Archive for February, 2013

New Jersey Legalizes Online Poker

by | Published: Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

New Jersey has become the third state in the United States to legalize online poker with Governor Chris Christie signing the bill today

The bill allows Atlantic City casinos to offer online versions of their casino games with Poker expected to be the most popular option.

Online play will not begin until the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement sets a start date; which could take between six to twelve months although State Senator Ray Lesniak is hoping for bets to hit the virtual tables by September.

“I think the fall is a somewhat aggressive timetable but certainly doable, particularly since we put our stamp of approval on this so quickly,” Lesniak said.

The Poker Players Alliance was delighted with the move and praised Governor Christie and New Jersey legislators for their efforts.

“New Jersey has gone all in,” Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas said.

“Residents now will have access to a safe and regulated online gaming market, and the state will have a new source for revenue and job creation – something the federal government has failed to do thus far.

“The U.S. represents the largest percentage of Internet poker players worldwide, so there is clearly a want and a need for a legal and regulated online gambling market.

“New Jersey will now serve as a leader in this thriving industry.”

New Jersey has joined Delaware and Nevada as the only states to legalize online poker but Pappas believes this could be the turning point that begins a succession of states legalizing online gambling.

“New Jersey’s online gambling market will serve as an example to pave the way for other states wanting to adopt similar structures and could potentially lead to online interstate gambling among participating states,” Pappas said.

“The online gambling industry in New Jersey is expected to grow to $1.5 billion over the next five years, providing up to $150 million in annual tax revenue to the state and bringing in thousands of high tech jobs.”

Senator Lesniak is hoping that New Jersey is aggressive in courting other states to use New Jersey as their example for online gambling regulation.

“We need to get aggressive in courting other states to hook up with us,” Lesniak said.

“I expect the momentum to grow once states see the success we’re having with it in New Jersey.”

The news has come as a boost to Pokerstars Pokerstars who are currently seeking approval to buy the Atlantic Club Hotel Casino allowing them to offer games to residents of New Jersey.

 


Weekend Tournament Poker Round-Up

by | Published: Monday, February 25th, 2013

Vladimir Bozinovic won the World Poker Tour Baden €3,300 Main Event on Sunday, denying Marvin Rettenmaier his third World Poker Tour title.

Rettenmaier entered the final table of the event looking to join Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen as the only players to achieve three career victories on the World Poker Tour but fell short when he was eliminated in fifth place by Kimmo Kurko.

Bozinovic took advantage of Rettenmaier’s early departure to dominate the concluding stages of the final table and take home the first place prize of $271,258, including a $25,500 entry to the WPT World Championship.

The young Serbian has been a grinder on the Belgrade poker scene for a number of years and this result was easily the biggest cash of his career.

Rettenmaier has moved into second in the race for World Poker Tour Player of the Year and is now only 700 points behind leader Matt Salsberg.

On the other side of the world Bosnian Dejan Divkovic claimed the 2013 ANZPT Perth Main Event Title and the first place prize of $114,000.

For the first time in ANZPT history two nationalities from outside Australia and New Zealand were represented in the heads-up battle with Divkovic facing Japanese pro Iori Yogo.

Yogo took a narrow lead early in the heads-up battle but Divkovic all but wrapped up the tournament when he won a massive hand holding a set of threes.

Divkovic clinched the tournament just a few hands later to become the first Bosnian to win an ANZPT Title.

Divkovic was delighted with the result and said that it was his first ever live tournament victory and the biggest cash win of his career.

The tournament action is continuing in the United States with the opening day of the World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic just completed.

There are 375 players left in the event with 2005 World Series of Poker Champion Joe Hachem currently sitting in fifth position.

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95 Billionth Hand Celebration at Poker Stars!

by | Published: Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Pokerstars Pokerstars road to its 100 Billionth is almost complete with the world’s biggest poker room expected to hit their 95 Billionth hand in the next week. As this massive milestone gets closer the giveaways get bigger and better with players having 300 chances to win a share of $1,000,000!

If you play at Pokerstars Pokerstars over the next week you have the opportunity to play in a milestone hand and win an amazing cash prize. Players who are playing at a cash game table and are dealt into a millionth hand from 94,700,000,000 to 95,000,000,000. Depending on how many VIP Player Points that you have in your possession these cash bonuses could be worth thousands even if you don’t win the hand!

One table of lucky poker players will be dealt into the milestone ninety-five billionth hand ever to be played at Pokerstars Pokerstars. The player that is good enough to win this hand will win a $20,000 cash prize while all other players at the table will win a substantial cash prize of their own. It doesn’t matter what limits you are playing at – you could turn a 4 cents bet into $20,000!

This is an incredible opportunity, especially for low-limit poker players, so we encourage everybody to sign-up at Pokerstars Pokerstars! There are a number of things that you can do to give yourself the best opportunity to be involved in a milestone hand.

Firstly, play on more tables than you normally would. Not only does this give you more action per hour it also means you are dealt into more hands giving you a better chance of being involved in a milestone. Secondly, if you know a milestone is about to hit you may as well keep playing even if you were about to close how shop for the night. This is an incredible opportunity that is well worth playing for an extra hour at Pokerstars Pokerstars. Finally, if you are lucky enough to play in a milestone hand loosen up and give yourself the best chance of winning – it will be worth it in the long run!

As the road to the 100th Billionth hand continues there is simply no reason not to play at Pokerstars Pokerstars. Sign-up and deposit at the leading poker room today!

 


World Poker Tour Season XI Heating Up!

by | Published: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Season XI of the World Poker Tour is heating up with the popular LA Poker Classic and Bay 101 Shooting Star event being held over the next fortnight.

The 2013 LA Poker Classic will be the first televised World Poker Tour event of the year commencing on Saturday February 23rd with a $10,000 buy-in.

The tournament always draws a very talented field and 2013 will be no exception with Joe Serock, Scott Seiver, Barry Greenstein and Hoyt Corkins all locked in to compete in the tournament.

World Poker Tour CEO Steve Heller said he was delighted the tour was returning to one of its most loyal tournaments.

“As the culmination of six weeks of live tournaments at Commerce Casino, the WPT LA Poker Classic Championship is consistently one of the most popular events on tour,” Heller said.

“World Poker Tour is thrilled to be broadcasting this event for the eleventh consecutive season and we look forward continuing our relationship with the Commerce Casino for many years to come.”

The Bay 101 Shooting Star is the most unique stop on the World Poker Tour with $2500 bounties being placed on the heads of some of the most popular professional poker players in the world.

This year poker superstars like Mike Sexton, Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu and Jason Somerville will all have bounties on their heads.

World Poker Tour President Adam Pliska said that excitement was building for the popular event.

“The atmosphere at Bay 101 is always electric with some of the most enthusiastic fans coming to get a glimpse of the world’s best and most celebrated poker players,” Pliska said.

“Unlike any other event of its kind, WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star has the excitement of a Hollywood movie premiere with the intensity of all-star competition.

“It’s simply one event that anyone who loves poker should not miss.”

The Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament begins on March 4th.

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Giannetti Wins Second World Poker Tour Title

by | Published: Monday, February 18th, 2013

Matt Giannetti claimed his second World Poker Tour title with an impressive victory at the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open last week.

The 2011 World Series of Poker November Niner vanquished a field of 369 other players to claim the first place prize of $298,304 and join the rare club of duel World Poker Tour victors.

Giannetti wasn’t the only player at the final table of the event who has previously tasted World Poker Tour success, with rising poker star and Hollywood producer Matt Salsberg well placed heading into the final table.

However, Salsberg couldn’t replicate his success from the 2012 World Poker Tour Paris Main Event and was eliminated in sixth place.

Giannetti started the final table slowly but after Salsberg’s departure started to dominate and when Hayden Fortini was eliminated in fifth place Giannetti was a massive chip leader.

The only player standing in Giannetti’s way was fashion designer Lily Kiletto who eliminated Danny Shiff and Darryll Fish to give herself a fighting chance heading into the heads-up battle.

But it was not to be for Kiletto with Giannetti claiming victory after just seven hands heads-up.

Giannetti appeared over the moon with both his play and the result.

“Strong finish to a great tourney,” Giannetti posted on Twitter.

“Very happy to win 2nd WPT title.”

Giannetti is just the 19th player to win multiple World Poker Tour titles and joins a list featuring some of the biggest names in Poker.

Players to have won multiple World Poker Tour Events:

  • Carlos Mortensen (3)
  • Gus Hansen (3)
  • Marvin Rettenmaier
  • Tommy Vedes
  • Antonio Esfandiari
  • Mark Randal Flowers
  • Hoyt Corkins
  • Cornel Cimpan
  • Jonathan Little
  • Scott Clements
  • Barry Greenstein
  • Nick Schulman
  • Alan Goehring
  • Michael Mizrachi
  • Tuan Bui Le
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Erick Lindgren
  • Howard Lederer

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