Reports refute a recent uproar that slot gacor craze is fast vanishing. New tournaments and competitive events are being conceived and created. Degree Poker Championship is the first all-Canadian prototype of the ever popular Texas Hold’em duel. TSN has been working on this project for a year now. Of the four shows, the first being aired recently. Adam Ashton, TSN’s VP Marketing said that this is an all-Canadian championship involving ordinary people. They wanted to start a championship that would find hitherto undiscovered talent. After conducting an on-line registration for the tournament in spring, TSN got more than 20,000 responses. From this huge list, 2000 names were randomly selected to compete. They were divided equally to play in regional tournaments at casinos in Niagara Falls and Richmond, BC. Slam.canoe.ca reports:

Forty-five players–five tables of nine–made the finals, which were taped at Niagara Fallview Casino Resort in June. The first of four parts of TV presentation aired last night, with the others tonight, Sept. 23 and Sept. 24.

Return to Live Poker at Casinos in the US, Specially Iowa

Poker rooms in the United States, that had been shut down for many years, are once again being reopened. The state of Iowa is one that is fast setting this trend. It was the first state in 1989, to legally sanction riverboat casino gaming on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. A couple of years later, it went on to open the first gaming vessel in the Unites States. However there were several restrictions to gaming, at the time. Several casinos seeking greener pasteurs, moved to Mississippi from Iowa. Competition from Illinois led to lifting of sundry restriction. The Omaha Tribe signed its first gaming compact in 1998. Sac and Fox as also Winnebago tribes, signed compacts in 2004. Pokerplayernewspaper.com reports:

Harrah’s Council Bluffs opened in 2001. Located in Southwest Iowa, it is home to some of the highest-limit play in all of Iowa.

Irish Firm Launches DV8poker.com-An Internet Poker Site, Powered by Excapsa Poker Network

DV8poker.com which is powered by Excapsa Poker Network has been launched by an Irish firm, for betting on internet poker. AVA Leisure, manufacturers of gaming machines, is the name backing this venture. This firm also runs a series of arcade outlets. Entering the arena of online gaming makes sense owing to the tremendous synergy. Partnering with Paradigm New Media has ensured that the new online brands will be supported by world class marketing specialists. Jim Ryan, CEO of Excapsa said that it was important for the firm to expand its market into the UK market. For this the organization planned to enter into strategic relations and partnerships with existing licensees in the market. AVA Leisure, being UK based, would help to leverage its clientele towards Excapsa poker network. Webitpr.com reports:

Internet gambling continues to grow at a rapid pace in the UK, as the increasing availability of broadband encourages more people to try out a quick flutter online. The online gambling audience in the UK has increased by 45 percent over this time last year, with 3.2m visiting a gambling site in February 2005.