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Splashing the Pot – Gaming Regulation Bill, Phil Laak Attempts World Record…

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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.

Darren Judges Chip Leader at APPT

After the third of three “day 1’s” at the PokerStars Asian Pacific Poker Tour stop in Macau, Darren Judges will take the chip lead into day 2 of the event.   A midday surge saw Judges bring his chip stack up to 173,800, giving him a significant lead over Ralf Westphal, who is in second place with 115,000.

The 160 players remaining are all vying for the top prize of 3,246,200 HKD, which is the equivalent of just over $417,000.  Many top names remain in the chase, including PokerStars sponsored players Raymond Wu, Wei Chang Chiang, Celina Lin, and Nam Le.

Team China Wins Inaugural World Team Poker Event

After nearly 20 hours of play, Team China won the inaugural World Team Poker Event at about 8:30 am local time at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.  Team China, led by team captain Johnny Chan, defeated Team Brazil to not only win the $300,000 first place prize, but to secure bragging rights, at least until the new WTP event (to be determined at a later date).  Team Brazil won $100,000 for their runner-up performance.

The event attracted 40 professional poker players, representing eight countries.  Team USA, captained by Howard Lederer was eliminated relatively early in the proceedings, finishing 6th, losing to eventual runner-up Team Brazil.

May 19th Committee Hearing Brings New Hope for Online Gambling/Poker Players

On May 19th a committee hearing took place in order to hear out H.R. 4976, the “Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act,” introduced by Jim McDermott (D-WA).   With the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act set to go into effect in less than two weeks, online poker supporters are thrilled with how fast McDermott and company have been able to gain an audience in front of Congress, with the hope of at least delaying the UIGEA bill.

The hearing heard speakers talking on both sides of the internet gambling fence, but by most accounts the hearing was a step in the right direction for the supporters.  Michael Waxman, the spokesperson of the “Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative” said, “Today’s witnesses clearly articulated why Congress should give fair consideration to regulating online gambling activity as a way to protect Americans, stimulate the economy by creating tens of thousands of new jobs and profit from the collection of tens of billions of otherwise lost revenue. Upon hearing today’s testimony and acknowledgment that current attempts to prohibit online gambling have failed, it simply makes sense for Congress to address this issue and take control of the thriving underground marketplace.”

Still, others oppose legalizing online poker so much that they have compared it to “crack cocaine,” as Republican Spencer Bachus from Alabama did during an interview with recently. 
McDermott has predicted that if the United States government regulates online poker it can create $42 billion in revenue while creating 32,000 jobs in the first five years.
Phil “Unabomber” Laak to Attempt World Record Session

In the fall of 2009 Paul Zimbler sat down at a poker table and remained there for the next 78 hours, breaking the previous world record of longest poker session ever played on record.  On Wednesday morning, tournament director Matt Savage posted a press release he received on the TwoPlusTwo forums that Phil Laak will attempt to break that record on June 2. 

Laak has chosen the Bellagio Poker Room in Las Vegas as his location to try to beat the record.  In the press release, Laak was quoted as saying, "I have played many enduro sessions of poker, but never anything of this magnitude,” stated Laak. “I know this will test my limits but I love a good challenge and am excited to be trying to beat this record in Vegas’ top poker room."

The timing of the quest is interesting as it coincides right in the middle of the World Series of Poker (May 27 – July 17).  Not only will Laak miss the start of a few tournaments on the days he is attempting the record, but he will also miss tournaments both preparing and recovering from the session.
Some comments have shown genuine concern for Laak, as the health risks associated with staying up this many hours in a row can be very hazardous to your health, and perhaps even fatal.  Poster “stubez” linked a news story where a teenager died after playing the popular computer game “World of Warcraft” for 50 hours straight.
Additionally, a number of posters have suggested that even if Laak beats 78 hours, it isn’t actually a world record.  A few posters have said they have heard rumors that Ted Forrest, no stranger to prop bets, once logged over 100 hours in a row, including staying at the table 35 hours straight to start the session.
It has yet to be announced what kind of breaks he can take (i.e. to eat, use the restroom) or what limits he will be playing.

“toetagU” Wins SCOOP Main Event; George “Jorj95” Lind III Wins “Top All- Around Player” Award

After surviving the two day event, which saw a total of 615 players entered, “toetagU” won the top prize of $1,162,350 in the $10,500 buy-in main event of PokerStars Spring Championships of Online Poker.  The total combined prize pool reached just over $11 million, and took a total of 17 hours to complete.

At the medium level ($1,050) “Mr.M.M0ney” nabbed the title, defeating 3,674 players to win $443,137.50.  The low level champion “midjat” used his $109 buy-in to parlay that into a $191,892.59 top prize after withstanding a massive field of 19,188 runners.

Profession George “Jorj95” Lind III earned the distinction of being declared the “Top All-Around Performer” of the 2010 SCOOP series.  Lind recorded an impressive five final tables and 27 cashes, earning a profit of $105,000.  With the award, Lind will receive a personalized poker chip set, a trophy, a 2010 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event Ticket, a 2011 PCA Ticket, and a 2011 EPT Monte Carlo ticket.

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