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Google News Nuggets: Ivey Goes to Aria, Ziigmund Goes to Cannes

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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.

The week was fairly light in the serious news department, especially within the poker community as players and media prepared for the upcoming World Series of Poker. But poker, being as popular as it is in everyday jargon, still made its way into the Google news more than a few times.

Florida Poker Dealers Sue Former Employer

It seems that three former poker dealers - Kevin Bellington, Lisa Williams, and Steven Gedday, at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track believed that the poker room was skimming money from their tips in order to pay the card room floor managers. The alleged violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards gave the trio the grounds on which to sue, and they follow others in the Florida area who have sued for the same type of wrongdoing.

Congressional Representative Blumenauer Decides to Support Online Gaming

When the Ways and Means Committee held a hearing to discuss the online gaming regulation and taxation bill on Wednesday, May 19, some members of Congress attended to see what the issue entailed. Others even changed their minds. Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon previously supported gaming restrictions and purposed voted to enact the UIGEA. But after the recent hearing on Rep. Jim McDermott’s bill to regulate the industry instead of attempting to ban it, Blumenauer came away with a different opinion, noting on his website that he now sees the revenue source it could be, the problems with enforcement of the UIGEA, and other benefits to reversing that law. “I am proud to cosponsor [McDermott’s bill and Rep. Barney Frank’s bill] and look forward to early action by Congress.”

Tiger Woods Offered Another Poker Sponsorship Deal

It is not clear if Tiger Woods even plays poker, but another sponsorship offer from an online poker site has been tossed his way. Bodog founder Calvin Ayre reportedly offered Woods a $100 million dollar deal to wear the Bodog brand name over the next five years. No reports have surfaced from Woods’ camp to indicate whether or not he is considering the idea.

Wyoming May Change Social Poker Law

The 2007 law permitting social poker games was quirky in that it specified that players must have a “bona fide social relationship” in order to play, in addition to the house taking no rake. But enforcement of such a law has been difficult, which is why specific cities have taken it into their own hands to enact ordinances that are more specific. The state legislature is now considering rephrasing that portion of the law or deleting that definition altogether.

Phil Laak Hopes to Set New Endurance Record 

Records are important to Phil Laak, who plans to break a world record this summer for the longest live poker session. The record is currently head by Paul Zimbler, who played for 72 hours in September of 2009, and Laak will attempt to break that record by playing for 80 hours at the Bellagio in Las Vegas beginning at 12pm on June 2. Any money he makes during the session will be donated to Camp Sunshine, an organization that provides camping facilities for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Ziigmund Parties with Paris Hilton in Cannes

Poker and celebrity mix in odd ways sometimes, and one of those times was at the recent Cannes Film Festival in the French Riviera. A number of celebrities, Paris Hilton included, were walking the red carpet for the Jolouse Power Poker Party, and she surrounded herself with a number of well-dressed men, one of them being famed high-stakes online poker player Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies. Though he looked a bit out of sorts in front of the paparazzi, he surely felt comfortable at the poker tables.

PokerStars Signs World Cup Star

As PokerStars continues to increase its roster of players on a global level, the newest signing to the team of International Ambassadors is Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon. Those familiar with soccer and the World Cup know him as part of the Italian team going to the World Cup this summer in South Africa; he is the Juventus FC goalkeeper. He also holds the record for “Goalkeeper of the Year” honors that he has won nine times now. The part-time poker player becomes the newest member of its team.

Tzvetkoff Argues Poker as Skill in Not-Guilty Plea

When Daniel Tzvetkoff was arrested in April on charges of operating an illegal online gaming company, the U.S. Department of Justice went after the payment processor with four felony charges - bank fraud, money laundering, processing electronic funds in violation of the UIGEA, and conspiracy to operate and finance an illegal gambling business. But when Tzvetkoff was asked to enter a plea, he went with “not guilty” on the basis that he dealt in poker, which is a game of skill and should not be labeled as gambling. This argument has been attempted in many political and legal situations and often been unsuccessful, but Tzvetkoff’s use of the debate may prove an interesting hurdle for the U.S. government to overcome.

Poker2Nite Ends After Season 2

The poker-centric news show sponsored by UltimateBet has been canceled. Poker2Nite featured Scott Huff and Joe Sebok as its hosts, and the weekly show gave a rundown of the week’s news along with other features and at least one guest. Its first season aired on Fox Sports Net, but the deal there fell through and brought the show to cable channel Versus for the second season. However, as its season finale aired in mid-May, the news was made known that the show was canceled. Huff noted that it was UB’s decision to cancel the show, but Paul Leggett, COO of Tokwiro Enterprises, UB’s parent company, said that there will be a break to decide the fate of the show.

Ivey Room Debuts at Aria with Much Fanfare

It was touted as one of the biggest events in Las Vegas, and in the world of poker, it was. Since Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio has long been considered the home of the highest stakes cash games in the world, it was a bit surprising when Phil Ivey agreed to put his name on the Ivey Room at the newly-opened Aria in Las Vegas. But Ivey’s high stakes friends were there for the grand opening, players like Doyle Brunson, Barry Greenstein, and Eli Elezra. The festivities for the night included a speech from Ivey and a $1 million freeroll poker tournament.

Poker Channel Reaches to Argentina and South Africa

The Poker Channel has been aimed at the European market since its inception but recently expanded to two other continents. South American viewers in Argentina will now be able to watch the television channel on Cablevision, Supercanal, and Telered networks, as will audiences in South Africa on DSTV. This expansion comes just after the channel made it to France in April, and further announcements will be made about broadcasts in Austria and Monaco. Altogether, the Poker Channel will be available to 26 million homes in 30 countries.

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