Chad Batista poker pro dies

Chad Batista poker pro dies

Chad Batista poker pro dies

On Thursday a well-known and loved professional online poker player passed away. His grieving family released a statement over Twitter saying “It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, nephew, cousin, brother, and friend.”

Batista, also known in the online casino scene as lilholdem954 passed away after being admitted to the intensive care unit of a Las Vegas hospital, at age 35. Batista was renowned for being one of the successful online poker pioneers that started playing poker as a career at the same time that iPoker started gaining ground.

Ranked by PocketFives.com as a #1 player in 2007-2008, Batista was a regular online tournament winner. Exact info has not been found but experts estimate that he had one over $5 million from online gambling over his career.

He transferred his online gambling skills to the live tourneys and in 2006 he earned his largest total win of $262,002 at the World Series of Poker. The following year he managed to finish 5th in the WSOP $1000 No Limit Hold’em tourney, leaving home with $129,064 in his pocket that summer. Overall, his live gambling career earned him $952,496.

Batista’s career may have been even more fruitful if “Black Friday” had not happened. He was forced to continue a career in online poker outside of the United States. He settled in Mexico, and although he has his two beloved dogs, the change was too much pressure to handle.

Batista was raised by his aunt Louise Batista, after his mother passed when he was 16. His aunt told reporters that “After Black Friday, things weren’t quite the same. He didn’t like live poker because it was too slow-paced, and he didn’t like the crowds.”

The poker world was shaken and many who knew Batista passed their condolences over the Twitter feed. The family has asked that no flowers be sent but instead, those who wish can donate to the cause of a boy in Orlando, suffering from cancer.

Twitch about to face competition from Youtube

Twitch about to face competition from Youtube

Twitch about to face competition from Youtube

Twitch is about to have to face some very stiff competition since Google announced that Youtube Gaming will be the newest service that caters to all types of gaming all across the world.

Google say that this new service will be launched on Wednesday 26 August in an effort to create a perfect destination for anything and everything gaming. This comes as great news for a lot of people that are involved in the world of gaming, including the poker community.

Youtube Gaming will have over 25,000 pages of gaming information. This content will be sorted by genre, and by the content of the videos. This will make it a place where you can find very specific gaming content at any time. They will also launch a new beta-version of a streaming dashboard. The main difference between this and Twitch will be the flexibility. Youtube Gaming’s main focus is to remove the more rigid streaming system that Twitch are currently using and replace it with a HTML5 stream.

This new streaming service boasts that it will run at 60 fps and every stream will have a custom URL which will make sharing a lot easier, while streamers will be able to chat with the other streamers or members of the community during certain livestream events. This new service from Youtube will be widely available in all the places where Youtube is already accessible.

Malta player safety gambling law revised

Malta player safety gambling law revised

Malta player safety gambling law revised

Gaming lawmakers are looking to revise gambling laws concerning online gamblers in Malta. The emphasis will be on providing better protection to online gamblers.

This September the Malta Gaming Authority is to propose changes to online player gambling laws that have been going through revisions since 2013. A spokesperson for the MGA states that the purpose of such a review was to “innovate and extend” gambling laws pertaining to iGaming and particularly to player safety while engaging in such activities.

According to the same MGA official, these efforts had nothing to do with the closing down of online casino operators licensed in Malta and running their business in Italy. Italy’s struggle against said operators was due to the suspicion that the businesses were run by crime group Ndrangheta.

Following the dramatic events in Italy the MGA, together with Italian authorities, decided to indeterminately suspend the licenses of casino operators operational in Italy until the investigations end and result in verdicts.

Previous disapproval suffered by the MGA in 2012 for closing down two casino operators determined an employee re-structuring and company re-branding in an effort to show the world that the organization is trustworthy.

In 2014 the European Council was looking to reevaluate eSports betting laws and licensing with regard to the way this service is used by gamblers rather than the location it is being used from. For this reason, Malta’s request for Council clarification on the matter was withdrawn. Although Malta agreed to the newly demarcated definition, the country was of the opinion that this new ruling would influence the eSports betting undesirably.

New Jurassic Park film increases interest in slot game

New Jurassic Park film increases interest in slot game

New Jurassic Park Film Increases Interest in Slot Game

The trilogy that began over 20 years ago with the first Jurassic Park movie is not refreshed with the new Jurassic World sequel. In 1993 the first movie appeared followed by the 1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III in 2001.

Microgaming decided last year to launch a new slots game entitled, of course, Jurassic Park, by striking a deal with the franchise owners. The online slot game witnessed tremendous popularity at Microgaming casinos around the world. Following the record-breaking sequel’s success, the Jurassic Park slots game has also seen an amazing increase in gameplay.

Although film critics predicted the new film in the franchise will be well-loved by trilogy fans, the new film actually became ultra-popular ultra-fast and film-goers the world-over crammed at waiting lines just to buy premier tickets.

The 5 reel and 243 ways of winning video slot game is being accessed now more than ever before. The chance to win big is awarded through the 0.30 to 15 credits wagering system the game includes. Bonus features also do not fall short of the finishing line with the T-Rex Alert round that triggers at random and rewards players with 35 Wilds to be used over the 6 long spin.

The game also offers player the opportunity for customizable Free Spins rounds, where you will be able to choose whatever combination of Free Spins, Multipliers, and Bonus Symbols you need for the win. This feature is activated when landing three or more Mosquito Symbols.

Online Poker Lobbying in California led by Daniel Negreanu

Online Poker Lobbying in California led by Daniel Negreanu

Online Poker Lobbying in California led by Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu just missed out on making it to the top of this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event, but after two months of hard work at live tournaments, he is back at work. This time he is promoting online poker in California and asking the state to change the current legislation.

This tour is part of a campaign trying to raise public awareness on the need to formally regulate online poker in the state of California. For the moment the state legislature is on a summer break but once the politicians get back, there is a small window of opportunity in which they could pass a bill introducing state regulated online poker.

This coalition of poker enthusiasts are trying to apply pressure on politicians so that they take some much needed action. They even have their own website where voters can register their support and get the latest information or news on the progress of their campaign.

Other online poker superstars like Jason Somerville, Liv Boeree and Chris Moneymaker have also joined Negreanu in his efforts. They hope that all of this media attention will force the hand of politicians in their decision. The public is definitely on their side as many citizens of California have signed the petition to change the legislature surrounding online poker. You hear that California legislators, let the people gamble!

Successful casino promotions debated at Gaming Summit

Successful casino promotions debated at Gaming Summit

Successful casino promotions debated at Gaming Summit

This year’s Southern Gaming Summit, held in Biloxi, Mississippi has seen a new focus panel take flight. The “Steal This Promotion” panel session led by Ryan Meister, a casino marketing director, together with other successful industry leaders, such as Julia Carcamo, Linda Gordon, and Bobby Thornton touched on the topic of increasing revenue brought in by successful casino promotions.

The panel first discussed about the best way to estimate this type of increasing revenue, and Carcamo affirmed that a good database marketing team and a stellar team of analysts is paramount in order to acquire the best results. He added “I know in the past we’ve developed a layering report, so it was very important to always analyze our direct marketing, as much as how many offers people are using and when they’re coming in and how they’re layering offers.”

In regards to this subject the panel also concluded that it is important to compare previous years result to current promotions campaigns offered through the database program. This would provide casino operators a clear picture of how much change the particular promotion has caused and whether this year’s offer is more successful than last year’s and so on.

The second and possibly most important topic was the issue of taking active steps in order to drive revenue in the current market. The topic related to the previous one in that it is important to look at the promotions history and see what has worked well in the past. This would be an excellent starting point but the idea needs to move past what has been done and offer players a more interactive way of earning these promotions.

The discussion also brought up the issues of direct mail marketing and whether it should be integrated, whether it still works. One major step marketers need to take is actively asking their customers about their needs and preferences so as to compile the most efficient, inexpensive, and attractive offers. Always keeping the entertainment factor at the back of their heads casino marketers need to stretch across digital media, efficiently predict incremental revenue, know their customers, and of course learn from past experience.