PKR Poker is an award winning online poker site with great software, innovative games, and a unique 3D poker platform that puts it at the top of many players’ lists. When poker fans sign up at the site, they get to create their own personal avatars, and as they explore the site they can use these avatars as a way to interact with other players. Of course, PKR Poker isn’t all about looks – they also offer great cash games, endless tournaments, and excellent poker sign up bonuses.
This week, the site announced the results of a site-wide effort among players to vote for the 2010 PKR Players of the Year. Members actually voted in three categories, and one place was chosen for each. Here are the results:
Tournament Player of the Year
Accomplishments: PKR Hall of Fame, $80,000 in online poker tournament wins, 12 major titles and 23 cashes of $1k or more.
Cash Game player of the Year
Accomplishments: PKR Team Pro member, first player to cash out $1 million in 2010.
Forumite of the Year
Accomplishments: Positive presence in PKR Poker forums, organizing Leeds Community Meet-ups.
PKR’s marketing manager Erika Schwartz Poole says, “Congrats to all our winners this year. These awards are a great way for our players to recognise the achievements of their peers and provide inspiration to others. We look forward to seeing you on the felt in 2011 for another prosperous year!”
Every week, eight employees at the Hacienda Hills Country Club in The Villages, Florida, get together and buy lottery tickets. Each one puts a dollar into the pool, and the money is used to buy the tickets. The friends always agreed that if they won, the money would get split evenly.
A few weeks ago, they hit the jackpot, winning $16 million with one lucky ticket. But that week, only seven people pitched in. Jeanette French, 72, wasn’t at work the day the winning ticket was purchased. Usually, when someone isn’t at work on lotto day, one of the others will pitch in a dollar. But nobody spotted French, and the winners say they don’t want to share with her. French feels that she has a right to one-eighth of the winnings, and she’s decided to do something about it.
French is taking her claim to court, and the judge has ordered the Florida Lottery to hold on to the winnings until a decision is made. The group chose to take a lump sum of $9 million, so if French is not included in the pot, each lotto player will get $1.3 million cash. If they decide to share with her too, everyone gets $1.1 million. Both sides have lawyers and the battle wages on.
“It’d be an awful shame for money to end friendships,” said French’s attorney Tom Culmo. But however the judge decides to end this disagreement, at least one person is going to come out of it unhappy.
Online casino games are usually modeled after games found at land-based casinos. Players can find endless varieties of slots, video poker, blackjack, roulette, baccarat, craps, and other classics. But more and more, casinos are becoming creative with their offerings, providing players with new ways to win.
Online scratch ticket games are unique in a lot of ways. They are dead simple to play – just buy a ticket, then scratch off the squares to see if it’s a winner. These games basically work just like a paper lottery, but the cards are virtual, and can be purchased at any time.
This might not sound like serious gambling, but a recent big win at InterCasino proves otherwise. One lucky player just hit a €100,000 jackpot playing an online scratch card game!
“This massive €100,000 payout is one of the highest ever jackpots to be won on an online scratch card game by a single player and demonstrates InterCasino’s dedication to providing the best games and the biggest jackpots payouts for all our players,” says casino affiliate manager Thomas Rhys Jones.
The winning game is called Money Farm, and is one of several scratch card games in InterCasino’s library of more than 300 titles, all developed by Cryptologic casino software. The site is turning 15 years old in 2011 and has a lot of surprises in store for players.
Neil Jones and his partner Julie Kirkham were facing a bleak Christmas. Jones works laying tile, but business has been bad, and the couple were forced to borrow money to make it through the holidays.
“We’ve just been scraping along,” he said. “We borrowed some money so we could get through Christmas, knowing that in the New Year there were a couple of jobs possibly in the pipeline.”
Down to his last £13, Jones decided to throw caution to the wind, and he went out and bought three lottery tickets at Bargain Booze in hometown of Fenton. His risky strategy paid off, because now the self-employed 47-year-old is a millionaire.
One of the tickets Jones bought was a winner in last Wednesday’s draw, netting the couple a £2,446,436 jackpot. The winning lotto numbers were 14, 16, 23, 24, 25 and 43.
“At first I thought we had won £10, and then I realized we had all six numbers. I called to Julie to come and check the ticket too as my hands were shaking so much. She thought I was pulling her leg.”
Kirkham is just as excited as Jones. “My head is in bits and I can’t think straight,” said the sandwich shop assistant.
The couple plans to buy a house and take a holiday in Egypt.
Casino Rewards is an online gambling group that runs several of the web’s top casinos. The group is turning 10 years old this year, and has been celebrating with an incredible promotion called the $10 Million Giveaway.
During this birthday celebration, Casino Rewards is giving away $10,000,000 in 10 weeks. The giveaway actually started back in October, but it’s still going on, and there is still more than $2 million to be won.
To get involved, players need to earn tickets at any Casino Rewards casino. For every $50 wagered at one of these sites, members earn one ticket to the weekly draw. More tickets obviously means more chances to win, and there is no limit on how many tickets a player can earn.
Each week, a percentage of all deposits made at the casino go into the Massive Progressive Draw. At the end of the week, tickets are drawn, and money is given away. Every ticket wins something, and so far the biggest win is $17,495, won last week by a player from New Zealand.
If you are not already a member of a Casino Rewards casino, then choose a casino from this list and join today. More than $8 million has already been given away since this big event started just 6 weeks ago. Hurry before the money is all gone!
Alastair Pildrow, a postal worker from the UK, wrote a 75-word poem about the classic board game Monopoly. He won £20,000.
The poem was submitted to a competition held by Monopoly manufacturer Hasbro in celebration of the game’s 75th anniversary. Hundreds of entries were considered from around the world, and after narrowing things down to a shortlist of 75 entries, Pildrow’s poem was picked as the best.
Pildrow intends to invest most of his winnings, but is also considering putting some of it towards a new house in his home of Haslemere, UK. The 42-year-old works for the Royal Mail, and has long been a fan of Monopoly.
Writing poetry is not the only way to hit the jackpot playing Monopoly. Fast food chain McDonald’s gives out millions in cash and prizes each year through its Monopoly-themed stamp collecting game.
Casino game software producer WagerWorks has also licensed the Monopoly brand from Hasbro, and used it to create an online slot game called MegaJackpots Monopoly. It is a progressive jackpot slot, which means that its jackpot increases with every wager placed until it is won. It is currently the largest progressive jackpot prize available at any online casino, ringing in at an impressive $2.8 million.
The game of Monopoly has always been about all money, but somehow it’s just a little more exciting when there is real cash involved!
Early this week, authorities in the US state of Georgia launched a campaign called “Operation Jackpot”. While this sounds like a lucrative gambling opportunity, the truth is not quite as nice, for it is the code name of a series of raids against illegal gambling operations.
The sting is the result of a three month investigation, and involved 150 FBI agents, US Marshals and Immigration Customs Enforcement officers.
The target of the raids is a series of illegal gambling houses. Police have seized hundreds of gambling machines and thousands of dollars in cash. Fifteen people have been arrested since the raids began a few days ago. A slot machine manufacturing company called All Star was also raided, and its owner was among those arrested.
“We stumbled on a pretty major organization,” explained Sheriff Kem Kimbrough. “Turns out these operations are supported by a company that manufactures gambling devices out in Rockdale County. What makes them illegal is the fact that they are utilized with cash payouts.”
Those arrested will face charges related to the manufacturing and possession of gambling devices.
The Mega Moolah progressive jackpot slot from Microgaming has struck again, payout out its largest jackpot prize on 29 November 2010. This time it paid the very impressive sum of €2.5 million to a player named C.R. over at Golden Riviera Casino.
Casino manager Emily Alessi comments, “As a proud member of the Microgaming network, we at Golden Riviera Casino.com are absolutely delighted to announce such a prominent win on Mega Moolah Progressive Jackpot, one of the most popular casino online slot titles available on our games portfolio. We send out our hearty congratulations to player C.R. and wish him all the best!”
The Mega Moolah slot jackpot is the best paying progressive jackpot on the internet. The jackpot is seeded at $1 million, but it usually pays many times more. The jackpot is connected to a series of four slot games: Mega Moolah, Mega Moolah 5 Reel Drive, Mega Moolah Summertime and Mega Moolah Isis.
The record payout for the Mega Moolah jackpot is $6.3 million, which was won in May 2009 at River Belle Casino.
Online casino gambler ROBINSONJ will be playing Santa this year with a sack full of money that she won playing at Slotland Casino. The first-time grandmother was playing Jacks or Better, an enhanced progressive jackpot video poker game available only at Slotland.
“I was shaking! I couldn’t keep my eyes off the screen!” she said. “The timing couldn’t be better with Christmas coming and a new grandchild to shop for!”
Jacks or Better has a history of paying out big. Last year another grandmother who goes by the online name QAZMLP won $175,812 on the game. Slotland Casino’s latest big winner was WINNIPEGLEG who took home $107,064 playing the Wild Heart video poker slots game.
All Slotland slots and other games are tied in to the same progressive jackpot. A small slice of every dollar wagered at the casino goes into the jackpot, which just grows and grows until somebody wins. The Slotland progressive jackpot was reset to $50,000 after the win, but has already grown to over $64,000.
The largest lottery jackpot in the history of the Philippines was recently won by a player that has yet to be identified. The jackpot, which has been building without a win for over six months, paid 741 million pesos (16.8 million dollars) on a game called Lucky Pick. The numbers game has over 29 million possible outcomes, and the winner managed to choose the right one.
Even though nobody knows who the winner is, everyone seems to have advice. Crowds of people are hanging around the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) hoping to catch a glimpse of the winner. Local celebrities are urging the winner to build schools, or to donate some of the money to charity. But not everyone is positive – the lotto winner is already receiving threats.
Archbishop Oscar Cruz yesterday urged the winner to flee the country. “It’s best for the person and his family to hide and go abroad rather than stay here and be recognized by people,” he said. The bishop believes that once the winner’s identity is known, the person will be in danger of being kidnapped or threatened for money.
Cruz is the founder of both the People’s Movement against Jueteng (an illegal numbers game played in the Philippines) and the People’s Movement against Gambling. In June 2010 he called for the disbanding of Philippine gambling monopoly PAGCOR. “PAGCOR is a government corporation,” Cruz said. “It makes the government itself a social malediction for promoting corruption, indolence and dependence among the people.”