Poker News

  • 29 April 2009

    Poker Series Commissioner Blasts Joan Rivers

    What in the world is up with Joan Rivers? Not only did she call Annie Duke a “nazi(!)”, but her views about poker players are that we’re “beyond white trash”! Another questionable quotes that Rivers made was “Your people, you give money with blood on it.” Where does she get off saying stuff like this? These comments were made during the latest “Celebrity Apprentice” in which both Annie Duke and Joan Rivers were participants in.

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  • 27 April 2009

    California Working to Legalize and Regulate Online Poker

    The bill, titled California Online Poker Law Enforcement Compliance, and Comsumer Protection Act (wow, that’s a mouthful) will be great for Californians. The bill will only legalize online poker within its state walls, and operators will be limited to land-based casinos and card rooms, those of which that currently hold gambling licenses. A few key points of this bill include: Mandates wagering hubs to be located within the state. (I’m assuming this means the gaming servers.)

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  • 17 April 2009

    NBC's Poker Heads-Up championship hits the airwaves

    The first 2 hour episode of NBC’s poker heads-up championship hit the airwaves Sunday, April 12th, and will run on Sunday for 6 weeks, until the 3 hour grand finale on May 17th. There is $1.5M up for grabs, and those lucky enough to reach the sweet 16 are guaranteed at least $25,000; with the winner taking home a cool $500K along with the title of being the National Heads-Up Champion. Week one featured some great matches, which included Daniel Negreanu v. Chris Moneymaker, Mike Matusow v.

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  • 04 April 2009

    Spring Championship of Online Poker is currently underway at PokerStars

    With 4 events completed and 18 more to go, there is still millions of dollars up for grabs at PokerStars‘ Spring Championship of online poker. I love what they’ve done with this, as there’s no need to worry if you have a limited bankroll. They have 3 levels of each event – one each for low, medium, and high stakes players alike. You can play in one, two, or even all 3 if you like! Entry fees range anywhere from $16.50 all the way up to $1,000+.

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  • 01 April 2009

    PDC Poker changes their freeroll structure

    Starting today, PDC Poker is changing the way players can enter into freeroll tournaments. The $50,000, $10,000, $2,000 & $1,000 freerolls at PDC Poker will cease to exist, but they are adding several new ones which include a weekly $50,000 freeroll as well as various $5,000 frerolls throughout each week. Entry into different freerolls will now be based on a player’s VIP level, so this new structure is somewhat similar to the rewards scheme that PokerStars has in place.

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  • 27 March 2009

    Online Poker in Washington State - still banned

    When are US states going to learn that they’re sitting on a cash cow when it comes to online gambling, if they were to simply regulate and tax winnings? A Washington state appellate court judge ruled against Lee Rousso, a Washington lawyer, in his bid to overturn a state law which was passed shortly after the UIGEA in 2006 that bans all forms of online gambling. From the time this law was passed in 2006 until late 2007, it was actually a *felony* in Washington state to gamble online.

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  • 25 March 2009

    Bugsy's Club poker room closes their doors

    I haven’t played at Bugsy’s Club for several years, so this move really doesn’t surprise me all that much. Their software was pretty sub-par; mostly because it hadn’t been updated for quite some time and was also very slow and a resource hog – mostly because it was java-based. The good news is that Bugsy’s Club has made a deal with PokerStars which allows players to transfer any money they have at Bugsy’s Club over to their PokerStars account.

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  • 21 March 2009

    Steve Brecher wins the 2009 WPT/Bay 101 Shooting Star championship

    Steve Brecher became the latest WPT poker-made millionaire this morning, at around 4:30am. Steve had a pretty commanding chip lead of over 3:1 going into heads up play against Kathy Liebert once Chris Moore was eliminated in 3rd place, which paid out $291,500. Pretty much every tournament final table has a key hand, and this one was no different, which in this case was hand #178 when Steve Brecher doubled through Kathy Liebert with only 3 players left. It went down like this:

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  • 18 March 2009

    Play resumes today at Bay 101 WPT Shooting Star Championship

    Things are heating up at the 13th annual WPT/Shooting Star tournament, located in San Jose, CA, as today marks the start of Day 2. When day 1A finished, there were 50 players left out of the original starting field of 136, and 96 left at the conclusion of day 1B for a total field of 391 for this event. Combine that with a $10,000 buy-in, and it brings the prize pool up to over $3.5 million up for grabs; with $1,025,000 going to the first place finisher.

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  • 17 March 2009

    Bluff Europe magazine launches Bluff Europe Poker Academy

    The European division of Bluff Magazine, Bluff Europe Magazine, today announced the creation of Bluff Europe Poker Academy. Bluff Europe columnist Alex Rousso will oversee each seminar and will be joined by several big named pros, which will be named next week. The first session of this tour will take place on April 4th at The Casino at the Empire in London, starting at 1pm.

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  • 16 March 2009

    Sandra Naujoks takes home EPT Dortmund Championship

    Vicky Coren had to relinquish her title of being the only female to win an EPT event when Sandra Naujoks won the EPT Dortmund main event over the weekend, taking home €917,000. This EPT event was sponsored by PokerStars, lasted for 5 days and had an entry fee of €5,300. The next stop for the EPT will be EPT SAN REMO, which is located in north-western Italy.

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  • 05 March 2009

    Utah Attorney General joins fight to legalize online gambling

    The Poker Players’ Alliance presented their case for legalized online poker and gambling earlier this week to Attorney Generals across the country, during the spring conference of National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, D.C.

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  • 03 March 2009

    PokerStars welcomes their 20 millionth player

    PokerStars has just broken the 20,000,000 player mark. This is quite a feat, considering that just 3 years ago they were celebrating the 5,000,000 milestone. The lucky member “piposko” signed up on Feb. 21st, and was given a $215 tournament ticket just for joining and being their 20 millionth player! How’s that for class? You have to love PokerStars! On the heels of this announcement, PokerStars‘ 8-game tables made their jump into the high stakes field.

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  • 23 February 2009

    World Series of Poker Circuit event kicks off March 4th in Atlantic City

    Starting March 4th, Caesars Atlantic City will be kicking off another WSOP (World Series of Poker) Circuit Event. With 11 events and millions of dollars up for grabs, this will be the place to play during this 11 day marathon of poker. The Main Event is scheduled for March 12th and runs for 3 days. Events #8 (Turbo NLHE), #10 (Turbo NLHE) and #11 (Ladies NLHE) are 1-day events and the rest are 2 day events.

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  • 22 February 2009

    PokerStars announces new $30M GTD Spring Tournament series, SCOOP

    PokerStars, home of the tournament series “WCOOP,” (World Championship of Online Poker) introduces the SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) which starts April 2nd. The tournament guarantees stay the same at $30,000,000, but PokerStars is adding a new twist! In this series, there will be 3 tournaments for each event – one at low stakes, one at medium stakes and finally the third will be a high stakes tournament.

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  • 19 February 2009

    North Carolina Judge Tossed Out Ban On Video Poker Machines

    In North Carolina today Judge Manning tossed out the ban on video poker machines. These machines were taken out of all places in North Carolina when the UIGEA Bill was passed in 2006. RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina can’t legally ban video poker machines while also allowing the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to operate the games on their lands within the state, a state court judge ruled late Thursday.

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  • 19 February 2009

    Judge in South Carolina Rules Poker is a Skill Game

    Looks like South Carolina is following some other states by ruling Texas Hold’em Poker is a game of skill. This ruling stops the police from incarcerating people that play a a game of poker. Judge Larry Duffy, Mount Pleasant judge stated and wrote that there is “overwhelming” evidence that the game is not a chance game but one of skill.

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  • 20 January 2009

    Judge in Penn, Rules Poker is Skill Game

    This is what we have been saying all along, and finally a Judge agrees. COLUMBIA COUNTY, Pennsylvania -— As reported by Poker News Daily: “In a ruling handed down by Pennsylvania Judge Thomas A. James Jr. in Columbia County on Friday, it was ruled that Texas Hold’em is a game of skill and therefore not gambling under state law. The ruling sets an ‘excellent bar’ for future poker litigation, according to Poker Players Alliance (PPA) Executive Director John Pappas.

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  • 18 December 2008

    PokerHeaven European Cash Game Series to Air on TV in 43 Countries

    Watch the game live on your TV. It will be broadcast in 43 countries, and cover a total of 110 million TV homes. The PokerHeaven European Cash Game will air every Friday on The Poker Channel at 11pm GMT ( UK & Ireland on Sky Channel 166), 2300 CET ( Europe on platforms listed below) from 19 December 2008. Exclusive previews of each episode will be available one day in advance of TV broadcast on www.pokerchanneleurope.com/ecg.

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  • 03 December 2008

    Asian Poker Ambassador, JC Tran, wins PartyPoker's Premier League III

    JC Tran has won yet another title. This time it was PartyPoker‘s Premier League III, winning $300,000. Although Tran went into the final table as chip leader, his opponents were certainly not fish! With the likes of the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Peter Eastgate, Tony G, Roland de Wolfe, Juha Helppi and Tom Dwan (better known as Durrr), JC Tran had a long road ahead of him. The first victim to get knocked out was Peter Eastgate, followed by Roland de Wolfe and Tom Dwan.

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  • 19 November 2008

    Judges Halt Kentucky’s Lawsuit on Online Gambling

    Here is maybe some good news for a change, on the Kentucky Ban on online gambling. It has been halted until the appellate judges hear both sides and make a ruling. FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Court of Appeals yesterday blocked Franklin Circuit Court from proceeding with Gov. Steve Beshear’s lawsuit against 141 gambling Web sites until appellate judges hear oral arguments and rule on the matter.

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  • 05 November 2008

    Bans Extended to Kentucky’s Neighboring States

    If you live in a State neighboring Kentucky, you will be required to show proof of residence. This is an added burden on everyone but is for the safety of Jackpot Factory Group, powered by Microgaming.November 4, 2008 (InfoPowa News) — The attempt by the state of Kentucky to hijack the international domains of online gambling companies continued to be a source of inconvenience and irritation to U.S.

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  • 20 October 2008

    Kentucky Judge Seizure Order

    This is not good news for the players in Kentucky. A circuit court judge for Franklin County, Ky., modified a seizure order today to allow online gambling companies 30 days to install software blocking Kentucky citizens from access to their sites. This afternoon Judge Thomas D. Wingate refused to dismiss a case against 141 online gambling domain names being sued by the Commonwealth of Kentucky for offering gambling services to citizens of the commonwealth.

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  • 16 October 2008

    Kentucky Gambling Web Site Case is Proceeding

    The Judge in the Kentucky case on seizing 141 websites has today ruled to allow the case to proceed. Here is this afternoon’s press release! FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Franklin County Circuit Court judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to block access to online casinos in Kentucky. Judge Thomas Wingate said in an order Thursday afternoon that he will hear arguments on Nov.

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  • 13 October 2008

    Kentucky Ruling Expected this Week

    Judge Thomas Wingate heard from all sides on this issue of the seizures of 141 domains last week. After hearing hours of arguments, Wingate said he would render his ruling on Oct. 15th.John Pappas, the executive director of the Poker Players Alliance stated the Lawyers representing the 141 domains did a very good job of pointing out issues and laws that showed the Commonwealth did not have the authority to do this.

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  • 08 October 2008

    Manila Poker Event for 2009

    The Asian Poker Tour is very happy to announce the first Manila Event for 2009. All of you poker fans get your poker faces on and prepare for this exciting event!!October 8, 2008 (MANILA, PHILIPPINES) – Having made its mark on Asia and players around the world with two highly successful poker events in 2008, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) has announced the first event for its 2009 tournament schedule.

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  • 27 September 2008

    Kentucky Online Gambling Case Continued

    Even though Kentucky wants to know who owns the Domains of the online gambling sites, attorneys refuse to give the names. A Chicago attorney representing the state, Robert Foote, said: “no one has standing” to appear before the court until a person or corporation is named.” “A domain name has no right to have a lawyer, only a corporation or person can have a lawyer,” Foote said. “And no one here is going to tell you they represent anyone.”

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  • 26 September 2008

    Amicus Brief Submitted by PPA in Kentucky Seizure

    In a hearing that started today the PPA Submitted a “amicus curiae”, which means friend of the court. It gives in detail several points as to why the seizure should be overturned. Poker is a game of skill, and is not considered gambling according to the Kentucky Laws, and the PPA is pointing this along with several other points in today’s hearings. Poker players in Kentucky and the PPA are not taking the action by Governor Beshear and the court lightly.

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  • 24 September 2008

    Kentucky Seizes Poker Sites

    This is just another way for the States to try and get their way to try and stop us from enjoying the internet. FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Steve Beshear announced yesterday that he is trying to shut down illegal Internet gambling in Kentucky, though some industry experts say his chances of success aren’t good.

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  • 26 August 2008

    The celebrities hit town in force at the APT Macau

    After an excellent Olympics in Beijing, I have turned my attention back to poker. My thoughts are still in China, this time, Macau, China. The prestigious Galaxy StarWorld Casino Resort and Hotel is the place to be. As I type, some of the greatest poker players of our time will be arriving to prepare for the APT Macau. The Asian Poker Tour (APT) is the original and largest poker tour in Asia. The $1.5 million Guaranteed event will ensure a talented field. 3.

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