Hit and Run: PokerStars Announces Major Changes for 2016; Another DFS Lawsuit; Niall Farrell wins EPT Malta

Steve Ruddock : November 1st, 2015


NFL player files lawsuit against FanDuel. Major changes coming to PokerStars in 2016. What kind of poker coach could Phil Hellmuth be. And more.

Changes Coming to PokerStars in 2016

PokerStars is taking the Friday evening news release to a whole new level, with the Sunday announcement that there will be major structural changes to the site’s reward programs and policies on third party software that will likely raise the blood pressure of the 2+2 poker forum by double digits.

In an announcement on their corporate site, PokerStars summarized the changes that will be unveiled over the course of 2016:
·         Introduction of VIP Steps
·         Reducing Rewards for High-Volume and High-Stakes Players
·         Third-Party Software Restrictions

Quick Hitters

- PokerStrategy’s Barry Carter’s latest column asks one of the most pressing questions of our time: Would Phil Hellmuth make a good poker coach? Interestingly, this topic came up during my Poker Night in America appearance (Joe McKeehen and Tommy Canulli were both on the show) and the general consensus was Phil would make a good coach, partly because he employs a far different style than most players.

- Friday we told you how Daniel Negreanu’s “Question of the Day” led to quite the debate, here are my thoughts on why women are underrepresented in poker, and why talk of genetic differences is largely misplaced.

- The EPT Malta Main Event is now in the books, and it was the UK’s Niall Farrell who walked away with the top prize of €534,330 after prevailing over the 651 player field.

- Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon has filed a class action lawsuit against FanDuel, claiming, essentially, that the site’s advertising uses his name and statistics without permission. At this time, Garcon is the only NFL player listed as a plaintiff.

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