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888poker Welcomes Martin Jacobson as Brand Ambassador

888poker has signed 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event Winner Martin Jacobson, who joins a handful of mostly European poker professionals. In addition to the Main Event title, Jacobson is the also the all-time money live tournament money leader in Sweden with over $16.5 million in earnings. Ten million of that came from his 2014 WSOP Main Event win, but Jacobson has 3 additional final table showings at the WSOP, two at the World Poker Tour and Four at the European Poker Tour.

With the signing, Jacobson joins a lineup of sponsored pros at 888poker that include Chris Moorman, Kara Scott, Natalie Hof, Bruno Politano and Dominik Nitsche. Sweden based Jacobson will be used in online marketing and represent the brand at major live events.

Quick Hitters

– Shared liquidity is likely coming to regulated European markets in 2018 (France, Spain, Italy and Portugal). Ahead of the changes, the Spanish regulator is opening up gaming license applications for 10 new international operators.

Meanwhile, in other European market news, internet gambling continues to grow in the United Kingdom with the market generating £4.7 billion between April 2016 to March 2017.

Stateside, will chatter about New Jersey merging with an international player pool lead to anything of substance?

– In a retrospective of 2017, PokerStrategy takes a look at some of the most notable televised poker hands of the year. Meanwhile, other outlets are making predictions for 2018.

– Betcoin.ag, one of the first gambling sites to offer Bitcoin closed on Christmas Day after a 3-year run. The site says it will continue to offer casino and sportsbook.

– Doug Polk has posted his latest vlog with commentary from a Live at the Bike $25/$50 game:

– Our look at classic Grinderschool.com poker training videos continues the “Loosey Goosey” series, where CFTheNatural sees an increasing number of flops as the series progresses. Watch episodes 2 and 3 here.