by Haley Hintze
WAXMAN SOARS AT WPT PARIS
Floridian Matthew Waxman’s trip to Paris for the World Poker Tour Paris stop ended in the biggest payday of his career. Waxman triumphed over a 312-player field at the celebrated Aviation Club de France to win $729,886, sealing the win when he dodged runner-up Hugo Lemaire’s flush draw. Lemaire was France’s last hope for a home-country winner, though like Waxman, his secondplace payday of $442,645 was the largest of his career. Third place and $299,834 went to fellow Frenchman Frederic Magen, while Byron Kaverman, Mikko Sundell and Martin Jacobson also made the to-be-televised finale.
by Haley Hintze
RENEWED PUSH FOR NEW JERSEY ONLINE POKER
New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak announced plans to introduce a new bill in late August that would legalize intrastate online poker in New Jersey. The bill revises the measure vetoed by NJ Governor Chris Christie last year, with safeguards added to guard against pitfalls cited by Christie and others. Lesniak also announced that he has written to the US Attorney General disputing arguments set forth by US Senators Harry Reid and Jon Kyl regarding their assertions that states lack the right to determine the scope of their own gambling markets. New Jersey gambling proponents believe online poker could generate $50 million or more in annual tax revenue for the state.
BILZERIAN DISPUTES A-ROD’S UNDERGROUND-GAME INVOLVEMENT
LOW TRIUMPHS IN BORGATA
SUMMER OPEN MAIN
Flushing, NY’s Tyng Low found a $211,484 payday waiting after taking down the 2011 Borgata Summer Poker Open’s main event. Low triumphed after flopping a straight while his outchipped opponent, runner-up Farid Jattin of Miami, flopped a gutshot and a flush draw. When the flush failed to appear, Jattin was out in second with $117,481 and Low had his largest-ever title. Third place went to Maryland’s Austin Johnson. Johnson finished atop the Summer Poker Open’s leaderboard and collected a $3,500 entry into this fall’s WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship.
SEIVER TAKES SEASON IX WPT CHAMPIONSHIP
The World Poker Tour’s Season IX drew to a close with the prestigious $25,000 buy-in WPT Championship at the Bellagio, where Scott Seiver bested 224 others to collect $1,618,344. Seiver narrowly trailed early leader Galen Hall as the six-player finale began, and finished off Farzad Bonyadi ($1,061,900) during heads-up play for the win. Seiver dominated the late stages of the finale, while Hall exited in third ($589,355) following a bad beat to Bonyadi. Roger Teska, Tony Gargano and Justin Young finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
MARYLAND ONLINE STING OPERATION PRODUCES SEIZURES, CHARGES
POKERSTARS CASHOUTS RESUME
The largest of the three (formerly) US-facing online poker sites, PokerStars, has already found a channel for processing withdrawals, allowing American customers to retrieve their online bankrolls. The US Department of Justice restored access to PokerStars.com and fellow site FullTiltPoker.com just for this purpose, but has not reached a similar agreement with the third affected site/network, Cereus, which consists of the Absolute Poker and UB.com brands. Cereus parent Absolute Poker announced that they had retained US counsel and were examining the situation further before taking any action.
FULL TILT ANNOUNCES ONYX CUP Looking for a small series of ultra-high buy-in tournaments? If so, then Full Tilt’s planned new venture into live tournament play may be just for you. The online giant recently announced its ONYX Cup series, with six planned stops in the US, Europe, and Asia. Buy-ins will run from $100,000 to $300,000 per seat and the series hopes to siphon many of poker’s biggest names from other tours, with the planned events bumping up against various EPT, WSOPE, and new Federated Poker League stops. ONYX kicks off with a May 11 and 12 tournament in Las Vegas.
NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR VETOES ONLINE GAMBLING MEASURE
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, in a somewhat unexpected move, vetoed a measure that would have allowed New Jersey’s casino operators to offer online poker to state residents. Christie cited potential legal obstacles as his reason for the veto, though the measure (S. B. 490) received broad legislative support. Christie’s veto may be subject to an override or to a slight reworking of language to eliminate possible gray areas.
BELLAGIO CHIP THIEF ARRESTED
The down-on-his-luck son of a Las Vegas municipal judge was arrested February 2, alleged to be the motorcycle-riding robber who burst into the Bellagio, brandished a pistol, and fled with approximately $1.5 million in casino chips grabbed from a craps table. Anthony Corleo, 29, has been accused of armed robbery and is also a suspect in at least one other Las Vegas casino heist. Corleo, formerly of Pueblo, Colorado, declared bankruptcy in 2009 after running failed disk-jockey and limo-service businesses, and moved in with his father, George Assad, a controversial Las Vegas judge.
Poker News: Isuldur1 Unmasked; Foxwoods Holds November Nine Reunion; Jersey Legislature Approves E-GamingFebruary 1, 2011 - 9:52am
‘ISILDUR1’ IDENTITY REVEALED
One of poker’s mysteries was recently solved when the identity of ultra-high-stakes cash-gamer “Isildur1” was confirmed to be Sweden’s Viktor Blom. The 20-something Blom had long been rumored to be the player behind the famed handle, with the “Isildur1” screen name figuring in all ten of poker’s all-time largest pots, some reaching seven figures. Blom’s brief career began with a $2,000 online bankroll and has already experienced several meteoric highs and lows, including overnight swings that exceeded $1 million.