by Wendeen H. Eolis
In the wake of Poker’s Black Friday, last April 15th —the day the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) brought down the hammer on Internet-based poker in the United States—enthusiasts are up in arms about the cloud that has formed on the future of online poker and murky as to the safety of depositing funds into online poker sites.
By: Wendeen H. Eolis
Across the bottom of the television screen, small print flashed the foreboding news. The United States Department of Justice Southern District of New York announced on April 15th the unsealing of an indictment against the principals of the three largest internet poker companies doing business in the United States.
The Government’s Dramatic Press Release
The Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation teamed up for the press release that signaled the imminent shock-and-awe attack that would turn internet-based gambling in America on its head—in a matter of hours.
Trouble is Brewing for Ladies Poker Events: Men and Women are Stirring the Pot - by Wendeen H. EolisJuly 10, 2010 - 9:47am
At the opening bell of the 2010 World Series of Poker Ladies Championship, Tournament Director Jack Effel took to the microphone, as much to apologize as to welcome the 1000+ women who had made their way into the arena.
WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel: Gentleman Sheriff
Just as the World Series of Poker (WSOP) opened its doors at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, last month, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) raised the curtain on its evolving policies in the new environment of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).
GCB Packs a Powerful Punch
The North American Poker Tour (NAPT) has attracted a curious crowd of observers at its website this week. They have fixed their eyes on the steadily ascending number of days on the "NAPT Next Event Count Down Clock."
Yesterday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board ("GCB") raised the curtain on its evolving policy toward relationships between casinos and online gambling companies.
In its publicly posted reply to an unidentified gaming attorney’s inquiry, more than a month earlier, the GCB let it be known it is paying closer attention than ever before to the distinction between dot-net and dot-com poker sites and their respective connections with Nevada casinos.
Just beyond the elegant glass doors of the Palazzo Suite, a representative of the Poker Player Alliance stood at attention eyeing the arriving crowd for possible crashers. United States Representative Barney Frank was scheduled to hold forth at a fundraising reception for heavy hitters down the hall.
As Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Mr. Frank is one of the country's most visible lawmakers. He is also widely regarded as online poker's best friend. PPA members of suitable pedigree and/or cash were invited to rub shoulders with him.
A Newsworthy Party
Last month, CBS News' 60 Minutes partnered with the Washington Post in reports on the two biggest online gambling fraud cases in the history of internet poker.
The November 30th segment of 60 Minutes titled "The Cheaters," highlighted several online poker players who helped to unravel a scam that bilked cyberspace gamblers at Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet. According to 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft, the cheaters made off with some twenty million dollars before their picnic came to a sudden end.
Preparations for a 60 Minutes expose on cheating scandals at two online poker sites--Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet--continue full steam ahead, but according to one previously contacted source, directly involved in the production prior plans to air the segment November 9th have turned very uncertain.
A second source close to the production, who had also expressed confidence in the November 9th date, echoes the same sentiments, saying, "There are new developments to pursue." Calls to 60 Minutes were not returned.
Until CBS correspondent Steve Kroft and his 60 Minutes crew arrived at the World Series of Poker last summer, the biggest buzz in the tournament arena had centered on Harrah's decision to delay the final table proceedings of the main event until November 9th.
Will WSOP or 60 Minutes Play Second Fiddle?
The WSOP finale will air "nearly live." The final nine players will duel November 9th until they are down to two players. The last two players will return November 10th to determine the winner and runner up, and the event will be broadcast by ESPN November 11th.