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The Poker Year In Review - August 2012

PokerStars Pays The DOJ, Regulator Washes Hands Of AP/UB And Viktor Blom Is On The Move

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Party Poker’s Fast Forward poker goes into beta-testing after it blamed PokerStars Zoom Poker for recent poor financial performance.

The company also announced a sponsorship deal with Manchester United while the PokerStars takeover of Full Tilt Poker would save 200 jobs in Dublin which would continues to operate as the company headquarters.

A Swedish poker player was accused of robbery and extortion and Big One for One Drop runner up Sam Trickett signs up as ambassador for the International Stadiums Poker Tour.

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission apparently washes its hands of Absolute Poker/Ultimate Bet who owe players millions of dollars.

PokerStars acquisition of Full Tilt Poker assets is completed as the company pays $225 million of the $731 million final price tag to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Prospective Card Player European Player of the Year Marvin Rettenmaier wins the World Poker Tour Merit Classic main event.

Viktor “Isildur1” Blom leaves Team PokerStars pro and is expected to join the nascent pro team at Full Tilt Poker.

Dan Smith is at it again with another victory, this time the €50,000 Super High Roller at European Poker Tour Barcelona.

Mikalai Pobal wins an exciting EPT Barcelona final table which saw him up against two drinking Finns.

A federal judge in the U.S. rules poker is a game of skill and Full Tilt Poker’s former owners jump on it to aid their defense.