by Wendeen H. Eolis
In the spring of 2000 Russ Hamilton coached Wayne Newton to a “tie” in a heads-up No Limit Hold’em duel that became part of GQ reporter Elizabeth Gilbert’s published story, “Chicks with Decks”— later that year. James McManus, the author of the poker classic Positively Fifth Street adopted the title as the heading for his chapter on women in poker. The catchy title fit the gutsy ladies profiled in Positively Fifth Street and Liz, far better than it fit me, as her poker coach and Hamilton’s opposite in the heads-up match.
The biggest buy-in event in World Series of Poker history will return for 2014. The Big One for One Drop will take place over three days, from June 29 to July 1, 2014, with a field capped at 56 players (comprised of seven eight-handed tables). According to the press release, the first place prize has the potential to reach in excess of $20,000,000 if every seat is filled, with 16-20% of entrants receiving a portion of the prize pool, depending on the final number of entrants. Unlike the rest of the WSOP events next year, the Big One will be held at Caesars Palace, except for the televised final table which will be played at the Rio All-Suites Resort.
The WSOP issued the following press release with further details on this year's event:
JERSEY SPORTSBETTING INJUNCTION UPHELD
New Jersey’s controversial 2012 challenge to the federal-level Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), approved in a voter referendum, was ruled invalid by a federal appeals court in late September. New Jersey had been sued by the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, with those states successfully gaining an injunction earlier this year preventing New Jersey from implementing Nevada-style sports betting, which was grandfathered in under the 1992 federal law. New Jersey officials now face the non-guaranteed prospect of a US Supreme Court appeal in hopes of implementing sportsbetting, with the niche’s increasing popularity having reverberating effects on casino-development plans in Jersey and elsewhere. The three-judge court ruled 2-1 against New Jersey’s interests in the latest decision.
WYNN AND 888 ANNOUNCE SOFTWARE DEAL
by Wendeen H. Eolis
Last month at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, the American Gaming Association (AGA) upped the ante in its bid to promote progressive federal legislation to regulate online poker while pushing for a strengthened crackdown on illegal online poker operators.
AGA Uses Runner Runner to Campaign for Legislative Reform
AGA president, Geoff Freeman (since July 1, 2013) held a media conference during the GGE gathering to let it be known that the AGA intended to capitalize on the new movie, Runner Runner, by highlighting perils of online poker in an unregulated environment.
Freeman demonstrates a savvy understanding of the two-edged sword of this movie, noting, also, the need to mitigate against opponent cries to eliminate online gambling altogether based on the ills of the industry depicted in the movie.
Runner Runner Movie Eludes Box Office Kudos
by Haley Hintze
FULL TILT CLAIMS PROCESS GOES LIVE
Garden City Group, the DOJ-appointed administrator for refunds to former US-based players on Full Tilt, announced detailed remission instructions on September 16th, with e-mails sent out on that date. Beginning on September 18th, GCG began accepting applications from players who have filed a formal petition for a refund (remission) of their online balances, which were frozen as of “Black Friday,” April 15, 2011. Affected players will have until November 16th to file for refunds, and GCG has announced that some categories of players, such as all former player/owners of FTP, known as “Team Full Tilt,” will be ineligible for refunds. All remission applications will be reviewed sometime after the process closes in November, with the actual payment date for refunds as yet undetermined.
IVEY REPORTEDLY CONFIRMS EDGE-SORTING IN CASINO FLAP
by Haley Hintze
DELAWARE OFFERS PLAY-MONEY ONLINE POKER AS LIVE ROLLOUT DELAYED
Delaware Lottery officials announced a linkup to a play-money Facebook poker app as a stopgap measure while development continues on the state’s upcoming real-money online poker and casino offerings. The state’s three racinos – Dover Downs, Huffington Raceway and Delaware Park – are now offering links to the play-money DoubleDown Casino suite of play-money gambling apps offered by DoubleDown Interactive, a division of IGT. IGT is, in turn, a long-term “strategic” partner of Scientific Games, one of three firms selected as the Delaware Lottery’s primary vendor for the state’s online gambling launch. The play-money signup came as the state faced its original projected launch date of September 1st for real money play, which state officials confirm will not be met. Instead, Delaware officials now list October 31st as the new target date.
MOHEGANS PLAN BILLION-DOLLAR MASSACHUSETTS CASINO
by Wendeen H. Eolis
This year the World Series of Poker Europe pays special tribute to women with its first ever Ladies Event. It will also cater to world travelers and romantics alike with a change of venue from the French Riviera to the suburbs of Paris. The accommodations are expected to delight all who love the City of Light and adore its energy in the fall.
The WSOPE Changes
Port of Call For the first four years, the tournament lived in London, centered at Harrahs’ Leicester Square Casino at the Empire. It outgrew its space before the first main event!
In 2011, Mitch Garber, CEO of Caesars Interactive—the Caesars company responsible for the WSOP brand—spearheaded the exploration of a change of venue from England to France. Garber picked up the phone and went straight to the top source for intelligence- -Lucy Denos. She is the seasoned poker room director at Casino Barriere de Deauville where the EPT has held Court for years. Talking with Garber from her perch on the French Coast of Normandy, Denos explained the lay of the land.
by Barbara Rogers
The Borgata in Atlantic City offers a weekly guarantee tournament on Wednesdays of $30,000 and a guarantee of $25,000 on Fridays. But the big event coming up next, the Borgata Poker Open, runs from September 3rd-20th. The THREE MILLION GUARANTEE televised World Poker Tournament will be September 15-20th.
Congratulations to Jason DiBenedetto at Turning Stone and his hard working non-complaining staff. This resort casino is a great destination and a big favorite for traveling poker players. Poker Night In America recently filmed the New York State Empire Tournament for television. The prize pool contained a whopping $619,830. Some of the pros flew in by private jet, some of them came on their own. Eli Elezra, David Williams, Phil Laak and Shaun Deeb made the trip. There were plenty more pros in attendance, livening things up.
After that excitement, Turning Stone is back to normal, which for them is giving money away in the poker room. This time it’s a $10,000 cash giveaway. See the times and amounts for the drawing in this issue of Poker Player.
Aruba is now within your reach. Maryland Live! Casino is running satellites, and lots of them, for the PPC Aruba World Championship. Telephone number 443-842-7000. Pack your bags for a 6 night stay at the Radisson Aruba Resort.
Poker News: Garden City Group Announces Window for Full Tilt Poker (FTP) Remission Application and moreAugust 27, 2013 - 11:05am
by Haley Hintze
STARS PARENT RATIONAL GROUP FULL TILT REFUND APPLICATION PROCESS TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER
Garden City Group, the claims-administration firm retained by the Department of Justice to administer the Full Tilt Poker remission process, has announced that former US players of the site will soon be able to apply for refunds. GCG will be mailing application materials to former FTPers on or about September 16th, 2013, at the start of a 60-day window running through November 15, 2013 within which players who had balances frozen on the site as of Black Friday may apply for refunds. The refunds will come from roughly $184 million paid by fellow Black Friday company PokerStars to acquire Full Tilt’s assets; if the total refunds applied for by players and approved by GCG exceeds that amount, the refunds would be prorated. Affected players who have not already registered at the GCG website associated with the FTP remission process, FullTiltPokerClaims.com, will be able to access the application materials on that site on or soon after September 16th.
MICHIGAN TO TIGHTEN CHARITABLE POKER REGULATIONS
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