MANAGEMENT SHUFFLE AT PADDY POWER
Andy McCue, chief executive designate for Irish gaming firm Paddy Power announced three senior management appointments Tuesday effective January 1, 2015.
Peter ODonovan has been appointed chief product officer in a newly created position that will link the technology and product development teams across Paddy Power and Cayetano in Bulgaria.
He will also oversee the technology department of Sportsbet Australia and will coordinate global product innovation.
Paddy Power Online has a new managing director in Johnny Hartnett whose responsibility covers paddypower.com, paddypower.it, Dial-a-Bet and Customer Operations.
Hartnett is currently Director of Operations at Paddy Power and was previously COO in Sportsbet, prior to which he served as Head of Sports Risk & Trading in Paddy Power.
Christian Woolfenden has been appointed managing director Retail (UK & Ireland) moving from his current position of global marketing director. The company will appointed a new marketing director in due course.
Andy McCue, Chief Executive Designate, commented:
"These appointments reflect a strategic emphasis on customer and product. I am delighted to be filling these positions with high calibre individuals with a proven track record of success in the Group."
POKER ACES GO UNDERGROUND ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL
The Discovery television channel is set to launch a new poker program titled Underground Poker on September 11, starring colourful Programa Descuentos Deportivos US poker pros Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak.
The show is part of the network's series of gambling-themed programs under the All-in All-Night series, and will follow the two poker players as they roam New Orleans searching for underground poker games.
New Orleans was chosen for the locale because, the publicity hacks claim, the city has the richest private poker games, to which Laak and Esfandiari has access through their many contacts.
The show is part-poker action, part-travelogue as the entertaining duo explore the city's attractions, restaurants and history, and share amusing incidents and information.
VISIONARY IGAMING EXPANSION INTO LATIN AMERICA
Live dealer casino game provider, Visionary iGaming has fully integrated its live games and gone live with Juega EnLinea across Latin American markets.
ViG's live dealer offering in English and Spanish is "by far the most localized live offering in LATAM", said Gerardo Alcega, chief operating officer of JeugaEnLinea.
Live dealer games have driven top line growth in JuegaEnLinea's existing markets which it expects to continue as it expands into Mexico, Chile, Panama, Peru, Brazil and The Dominican Republic.
James Olsen, chief operating officer of Visionary iGaming said, Our localized solutions result in outstanding player retention and ultimately higher client revenue generation. We look forward to servicing JuegeEnLinea as they expand and grow throughout the emerging LATAM online gaming markets.
POKER ACES TURN OUT FOR MAIN EVENT DAY 1B AT THE WORLD SERIES OF POKER
Official World Series of Poker main event numbers show that at 1,942 entries, starting day 1B is impressive, but on the low side compared with last year's 2,114 players, continuing the trend set on Day 1A.
Tournament observers will therefore be watching the final day 1C registrations with interest to see how it shapes against 2012 Day 1 C entries of 3,418.
The current total for Days 1A and 1B is 2,885 - a long way short of the hoped-for total of 7,000 players in this year's main event.
The all-time entrance record was in 2006, when registrations reached 8,773 and Jamie Gold won over $12 million.
Regardless of the numbers, this year's turnout on the second entry day was impressive in terms of international poker star presence.
Celeb and big-name loggers noted a slew of top online and live tourney players taking their seats that included Scott 'mastrblastr' Seiver, former November Niners Matt Jarvis and Dennis Phillips, David Bach, Bob Bright, George Danzer; Chris Bjorin; Oliver Gill, Peter Hedlund, EPT Grand Final winner Nicholas Chouity and former WSOPE Main Event winner Annette Obrestad.
Also spotted were Liv Boeree, Jamie Burland, international cricket star Shane Warne, Vitaly Lunkin, Natalie Hof, John Juanda, Barry Greenstein, Juha Helppi, Ryan DAngelo, Hollywood writer and WPT player of the year, Matt Salsberg, Erik Seidel, Kevin Saul, Tim Ulrich, Galen Hall, John Monnette, Martin Finger, Terrence Chan, Ross Boatman, Jonathan Aguiar, Jesse Martin, Randy Dorfman, Erik Lindgren, Lex Veldhuis, Dario Alioto, Mike Sowers, Gaelle Bauman, Greg Mueller, Sorel Mizzi, Salvatore Bonavena, Andy Frankenberger, Dan Smith, Tyron Krost, Anthony Gregg and Steve ODwyer.
Ten years back amateur online player Chris Moneymaker took down the main event, an achievement that is widely credited with putting online poker on the map; he was seen celebrating the decade since then by entering this year's spectacular, whilst 2004 champ, Greg Raymer, was spotted just a few tables away from the 1998 champion, Scotty Nguyen.
Elizabeth Hille created a stir last year in company with Gaelle Baumann when the two just missed the final table nine (see previous InfoPowa report. Both of these female aces are in the field again this year.