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The news just kept coming this week. GBT continued to show signs that the reopening of Full Tilt is approaching soon. New business entities were discovered in Ireland and Malta bearing the Full Tilt name and funding of those companies has begun. In addition it was announced that a public hearing will be held by the AGCC to review the license application of Orinic Limited which is set to be the primary license for the new Full Tilt. Also this week, if you have an opinion on the ethics of datamining you wont want to miss all the news on PokerStars vs. PokerTableRatings.

New Full Tilt Limited: Tapie Funds New Irish Company with €1m

Laurent Tapie and ISPT co-founder named directors of a new Dublin-based company.

Laurent Tapie has recently been appointed the director and secretary of a new Irish registered company: New Full Tilt Limited.

The company was originally incorporated on February 14, 2012 with a starting capital of €1m. In March, Laurent Tapie and Prosper Jerémy Masquelier were appointed the sole directors of the business.

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One in Four Cash Game Hands Played on the Internet is on Zoom Poker

The boom of Zoom: Just a month after launching in beta, PokerStars' new poker variant has been a runaway success. Could fast-fold poker become the dominating format for poker online?

One in four poker hands played on cash game tables is played on PokerStars’ Zoom Poker tables, according to the latest available traffic figures. This jaw-dropping statistic is even more impressive considering that Zoom Poker is only 28 days old—and still in beta.

To take one data point, at peak time yesterday—2PM EST and early evening in Europe—PokerScout showed just over 80,000 seats filled at cash tables across all internet poker sites. We counted 7,500 seats taken at PokerStars Zoom tables: Around 9% of the total.

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Lee Jones: PokerStars’ Position on Data-Mining Sites

Following the legal battle launched by PokerStars against PokerTableRatings and the subsequent removal of profiles from the site, PokerStars Home Games Manager Lee Jones sent pokerfuse the following statement. It has been reproduced here verbatim.

For a few years now, we at PokerStars have worried about the effects of data-mining sites such as Poker Table Ratings (“PTR”) on the health of the online poker ecosystem. Such sites provide massive databases that allow a player to know a huge amount of information about a specific opponent the first time they play a pot together. We have many concerns about data-mining:

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AGCC to Hold Public Hearing for Full Tilt License Application

The Alderney Gaming Control Commission will hold a hearing to review the application of Orinic Limited, a Full Tilt subsidiary that escaped license revocation last year.

The hearing will take place on May 3, 2012—two weeks from today—at the Braye Beach Hotel, Alderney. The meeting will be open to the public, and oral representations may be made.

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The US Legal Landscape One Year After Black Friday

In an in-depth interview with PPA Board member and Litigation Support Director Patrick Fleming we discuss the legal issues surrounding the purchase of Full Tilt, the Campos plea deal and the state of regulation of online poker one year after Black Friday.

What laws changed in the US since Black Friday?

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PTR “Fully Complies” with Demands, Takes Down PokerStars Profiles

The blindfold goes on as data-mining website PokerTableRatings agrees to remove all PokerStars player profiles following legal demands.

It appears the fight will be short-lived. PokerTableRatings has announced that it has removed all profiles of PokerStars players. The decision comes after the poker room publicly launched a legal battle against the data-mining service earlier this week.

“We will fully adhere to the cease and desist notice by Stars, though we do not believe that we are a disservice to the online poker community,” read the announcement on the official PTR blog earlier today.

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