By Barbara Rogers
Penn National Gaming is a proven player in the game of NLH tournament championships, and that certainly includes the corporate world of gaming. All across America, certain Penn National properties are offering players a chance to win plenty of money, even while competing to win a seat in the Hollywood Poker Open. The first ever tournament of this magnitude, launched by Penn Nation Gaming, includes an incredibly ambitious schedule.
Are you aware of the opportunities they’re offering? Here’s a brief rundown: Penn National still has four big additional qualifying events to host before the $500,000 Guaranteed HPO Championship in June. The M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas is fast approaching this month, January 25-27th. Next up, the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, West Virginia: located near Washington, DC, playing out from March 21-April 1, 2013.
By Rhue R. Reis
On Saturday, 217 players started play in an attempt to earn a piece of the $229,434 prize pool. There were forty two who returned at 11am on Sunday to resume play, and six hours later, the Final Table was determined.
Final Table action continued for just over seven hours, which included three hours of heads-up action. David Stefanski of East Lyme, CT and Tim Reilly of Natick, MA finally got it all in after the KsJd7d flop. Tim showed top pair with the Kd8s. Dave turned over the nut flush draw with the AdQd, and sealed the deal when the 9d hit on the turn. Tim was left with $40,448 for 2nd, while the December 2012 Mega Stack Challenge $1,200 No Limit Hold’em Title, Championship Trophy and $52,359 went to Dave Stefanski.
Jonathan Taylor of Phil Campbell, Alabama took the final event of the Gold Strike Winter Classic tournament in Tunica, Mississippi, winning $56,746. This series of 14 events was held from December 14 to 22 at the Gold Strike. The last event had a $750 + $50 buy-in.
James Gibson of Stonewall, Manitoba became the first Canadian to win a Mid- States Poker Tour event and he picked a great time to do so. The $1K buy-in event at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota was the largest MSPT event in its young three year history and the largest field ever in Minnesota for a major event with a buy-in of at least $1K.
The event drew 376 runners creating a $375,800 prize pool. Gibson – a retired truck driver - qualified for the Main Event through a satellite and found himself sitting behind $96,205 straight cash and holding the RF Moeller Diamond Championship bracelet valued at over $5K when the smoke cleared. The humble and likable Gibson is no stranger to the bright lights. He was also the first Canadian to win an HPT event back in 2007 where he brought home $77,720. This was Gibson’s third MSPT cash in Season 3 alone where he has accumulated $101,357 in earnings.
by Haley Hintze
FULL TILT’S HOWARD LEDERER SIGNS DEAL WITH US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Former Full Tilt Poker president and board member Howard Lederer reached a financial settlement with Department of Justice attorneys. The civil money-laundering complaint against Lederer was part of the widereaching “Black Friday” crackdown against several US-facing online poker sites. Lederer admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement while agreeing to the forfeiture of various assets worth at least $2.5 million, and possibly hundreds of thousands or millions more, with an undetermined amount in a primary Isle of Man “retirement” account among the forfeited assets. The settlement still represented far less than the $42.5 million originally sought from Lederer by the DOJ.
REID-KYL BILL DROPPED FROM LAME DUCK CONSIDERATION