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Pokernews | The Online Railbird Report: Cates Drops $376,000; Sahamies & Sulsky Win Big

Pokernews | The Online Railbird Report: Cates Drops $376,000; Sahamies & Sulsky Win Big | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Ilari Sahamies & Ben Sulsky emerged as the week's two biggest winners with +$424k and $294k respectively, while Daniel Cates dropped a gut-wrenching $376k. Via @ChadAHolloway

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Phil Ivey to Play 2012 World Series of Poker - Wicked Chops Poker Insider

Phil Ivey to Play 2012 World Series of Poker - Wicked Chops Poker Insider | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

  The 2012 WSOP is just a few days away.

Last year, the WSOP started off with a bang. On the first day of pro play, Phil Ivey issued a statement saying that due to Full Tilt’s mismanagement of player funds (and screwing up the White Knight deal he brought to the table), he would sit the entire WSOP out.

  Recently, Ivey has shown up at a number of tournaments around the globe. Will Ivey return to this year’s WSOP? Via @wickedchops

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WPT Super High Roller: Tom Marchese Wins, Takes Home $1.3 Million | BLUFF Poker News

WPT Super High Roller: Tom Marchese Wins, Takes Home $1.3 Million | BLUFF Poker News | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The ability to re-enter a tournament is a fairly new development, allowing players a second chance and building up prize pools for everyone. Even in a tournament like the World Poker Tour Super High Roller, the $100,000 price tag did little to dissuade seven different players from putting up a second buy-in. Two of those players are very happy with their decisions after making their second opportunity count...

Via @bluffmagazine  @BigCheese_poker

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The Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta: A Rubber Stamp in EU Clothing | Pokerfuse Online Poker News

The Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta: A Rubber Stamp in EU Clothing | Pokerfuse Online Poker News | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The official online gaming regulator of Malta has demonstrated time and time again that it has no interest in protecting consumers, nor in aiding in disputes with the sites it regulates.

It has failed consistently to enforce the Malta gaming regulations and has gone out of its way to dodge any responsibility. Players must know that if they play on a site regulated primarily under the LGA, that the license is a meaningless rubber stamp and the LGA will do nothing if the operator acts inappropriately. Via @pokerfuse

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Mitch Garber: Man on Top of the WSOP

Mitch Garber: Man on Top of the WSOP | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

All systems are go for the 2012 World Series of Poker. There are no known hitches or glitches, and no press releases from outer space attempting, as of yet, to upstage the poker industry’s richest and most prestigious tournament of the year.

Via @pokerplayernws @WendeenEolis

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PokerStars Mum on Rumors of Rafael Nadal Signing

PokerStars Mum on Rumors of Rafael Nadal Signing | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

"On Friday, rumors began circulating on social media that online giant PokerStars had inked a deal with Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal." Via @brianpempus

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The Nightly Turbo: PokerStars Honored, Poker After Dark, and More

The Nightly Turbo: PokerStars Honored, Poker After Dark, and More | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

It's finally the weekend, and we can't wait to take a short break before the World Series of Poker madness is upon us on Sunday. You're finalizing the sale of your summer action and Rafa Nadal is getting in the zone for Roland Garros. Why the tennis reference? You'll have to keep reading for that. Why a job at PokerStars has plenty of benefits, never-before-seen episodes of Poker After Dark, and much more.


Via @pokernews


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Numbers, Numbers, and More Numbers | Shuffle Up and Venti Blog

Numbers, Numbers, and More Numbers | Shuffle Up and Venti Blog | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

We’re safely tucked away at an airport hotel in Heathrow, waiting to make the hop over tomorrow to Vegas. Which is pretty damn exciting to type, as it’s snuck up on us a bit with all the other work going on as far as losing sight of the fact that it’s tomorrow as far as wheels down. Vegas!
We’re still noodling around with our hand-crafted database of results from 930 WSOP open bracelet events from 1970-2011, with a few longer-term projects in mind but it’s also fun to poke around and pull up some assorted randomness.

Via @ShuffleUpVenti

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Uses for Your Full Tilt Installation CD’s | PokerJunkie Blog

Uses for Your Full Tilt Installation CD’s | PokerJunkie Blog | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Earlier today, I was looking for a small mirror and wound up grabbing an old Full Tilt installation cd. Probably the first time I have ever used it for any purpose whatsoever. Via @compncards

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The Weekly Gaming Business Wrap

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Here’s a look at the headlines for this week in the gaming business world. Via @cardplayermedia

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ESPN's Seventh Annual WSOP Fantasy Draft Results

ESPN's Seventh Annual WSOP Fantasy Draft Results | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Predicting consistent poker success is a daunting task, especially during the seven-week long World Series of Poker. Sometimes players we've barely considered go on hot streaks and become Players of the Year (ahem, Ben Lamb in 2011) and most times, the players we know all too well get burned out and put up disappointing results for weeks at a time … or don't show up at all (ahem, Phil Ivey). So why, for the seventh consecutive year, did a group of 10 players and writers gather on a conference call to attempt to do the nearly impossible and create dominant fantasy lineups? It's all about bragging rights and the ability to combine two things we all love, fantasy and poker, to make the next few months even more entertaining. Via @ESPN_Poker

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Vegas Eyes Big Legal Online Poker Bet-Facebook Too?

Vegas Eyes Big Legal Online Poker Bet-Facebook Too? | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Online gambling may soon be legal in over a dozen states, and everyone from governors, global casino giants and maybe even Facebook wants a piece of the action. Months after shutting down major websites such as FullTilt Poker and PokerStars, the Justice Department said on Dec. 23 it would not interfere with states legalizing web-based poker and other gambling. Online sports betting would not be legal. California, Nevada, New Jersey and about 10 other states are looking to raise revenue by legalizing and taxing online gambling.



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8th Annual Arizona State Poker Championship Begins In August

8th Annual Arizona State Poker Championship Begins In August | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
This August, battle it out for the big title and a share of $1 million in the 8th Arizona State Poker Championships held in The Arena Poker Room at Talking Stick Resort.
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PokerStars Trials Table Grouping Lobby for Real Money | Pokerfuse

PokerStars Trials Table Grouping Lobby for Real Money | Pokerfuse | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
The Latest PokerStars Lobby Changes - Lobby innovation pushed out to dot.EE and dot.NET rooms.


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Brazilian Poker Club Robbed - Brazil Dispatch Via @lamprego

Brazilian Poker Club Robbed - Brazil Dispatch Via @lamprego | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil – A gang of armed men assaulted a Brazilian poker club in Porto Alegre on Thursday night, taking hostages and robbing employees and patrons, reported online news media. Located in the posh Moinhos de Vento neighborhood of the capital, the card club is a popular destination for poker players.

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Wider World of Poker | Pokerati Blog

Wider World of Poker | Pokerati Blog | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Pokerati | A wise person once said, “money is very important in poker.” That was me. I said that. You might have thought, with your steam-powered brain, that this nugget concerned only towers of plastic chips being shuffled around in a million simultaneous cash games. Simpleton! Even away from the felt, fiscal forces buffet the poker industry, as we shall shortly see in this week’s Wider World of Poker. Via @Pokerati

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AsianSpa Blogs: Friends in Town, WPT World Championships, and More

AsianSpa Blogs: Friends in Town, WPT World Championships, and More | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

What has @AsianSpa been up to this week? Friends in Town, WPT World Championships, and More ! VIa @AsianSpa @pokernews


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Kara Scott: Ode to the Poker Bloggers | PartyPoker Blog

Kara Scott: Ode to the Poker Bloggers | PartyPoker Blog | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
   There is a constant stream of messages right now on Twitter and Facebook from poker journalists who are counting down the days until their Vegas marathon begins.


You can tell how long they’ve been making the yearly pilgrimage to our mecca of all things gambling by the tone of their messages. They run the gamut from pure exhilarated excitement to wary weariness. Or maybe that should be weary wariness. Perhaps I should leave it to them to find the appropriately poetic phrases; it is their job after all. Via @KaraOTR 

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Tournament Tracker: Josephy Wins at Bellagio, Chop Makes a Deal | BLUFF Poker News

Tournament Tracker: Josephy Wins at Bellagio, Chop Makes a Deal | BLUFF Poker News | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

There are just two days until the beginning of the World Series of Poker, but just because the attention of the poker world is focused on that it doesn’t mean poker is going quiet everywhere else. This week’s Tournament Tracker features the results from the California State Poker Championship Main Event as well as a $5,000 event from Bellagio, another $1,000 side event at the Cal State Poker Championship and tournament action from around the world.

Via @Bluffmagazine

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Illinois Drafts Major Changes to Online Gaming Plan

Illinois Drafts Major Changes to Online Gaming Plan | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
Plans for Illinois to oversee a state-run online gaming industry underwent major revisions Friday, as a third amendment to House Bill 4148 puts the business of running games in the hands of affiliates.

An online poker platform would be developed within the state’s lottery and then could be licensed out to 16 casinos and racetracks in the state. Each property would have to pay a $5 million licensing fee in order to use the state’s platform. Affiliates could not use their own poker site.

Via @cardplayermedia

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By the Numbers - the 2012 SCOOP | BLUFF Poker News

By the Numbers - the 2012 SCOOP | BLUFF Poker News | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The poker world is full of facts, figures, stats and records. With so many numbers being crunched day in and day out, sometimes it is tough to see what they all add up to. That is why BLUFF brings you some of the more interesting numbers related to the big tournaments, big stories, and big personalities in the poker world. Some are factual, some are fun, some are both. In this edition, we take a look at the fourth annual PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), by the numbers: 

Via @Lance_Bradley @Bluffmagazine


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BLUFF 2012 WSOP Video Preview | BLUFF Poker News

BLUFF 2012 WSOP Video Preview | BLUFF Poker News | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

BLUFF Magazine has big plans for the 2012 WSOP, including a whole slate of video programming exclusive to the BLUFFMagazine.com website.

From player interviews, to strategy insights, all the top headlines and highlights and a ton of fun stuff in between, BLUFFMagazine.com will play host to a wealth of video content beginning May 28 and all throughout the World Series. Via @bluffmagvideos @bluffmagazine

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Poker Player Newspaper | 2012 WSOP Preview

Poker Player Newspaper | 2012 WSOP Preview | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

It’s finally here! The biggest, greatest, grandest, most spectacular poker attraction in the universe is about to make its glorious return to Las Vegas. Once again, the Rio All- Suite Hotel and Casino will be hosting the 43rd annual World Series of Poker. This year’s 61-event tournament series officially begins on Sunday, May 27th, with the Casino Employees World Championship, which is classified as Event #1. Via Nolan Dalla @PokerPlayernws

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The Nightly Turbo: Kyllönen Joins $1M Big One, Legalized Online Poker in Oz, and More

The Nightly Turbo: Kyllönen Joins $1M Big One, Legalized Online Poker in Oz, and More | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

A look at the day's top poker news stories including another player registered for the $1 million Big One for One Drop at the WSOP, Australia moving toward legalizing online poker, and more. Via @pokernews


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Strategy with Kristy: Eric Froelich Discusses Satellites and Staking

Strategy with Kristy: Eric Froelich Discusses Satellites and Staking | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Eric Froehlich comes on the latest Strategy with Kristy Podcast to discuss WSOP satellite tournament strategy as well as buying and selling pieces of players in an event. Via @PokerNews @KristyArnett @efropoker

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