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Poker Hand Matchup: Anthony Gregg vs. Chris Moorman


Preflop, with the blinds at 400 and 800 and a 100 ante, Todd Terry raised to 2,000 from late position, Moorman reraised to 4,800 from the button, Gregg reraised to 11,800 from the big blind, Terry folded, Moorman went all-in, and Gregg called.


Fresh off the win of his first major at the 2014 WPT LA Poker Classic, Moorman gives us a glimpse into his extremely aggressive preflop play. After trying to pick off a potential steal attempt from Terry with a three-bet, Moorman doubled down undeterred by Gregg’s cold four-bet out of the blinds. Moorman was hoping Gregg was also up to a steal, making a move based on the hostile dynamics between late position openers and the players they try to loot in the blinds. Moorman’s deep stack and the signs of strength from an accomplished opponent might have made the play unnecessarily risky, but these types of preflop antics are part and parcel of Moorman’s success both live and online. Gregg had Moorman in a bad spot, but a lucky flop gave Moorman the open-ended straight draw and Gregg a sweat. Gregg faded the draw, and his new found chips helped carry him to the final table where he finished in 7th for $ 189,244.

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Chris Moorman Wins The 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic

Chris Moorman has emerged victorious in the 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $ 10,000 no-limit hold’em main event, winning topping a field of 534 players to win his first major live title, the first-place prize of $ 1,015,460 and 2,100 Card Player Player of the Year points. As a result of this huge win Moorman has climbed to 5th place in the POY standings. The 28-year-old British poker pro, known as “Moorman1” online, became the first player to exceed $ 10 million in online tournament earnings late last year, and after this event he’s increased his career live tournament earnings to just over $ 3.9 million as well.

Moorman entered the final table is second chip position behind Michael Rocco. The two start-of-day leaders survived to three-handed play, which is when the hand of the tournament arose. Glenn Lafaye, who started the hand as the chip leader, raised to 325,000 from the button and Michael Rocco moved all-in from the small blind for 2,020,000. Moorman then moved all-in as well for 2,835,000 total. it came back around to Lafaye, who made the call to put the other two players at risk and possibly end the event right there. The hands were as follows:

Runner-up Glenn LafayeGlenn Lafaye: QDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit
Michael Rocco: AClub Suit8Diamond Suit
Chris Moorman: 10Club Suit10Spade Suit

Moorman was in the lead heading into the flop, but all of that changed when the KHeart SuitQSpade SuitJHeart Suit giving Lafaye two pair and the lead in the hand. The turn brought the 3Spade Suit, changing nothing.

As long as the river didn’t bring a ten or an ace Lafaye would win the pot and become the next WPT champion. But the ASpade Suit peeled off the deck, giving Moorman the broadway straight. With that he tripled up, pulling nearly level with Lafaye while Rocco was sent to the rail in third place, earning $ 423,440 for his deep run.

Moorman quickly overtook the the chip lead from Lafaye, and in just 35 hands later it was all over when Moorman’s pocket aces held against Lafaye’s flopped straight draw. Lafaye hit the rail in second place, earning $ 662,840 and 1,750 points and climbed to 7th place in the POY standings as a result.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Photos courtesy of Joe Giron / World Poker Tour.

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Chris Moorman Headlines WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event Final Table

Chris MoormanThe final table is set in the 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $ 10,000 no-limit hold’em main event. A total of 534 players made their way to the Commerce Casino to play in this event, building a total prizepool of $ 5,126,400. Now only six players remain to battle it out for the title and the first-place prize of $ 1,015,460.

The chip leader heading into the final table is Michael Rocco with 5,615,000 in chips, about 35 percent of the chips in play. Second in chips is British poker pro Chris “Moorman1” Moorman with 3,190,000.

Moorman is the winningest tournament player in online tournament history, having become the first player to exceed $ 10 million in tournament earnings on the internet late last year. He has over $ 2.8 million in live tournament earnings as well, but is still missing a marquee win on one of the major live tours. With his experience and more than 100 big-blind stack, he is a threat to change that at this final table.

Dan O'BrienThe televised final table of six was set with the elimination of Dan O’Brien in seventh place. Glenn Lafaye raised to 65,000 from the hijack, Michael Rocco called on the button and O’Brien three-bet to 250,000 from the big blind. Only Rocco made the call.

The flop brought the 10Spade Suit9Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit and O’Brien check called 175,000 from Rocco. The turn brought the KClub Suit and O’Brien checked to Rocco, who fired 400,000. O’Brien tanked for a few minutes, and Rocco eventually called the clock. With time running out, O’Brien moved all-in for around 1.6 million and Rocco snap-called with the KDiamond SuitQDiamond Suit.

O’Brien had the best hand at the moment with the AHeart SuitAClub Suit, but Rocco had a lot of outs. The 6Diamond Suit on the river was one of them, and when that fell it secured the pot for Rocco and sent O’Brien to the rail as the final table bubble boy. For his deep run O’Brien earned $ 137,900.

Other notables who made deep runs but fell just short of the final table include Joe Serock (10th – $ 100,480), Alex Masek (13th – $ 54,850) and Hasan Habib (16th – $ 54,850).

Here is a look at the chip counts heading into the final table:

Photos courtesy of BJ Nemeth / World Poker Tour.

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A Poker Life: Chris Reslock

Chris ReslockChris Reslock is a World Series of Poker bracelet winner and current record holder of the WSOP Circuit with seven gold rings. He’s also a former cab driver, fire fighter, factory worker, fruit picker, busboy, steel grain tank builder and welder.

The jack of all trades grew up in North Dakota before attending school in Michigan. Then, after climbing to the top of the competitive Scrabble world, Reslock moved to Delaware before settling in New Jersey, where his poker career really took off.

Since turning pro, Reslock has earned more than $ 1.8 million in tournaments. While not competing on the circuit, the 65-year-old sits down in some of the bigger cash games Atlantic City, New Jersey, has to offer.

Here is a look at his story.

A Prolonged Education

To say that Chris Reslock spent some time at Michigan State University is an understatement. A career student, he studied philosophy, literature and dozens of other subjects over the course of 12 years without ever getting his diploma.

“I regret not getting my degree,” admitted Reslock. “To this day, I still have anxiety dreams about finding my classes and making sure I get there on time. I’d like to say that I avoided graduation because I was in love with learning, but that’s probably too romantic of an idea. The truth is that I was just really unorganized. I liked going to classes enough to keep going, but I wasn’t really concerned about grades. There were many classes that I sat in on, but never received credit for.”

While in school, Reslock’s jobs were as varied as his studies. He drove a cab and also spent four years with the Lansing fire department. But when asked if his jobs contributed to his inability to get his degree, Reslock admitted that poker and substance abuse played a role.

“Poker is one of the villains why I never finished college,” Reslock said. “Really, it was gambling and drugs. I started playing poker very seriously in my early twenties. Another cab driver invited me to a poker game and being the competitive games player that I was, I jumped at the chance. After that, I started playing the games more and even hosted my own game. Back then, our game centered around creative dealer’s choice. The challenge was to invent a game that was simple to understand, but still gave you an edge. I was always pretty good with figuring out the math of the games quickly and intuitively.”

Good With Words

Before his career in poker began, Reslock satisfied his competitive drive by mastering the game of Scrabble.

“I didn’t even like Scrabble until I discovered that you can bluff,” recalled Reslock. “Essentially, bluffing in Scrabble occurs when you put a made-up word down on the board. Your opponent can either accept the word as real, or challenge the word, risking their next turn. Losing a turn is huge, so bluffing happens a lot more than you would think because players don’t want to take the risk.”

A voracious reader since childhood, Reslock discovered that he had a natural talent with words.

“When I look at a word, I instantly know if it’s spelled right or not. Of course, playing Scrabble, you learn that there are numerous variations in spelling that can all be considered correct.”

Though modest about his abilities, Reslock did reveal just how highly he was ranked at the peak of his Scrabble career.

“Scrabble players are rated similarly to chess players. For a brief period of time I was the highest rated player in the world. I was an active player for most of the 1980s, and during that time, I was almost always ranked among the top 10 players in the world.”

Driving A Cab

A relationship brought Reslock to the Northeast before he eventually settled in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The original thought was that Reslock could continue playing Scrabble with his friends in New York, but the games never materialized.

“I guess I just kind of drifted away from it. The biggest problem with Scrabble is that there was no money in it. My lifetime earnings in the game were right around $ 1,000. If you got lucky and found someone who was willing to play for cash, then you could make some money, but that was tough to do once your reputation got out. Today, the players can make a little more, but not by much.”

Instead, Reslock turned to a past profession. He wound up leasing a friend’s taxi cab and then used his earnings to buy his own. For him, driving a cab wasn’t just a job, it was a pleasure.

“When I was in high school, my one ambition in life was to have my own car,” said Reslock. “I was in love with the idea of being able to cruise around town with my friends. Driving a cab, in many ways, was the fulfillment of that ambition. The hours were long, but it was an incredibly fun job to have. I got to be the modern day version of the Old West trail guide. Work was like being the star in my own novel, never knowing what would happen next or what kind of interesting person was going to jump in. Others may not understand it, but I still have euphoric dreams about being back in the taxi cab.”

A Switch To Poker

When it came time for Reslock to try his hand at professional poker, he found that his past experience in a taxi cab had prepared him for a career on the felt.

“I’m pretty good at understanding people and finding out where their heads are at,” said Reslock. “I guess a lot of that comes from my time in a cab, but it’s a skill that has definitely helped me at the poker table.”

Furthermore, Reslock believes that his penchant for friendly customer service also extends to poker, a trait that other poker pros often don’t bother to adopt.

“One thing I firmly believe is that if you are making money playing poker, part of your job is entertainment. Your opponents are paying you for that entertainment. In a way, you can compare a really good poker player to an artist. It’s not enough to just win someone’s chips. A good poker player can take all of your chips and have you back the next night to do it all over again.”

Incredibly, Reslock holds the distinction of being the player with the highest percentage of wins who holds over 100 cashes. He has totaled 107 cashes on the tournament circuit and has won an astonishing 25 of them.

“I guess I know how to close them out. If I go deep, I’ll usually win it all. If not, you can find me on the rail relatively quickly. You could call me an all or nothing player.”

Reslock’s first tournament cash came back in 1996 in a no-limit hold’em event, but the crazy mixed games played back in Michigan prepared him to dominate mixed-game tournaments over the next 17 years. Of his 25 live tournament wins, 15 have come in a non-hold’em event, including his WSOP bracelet win in the 2007 $ 5,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship, where he defeated Phil Ivey heads up.

“I play as little no-limit hold’em as I can get away with,” Reslock said. “I dream of a day when I can play no-limit Omaha hi/lo and no-limit baduecey tournaments instead. Hold’em is a game that somebody invented for the gamblers to play who weren’t smart enough for poker but who wanted to play cards. The biggest criticism that no-limit hold’em specialists have about mixed games is those games lack any creativity. That could be changed, however, if we start playing mixed games for big bets. If you play these games with progressively higher stakes after each street, then the game changes entirely.”

The Record Holder

Reslock has been on a tear in 2013, having won three different WSOP Circuit events. Ironically, all have come in no-limit hold’em. He took the first in March at Caesars Palace in Atlantic City and the next two in May at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

The wins give him a tour record seven titles, breaking a tie with Alex Masek, Ari Engel, Mark Smith, Kurt Jewel and Kyle Cartwright, each now tied for second place with five wins each.

“There is a lot of gratification in winning a tournament. I think it goes back to my history as a games player. It’s incredibly satisfying to win because it means that I have successfully figured out the problem I was presented with.”

For now, Reslock is living happily in Atlantic City with his wife, who is also a poker player. Though the gambling market in New Jersey has taken a serious hit over the last seven years, Reslock says that it hasn’t really affected his action at the tables.

“The games are still pretty good,” he said. “There are still plenty of options for me if I want to find a good mixed game. If not, I can always sit in a no-limit hold’em game until a seat opens up. When the tournaments come into town or nearby, I’ll go, but it’s nice to be able to stay close to home and be with my family.” ♠

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Deck Used To Give Chris Moneymaker The World Series Of Poker Main Event Title On eBay

The deck that was used to deal Chris Moneymaker the winning hand versus Sam Farha in 2003 is on the auction site eBay, with a starting bid of $ 5,000.

The bidding ends on July 13th.

The posting had been up for at least two days and zero bids had been recorded, as of late Saturday evening.

The seller explains how the deck was acquired:

“I was there when it all happened, working behind the scenes at Binion’s Horseshoe. I obtained permission to keep the deck, so right after Chris had posed for those famous photos where he was holding wads of cash high in the air, I carefully placed all of the cards from that final hand on top of the rest of the deck, kept in sequence, along with the dealer’s cut card, and put the complete deck back into the double Kem box along with the unused deck.”

The sell also wrote, creepily:

“You will be the only person in the world to know what the burn cards were, and the order of the rest of the deck. You will have Chris’s cards to touch, to feel, to play with in a special game, or maybe just to dream with. You might even be able to sense from them the aura, the fate, or whatever it was that day that gave Chris the luck he needed to go along with his skill.”

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Poker Strategy — Chris Moorman On Ante-Only No-Limit Hold’em

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Former Full Tilt Poker Owner Chris Ferguson Agrees To Settlement With U.S. Government

Former Full Tilt Poker owner Chris Ferguson has reached a settlement in his civil case stemming from Black Friday with the federal government, his attorney Tweeted Tuesday.

He had been in hot water for about the past 18 months.

Ferguson will hand over an undisclosed amount from an account at Citibank, as well as an additional $ 2.35 million. The government had been seeking $ 42 million from Ferguson.

According to court papers, he “contends that he was unaware of any wrongful activity at Full Tilt or that the company had become unable to satisfy its player account liabilities.”

Ferguson, a five-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and the 2000 main event champion, didn’t admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement.

He has never talked publicly about the case or the allegations.

He was first brought into the mix of the Black Friday scandal in September of 2011, when the Department of Justice called the company a Ponzi scheme.

After the deal, Ray Bitar remains as the only other former owner facing charges. Howard Lederer settled in December of last year, while Rafe Furst reached a deal in November.

While Lederer, Ferguson and Furst are done with their respective civil cases, former American poker players are still waiting for compensation from the government.

Other components of the Black Friday case are still unfolding within the legal system.

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BREAKING: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Makes Favorable Decision On Internet Gaming Bill

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The wait is essentially over.

On Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie decided on a conditional veto for a bill that will authorize casinos in slumping Atlantic City to eventually offer a wide array of casino games on the Internet, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Ray Lesniak, told Card Player.

A conditional veto means that Christie wants changes to the bill and for it to be sent back to him for signature. Lesniak said Christie’s conditions are “very minor.”

Lawmakers will send it back to the governor within the next few weeks, Lesniak said.

“It’s off to the races for New Jersey,” an ecstatic Lesniak said over the phone. “This is a huge lifeline for Atlantic City — a big win for the state.”

“Finally!” Lesniak exclaimed.

The measure was introduced around this time in 2012 and sat idle in the legislature for much of the year, before being quickly passed by both the Assembly and Senate in December. Christie then had more than a month to make the monumental decision.

The state’s top lawmaker has been a proponent of helping Atlantic City put the stops on a downward spiral, but recently expressed concerns over the bill during a radio appearance. Christie straight-up vetoed a similar plan in 2011.

The news is also great for PokerStars, which is looking to acquire a casino in Atlantic City. The purchase would give it a foot in the door to eventually operate web poker from New Jersey.

New Jersey will join Nevada and Delaware as the only states with legal real-money betting on the Internet. A handful of other states could legalize in 2013.

“The sky is the limit,” Lesniak said of the Garden State’s future in online gaming.

For news, updates and daily tournament information, check out the New Jersey landing page.

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Poker Pro Chris Klodnicki: Not Many Different Playing Styles In Mixed Cash Games

Growing up playing limit hold’em with a fake ID in Atlantic City, Chris Klodnicki started off in the live poker scene. He gravitated toward online poker, but has since come back to his live roots, putting up some impressive tournament results.

Klodnicki finished second in the prestigious $ 50,000 Poker Players Championship in 2012, a cash of nearly $ 900,000. He also took down the Sands No-Limit Deep Stack Extravaganza for a sizable six-figure payday. Riding out a superstitious December hot streak, Klodnicki ended the year with $ 1,101,569 in winnings. He’s showing no signs of slowing down either, already with more than $ 100,000 in 2013 cashes.

Klodnicki talked to Card Player this week about the differences between mixed games and standard no-limit, why saving money is so important for a poker player, and the possibility of traveling abroad to play online poker.

Logan Hronis: Talk about your personal experience coming up in the poker world. What was it about the poker game that attracted you to it?

Chris Klodnicki: Well, I started playing during the Moneymaker boom. I just started playing with my friends in little home games. My start was probably a little different than most people, because I started with live rather than online. I would make trips to Atlantic City with a fake ID. I actually started off playing limit hold’em, whereas most people just dive into no-limit. I worked my way up around the time I was entering college, and finally deposited on Party Poker. I worked my way up in stakes pretty quickly, from $ 2-$ 4 limit to $ 100-$ 200. I blew off an internship to concentrate on poker, but it wasn’t until after I finished (college) that I started playing full-time.

The money was nice, but really I’m just a competitive person. I like winning and I don’t like losing (laughs). I felt like I picked it up quickly, and it would be something I could be very good at. In some ways, it’s more fun to do things you are good at.

LH: Tell us about the poker scene where you grew up. Has it shaped you as a poker player in any way? If so, how?

CK: It’s nice that I grew up an hour from Atlantic City, and my parents had a house literally five minutes from there. I’ve been spending most of my summers there since I was a kid. So, there’s the convenience factor, and I guess it’s kind of like home field advantage. When Black Friday happened, I was getting more into mixed games, so I decided to stick around locally and play live.

LH: Two huge cashes for you this year in the Sands Deep Stack Extravaganza and the Poker Players Championship. These were two very different tournaments. Talk about the difference between playing in a $ 50,000 buy-in and a $ 2,500 buy-in. Do you feel more pressure playing for so much more money, or doesn’t it phase you?

CK: The [$ 50,000], that was my second year playing it. And it’s bigger than the main event, to me. That’s the one I look forward to the most, and I feel like I have the biggest edge in that tournament. As far as mixed cash, I feel like I have played as much as anybody. I actually almost didn’t play, because I didn’t really work too hard to sell action. I had to try to get some people to take some action at the last minute, and it ended up working out. I didn’t want to put up $ 50,000.

I was actually having a rough year playing no-limit, until Sands. I haven’t been traveling too much for tournaments, and haven’t won much as far as no-limit. So, it was nice to win that Sands tournament. But they were both completely different tournaments. Sands was local, but a very good structure, I got to say. Apparently, I do really well in the month of December. I think I have six-figure scores the past four years in December. Usually the cash games are so good, I don’t want to travel for tournaments, but I decided to see if I could run the hot streak. It worked out pretty well.

LH: Describe your style of play in the live tournament and cash settings. Would you consider yourself more conservative or more aggressive? Has your style changed much since you started playing?

CK: I wouldn’t say I play much different. Since I’ve been playing mixed cash, there are not really many different styles of play. I just try to play optimally. It’s not like no-limit where you can get away with playing many different styles. In mixed cash, there’s just a fundamentally sound way to play. You either play good or you don’t. I don’t play no-limit cash. In no-limit tournaments I can mix it up a lot. I can play super aggressive or tighten up, depending on the situation. Many people have a skewed image of how my game is, depending on how I’ve played against them at the time.

LH: Talk a little about your personal bankroll management strategies. How important do you think bankroll management is for professional poker players, and how can it affect your play, if at all? Please explain.

CK: I think it’s the most important thing, when you’re playing for a living. I tend to take the overly conservative route, probably. Variance can really be crazy. I’ve never been backed, but I’ll sell action for bigger tournaments. If you want to play higher stakes, you have to be constantly saving money. Having a million-dollar bankroll as a poker player is not the same as having a million-dollar bankroll and having a normal job. I just save up money as much as possible, and continue to build, so I can continue to play bigger, and play comfortably.

LH: Do you picture yourself playing poker for the rest of your life, or do you think your interest will somewhat subside, at some point? Please explain.

CK: If I were to guess, I would say I’m going to play poker for the rest of my life. I would hope, at some point, to be able to scale back a little and use it as supplementary income. As of right now though, poker’s it for me. I don’t really have anything else going on, but I could definitely see myself branching out, at some point

LH: Could you see yourself being one of these guys who moves abroad to play online?

CK: I’m actually going to Costa Rica in a week or two. I rented a house with a few other online guys, and set up an account down there. I’m going to stay for about seven weeks. I don’t think I would like to live there permanently, but it’s nice to have the option to play when you travel abroad. It’ll be a nice little change of pace for me.

LH: Tell us about the Chris outside of poker. What sort of off-the-felt activities do you enjoy? Is there anything that you envision take time away from your poker career in the future?

CK: Well, I’m a big sports fan. I used to play a lot more sports than I do now; I’ve just gotten older (laughs). It’s tough to stay active. I’m a huge Philadelphia sports fan, unfortunately. I’m pretty normal. Nothing too exciting. Nothing too crazy.

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The Weekly Turbo: Ivey Dominates High-Stakes Action Online, Chris Ferguson’s Civil Case

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Did you miss any of the top poker news stories this week? Well you’ve come to the right place to get caught up. We’re covering Phil Ivey’s big week at Full Tilt Poker’s high stakes tables, the latest on Chris Ferguson’s civil case, and more.

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Ivey Ivey Ivey

How does Phil Ivey cope with busting out of a major poker tournament? By making nearly $ 600,000 playing online cash games. That’s how.

Shortly after he finished 30th in the Aussie Millions Main Event on Thursday, Ivey hit the high-stakes tables at Full Tilt Poker and made $ 589,000 playing mixed games, pot-limit Omaha and no-limit hold’em. According to, Ivey has made $ 818,000 on FTP over the last three days, bringing him out of the red for the first time since the site relaunched in November.

Ivey’s biggest win on Thursday came in a $ 300/600 no-limit hold’em heads-up match against Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar. Playing under the name “Polarizing,” Ivey won more than $ 280,000 from the young Brit during a one-hour session. The session produced three six-figure pots, all of which were pushed to Ivey. The biggest came when Ivey’s {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} held up against Millar’s {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades} after Millar called Ivey’s five-bet shove preflop. The board ran out {2-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{2-Spades}{8-Clubs}{2-Hearts}, sending a pot worth $ 135,598 to Ivey.

For a full recap of Ivey’s big win, be sure to catch next week’s edition of the Online Railbird Report. You can also find more at

The Kid is Back

After being absent from the PokerStars tables since Black Friday, Team PokerStars Pro and former world champion Joe Cada recently made his return to the virtual felts.

This week, Cada wrote a blog entry about setting up a second residence in Canada to resume online poker at PokerStars. As a Michigan resident, Cada is only a 45-minute drive from the Canadian border, and he now he intends to make weekend trips to play the online game that he’s been away from for so long. He joins a slew of American players — including Team PokerStars Pros Chris Moneymaker, Chad Brown, Randy Lew and Isaac Haxton — who have made the move outside the U.S. to play poker.

“Don’t know why it took me this long to start back online poker,” Cada posted on Facebook about his first day back playing online. “Feels good to be motivated again and first day went really well online. I actually feel lucky to live in Michigan to be able to make the drive once or twice a week to play and be able to be home with family and friends. Now I need to find a way to play more live tournaments because I hate traveling most of the time for poker.”

Since Black Friday hit the U.S. on April 15, 2011, Cada hadn’t played a single real-money hand at PokerStars. Before that, he found tremendous success as a cash-game player and also had big scores in a number of tournaments. In the fall of 2009, shortly before becoming the youngest WSOP Main Event champion ever, he won the WCOOP 2nd Chance No Limit event to bag $ 28,872. After that, he won the Sunday $ 200 Rebuy in August 2010 for another $ 38,012.

Cada also blogged about an African Safari that he recently ventured on with fellow PokerStars pros Chris Moneymaker and Liv Boeree. According to Cada, the group had a chance to interact with giraffes, lion clubs, and observe other wild animals. “It was amazing, really a once in a lifetime experience,” Cada said about the trip.

Cada ended the blog in good spirits, saying: “It’s a new year with new opportunities on the horizon. Let’s hope it’s a good one.”

Read Cada’s full entry at the PokerStars Blog.

Professor Timex

Former online poker pro Will Ma is instructing a three-week course at MIT that discusses the mathematical strategies needed to be a no-limit hold’em specialist.

Ma, who played at PokerStars as “CutiePi314,” introduced the poker course to the university last year, and is now teaching the mathematical aspects of the game to his second group of students. As seen in his course syllabus, Ma covers topics like preflop ranges, bet sizing, implied odds, flop texture, polarization, variance and risk, and much more.

The course also features an assortment of guest lecturers like World Series of Poker bracelet winners Bill Chen and Matt Hawrilenko, European Poker Tour champ Mike “Timex” McDonald, two-time women’s chess champion Jennifer Shahade, and others.

McDonald is the latest guest instructor to lend his knowledge to Ma’s students. Here’s a look at his in-depth lecture.

Bluff Europe has more.

Poker Business

Ferguson Working on Settlement with DOJ

The U.S. government has been granted an extension to respond to a motion to dismiss filed by former Full Tilt Poker executive Chris Ferguson. The two sides have been engaged in “extensive settlement conversations” regarding Ferguson’s pending civil case but were unable to reach an agreement by the deadline date of Jan. 28. The government will now have until Feb. 18, 2013, to respond to Ferguson’s motion.

Late last year, former Full Tilt Poker board members Rafe Furst and Howard Lederer settled their respective civil cases, leaving only Ferguson and Ray Bitar seeking resolution to the Second Amended Civil Complaint filed by the Department of Justice in September 2011. Lederer settled his case on Dec. 18, forfeiting millions in assets to the government. Ferguson joined Lederer’s motion to dismiss and has since been negotiating with the DOJ.

Furst, Lederer and Ferguson aren’t facing criminal charges for their involvement with FTP, but Bitar is facing up to 145 years in prison on charges of conspiracy to violate the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and money laundering. Bitar turned himself in to U.S. authorities last July and was freed on $ 2.5 million bail.

Announcement Coming Soon for U.S. Players

Meanwhile, Full Tilt Poker’s U.S. players are still waiting to be repaid by the U.S. government, which took on the responsibility of a remission process last July. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said in November that a third-party claims administrator would be hired to begin work on the repayment of players by the end of this month. While we’re still waiting on details surrounding that process, a source at the Department of Justice told PokerNews on Wednesday that an announcement would happen “very soon.”

Scientific Games Acquires WMS for $ 1.5 Billion

In a deal that could eventually have an effect on the online poker landscape in Nevada, Scientific Games Corporation has agreed to purchase slot machine operator WMS Industries Inc. for $ 1.5 billion.

According to a press release, the transaction “combines two leading companies in the gaming industry to create an organization that will supply an extensive range of products and services to public and private sector lottery and gaming customers throughout the world.”

Last July, online gaming operator WMS announced a strategic partnership with 888. The deal will see the launch of a real-money online poker offering once the licensing and regulation process is completed in Nevada and other U.S. states.

Under the terms of the partnership, WMS will market and distribute 888’s online poker platform to land-based casino customers in venues in the U.S., initially with a play-for-free offering. The joint offering will be ready to go as soon as a real-money platform is given the green light by gaming authorities.

WMS was granted a Nevada online gaming license in September. 888 has applied for a license and is waiting to meet with state regulators.

“The combination of Scientific Games and WMS yields tremendous benefits to our customers, shareholders and employees,” said WMS chairman and CEO Brian R. Gamache. “We view this transaction as the next logical and strategic step in offering continued innovation in gaming.

Read more here.

Poker Legislation

PPA Lobbies Gov. Chris Christie

Time is running out for Gov. Chris Christie to act on a New Jersey Internet gambling bill, and the Poker Players Alliance is now asking its members to urge Christie to sign the bill into law before the Feb. 4 deadline.

“The New Jersey legislature voted in near unanimity to revive the state’s gaming economy by making New Jersey an epicenter for online gaming and poker,” the PPA said in a statement on Monday.

“Thousands of New Jersey residents have contacted the Governor urging him to sign the bill into law,” said John Pappas, executive director of the PPA. “In addition to providing New Jersey poker players with a safe and regulated online poker market, this important legislation will add millions in state revenue and thousands of jobs to the state. New Jersey has the opportunity to be a leader in a vibrant and thriving 21st Century industry, and we hope Governor Christie recognizes the many benefits this bill will bring to this state and its citizens.”

Christie has until Feb. 4 to sign, veto, or allow the legislation to go through without action. Christie vetoed a similar bill in 2011 and remains undecided on the issue. In an interview with a New Jersey radio station last week, Christie expressed his concerns about online gambling driving traffic away from Atlantic City, as well as the potential creation of a new generation of problem gamblers.

New Jersey Sen. Ray Lesniak, the main sponsor of the bill, responded to Christie’s comments by telling PokerNews that the governor is “clueless” about online gambling. “He thinks he knows better than all the Atlantic City casinos, because they know it will help their bottom line and keep their jobs and money going,” Lesniak said. “There are economic studies that this will generate business and doesn’t drive traffic away.”

Read the full PPA statement about New Jersey at

Iowa Eyes Online Poker

Legislators in Iowa have reintroduced a bill that could legalize online poker within state lines.

Last week, Iowa Senate Study Bill 1068 was proposed by Iowa State Senator Jeff Danielson and co-sponsored by Sens. Wally Horn and Randy Feenstra. The poker-only bill proposes that Iowa consider establishing requirements for the issuing of Internet gambling licenses.

Study bills in Iowa are generally developed to evaluate political reactions to a proposal before it is formally introduced in the legislature. Study Bill 1068 is “an Act authorizing licensees authorized to conduct gambling games on an excursion boat, gambling structure, or racetrack enclosure to operate internet wagering on poker and making penalties applicable.”

Last year, the Iowa Senate approved a similar study bill to legalize and regulate intrastate online poker. However, the bill never moved through the House of Representatives due to a “general lack of interest” on the issue, according to House Speaker Kraig Paulsen.

The legalization of online poker in the Hawkeye State could generate between $ 3 million and $ 13 million in state tax revenue, according to a study by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission last year.

Iowa Senate Study Bill 1068 can be viewed in full at

Poker Tournaments

Seiver, Negreanu Enter Premier League

Scott Seiver and Daniel Negreanu have confirmed they will be participating in the PartyPoker Premiere League VI in Stratford City, London March 17 through 23. They are the first two entrants of the 16-player field who will partake in the $ 125,000 buy-in event.

Seiver will return as the defending champion because he won the Premier League Poker V last year, defeating top talents like Dan Cates, Phil Laak, Sam Trickett and Patrik Antonius at the final table. His victory came with a $ 500,000 grand prize and a seat to the World Poker Tour World Championship. On returning to the Premier League this year, Seiver said, “I really enjoyed the interesting format last year and it was great to win. I am looking forward to defending my title.”

Negreanu’s last appearance was in Season IV when it was held in Las Vegas. Talking about his return to the event, he said: “I’m really excited to be back playing the Premier League this year! I love the format and unique events like this are great for poker. I’m honored to be invited and happily support the event and plan on winning it!”

According to a PartyPoker press release, the event will feature “16 players split up into two groups of eight in the Main Event, each competing in four league matches showcasing the famous point system ($ 2,000 per point). The top three from each group will automatically go through to the final table, while the fourth and fifth seeds will square off in a series of heads-up matches (best of three) for spots in the eight-handed finale.”

The inaugural £1,500 WPT National London Main Event will run alongside the Premier League VI from March 15 through 19.The tournament will offer re-entries and have two Day 1 starting flights. Qualifiers and weekly satellites will be offered to give players a chance to enter the Main Event on a freeroll. The $ 3,400 package includes a WPT National London Main Event buy-in and $ 750 spending money.

For more on the Premier League VI, visit the PartyPoker Blog.

PokerStars TCOOP Sets New Marks

The second annual PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) ended on Sunday, Jan. 27 and the overall numbers from the series were enormous.

The 50 fast-paced turbo events proved to be a huge success as 240,321 total entrants generated a combined prize pool of more than $ 24 million — about $ 4.5 million more than last year’s inaugural series.

Sunday’s TCOOP Main Event drew in 5,060 entrants (about 1,300 more than last year). The $ 3,364,900 prize pool shattered the $ 2 million guarantee, and Sweden’s “froma1103,” was the eventual winner, collecting $ 326,880 after a seven-way deal that saw all seven players pocket six-figures.

The TCOOP Player of the Series was awarded to “Tjepan,” who made two final tables and scored 12 cashes to earn a total of $ 79,819 across 46 events. “Tjepan” won the champion’s trophy and a 2014 PCA package worth $ 16,500. The TCOOP leaderboard runner-up was “Tinas21,” who received a 2013 SCOOP ticket worth $ 5,200 after making three TCOOP finals tables.

2013 TCOOP Lederboard

Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske also enjoyed a nice series after taking third place in Event #42, a $ 27 No Limit Hold’em [2x-Turbo], for $ 58,510.24. Luske is off to a great start in 2013; at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure earlier this month, he managed to win the $ 1,100 8-Game event ($ 13,810) and the $ 1,100 H.O.R.S.E. event ($ 18,500).

More on the TCOOP series can be found at the PokerStars blog.

UKIPT Releases Season 4 Schedule

On Friday, the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) unveiled the schedule for its upcoming fourth season. The UKIPT has some big changes in store for this year, opting to venture out of the U.K. entirely, and promises a £500,000 guarantee for every Main Event.

The UKIPT also partnered with the Estrellas Poker Tour to bring the first stop of the season in Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain. It will be held at the Casino Marbella and feature a Main Event with a €1,100 buy-in.

The tour will then move on to Galway and showcase a two-week festival during Galway Race Week, playing host to a cash-game event, the Irish Bridge Masters, and the inaugural UK vs. Ireland Heads-Up Championship.

The UKIPT will then stop in London at the Connaught Rooms, followed by the Isle of Man at the Villa Marina in November. The season will close in Nottingham at the Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club in December. That last series will host the first six-max Main Event in the history of the UKIPT. All stops will feature the same €1,100 buy-in for the Main Event.

Here is the full schedule:

More information can be found at the PokerStars Blog.

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