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PokerStars Full Tilt Poker Deal In Jeopardy

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Last month it was announced PokerStars was considering the purchase of Full Tilt Poker as part of a wider deal to settle their own affairs with the U.S. Justice Department. Although details have remained sketchy, $750 million was suggested by Chilipoker CEO Alexandre Dreyfus, as a possible figure for the purchase which would include full settlement with the DOJ, as well as the return of around $330 million in players’ balances. Via @onlinepokernet 

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Australia May Trial Legal Online Poker Soon

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Australia may be on the brink of legalizing online poker according to a report in the Daily Telegraph which suggests the government has briefed the gambling industry that the move will happen in the next six to 12 months. Via @cardplayermedia

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St Louis Circuit Props ~ Welcome to the St Louis WSOP please “smoke freely”

St Louis Circuit Props ~ Welcome to the St Louis WSOP please “smoke freely” | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The last few months have been a blur of poker and travel. I had a handful of days between wsop circuit stops to unwind and no spare time to write. I should say no spare time to write my blog. I have been working on a side project that has been eating up most of my creative writing efforts and cutting into my poker sessions. Hopefully the work pays off this summer and opens up some new business opportunities. Until things settle down I guess I will have to forgo sleep to fit in my blogging sessions.

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Martin “phasE89“ Balaz to Tackle 40,000 SNG Challenge

Martin “phasE89“ Balaz to Tackle 40,000 SNG Challenge | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
Last October, Czech pro Martin “phasE89” Balaz, a Fifty50 sit-n-go specialist on PokerStars, tackled a unique prop bet in which he needed to play 24,000 SNGs in a month and finish with a profit (without rakeback). It was an up-and-down affair, but Balaz managed to win that bet by finishing with $2,898.83 in profit, which translated into a $41,889 win when you include rakeback and winnings from the bet. Now Balaz is taking things a step further by announcing an even more difficult challenge, to play 40,000 hyperturbo 6-Max SNGs in 30 days.

Via @pokernews @ChadAHolloway

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Myspace Co-Founder Dabbles in Online Poker

Myspace Co-Founder Dabbles in Online Poker | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Iconic Myspace co-founder Tom Anderson is involved with social gambling startup RocketFrog, which launched a Facebook app Monday. The company is the latest to see potential opportunity from casino-style games on the social networking giant. Via @BrianPempus @Cardplayermedia

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Colorado Casinos Draft Online Poker Bill | Via @cardplayermedia

Colorado Casinos Draft Online Poker Bill | Via @cardplayermedia | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The Colorado Gaming Association has drafted a bill that would aim to legalize online gaming in the state, the group’s executive director Lois Rice told Card Player Tuesday.

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Del Vecchio Wins MGM Grand Poker Challenge | Via @anteupmagazine @MGMGrandPoker

Del Vecchio Wins MGM Grand Poker Challenge | Via @anteupmagazine @MGMGrandPoker | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The MGM Grand continued its foray into the tournament game by hosting the second installment of its Grand Challenge Series (April 19-May 6) in Las Vegas. With the help of famed tournament director Matt Savage, poker room manager Rob Moore made a number of improvements to the inaugural series. Via @anteupmagazine

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Ante Up Poker award nominations released for 2012 | Via @anteupmagazine

Ante Up Poker award nominations released for 2012 | Via @anteupmagazine | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Each year we ask our readers to tell us what they think are the finest attributes in the poker world, such as favorite poker personality or hottest poker destination. This year is no different. In this issue, we are proud to announce the nominees for the 2012 Antes, our awards dedicated to poker excellence. Via @anteupmagazine

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Sentencing of Absolute Poker Co-Founder Brent Beckley Delayed | Via @pocket_fives

Sentencing of Absolute Poker Co-Founder Brent Beckley Delayed | Via @pocket_fives | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

A U.S. District judge filed an order on Friday indicating the court’s intent to consider an upward departure from the sentencing guidelines for Absolute Poker co-founder Brent Beckley. As such, Judge Lewis Kaplan of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York has pushed Beckley’s sentencing date to June 28 at 2:30pm. Via @pocket_fives

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The Nightly Turbo: Jungleman's WSOP Challenge, $1 Million One Drop Satellite, and More | Via @PokerNews

The Nightly Turbo: Jungleman's WSOP Challenge, $1 Million One Drop Satellite, and More | Via @PokerNews | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

A look at the day's top poker news stories including Dan Cates' WSOP giveaway, results from the $1 million One Drop satellite in Montreal, and more. Via @pokernews

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Five Thoughts: Grippo's Great Deal, and Enright's Defense | Via @RichTRyan @PokerNews

Five Thoughts: Grippo's Great Deal, and Enright's Defense | Via @RichTRyan @PokerNews | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Nick Grippo made a great deal in the $10,000 SCOOP Main Event, while Barbara Enright exercised her rights and refused to make one in a daily tournament. Via @RichTRyan @pokernews


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POY: Duhamel Carries Lead into WSOP, Joe Kuether Jumps 10 Spots | BLUFF Poker News Via @tim00 @bluffmagazine

POY: Duhamel Carries Lead into WSOP, Joe Kuether Jumps 10 Spots | BLUFF Poker News Via @tim00 @bluffmagazine | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The BLUFF Player of the Year race enters the 2012 World Series of Poker the same way it has spent most of the year: with Jonathan Duhamel in the lead. Via @bluffmagazine @tim00

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Instapoker | Pokerati WSOP Bracelets, Deeb Again, and The Micros Via @alcanthang @pokerati

Instapoker | Pokerati WSOP Bracelets, Deeb Again, and The Micros Via @alcanthang @pokerati | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Pokerati | Another weekend with little activity in the poker world except for the WPT Championship, the WPT Championship's low turnout, Shaun Deeb acting a greedy player. Via @alcanthang @pokerati

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BRAVO Poker Chosen to Manage World Series of Poker® Tournament In Las Vegas | @wsop

BRAVO Poker Chosen to Manage World Series of Poker® Tournament In Las Vegas | @wsop | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

LAS VEGAS, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Genesis Gaming Solutions, Inc. announced today that its BRAVO Poker product has been chosen once again to manage the World Series of Poker® (WSOP) to be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The WSOP tournament series, which is owned by Caesars Entertainment Corporation, runs from May 27 through July 16, 2012, and culminates with the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship. This is the 5th year in a row that WSOP has chosen BRAVO Poker as its tournament management system.

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Poker tells of the mouth, Part II

Poker tells of the mouth, Part II | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Last month, I noted how paying attention to the mouth could make a difference in your decision-making process at the tables. To read that article, click on the quick link that says Joe Navarro on the home page. This month, I continue with Part 2 of my look at the tells of the mouth. Via @navarrotells @anteupmagazine

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'Poker After Dark' to Televise Unaired Cash Game

'Poker After Dark' to Televise Unaired Cash Game | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Poker After Dark will air a previously recorded but never-before-seen cash game starting on June 4, a source close to the show told Card Player. The $200,000 minimum buy-in includes Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, David Oppenheim, Eli Elezra and David Peat. Via @cardplayermedia

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Gaming expansion may be back on in Florida

Gaming expansion may be back on in Florida | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

A recent case from the Florida Supreme Court has put Florida back on the radar screen for the next big push for gaming expansions. The context of the case, however, and the ruling likely mean the charge toward destination casinos will be short-lived in Florida and a shift will be made back to parimutuel cardrooms as the avenue for expanded gambling in the Sunshine State. Via @FLGamingWatch @Anteupmagazine

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Another fun filled Daniel Negreanu Video Blog - May 23 "Fantasy Poker"

Another fun filled Daniel Negreanu Video Blog - May 23  "Fantasy Poker" | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Daniel Negreanu's Weekly Rant - Fantasy Poker !

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Ten Dark Horses to Ride for the 2012 WSOP | Via @ShuffleUpVenti

Ten Dark Horses to Ride for the 2012 WSOP | Via @ShuffleUpVenti | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

One of the great things about the WSOP each year is that inevitably someone comes out of nowhere to go on a massive heater, winning bracelets left and right and loading up multiple wheelbarrows full of cash. Via @ShuffleupVenti

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WSOP Q & A with Tournament Director Jack Effel | BLUFF Poker News Via @bluffmagazine @WSOPTD

WSOP Q & A with Tournament Director Jack Effel | BLUFF Poker News Via @bluffmagazine @WSOPTD | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

World Series of Poker Tournament Director Jack Effel talks about changes for 2012, including new rules and new events like the $1 million Big One for One Drop. Via @bluffmagazine

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Pennsylvania Tops Nevada In U.S. Gambling Tax Revenue | Via @cardplayermedia

Pennsylvania Tops Nevada In U.S. Gambling Tax Revenue | Via @cardplayermedia | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

Of the 22 states that currently collect casino tax revenue, Pennsylvania, not Nevada, is leading the way, taking in $1.456 billion in 2011. Though Nevada remains the largest gaming market in the U.S., it ranked second for tax revenue thanks to a much lower tax rate, generating $865.25 million for the Silver State. Indiana ranked third. Via @cardplayermedia

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Snake eyes in Bellagio heist attempt – CNN Newsroom - CNN.com Blogs

Snake eyes in Bellagio heist attempt – CNN Newsroom - CNN.com Blogs | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it
After a failed $115,000 heist at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, UNLV Gaming Resarcher David Schwartz tells Brooke the odds are almost always with the house when it comes to matters of  security.


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WSOP NEWS: ONE DROP DESIGNATED AS AN OFFICIAL CHARITY OF WSOP Via @wsop

WSOP NEWS: ONE DROP DESIGNATED AS AN OFFICIAL CHARITY OF WSOP Via @wsop | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) announced today that ONE DROP (www.onedrop.org) has been selected as an official charity for the World Series of Poker, the most prestigious gaming event in the world, beginning May 27 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Via @wsop

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Nick Grippo Wins PokerStars SCOOP $10,000 Main Event - Via @cardplayermedia

Nick Grippo Wins PokerStars SCOOP $10,000 Main Event - Via @cardplayermedia | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

The 2012 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker came to a close with the running of three main events, one at each of the low, medium and high buy-in levels. The largest of all was the $10,300 buy-in, which attracted 517 entrants to build a massive $5.17 million prize pool. Via @cardplayermedia

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Tell Phil Hellmuth What You Like, and Don't Like About Him Via @Pokernews @phil_hellmuth

Tell Phil Hellmuth What You Like, and Don't Like About Him Via @Pokernews @phil_hellmuth | Hit by the deck | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, Phil Hellmuth launched his new site. And to welcome everyone, he posted this video, showing off his new car. What we can't figure out is why there was no elaborate entrance or celebrities hanging out in the video. Via @pokernews @phil_hellmuth


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