Archive for December, 2012

New Jersey Senate Passes Internet Gambling Bill

by | Published: Saturday, December 29th, 2012

The New Jersey Senate passed their online gambling bill by a vote of 33-3 in a session of the house on Thursday.

The bill authorizes Atlantic City casinos to hosts websites that offer online poker and other casino games that will be available for residents of New Jersey.

The bill will now be sent to the desk of Governor Chris Christie who has the power to veto the bill if he sees fit.

This time last year the bill was passed by the Senate but was vetoed at the last minute by Christie.

Senator Ray Lesniak is one of a number of Senators who are desperately hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself.

“I hope the governor will sign as soon as possible so we can save jobs, create jobs in Atlantic City and bring much-needed revenue to our casinos and the treasury of the state of New Jersey,” Lesniak said.

“It would be a life boat that our casinos could hold on to in anticipation of not only getting additional revenue but being able to attract more people to Atlantic City through the use of comps.”

The Poker Players Alliance was delighted with the passing of the bill and commended the New Jersey Senate in a statement released today.

“Even though the U.S. Congress has stalled on its effort to pass a bill, the inevitability of regulated online poker proceeds in New Jersey,” Executive Director John Pappas said.

“I am encouraged that this legislation has advanced through the state legislature and is now before Governor Christie for his consideration.

“With such an overwhelmingly supportive vote, it is clear New Jersey’s state senate has recognized the incredible benefits this legislation will provide for residents and the state’s overall economy.

“On behalf of the thousands of poker players living in New Jersey who have been eagerly waiting for a safe and fair environment in which to play online poker, I urge Governor Christie to sign this important bill into law.”

It has been reported that Poker Stars is looking into buying a struggling Atlantic City casino so that they could return to the United States market.

You can follow all the developments in this story here at poker.com.


Jonathan Chehanske Wins World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Rincon Main Event

by | Published: Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Jonathan Chehanske has claimed the biggest victory of his poker career by winning the World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Rincon Main Event.

Chehanske outlasted a field of 306 players to win the $107,862 first place prize as well as his first World Series of Poker Circuit gold ring.

The Las Vegas-based pro was considered an outsider heading into the final table with Edmund Liu and 2010 World Series of Poker November Niner Soi Nguyen having a sizeable chip advantage.

Chehanske was able to dodge a few early bullets and after eliminating Liu in fourth place became a big chip leader.

The tournament was decided by an aggressive heads-up battle between Chehanske and Nguyen with both players looking to apply pressure to the other.

After half an hour of heads-up play Chehanske claimed victory when he flopped a set of deuces that ended up a full house on the river.

Chehanske was delighted with the victory and said he couldn’t believe his luck when the flop came out for the final hand.

“I had like 18 pocket pairs in this tournament, and I never flopped a set until the very end,” Chehanske said.

“As soon as I saw I’d flopped a set, I knew I was about to win.”

Chehanske characterizes himself as a grinder but is hoping his victory will allow him to take his game to the next level especially with the opportunity to play in the World Series of Poker National Championship.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in the National Championship in New Orleans,” Chehanske said.

The first place prize was easily the biggest of Chehanske’s career with his previous biggest score coming all the way back in 2007 when he won $96,091 in the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Open.

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Marvin Rettenmaier Wins EPT Prague High Roller

by | Published: Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Marvin Rettenmaier has capped off his stellar 2012 by winning the European Poker Tour €10,000 High Roller at Prague Hilton on Sunday.

Rettenmaier outlasted an excellent field of 113 players to claim the first place prize of €365,300 and win his fourth tournament of the year.

The victory brings Rettenmaier closer to Dan Smith in the race for the Global Poker Index of the Year and the German admitted that was his motivation for playing the tournament.

“I didn’t even think about the money at all I was chasing player of the year points but that is a nice amount of money,” Rettenmaier said.

European Poker Tour organizers were stunned by the amount of players that entered the event and Rettenmaier was quick to pay credit to the quality of the field assembled.

“It was very very tough the whole field was very good,” Rettenmaier said.

“My starting table was probably the toughest in the room so I was happy when it was over.”

Rettenmaier has had by far the greatest year of his career but couldn’t really explain why he has found so much success in 2012.

“I don’t know, I really don’t know,” Rettenmaier said.

“I took more breaks this year than last year and I think that helped me for sure.

“But I don’t really know.”

Rettenmaier started the year with victory in the € 2,000 No Limit Hold’em Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final before scoring $ 1,196,858 by winning the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em World Poker Tour Championship.

He recorded several good results at the World Series of Poker, without winning a bracelet, before claiming another victory in the World Poker Tour Merit Cyprus Classic.

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Online Poker Bill Fails To Pass

by | Published: Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

The effort to pass online poker legislation before the end of the year in the United States Congress has ended.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that the bill had run of time to pass in this legislative calendar.

Reid expressed his disappointment but said he would continue to fight for the bill.

“I remain committed to this issue and it will be a priority for us in the new Congress,” Reid said.

The Poker Players Alliance, the leading poker advocacy group that has over one million members, expressed their disappointment with Executive Director John Pappas releasing a statement yesterday.

“It is an extremely disappointing end to a year where tremendous progress was made,” Pappas said.

“I am most upset for the players, who have been calling on Congress for years to pass an Internet poker law that protects consumers, restores their freedoms and raises revenue.

“While I don’t think these voices have fallen on deaf ears, I am discouraged that Congress could not coalesce around a solution in the wake of the ongoing fiscal cliff crisis.

However, Pappas was quick to say that the fight was not over and that the Poker Players Alliance would continue to work with Senator Reid and push for the implementation of the bill.

“I hope all the stakeholders can put finger pointing aside, learn from this year’s failure, and begin the fight anew for 2013,” Pappas said.

“We are pleased that Senator Reid intends to push again in early 2013 and we will fight with him, but we are mindful that many states will move forward next year and the PPA must be at the forefront of those efforts as well.”

A California online poker bill is expected to be reintroduced to the state Senate within the next week.

 


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by | Published: Sunday, December 16th, 2012

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