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It is becoming increasingly clear to me that PokerStars owns poker. Oh, their marketing guys should love that line. But what other conclusion can one draw from the latest step in the PokerStars world domination plan?

The industry’s response to the police questioning of Norbert Teufelberger was to demand action from the EC but after all these years of inactivity, can we really expect the EC to do anything constructive?

If we start with the basic premise that Sportingbet has been up for sale since UIGEA was passed in 2006, then we must end up with the assumption that the current board will ultimately accept the joint offer of William Hill and GVC.

The decline of poker pioneers Boss Media, Entraction and Ongame has left operators with a choice of Microgaming or Playtech.

It seems the UK is becoming a real testing ground for all those blurring the boundaries between the virtual and the real. First there was Gamesys and Facebook. Now there is bwin.party and Zynga.

EiG filled up Wednesday and everyone I spoke to seemed to be doing great business. It was busier and the hum of conversation was much louder.

Is it just me or do you find that the more of these conferences you go to, the more depressed you get?

London 2012 was derided as a betting event in the buildup but has Great Britain’s gold rush prompted a surge to the bookies?