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The Poker Year In Review - December

Facebook Moves Towards Gambling, Google+ Tries Out Poker And Young Russian Wins Again

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Andrey PateychukFacebook was reportedly in talks with several online gambling operators with a view to “open[ing] its platform to real-money gambling in the UK,” The social media company was thought to be speaking with PokerStars and 888.com.

bwin.party teamed up with software developer Hettema & Bergsten to offer a new webcam-based online poker experience. The face-to-face game, Aces Hangout, is still in development on the Google+ social media platform Google+ Hangouts, and could be tested in heads up mode by signing up for a test account.

Andrey Pateychuk, the omnipresent Russian scored again, this time at the World Poker Tour Prague. Pateychuk added $630,263 to his winnings which had been bolstered in the last five months with first place at the European Poker Tour San Remo for $937,530 and 15th in the World Series of Poker main event for $478,174.

Two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Jesper Hougaard from Denmark signed a sponsorship deal with Bet24. Well-known by his online moniker “Kipster”, Hougaard has also won the Sunday Million twice and has over $2 million in live winnings to his name.

The champion of the 2011 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour grand final was Fabian Quoss. The German took down the £2,500 buy-in main event and received £138,750 from the £487,500 prize pool for topping a field of 195 including final table opponents Jake Cody and James Mitchell.