PokerGuru 3-Bet: Bankera Launches New Cryptocurrency ICO, Join Bill Perkins on Streamboat & PokerStars Power Up Set to Enter UK Market
August 29, 2017, 11:44:37
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In this edition of our PokerGuru 3-Bet, we talk about the possibilities of cryptocurrencies entering the banking sector as Bankera is launching its Initial Coin Offering (ICO). Next, we focus on the lovely surroundings in the British Virgin Islands that will see poker superstars on Bill Perkins Streamboat during this year’s WCOOP. Rounding up this edition is news of Power Up – the new and innovative game format by PokerStars that is all set to enter the UK market.



Cryptocurrency to Enter Regulated Banking Sector

Bankera is launching its new cryptocurrency which has several unique features named Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on August 28 and interestingly Antanas “Tony G” Guoga is on the company’s board of advisors.

Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Tony has become an advocate for cryptocurrencies. Tony has taken a special interest in them and is now ready to take this to a whole new level.

Banks began to refuse processing of online gambling transactions after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) that was passed in the USA. Even today, with regulated online poker available in New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada, deposits and withdrawals are not always possible using the traditional banking system.

Online poker players have been some of the earliest adopters of cryptocurrencies.

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoins offered players a work around, with the added benefit of anonymity. Tony G’s own poker site, TonyBet, is one of the poker rooms that accepts Bitcoin and should soon be offering Bankera’s ICO.

The company said in a statement that “Bankera will offer its customers payment accounts with personal IBANs, interbank foreign exchange rates, debit cards and payment processing solutions. All of the services will not only support fiat currencies but also digital currencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, DASH, NEM, and others,”

With banking problem spreading to Europe as more and more countries introduced online poker regulation and simultaneously, cryptocurrencies started moving into the mainstream.

According to Tony, “Bankera will enjoy the advantage of being a first operator in the market, as it will be operational at minimal viable product level before the ICO.”

Interestingly the company expects to receive a banking license in 2019 when it will be in a powerful market position.


Grab a Chance to Join Poker Pros on Bill Perkins Streamboat

Hedge fund manager, poker enthusiast and life lover Bill Perkins owns a 55’ luxury motor yacht called Singularity in the British Virgin Islands which will now transform into the world’s only Streamboat during this year’s World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP).

That’s not all as poker pros and streamers Jamie Staples, Jeff Gross, Kevin Martin and Matt Staples will be the crewmates in the vessel that will sail through the Caribbean Sea.

The five streamers are giving others a chance to join too and will each be holding a freeroll event from August 30 to September 3. All players in the Perkins and Gross freerolls can submit a video to push their case about being picked. Matt Staples, Jamie Staples, Kevin Martin and PokerStars will choose one video from the top 12 finishers of their freerolls.

One big criteria to get selected would be to keep the video under one minute. Perkins helped potential applicants with some tips. He said “I would say be your authentic self-first. But then be witty, be funny, show your personality and how you would add and fit in to Streamboat.”


PokerStars’ New Power Up to Enter UK Market

Online Poker in UK is set to get a new look as this week in Barcelona the folks at PokerStars behind Power Up gave some players a look to see how the new game works. The game will have a whole bunch of new elements thrown in to create new strategies, an immersive experience and some crazy action.

PokerStars is set to release the new game in the United Kingdom for real money later this year.

Power Up is played similarly to a standard Hold’em poker Sit & Go tournament. All players are dealt two cards each and start with the equal chips. As in Hold’em, the dealer position moves round the table after each deal, clockwise. On the first hand, the dealer button will be assigned randomly. In addition to cards and chips, players here will be dealt power too which will be activated by playing a power during a player’s turn to act.

However, activating powers costs energy. Each power has a different energy cost, as shown on the power. All players start with the same amount of energy.

PokerStarsSteve Rasset wrote in a blog a about the success of the new product, "We had more than 150,000 games played by more than 90,000 unique players. I never cease to be astonished by the passion of our players, eager to discover a new game, already starting to strategize their play, master the tactics and help us to make it an even better product."

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