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PokerStars Gives Players the Chance to Turn Back Time With Unfold

Zoltan Tundik

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HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO UNFOLD? (PRNewsfoto/PokerStars)
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ONCHAN, Isle of ManAugust 2, 2018 – PokerStars has released its latest No Limit Hold’em cash game innovation, Unfold, which for the first time allows players to unfold their hand once the flop has been dealt.

If a player has decided to change their mind, the hand previously folded will be used to play for an “Unfold pot” made up of antes taken from each player at the beginning of each hand. Each ante will constitute a percentage of the big blind.

In order to play for the “Unfold pot” and in effect unfold their hand, players have to make a bet equal to the sum of the Unfold pot. Players who pay the Unfold stake cannot make any further bets after this point. The rest of the hand is played out amongst the main pot players while the Unfold players spectate. The Unfold pot is then awarded to the Unfold player with the strongest five card poker hand after the river is dealt. If the main pot is won before the full board is dealt, all remaining community cards will be dealt to determine the winner of the Unfold pot.

Video preview of Unfold:

“This has never been done before,” said Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations. “Unfold means more action and opportunities for players, reducing the all too familiar sinking feeling of making the correct pre-flop lay down, only to then find you would have flopped the nuts. We’re very excited to offer something new and completely different.”

PokerStars Ambassador Felix Schneider said, There’s been so many times at the tables where I’ve wished I could go back and unfold my hand when I’ve realised I’ve hit a winner and now I can actually do it, which is super exciting! It’s a really engaging format and keeps players entertained and sweating it out in the side pot. I think it’ll also be very funny to stream on my channel and I can’t wait to show my community.”

Fellow PokerStars Ambassador Fatima de Melo said, “I feel way more comfortable folding hands knowing that there’s great potential to hop on to the Unfold pot if I want to. I remember playing a World Series of Poker event about five years ago and I folded 3s pre flop and the other players went all-in with aces against queens, and I would have won the hand with a set of 3s! This was for the chip lead and I was like “oh my god, why did I fold?”. Well I had to fold because they went all in pre-flop. But the Unfold button would have definitely been nice there!’

Unfold will be featured under its own tab in the PokerStars lobby . The game is currently available on .COM, .NET .UK, .EU and .DK, with more licenses to be rolled out in the future.

There are three instances where the Unfold antes will be refunded to all players:

  • The main pot is decided pre-flop
  • Fewer than two players fold pre-flop
  • No players choose to Unfold

For further information, please contact press@pokerstars.com

About PokerStars

PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best online security. More than 182 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site.

The Stars Group owns or licenses gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, Sky Bet, Sky VegasSky Casino, Sky Bingo, and Sky Poker, as well as live poker tour and event brands, including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK. The Stars Group is one of the world’s most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 19 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in EuropeAustralia, and the Americas.

Play Responsibly!  For more information on responsible gaming please visit our website at http://www.pokerstars.com/about/responsible-gaming/

 

Media Contact: Eric HollreiserPress@pokerstars.com

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After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Irish Winner Hits the Stars – Big Winner at Genesis Casino!

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Irish Winner Hits the Stars - Big Winner at Genesis Casino!
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Luck of the Irish rocks the galaxy with a €10,500 win!

One lucky winner from Ireland has landed in space with a massive €10,533.41 on Microgaming’s Cash Splash – 5 Reel. The win, triggered from a mere €3 wager, sent shockwaves throughout the universe!

Microgaming’s first foray in the Cash Splash series had yielded a fun slot across three-reels. It went on to become one of their most famous games, so why not make it even more enjoyable with a five-reel version? Despite being packed with Bonus features such as Wilds, Scatters offering fiery multipliers up to 250x your wager, and a Progressive Jackpot, the game is not known for its massive RTP. Nonetheless, it was big enough to send a meteor shower of cash straight into our lucky winner’s account who’s spilled the space-beans on this astronomic experience.

Reach for the stars and let their light shine on your reeling fun!

Expectant mother, Michelle, was in the hospital waiting room ahead of a routine check-up. “I had just woken up, I was sitting at the hospital feeling really bored.” Minutes and spins went by before she finally hit the winning combination. “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” she tells us, “suddenly my screen lit up and I realised I had won a big sum.”
Did she ever dream of winning big? “I never ever thought I would score a win of this size. I usually don’t bet that much per spin,” says Michelle, “but I gave it a try and landed a nice win just after a few spins. I haven’t told anybody about it yet – up until now, it was still my little secret!”
Michelle plans on using her newly-won cash on a little getaway after the birth of her baby, but she’ll also spend some of it on Christmas presents for her family and friends.

Star formation in the Genesis sky just before Michelle give birth to a star of her own!

Michelle is a relatively new player at Genesis Casino. Her experience in orbit is, in her own words, “no more than a couple of weeks. I was online and I think I saw Genesis Casino on Facebook or some other social media, so I decided to give it a shot.”
There’s a galaxy of choice at Genesis Casino – players can try their hands at over 1300 games, from video slots, to table games, scratch-cards, live casino and a nice selection of jackpots which includes the interstellar Cash Splash itself. There’s something for everybody at Genesis and you never know, the stars could conspire to turn you into the next big winner!

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Police nabs 12 persons for kidnapping US businessman in Costa Rica

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Police nabs 12 persons for kidnapping US businessman in Costa Rica
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The police arrested 12 persons for allegedly kidnapping an American businessman in Costa Rica. The persons were arrested in Costa Rica and Spain.

The assailants kidnapped William Sean Creighton Kopko, the owner of 5Dimes, an online gambling platform, on September 24 in Costa Rica.

Kopko’s family agreed to pay the ransom of the Bitcoin equivalent of $950,800 after his kidnappers made several calls threatening to kill him.

But once the payment was made, the kidnappers stopped communicating with Kopko’s family and he is still missing.

After the kidnapping members of the gang fled to Cuba, the Civil Guard statement said. On November 9, Costa Rica informed the Civil Guard that three suspects had left Cuba and entered Spain through the Madrid-Barajas airport. The suspects who travelled to Spain were arrested after they rented a house in the city of Zaragoza, according to the news release.

Video from Costa Rican investigators shows authorities raiding a house on Friday in Costa Rica. That raid lead to the arrest of nine others allegedly involved in the kidnapping scheme.

The US State Department has not posted any travel advisories regarding Costa Rica, but there is a warning on its website that crime “is increasing in Costa Rica and U.S. citizens are frequent victims.”

American Carla Stefaniak was found dead after she went missing in Costa Rica in November. A security guard at the Airbnb where Stefaniak was staying was arrested and is a suspect in her killing.

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Casino Technology with premiere of new cutting-edge product offerings at London Exhibition

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Casino Technology with premiere of new cutting-edge product offerings at London Exhibition
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Casino Technology launches new cutting-edge product offerings at ICE 2019. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the company will make a spectacular premiere of the latest releases of slot machines with diverse content at stand N5-140.

Rossi McKee, Vice President of Casino Technology commented: “The new offerings include eye-catching cabinets with fascinating new multi games. The quality line-up of leading-edge technology and a brand-new content for truly exciting experience is defying our participation at 2019 ICE edition”.

The successful award-winning series of EZ MODULO™ slot machines were further extended with high end models – EZ MODULO Titan™ and EZ MODULO Tower™ that make the product line a perfect choice for all types of casinos and gaming halls.

The innovative EZ MODULO Titan™ captures the player’s attention with compelling design. Featuring 32” UHD main monitor and an impressive 43” UHD J-curved monitor for displaying the jackpot accumulations and the winning celebrations, the cabinet offers superior ergonomics and improved players comfort.

The machine could be offered with 13″ button deck, which combined with a black chrome finish gives a new sense of sophisticated style and design. EZ MODULO TITAN™  is offered with GORILLA WHEEL™ – a multi level progressive game suite with 12 titles and SPEED KING™ multi game with up to 60 games.

The next new release is EZ MODULO TOWER™. With unique 43-inch J-curved monitor and full touchscreen capabilities, the cabinet offers crystal clear sound, and edge lighting as well as a 27” topper.

EZ MODULO TOWER™ will be available with TOWER™ 102 fruits and TOWER™ 104 multi games. Both consisting of 40 titles, the game packages provide attractive winning combinations for extra thrill, with extra wins in addition to the standard winning lines, such as the whole screen filled with the same symbol and interactive bonus features.

EZ MODULO™ series are presented in another new modification with three 32” HD monitors, featuring the SPEED KING™ multi game.

SPEED KING™ provides an exceptional gaming experience with 60 titles, carefully selected after profound research on the market needs. The multi game has realistic graphics, high quality sound, great effects and efficient set of intriguing game maths.

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