by Haley Hintze
POKER HALL OF FAME NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
Caesars Entertainment officials announced ten finalists for possible 2011 induction into the Poker Hall of Fame. Either one or two nominees will be selected from a list including Barry Greenstein, Annie Duke, Jennifer Harman, Linda Johnson, John Juanda, Marcel Luske, Jack McClelland, Tom McEvoy, Scotty Nguyen and Huck Seed.
by Debbie Burkhead
Win a $10,000 WSOP Seat at South Point. South Point Casino has launched the first-ever casino based online poker room. Starting November 12 one player per week will win a $10,000 seat into the main event at the WSOP. Win a qualifying event online to receive an invitation to play at the final table at South Point in Las Vegas.
Full Tilt’s Alderney License Yanked, Company Sold to French Investors
Among a handful of important news items surrounding embattled online poker giant Full Tilt Poker was the decision by UK regulatory agency Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) to withdraw licensure of Full Tilt and several of its subsidiary firms. In its decision, the AGCC asserted that “FTP had fundamentally misled AGCC about their operational integrity by continuously reporting as liquid funds balances that had been covertly seized or restrained by US authorities, or that were otherwise not actually available to the operator. Serious breaches of AGCC regulations include false reporting, unauthorized provision of credit, and failure to report material events.”
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.