News in brief: 888 signs up JC Tran, Dreitzer to leave BMM Testlabs, Virtual Gaming Show, NZ TAB ups minimum phone bets
WSOP chipleader JC Tran signs up with 888 Poker
888 has signed up major Asian poker star JC Tran as part of a new poker sponsorship deal according to Card player magazine. Tran has won close to US$9m in prizes and is the current chip leader of the 2013 World Series of Poker main event final table which will be played in November. The Gibraltar-based group has also removed all no-limit hold’em and pot limit omaha heads-up cash games from its online poker room. A spokesperson for 888 explained on the 2+2 poker forums at the weekend: “In keeping with our strategy to make our poker room competitive and fun, the decision [has] been made to remove the heads up cash games.”
888 is replicating the moves made by Microgaming and iPoker Network, who decided to act against players sitting inactively at heads up tables and have implemented caps on the number of heads up tables a player can sit at.
Mike Dreitzer to leave BMM Testlabs to join Ainsworth
Mike Dreitzer, chief operating officer Americas of the gaming certification and testing specialist BMM Testlabs, will leave the company on 13th September to join Ainsworth Game Technology (AGT) North American as president in late September. Dreitzer had been with BMM Testlabs’ headquarters in Las Vegas for the past two years. Martin Storm, BMM's global president and chief executive, commented: "It has been a pleasure to work with Mike, he has been a strong leader for our company. We certainly appreciate Mike's time, efforts and his commitment to his role here at BMM and we wish him the very best for his future career."
Virtual Gaming Show to take place 11-12 September
The Virtual Gaming Show will bring together land-based and online casinos, affiliates, sportsbooks and social/mobile gaming industry professionals in an online conference setting on 11-12 September. Online delegates will be given an avatar and will be able to walk through the exhibition floor, chat with colleagues and contacts, see booths, take part in lectures and hangout at the bar in an online setting. The online event will bring together the industry communities from Clarion Events, iGaming Business, Casino Vendors, GPWA, PokerAffiliateListings and more.
Minimum phone bet of $10 for NZ TAB
The New Zealand TAB has doubled the minimum bet requirement to NZ$10 for its phone betting service to counter a rise in operating costs. The previous minimum telephone bet of NZ$5 had been in place since 2007, up from NZ$2.