Comprehensive list of failed online poker sites. Brian Rast challenges Sheldon Adelson to poker match. Gala Coral and Ladbrokes merger approved with stipulation. And more.

Brian Rast challenges Sheldon Adelson to a poker game

Brian Rast has not taken Sheldon Adelson’s recent comments about poker with a grain of salt. Instead, Rast has decided to challenge Adelson to a heads-up match for $2 million.

There’s only one problem, Rast is challenging Adelson to defend a position the casino magnate never adopted, as I explain in this column.  Adelson may downplay the amount of skill involved in poker (and he’s made some derogatory remarks about poker players over the years) but he never actually says poker doesn’t have skill to it.

Quick Hitters

– The August numbers are out, and once again the New Jersey online casino market posted solid year-over-year gains, with the final tally in August eclipsing $16 million, despite only four weekends in the month.

Bet365 has launched a new missions promotion where the site will be handing out  €50,000 over the course of the month. Part Time Poker’s Alex Weldon breaks down the promotion here.

– UK Regulators have agreed to the mega-merger between Gala Coral and Ladbrokes provided the two companies sell off some 350-400 betting shops – which represents about 10% of the combined number of shops the two companies currently operate.

– The 14th installment of the Borgata Poker Open will kick off next week. The 19 event tournament series will culminate with a $3,500 buy-in $3 million guarantee Main Event. You can find more details on the series here.

– Speaking of the WPT, the company recently launched a pretty cool social poker product, the software is pretty solid and there are quite a few ways to level up in the game and unlock some in-game items.

– John Mehaffey has updated the failed online gaming sites list here. The list is very extensive, but Mehaffey noted on Twitter it’s still not complete, and considering the industry’s history, will likely continue to grow.