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The Nightly Turbo: Online Poker Traffic, PokerStars' Saturday Tourneys, and More

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How are you going to get over the midweek hump? By checking out the top poker news stories of the day, that's how. Keep reading to find out the latest online poker traffic report, the new line of tournaments from PokerStars, and more.

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Traffic Report

For the past four weeks, online poker traffic has seen decreases. Last week's report is a little different. Online poker traffic is up 1 percent in the last week and seven of the top ten sites and networks on PokerScout have shown increases in traffic.

According to PokerScout, Full Tilt Poker saw a 0.8 percent increase in traffic. PartyPoker saw a 3 percent gain in traffic. The site has boasted almost a 6 percent gain since the beginning of June.

While some go up, others must fall. The Merge Gaming Network fell 7.5 percent last week, making it the third straight week that the network has seen a decrease in traffic.

As for year-over-year numbers, the Cereus Network has seen a 96 percent decrease in traffic. Full Tilt Poker is down 39 percent year-over-year, and PokerStars decreased by 27 percent.

Want to check out more numbers and statistics? Head on over to

New Tournament Schedule on PokerStars

If you read the title of this and thought, "OMG my Sundays," have no fear, your Sundays are safe. Saturdays, however, are a different story. PokerStars is launching a new schedule of tournaments on Saturdays. Seven different tournaments are on the new Saturday schedule, ranging from $2.22 to $55 in buy-ins. Guaranteed prize pools range from $20,000 to $60,000.

The new Saturday lineup kicks off on June 25, and to celebrate the launch, PokerStars has a "no lose" offer for players. If you register for one of the events and bust before the money, you'll get a free ticket to try the tournament again another day.

Sound too good to be true? It almost is. The offer is limited to one ticket per player and is applicable to the highest-value tournament the player failed to cash in. Oh, and it must be used by July 16.

Saturday Lineup

0700 ET (1300 CET)Saturday 6-MaxNLH 6-max$22$20,000
0800 ET (1400 CET)Saturday MicroNLH$3.30$20,000
0900 ET (1500 CET)Saturday OmahaPLO$55$30,000
1000 ET (1600 CET)Saturday EliminatorNLH Knockout$27$40,000
1100 ET (1700 CET)Saturday SplashNLH 3x Turbo$2.22+R$50,000
1530 ET (2130 CET)Saturday DuelNLH Heads Up$11$20,000
1900 ET (0100 CET)Saturday SpeedwayNLH Turbo$33$60,000

If you want to know more, head on over to the PokerStars Blog.

Meet Team RISE

RISE Poker has announced its new pro roster. Maria Ho, Scotty Nguyen, Dani Stern, and Jean-Robert Bellande will make up Team RISE. They will be sporting the RISE logo at major land-based tournaments and playing in weekly tournaments on RISE Poker.

“As some of the game’s most recognizable and entertaining personalities, Scotty, Maria, Jean-Robert and Dani have exactly what we’re looking for — legit game at the tables as well as genuine mainstream appeal,” said Steve “Chops” Preiss, RISE Poker executive vice president of business development. “Our RISE Poker community are going to have a lot of fun competing against and connecting with these pros.”

If you want to know more, check out

The Court Erred

While we're sure that the lawsuit Clonie Gowen has against Tiltware is the last thing on its mind, the company has been dealt another blow. Last week, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that U.S. District Judge Robert Clive Jones was wrong in dismissing Gowen's breach-of-contract claim against Tiltware.

The court also ruled that the district court was also wrong in dismissing the fraud and negligent misrepresentation claims that Gowen has against Raymond Bitar and Howard Lederer.The circuit court did side with Judge Jones on the dismissal of Gowen's claims against other poker companies and high-profile professionals that are tied to Full Tilt Poker.

We're no legal analysts, so we can't break this down for you. If you want more, you can get it at

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