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It may be a busy summer for the poker fraternity, with the World Series of Poker (WSOP) rolling out exciting action day after day, but for those unable to make the trip Las Vegas, online poker site PokerStars has a thrilling mix of tournaments to offer. The company has announced its UFC KO Poker series, kicking off today and scheduled to run right till June 30. Along with guaranteeing prize money of $10 Million, the site has offered players participating in the series three package to UFC 241 as an additional incentive.
Rival poker site partypoker has in the meantime revealed the dates for its line –up of online tournament series for the rest of the year, starting with its flagship series- Powerfest that kicks off on July 28.
A set of new guidelines released by global technology giant Apple early this month has come as a harbinger of bad news for gaming apps. Apple has underlined that every real-money gaming app should be built in its native iOS code instead of the embedded HTML5 code, and while this seems to be a step in the direction for the operator to regulate gaming, it will be challenging for a majority of apps to comply within the three-month deadline.
PokerStars Launching UFC KO Poker Series
Online poker giant PokerStars had first entered a partnership with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) late in 2018 and in April this year, the site began to display UFC-branded Spin and Go tournaments in its poker room. The site has now announced that it will award three packages to UFC’s upcoming mixed martial arts event, UFC 241 as part of its UFC KO Poker Series, slated to kick off today.
The series is another step taken by the brand in its team-up with UFC. It features 68 events that guarantee $10 Million in total prize money, and will play up till June 30. The headliner will be the Main Event that offers a $1.5 Million guaranteed prize pool.
Talking about the promotion, Stars Interactive Group CMO Christopher Coyne said, “Knockouts are synonymous with both poker and UFC. We’re looking forward to seeing who will be crowned our UFC poker champions.”
While a complete line-up of matches that will take place during UFC 241 is still to be released, headlining the event will be a rematch between current UFC champion Daniel Cormier and former champion Stipe Miocic scheduled to take place in Anaheim, California in August.
Each of the PokerStars’ offered UFC 241 prize packages includes two tickets to UFC 241, along with plane tickets and a three-night hotel accommodation for two. The player who scores the single largest number of total knockouts in the series will be the first winner. All the players who record three KOs will participate in an All-In Shootout on July 2, and the winner will snag the second package. A second Shootout is scheduled on July 3, and anyone scoring six knockouts will get to play and vy to win the third package.
Partypoker Lists Out Remaining 2019 Online Tournament Series
World’s second biggest online poker site partypoker has released its online tournament series spread for the next six months, and six more online series are part of the list.
Essentially, the site will host one series nearly every month, beginning with Powerfest from late July and capping off the year’s proceedings with a Christmas Series, featuring in all, a prize pool guarantee of $150 Million.
Coming up first is the portal’s flagship series, Powerfest that kicks off on July 28. Though the final schedule is still being fine-tuned, partypoker has revealed that the schedule will offer a variety of different formats and structures, including Turbo, Deepstack, Grind, Fast, Hyper-Turbo and PKOs.
The popular Championship Events also return to this online edition, offering great value. partypoker is not charging rake on the bounty element of the buy-in in the PKOs, thus offering larger bounties and less overall rake. The Powerfest Spins also give players a chance to win tickets to the big events on the schedule for less.
Following the Powerfest will be the KO Series that will keep players busy right from September 1 till September 22. Opening in September-end will be the Monster Series and the Omaha Series will kick off in November-end. Another of partypoker’s highly anticipated series – MILLIONS Online kicks off on December 1 and will run over the next 10 days.
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Apple’s iOS Policy Change Will Affect Online Poker Operators
Global technology giant Apple has on June 3, unveiled updates to the review guidelines for its App Store that brings with it a slew of changes that are certain to impact the online gambling apps.
Apple’s new guidelines dictate that every app offering real-money gaming activities should be built in Apple’s native iOS code instead of the embedded HTML5 code. https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=06032019j
A section of the guidelines reads: “HTML5 games distributed in apps may not provide access to real money gaming, lotteries, or charitable donations, and may not support digital commerce. This functionality is only appropriate for code that’s embedded in the binary and can be reviewed by Apple. This guideline is now enforced for new apps. Existing apps must follow this guideline by September 3, 2019.”
Apple has already enforced this revised policy for new apps or those apps that await approval from it, while existing apps have been given a timeline of three months to comply. To feature in the iOS, all gambling companies should ensure that their apps are built natively rather than HTML container apps within the given timeline.
Customers who have real-money apps already installed on their iOS devices will be able to continue using them even after the deadline but will not be able to update such apps in future.
The HTML5 is a commonly popular tool for developers to build apps for multiple operating systems and this massive change is certain to affect real-money gaming apps. For developers to code their apps natively adapted to the iOS within a span of three months seems a tall task. Beyond online casinos, this change in rules is likely to affect HTML5 social games as well. The fact that the NFL season kicks off just two days after the compliance deadline ends that is, September 5, makes the recent upheaval all the more ominous.
While Apple has always allowed real-money gambling on its Apps Store it has tightened the noose on permitting apps to operate only in regulated markets. The only way for iOS users to down such apps is via the App Store.
Compared to this, Google’s App Store for Android devices i.e. Google Play does not allow real-money gambling apps at all. Though Google is slowly turning its head towards permitting such apps and has initiated trials in UK, Ireland and France for the same, Apple seems to have headed into the other direction.