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Looking for poker news can be a tough endeavor, as the simple search produces more search results than most people care to sift through. The goal is to bring you those tidbits, ones that don’t necessarily deserve grand articles in themselves but offer an insight into the wide breadth of the broader news world that includes poker.

Fox News Examines Gambling Laws

John Stossel’s Take, a show on the Fox News Channel, dedicated time last week to the issue of gambling laws. His Thursday night episode was named “Bans on Betting” and discussed topics like funding online gaming and the fact that many states, such as California, are considering intrastate online poker and similar proposals.

Supreme Court Nominee Plays Poker

Just days after President Barack Obama nominated Elena Kagan for the open United States Supreme Court Justice spot, news about Kagan’s past began to surface. Though important facts about her career in the legal field were at the forefront of everyone’s discussions, it was the information coming from friends about her personal life that captured the poker community’s attention. Not only is she an avid baseball fan, softball player, and beer drinker, but she plays poker. During the days of clerking for former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, coworker Harry Litman discovered her penchant for poker. NBC’s Pete Williams went so far as to dub the acting U.S. Solicitor General and former Harvard Law School dean an “accomplished poker player.”

Dayton Man Indicted for Running Poker Tournaments

Stanley Combs III of Brookville, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, was indicted last week on charges of filing false income tax returns and operating an illegal gambling business. From January 2004 to March 2008, Combs allegedly ran for-profit poker tournaments and kept the proceeds for his own livelihood. He faces up to five years of prison and $250,000 in fines.

Michael Mizrachi Faces Back Taxes and Foreclosure

Information came to light over the past week that poker pro Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi owes nearly $340,000 in back federal taxes, something he attributes to a bad accountant who has since been fired. The Internal Revenue Service took possession of his Hollywood, Florida condominium, one co-owned with brother Robert, foreclosed on it, and plans to sell it through an online auction.

Van Marcus Loses Ferrari to Crown Casino Valet

The Herald Sun reported last week that someone stole a F430 Spider, a Ferrari worth $355,000, from the valet where poker pro Van Marcus parked it at the valet. The Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, reportedly gave the car to Adam Ramsay, who claimed to be the vehicle’s owner, but Marcus reported the theft to the police, who recovered the car several hours later and arrested Ramsay.

Daphne Turner Makes WSOP-C History

World Series of Poker Circuit history was made over the past week when Daphne “Tweety” Turner won her second gold ring for winning a circuit event, becoming the first woman to ever do so. Her first WSOP-C win took place two years prior, at which time she made history by becoming the first woman to ever win a WSOP-C ring in an open, non-ladies-only tournament, and the most recent win was at Harrah’s New Orleans in a $350 Mixed Game event. Not only did she take home $6,727 for the win but she defeated Allen Kessler heads-up to take it down and solidify a place in poker history.

Chris Ferguson Travels to Monaco Grand Prix

One of the competitors in the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix is the Virgin Racing Formula 1 Team, and the team recently partnered with Full Tilt Poker (.net). Member of Team Full Tilt, Chris Ferguson traveled to Monaco to meet the drivers, and both Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi were big fans of Ferguson. They admitted the Grand Prix drivers often get together for poker games, and they looked forward to playing with Ferguson prior to their race.

Steve Lipscomb and Lyle Berman Become Oil Men

It was an odd pairing to be sure. Though Steve Lipscomb warned when he sold WPTE assets to PartyGaming that he looked to take his remaining portion of the company and connect with something non-poker-related, it was a bit of a surprise when it was revealed that Lipscomb and business partner Lyle Berman went into the oil business. They merged with an oil leasing firm named Voyager Oil & Gas, and that company’s shares immediately moved from $1.40 to $3.20 per share. The two men found the opportunity through an investment bank and plan to play a role on the Board of Directors only.

Poker Knowledge Benefits Wall Street

The Los Angeles Times printed an interesting story about a new trend on Wall Street. Many trading companies are beginning to use poker as a training tool for new employees, and poker skills are a must to gain employment with some. Since stock trading often involves a penchant for gambling and the need to be able to make solid decisions, bluff, and read others, companies like Toro Trading and Susquehanna International Group are using poker as a focal point of their training programs.

“Rounders 2” Unscheduled but Likely

Writers of the original Rounders, Brian Koppelman and David Levien, are often asked about their intentions to make a sequel to the wildly popular poker movie. Most recently, in an interview with MTV, they responded, “We have this idea that we really want to pick these characters up down the road. So it is something we plan to do, we just don’t have it on the calendar yet.” Edward Norton also claims to be interested in reprising his role should a sequel be a real possibility.

No More Poker at Lytton Casino

There were 14 poker tables and some regulars that called the poker room their own, but Lytton Casino in San Pablo, California, had to cut costs recently and removed the poker offerings entirely. A total of 91 workers were laid off. Now the poker room is filled with 100 electronic bingo machines.

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