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WSOP begins today
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 16:49

Today, the WSOP begins and we have one month and a half of exciting action ahead. This year, some new thrilling events will be added and there will be more TV coverage than ever. will offer a nearly live streaming of 55 final tables, on just a 5-minute delay, whilst also the ESPN channel will cover more WSOP action that it did ever before. The most eagerly awaited matches, apart from the main event which will play down to a final table to create the November Nine, there will be the re-enactments of famous historical plays, the Grudge matches, and we will see Chris Moneymaker playing against Sammy Farha again, Johnny Chan against Phil Hellmuth and Chan against Erik Seidel. Further on the schedule there is the Poker Player’s Championship featuring a $50K buy-in, last year won by Michael Mizrachi. Leading the bracelet count are Phil Hellmuth (11 bracelets), Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson (with 10 bracelets) and Phil Ivey and Eric Seidel (8 bracelets each). Considering Seidel’s unprecedented success this year, most of the time he is the one in the centre of attention.

Atlantic City preceded by New Orleans in popularity amongst gamblers?
Thursday, 05 May 2011 09:59

Atlantic City might be the second biggest gambling capital in the U.S. in terms of revenues from casinos and card rooms, however, in a recently completed poll it came only third amongst destinations gamblers and card players would choose to go to if they were planning a gambling trip. Las Vegas is topping the chart followed by New Orleans, a city more often mentioned in connection with good music than casinos or poker. According to a regional president of Caesars Entertainment that owns four casinos in Atlantic City, the current trend is mixing multiple kinds of entertainment – gambling must be complemented with shopping, wellness, and, of course, good food. Caesar’s venues are not the only ones redesigning their business structure in this way.

More poker websites leaving the U.S. market
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 08:40

Another couple of poker websites is leaving the U.S. market, doing so as soon as of May 1 2011. Playersonly and will let the already signed-up U.S. players in their online poker rooms, however, new U.S. signups won’t be possible after that date. These two websites created the largest groups of online poker players after PokerStars and FullTillt were shut down. Players turned to operators who would still accept them and those were subsequently so overwhelmed with the new demand that they asked affiliates to stop promoting. For the time being, e.g. is still staying on the U.S. market, however, sites that have been accepting U.S. players are pondering withdrawal to avoid a similar fate that stroke the biggest online poker websites.

WSOP turnout might be affected by the crackdown on online poker sites
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 10:14

The crackdown on several major online poker websites might have consequences even in the land based poker industry. Right now, the WSOP is in focus, with question marks hovering over the expected number of participants this year. The event is starting on May 31 in Las Vegas with the main event taking place beginning July 7. Last year, over 7,000 players turned up. Back then, there were multiple possibilities to win a buy-in and a poker round-trip at major poker sites like PokerStars whose business is now under investigation by the FBI. When the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act was passed in 2006, operators remember the number of entries falling since poker sites were not able any more to pay their player’s entries via money transfers. Whilst the WSOP is operated by Caesar’s Entertainment who are not entangled in the current turmoil and even though it’s a land based affair, developments in the online branch of the industry might still affect this year’s turnout.

Controversy over poker as the game goes legal in Hawai
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 09:51

As Hawai lawmakers are arriving to a decision on poker (legalize or not legalize), space for controversy opens and a clash of opinions is currently hanging in the air over the beautiful islands that need a boost to the economy. Poker is not gambling. This sentence, long known and long heard around, still has a mighty pool of opponents and it is necessary to repeat again and again that skill overrides fortune when it comes to games like Texas Holde’m or Omaha poker. This may seem an insignificant fact and not one to be debated in political circles, however, the contrary is the truth – it’s a fact crucial in a state that prohibits gambling. This question also gives rise to a more philosophical thinking and poses another one: In principle, where is actually the difference between betting on sports, which is a fixture in virtually every community in the world, and gambling or even poker, which are games so often denounced and crucified by law?

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