Hit and Run: PayPal Accepting Legal iPoker Deposits; What’s Behind PokerStars Traffic Spike?


WSOP.com Nevada is now accepting PayPal deposits. PokerStars traffic surges following Dream Team ad campaign. An online legend criticizes the use of software at the virtual tables. And more.

WSOp.com welcomes PayPal

Payment processing in legal online poker markets in the United States just go a whole lot easier with the announcement that PayPal is now available at WSOP.com in Nevada, and will soon be available at WSOP.com in New Jersey as well.

The arrival of PayPal should have an immediate impact on payment processing success rates in regulated markets, considering over 50 million U.S. residents have PayPal accounts.

PokerStars traffic gets boost from Dream Team ads

PokerStars innovative marketing scheme featuring the company’s three international soccer superstars, Christiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., and Ronaldo has apparently paid off in spades, as PokerFuse.com is reporting a nearly 9% surge in cash game traffic at PokerStars, which the site partly attributes to the success of the marketing campaign.

The traffic surge comes during the summer months, which has historically been a slow time for online poker sites.

It’s not a stretch to connect the surge with the current ad campaign either. The Christiano Ronaldo web ad has over 160,000 views with Neymar Jr.’s garnering another 80,000 views.

Quick Hitters

– Byron Kaverman is challenging Jason Mercier for the #1 spot on the Global Poker Index 300 rankings. Part Time Poker’s Alex Weldon examines the latest rankings.

888’s Live Series is heading to Tallinn, Estonia where they will host a $550 buy-in, $50,000 guaranteed tournament. The online poker site will be sending at least 25 qualifiers to the event, each of whom is eligible for the $5,000 last longer prize for 888 qualifiers.

– Patrick Antonius is not a fan of technology in online poker. The mainstream usage of tracking software and other aids has Antonius (one of the winningest online players in poker history) abandoning the online tables in favor of live poker.

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