200 slot online players got an opportunity to be a part of an amazing voyage on board the Westerdam, Holland America’s new cruise ship. Civitavecchia in Italy, was the starting point of this cruise. From there, the ship set out for Naples. Poker rooms were open after dinner every evening. Game limits ranged from $1-$2 right up to $10-$20. Along with visiting scenic locales in Italy, cruisers got a chance to play great poker. Catania, Malta, Cartegena, Lisbon amd Vigo were some of the beautiful spots visited by the cruisers. The cruise reached its final destination at Copenhagen after 12 fun-filled days of sightseeing clubbed with great poker games all through the voyage. Cardplayer.com reports:

I hated to see this cruise end, since every day had been fun for me. We experienced great weather, great food, and great poker every day.

PokerRoom.com – The Third Largest Poker Room on the Net

According to recent reoports, PokerRoom.com has approximately four million players as its members.  This makes it officially, the third largest poker room on the net. This ranking was done by PokerPulse.com which is a site conducting researches on the online poker industry. It is a well-known fact that the online poker industry is worth an amzaing $2 billion and is growing still. PokerRoom was one of the early entrants in this segment, having been launched in 1999. At the time, online poker was still in its nascent stage. Being an early bird has paid it rich dividends and it has continued to lead all the way. Today its growth rate is said to be double that of the industry itself. Poker777.com reports:

In the increasing competitive online poker market, PokerRoom has stayed ahead by constantly seeking out ways to set itself apart from the operators. One of the more momentous examples of this happened in April of this year, when PokerRoom became the first online poker site to launch real money mobile poker gaming.

Canadian Laws Prohibit Promotions by Internet Poker Comapanies, on TV

Canadian laws pertaining to criminal code are being re-examined. The reason behind this is, to forbid casinos from advertising on television. Earlier, United States has already made a move in this direction, wanting to curb internet poker companies from using television as a medium of promotion. Jim Patterson who is the CEO of the Television Bureau of Canada, says that the new criminal code totally prohibits on-line gambling. Since promoting any illegal activity is against law, no promotions or advertisements will be approved if they lure the viewer to play for cash. However, every law seems to have a loophole and this one is no exception. Even though Canadian TV stations cannot show advertisements of poker sites, they can show “play money” commercials for organizations such as PartyPoker and PokerStars. Cleverly, these playsites have similar names and end with .net instead of the usual dot com. Pokernews.com reports:

Toronto based internet consultant Rick Broadhead is quick to point out that allowing this practice makes Canadian regulators look foolish. Mr. Patterson, who runs Telecaster (Canadian TV station) in addition to playing a role at the Television Bureau of Canada, sympathizes with Broadheawd but feels there are line regulatory agencies shouldn’t cross.