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08 February 2012

Poker Player Wins $175k Bad Beat Jackpot

It's every poker player's nightmare to lose a hand of Hold'em while holding bullets and flopping quad Aces. But for Poobah it was a dream come true: On February 7th, the online poker player popped the Bad Beat Jackpot, which had skyrocketed to well over $500,000. Poohbah originally opened his online poker account at less than a week ago.

"The latest Bad Beat Jackpot win will go down legendary," stated Michael Harris. "Not only did a brand new player pop our $500k Bad Beat Jackpot, but sharing in the prize pool is one of our frequent Bad Beat Jackpot winners, proving that anyone can win this game."

It happened at a 6-max table in a faceoff against online poker player toptrainer, who won the hand with a straight flush. Poohbah takes home $175,232,10, and the winner of the hand, toptrainer, left the table with a healthy $116,809.70.

It's all part of the ongoing Bad Beat Jackpot game!

But it's not just the recipient of the bad beat who walks away a winner when the jackpot hits. The winner of any Bad Beat Jackpot losing hand stands to win 20% of the jackpot, and those who participated in the dealt hand will share 10% of the jackpot (30% of every jackpot goes to reseed the next big one).

07 February 2012

NETELLER launches new VIP and loyalty reward incentives

LONDON, England - Tuesday 7th February 2012 - Optimal Payments Plc (LSE: OPAY), a leading provider of online payments, is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting update to its VIP programme and the introduction of a loyalty reward scheme for its NETELLER members.

The NETELLER VIP experience recognises our members who use the eWallet frequently, and now we're introducing new "tiered" levels to take that experience even further, with greater benefits the more you use your eWallet.With four levels, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond, our VIPs will benefit from VIP fraud guarantees and multiple currency accounts, automatic reward points earned on all transactions, and discounts on foreign exchange fees.At the higher levels, members will have access to dedicated VIP managers, VIP chat, flexible transaction limits, deposit discounts, free withdrawals and next day payouts guaranteed (in certain countries).The full details are available on our dedicated VIP website.

Today also sees the launch of the NETELLER Reward Points scheme, a loyalty programme available to ALL NETELLER eWallet members.Once registered, every NETELLER member will earn points for all money transferred into and out of their NETELLER eWallet.These points can be exchanged for a wide range of products from the NETELLER online rewards store, gift cards and NETELLER cash-credits (funds into their NETELLER eWallet).In addition, each member earning Reward Points will be entered into a prize draw to win up to 36 million points (equivalent to US$30,000) before the end of February 2012.The Reward Points scheme is available in three languages, English German and French.

Mark Jeffrey, Managing Director of NETELLER, said: "We recognise that our VIPs are extremely important and we've improved our VIP programme to make their experience with NETELLER even better.This programme brings many benefits to our frequent, high-volume users, particularly in account servicing and fee reductions.We're also excited about the launch of our new Loyalty Rewards programme which provides benefits to all our members, whatever they use their NETELLER eWallets for."

To open a NETELLER eWallet and take advantage of the new Reward Points programme, visit the NETELLER website

05 February 2012

Latin Series of Poker announces a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool in its first 2012 live poker event

Lima, Peru – February 3, 2012 - Organizers of the Latin Series of Poker (LSOP) announced today that they will guarantee half a million dollars in their first Live Poker Event in 2012. The Texas Hold'em tournament will be held from June 5th to June 10th at the Atlantic City Casino in Lima, Peru.

The LSOP has also announced that its $500,000 Main Event will feature a re-entry methodology destined to attract the "who's who" of online and live poker. The buy-in for this event has been announced to be $1,500+150, which gives the players a great value on such a high guarantee.

Qualifiers for the LSOP are now live on the Winning Poker Network, including fast-growing sites Americas Cardroom, BetCRIS, and TruePoker. In February alone, The Winning Poker Network is guaranteeing 13 prize packages, spread out over 13 separate events. Each package is valued at $3,500 and includes: the $1,500+150 Main Event buy-in; round-trip airfare up to $1,000; 5-night hotel accommodations in Lima, Peru; and airport-Hotel-Airport transportation in Lima.

US-poker players have been craving land-base poker tournaments ever since the Aruba Poker Classic ended its run in 2009. LSOP management noted that Winning Poker Network is the ideal online poker site to feed players to the LSOP tournament. In 2010, the network's core sites stepped up to the plate by sending players to the Punta Cana Poker Classic, which is now heading into its third year.

More information on the Latin Series of Poker and a full schedule of Super Satellites for the land-based tournament can be found at

About the Latin Series of Poker (LSOP):
The LSOP is a poker company with over 10 years of experience in both online and live poker events. Born as an initiative to promote, encourage and enhance Poker as a competitive Game/Sport throughout Latin America. Our mission and goal is to provide the poker community with quality and professional live poker events and give everyone the chance to learn, play and love Poker in a trusted, professional, led by the best poker organization in the industry today.