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Splashing the Pot – WSOP South Africa, Shaun Deeb Back, Sunglasses Form of Cheating…

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Poker Table Ratings Suggests Players Cease Activity on Ultimate Bet and Absolute

Once again more controversy surrounds Cereus Network, the company that runs the poker rooms Ultimate Bet and Absolute.  This probably revolves around the security features the Cereus Network under Tokwiro Enterprises uses, and the apparent ease a hacker would have accessing player’s accounts and hole cards because of an apparent flaw in the company’s encryption process. 

Tokwiro COO Paul Leggett quickly responded to PTR on the Ultimate Bet blog, stating that potential hackers would first have to have the technical capabilities to hack into the system, but did agree it was a problem, and it will be fixed.  The following day Leggett again posted a blog saying a new encryption system was now in place, and it is up to par with industry standards.  The poker world, and those who play on these sites, are of course appreciative of this update, but after their previous issues the last few years it is alarming that it took this long (and from an outside company like PTR) to be addressed.

Leggett also explained that he doesn’t believe the system had been compromised, but because of many requests from players who use these sites, a full investigation has been launched just to make sure.

WSOP Circuit Event to Take Place in South Africa This October

It was recently announced by the World Series of Poker Brand that they will be holding their first ever World Series Poker Event in the country of South Africa in October of 2010.  A circuit event will be held at the Emerald Resort and Casino, just outside of the country’s largest city of Johannesburg.

The Emerald Casino will host two WSOP Circuit Events running from October 24-31.  The first event will be a three day pot-limit Omaha event, with a $1,000 buy-in and $300 rebuys.  The championship event will be a four-day affair, with a $5,000 no limit holdem event.

Poker in South Africa has grown in popularity in the last few years, largely thanks to countrymen Raymond Rahme finishing third in the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event, collecting $3,048,025.

Brunson’s Streak Comes to End on GSN’s “High Stakes Poker” Finale

The last episode of High Stakes Poker Season 6 aired Sunday Night on Game Show Network, and the season ended with a bang.  Players agreed to bump the blinds up to $500/$1000 (up from $400/$800) as soon as the show began.  The upped blinds didn’t help Doyle Brunson, however, as he ended the show in the red.  Doing that ended a streak of 16 televised cash-game appearances where he ended with a profit.  The streak is believed to be by far the best, in this the televised era of poker.
 
Tom Dwan, who “oohed and aahed” viewers most of the season, ended on a sour note.  In a hand with Daniel Negreanu, he made what he called a “hero call” holding just nine high.  Negreanu, who has had bad luck all season, was holding a pair of kings, and scooped the $91,900 pot.
 
Dwan would make up for this gaffe later on in the show when he scooped a $255,000 pot from “ElkY.”  Holding aces, Dwan was able to get Bertrand Grospellier to commit all of his chips with just a pair of sixes with an ace kicker after the flop.  Dwan held to win the biggest pot of the night.

With the show receiving its highest ratings ever, it’s pretty certain talks for a Season 7 will begin soon.

Shaun Deeb Wins Medium Buy-In SCOOP Event 17

The allure of a big time poker series has been too much for the part-time retired online legend Shaun Deeb to stay away from.  Deeb has participated in most of the events, and appears to be back on track after winning the medium tier event number 17 of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. 

Six handed Pot-Limit Omaha wasn’t Deeb’s bread and butter in the past, but a victory in this event and the over $60,000 that came along right with it are the types of results the online community had been accustomed to seeing.  It is unclear if this victory equals a full-time comeback, but it certainly means that Deeb will have a ton of confidence during the rest of the SCOOP.

Sunday’s Big SCOOP Winners

Keeping up with tradition, PokerStars is holding its biggest SCOOP Tournaments on Sunday, the day reserved for the biggest prize pools in all of online poker.  A lot of recognizable players made deep runs in SCOOP events on Sunday.  Here is a brief rundown of the three major SCOOP events that took place.

Florian “happyfister” Bubman won first place, collecting $133,669 in the $2,000 buy-in no limit hold’em big ante event.  However, second place finisher Mickey “memet_mori” Petersen walked away with the lion’s share of the money after a chopping deal that earned him $169,286.46.  Notable online player “j.thaddeus” won $106,178 for his fifth place finish.

Winning Event 19, the $215 buy-in no limit hold’em medium was Ibrahim “IG0tDibs” Naim scooped the top prize of $141,225.29.  Earning $104,873 for their second place performance was “olladio.”
Finally, winning the low tier event was “LOL_FAILURE,” earning $28,200 for their effort.

Daniel Negreanu Proposes Banning Sunglasses from Live Poker

In a recent blog, Daniel Negreanu stated his reason for why one of the most visible things in live poker should be banned: sunglasses.  This topic could easily be considered a joke by many, as a very large population of the poker world wear sunglasses, but after reading his reasons, many think it begins to make sense. 

The biggest factor Negreanu seems to set his sights on in his blog regarding sunglasses is that it makes it easier to see marked cards.  He doesn’t suggest that the person wearing sunglasses marked the cards personally, but if they are indeed marked, intentionally or not, then it is to his or her advantage if they are wearing shades.

Negreanu also points out that live poker differs from online poker, in that one of the major skill sets in live poker is reading your opponents emotions.  Covering your eyes obviously shields you from some of this.  It hinders your ability to read an opponent that is wearing sunglasses.  Negreanu also goes on to point out that very few of the top poker players in the world wear sunglasses, showing that you can be successful without them.

Finally, Negreanu points out the television producers of poker shows would benefit from players not being able to wear sunglasses, stating that fans want to see the emotion in the players’ eyes when faced with a tough decision.  
Negreanu doesn’t expect a “sweeping rule change” but hopes that certain television shows follow the lead of the PokerStars Big Game by not allowing them, pointing out that any made for TV poker television show can set any parameters to the show they want. 

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