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Pius Heinz joins PokerStars; Matchbook.com offers in-play WSOP betting; Mr Green recruits again; Sevilla signs sponsorship deal

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Pius Heinz

Pius looking cheery as ever

Pius Heinz will be wearing a Team PokerStars patch at Sunday’s WSOP final table after becoming the latest to join their stable. At 22 he is one of the youngest players at the table and joins Sandra Naujoks, Sebastian Ruthenberg and Boris Becker in the German squad. Heinz said: “I’m pretty relaxed about the game. There are a lot of tough players left but I’m confident I can win it. Joining PokerStars has given me an extra lift, too. I’m looking forward to being part of the team.”

Matchbook.com is offering in-play betting on the WSOP Main Event. Bettors can bet “hand-by-hand” as the event unfolds on a 15-minute delay on ESPN2. The site is perhaps best known for James Bord’s loss of money at this year’s WSOPE. Andrew Pantling, spokesperson for the site, said: “”With our stable of Matchbook poker pros chomping at the bit to get involved in this market in-running we’re guaranteed to have the best liquidity of any betting exchange for poker fans.”

The WSOP isn’t an event that sees a great deal of betting and being on an NFL Sunday it remains to be seen how many poker fans actually bother to have a flutter.

European casino operator Mr Green has appointed a new information director to cope with increased growth. Stina Reutercrona returns from maternity leave to take up the position in November and will be based in Malta. The company now numbers around 85 employees and has been on a recruitment drive over the past few months. It’s a far cry from the day that Mr Green was effectively a free ATM – AKA the best day of a casino player’s life.

Sevilla has again whored its shirt out to the online gambling industry as they unveiled their third sleeping partner in four years. In addition to having their name plastered over the middle of Sevilla’s strip, Interapuestas.com will have an advertising presence all round the stadium and means that the club finally has a shirt sponsor to take over from 12Bet.com. Teams around La Liga have suffered the same affliction and the opening up of Spain’s online gambling industry has remedied this with three clubs agreeing to deals with online betting firms.

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