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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.

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“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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Fidelity National to acquire Worldpay for about $35 billion

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Fidelity National to acquire Worldpay for about $35 billion
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US-based Fintech company Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) has signed a deal to acquire Worldpay, a UK-based payment processing company, for about $35 billion. This is said to be the largest deal in the payments segment. The FIS offer for Worldpay, which was bought by US credit card processing company Vantiv in 2017 for $10.63 billion, values Worldpay at about $43 billion, when debt is included, the companies said on Monday.

Worldpay’s London listed shares were up 9.4 per cent at 8104 pence in early trading on Monday.

“Scale matters in our rapidly changing industry,” FIS Chief Executive Officer Gary Norcross said in a statement.

Worldpay shareholders will receive 0.9287 FIS shares and $11 in cash for each share held, valuing the company at $112.12 per share — a premium of about 14 per cent based on the stocks’ Friday closing, according to Reuters calculations. The combined entity will have revenue of about $12 billion, the companies said.

Upon closing, FIS shareholders will own about 53 per cent and Worldpay shareholders about 47 per cent of the combined company.

Worldpay, which has provided payment processing services for more than 40 years, operated as a business unit of Fifth Third Bancorp until June 2009 when it separated as a stand-alone company. It was spun out of RBS to private-equity firms Bain Capital and Advent International in 2010.

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ComeOn recruits Hampus Eriksson as CPO

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ComeOn recruits Hampus Eriksson as CPO
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Gaming operator ComeOn, a subsidiary of Cherry AB is strengthening its management team by recruiting Hampus Eriksson as CPO (Chief Product Officer).

 

Hampus joins ComeOn from game supplier NetEnt, where he worked as Director of Product & Services. Hampus has an extensive background with solid experience from both marketing and product-related managerial roles in the iGaming industry.

“I have followed ComeOn’s journey for several years and am impressed with how well they have succeeded with their brands in highly competitive markets. At the same time, I perceive great potential and major development opportunities on the product side, so it will be very exciting to be part of ComeOn’s continued success,” says Hampus Eriksson.

“ComeOn continues to deliver strong results while investing in innovation and technology. We are convinced that the development of our industry will continue at a fast pace and it will therefore be important to remain at the forefront and able to respond quickly when necessary. With Hampus Eriksson on the management team, we are further strengthening our product focus, which is fantastic both for us and our customers,” says Lahcene Merzoug, CEO of ComeOn.

ComeOn is a leading player in the rapidly growing market for online gaming via mobile, tablet and computer, with well-known brands and strong positions, primarily in casino and sports betting.

 

CHERRY IN BRIEF:

Cherry is an innovative and fast-growing gaming company with operations in gaming, entertainment and media. The company was founded in 1963 and today, Cherry operates through five diversified business areas: Online Gaming, Game Development, Online Marketing, Gaming Technology, and Restaurant Casino. The Group’s objective is to grow organically in combination with strategic acquisitions of fast-growing companies. Cherry AB’s principal owner is Bridgepoint Europe VI Fund. The company’s Class B share is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange, Mid Cap segment. More information is available at www.cherry.se.

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Wazdan super sizes their games with the launch of new Unique Wazdan Feature, Big Screen Mode

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Wazdan games hit the big screen with the addition of a new Unique Wazdan Feature, Big Screen Mode, which lets players zoom their games to show bigger reels for super-sized fun.

Innovative game producer Wazdan has been developing market leading, tech-rich slot games for more than a decade through their team of gaming enthusiasts committed to pushing the limits of technology, gaming and inventive features which allow players to tailor their experience.

The latest addition in Wazdan’s lineup of Unique Wazdan Features is the Big Screen Mode. Through the Big Screen Mode feature, players of Wazdan games are able to zoom in on their game, showing bigger reels and changing the dedicated control panel below the game into universal buttons, which are placed on the right-hand side of the screen, just like players would experience in the mobile version. With two zoom modes to choose from, players can adjust the width of the reels to their screen. By enabling this unique feature, players can focus on the thrilling action taking place on the reels of their favourite slot game.

Unique Wazdan Features have long been the secret sauce making Wazdan games a cut above the rest. All new Wazdan games come jam-packed with Unique Wazdan Features, ensuring players control their playing experience, making adjustments to suit their particular preferences.

So far Wazdan has 7 Unique Wazdan Features on offer. Their world-first patented Volatility Levels™ give players the option to change the volatility level of each round. The Unique Gamble Feature can be activated after every win, giving players an extra game with a 50/50 chance to double their win in an instant. For players on the move, activating Energy Saving Mode will extend the life of any device’s battery by roughly 40%. Ultra Lite Mode suites players suffering with a slow Internet connection to decrease the games load time. Double Screen Mode allows players to see the pay table for each game, where win values of all game symbols can be seen, including special symbols like scatters and wilds. Finally, for players who like a rapid game, Wazdan’s Ultra Fast Mode allows them to adjust the speed of the game, without affecting the game algorithms, performance or its RTP.

Wazdan offers players and operators more than 110 stunning HTML5 games with these cutting-edge Unique Wazdan Features.

Wazdan Head of Sales, Andrzej Hyla, says, “We are proud of the accomplishments of the Wazdan team and brand. It has been a big year for us, and Big Screen Mode is yet another example of the innovation we inject into our games. Big Screen Mode has already been received with enthusiasm by players, as have the games which offer this feature. With so many new title releases, partnerships and accomplishments already this year, we are beyond excited for every new month, sure to come with many more announcements.”

Keep up to date with the latest Wazdan news at: https://www.wazdan.com

 

ABOUT WAZDAN:

Wazdan is a popular game producer, developing innovative casino games that deliver an original, fun and truly omni-channel player experience. Offering an extensive game library of over 110 HLML5 slots, table games and video poker games, Wazdan is gaining popularity in the iGaming market thanks to the great quality of their games, interesting themes and engaging gameplay. Wazdan’s game portfolio consists of such popular titles as Magic Stars 3, Great Book of Magic Deluxe, Magic Target Deluxe, Valhalla and Wild Guns as well as amazing new and upcoming slot games, including Los Muertos™, Mayan Ritual™ and Larry the Leprechaun amongst others. Wazdan releases new, exciting titles on a regular basis and equips them with Unique Wazdan Features: innovative Volatility Levels™, exciting Unique Gamble Feature and mobile-friendly Energy Saving and Double Screen Modes, Ultra Lite Mode, Ultra Fast Mode, as well the brand new Big Screen Mode. Wazdan holds a number of European trademarks including a trademark for their world’s-first Volatility Level™. Their extensive portfolio of clients includes some of the top gaming operations in the industry. The company is headquartered in Malta and holds licenses issued by the UKGC, the MGA and complies with Curacao regulations. Furthermore, their games use the RNG certified by the NMi, which ensures reliable, fair and secure gameplay.

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