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Details on 2013 World Series of Poker Media Conference Call

By Shari Geller
The World Series of Poker held its annual conference call at 1:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 15, with Executive Director Ty Stewart and Tournament Director Jack Effel sharing news and information about the upcoming series and took questions from the media.  Stewart started out by telling the participants that the theme of this year's series is "To get it right and put on the best damned poker tournament series in the world."
The 44th annual WSOP will start on May 29th at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. "One of our big goals over the past few years has been to kick off the series with a bang," Stewart said as he introduced some of the special events set for this year.

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Daniel Healey wins first legal, real money online poker tournament in America at Ultimate Poker

LAS VEGAS, NV - On Sunday, May 5, amateur poker player Daniel Healey of  Las Vegas, NV came in first place at Ultimate Poker’s first $10,000 SundayTournament at UltimatePoker.com, making history as the winner of the first legal, real money online poker tournament to be held in the United States.

The historic $10,000 Sunday Tournament capped at 200 players, with Healey taking home a first place prize of $4,173. 

“It is really exciting to be a part of history, winning the first tournament,” Healey remarked.  “I have been keeping up with the news updates and poker blogs ever since BlackFriday hit and was extremely excited to hear that legal online poker is here.  I am excited to be living in Nevada and playing my favorite game.”

“Since going live on April 30, there has been no downtime whatsoever, and demand to play in our first $10,000 Sunday Tournament exceeded our expectations,” remarked Joe Versaci, Ultimate Gaming Chief Marketing Officer.  “We ended up reaching our 200 player cap 45 minutes before the tournament opened.”

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May 22nd-27th It's Party Time at Seneca Nigara in New York

Take it to Seneca Niagara in New York. They're throwing a party, a 9th Anniversary Poker Tournament and the gifts are for you! The first 99 players on the 22nd of May will receive a free gift starting at 9am. $99 every time you win with pocket 9's. Be part of a $9,999 cash giveaway. The schedule for the tournament is Wednesday May 22nd thru May 27th. The main event is $500 No Limit Hold'em on Saturday the 25th. Call 877-8-SENECA or 716-278-6300 to secure lodging.

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PokerStars-Atlantic Club (NJ) Purchase Agreement Terminated

by Wendeen H. Eolis

PokerStars' purchase agreement for the Atlantic Club Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City has expired. In a public statement, this morning ,Michael Frawley, COO of Atlantic Club Casino and Hotel has confirmed that the purchase agreement is terminated.  Nevertheless, it is too early to jump to conclusions.
There is nothing said thus far to suggest that the two companies cannot re-cement an updated agreement. If necessary, PokerStars could update its completed application which has been submitted to the New Jersey Casino Control Commission.
When it comes to online poker, machinations, twists, turns, and outcomes unfathomable at one moment have been known to become stark reality the next.

PokerStars May Still be Valued in New Jersey

Governor Chris Christie, a proponent of a full court press to revive Atlantic City, faces massive pressure to find the means to recovery from Hurricane Sandy. PokerStars' promise to bring jobs, civic commitment and 40 million dollars to the project cannot so easily be dismissed.

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Harrah’s Cherokee WSOP Circuit: John Bowman Wins Main Event

NC Native Collects Gold Ring and $250K in First Cash

If ever there was a poker fairytale with storybook ending, it happened April 15 at the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort, nestled in the majestic Smoky Mountains.

The first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit ever held in North Carolina ended in spectacular fashion on Monday evening as John Bowman won the top prize of a quarter-of-a-million dollars to go along with Harrah’s Cherokee’s Main Event Championship. He stunned the poker world, his competitors, and even himself with the unexpected victory.

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$200,000 Guaranteed + Another Chance To Win An HPO Seat At Hollywood Casino Indiana

by Barbara Rogers

That's right,  Brad Hinson, the man in charge of the poker room at Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana is making sure you have the opportunity again. Just in case you missed out on the first chance, check out the Hollywood Spring Poker Open playing out from April 29th-May 5th on this dockside casino riverboat. There s a No Limit Hold'em tournament every day during this Poker Open. The main event guarantees a payout of $200,000 for a buy-in of only $375.00. 

Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg was first in the Penn National stable of casino's all across America to offer the chance to win a trip to Las Vegas in June, to play the inaugural $500,000 guaranteed Hollywood Poker Open.

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$250,000 Guaranteed - Opening Event of the Delaware Park Poker Classic

May 8th-11th is the the $250,000 guaranteed opening event of the Delaware Park Poker Classic at Delaware Park in Wilmington.   Play begins on Wednesday, May 8th at 11am (Day 1a) and Thursday, May 9th at 11am (Day 1b). Players will begin with $40,000 in chips.  You won't find many tournaments that offer this kind of a payout for such a small investment.
Visit the Delaware Park site for more information on the 2013 Delaware Park Poker Classic and this PDF detailing the event format.

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Well-Known Poker Pros Among Dozens Indicted in Federal Illegal Gambling, Money Laundering and Extortion Case

By Shari Geller
In an unsealed indictment filed in the US District Court for the Second District of New York, a notorious Russian businessman is alleged to be the ringleader of a massive criminal enterprise involving sports betting and illegal poker games that brought in some $50 million.  Poker pros Abe Mosseri, Bill Edler, Peter Feldman, Joe Mancuso, John Hanson, and Justin Smith were named in three of the twenty-seven counts of the 84-page indictment that reads like a movie script -- something like Rounders meets The Godfather.  But the star of this real-life crime drama is defendant Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, most notable for having been charged with, but ultimately never tried for, allegedly attempting to bribe figure skating judges at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City


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Poker Community Reacts to Boston Marathon Explosions

By Shari Geller
Today was already a newsworthy day for the poker community.  April 15, 2013 marks the two-year anniversary of Black Friday, a day when online poker was taken away from U.S. players.  It was also the day that former Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar was sentenced, pursuant to a plea agreement, to time served and the forfeiture of assets in the amount of some $40 million for fraud, money laundering and violation of federal gaming laws.  Elsewhere, a popular player won a gold bracelet in the first ever WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event.

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Ray Bitar Gets Credit for "Time Served"

by Wendeen H. Eolis


In a video-link proceeding, from a California courtrooom, Ray Bitar, a founder of Full Tilt Poker, was sentenced today by Chief Judge of the US District Court of New York, Loretta Preska, to time served and an estimated forfeiture of $40,000,000.

 In keeping with the unexpectedly compassionate deal reached between Government Prosecutors and Bitar's counsel, Jack Baughman of Paul Weiss et al, Ray Bitar is now positioned to seek the heart transplant required to save his life.

 Bitar was previously represented by Attorney Jeff Ifrah. Ifrah is now the center of a malpractice lawsuit brought by Chad Elie, a payment processor for Full Tilt Poker  who pled guilty in the Black Friday case against him. Elie is now serving a five month prison sentence. 

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