Opportunities in the market of online poker have been stymied, to say the least, since April 15, 2011. Not all in the industry are sitting on their hands, however. Jamie Gold is launching a new poker site called keluar sgp , geared specifically towards American players. The 2006 WSOP Main Event Champion is not exactly taking on the FBI, with the setup of the site falling easily within the law. Rather than accepting real money deposits, customers will pay a small monthly subscription fee which gives access to cash and valuable prizes worth as much as $100,000. From sporting event tickets to electronics to cash as prizes, FreeGoldPoker.com will market itself to recreational poker players who look to enjoy poker on a budget, like the popular poker products put out by Facebook game maker Zynga.
Jamie Gold commented, “After Black Friday and all the negativity surrounding online poker, I asked myself what I could do to help our community enjoy playing a game they love legally…Creating FreeGoldPoker.com was the clear answer.” Gold has been nicknamed the “Poker Philanthropist” because of his successful “Jamie Gold Foundation” which supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association. His new business endeavor, however, has ambitions beyond charitable donations.
Gold said, “This is an amazing opportunity for me to create a fun, accessible and unique experience for the poker community. As importantly, I will be able to continue to accomplish meaningful, vital and life-changing charitable goals with the additional support and commitment of the ZEN platform. It will also provide my dedicated partners a platform beyond anything I could have imagined as we are now able to create targeted demographic promotions.”
While FreeGoldPoker.com is unlikely to attract big name professionals or grinders, it may connect well with the biggest poker market in America, the recreational players.
Full Tilt Releases Investment Statement
After remaining closed-mouthed on the rumors regarding a purchase by European investors, Full Tilt Poker has finally decided to address the matter. According to PokerNews.com, the company is indeed in the midst of negotiations with several prospective buyers. Here’s a portion of their recent press release:
“While Pocket Kings Ltd. plans to continue discussions with its current investor,” the statement read, “the company has now begun negotiations with additional potential investors to conclude the sale/partnership of the Full Tilt Poker brand and its assets.”
The company goes on to apologize for their “lack of communication with its customers over the last month and a half,” explaining that they’ve been busy “grappling with unexpected and complex legal and financial issues arising from Black Friday and its aftermath.”
Full Tilt also acknowledged their protracted silence on the topic of their pending purchase, stating that confidentiality was necessary because of the parties involved. In closing, they attempted to assure their former player base that they haven’t been forgotten:
“To the extent that it can do so without jeopardizing future opportunities, Full Tilt Poker will strive to have better communication with its customers going forward. Full Tilt Poker’s number one priority remains the same: to secure an infusion of capital to repay all of its worldwide customers.”
While this all sounds well and good, some would argue that this brief release is little more than a token acknowledgment of the company’s failure to repay and respond to their customers. As published in a report yesterday, it has become apparent that any new ownership group would likely demand a cleaning of house in regards to the Full Tilt management staff. For the thousands of disappointed users out there, this would likely be seen as a good thing.