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Isaac Haxton joins Team PokerStars Online | PokerStarsBlog.com

Isaac Haxton joins Team PokerStars Online | PokerStarsBlog.com | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Introducing the poker world to Isaac Haxton is a bit like introducing Hollywood to Johnny Depp. Haxton is as much of a veteran of the online poker community as anybody in the modern age. He's among the most feared competitors in both the live and online realms. There isn't a serious player in the game today who doesn't know the guy they call "Ike."

Today, Haxton brought his reputation (and his cash) to the stables of Team PokerStars Online. The announcement came this morning as part of the end of a Guess Who contest hosted by Team Online.

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Three more casino operators get online poker licenses | VEGASINC

Three more casino operators get online poker licenses | VEGASINC | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Three more casino operators received online poker licenses today to compete in Nevada’s developing intrastate market.

They are online subsidiaries of Boyd Gaming Corp., for Station Casinos LLC and the founding Fertitta family’s Ultimate Poker brand, and for the Golden Nugget with casinos in Las Vegas and Laughlin.

The applicants were approved today by the Nevada Gaming Commission, which met in Las Vegas, and had received initial approvals Oct. 3 from the state Gaming Control Board.

The licenses are not for video poker but for players to compete against each other online as now occurs in physical casino poker rooms.

Bob Boughner, executive vice president and chief business development officer at Boyd, told gaming commissioners the company sees online poker as a way for Nevada to diversify its economy.

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Full Tilt Poker Signs Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom as "Professionals" | BLUFF Magazine

Full Tilt Poker Signs Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom as "Professionals" | BLUFF Magazine | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The relaunch of the Full Tilt Poker brand continues to gather steam. Just two weeks ago Gus Hansen became the first player to sign with the new company as an ambassador. Monday morning the company announced that former Team Full Tilt member Tom “durrrr” Dwan and former PokerStars Pro Viktor “isildur1″ Blom have become the second and third players to become Full Tilt Poker Professionals.

“The game of poker is always evolving. Through our continual innovations, Full Tilt Poker is proud to have been at the forefront of that evolution,” said Sarne Lightman, head of marketing for Full Tilt Poker. “In choosing our Pros we approached the three poker players whose unique and innovative styles have had the most impact on how modern poker is played.”

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Golden Nugget Gets OK To Run Online Poker | Card Player

Golden Nugget Gets OK To Run Online Poker | Card Player | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

On Thursday, the Golden Nugget, located in Downtown Las Vegas, acquired a license to operate real-money web poker. It will run its games via a partnership with Bally Technologies.

The brick-and-mortar property is one of the city’s oldest casinos, opening way back in 1946. The Golden Nugget started offering a free-play poker site earlier this yer.

Its games were run by Chiligaming, which has been acquired by Bally Technologies.

In addition to the Golden Nugget, Fertitta Interactive, which is under the umbrella of Station Casinos, as well as Boyd Interactive Gaming, received licenses Thursday.

Bally Technologies, a business-to-business provider, was licensed this summer.

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Sailor Roberts and Eric Drache are the 2012 Poker HOF Inductees | BLUFF Poker

Sailor Roberts and Eric Drache are the 2012 Poker HOF Inductees | BLUFF Poker | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The Poker Hall of Fame inductees for 2012 were announced on Thursday by the group’s Governing Council and they are Eric Drache and Brian “Sailor” Roberts. The two historic figures in the game will become the 43rd and 44th individuals to be inducted into Poker Hall of Fame.

They gained their nominations by public voting and their ultimate induction was voted on by a 36-person panel made up of existing Poker Hall of Famers and members of the media. Drache and Roberts will be inducted officially on Tuesday, October 30 at 3:30 pm at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; prior to the finale of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event in the lobby of the Penn & Teller Theater.

Roberts, who passed away in 1995, was part of poker’s old guard of Texas Road Gamblers along with fellow Hall of Fame members Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim Preston. Roberts also won the 1975 WSOP Main Event and he holds two career gold bracelets.

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Daily 3-Bet: Lederer Dodges, Hellmuth Charges, Cantu Explodes | PokerListings

Daily 3-Bet: Lederer Dodges, Hellmuth Charges, Cantu Explodes | PokerListings | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

he PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is an emotionally charged appeal for stories flat-out robbed in the afternoon poker news sack race.
Any suggestions for a future 3-Bet feel free to drop a note in the comments.
Today in the 3-Bet we find Howard Lederer reneging on his final interview agreement, Phil Hellmuth charging up the leaderboard in the WSOPE Main Event and Brandon Cantu going nuclear on Twitter after losing his shot at a WSOPE bracelet.

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Please Know that Your Funds are Safe and Secure | Pokerfuse

Please Know that Your Funds are Safe and Secure | Pokerfuse | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
Full Tilt Poker continued to operate for over two months following the seizure of their domain name and withdrawal from the US market. They took deposits from players right up until June 30, when the AGCC suspended their license.

During this time, it was known by Howard Lederer from April 20 that Full Tilt did not have the money to cover the majority of players’ money.

Lederer states that all language after April 20 was “all being signed off … there was complete transparency with the lawyers who were approving the language.”

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Jonathan Aguiar Wins His First Bracelet At WSOP Europe | Card Player

Jonathan Aguiar Wins His First Bracelet At WSOP Europe | Card Player | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
After multiple arguments, floor rulings, an unscheduled extension and plenty of dramatic tension, Jonathan Aguiar emerged victorious in the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe €10,450 buy-in mix-max no-limit hold’em event. For winning his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet, the outspoken pro was awarded €258,047 and 540 Card Player Player of the Year points.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Aguiar. “You play this game for a long time, and this is all you want. And now to win an event like this and to play for so long… it’s such a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be heads-up for a gold bracelet. Winning this is a dream come true.”

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Negreanu: Ivey, Juanda Will Refute Lederer Files | PokerListings

Negreanu: Ivey, Juanda Will Refute Lederer Files | PokerListings | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

This week the poker world finally heard from Full Tilt Poker owner Howard Lederer but not everyone believes his explanation of the events leading up to Black Friday.
Daniel Negreanu, for one, is taking exception with what Lederer is saying and how he’s saying it.
According to an interview we conducted with Negreanu via email today, Lederer’s version of events will be contradicted by players like Phil Ivey and John Juanda who are unhappy with the blame cast on them in the interviews.
Negreanu went on to describe Full Tilt Poker’s actions post-Black Friday as criminal and premeditated.
Continue reading for Negreanu’s opinion on why Lederer spoke out after so long, and what kind of reception he can expect should he return to the live poker circuit.

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Full Tilt Poker Pay Processor Burtnick Pleads Guilty | Bloomberg Business

Full Tilt Poker Pay Processor Burtnick Pleads Guilty | Bloomberg Business | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Nelson Burtnick, the head of payment processing for poker website Full Tilt Poker, pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme to deceive banks into handling Internet gambling transactions that violated U.S. laws.

Burtnick, 41, a Canadian citizen, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein in New York today that U.S. banks would have refused to process such payments for Ireland-based Full Tilt Poker had they known the transactions were illegal. Burtnick admitted committing the crimes while working at both Isle of Man-based PokerStars and later at Full Tilt.

“We had to do this type of deception to enable U.S. poker players to load their accounts” with funds, Burtnick told the magistrate. “I know that what I did was wrong.”

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Woman to plead guilty in world poker champ home invasion | Montreal CBC News

Woman to plead guilty in world poker champ home invasion | Montreal CBC News | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Bianca Rojas-Latraverse, the woman charged in the home invasion and violent robbery of her ex-boyfriend, world poker champion Jonathan Duhamel, will plead guilty, according to her lawyer.

Her trial was supposed to begin last Friday at a Longueuil court house but was postponed until today, because Rojas-Latraverse had an altercation at the Tanguay Detention Centre. Today's court date was postponed once again to Sept. 21 because Rojas-Latraverse has decided to plead guilty to some of the charges.

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Hacker Steals $140k From LockPoker Account | OnlinePoker.Net

Hacker Steals $140k From LockPoker Account | OnlinePoker.Net | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

It would appear high stakes pro “MicahJ” has just become the latest player to fall prey to an online poker scam after having his Lock Poker account, whose username was “GimmeDAT,” cleared of over $100,000 of his funds.
Apparently, the devastating hack scam seems to have been two-fold and involved transferring $54k of MicahJ’s money to the scammer’s account, while also chip dumping a further $80,000 playing Omaha 8-or-better against a regular on Lock Poker. Nevertheless, when news of the scam hit the TwoPlusTwo forum, the recipient of the $80k known as FWHITNEYDOH, was quick to deny any knowledge of the scam and has since had his Lock Poker account unfrozen on the site.

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IGT Folding Online Poker in Europe Spells Trouble for U.S | Bloomberg

IGT Folding Online Poker in Europe Spells Trouble for U.S | Bloomberg | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

International Game Technology (IGT) is shutting down its online poker operation in Europe after regulatory changes killed the business model.
IGT, the world’s largest slot-machine maker, is halting online poker overseas after some countries barred residents from playing with customers in other nations, Chief Executive Officer Patti Hart said today in a telephone interview.
The business “shifted from dot-com to dot-country,” Hart said. “There’s less profitability and the product becomes less interesting.”

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Will Nevada Online Poker Be Lucrative Enough For The Pros? | OnlinePoker.net

Will Nevada Online Poker Be Lucrative Enough For The Pros? | OnlinePoker.net | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

With South Point Poker expected to be up and running in Nevada over the coming weeks, followed by a whole slew of other online poker companies, the question still remains whether the intrastate player pool will be sufficient to provide the poker...

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Daniel Negreanu's Rant — The Lederer Files | PokerNews

Daniel Negreanu's Rant — The Lederer Files | PokerNews | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Traveling is time consuming. Playing poker tournaments takes up time too. These are the reasons that we haven't seen a rant from Daniel Negreanu since his post-WSOP rant.
Now that he's back, Negreanu took some time to put together a rant. His latest video release focuses solely on The Lederer Files.


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Social-Media Site Backs WSOP Finalist | Card Player

Social-Media Site Backs WSOP Finalist | Card Player | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Canadian social media company, TTAGIT Social Networks Inc., announced Wednesday that it’s sponsoring World Series of Poker main event finalist Jeremy Ausmus.

In the press release, Ausmus stated: “TTAGIT.com, a revolutionary leading-edge social media company, is ready to win the world over just like me in the World Series of Poker.”

Ausmus is a professional poker player from Las Vegas. He enters the final table later this month with the shortest stack. The first-place prize is about $8.5 million.

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Full Tilt Affiliate Payments Will Not be Honored, Players Will be Untracked | Pokerfuse

Full Tilt Affiliate Payments Will Not be Honored, Players Will be Untracked | Pokerfuse | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Payments owed to Full Tilt Poker affiliates will not be paid, and player accounts will not tracked to old affiliates when the website comes back online next month, pokerfuse has learned.

In addition, players who were also affiliates will not be reimbursed for any money in their Full Tilt account that came from affiliate payments.

The Rational Group, the parent company that operates PokerStars and now owns Full Tilt Poker, “did not assume any liabilities” of FTP beyond non-US player balances, according to an email sent to affiliates today.

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Lederer backs out of scheduled interview, cites hardship on himself and his family | Diamond Flush Poker

Lederer backs out of scheduled interview, cites hardship on himself and his family | Diamond Flush Poker | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

As many readers have noticed, during the last three weeks I have been very quiet publicly about the big news of Howard Lederer speaking out to the media. I knew that it would be happening, and when, and I listened along with everyone else when the Lederer Files were released by Pokernews.com, and then when there was a follow up interview with the TwoPlusTwo Pokercast.

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Internet Poker Opponent Sheldon Adelson Sees 'Net Worth' Drop By Billions | Card Player

Internet Poker Opponent Sheldon Adelson Sees 'Net Worth' Drop By Billions | Card Player | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Casino owner, hyper-aggressive Republican campaign donor and web poker adversary Sheldon Adelson has fallen to 12th on Forbes’ list of America’s richest people, with a “net worth” of $20.5 billion. Adelson was listed as having $24.9 billion in a March ranking.

Despite losing some of his value for the moment, the 79-year-old has set a new record for political donations, Politico reported on Saturday. He has shipped more than $70 million so far to the Grand Old Party, and could give another $100 million in an effort to kick President Barack Obama, and other top democrats, out of power.

His wealth on paper has fluctuated greatly over the recent years. In 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported that he lost about 93 percent of his “investments” — or about $30 billion. However, it didn’t take long for the casino magnate to look flush again.

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John Monnette a fresh face living an old-school poker career | ESPN Poker

John Monnette a fresh face living an old-school poker career | ESPN Poker | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

There are certain truths that we accept about today's young professional poker player. They play hold 'em, usually of the no-limit variety. Sure, they'll mix it up with Omaha on occasion, but hold 'em is their bread and butter. They've spent the majority of their table time online. They travel in packs and chatter about hands as if poker is its own language. They stick mostly to tournaments.

This is the image we conjure when we think of young poker players today, and that's why John Monnette is such a striking figure in the current poker landscape. He doesn't fit the mold, really, in just about any way.

Monnette had a phenomenal World Series of Poker in 2012. Among his five cashes were a win, a runner-up finish and a third-place finish, all in events whose high-end buy-ins meant he was playing against the crème de la crème. It was a remarkable run that deserved more attention than it received, but Monnette's story got swallowed by successes involving names like Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari and Michael Mizrachi.

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Annie Duke Pens New Poker Book | Card Player

Annie Duke Pens New Poker Book | Card Player | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

With more than 41,000 followers, Duke, 47, has one of the larger social media followings among poker players. She has made appearances on poker TV shows over the years and was once a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice.

Despite her accomplishments with some ventures, her foray into running a casino-based poker tour, the Epic Poker League, was unsuccessful. She was co-founder and commissioner. Epic Poker folded in its first season and never ran its planned $1 million freeroll for its players. It was bankrupt.

The World Series of Poker bracelet winner has received harsh criticism and vitriol on social media from some members of the poker community. Poker pro Jason Mercier Tweeted Thursday in response to an announcement of Duke’s writing efforts.

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Juanda Fires Back, Says $5.4m Stolen from Seidel | PokerListings

Juanda Fires Back, Says $5.4m Stolen from Seidel | PokerListings | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

After six parts and three hours of one-sided commentary from Howard Lederer, at least one Full Tilt shareholder has fired back with a different take on at least some events.
Taken to task in particular in Parts 1 and 6 of the Lederer Files interview, former Full Tilt pro and owner John Juanda made it clear through a series of tweets that Lederer is not giving an entirely accurate picture of the internal goings on at Full Tilt.

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Olivier Busquet Wins WCOOP High Roller Heads Up | Card Player

Olivier Busquet Wins WCOOP High Roller Heads Up | Card Player | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

New Yorker Olivier Busquet has won the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker High Roller Heads Up no-limit hold’em event.

The $10,300 buy in tournament attracted the full compliment of 64 players and included notable names such as Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Viktor Blom, Tom Marchese, Ville Wahlbeck, Bertrand Grospellier and Eugene Katchalov. The latter two made it into the cash, tying for 5th place and a payday of $40,000.

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Antonio Esfandiari Cashing In On $1 Million Buy-In Poker Win | Card Player

Antonio Esfandiari Cashing In On $1 Million Buy-In Poker Win | Card Player | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Poker pro Antonio Esfandiari won the $1 million buy-in event this summer at the World Series of Poker and since then has been using it as a way to increase his marketability off the felt. On Tuesday morning, he will appear on the Howard Stern Show to talk poker.

“I’m going to have a lot of fun with it,” Esfandiari said of his scheduled appearance. He added that he’s looking to cast poker in a positive light, helping the game “get out of the shadows” after it suffered a dramatic blow with Black Friday last year.

Esfandiari snagged a record prize of $18.3 million by outlasting the 48-player field in July, but he’s never disclosed exactly what percentage of himself he had. Many players in the event, which also featured capitalists from the business world, sold action in order to play.

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Shoe-loving poker player Beth Shak starting own shoe line | New York Post

Shoe-loving poker player Beth Shak starting own shoe line | New York Post | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

She’s bought every other shoe in the world — she might as well make her own.
Heel-loving professional card player Beth Shak — as famous for her massive shoe collection as for her poker face — is planning to come out with her own line of women’s footwear.
“My almost-18-year-old daughter wasn’t happy having a mom that traveled and was gambling,” Shak told The Post. “She kept saying, ‘Why don’t you design a shoe line?’ and one day I was like, ‘You know, she’s right.’ ”
Shak, who has competed in the World Series of Poker, has a collection of some 1,200 pairs of shoes that she keeps in password-protected closets in her home in Bryn Mawr, Pa. The collection includes about 700 Christian Louboutin pairs and is valued at nearly $1 million.


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