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Lock Poker 2013 Player Of The Year Weekly Update

There were no major moves to the top 20, but there was still plenty of money and points awarded this week in the 2013 Player of the Year race, sponsored by Lock Poker. Here is a look at the events that made the biggest impact on the race:

Card Player Poker Tour Wynn Las Vegas

Ray DehkharhaniA total of 207 players turned out for the inaugural Card Player Poker Tour Wynn Las Vegas main event, building the first-ever seven-figure prize pool on the CPPT: $ 1,003,950.

In the end, high stakes cash game regular Ray Dehkharghani topped an incredibly tough final table to take home the title, the beautiful Wynn trophy, the $ 235,931 first-place prize and 720 POY points. This was Dehkharghani’s largest tournament score, and as a result he now sits in a tie for 78th place in the POY standings.

Dehkharghani defeated Sam Stein heads-up for the win, sending the 2011 POY race fifth-place finisher home with $ 170,672 and 600 points. 2010 Card Player Player of the Year Tom Marchese finished third for $ 115,454 and 480 points.

WSOP Circuit At The Lodge Casino

Jonathan TaylorThe World Series of Poker Circuit pulled into The Lodge Casino in Black Hawk, CO for its standard 12-event series, highlighted by the $ 1,675 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event. This particular stop drew 421 entrants. building a $ 631,500 prize pool.

After five days of play only Jonathan Taylor remained, taking home $ 138,938 and 720 POY points after defeating Kevin Eyster heads-up for the win. As a result, Taylor joined Dekharghani in a tie for 78th place, a spot that they share with three other players.

Foxwoods Poker Classic Championship Event

The $ 2,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em championship event of the Foxwoods Poker Classic drew 192 to build a $ 433,007 prize pool. The last player standing was Justin Schwartz, topping 2012 WSOP Circuit National Championship winner Ryan Eriquezzo heads-up to win $ 112,582 and 504 POY points. 2012 POY contender John Dibella finished eighth for $ 12,687.

Here is a look at the current top twenty in the POY race:

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The Weekly Turbo: New Jersey Legalizes Online Poker, Negreanu Challenges Gus Hansen

Weekly Turbo

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 New Jersey legalizing online gambling, a Team PokerStars-versus-Team Full Tilt Poker heads-up battle, and more.

Poker Legislation

New Jersey Legalizes Online Poker

Tuesday was a huge day for online poker in the U.S. as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill to license and regulate online poker in the Garden State. New Jersey became the third state to authorize online poker behind Nevada and Delaware, and followed the latter as the only states to approve full casino-style online gambling.

The legislature passed the bill with the exact changes made by Christie in his conditional veto, the biggest of which were increasing the tax on gross revenues from 10 to 15 percent, raising the funds earmarked for compulsive gambling programs from $ 150,000 to $ 250,000 a year, and adding a time limit of 10 years for the authorization of online gambling unless re-established by law.

State Sen. Ray Lesniak said he is hoping the virtual cards will be ready to hit the air in September. First a lot of work will need to be done in testing software and vetting applicants, but Lesniak hopes the legislature’s urgency in approving the bill and the governor’s quickness in signing will indicate that they want these licenses issued as soon as possible.

“I think the fall is a somewhat aggressive timetable but certainly doable, particularly since we put our stamp of approval on this so quickly,” Lesniak said.

The law is expected to mark the return of PokerStars to U.S. soil. Its parent company, Rational Group, is currently seeking state regulatory approval to buy the struggling Atlantic Club Hotel Casino, which otherwise likely would have closed.

Only casinos located within Atlantic City will be able to host Internet gaming sites. Initially, they will only be able to serve people located within New Jersey’s borders, but the bill allows for the possibility that agreements could be made to allow the participation of other states and perhaps foreign countries in the future.

Read the full story here at PokerNews.com.

Another Online Poker Bill in California

As the largest state in the U.S., California presents a very compelling market for legalized online poker. And with Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey ramping up efforts to launch their own platforms, the Golden State doesn’t want to fall too far behind.

On Feb. 22, State Senator Lou Correa introduced SB 678, also known as the Authorization and Regulation of Internet Poker and Consumer Protection Act of 2013. The measure would authorize the operation of real-money Internet poker within the borders California.

Correa’s bill would require the California Gambling Control Commission to establish a regulatory framework for the licensure of eligible operators to run an Internet poker site. The bill would prohibit interstate compacts for now, but California and its 38 million residents would undoubtedly establish the best model for intrastate online poker liquidity in the U.S.

California now has two online poker bills in the legislature. In December, Sen. Roderick Wright reintroduced a poker-only online gambling bill. SB 51 is very similar to Wright’s SB 1463, which failed to gain any momentum last year before the legislative session ended in August. Wright hopes his latest measure will be heard later this year.

View SB 678 in its entirety at leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.

Iowa’s Push for Online Poker

On Thursday, an Iowa Senate subcommittee approved a bill that could eventually legalize online poker within state lines. The poker-only bill will be discussed by the Iowa Senate State Government Committee next week.

Senate Study Bill 1068 would allow licensed Iowa businesses to operate Internet wagering on poker. Once legalized, the industry would be regulated by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

Study bills in Iowa are generally developed to evaluate political reactions to a proposal before it is formally introduced in the legislature. 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 because of a general lack of interest.

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.

The Des Moines Register has more.

Online Poker

Last week, Gus Hansen sent a spontaneous Tweet to Daniel Negreanu reminding “Kid Poker” of a famous hand they played on High Stakes Poker in 2006 (as if the hand will ever leave Negreanu’s mind).

The two superstars exchanged some friendly Twitter banter over the following days, but Negreanu upped the ante on Tuesday by challenging Hansen to a Team PokerStars-versus-Team Full Tilt Poker duel. Negreanu offered to team up with two members of Team PokerStars to face off against FTP’s “The Professionals” — Hansen, Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom — in a series of heads-up matches during EPT London on March 10.

Hansen and his FTP teammates accepted the challenge, and the Team PokerStars-versus-Team Full Tilt Poker heads-up challenge was born. Negreanu selected Team PokerStars Pros Isaac Haxton and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier take take on Full Tilt Poker’s team dubbed “The Professionals.” The action will be played on Full Tilt Poker in a “battleship” style format with a best-of-three structure determining the winner. The victors of each match will collect $ 50,000 from his opponent and each member of the overall winning team will receive $ 10,000 in tournament buy-ins from the rival poker room.

The challenge kicks off on Sunday, March 10 at 10 a.m. ET and will be hosted online by Full Tilt Poker, allowing everyone to log in and rail the action.

Negreanu explained the full details in a video blog on Thursday:

Get the full scoop here at PokerNews.com.

Full Tilt Poker’s New Schedule

Beginning last week, poker players have been able to find an exciting new tournament schedule at Full Tilt Poker. The world’s second-largest online poker room is now offering prize pool guarantees on every single tournament, becoming the first and only online site to provide such an offer to its customers.

The new schedule will offer at least one guaranteed tournament every ten minutes and up to 225 guaranteed cash tournaments every single day. That includes up to 30 Rush tournaments, 20 multi-entry events, 15 re-entry tournaments, and eight multi-chance tournaments.

“From Rush tournaments to multi-entry events, Full Tilt Poker has always been the market leader in providing players with a huge range of diverse and innovative tournaments,” said Sarne Lightman, head of marketing at Full Tilt Poker.

“Full Tilt Poker’s scheduled tournaments already offer round-the-clock action every day of the week with a wide range of buy-ins and guaranteed prize pools to choose from,” Lightman continued. “The new schedule is another market first offering our players the only fully guaranteed schedule of any online site.”

During March, FTP will guarantee more than $ 25 million in tournament prize pools and will feature a range of satellites allowing players to enter the larger events like the daily $ 150 buy-in Tyrannosaurus Rex at 15:00 ET.

Players can also look forward to a new tournament lobby that will make it easier to find the tournaments they are interested playing.

The full tournament schedule (with some hilariously-named events) can be found at FullTiltPoker.com.

Poker Business

A-Rod’s Error

In 2006, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez teamed up with celebrities for a charity poker tournament to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Miami. The event, dubbed the 2nd Annual Dewar’s 12 Hold’em Poker Tournament, attracted a who’s who of A-list artists and athletes, including Michael Jordan, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Lenny Kravitz, Vin Diesel, and Gary Sheffield. Phil Hellmuth was even invited to emcee and offer poker tips to the tournament’s 300 guests.

All proceeds from the tournament went to the A-Rod Family Foundation. When it was all said and done, the event raised more than $ 400,000 toward Rodriguez’s charitable foundation. It was deemed an incredible success.

But questions are now being raised about whether money raised in that event actually went where it was supposed to go.

According to a report by the Boston Globe, Rodriguez’s foundation only donated 1% of the money it raised from the poker tournament. The Globe reported that the foundation used the money to make a $ 5,000 donation to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund and a $ 90 donation to a Little League team in Miami. The rest? Your guess is as good as ours.

On top of that, the Globe reports that A-Rod’s foundation stopped submitting mandatory financial reports to the IRS later that year. Thus, it was stripped of its tax-exempt status.

Apparently, Rodriguez isn’t the only athlete to fall short on charitable promises. Read the full Boston Globe story for more.

Zynga’s Picus Addresses Real-Money Gaming

During a Morgan Stanley conference in San Francisco on Monday, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus discussed his intentions to launch real-money gaming in both the United Kingdom and the U.S. Although Pincus didn’t provide much new information regarding the company’s real-money gaming plans, he said that the company will offer something different from most gambling sites by focusing on making social gambling games.

“We’re not the company to win the hardcore real-money gamers,” Pincus said. “But we think we are for the mass market audience.”

The hype of real-money gambling stemmed from Zynga’s deal with U.K.-based poker company bwin.party Digital Entertainment last October. The deal will see the two companies launch real-money games such as poker, slots, roulette, and blackjack in the first half of 2013.

According to allthingsd.com, ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino are expected to launch in the U.K. by the end of June. Additional platforms are expected to launch during the first half of the year.

While Zynga’s plans in the U.K. move forward, the company has also begun the process of getting licensed as an operator in Nevada. As of Tuesday, only Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey had approved some form of online gaming in the U.S., but others like California could soon follow suit. Zynga’s headquarters are located in San Francisco.

Despite the company’s ambition and partnerships, not all has gone smoothly for Zynga during the past year. The company announced on Monday that it was cutting about 30 employees and closing or consolidating offices in Baltimore, New York, and Texas. Baltimore was home to a game studio that focused on CityVille2, which is now shutting down because of poor performance. The company will also be closing Texas offices in McKinney and downtown Austin, but employees in those offices will be given the opportunity to relocate to Dallas and North Austin.

CNET.com has more.

Poker Tournaments

Premier League Lineup Filling Up

Dan Shak, Marvin Rettenmaier, and Jennifer Tilly have been added to the list of players for next month’s PartyPoker Premier League VI. The three will join an impressive lineup that already includes Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Tony G, Phil Laak, Dan “Jungleman” Cates, Scott Seiver, Luke Schwartz, and newcomer Jonathan Duhamel. The event kicks off at Aspers Casino in London on March 17.

Shak is on quite a roll in 2013, already making three final tables and cashing for more than $ 900,000. He hopes to tack on even more to that total in London. “I’ve been following the Premier League since its inception six years ago, and I’ve always been interested in playing and very pleased to finally be able to participate this year,” Shak told the PartyPoker Blog. “I always like the challenge of playing against the best players in the world and this certainly qualifies!”

“Mad Marvin” Rettenmaier is a back-to-back World Poker Tour winner who should be adding spice to the $ 125,000 buy-in game. He told the PartyPoker Blog, “It’s great to be in a position to play in the PartyPoker.com Premiere League this year. I’d be mad to turn down the offer! I hope I can do myself and my sponsors justice.”

And of course, there’s Jennifer Tilly: “The Premiere League is always a fantastic show filled with surprises. This year I am thrilled to be invited to be a part of this elite group.”

The 16-player event is part of the World Poker Tour National Series London festivities and will award the winner a cash prize of $ 450,000.

The PartyPoker Blog has more.

PokerStars to Premier Zoom Tournaments During MicroMillions IV

On Thursday, PokerStars announced the fourth installment of MicroMillions, a popular online tournament series that gives micro-stakes players the opportunity to win huge cash prizes. The 100-event online poker festival will run from March 14 through March 24 and features a range of buy-ins from 11 cents to $ 22.

The $ 22 MicroMillions Main Event is set for March 24 with a $ 1 million guarantee prize pool and $ 150,000 guaranteed to the winner. The series will also feature a wide variety of formats like turbos, rebuys, shooutouts, and two $ 11 Sunday Storm specials.

Zoom Poker will also makes its tournament debut with two events taking place on March 14 and March 17. It will have the same option to ‘Fast Fold’ and instantly be moved to a new table with the shared pool of tournament players. The difference is, during the final three tables, the remaining players will play out the tournament in standard fashion.

“As part of my $ 100 to $ 100,000 bankroll challenge this year, I’ll be playing a lot of MicroMillions tourneys over the next couple of weeks,” said Team PokerStars Online Pro Andre “acoimbra” Coimbra, who played all 100 MicroMillions events in the debut festival last year. “It’s such a fun series and it’s one where players of all abilities and bankroll levels can take part to win huge prizes.”

The third MicroMillions festival set a record as the largest online poker tournament series with a total of 1,308,994 entries. The biggest individual winner to date is MicroMillions II Main Event winner “SoyDelGlobo,” who turned his $ 22 buy-in into a $ 157,000 cash prize after besting 65,063 players.

For the full MicroMillions tournament schedule visit PokerStars.com.

EPT Grand Final Schedule

PokerStars recently announced the details for the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final. The EPT’s end-of-season finale will take place at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort in Monaco May 6 through 15, offering a range of side events and — for the first time — live cash games.

This year’s series will have a total of 50 events including the €100,000 Super High Roller, the €25,000 High Roller, the €10,300 High Roller Turbo, and a €1,000 buy-in event with a €500,000 guaranteed. As you may recall from last year, Dan Smith turned the EPT Grand Final side events into his own personal playground, winning three €5,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments for more than $ 488,000.

The series will close with the flagship €10,600 Main Event. Last year, Mohsin Charania added his name to a prestigious list of EPT Grand Final Main Event winners by beating Lucille Cailly heads-up for the $ 1,782,343.

For a look at the schedule, check out europeanpokertour.com.

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The Weekly Turbo: Phil Galfond’s Big Weekend, Online Poker Bill in California, and More

Phil Galfond

Did you miss any of the day’s top poker stories? Well, you’ve come to the right place to get caught up. In this edition of the Nightly Turbo, we’re bringing you Phil Galfond’s huge cash-game wins at Full Tilt Poker, a new online poker bill in California, and more.

In Case You Missed It:

Calvin Anderson had an incredible Sunday on the virtual felts. Check out his results and more in the Sunday Briefing.

Did you miss Sunday’s World Poker Tour coverage on FSN? Read our WPT recap to get caught up.

Day 2 of the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club Main Event came to a close Sunday evening. David Grandieri led the way with 30 players remaining.

Can poker players in the U.S. still expect a federal online poker bill to be passed? Matthew Kredell spoke with PPA Executive Director John Pappas about the recent optimistic comments made by Frank Fahrenkopf.

How did poker pro Jay Tan get her start in poker? Find out in the latest edition of Seat Open.

The World Poker Tour 2013 L.A. Poker Classic continued on Sunday at the Commerce Casino. Get the full Day 2 recap right here at PokerNews.com.

Galfond Makes His Weekend Count

After losing $ 630,000 at the high-stakes tables on Full Tilt Poker last Wednesday, Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond bounced back Saturday by booking a massive win and pushing his profits above $ 660,000 for the week.

Galfond began Saturday playing a heads-up 2-7 triple draw against Viktor “Isildur” Blom, and after only 20 minutes he had snatched $ 142,000 from his Swedish friend in just over 30 hands. Galfond then went on to win an additional $ 160,000 playing triple draw playing against Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius, “patpatpanda,” and Phil “Polarizing” Ivey, bringing his winnings to more than $ 300,000 for the day.

Later on, Galfond put in a five-hour session and won four of the five tables he played, adding another $ 185,000 to his daily total. His success over the weekend followed an impressive $ 362,000 win at the 2-7 tables on Thursday. Galfond is up more than $ 1.8 million this year, making him online poker’s top earner so far in 2013.

Blom spent more than six weeks as the year’s biggest online winner, but his recent cold stretch continued Saturday when he lost $ 450,000 playing fixed-limit Omaha hi/lo after already losing $ 238,000 at triple draw earlier in the day. After taking another huge hit, Blom was spotted playing lower stakes on Sunday and Monday, presumably looking to rebuild his bankroll.

HighStakesDB.com has more.

Another Online Poker Bill in California

As the largest state in the U.S., California presents a very compelling market for legalized online poker. And with Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey ramping up efforts to launch their own platforms, the Golden State doesn’t want to fall too far behind.

On Friday, State Senator Lou Correa introduced SB 678, also known as the Authorization and Regulation of Internet Poker and Consumer Protection Act of 2013. The measure would authorize the operation of real-money Internet poker within the borders California.

Correa’s bill would require the California Gambling Control Commission to establish a regulatory framework for the licensure of eligible operators to run an Internet poker site. The bill would prohibit interstate compacts for now, but California and its 38 million residents would undoubtedly establish the best model for intrastate online poker liquidity in the U.S.

California now has two online poker bills in the legislature. In December, Sen. Roderick Wright reintroduced a poker-only online gambling bill. SB 51 is very similar to Wright’s SB 1463, which failed to gain any momentum last year before the legislative session ended in August. Wright hopes his latest measure will be heard later this year.

View SB 678 in its entirety at leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.

Rafa’s Last Longer

Team PokerStars SportStar Rafael Nadal hit the virtual felts over the weekend to participate in the PokerStars $ 11 Sunday Storm. The tournament attracted more than 43,000 entries, including Nadal and friend Joan Suasi, both of whom were looking to claim a share of the $ 300,000 guaranteed prize pool.

(c/o PokerStars Blog)

After studying and improving their poker game over the last several weeks, Nadal and Suasi upped the ante in the Sunday Storm by agreeing to a last-longer competition. Nadal shared the wager with his Twitter followers last week:

Nadal got off to a fast start in the tournament after making quads, and he was even kind enough to post the hand on the PokerStars BOOM! Replayer:

Eventually, though, Nadal’s stack dwindled down to five big blinds, and he got his remaining chips in with {A-Clubs}{5-Clubs} against {K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}. He was ahead before the flop, but the board brought a queen to end Rafa’s tournament. While Nadal did finish in the top half of the field, his friend Suasi won the last longer.

Read more about the bet at the PokerStars Blog.

Full Tilt Poker’s New Schedule

Beginning Feb. 25, poker players will be able to find an exciting new tournament schedule at Full Tilt Poker. The world’s second-largest online poker room is now offering prize pool guarantees on every single tournament, becoming the first and only online site to provide such an offer to its customers.

The new schedule will offer at least one guaranteed tournament every ten minutes and up to 225 guaranteed cash tournaments every single day. That includes up to 30 Rush tournaments, 20 multi-entry events, 15 re-entry tournaments, and eight multi-chance tournaments.

“From Rush tournaments to multi-entry events, Full Tilt Poker has always been the market leader in providing players with a huge range of diverse and innovative tournaments,” said Sarne Lightman, head of marketing at Full Tilt Poker.

“Full Tilt Poker’s scheduled tournaments already offer round-the-clock action every day of the week with a wide range of buy-ins and guaranteed prize pools to choose from,” Lightman continued. “The new schedule is another market first offering our players the only fully guaranteed schedule of any online site.”

During March, FTP will guarantee more than $ 25 million in tournament prize pools and will feature a range of satellites allowing players to enter the larger events like the daily $ 150 buy-in Tyrannosaurus Rex at 15:00 ET.

Players can also look forward to a new tournament lobby that will make it easier to find the tournaments they are interested playing.

The full tournament schedule (with some hilariously-named events) can be found at FullTiltPoker.com.

Schedule Change for PPC Aruba

The DeepStacks Poker Tour Players Poker Championship at Aruba is still on tap for 2013, but the series has been pushed to this fall. Tournament organizers announced this week that PPC Aruba is now scheduled for Oct. 2 through 9 at the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa.

The same exciting schedule includes eight events, highlighted by the $ 2,500 buy-in Main Event which features a $ 200,000 guaranteed prize pool. The tournament has commitments in place from DeepStacks Pros Michael Mizrachi, Mike Matasow and Tristan Wade, and the final table will be live streamed online via DeepStacks.com and DeepStacks360.com.

The Radisson Aruba Casino will begin running PPC Aruba satellites in May during the newly announced 2013 PPC South America Poker Classic. The series will run May 4 through 9, 2013.

“Players Poker Championship is very excited about the new series schedule and dates that will benefit players from the United States to South America,” said Bryan Oulton, co-commissioner of the PPC. “Not to mention, the addition of the 2013 PPC South America Poker Classic will add a second exciting stop in Aruba.”

For more, visit PPCAruba.com.

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The Weekly Turbo: Nevada Versus New Jersey, Tony G’s Massive Cash Game, and More

Weekly Turbo

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 the race to launch online poker in the United States, a massive heads-up match between Tony G and a casino owner, and more.

Poker Legislation

Nevada Makes History

On Thursday, the Nevada Legislature fast-tracked an online poker bill that will allow Gov. Brian Sandoval to expand the state’s customer base by entering into interstate compacts. The law is the first of its kind in the U.S. and could potentially pave the way for Nevada to partner up with other states to increase online poker liquidity pools.

“This is an historic day for the great state of Nevada,” Sandoval said on Thurday. “Today I sign into law the framework that will usher in the next frontier of gaming in Nevada. This bill is critical to our state’s economy and ensures that we will continue to be the gold standard for gaming regulation.”

The Assembly Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday morning to amend and pass the bill that may allow Nevada to launch a real-money online poker market before Delaware and New Jersey. The bill the moved through the full Assembly and Senate before making its way to Sandoval’s desk for final signature Thursday evening.

“We’re going to beat New Jersey,” said Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

Read more here at PokerNews.com.

Christie Aims to Move Quickly on Internet Gambling

Meanwhile in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie says he intends to quickly sign an Internet gambling bill if lawmakers make the appropriate changes to a measure presented to him earlier this month.

On Feb. 7, Christie filed a 31-page conditional veto on the bill, recommending a number of changes that need to be made before he can sign off on it. These recommendations include a tax increase from 10 to 15 percent, with part of the additional proceeds going to compulsive gambling programs, and a time limit of 10 years for the authorization of Internet gaming unless re-established by law.

During an appearance in Lavallette, NJ, Christie said he could sign the bill the same day the Legislature approved those changes, “depending on how my day is going.” State legislators said last week that they are planning to vote on amendments to the bill on Feb. 26 before putting it back on Christie’s desk for signature.

“There’s no reason not to sign it quickly,” Christie said Tuesday, according to NorthJersey.com.

State Sen. Ray Lesniak, the chief sponsor of the bill, told PokerNews this month that he anticipates the launch of real-money online poker in New Jersey this fall. That would throw the state back into the race with Nevada and Delaware to become the first to offer regulated online poker in the U.S.

NorthJersey.com has more.

Federal Bill Back on the Table?

Efforts to legalize online poker at the federal level subsided late in 2012, but another federal bill could soon be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

During an interview with Jim Ralston of Ralston Reports on Tuesday, American Gaming Association Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf said that we may see a federal online poker bill reach Capitol Hill in the next few weeks. Fahrenkopf’s comments came as a bit of a surprise after a federal effort spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stalled just two months ago.

“There’s still an effort in the House,” Fahrenkopf said. “Plus, I think the activity of a number of states — particularly Delaware where they authorized all forms of casino games — could (result in) the largest expansion of legal gaming in this country’s history if states start to emulate what Delaware did.”

Fahrenkopf believes Congressman Joe Barton will “probably” carry the federal bill again. Barton introduced federal measures during two legislative sessions in the past but failed to get the necessary support from Congress. Said Fahrenkopf, “I’ve talked to the congressman and he’s doing a little spadework with the members. We’ll just have to wait and see. It’s a little early.”

Check out Fahrenkopf’s full interview with Ralston here (federal bill discussion begins five minutes in):

Poker Players

Tony G Wins €1.85M Pot

If there’s a cast-iron guarantee when Tony G sits down at a poker table, it’s that he’ll take every opportunity to play big pots. Tony’s friend, King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik, has the same approach to the game. Throw the two high rollers into a heads-up match, and fireworks are certain to ensue.

That’s exactly what happened this past weekend at the Czech Republic’s King’s Casino Rozvadov, which Tony calls the “best casino in the world.” During a three-day trip to the casino, Tony G played a massive heads-up match against Tsoukernik that resulted in some crazy million-dollar swings.

Tony G and Tsoukernik began their match by playing €2,000/€4,000 pot-limit Omaha on Friday, Feb. 15. Tsoukernik was a €500,000 winner in their first match, but Tony got redemption two days later.

After falling behind another €1 million on Sunday, Tony G offered to jack up the stakes to €5,000/€10,000, and subsequently won a massive €1.85 million pot that allowed him to leave as a €300,000 winner overall. Tony explained the action to PokerNews on Tuesday:

“Basically, Leon just cracked it at the end and shoved it in blind. I ended up having aces, {A-}{A-}{J-}{7-}, against {J-}{J-}{6-}{7-} I believe. We just decided to let the last hand run out and it got me out of the hole.

“Playing with the owner of the casino, Leon, it’s just a really great casino, and they take great care of me,” he added. “It’s also been profitable on top of it. Leon’s a great guy, and I’m going back there in a couple days to start again.”

After Tony returns to King’s Club for more action next week, he’ll travel to London for next month’s $ 125,000 buy-in PartyPoker Premier League VI. Following a brief hiatus from the game, it’s nice to see our fearless leader where he belongs — showing his heart and commitment at a poker table.

Read his full trip report at TonyGPoker.com.

Duhamel Enters Premier League

2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel is the latest player to join next month’s PartyPoker Premier League VI lineup. Duhamel joins a stacked field that already includes Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Tony G, Phil Laak, Dan “Jungleman” Cates, Scott Seiver, and Luke Schwartz.

“This is my first Premier League and I cannot wait! I am excited and honored to play in such a unique event,” Duhamel told the PartyPoker Blog.

PartyPoker Premier League VI will take place at Aspers Casino in London form March 17 through 23. The 16 players will each put up $ 125,000 and be split into two groups of eight in the Main Event, each competing in four league matches to earn points in the standings ($ 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.

Discussing his strategy going into the prestigious event, Duhamel said: “I’ll have to adapt my game to the format that is completely different from what we usually see in poker tournament, but at the end you’ll see me with the trophy in my hand”!

The PartyPoker Blog has more.

Sully Erna’s Return to Poker

Godsmack front man Sully Erna has made several appearances at major poker tournaments over the years, including numerous stops at the World Series of Poker Main Event. And now, after taking a long break from the game, Erna is looking to take his poker game to the next level while the band is on hiatus from touring.

“I was finding that was I was very impatient and playing crappy hands,” Erna told ESPN this week. “I was losing patience every time I was playing. I had to take a break.”

Erna has two cashes at the WSOP Main Event (2006 and 2007) to go along with a runner-up finish at a $ 5,000 buy-in side event at the 2007 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic. Surrounded at the final table by poker pros Shane Schleger, Andrew Rob, David Williams, and Mark Teltscher, Erna advanced all the way to a heads-up match against JC Tran, eventually falling in second place for $ 307,325. Big finishes like that have given Erna the appetite for more poker tournaments.

“I’m making my comeback! I’ve studied the game. I’m getting the itch to play poker again,” Erna said. “In fact, I’m in Los Angeles today and I’ll be playing tonight. I need to shake the rust off. I’m ready to go deep and win a lot of money!”

ESPN has more.

Poker Tournaments

Tournament Roundup

Several poker tournaments around the world wrapped up this week, each offering big prizes to the winners. Here’s a recap of some of the action:

WSOP Circuit Event #7: No-Limit Hold’em

Poker pro Ari Engel won his fifth World Series of Poker Circuit ring on Thursday, moving him within one victory of catching all-time leader Alex Masek (six).

Engel bested a field of 212 to win the $ 580 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament at WSOPC West Palm Beach, collecting a payday of $ 26,501. With his family in attendance to watch him win a ring for the first time, Engel defeated William Richardson heads-up to secure the title.

With the victory, Engel joined three players with five gold rings each: Mark “Pegasus” Smith, Kyle Cartwright, and Kurt Jewell. They’re all chasing Masek, who won his sixth ring last month at the Bicycle Casino.

“There’s a very friendly rivalry between us,” Engel told the WSOP Blog about the Circuit’s most successful players. “Some of these guys have been around for a long time. We see each other a lot and because we are some of the more aggressive players we bump heads a lot in tournaments around the country.”

“When Alex (Masek) got his sixth gold ring, I (finished) 18th in that event,” Engel added. “He busted me, in fact. So, he got some chips that way — even though he already had a lot of chips. So, I made my own contribution, I guess you could say. But seriously, competition is good because everyone tries to get better.”

WSOP Circuit Event #1A: No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry ($ 1,000,000 Guaranteed)

The opening event at the World Series of Poker Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club attracted the largest field of the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit season thus far. The $ 580 buy-in re-entry event had 2,539 entrants, making it the second largest major poker tournament ever held in Florida.

Lou Cheffy, a financial planner from Naples, Florida, bested the large field to collect $ 183,983 in prize money along with his first WSOP-C gold ring. The final table included David Nicholson, who was seeking his fifth WSOPC ring, and John Holley, who was looking to collect his third. Cheffy entered the heads-up match second in chips behind Joel Furney who couldn’t hold the lead.

UKIPT Cork Main Event (€250,000 Guaranteed)

Thomas Finneran, a 35-year-old poker player from Galway, Ireland topped a field of 387 to take down the Main Event at the UKIPT Cork. After six levels of play at the final table, Finneran defeated Stephen McGrath for the top prize of €55,440 after the two players agreed to a heads-up deal.

“I’ve played a fair bit of heads-up and worked on my game, it’s important to do that as the difference between first and second is big,” Finneran told the PokerStars Blog after the win.

*Denotes heads-up deal

Parx Big Stax Main Event ($ 500,000 Guaranteed)

The Big Stax Poker Series at Parx Casino ended Monday with police officer Robert Boyko winning the $ 1,500 buy-in Main Event for $ 134,269. The win came after Boyko and Patrick Halter agreed to an even heads-up chop. Because Boyko started the heads-up match with a significant chip lead, he was awarded the title and trophy.

*Denotes heads-up deal

WPT Returns to Canada

On Tuesday, PartyPoker announced it will be sponsoring two World Poker Tour stops in Canada in 2013. The Playground Poker Club in Montreal will play host to the WPT Canadian Spring Championship May 3 through 9, followed by WPT Montreal Nov. 29 through Dec. 5.

The WPT Canadian Spring Championship is a new stop for Season XI and will feature a C$ 3,300 Main Event. PartyPoker.net will be running freerolls and qualifiers for the Spring Championship beginning March 11.

WPT Montreal will be a key stop in Season XII and will showcase a televised C$ 3,850 Main Event. A high-roller event will also be added and is expected to draw names like Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Daniel Negreanu, Gavin Smith, and Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel, all of whom played in the Main Event last year. The WPT’s Mike Sexton, Vince Van Patten, Tony Dunst, and Kimberly Lansing have already confirmed their attendance for the event.

Last year, 25-year-old Quebec native Jonathan Roy won the inaugural C$ 3,300 WPT Montreal Main Event, earning C$ 779,710, the trophy. The event in November attracted 1,173 players for a total prize pool of C$ 3,387,930 making it the third largest WPT event in history and the largest WPT event ever in Canada.

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The Weekly Turbo: World Series of Poker Schedule, Hellmuth and Esfandiari to Face Off

Weekly Turbo

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 the release of the 2013 World Series of Poker Schedule, the latest additions of the PartyPoker Premier League lineup, and more.

Poker Tournaments

2013 World Series of Poker Schedule Unveiled

On Thursday, Caesars Interactive Entertainment revealed the official schedule for the 2013 World Series of Poker. Beginning Wednesday, May 29, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the 44th Annual World Series of Poker will feature 62 bracelet events, ending with the flagship $ 10,000 Main Event beginning on July 7.

The 2013 WSOP will feature several brand new events, including two bracelet tournaments benefiting the ONE DROP Foundation. The “Little One for ONE DROP” offers an $ 1,1111 buy-in with unlimited re-entries over two starting days, giving it the potential to be one of the largest events at the 2013 WSOP. For those with bigger bankrolls, there will also be an $ 111,111 buy-in high roller from June 26 through 28. As the WSOP’s charity partner, ONE DROP will receive a percentage of each buy-in from both events.

To kick off this year’s WSOP opening weekend festivities, a new “Millionaire Maker” (Event #6) will see one person turn a $ 1,500 buy-in into a cool $ 1 million. The event begins on Saturday, June 1, featuring a one-day start, two-flight, single re-entry, no-limit hold’em event. The prize pool will be changed from the usual WSOP pay structure into one in which one winner will take home a seven-figure payday.

“Bring your bankroll, whatever it is, and come have the time of your life,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel. “We think this is the most diverse schedule we’ve ever had and we’ll be ready for an all-time turn-out at the 44th annual WSOP.”

For more info, including the full schedule of events, check out the article here at PokerNews.com.

FTOPS XXII Schedule

It’s only been three months since Full Tilt Poker reopened its doors, but the site has already announced its second Full Tilt Poker Online Poker Series (FTOPS) since relaunch. On Friday, FTP announced that FTOPS XXII will run from March 17 through 31, featuring 38 tournaments and millions in guarantees.

The series gets under way March 17 with a $ 216 buy-in event with an $ 850,000 guarantee and culminates March 31 with the flagship $ 640 buy-in re-entry Main Event with a $ 2 million guarantee. In December’s FTOPS XXI Main Event, Yann “yadio1111″ Dion outlasted a field of 4,766 entries to claim the $ 453,229 top prize. It was the first FTOPS Main Event since Full Tilt June 2011, when Full Tilt closed its doors to customers all over the world. Now, the site operates under PokerStars’ management.

Other key events on the FTOPS XXII schedule include a $ 1,060 re-entry six-max event on March 18, a $ 1,050 no-limit hold’em double-chance event on March 25, and a $ 2,100 no-limit hold’em event with antes from the start on March 30-31.

Check out FullTiltPoker.com for the full schedule of events.

$ 7 Million Sunday at PokerStars

PokerStars is set to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Sunday Million on March 3, 2013, and for that day only the site has increased the guaranteed prize pool from $ 1 million to $ 7 million, with $ 1 million going to the champion.

The event will kick off at 14:30 ET with the usual buy-in of $ 215. Players can also qualify for a seat through a variety of satellites, including a 1,000-seat guaranteed satellite starting Feb. 24, with feeder satellites starting at just $ 1.

“I remember playing in previous Sunday Million Anniversary tournaments well,” said Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis. “The gigantic prize pools make them so memorable and I’m sure this one will be no different with $ 1 million for the winner! I’m going to stock up on food and drink so I’m ready to grind this one! It’s so big that it’s like playing an EPT online.”

Last year’s Sixth Anniversary Sunday Million celebration attracted 33,732 players, with the top prize of $ 480,761 going to “slyfox151″ after an eight-way deal at the final table.

The biggest Sunday Million ever was in December 2011 for PokerStars’ 10th Anniversary. The tournament saw 62,116 players create a record prize pool of $ 12,423,200, with first place and $ 1,146,574 eventually going to Kyle “First-Eagle” Weir.

For more information on satellite details, check out PokerStars.com.

Poker Players

Hellmuth and Esfandiari Join Premier League

Let the needling begin.

On Monday, PartyPoker announced that Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari will participate in the $ 125,000 buy-in PartyPoker.com Premier League Poker VI at Aspers Casino in London from March 17 through 23. They will also compete at the World Poker Tour Venice Main Event from March 25 through 30.

Esfandiari, who’s taken every chance to provoke the temperamental Hellmuth in the past, will be participating in the Premier League for the first time. Hellmuth has been a regular fixture in the popular event, but returns in 2013 after missing Premier League V in Vienna last year.

Said Esfandiari, “For years I have been hearing about Premier League Poker – it’s nice to finally make it over there to play in it!”

“I am looking forward to competing in the Premier League: 16 players, one winner,” Hellmuth added.

Esfandiari and Hellmuth join Daniel Negreanu, Tony G, Phil Laak and Scott Seiver on the Premier League VI lineup. The 16-player tournament will award the winner with a top prize of $ 450,000.

According to a 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 PartyPoker Blog has more.

Stealing from the “Robin Hood” of Poker?

Open-Face Chinese Poker has become the latest craze in the poker community. The game continues to grow in popularity by the day, sparked greatly by the constant Twitter interchange between many of poker’s most renowned professionals. But a recent finding by Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein could put a slight damper on the mobile-based versions of the game.

On Friday, in his latest entry at the PokerStars Blog, Greenstein pointed out a major flaw in a popular iPad app, “Chinese Open Face Poker Pass N’ Play,” which allows players to select which cards they receive at any point in the game. Although the app itself is free to play, a lot of money is being exchanged on the side between players. Greenstein became wary of the app after allegedly being hustled by an unnamed player.

Greenstein’s suspicion began when, after beating his opponent out of about 100 points at $ 50 per point, the stakes were doubled. From there, he realized something was wrong — that perhaps his opponent could have been cheating.

“It seemed like after being in trouble he kept getting saved on the river over and over and over,” Greenstein wrote. “I decided I wanted to start keeping track of when he needed to get outs in these situations. When he had to get an out on the river to beat me, I wanted to see what his percentage was.”

Greenstein found that his opponent was saved on the river seven out of 14 times. It was enough to force Greenstein to quit and seek out the advice of his nephew, a computer programmer, to figure out if cheating was possible.

The verdict: Yes.

“My nephew downloaded the app and once he had a chance to start looking at it he called me back within 30 minutes,” Greenstein said. “He said anyone who’s a programmer who knows how to hook up an iPad to another computer could easily cheat using the app.

“He said he could see all the cards and do whatever he wanted. I asked him if he could give me a demo, and we played a game and he sent me three kings on top, a flush in the middle, and a straight flush in the back. He explained that anyone who was a programmer or who had a friend who was a programmer could cheat me at the game, no problem.”

Greenstein’s blog quickly generated discussion among poker players on Friday. In response, the creators of “Chinese Open Face Poker Pass N’ Play” went to work to fix the issue.

To read Greenstein’s full blog entry, check out the PokerStars Blog.

Online Poker

ACEP Launches Ongame-Powered Poker Site

On Tuesday, American Casino & Entertainment Properties (ACEP) Interactive officially launched its free-to-play poker website, acePLAYpoker.com. The site will use the Ongame poker software recently acquired by Bally Technologies.

The new website allows players the opportunity to play free online poker 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The site provides online players with exclusive promotions, including show tickets to critically acclaimed shows at the iconic Stratosphere Casino, which is owned by ACEP. Other prizes include opportunities to experience Stratosphere’s thrill rides at the top of the Tower, including SkyJump, a controlled free fall from 108 floors above the Las Vegas Strip.

“With the launch of this free to play website, we can now bring the excitement of play found at our properties to anyone with Internet access, no matter their location,” said Alec Driscoll, director of gaming development for ACEP. “We are also positioning ACEP and acePLAYpoker.com for the potential approval of legalized online gaming.”

Last September, the Nevada Gaming Commission approved ACEP as an interactive gaming operator ahead of the state’s real-money online poker market. ACEP’s software platform is provided by Bally Technologies, which recently acquired Amaya Gaming and will incorporate Amaya’s Ongame software into Bally’s iGaming platform.

Bally was approved for a Nevada gaming license as a service provider last June. ACEP and Bally teamed up on Sept. 25, 2012, shortly after ACEP was approved for its license.

Visit acePLAYpoker.com for more information on the new site.

FullTiltPoker.eu Launches

If you were playing on Full Tilt Poker early Monday morning, you probably received this message:

Just days after announcing that FullTiltPoker.eu would launch “in the next few weeks,” the sister site of PokerStars is up and running in Malta. Players from Greece, Luxembourg and Slovenia have already been transitioned to the new site, while players in Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Sweden will most likely be switching soon.

The client is indistinguishable to FullTiltPoker.com. The tables, player pools, promotions, and features are identical. The difference is that, according to certain income tax laws in the EU, gambling winnings from sites based with the European Economic Area (EEA) are tax free. The Isle of Man, where both PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker operate their “.com” clients, is not a part of the EEA.

For players in Greece, Luxembourg and Slovenia, using the new client is mandatory. Players must agree to new terms and conditions, and download new software. Account balances will remain in USD.

Poker Legislation

New Jersey’s iGaming Efforts Moving Quickly

After an interstate online gambling bill (A2578/S1565) was conditionally vetoed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last week, state legislators say they are planning to vote on amendments to the bill on Feb. 26 before putting it back on Christie’s desk for signature.

“The Senate will move forward to adopt the governor’s conditional veto on Feb. 26,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney on Monday. “The sooner we bring Internet gaming to New Jersey, the better off Atlantic City is going to be.”

State Sen. Ray Lesniak, the chief sponsor of the bill, said he will work on making the recommended changes to the measure and get it returned to the governor. Among Christie’s recommendations include a tax increase from 10 to 15 percent, with part of the additional proceeds going to compulsive gambling programs, and a time limit of 10 years for the authorization of Internet gaming unless re-established by law.

“The sooner we get Internet gaming in place, the sooner we will begin to see the economic benefits that will come with it,” Lesniak said.

Lesniak told PokerNews last week that he expects the assembly to have already passed the revisions during its voting session on Feb. 14 or Feb. 21. Then, following six months to finalize regulations and review casino applicants, Lesniak anticipates the first virtual hands to be dealt in New Jersey this fall.

New Jersey is attempting to become the third state to legalize online poker in the U.S. Nevada authorized Internet poker in December 2011, and Delaware passed legislation last June.

Read more in the press release at PolitickerNJ.

Clash in Nevada

A new online gambling bill in Nevada is creating some tension between Gov. Brian Sandoval and state legislators.

On Wednesday, Assembly Bill 114 was referred to the Judiciary Committee, seeking to double online gambling license fees from $ 500,000 to $ 1,000,000 and the renewal fees from $ 250,000 to $ 500,000. It also contains language that would prohibit companies from receiving a license for 10 years if they took real-money bets in the U.S. after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed in 2006. That would include companies like PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

Sandoval is pushing to remove much of the text from the revised bill. “Governor Sandoval does not support the increased fee and will work to resolve this issue before the legislation is passed into law,” Sandoval spokesperson Mary-Sarah Kinner said on Wednesday.

Last month, after Gov. Chris Christie showed his support of online gambling in New Jersey, Sandoval stressed to Nevada lawmakers that the state’s online gambling be passed within 30 days. Sandoval said it is “critical” that Nevada move quickly on the bill now that other states are making progress on the issue.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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The Weekly Turbo: High-Stakes Action Flourishing at FTP, Online Poker in New Jersey

Weekly Turbo

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 the intense high-stakes action at Full Tilt Poker, promising news for online poker players in New Jersey, and more.

Online Poker

Dwan’s Online Poker Marathon

Where has Tom Dwan been lately? We’d been wondering that ourselves.

Since the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker last November, Dwan had been virtually absent from the high-stakes games on the site while the other two members of FTP’s pro team, Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom and Gus Hansen, were putting in major volume. In fact, entering Thursday, Dwan had played just 7,575 hands since the start of the year. Blom had played 38,800 hands; Hansen had logged more than 31,000.

But late this week, Dwan put in a marathon session reminiscent of the ones we saw in years’ past. According to HighStakesDB.com, Dwan logged into FTP Thursday afternoon and sat down at a few no-limit hold’em tables on FTP. Nearly 7,000 hands and 25 hours later, Dwan had profited more than $ 1.25 million.

Dwan’s session began with brief $ 300/600 NLHE heads-up matches against “SanIker” and “bbvisbadforme,” where he made about $ 17,000 in 70 minutes. But that was it for the hold’em games; Dwan then moved on to pot-limit Omaha and no-limit 2-7 triple draw, and that’s when the chips really starting moving in his direction.

Dwan faced off against the likes of Ben “Sauce1234″ Sulsky, Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond, Hac “trex313″ Dang, Alex “Alexonmoon” Leneau at the $ 200/400 no-limit 2-7 tables. Unfortunately, HighStakesDB.com doesn’t track individual 2-7 hands in its database, but we can tell you he profited more than $ 1.3 million playing the popular draw game.

Dwan also matched talents against Ben “Bttech” Tollerene, one of the biggest online poker winners of last year. The two high-stakes regs sat down at two heads-up tables of $ 300/600 pot-limit Omaha late Thursday night, and didn’t quit until 18 hours later. Dwan held the lead for most of the match, but Tollerene went on a rush Friday afternoon and finished on top by around $ 30,000.

At one point during the session, Dwan had more than $ 1.8 million spread across five tables. It’s safe to say that the “durrrr” we’ve come to know is officially back.

Keep an eye out for more action from Full Tilt Poker’s nosebleed games. And be sure to read the Online Railbird Report for an in-depth look at the largest pots and biggest winners in online poker over the past week.

Antonius Accepts Another Challenge

With the “Durrrr Challenge” on hiatus for more than two years, Patrik Antonius is finding other players to face off against at Full Tilt Poker. On Wednesday, Antonius and Rui Cao kicked off a cash game challenge that will see one of them walk away with $ 1 million. The heads-up freezout will consist of three poker variants: pot-limit Omaha ($ 350,000 match), no-limit hold’em (350,000) and 2-7 triple draw ($ 300,000).

Cao initiated the challenge last Friday in a chat box after Antonius swept him clean during a triple draw match. Five days later, the duo had already completed their 2-7 challenge playing at $ 1,500/$ 3,000 limits on Wednesday morning. According to HighStakesDB.com, Cao controlled the table from start to finish taking Antonius for his $ 300,000 chip stack in only three hours and 350 hands.

We have yet to witness Antonius and Cao playing the second stage of the three-session match, but we’ll have updates as soon as it resumes.

HighStakesDB has more.

Play Against The Professionals

Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom is recognized as one of the most fearless high rollers in all of poker. The Swede has taken shots at the biggest online cash games in existence, and his name is tagged to each of the 10 largest pots in online poker history.

So why was Blom playing $ .50/$ 1 pot-limit Omaha cash games on Monday?

Confirmed busto? Nah, not even close. After all, Blom is the biggest cash-game winner in the world so far this year.

Blom’s appearance at the micro tables this week is part of Full Tilt Poker’s Challenge Tables, giving low-limit players a chance to test their skills against two of The Professionals — Blom and Gus Hansen. According to Full Tilt Poker, Hansen and Blom will sit down at one or more of their designated Challenge Tables a few times each week and face players already seated or anyone else willing to accept the challenge.

Challenge Tables are identified within the game software as Gus Hansen’s Table or Isildur1’s Table, and various games types are available: Omaha hi, Omaha hi/lo, razz, stud hi/lo, draw poker games, and mixed games. The stake levels encompass both micro-stake and low-limit games, starting at the $ 0.05/$ 0.10 tables and working up through the levels to the $ 3/$ 6 games.

For more info on how to play against Blom and Hansen, visit FullTiltPoker.com.

Poker Legislation

Gov. Christie Backs Online Gambling in New Jersey

It wasn’t the result the online poker industry was hoping for on Thursday. But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision regarding Internet gambling was still deemed a victory.

Christie waited until the final moments of his 45-day window to conditionally veto an online gambling bill that would allow real-money online poker to be played inside state lines. Although the veto denies the state the ability to move forward with online gambling plans, Christie says he fully supports online gambling in the state. First, though, he needs to see some changes to the measure before he can sign off on it.

Among Christie’s recommendations include a tax increase from 10 to 15 percent, with part of the additional proceeds going to compulsive gambling programs, and a time limit of 10 years for the authorization of Internet gaming unless re-established by law.

“With these goals in mind, I have concluded that now is the time for our State to move forward, again leading the way for the nation, by becoming one of the first states to permit Internet gaming,” Christie said in the statement.

Sen. Ray Lesniak, the chief sponsor of the bill, called it “great news” for the state — especially in Atlantic City. Lesniak expects the senate to approve amendments to the bill on March 18 before handing it off to Christie for a final signature.

“I’m pleased that the changes he made are minor and will allow it to get up and running, hopefully achieving my ultimate goal for New Jersey to become the Silicon Valley of Internet gaming,” Lesniak told PokerNews in a phone interview.

Read the full story right here at PokerNews.com.

Movement in Delaware

Legal, real-money online poker could make its way to Delaware by Sept. 30, 2013, according to a recent proposal by the Delaware State Lottery.

On Monday, iGaming Business reported that Delaware issued a request for proposal for implementing an Internet gaming system and associated services solution. The proposal also calls for companies to bid for the rights to provide the technology platform alongside operations manager services. The state wants the Internet system up and running no later than Sept. 30.

“The Delaware State Lottery is issuing this request for proposal to invite interested vendors to submit proposals for the implementation of an Internet gaming system and services solution, which is a turnkey offering inclusive of a back-end technology platform, operations management and support services, as well as an array of game content from multiple vendors to offer casino table games, video lottery games, poker, bingo and keno,” read a statement from the Delaware State Lottery.

“The solution may at some point in the future integrate with the Delaware State Lottery’s future Internet lottery system and Internet sports wagering system, which does not currently exist and is not included in this request for proposal.”

Gaming is a large part of Delaware’s budget, generating more than $ 250 million annually in tax dollars compared to a state budget of about $ 3.4 billion. The new forms of online gambling are expected to generate an additional $ 7.75 million for the state in 2013.

Delaware and Nevada are the only two states to authorize interstate online poker. New Jersey could join the list this week if Gov. Chris Christie elects not to veto the online gambling bill that was placed on his desk last month. Christie has until Thursday, Feb. 7 to act on the bill.

iGaming Business has more.

Mississippi Bill Dies Again

It wasn’t all good news for Internet gambling efforts in the U.S. this week. A bill in Mississippi that would have legalized real-money online poker was killed in committee, nearly a year after similar bill failed in the state last February.

Rep. Bobby Moak reintroduced the Mississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Act of 2013 (House Bill No. 254) just last month. According to the bill, Internet games would be taxed at 5 percent of gross revenues and would restrict licenses to those companies already holding land licenses to operate in the state.

Moak’s vested interest came after the Department of Justice concluded that forms of gambling other than sports betting fell outside of the Wire Act of 1961. However, despite receiving support from big casino operators, Moak had to tug through the state’s churches that opposed any expansion of legal gaming of any kind for religious purposes. Ultimately, the bill failed to make its way through the Ways and Means committee this week.

Nevada and Delaware remain the only states to authorize real-money wagering online while New Jersey, California, and other states continue to work on legislation.

For more, read the story at the Hattiesburg American.

Online Poker Delays in Nevada

While New Jersey waits for Christie’s eight-ball to decide the state’s online gambling future, companies in Nevada continue to prepare for the launch of its own interstate market. On Wednesday, the state Gaming Control Board (GCB) held its monthly meeting in Carson City and discussed the issue of technology testing for online poker sites.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, three companies requested extensions to complete laboratory testing as provisions of interactive gaming licenses approved last year. South Point Poker, ACEP Interactive and Monarch Interactive were given preliminary approval for extensions by the GCB, and if approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission on Feb. 21, the three companies will have until August to complete testing on their software.

Many pundits believed the first real-money online poker site would launch in Nevada by the end of 2012, but the testing by third-party labs has taken longer than anticipated. On Tuesday, PokerNews learned through a source that the Station Casinos and Ultimate Gaming were aiming to debut their Ultimate Poker product for real-money play by March 9, 2013. However, when asked for a confirmation of the launch date, an Ultimate Gaming spokesperson told PokerNews that the company is still “working with gaming regulators to ensure a successful launch and regulation process” for the product. Ultimate Poker is expected to launch some time in 2013.

The Las Vegas Sun has more.

Poker Business

PokerStars on Facebook

On Tuesday, PokerStars announced that its free-to-play site, PokerStars.net, has launched on Facebook. The product will now compete with Zynga Poker and other poker applications on Facebook’s social platform, potentially cutting into Zynga’s sizable lead in the play-money realm.

“This is part of our ongoing research and development efforts, and is just one of a whole range of areas that we are working on,” Eric Hollreiser, PokerStars’ head of corporate communications, told PokerNews on Tuesday.

Hollreiser added that the product was launched it in beta to test it and ensure that it is up to PokerStars’ high-standard. “There’s still a lot of work to be done, and while the beta testing is just beginning, we will allow new participants to join as and when we are able to do so,” he said.

PokerStars’ Facebook application has a similar look and feel to the PokerStars.net platform, even offering the popular Zoom Poker format. Players who already have a PokerStars account can access the PokerStars.net application using their existing login information, and they’ll find their accounts’ play-money chip balance upon login.

More information on the PokerStars Facebook app can be found at PokerStars.net.

World Poker Tour on FSN

The 11th season of the World Poker Tour will debut on Fox Sports Net on Sunday, Feb. 24, bringing viewers the same level of exciting broadcasts they’ve seen in recent years. Season XI, which is once again sponsored by ClubWPT.com, will continue the tradition by providing viewers with 33 original, hour-long episodes from events such as the WPT Legends of Poker, the WPT Borgata Poker Open, the WPT Grand Prix de Paris, the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, and the WPT World Championship at Bellagio.

WPT commentators Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten will be calling all the action for the 11th consecutive year while Kimberly Lansing returns as the show’s anchor. Raw Deal analyst Tony Dunst and the Royal Flush Girls round out the cast, along with sideline reporter Matt Savage. In addition to the popular Raw Deal segment, this season’s programming will feature a new crop of the World Poker Tour’s Ones to Watch, focusing on the lives of some of the game’s hottest young stars and rising prospects.

“Viewers have responded very positively to the changes we’ve made in the show over the past two seasons, rewarding us with historic viewership numbers and ratings,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “This year, we’re continuing to push the envelope with even more compelling improvements that complement what is turning out to be a record-breaking season with some of the greatest poker moments we’ve seen in the WPT’s television history.”

The WPT Blog has more.

And The Winner Is…

On Monday night, members of the gaming community gathered in London for the 2013 International Gaming Awards. PokerStars was among a list of winners who took home an award, specifically the Online Poker Operator of the Year.

PokerStars defeated 14 nominees to be named best global poker operator. “This has been a year of great achievement for PokerStars and this award is recognition of the hard work and dedication of our employees around the world who are setting the standard for quality in the industry,” said Eric Hollreiser, PokerStars’ head of corporate communications.

A list of developments in 2012 contributed to PokerStars being recognized at Monday’s event. In 2012, PokerStars released a mobile app that allowed players to play anywhere and anytime. PokerStars also launched a new gaming format, Zoom Poker, which enabled players to play faster. The MicroMillions tournament series was also created and launched in March last year, as well as the Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP).

PokerStars also expanded with new regulated licenses in Malta (PokerStars.EU), Denmark (PokerStars.DK), and Spain (PokerStars.es), which led to the signing of Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal to Team PokerStars.

Other winners at the event included Melco Crown Entertainment, which was awarded Casino/Integrated Resort of the Year, and Skrill, which won Payment Solutions Provider Company of the Year.

PokerStars was also a finalist for Socially Responsible Operator of the Year, Mobile Poker Operator of the Year, and Gaming Industry Fair Play.

The PokerStars Blog has more.

PokerNews Wins Affiliate Award

PokerStars wasn’t the only company scooping an award this week. We’re proud to announce that PokerNews.com was named the Best Poker Affiliate at the 2013 iGB Affiliate Awards. The honor recognizes the poker affiliate that excelled most in 2011-2012, taking into account criteria such as volume of traffic, innovation, reputation with players, and brand power.

More than 500 members of the iGaming affiliate community crammed into The Brewery in London on Friday, Feb. 8. Among the other winners were bet365 (Best Overall Affiliate Program), Unibet Affiliates (Best Poker Affiliate Program), Skrill (Best Payment System), and Paddy Power (Best Sports Affiliate Program).

Check out the full list of winners and video highlights of the event at CalvinAyre.com.

Poker Tournaments

EPT London Schedule

On Thursday, PokerStars announced that the European Poker Tour will return to London from March 5 through 16. The festival, which is returning to its roots at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino, will combine the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) and the EPT for the first time with 37 events spread across 11 days with various buy-ins to attract all players.

“I am very excited that EPT London is returning to the Vic, where it began,” said EPT Season 3 winner and Team PokerStars Pro Victoria Coren. “I think the atmosphere there will be fantastic. It’s where I won my own EPT title, so I hope it’ll be lucky for me.”

On top of the £770 UKIPT Grand Final Main Event, which will kick-start the festival, players can also expect nightly turbo events starting from £110 along with a host of side events including a £2,150 High Roller event.

When the UKIPT Grand Final comes to a close, the EPT will begin with the £5,250 Main Event, followed by events like the £330 Spring Fling Turbo with a guaranteed prize pool of £25,000. Other tournaments on the slate include the £10,300 EPT High Roller, a £550 No Limit Deepstack event, the £550 PokerStars Women event, and the £2,100 No Limit Turbo.

Side events and cash games will take place at the Hippodrome Casino, home to the soon-to-launch PokerStars live poker room.

EPTLive will be broadcasting the EPT London Main Event, with coverage running from March 10 (Day 1a) through the final table on March 16.

The entire EPT London schedule can be seen at EuropeanPokerTour.com.

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

Weekly Turbo

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.

Poker Players

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 HighStakesDB.com, 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 HighStakesDB.com.

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 theppa.org.

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 Iowa.gov.

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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The Weekly Turbo: Mike Matusow Wins NBC Heads-Up, Phil Ivey’s New Talent, and More

Weekly Turbo

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 Mike Matusow’s victory in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, the new poker players signed by Phil Ivey, and more.

Poker Tournaments

“The Mouth” Roars

Some said Mike Matusow didn’t belong in the field of 64 at the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. But Matusow slienced the doubters on Saturday by emerging victorious in the invitation-only event, earning $ 750,000 in the process.

Matusow defeated his good friend Phil Hellmuth in the championship match and denied Hellmuth of becoming the first two-time winner of the event. To reach the final, Matusow beat Scott Seiver and Hellmuth ousted Joe Serock in the semifinals.

Here’s how the final hand played out, as reported by PokerNews’ Donnie Peters and Pamela Maldenado:

Mike Matusow raised to 32,000 on the button, and Phil Hellmuth called to see the {K-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{2-Diamonds} flop. Hellmuth checked, and Matusow bet 30,000. Hellmuth called.

The turn was the {6-Spades}, and Hellmuth checked again. Matusow bet 105,000, and Hellmuth took some time. He placed a hand on his cheek, shook his head and looked at his cards. After a couple of minutes, he removed his sunglasses and said, “I’m thinking of making one of the worst laydowns of my life here.”

After a couple minutes more, Hellmuth raised all in. Matusow was now left with a decision as Hellmuth shouted with excitement, “Yes! You didn’t snap call!”

After some time, Matusow called with the {8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} for a flush draw. Hellmuth held top pair with the {K-Spades}{10-Hearts}. On the river, Hellmuth needed to dodge a diamond to win the hand and double up or it would be all over.

The dealer burned one last time, then dealt the {Q-Diamonds} on the river, delivering Matusow the flush and awarding him the tournament.

“You gotta go for it, baby! I told you it was my time!” exclaimed Matusow after winning the hand. Hellmuth took home $ 300,000 for his runner-up finish while Matusow earned the title and $ 750,000.

For more details from the NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship, check out the live blog here at PokerNews.com.

LAPT Season 6 Schedule

On Thursday, PokerStars.net announced the schedule for Season 6 of the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT). The biggest and richest poker tour in Latin America will feature six stops, with tournaments taking place in Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Panama and Uruguay, where the season-ending Grand Final will be held.

The sixth season will get under way at the Enjoy Casino & Resort in Viña del Mar, Chile, from March 13 through 17. It marks the fourth time the LAPT will visit Chile. Nine events are scheduled for the opening stop on the tour, including a $ 5,000 buy-in high roller and the flagship $ 1,100 Main Event. Last year’s Main Event attracted 672 players and generated a prize pool of $ 651,840.

“We are very proud to be part of the biggest poker tournament in Latin America, held by the Latin American Poker Tour,” said Eduardo Garcia, Commercial Manager at the Enjoy Casino & Resort. “It is due to this association that the Enjoy Casino & Resort in Chile has led this initiative, five years in a row, which stands for quality and constitutes an effective way to boost tourism by bringing tourists to Chile from around the world.”

LAPT Season 6 Schedule

For full details of the LAPT Season 6 schedule, go to LAPT.com.

Nadal Wins First Poker Tournament

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has done it again. No, he didn’t win another Grand Slam tennis tournament. But Rafa did win his first poker tournament on PokerStars.es this week.

Nadal, who signed a sponsorship deal with PokerStars last July, has been benched from tennis for nearly eight months with tendonitis in his left knee. The persistent injury forced him to withdraw from the London Olympic Games, the U.S. Open, and now the Australian Open taking place this month.

Nadal has used his spare time to recuperate, rest, and hit the online felt to practice his poker. In a €10 No Limit Hold’m event on Wednesday, Nadal scooped the first place prize of €152.40 after outlasting a field of 47 players. Although the prize may be small (Nadal has more than $ 33 million in career earnings), it is likely a nice boost to his confidence after being unable to compete on the court for months.

For a closer look at his win, visit the PokerStars Blog.

Poker Players

#TeamIvey

The rumored Jan. 14 launch of IveyPoker.com has come and gone, but Phil Ivey is still expanding his team before the site goes live. In the past few days, Ivey signed Dan Smith, Andrew Lichtenberger, Aaron Jones, Kevin Vandersmissen, Mathew Frankland and Ronnie Bardah to represent the site as pros and instructors.

Smith, Lichtenberger and Jones have been high-stakes pros for years and have long been a part of LeggoPoker.com, an online poker training site. White Jones focuses mostly on cash games, Smith and Lichtenberger have become two of the most successful players on the live tournament circuit. Earlier this month, Smith was named the 2012 Global Poker Index Player of the Year after winning six tournaments during 2012.

Bardah is best known for winning his first bracelet at the 2012 WSOP $ 2,500 Limit Hold’em Six Handed event, raking in $ 182,088. Bardah also finished 24th at the 2010 WSOP Main Event, adding $ 317,161 to his earnings. Bardah has two career titles and over a million in overall winnings during his decade-long poker career.

Vandermissen burst onto the live tournament scene with a runner-up finish at the 2011 PokerStars EPT Snowfest Main Event, earning $ 368,601. He also received $ 533,316 for taking the title at the 2012 Irish Open last April. Vandersmissen is also a feared tournament grinder on the virtual felts, and on Sunday, he won the Sunday 500 on PokerStars for $ 77,130.

You may recognize Frankland from last spring’s PartyPoker Premier League V, where he earned his seat as a qualifier and held his own against some of the game’s top pros. The U.K. native has yet to win a major live title but did place third in the 2010 English Open for $ 110, 409.

Ivey’s website will be dedicated to teaching people how to play poker the “right way.” Ivey and his team of pros will provide free, downloadable video instruction to the poker community. As yet, no new launch date has been released.

Find out more at IveyPoker.com.

Hansen and Rettenmaier Win Poker Awards

On Tuesday night, members of the poker community gathered at the Aviation Club De Paris for the 2012 European Poker Awards.

It was the first year the event was sponsored by Global Poker Index (GPI), and after a few words from GPI CEO Alexandre Dreyfus, the presentation commenced and a number of talented players were recognized.

Kara Scott hosted the ceremony and received the award for Poker Personality of the Year. The overall reaction to the event was positive, and many attendees posted their thoughts via Twitter:

German poker pro Marvin Rettenmaier was the lone double-winner of the night, receiving the German Player of the Year and European Player of the Year. Another major honor went to Gus Hansen, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here’s a look at the winners:

Rookie of the Year: Ole Schemion
Best Tournament Performance of the Year: Davidi Kitai
Europe’s Leading Lady: Lucille Cailly
Internet Player of the Year: Jens Kyllönen
Poker Staff Person of the Year: Simon Trumper
Rob Gardner Memorial Award for Poker Personality of the Year: Kara Scott
Best Tournament of the Year: EPT Barcelona
GPI Player of the Year: Marvin Rettenmaier
Lifetime Achievement Award: Gus Hansen
French Player of the Year: Bertrand Grospellier
German Player of the Year: Marvin Rettenmaier
UK Player of the Year: Roberto Romanello
Belgian Player of the Year: Davidi Kitai
Irish Player of the Year: Dermot Blain
Finnish Player of the Year: Juha Helppi
Italian Player of the Year: Andrea Dato
Austrian Player of the Year: Ivo Donev
Spanish Player of the Year: Cesar Garcia

For more, read the story at the Global Poker Index website.

Poker Terms IRL: Matt Matros on the Debt Ceiling

Three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Matt Matros has combined his expertise in poker with his interest in politics to create an interesting piece for CNN Money, breaking down the U.S. debt ceiling using poker terms.

Matros, a Yale University graduate, poker pro, and esteemed author, wrote a piece called Debt ceiling poker: The worst bluffers and the biggest ‘nits.’ Using a unique style to describe his thoughts on the matter, Matros uses poker terms such as “bluff” and “nit” to explain the recent actions taken by the government.

In the article, the “worst bluff” is given to House Speaker John Boehner and the rest of the House Republicans for threatening to not raise the debt ceiling.

Matros goes on to describe Mitch McConnell, senior Republican of the Senate, as the “most adept at the ‘float,’’ which explains how McConnell made a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. According to Matros, McConnell’s plan appeared as a big win for Obama with tax hikes on the rich and no spending cuts, but in reality, he is using the deal to prolong the debate into 2013, allowing Republicans time to “gauge public reaction before solidifying their stance.”

Matros called Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke the “best railbird,” someone who is on the sidelines ready to give his input on the game but not acting as the player taking the risks.

He even went as far as to describe President Barack Obama as the “biggest nit,” adding him to the rest of the politicians who avoid solutions to “remain safe within party lines.”

With more than 100 comments on this piece as of press time, it is clear Matros created a solid debate. More can be read at money.cnn.com.

Poker Legislation

Undecided in New Jersey

Poker players in New Jersey are one step away from being able to play poker legally online. But that last step could once again prove difficult to be hurdle.

During an “Ask the Governor” show on a New Jersey radio station Tuesday night, Governor Chris Christie was asked by a caller whether he was prepared to sign the online gambling bill that moved through the state legislature last month. The answer wasn’t quite what poker players hoped for.

Here’s what Christie said about the bill, courtesy of NorthJersey.com:

Well, [the bill] is sitting on my desk. I’ve got to make a decision very soon. I haven’t made a final decision yet, but here are the things – two things that I’m concerned about.

The first is that I don’t know that it really will help Atlantic City. And I’m concerned that it may drive traffic away from Atlantic City – that if people can gamble in their own homes on their laptops, why are they going to go to Atlantic City? And I think it’s contrary to what we’re trying to accomplish there.

Secondly, I’m also really concerned about setting up a whole new generation of addicted gamblers. You know, if you can sit on the edge on your bed on your laptop and gamble away the paycheck – that’s a lot different than making the decision to go down to Atlantic City to gamble in a casino. So I’ve got those two concerns.

I haven’t made a final decision yet, but I have those two concerns, and you should know that that’s the way I feel. And [there is] in part the reasons that I vetoed the bill before, in addition to some ways that it was constructed that made no sense, either. So I’m taking a very close look at it, I was reading it over the weekend, and reading the briefing from my staff in depth, and I’m going to have to make a decision in the next couple of days.

Christie has until Feb. 4 to act on sign, veto, or allow the bill to proceed without action. Sen. Ray Lesniak put a similar bill on Christie’s desk in March 2011, but the governor vetoed it despite warming up to the idea of an Atlantic City-centric online gambling market. Christie’s comments on Wednesday seem to indicate that he’s again wavering on the issue.

Read NorthJersey.com for the full story.

Mississippi Online Poker Bill Back on the Table

Mississippi Rep. Bobby Moak has reintroduced an online gambling bill that would make real-money online poker legal within state lines. This is Moak’s second attempt at legalizing online gambling in Mississippi; his initial run failed to pass through committee in early 2012.

The Mississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Act of 2013, or House Bill No. 254, is similar to the one Moak file in February last year. Those holding gaming licenses would be issued permits from the state’s Gaming Commission.

According to the bill, Internet games would be taxed at 5 percent of gross revenues and would require operators to apply for five-year licenses through the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

To protect the state from any wrong, the bill would “inhibit underage wagering and otherwise protect vulnerable individuals, ensure that the games offered through the Internet are fair and safe,” and would require that all players be at least 21 years old and sign a wagering agreement.

Along with Mississippi, New Jersey, California, and Iowa are also working on legislation while Nevada and Delaware have already legalized real-money wagering online.

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The Weekly Turbo: Vanessa Selbst Makes History, Antonius Returns to Full Tilt Poker

Weekly Turbo

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 Vanessa Selbst making history at the PCA, Patrik Antonius returning to the high-stakes games at Full Tilt Poker, and more.

Poker Players

Chasing Vanessa

On Monday, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst won the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $ 25,000 High Roller Event to become the winningest female player in the history of tournament poker. Selbst defeated Russian Vladimir Troyanovskiy heads-up for the High Roller title for $ 1,424,420, and now leads former No. 1 Kathy Liebert by more than $ 1.1 million.

2013 PCA $ 25,000 High Roller Results

Selbst said she had never run as good as she did to win this tournament, and it held true up to the very last hand. With the blinds at 30,000/60,000/10,000, Troyanovskiy raised to 125,000 on the button with two kings, Selbst three-bet to 290,000 with {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}, and Troyanovskiy tanked for the better part of a minute before four-betting to 550,000. Selbst moved all in for effectively 1.735 million, and Troyanovskiy snapped it off.

Selbst’s rail cheered for an ace, but the {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} flop changed nothing.

The final table area became quiet as the {10-Diamonds} turned, and Selbst, who had stood up to sweat the hand, sat back down to start cutting out chips.

She shot back up out of her chair when the {a-Clubs} spiked on the river, however, as she realized she was the winner of the $ 25,000 High Roller.

“I’ll take it,” she said with a shocked look on her face. “I’d rather be lucky than good.”

For complete highlights of the final table, read our recap here at PokerNews.com.

The Return of Patrik

Since the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker in November 2012, we’ve slowly seen the high-stakes games revert to the glory days of years past. Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom, Gus Hansen, Ben Sulsky, Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, and others have returned to the nosebleed games in recent months. And on Thursday, Patrik Antonius showed his face on the site he once represented.

According to HighStakesDB.com, Antonius lost around $ 300,000 during his first session at the new Full Tilt Poker. But the Finn bounced back by profiting $ 485,000 on Thursday, putting him in the black by close to $ 200,000.

Antonius is one of online poker’s biggest cash-game winners of all time, and he holds the record for winning the biggest pot in history. In November 2009, Antonius won a pot worth $ 1,356,947 against Viktor Blom at $ 500/1,000 pot-limit Omaha. To this day, that pot stands as the biggest ever played on the Internet.

With Blom already boosting his bankroll by $ 3 million in 2013, we’re expecting to see fireworks between the two superstars again soon.

Read more at HighStakesDB.com.

Grinder Poker Series

The Turlock Poker Room, in the heart of California’s Central Valley, has named DeepStacks Pro and two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi as its official poker ambassador for 2013.

Mizrachi will make regularly scheduled appearances at the Turlock Poker Room, hosting live tournaments and cash games, as well as representing the poker room at all major live events throughout the year.

His first appearance at the room will be on Saturday, Jan. 19, the starting date of the Grinder Poker Series. All participating players will earn points throughout the eight-tournament series, and the top 16 point earners will face each other in the Grinder Showdown — a heads-up, bracket-style tournament — for the chance to take on Mizrachi one‐on‐one for a $ 15,000 guaranteed prize.

“I’m excited to start my ambassadorship at the Turlock Poker Room,” Mizrachi said in a press release. “The room is beautiful, the staff is second-to-none, and they really know what it takes to run a first-class operation. Together, Turlock and I are going to have an outstanding and memorable 2013.”

For more on the Grinder Poker Series and the Turlock Poker Room, visit TurlockPoker.com.

Poker Tournaments

Get Your Brackets Ready

On Friday, Caesars Interactive Entertainment Inc. announced the entire 64-player field for the 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Joining the first 32 players announced earlier this week were notables Phil Hellmuth, Michael Mizrachi, Phil Laak, Viktor Blom, and Gaelle Baumann.

The event will be filmed at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Jan. 24 through 26, with the first round on each day starting at 1:30 p.m. local time. The draw party – named “Selection Wednesday” – will be held on Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. at Cleopatra’s Barge in Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

The 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

For a look at our our surprises and snubs from the list, check out the article by Donnie Peters.

Aussie Millions Under Way

The 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championships began Thursday at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The first of the 26 events on the schedule was an $ 1,100 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament with a Repechage format, allowing players the option to re-enter during the second or third Day 1 flight if they bust.

After three days of play, a final table was set in the first event, with defending champ Brendon Rubie still in contention to repeat. Rubie was joined by Martin Finger and Rupert Elder, as well as chip leader Ashley Warner.

Also taking place this weekend was the $ 1,000 Shane Warne Foundation Charity Event. Other events coming up on the schedule are Event #2: $ 1,100 Pot Limit Omaha (Monday, Jan. 21), and Event #3: No Limit Hold’em Shootout (Tuesday, Jan. 22).

PokerNews’ live coverage of the 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championships will begin on Jan. 27 with the $ 10,000 buy-in Main Event. We’ll also be providing live updates during the $ 25,000 Challenge, the $ 100,000 Challenge, and the massive $ 250,000 Challenge.

Keep it locked in to the PokerNews Live Reporting page for exclusive coverage from the 2013 Aussie Millions! For the complete schedule of events, visit AussieMillions.com.

Polito Wins WPT National Paris

Laurent Polito was crowned the 2013 World Poker Tour National Paris winner on Monday after topping a field of 229 over four days for €74,500 ($ 97,313).

Polito’s win in Paris follows up his victory last August at the European Poker Tour Barcelona High Roller for €270,229 ($ 332,017). With his latest achievement in France, his live earnings have jumped to $ 910,743. Polito entered the week ranked 262nd in the Global Poker Index, and he’s sure to get a boost after his big score in Paris.

Polito, who started the final table third in chips, faced a tough table that included 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event third place finisher Antoine Saout, who ended up finishing fourth for €24,750.

After 90 minutes of heads-up action between Polito and Stéphane Benadiba, it was Polito who took the title, the prize money, and a €7,500 ticket to the WPT Grand Prix de Paris.

The final-table payouts were as follows:

Borgata Winter Poker Open

Major tournaments are popping up everywhere this month. Although most of the attention is being given to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and Aussie Millions, the Borgata in Atlantic City is putting on a massive series of its own.

On Sunday, the Borgata Winter Open wrapped up its first event, a $ 560 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament with an astonishing $ 1 million guaranteed prize pool. A total of 3,871 entries across two Day 1 flights generated a prize pool of $ 1,935,500.

The top honor went to Joseph Stiers, who won the tournament outright for $ 318,104. Here’s a look at the final table results:

Notable finishes: Dean Schultz (14th — $ 11,205), Eric Buchman (26th — $ 7,003), John Myung (27th — $ 7,003), Ylon Schwartz (48th — $ 4,202)

Yoshitaka Okawa Wins Red Dragon Main Event in Macau

This weekend, the 17th installment of the Macau Poker Cup concluded with the culmination of the Red Dragon Main Event at PokerStars Macau. The event attracted a field of 532 players, generating a prize pool of HK$ 5,222,325 (approx. US $ 675,000). The buy-in was HK$ 11,000 (approx. US $ 1,500).

Japan’s Yoshitaka Okawa emerged as the victor, claiming the HK$ 1,123,000 (US $ 143,974) first-place prize. Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im finished in 21st place and was the only Team Pro to cash. She took home HK$ 31,000 (US $ 3,974).

Our friends at the PokerStars Blog have more.

Poker Business

Rational Group, the owner of online poker giants PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, is moving forward with the purchase of the Atlantic Club Casino in Atlantic City.

On Tuesday, Eric Hollreiser, Rational Group’s head of corporate communications, confirmed to PokerNews that the company has agreed to acquire the casino from Resorts International Holdings. Hollreiser said the transaction is pending a grant of an Interim Casino Authorization by the relevant New Jersey authorities.

Those authorities have up to 90 days to conduct their investigation and file a report with Casino Control Commission. The commission then has up to 30 days to conduct the hearing and make a final decision. The sale would close after final regulatory approval from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission.

“The acquisition of The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel will secure up to 2,000 jobs and maintain the economic benefits the casino brings to New Jersey,” Hollreiser said. “During this interim period, the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel will operate as normal under current management, who will be retained following completion of the acquisition.”

The Atlantic Club Casino could be the early focus of PokerStars’ strategy to reenter the online poker market in the States. Last month, New Jersey lawmakers approved a bill that would authorize Atlantic City casinos to offer online poker and casino games. The bill is awaiting the approval of Gov. Chris Christie, who has until Feb. 4 to act on it.

For more, read the full story here at PokerNews.com.

Experience the WSOP in Your Home

On Wednesday, Microsoft Studios announced that a free-to-play World Series of Poker-branded video game will be available for Xbox and Windows 8 users this spring. ”World Series of Poker®: Full House Pro” will bring poker’s most prestigious event straight to your home, allowing players to build their bankrolls as they compete against opponents from around the world while showing off flashy avatar accessories and chip tricks inside real-world casinos.

The game takes the Xbox LIVE Arcade hit “Full House Poker” to a new level by adding commentary from World Series of Poker on ESPN announcers Lon McEachern and Norman Chad, giving gamers the feel as if they were on ESPN playing in the WSOP. There are several different game modes, including single-table games and multi-table tournaments, giving users a wide variety of action to select from.

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The Weekly Turbo: Viktor Blom’s Incredible Heater, Erick Lindgren in Rehab, and More

Weekly Turbo

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 Viktor Blom’s unbelievable run at Full Tilt Poker, Erick Lindgren getting help for his gambling problem, and more.

Poker Players

Viktor Blom Crushing on Full Tilt Poker

Earlier this month, Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom elected to skip the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in order to play online and rest up before the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

It may end up being one of the best business decisions of Blom’s life.

After profiting $ 2.7 million at Full Tilt Poker’s high-stakes tables during the first week of 2013, Blom’s incredible run continued Tuesday when he took a combined $ 1,356,296 from two of 2012′s biggest earners, Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond and Ben “Sauce1234″ Sulsky. It was Blom’s biggest daily win since Black Friday.

First, Blom scooped $ 317,000 from Galfond at two tables of heads-up PLO in just over an hour. Galfond accepted his loss graciously, telling Blom, “You win this time Viktor.” Galfond then returned later to face off against the Swede, only to lose an additional $ 132,000 in just over a half hour at two tables of heads-up 2-7 triple draw.

It was during a three-table session of $ 400/$ 800 heads-up PLO with Sulsky that Blom scored his biggest pots of the night, collecting $ 743,000 in two hours. Feeling the rush, Blom ended the night taking $ 89,200 from Alex “Alexonmoon” Leneau during 90-minute session of triple draw.

Only eight days into the New Year, Blom profited $ 4.1 million, easily topping the entire 2012 high-stakes leaderboard. For a closer look at Blom’s wins, check out the Online Railbird Report.

HighStakesDB.com has more on Blom’s incredible run.

Erick Lindgren Comes Clean

Four years ago, Erick Lindgren was on top of the poker world. Coming off his first World Series of Poker Player of the Year award in 2008, Lindgren was virtually printing money at the tables, and earning even more as an owner and sponsored professional of Full Tilt Poker.

However, after Black Friday, several flaws in Lindgren’s “All-American” image were exposed. In March 2012, Max “$ kill Game” Weinberg started a thread at TwoPlusTwo.com, which outed Lindgren for welching on fantasy football bets. From there, many others came forward with similar accusations, and it was becoming clear that “E-Dog” had a serious gambling problem.

The biggest hit to Lindgren’s reputation during PokerNews’ exclusive interview with Howard Lederer. Lederer claimed that Lindgren received a double-credited loan from Full Tilt Poker by mistake, and Lindgren kept the extra $ 2 million despite Lederer’s efforts to retrieve the money.

Lindgren had been silent regarding his outstanding debts until he spoke with Bluff Magazine last month. Editor-in-Chief Lance Bradley interviewed Lindgren at Morningside Recovery, a rehab facility in Newport Beach, California, where Lindgren has been working through his gambling addiction.

Lindgren told Bluff that his gambling debts climbed as high as $ 10 million at one point, and while he’s been working on making good on all of his debts, it hasn’t been an easy process without having a bankroll. Lindgren filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last year, and paying his bills has been difficult since last February.

Said Lindgren, “I owed people a bunch of money, and it’s something that I’ve been working on for a long time, but I definitely slipped up, made some really bad mistakes and I needed to address that.”

Bluff’s feature piece on Lindgren is definitely worth a read. Check it out at Bluff.com.

Sin City Flops

Sin City Rules, a reality TV show featuring one poker pro Jennifer Harman, is only five episodes in, but is already rumored to have been cancelled by TLC.

According to Vegas DeLuxe, either last Tuesday’s or this Tuesday’s episode will be the last one aired on the network, but the remaining three will air on TLC’s U.S. website. The network will also reportedly fulfill previous overseas syndication deals for the first season (eight episodes) in its entirety.

The show is centered a group of high-powered women in Las Vegas. Joining Harman on the cast is designer Lana Fuchs, Rain Cosmetics owner Lori Montoya, entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs, Kimberly Friedmutter (who is married to an architect responsible for much of the Las Vegas skyline), and businesswoman Amy Hanley.

The rumored cancellation came from two of the cast members who said they were informed of the show’s fate from the network. However, neither TLC nor the production company (Evolution Media) has made an official announcement.

Cast member Alicia Jacobs, a Las Vegas TV reporter, issued the following statement:

“TLC & Evolution Media are two incredible powerhouses, both of whom create some of the best programming on TV. They have also afforded me the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and hard-working crews I’ve ever known … true perfectionists.

“It is a privilege to be invited into viewer’s homes, and that is something I always take very seriously. I hope that my cast mates are appreciative of this fact.”

The Las Vegas Sun has more.

PokerStars’ New Triple Crown Winner

PokerStars unveiled Jake Cody as the newest member of Team PokerStars on Tuesday. The Triple Crown winner from the U.K. was introduced by fellow PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu shortly before the start of Day 1b of the PCA Main Event.

“Team Pokerstars Pro is the holy grail of poker sponsorship,” Cody said in a press release. “It has been a long term goal for a while now and for it to finally happen feels like a dream come true.”

Cody has major wins at the World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour, and World Poker Tour, and boasts career live tournament winnings of more than $ 3 million. In addition to his live success, Cody won a $ 2,100 buy-in event at the 2011 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) for $ 235,000.

Cody entered the free agent market in November after parting ways with PKR.com, where he was a sponsored pro for a year. A number of U.K. pros split with PokerStars over the past year, including J.P. Kelly and Jude Ainsworth, but the country is still well represented by Cody, Liv Boeree and Victoria Coren.

“Jake is such great ambassador for poker in the UK – he’s a great player but he’s also a humble guy,” said Boeree. “He’s incredibly competitive, and is always striving to improve his game. With so many titles under his belt at such a young age, he’s going to have a very long and successful career ahead of him.”

Read more about Cody at the PokerStars Blog.

#TeamIvey Gets Stronger

The yet-to-be-launched IveyPoker.com added three more pros to its ever-expanding roster this week, signing Jackie Glazier, Griffin “Flush_Entity” Benger and Christian “charder30″ Harder to represent the site. The additions bring the number of IveyPoker pros to 21 before the site has even gotten off the ground.

Glazier is one of the most respected and admired Australian poker players. She has almost doubled her total tournament cashes in each of the last four years. A second-place finish at the 2012 World Series of Poker added $ 458,996 to her bankroll, bringing her live tournament winnings to nearly $ 1 million.

Benger has almost $ 4 million in online cashes and won more than 100 tournaments on the virtual felt. He was formerly ranked No. 1 online tournament player in the world by PocketFives.com.

Last but certainly not least, Harder has established himself both online and in live, cashing for a combined $ 4 million with deep runs at the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. His biggest score of $ 571,965 came at the $ 25,000 buy-in WTP Championship Event in 2009.

The three new pros join the likes of Patrik Antonius, Jen Harman, Greg Merson, Dan Shak and James Dempsey on the IveyPoker team.

Phil Ivey’s new website is dedicated to teaching people how to play poker the “right way.” Ivey and his team of pros and instructors will provide free, downloadable video instruction to the poker community. The site will also offer an interactive social poker game in the near future.

The site will be getting off the ground on Jan. 14, according to IveyPoker pro Jon Eames. To read more about the site, check out IveyPoker.com.

Poker Tournaments

See You On NBC

The NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship is less than two weeks away, and the list of confirmed participants is growing by the day.

While neither NBC nor Poker PROductions has unveiled an official list of 64 players just yet, several have announced intentions to play the $ 25,000 buy-in event after receiving an invite from the network.

Others reportedly confirmed for the event include Chris Moneymaker, Will Failla, Andy Frankenberger, Olivier Busquet, Dan “Jungleman” Cates, and reigning world champion Greg Merson.

After a one-year hiatus, the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship will run from Jan. 24 through 26 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for the full 64-player roster, which is expected to be released soon.

Romanello’s Multi-Prize Pool Poker a Success

Multi-Prize Pool Poker (MPP), a new poker format created by poker pro Roberto Romanello, made its debut at the Dusk Till Dawn poker club in Nottingham on Thursday. The inaugural event proved to be successful as 177 players generated a prize pool of £10,400 — more than double the £5,000 guarantee.

Romanello was joined by a cast of top players at the event, including Rupinder Bedi, Chris Sly, Ben Vinson, Waheed Ashraf, Robert Cowen, recent WPT National Dublin champion Simon Deadman, and high-stakes superstar Sam Trickett.

The first MPP tournament ever offered three buy-in options for players to choose from: £25, £50 or £100. The £25 entry was a guaranteed buy-in by default, so a player who bought into the £50 prize pool was entered into the £25 prize pool and had £25 invested into Prize Pool 2. Those who bought into the £100 prize pool saw £25 of their buy-in invested in Prize Pool 1, £25 into Prize Pool 2 and the remaining £50 invested into Prize Pool 3.

To help the tournament run smoothly, every player received an identity card after buying in to clearly show which prize pool he or she had bought into.

David Manning was a prime example of how the prize pool was distributed. He bought in for £100 but was unable to cash in Prize Pool 3, finishing 12th. Only nine spots paid; however, because he was also invested in Prize Pools 1 and 2, he was able to cash in those fields – finishing 14th in Prize Pool 1 and 19th in Prize Pool 2.

In the end, Brian Sheppard took the top spot for the first-ever MPP poker event. Because he bought into the top prize pool, he won the first-place prize from the £100 buy-in, the £50 buy-in and the £25 buy-in, giving him a total cash prize of £3,040.31. Sheppard had to defeat Romanello heads-up to win the title, leaving Romanello with second-place money from each of the three prize pools.

Now that the first event has been deemed a success, an MPP tournament is scheduled to take place every Thursday at the Dusk Till Dawn poker club. Room officials said that higher buy-ins and a substantial guaranteed prize pool will be implemented in the “not too distant future.”

Get a full recap of the first event at UK PokerNews.

Poker Legislation

Nevada to Share Online Poker Liquidity?

A bill has been introduced in the Nevada General Assembly which would allow for the state to enter into gaming compacts with other states, increasing the liquidity pool for states that legalize online gambling.

The bill, titled Assembly Bill 5, changes language to existing regulations that permit online gambling offerings only to residents in the Silver State. Should the bill pass, Nevada will be able to work together with other states to provide online poker.

Assembly Bill 5 is expected to be heard after the legislative session begins on Feb. 4, 2013.

Nevada and Delaware are the only two states to approve online poker in the U.S., but other states have shown interest in the market since the Department of Justice reversed its opinion of the Wire Act in December 2011. New Jersey and California are among the other states to propose bills which would legalize intrastate online poker. Last month, the New Jersey state legislature passed a law legalizing online gaming and the bill is now waiting to be signed by Gov. Chris Christie.

For more, check out the story at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Chad Elie Catches a Break

Attorneys for Chad Elie, a former payment processor for PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, have convinced a federal judge to recommend that Elie serve his five-month prison sentence in less severe surroundings than the maximum security prison he was originally assigned to late last month.

Elie, who last March pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit bank fraud and operating an illegal gambling business in the United States, was set to begin his five-month sentence on Monday. However, Judge Lewis Kaplan delayed Elie’s reporting date by three weeks to allow prison officials to review Kaplan’s recommendation. If he is assigned to a minimum security prison, Elie will be allowed more regular visits from his family, as well as other privileges not permitted in a maximum security facility.

Elie was furious upon hearing his original assignment to the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, a place allegedly referred to as “Hell” by former guards, according to Elie. “I kept our freedoms open, and now I get to go to PRISON with rapist and murders,” Elie wrote via Twitter on Dec. 23.

His tone was much different after learning of Kaplan’s recommendation:

Online Poker

Betfair Migrating to iPoker

On Monday, online gaming and sportsbook operator Betfair announced that its poker room will join the iPoker Network later this this month and will ultimately leave the Ongame Network after a two-year partnership.

According to a press release, New Betfair Poker will launch later this month on the iPoker Network and run alongside Ongame’s Classic Betfair Poker, offering customers a “varied, feature-rich poker playing experience on the two leading poker networks.”

All of Betfair’s poker players will then transfer to iPoker in July 2013, according to a Playtech press release issued Monday.

“We’re delighted to announce Betfair’s migration to iPoker.com,” said Roei Gavish, head of Playtech’s iPoker Network. “Our network continues to see positive development from both a liquidity and technological standpoint, which not only benefits a large operator like Betfair but also secures Playtech’s leadership in the Poker B2B market.”

Betfair Poker will likely join Bet365, Everest Poker, Paddy Bower, Poker770, Titan Poker, William Hill and Winner Poker on iPoker’s top tier. iPoker divided into two tiers last September, sending the larger skins into the top level and smaller skins into the lower level.

“Our intention has always been to offer our customers a rewarding and varied poker experience,” said Sam Hobcraft, Betfair’s director of gaming launching. “New Betfair Poker on Playtech’s platform will help us to continue to achieve this goal. It’s a world-class product, offering unique and innovative features. This coupled with Betfair Poker’s renowned community and loyalty offerings will help us better retain our existing player base and attract a new audience to Betfair poker.”

Read more at the Betfair Poker blog.

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