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Splashing the Pot – WPT Paris, “LuckyChewy” Sees Red, PPA in Action…

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Splashing the Pot captures the foam created by the disturbance and turbulence of action, action, action, and is filled with tidbits above and beyond the victories and beats and adds a little spice to the game of poker.

Thor Jorgensen Leads WPT Final Table with Eight Remaining

It took an amazingly long time for the WPT Paris final table to finally come together, mostly because it took six hours between the 11th place person busting out and the 10th person.  Through it all though, Thor Jorgensen was able to maintain his focus and because of that will enter the final day of play as chip leader. 

After the long day of play to reach the final table, the remaining players are more than glad to have a day off.  The players will have Friday off to recharge their batteries, and do some sightseeing around Paris, before playing for the first place prize of 633,902 Euros.
Jorgensen, who holds 2,693,000 chips, will bring a commanding lead to the table, as the next closest competitor, Fabrice Touil brings 1,183,000 chips in second place.

Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger Becomes Newest Member of Team Full Tilt

It has been a spectacular last couple of weeks for Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lictenberger.  First he won the World Series of Poker Championship Circuit Event in Las Vegas, scooping $190,137 for first place.  Then this week he announced on his blog that he is the newest member of Team Full Tilt Poker, becoming a Red Pro.

The poker world may be more excited about it then Lichtenberger, as he devoted an entire two lines to it in the post when he announced the news.  He did say he hopes this means he’s in a Full Tilt commercial soon and he is also pumped that he gets to have a brand new custom avatar.
Part of his lack of excitement may come from the un-“LuckyChewy” performances he has had since his WSOPC win.  He hasn’t been able to get anything going in the PokerStars SCOOP series, besides a disappointing (to him) 10th place finish in the 4-max tournament.

Poker Players Alliance Requests Skill Games Be Removed From UIGEA

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is set to come into effect on June 1, and has left a ton of unanswered questions regarding the future of online poker.  If the Poker Players Alliance and many members of Congress have their way, it won’t be affected at all. 

The PPA and 22 members of Congress have drafted a letter to lawmakers to ask for all skill games (which includes poker) to be removed from the UIGEA.  With less than a month to go, PPA executive director John Pappas understands that it may be too late to do away with the UIGEA entirely, but is hoping to drum up enough support in Congress to have the bill delayed once again while they work on finding other ways to make both sides happy regarding the future of online poker.

The drafted letter also contends that the UIGEA act does not clearly define what “unlawful internet gambling” actually is, asking Congress to clarify that before they make the bill the law of the land.  Much like the Wire Act left many questions unanswered, or at best, very hard to interpret, the UIGEA has the same issues, if not more.

PPA Plans Washington State Supreme Court Rally

In more Poker Players Alliance News, they are preparing to rally in front of the Washington State Supreme Court in Olympia following Lee Rousso’s attempt to overturn a law that makes online poker illegal in the state.  The rally is scheduled for May 27th at 10:00am PT, and the Washington Supreme Court is located on 415 12th Avenue Southwest.  The rally leader will be Full Tilt part-owner Phil Gordon, who is also apparently facing his own issues regarding the US Government regarding his role in online poker.
Rousso, who has represented most of the players that have gotten in trouble by playing online poker in Washington, is hoping to overturn the law because he believes it to be protectionist in nature.  While it’s been reported that members of the Supreme Court agree with Rousso in some ways regarding the law, they disagree with his main point that it is protectionist and for that reason the law has yet to be discussed to be overturned.
Despite Massive Fine Levied by U.S. Government, PartyGaming Seeks Reentrance to U.S. Market

In the early days of online poker, PartyPoker was the top dog in the U.S. Market, enjoying huge levels of success.  In 2006 when the UIGEA “passed,” it scared away many of the top online poker rooms at the time, including PartyGaming, the company that owns PartyPoker.  While PartyPoker continues to enjoy a high level of success in the European market, it has been well documented that they would like nothing more than to make a return to the United States, but for the most part that has seemed impossible.

One of the reasons that seemed unlikely is that in 2009 PartyGaming paid the United States government a hefty $105 million fine for providing unlawful gambling services to its residents.  While many would see this as definitive proof that the U.S. government would never let them back in, it may prove the exact opposite, as they were actually appreciative of PartyGaming complying with the government.

PartyGaming recently revealed that they are already well in motion in returning to the United States.  PartyGaming’s chief executive Jim Ryan recently announced that PartyGaming already has an office set up in Los Angeles, employing 38 people.   In other words, if online poker is regulated in America anytime soon, PartyGaming will be ready for it immediately.

$4,000 in Freerolls Up For Grabs Next Week

In true PokerWorks fashion, we are ready to give our readers a chance to win their share of $4,000 with two great freerolls next week.  The first one starts May 18 at 7:35pm ET on Winner Poker.  This freeroll will have a prize pool of $1,000 and is open to any player who downloads Winner Poker through PokerWorks, makes the minimum deposit, and earns just 1 Winner Poker Point.

The second freeroll tournament has a whooping prize pool of $3,000, making it one of the biggest freerolls in all of online poker and with the easiest ways to qualify too!  If you make the minimum deposit on 888 Poker after signing up through PokerWorks, you will be qualified.  In addition to playing this great tournament, you will be eligible for a total of four different freerolls in May alone. 

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