Weekly News and Rumor Roundup for August 6th


This week, we see a very important update to Mac OS X released from Apple in addition to exciting promotions going on at the Mac-friendly online poker rooms PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.8 and Security Update

Apple released a new update for Mac OS X on Wednesday that is recommended for all users running the operating system.  There are general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of a Mac.  The specific fixes revolve around reliability issues when joining AirPort networks, an issue about displaying monitor resolutions in System Preferences, and a bug that affects Bluetooth reliability.

PokerStars Introduces New Features, New $600 Deposit Bonus, and New $300 Reload Bonus

PokerStars has rolled out new features with a recent update that include support for synchronized breaks (yet to be implemented), a Hold’em/Omaha Mixed Game, and improvements to extended registration.  The poker room also added smaller stakes private tournaments so players can create their own $1.10 and $3.30 level sit and gos.

To commemorate the software update and the upcoming World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) tournament series, PokerStars has changed its first-time deposit bonus.  Originally, it was an industry-worst $50 match, but now the first-time deposit bonus is a very impressive 100% up to $600.  For current players, there is a 50% reload deposit bonus up to $600 (for an effective bonus of $300) and players can deposit in three chunks in order to fill it. Sign up for PokerStars today.

Full Tilt Poker Launches FTOPS XIII

Perhaps the most popular online poker tournament series kicked off yesterday with the start of Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) XIII.  The poker room in recent weeks has released a new software client and given away the “biggest bonus ever” to all of its players without a deposit obligation.  Now, the site hopes to ramp up traffic with satellites and FTOPS tournaments that feature different games and buy-ins.

The first event was a $216 No Limit Hold’em tournament with a whopping $1 million guarantee.  The winner was “Deception Pt,” who took home $107,518 for first place, but second place winner “MaKaVeLi121” actually took home more at $131,692 thanks to a post-deal payout amount when the table got down to five players.

The remaining events in FTOPS XIII this week include following tournaments:
– Thursday, August 6th: $322 No Limit Hold’em 4x Shootout Six-Max
– Thursday, August 6th: $216 Omaha/8

– Friday, August 7th: $216 No Limit Hold’em Cubed
– Friday, August 7th: $216 Stud
– Saturday, August 8th: $535 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max
– Saturday, August 8th: $109 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy
– Sunday, August 9th: $256 No Limit Hold’em Knockout Six-Max
– Sunday, August 9th: $535 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up
– Sunday, August 9th: $322 No Limit Hold’em


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