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This week, additional details emerged regarding the sale of the Ongame Network and it was announced that US players will be moved off of the Cake Poker site. We also got a look at some of the Full Tilt Poker assets arriving on the Isle of Man via the military transport plane Hercules. And, the fight to protect players' funds claimed a victory as French regulator ARJEL publically advocated for deposits to be held in trust. Check out all these stories and more at

Amaya to Pay Only $6.5m-8m for Ongame, Announcement Next Week

Amaya Gaming will pay about 25% of Shuffle Master's original deal for's "surplus asset."

Amaya Gaming Group Inc. has closed the deal to purchase the Ongame Network, and will pay in the region of $6.5m-$8m, pokerfuse has learned.

As first revealed two weeks ago, the Montreal-based gaming provider will purchase’s “surplus asset” and an announcement is slated for next week, likely during the G2E gaming exposition in Las Vegas.

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Merge Poker Site Closing Down

Just a month after Bluff Gaming shut down, its sibling on the Merge Gaming Network is also expected to close., a Merge Gaming skin regulated by the Maltese LGA, will close soon, pokerfuse has learned. Affiliates have been unpaid for two months, but player funds should be safe.

Information given to pokerfuse indicates that player funds are actually held by the Merge cashier and are not physically owned by Bluff Room itself, which should mean that players will get their money back.

It is understood, however, that affiliates are in a different position, as the money owed is from the poker room itself. Whether they get any money due will depend on the financial position of the operator.

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The Lederer Files: Index of Videos, Articles and Blog Posts

Links to all the vids, plus our picks of the best blogs, tweets, discussion and podcasts covering the Howard Lederer interviews.

Over the last week, has released a series of videos from an interview conducted with ex-Full Tilt Board Member Howard Lederer. The seven-part series covers the history of Full Tilt, events leading up to Black Friday, and the process towards the deal with PokerStars.

Although many topics were not discussed, and no answers given to many of the pertinent questions, there was enough significant new information that deserves analysis from more than three hours of footage.

As the videos were edited down to individual topics rather than a representing a chronology of the interview itself, it made sense to wait until all seven parts were released before commenting and passing analysis. Now that all episodes are publicly available, pokerfuse plans to release a series of articles over the next week to discuss the contents of the videos.

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Cake Poker Migrates US Players to JuicyStakes.EU Site

Players from four Cake-owned skins moved in overnight transfer.

With little advance fanfare, US players from four skins affiliated with Cake Poker have been transferred to a new site,, effective immediately.

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ARJEL: Lesson Learned, Funds Must be Held in Trusts

The collapse of Full Tilt Poker served as an eye opener to French regulators about the risk to players' funds.

In an interview with iGaming France, ARJEL President Jean-François Villotte has called for the forthcoming review of French gaming regulation to require that players’ funds be held in legal trusts.

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Full Tilt Assets Arrive in Isle of Man

"Thirty tons" of computer equipment arrive on PokerStars Island, flown in on military aircraft.

The hardware that comprised Full Tilt Poker—the servers, hosting racks and other hardware—was flown to the Isle of Man late last week, marking one more step towards the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker under PokerStars ownership.

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