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There were plenty of announcements in the poker world this week. PokerStars unveiled its plans to release a brand new desktop client, Full Tilt Poker chose Gus Hansen to be the new face of its poker room when it relaunches next month, Bodog closed its European poker room and Winamax entered the US market with a free-play site that awards cash prizes. We also continued our coverage of the Howard Lederer interviews. For all the details on these stories and much more, visit us at pokerfuse.com.

PokerStars All-New Desktop Client: First Look and Screenshots

The PokerStars client is being redesigned from the ground up. We take a first look at "PokerStars 7," soon to enter private beta testing.

For the first time ever, PokerStars is planning to release a brand new desktop client, redesigned from scratch.

Gone are the myriad of menus, 3-layers of tabs and scrolling news banners; say hello to “PokerStars 7,” the sleek, simplified poker lobby. Most features from the classic client have been rethought and redesigned, and new additions both bring it into step with competing poker rooms, and bring new innovations to the table.

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Winamax Enters US Market with Free-Play Site with Cash Prizes

Leading French poker site Winamax has entered the US market, offering a free-play site in anticipation of legislated real-money games at winamaxpoker.com.

“Because real money poker is currently not authorized in the United States, we have put together a play money offer designed to encourage real poker play and offer an experience as close to the real thing as possible,” Winamax stated under a section on the website titled “Our position on real money poker.”

“Unlike some, we have chosen to offer real-money games only in regulated markets, where so doing is both safe and legal,” it adds.

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Howard Lederer and Full Tilt’s “Cash Coverage” Cha Cha

Many of the Full Tilt exec's most indefensible responses show how risk was shifted to players.

The ugly truth behind Full Tilt Poker’s false claims that player funds were “safe and secure” continues to emerge, with statements made by former Tiltware president and Full Tilt board member Howard Lederer downplaying the connection between the site’s “cash coverage” of player balances and the real impact of the nine-digit backlog of uncleared US player deposits.

Lederer’s own statements in recent interviews with PokerNews and 2+2 poker podcast confirm the shifting sands beneath Full Tilt’s claims of financial security, with players ultimately left holding the bag for roughly $300 million. Had third-party deals not occurred, it’s likely that the Full Tilt victims would have received only pennies on the dollar, if anything, despite Lederer’s recent reassurances that he had only the players’ best interests at stake.

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Gus Hansen: The Face of New Full Tilt Poker

Previous Team Pro to head marketing efforts for the resurrected FTP.

Danish poker pro Gus Hansen, former member of Team Full Tilt, will return as the face of Full Tilt Poker when it relaunches in November.

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Bodog Closing Online Poker Room in UK, Europe

Euro-facing Bodog.co.uk pivots to target the Asian expat community; New sign-ups temporarily blocked for casino relaunch, but poker will not return.

The bodog brand Bodog.co.uk has temporarily blocked new signups and will shut down its online poker room, pokerfuse has learned.

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Major Affiliate Network Switches Off Minted Poker Following Continued Cashout Delays

PokerAffiliateSolutions will no longer support the Everleaf skin, citing Non-US cashouts stretching to 3-5 months.

Poker Affiliate Solutions halted its 40 percent rakeback deal on Minted Poker on Monday, citing “very slow cashouts and inaction on former US players.”

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