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1800PR Negotiates Strategic Blockchain Partnership between BurstIQ and International Trade Administration (ITA)

  • International Trade Administration (ITA) Signs Blockchain Partnership with BurstIQ to Support Healthcare and FinTech Initiatives​ – via 1800pr Strategic Communications Strategy

  1. First U.S. Government / Trade collaboration with blockchain company in history
  2. Denver, CO company ranked #1 blockchain healthcare platform in the world
  3. BurstIQ is the first blockchain company to be accepted into the ITA Strategic Partnership Program
  4. ITA Blockchain initiative creates possible path for US economic development and job creation in technology sector
  5. Blockchain News:  Enterprise Blockchain solutions to revitalize industry on heals of crypto crash

BurstIQ and the International Trade Administration (ITA), aka, Division, U.S. Department of Commerce announced the formation of a strategic public-private partnership focused on promoting blockchain, healthcare practices and strategic domestic and international initiatives to drive U.S. economic development, trade and international competitiveness.


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Paul Thanos, Director of the Office of Finance and Insurance Industries (OFII) & Analysis Director at the International Trade Administration (ITA) Division, U.S. Department of Commerce commented:

We are excited to be working with BurstIQ. This collaboration marks our first strategic public-private partnership in the blockchain industry. BurstIQ is well-positioned to support and advance our economic development efforts through their health data platform – enabling new economic opportunities for both the digital health and FinTech industry.


The ITA is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace, with more than 2,200 employees assisting U.S. exporters in more than 100 U.S. cities and 75 markets worldwide. ITA works with its Strategic Partners in support of ITA’s mission to strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promote trade and investment, and ensure fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements.


Frank Ricotta CEO of BurstIQ commented:

BurstIQ is committed to promoting economic development in partnership with the ITA. We are looking to work with the ITA to establish business and economic growth opportunities both domestic and international that wouldn’t otherwise exist without this emerging growth collaboration. Furthermore, the ITA’s mission aligns well with our mission to support the development of a global, person-centric health data economy. BurstIQ is looking forward to working closely with the International Trade Administration to advance the missions of both organizations.

BurstIQ is an industry-leading blockchain enablement company, offering enterprise-level blockchain solutions for the health and healthcare industry. The company offers a HIPAA- and GDPR- compliant platform that seamlessly leverages blockchain, advanced security, Big Data capabilities, and machine intelligence to enable a global health data network through which healthcare businesses and individuals can access, control, monetize, and gain insights from their health data. BurstIQ provides platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions to healthcare institutions, insurers, life sciences/pharma companies, and government agencies at the state, national, and international level.



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World Poker Fund Holdings Forecasts $143 Million in Revenues From First In-Flight Online Casino Assets and Contracts

Recent M&A Deal Projected to Be Worth $1 Billion in Annual Revenues

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 10, 2016) World Poker Fund Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK: WPFH), a leading developer and operator of online and event-based social gaming platforms and brands, announces today that the 49% stake in Universal Entertainment Group (“UEG”) contracts and assets to be acquired, as previously announced, are projected to generate 1800pr-Performance-based-pr-banner-300x250-1approximately $143 million in annual in-flight gaming and online revenues for WPFH from the initial offerings, based on accepted industry analysis as well as UEG and Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma projections.

Jamie Gold WSOP Champion and WPFH Spokesperson added, “WPFH is moving at light speed in terms of partnerships and acquisitions of ‎game changing technology and brands. This latest move gives us the opportunity to be the first and only real money gaming source in the sky and further. I’m truly excited to be a part of it all.”

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma gaming portal is set to launch in the next 90 days and initially will offer live cash-casino, cash-bingo and cash-poker games online to international (non-U.S.) players. In-flight cash gaming is then set to launch in Q1 2017 on selected international airline flights, cruises and other forms of transportation. The in-flight international gaming offerings will be done through and will be offered once an international flight in excess of two hours reaches cruising altitude. Eligible passengers (ages 21 and up) will be given the opportunity to receive complimentary Wi-Fi access for the duration of the flight for a minimum deposit of $25 into their online, real-money play, casino account offered by, which will be operated by and software/support provided by UEG, through its contractual arrangement with the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Passengers on these flights will be able to play casino games (not just poker) through their personal devices, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, or using the inflight entertainment system at their seat.

UEG spokesperson Christina Fallin (daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin) commented: “We are proud to be working with World Poker Fund and The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma on this project. It is an extraordinary time for the State of Oklahoma. The recent federal court ruling granting the Iowa Tribe the unique gaming licenses will generate significant revenue potential that will directly benefit the people of Oklahoma through tax revenues and The Iowa Tribe and its partners. It’s a win-win all around.”

International, in-flight cash gaming represents an extraordinary market opportunity. This market is currently not served at all and is not included in the industry estimated $35.5 billion in annual revenues from on-line cash gaming world-wide. Over 3.5 billion passengers are expected to fly in 2016 and more than 3 billion of those are projected to be non-U.S. passengers. WPFH and its market partners through, initially will have access to 180 million of those international passengers through a single in-flight Wi-Fi provider, which controls the entertainment content on its partner airlines. UEG estimates that, even if only 20% of eligible passengers on those flights who have Wi-Fi access, choose to gamble in flight, revenues of over $808 million US would be generated annually, of which a projected $143 million in gross revenues would result to WPFH from the assets and contracts to be acquired by it from UEG. WPFH management believes that the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma gaming web site, managed through their contractual vendor relationship with UEG, can successfully penetrate this market and expand to other international passengers and carriers after the first offering through the initial in-flight Wi-Fi provider. This is a unique and untapped market.

About World Poker Fund Holdings, Inc.
World Poker Fund Holdings, Inc. is a leading developer and operator of online and event based social gaming platforms and brands. The company is currently in the final stages of launching its two core celebrity driven social gaming brands for online poker and casino gaming at The company does not offer any games or gaming opportunities for cash in the United States and is not licensed as a gaming operator in the United States or any other jurisdiction.

To learn more about World Poker Fund Holdings (WPFH) and its upcoming events, please visit

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