Migration, Regulation and New Software Dominate Industry News

Its been a busy week in the poker industry, with Coral Pokers site migration to partypoker, regulatory changes in Germany and Australia affecting online poker, plus soccer tie-ins, software developments and casino sales topping the headlines.

There's also a good news for online casino fans in USA. With 30 legal casinos live in USA, OLBG has whole sections dedicated to online casino sites in each legal state. Take a look at the range of welcome offers, and understand how each works before diving in, of course. 

By: Andrew Burnett

Coral Poker now on partypoker network

We’ll start with the news that Coral Poker’s migration over to partypoker seems to be complete, the former iPoker network site keeping its branded look but now running on partypoker’s software.

As we revealed last month, the skin made the leap back to their parent company’s new owners from Playtech-owned iPoker, with GVC Holdings having bought Ladbrokes Coral in 2018.

FastForward redesigned for mobile

Sticking with partypoker for a bit, the site has released a redesigned version of FastFoward poker for its iOS and Android users.

The portrait mode will allow four tables to be tiled at once and brings the game orientation in line with its desktop client.

Biggest-ever Sunday Million to run on PokerStars

Over on PokerStars, the announcement of an anniversary edition of the Sunday Million has raised eyebrows, the $12.5million guarantee coming with 24-hour late registration.

With the buy-in back up to $215 for the 14th Anniversary running on March 22nd, Stars will need to draw in 62,500 entries just to break even on the event.

That would top the 2011 version, the previous biggest, which saw 62,116 entries and a $12,423,200 prizepool.

Unibet and Paris Saint-German extend deal

The French Ligue1 champions PSG and Kindred group-owned Unibet have announced their sponsorship deal will be extended until the end of the 2022-23 season.

The partnership hopes to expand their audiences outside of Europe, looking to the USA and the Asia-Pacific regions for new markets. The past two years’ partnership has involved a Europe-only deal estimated at €1.5m ($1.66m) per year, according to sportbusiness.com.

Two iconic Vegas casinos sold

The MGM Grand Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay casinos are being sold by MGM Resorts International this week in a $4.6billion deal, though both will be leased back to the current owners for around $290 million per year according to reports.

It mirrors last year’s deal that saw MGM Resorts sell the Bellagio and Circus Circus casinos to the same group, MGM Growth and Blackstone, for $245million.

Legal online poker and casino games in Germany

A new federal treaty agreed by German states will see online poker and online casino operators allowed to offer their services across the country.

Previously prohibited, or at best a grey area, online poker will be legalised by the Interstate Treaty, planned to come into effect in July 2021.

However, it appears that there will be a monthly deposit limit set at €1000 per player, and operator rules about reporting such information to the authorities.

New ‘blocking order’ in Australia hits Ignition Casino

Australian online players were dealt another blow this week when regulators named Ignition among nine sites served with a blocking order.

The nation’s ISPs have been told that the poker-friendly site and eight other online casino sites should now be blocked, in line with the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 that was passed the following year.

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