Hit and Run: DFS Controversy Hits Mainstream Press; Global Poker League Details; WSOPE Starts Thursday

Staff : October 6th, 2015


The recent trouble the daily fantasy sports industry is facing doesn’t appear to be going away. First look at Alex Dreyfus’ Global Poker League. Amaya stock surging following New Jersey license approval. And more.

First GPL details revealed

Alex Dreyfus has spent the past year “Sportifying” poker, and on Tuesday he took a big step toward his ultimate end-goal, issuing the first of three announcements about his flagship project, the Global Poker League.

The announcement gave the poker community a first look at what to expect from the GPL, mainly from a visual perspective, with future announcements expected to explain the scoring, game play, and other aspects of the still-evolving team-based poker game.

The big reveal featured the first look at the GPL stage, which will be played at a raised table so players can stand, and most dramatically inside a huge 20′ soundproof cube that allows spectators to see in, but prevents the players from seeing out.

DFS controversies spread to ESPN, CNBC, and the NYT

To call the current situation at DraftKings and FanDuel a watershed moment for the industry is akin to calling their recent advertising efforts, modest.

Today the “scandal” was featured  everywhere. From articles in the New York Times, to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, where it was revealed ESPN would be pulling their in-show DFS integration. DFS also worked its way into the cable news shows, including CNBC, and has been the talk of talk radio.

Suffice it to say, the statements by DraftKings and FanDuel haven’t quelled the community’s call to action, and regulation of the industry now appears inevitable.

Quick Hitters

- After tumbling quite a bit over the past few weeks, Amaya Gaming’s stock surged on the back of the company finally receiving an online gaming license in New Jersey. Amaya stock was up 30% on Monday.

- Just when we thought everyone had been paid, another round of Full Tilt poker remissions is being sent out. The latest batch will see $5.7 million returned.

- The 2015 World Series of Poker Europe tournament series will get underway on Thursday in Berlin.

- Which game requires more skill, poker or daily fantasy sports?

- PokerStars has added yet another athlete to their list of sponsored players. This time around it’s not a world famous footballer, it’s Isle of Man (which happens to be PokerStars has their headquarters) snowboarder Zoe Gillings-Brier.

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