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Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in Blog, General Poker | 2 comments

A Statement by Nolan Dalla on the Settlement Agreement on Pokerstars’ Acquisition of Full Tilt Poker

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Today’s settlement agreement between PokerStars and the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), which includes an announcement that PokerStars will acquire the entirety of Full Tilt Poker’s global assets, is an encouraging development for all poker players, and particularly positive news for those owed monies via their immobilized account deposits.

In fact, today’s news is the first break in the black cloud that has hung over the poker industry for 15 months.  Given PokerStars’ longstanding reputation for integrity and the commendable manner in which they handled their own player-deposit crisis during 2011, all poker players should be grateful to the ownership and management team of this company for assuming a leadership role in what have been troubled times for the poker industry.

However, today’s announcement does nothing, nor should in any way, abdicate any of the principals associated with Full Tilt Poker for their irresponsible actions, criminal or not.  Neither does the announcement serve in any way to remedy the gross negligence that led up to the crisis, nor amend the utter indifference of Full Tilt Poker and its principals to the suffering of innumerable poker players who endured severe financial and emotional hardships since the events of April 2011.

Full Tilt Poker’s actions during both the pre- and post-Black Friday period, represented an unprecedented level of irresponsibility and a grotesque violation of trust.  The damage these industry outcasts have done to players, public confidence, and the game overall lingers and will not be forgotten nor forgiven until the principals have provided explanation, apology, and restitution.

Conversely, the actions of PokerStars during this crisis have continued to win favor from the poker community at large.  I am optimistic that all poker players – residing both inside and outside the United States — who are deemed “victims” in the precise language contained in the official press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York on this date will be reimbursed IN FULL (emphasis mine).  Moreover, the USDOJ should do everything in its considerable powers to ensure that all monies are returned as quickly as possible to all victims.

Nolan Dalla
Las Vegas, Nevada
July 31, 2012

Writer’s Note:  The opinions expressed here are my own and do not in any way reflect the position of any company, publication, website, or entity with which I have been associated.

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Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Blog, Essays, General Poker | 0 comments

What to Make of Playtech’s “Quantum” Table and Card Games?

 

What to Make of Playtech’s “Quantum” Table and Card Games?

Playtech is undoubtedly one of the world’s most important developers of casino games. The company is now in its 20th year and has arguably grown in importance within the industry, notably in the area of, what it terms, ‘premium branded’ online slots. It’s a big player too at the various casino conventions, where the developers are keen to show off the latest technology for now and in the future.

However, one could also argue that Playtech perhaps missed the boat on live dealer casino. It’s not that Playtech doesn’t make live casino games; it makes some of the finest classic table and card games for the live dealer format. It’s the fact that other developers stole a march on Playtech when it came to creating games that go beyond the standard casino variations. Evolution Gaming, for example, created the ground-breaking Monopoly Live, which has captured the imagination of players looking for something a little different when they visit a live casino.

Playtech launched its “Quantum” range in late 2019

But Playtech has recently made moves to muscle its way back into the live casino top tier with a clutch of new releases. Notably, it’s Playtech’s “Quantum” Blackjack and Roulette that have caught our eye. You can find it at live.casino.com/united-kingdom/, but below we will try to breakdown the main elements and explain why it’s a significant addition to the live dealer casino sphere.

Looking first at Quantum Blackjack, the game’s headline feature is that it can offer a 1000x boost to your winnings. That begins with the drawing of three auxiliary cards on the side of the screen. Each card will have a multiplier assigned to it. For instance, you might see the ace of clubs with a 5x multiplier. If the ace of clubs is drawn in your winning hand, you will win five times the normal pot. If you match other cards on the side screen, their values are multiplied. As the auxiliary cards can range from 3x to 10x, the maximum boost to a winning hand is 1000x, i.e. 10 x 10 x 10.

 

Quantum games combine live play and random number generator software

So, here’s the question: If this is a live blackjack game, how can Playtech afford to boost the winnings with such gusto? After all, we know that blackjack is a game with a very low house edge. Well, the trade-off is that the game will be declared a push if the dealer busts on three cards. This factor swings the house edge back towards the house enough to allow for the boosted winnings. It’s worth noting, however, that the multiplier game runs on RNG software.

Quantum Roulette is conceptually similar. Once bets are placed on the game, an RNG will draw up to five numbers, each with multipliers of between 50x and 500x displayed on them. If your straight up bet happens to be one of those numbers, your bet payout will be the multiplier displayed rather than the standard 35 to 1 you would find in standard roulette. Once again, the kicker is that winning straight up bets (without the Quantum boost) are paid at 29 to 1. Overall, though, if you like your James Bondesque big wins in roulette, this is the game for you.

It’s important to note that both of these games still reflect the house edge of their standard variants, so players aren’t getting a shiny bauble without any substance. The games look great, played out in an ultra-slick and modern studio. They seem like a great choice for players with low stakes and high ambitions. Now let’s hope Playtech is working on something similar for online poker fans.

 

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