On Saturday the World Series of Poker announced the names of the two new members of the WSOP Hall of Fame. Former world champs Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen are the two members of the class of 2013 and will be formally inducted on Sunday, November 3rd, the day before the start of this years Main Event final table. Check out the WSOP press release with the Hall of Fame announcement:
1983 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Tom McEvoy and 1998 world champion Scotty Nguyen will become the 45th and 46th individuals to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. The two were nominated by the public and voted in by a 37-person panel made up of existing Poker Hall of Famers and members of the media, it was announced today by the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council.
Shakopee, MN -- Lyle Berman is the first member of the newly formed Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame. The announcement, made Friday at a ceremony held at Canterbury Park Card Casino in Shakopee, MN, came as no surprise to industry professionals and poker players. Berman, at the forefront of several successful Minnesota businesses, has been a key player in the gaming industry since co-founding Grand Casinos Inc. in 1990. He is a professional poker player with three World Series of Poker bracelets and more than $3 million in poker tournament winnings.
By Shari Geller
Garden City Group ("GCG"), the claims processor handling the distribution of funds to US Full Tilt Poker players, has named September 16, 2013 as the date that the official claims process will begin. There is just a short window to submit your claim, as the deadline is November 15, 2013. According to the announcement on their website, http://www.fulltiltpokerclaims.com:
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The Seminole Hard Rock is hosting it's Poker Open tournament from August 8th through the 29th and wants to make everyone winners!
The seven winners will be drawn on August 8th and notified by Friday August 9th. So be sure to tweet about it before the 8th!
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The Open, which carries a $10 Million Guarantee Championship Event, features the largest guaranteed payout ever. The Seminole Hard Poker Open runs from August 8th-29th and the $10,000,000 guarantee Championship Event starts on August 22nd.
The first place winner alone will receive over $1.5 million in prize money. Plus, the 33-event series will have additional payouts beyond the $10 million. Some of the highlights for the series are Event #1 ($350bi with a $500K guarantee), Event #7 ($560bi with a $1 million guarantee) and Event #11 ($2,200bi with a $150K guarantee).
Lawrenceburg, Ind., July 18, 2013 Theres nothing hotter in August than the poker action coming to Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg as the Cincinnati areas top casino hosts the Hollywood Summer Poker Open Aug. 1 11. Twenty-two separate events will take place over the 11-day span with players traveling to Indiana from throughout the Midwest.
The first cards are in the air the morning of Thursday, Aug. 1 as Hollywood continues its tradition of opening with a No-Limit Holdem Deep Stack event ($345 buy-in). The action culminates Aug. 8 11 with the $375 buy-in No Limit Holdem Main Event.
In between, players can test their skills at several Holdem variations, including: No Limit Holdem All In or Fold (Aug. 4; $100 buy-in); Texas Holdem Limit
by Wendeen H. Eolis
Just as the 2013 World Series of Poker was beginning to wind up its engines for the main event at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX-) rolled into town for his third visit to the annual WSOP; this time to rev up support for his updated poker bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Poker Players Alliance hosted a Town Hall Meeting designed to preview Barton’s online gambling bill HR 2666, the “Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2013,” which was subsequently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, July 12.
While the PPA has been beating the drums for Barton’s “poker only” bill it is also applauding the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2013 (HR 2282) introduced by Congressman Peter King (R-NY) last month. The King bill proposes “poker plus” other casino game options excluding, sports bets.
Unity is hard to come by in the business of online gambling and this week, from out of the blue, came a new wrinkle in the debate of online gambling consumer protections. The complexities in bringing online gambling to U.S. players seamlessly across the country grows at every turn, and so does the cast of characters with unique skin in the legislative game—at both the state and federal level.
Barton and King—Different Visions
By Shari Geller
Updates from the 2013 World Series of Poker have been available at WSOP.com throughout the summer, powered by PokerNews. Their reporters and photographers have submitted information and photos from all the events, including dozens of photos of winners and losers, amateurs and pros, newbies and old timers. They have devoted hundreds of hours and done a pretty good job of informing the public on the latest news from the Rio.
On Thursday, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced HR 2666, the The Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2013. This bill would license and regulate online poker in the United States. You can read the bill here.
The legislation is similar to a bill Congressman Barton sponsored in 2012 regarding online poker and addresses many of the concerns raised in previous Congressional hearings on the subject. The new bill focuses exclusively on Internet poker, as opposed to H.R. 2282 an online gambling bill recently introduced by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) that includes online casino games in addition to poker. Rep. Barton’s bill also mandates technologies to protect consumers from fraud and limits underage access, preserves state’s rights, and ensures Indian Tribes have the same rights to apply for a license as other entities. Additionally, the bill:
Results and winners photos from Events 56-61
Results and winners photos from Events 51-55