Hit and Run: GVC Edges Out 888 for bwin; StarsDraft Launches; Martin Jacobson Documentary

Staff : September 4th, 2015

It’s been a very big news day. GVC claims victory in battle for bwin.party. Amaya officially relaunches Victiv DFS site as StarsDraft. Sklansky talks ecosystem imbalance in poker. And more.

bwin.party accepts GVC’s $1.7 Billion offer

After appearing to lose out to 888 as the two companies competed to acquire bwin.party GVC went back to the drawing board and reworked their offer. After some back and forth negotiations with both suitors, bwin.party decided to pass on 888 and accepted a $1.7 billion offer by GVC.

The sale to GVC, 888 has apparently officially bowed out, leaves many unanswered questions, particularly regarding bwin.party’s U.S. online assets. Our own Alex Weldon has laid out the multitude of potential possibilities in his latest column.

Amaya Gaming officially launches StarsDraft

Amaya Gaming said they would have their DFS site up and running before the start of the upcoming NFL season, and they’ve come through on that promise. Victiv, the DFS company Amaya purchased, has officially been rebranded as StarsDraft. Legal Sports Report has all the details.

Interestingly, StarsDraft is also the first DFS site to pull out of Michigan following the state Gaming Control Board’s recent comments about DFS’s legality in the state.

Quick Hitters

- New Jersey and Delaware have linked up a small portion of their online gaming industries. According to a notice issued by the NJ DGE, Caesars will share some of the games housed on their Atlantic City servers with Scientific Games in Delaware. It’s not an interstate online poker agreement, but it’s a start.

- Longtime poker player, writer, and theoretician David Sklansky spoke to Calvin Ayre’s Becky Liggerio about the ratio of shark to fish in the modern poker world.

- 2014 World Series of Poker Champion Martin Jacobson is the subject of a 10 For 10 Documentary.

- One of online poker’s early stars has resurfaced after a lengthy hiatus, Eric “Rizen” Lynch. Lynch’s “disappearance was likely caused by his association with the now defunct Lock Poker site. Lynch hitched his wagon to the company early on and remained silent during their controversies. Their later failures to pay their players caused irreparable damage to his reputation which is why Lynch is unlikely to get much support from the poker community.

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