Poker Report’s Robert DellaFave has all the details on what players need to know about the new mission-based system the company has put in place.

- The AGA has decided to stay out of the battle being waged by some of its key members in regards to online gambling, but will this abstinence hurt the trade association’s reputation in the long-run? I think so, and here is why.

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