Eight Players Sue Ultimate Bet for Grand Theft

January 21, 2012

Well-known high stakes player Brad Booth and seven other poker players filed a complaint against Ultimate Bet and its former parent company Excapsa Software at the US District Court for Central California. They’re alleging UB and Excapsa committed fraud and grand theft to steal $22 million from online players during the scandal a few years […]

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NJ Gov Expects Online Poker Bill Soon; Maybe by End of January

January 9, 2012

New Jersey Governor Christie (pictured) expects to have legislation on his desk permitting online gambling in New Jersey—perhaps as early as the end of January. The US Justice Department recently said it would be legal for in-state residents to gamble online, and Christie—who vetoed the first proposal to allow Internet wagering last March—says an agreement […]

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Macau Gaming Revenues Five Times Those of Las Vegas

January 5, 2012

According to a Reuters report issued earlier this week, casino revenue in Macau surged 42 percent in 2011.  The result, a slight slowdown in growth from 2010 when revenue soared a staggering 58 percent, has taken place during a worldwide global economy and credit squeeze. Macau, a former Portuguese colony located an hour from Hong […]

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Nevada Adopts Online Gaming Regulations

December 23, 2011

Nevada became the first state in the country to adopt online gaming regulations when the Nevada Gaming Commission passed rules to control online poker. The state legislature mandated that the gaming commission adopt regulations before the end of January 2012. Nevada’s goal is to continue being the gold standard for gaming in the United States. […]

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Absolute Poker’s Payment Processing Head Cops a Plea

December 22, 2011

Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Brent Beckley, Absolute Poker’s director of payment processing, pled guilty to conspiracy to engage in unlawful internet gambling and conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud.  The fraud counts were in connection with a scheme to deceive US banks and financial […]

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Jamie Gold to be Face of the Tropicana’s Poker Room

December 14, 2011

The Tropicana Las Vegas recently announced that 2006 WSOP main event winner Jamie Gold was named the casino’s poker spokesperson and that their redesigned poker room will be named “The Jamie Gold Poker Room.” I think this is a terrific move.  Gold—a guy with personality plus—was born for a role like this.  And his unique […]

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Installation Day

December 6, 2011

Sunday was “Installation Day” for me.  I got a new PC to replace my existing computer, which was nearing five years old and sounding like a bad used car whenever I turned it on. So I ordered a new Dell and spent the day loading software and transferring files, while running back and forth to […]

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Million Dollar Baby

December 6, 2011

World Series of Poker officials yesterday that 22 players have committed a $1 million buy-in, enough to stage what will be the most expensive card tournament ever.  It will be an official bracelet tournament that counts toward series earnings and title records. In a statement to the Associated Press yesterday, WSOP spokesman Seth Palansky said […]

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Barry Tanenbaum, R.I.P.

November 23, 2011

Barry Tanenbaum passed away yesterday.  Although you never saw him on TV, he was a legendary limit hold’em player and a fixture at the $30-$60 limit games and above at the Bellagio. But more than that, Barry was a friend and inspiration to everyone who knew him, and I doubt that he had an enemy […]

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Heinz Czechmates Straszko at WSOP Main Event

November 10, 2011

Congratulations to 22-year-old Pius Heinz on winning the main event at the World Series of Poker and taking down more than $8.7 million in the process of defeating Czech chess expert Martin Straszko. The Czech seemed poised to win after one of the longest heads-up battles in WSOP history.  Heinz body language in the 15 […]

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