This week, we have another unique tournament series at Full Tilt Poker and a promotion that would make James Bond excited about playing on PartyPoker. On top of that, we have rumors about AT&T as well as shocking news about Apple overtaking Microsoft in value.
Full Tilt Poker’s Mini Series of Poker
Full Tilt Poker has an exciting promotion that started on Friday called the Mini Series of Poker. The series of tournaments on Full Tilt will mimic the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) schedule at 1/100th of the buy-ins and offer up $3 million in guaranteed prize money. For example, Event #1 of the WSOP is the $500 Casino Employees event, but at Full Tilt, it is a $5+$0.50 tournament with a $40,000 guaranteed prize pool. All 57 of the WSOP events will be mirrored, including the Main Event.
Feel Like James Bond at PartyPoker
There’s a promotion at PartyPoker that might put you in the seat of a brand new Aston Martin DB9 Coupe – for free. You can win the car by joining daily freerolls and ultimately qualifying for the live final in London. The winner of the Drive the Dream tournament will win the car, with second place receiving an exclusive Lamborghini Extreme Driving Academy package.
Bwin, which is not open to USA players, has quite a few promotions running, including the World Cup Warm-Up. There is also a Chip Chaser promotion and a Weekly Country Showdown where the best players could win up to $3,000.
AT&T Reportedly Confirms June iPhone Launch to Employees
Over at Boy Genius, there are claims that AT&T has confirmed to employees that the new iPhone will launch in June. Steve Jobs is expected to introduce the device, whose details have already been leaked, during his keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 7th in San Francisco.
Apple Overtakes Microsoft as Largest Tech Company
Reuters and Yahoo posted an article stating that Apple has moved past Microsoft as the world’s largest tech company based on market value. This is a huge difference in fortune for a company that nearly went out of business in the early 1990s. Apple’s shares rose, pushing its market value above $229 billion. Shares of Apple are worth 10 times as much as they were 10 years ago thanks to innovative products like the iMac, iPhone, and iPod.
Microsoft’s stock is down 20% from where it was 10 years ago simply because it cannot find new areas of growth. Nevertheless, Microsoft still leads Apple in sales, as Microsoft reported $14.5 billion in revenue as compared to Apple, which posted $13.5 billion.
No Ballmer at Worldwide Developers Conference
There were rumors flying around that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was going to appear at the Worldwide Developers Conference. In a Twitter post from Microsoft’s official account, the company shot down the rumor: “Steve Ballmer not speaking at Apple Dev Conf. Nor appearing on Dancing with the Stars. Nor riding in the Belmont. Just FYI”.