Hit and Run: Haas Leaving Party; GVC Still Pursuing bwin.party; Isildur1 Winning

Staff : July 20th, 2015
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bwin.party’s Director of Poker leaving at the end of the month. Alex Dreyfus envisions poker without the gambling. GVC still trying to acquire bwin.party. And more.

Haas stepping down from role at bwin.party

With its announced sale to rival 888 Holdings the expected exodus from bwin.party is now underway, and the first executive leaving is Director of Poker Jeffrey Haas.  eGR North America was the first to break the news on Monday morning, which was later confirmed by Haas.

Haas landed at bwin.party in September of 2013, following a successful tenure at PokerStars dating back to 2006. Dealing specifically with poker, Haas was responsible for partypoker’s successful rollout in New Jersey, as well as overseeing the company’s place in the global poker market.

With his international and U.S. experience Haas would be a good hire for any online poker company. It’s unclear where Haas is headed once he leaves bwin.party at the end of the month.

More on Alex Dreyfus and the GPL

Part Time Poker was one of the first outlets to speak with Alex Dreyfus following his announcement that he had secured nearly $5 million in investment to help him “Sportify” poker, and realize his vision of the Global Poker League.

Dreyfus also spoke with US Poker where he detailed what if any implications the fundraising will have on the U.S. poker market.

Together the two articles provide an excellent summary of Dreyfus’s overall plans and goals.

Quick Hitters

Following announcements that Bluff Magazine was letting go of their entire staff, Bluff staffers ponder the future while heading into an office they will soon have to vacate. What Churchill Downs will turn the popular poker outlet is still unclear.

Despite what appears to be an official deal to sell the company to 888, GVC isn’t ready to throw in the towel on their attempts to acquire bwin/party.

Viktor Blom, AKA Isildur1, is rolling at the online tables.

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