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GREEK VICTORY IN IRISH POKER OPEN
IMPROVED FASTFORWARD MOBILE POKER NOW IN FOUR MORE MARKETS
PartyPoker has announced the availability of its popular "Fastforward" poker variant to mobile players in four markets, Austria, Ireland, Sweden and the UK.
PartyPoker mobile fans have had native iOS and Android apps for cash games and SNGs for some time, and the new development now expands their choice with the introduction of a completely separate product that is available as either a downloadable app or on a browser platform with a swipe interface that is fast and easy to use on smartphones.
A PartyPoker spokesman said that although the standard app carries fastforward capability, the new "special edition" delivers an improved player experience, with more single-hand interactivity.
HIGH STAKES POKER PLAYER DOWN $1.3 MILLION
High stakes online poker ace Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom hit a bad patch last week, finishing as the biggest loser on Full Tilt Poker's nosebleed virtual tables after a series of disastrous defeats.
Over the week, Blom dropped $1,366,606 in 12,031 hands over 210 sessions, far outstripping the next biggest loser, Gus 'The Great Dane' Hansen, who lost $666,808 in 4,212 hands over 53 sessions.
The chief beneficiary of Blom's involuntary generosity was Alex 'IReadYrSoul' Millar, to whom Blom 'donated' over $771,500, which helped Millar finish the week as the biggest winner.
Other big winners were Isaac Haxton and Phil Galfond, who $655,730 in 2,435 hands over 18 sessions, and $525,128 in 1,966 hands over 13 sessions respectively.
Never-say-die Blom was back at the nosebleeds as the new week started over the weekend, but fared little better, although he made a good start of it by relieving Kyl 'kpr16' Fray of $205,000 on the fixed-limit Omaha
Hi/Lo tables, according to reports on the High Stakes Data Base website.
But then he lost almost $55,000 of that playing the $400/$800 NLHE tables against the misleadingly named 'RookieNFL' before confronting 'Saniker' and dropping another $150,000 in less than ten minutes. The duo
tangled again later in the day, again in a NLHE clash on the $500/$1,000 tables, where Blom was again hammered, this time to the tune of $239,000.
GOOD NEWS FOR SPORTECH PLC (Update)
There was good news for UK retail and online gambling group Sportech plc Friday....an estimated GBP 80 million-worth of it.
The company announced that the First Tier Tax Tribunal (FTT) has refused to give HM Revenue and Customs permission to appeal a decision made earlier this year in favour of Sportech.
The issue centred on the payment of Valued Added Tax (VAT) which Sportech claimed back from the government (see previous InfoPowa reports) in a case where around GBP 80 million in refunds is due to the gambling group.
"HMRC have the option of applying to the Upper Tribunal for permission to appeal against the decision of the FTT and have until 1 July 2013 to make such an application," the Sportech notification advised.
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