Hit and Run: MA Passes a DFS Bill; PokerStars Wants Feedback for WCOOP; Donnie Peters Joins WPT

Steve Ruddock : August 1st, 2016


Donnie Peters (officially) goes from PokerNews to WPT. Potential fallout from the sale of Playtika by Caesars. Massachusetts legislature passes DFS bill. And more.

Donnie Peters officially joins the WPT

Donnie Peters is now officially the World Poker Tour Marketing Manager.

Peters, who spent virtually his entire poker media career at PokerNews, where he ascended to the role of Editor in Chief, will now be tasked with “producing and distributing WPT content throughout its extensive media channels, coordinating and overseeing event and episode marketing, and managing WPT’s social media outreach and communications,” according to the press release formally announcing his hire.

In the same press release, WPT President and CEO Adam Pliska sang Peters praises. “Donnie’s contributions to the industry over the last seven years are well-documented, and his passion and hard work have earned him the respect of the global poker community,” Pliska, said. “Donnie’s addition is a testament to WPT’s commitment to bringing together the best and the brightest, as the company continues to grow and take on new challenges. We are thrilled to welcome Donnie to the WPT Family, and look forward to his continued success.”

Quick Hitters

- Following the sale of Playtika, several new questions have been raised, including, what’s next for the World Series of Poker (land-based and online real-money games) which weren’t part of the sale? What’s next for Caesars Interactive CEO Mitch Garber? And will the sale be able to save Caesars from a full on bankruptcy? Online Poker Report’s Joss Wood makes an attempt to unpack these things and more in his latest column.

- Just ahead of the NFL season, FanDuel has decided to rollout a new website design that includes a new color scheme and branding. It will be interesting to see how this pays off for the company, as branding can go either way.

- The Massachusetts legislature passed an eleventh hour bill on the last day of the 2016 session that legalizes daily fantasy sports for two years. The bill essentially maintains the status quo, so long as DFS operators abide by AG Maura Healey’s regulations she introduced earlier this year. Based on the bill sunsetting in two years, it seems to have been passed in order to give the state some time to come up with a better bill.

- PokerStars has unveiled a preliminary schedule for the upcoming World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP for short. As has been the case for several years, PokerStars is looking for feedback from the community before finalizing the schedule.

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