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Google News Nuggets: Poker in Delaware, EPT Berlin Suspect in Custody

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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 big (and obvious) poker news of the week was that the 41st annual World Series of Poker got underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The official first day of action was Friday, May 28, and the eyes and ears of the poker industry - and beyond - were tuned in to reports from the WSOP. But the world kept spinning outside of Sin City though, so there were other stories that found their way to the Google search engine.

Sixth Man Arrested for EPT Berlin Robbery

After months of an investigation conducted by the German police, a sixth suspect has been arrested for the March 2010 robbery at the European Poker Tour event in Berlin. The tournament lobby was robbed of a significant amount of money - nearly $300K - by several masked men yielding weapons like a small handgun and machete. The robbers were careless, though, and left behind many clues, and there were many of them involved, making it easier to connect the dots. The latest arrest was Mohammed Abou-C, a 31-year old who was arrested on May 28 after a warrant was issued the previous day.

Poker Tables Set Up in Delaware

When the new law was signed by Governor Jack Markell in January of 2010, the gaming community looked forward to introducing poker and other table games to its land-based casinos. Though there were still issues to be ironed out regarding the construction of new casinos and the eventual distribution of revenue to the state of Delaware, movement is finally being made at one of the casinos. Harrington Raceway and Casino recently concluded a week of testing for table games and implemented slot machines, poker tables, and blackjack, roulette, and craps to be played on a 24-hour a day basis.  Other casinos will follow in the coming months.

Washington State PPA-Sponsored Rally a Success


The fight for online poker rights in the state of Washington has been raging for months, but it finally seems to be coming to a head as the State Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday, May 26 for a case that pertains to the constitutionality of a state law. The 2006 law made it a felony for state residents to play online poker, and Poker Player Alliance state director and former gubernatorial candidate Lee Rousso challenged that law. Armed with a recent study showing that nearly 80 percent of the state’s residents oppose the law, the PPA gathered outside the courthouse after arguments to bring attention to the issue. The crowd included Phil Gordon, former Senator Alfonse D’Amato, and Rousso.

Tokwiro COO Plans Regular Blog Posts

After the recent discovery of the capability to breach the security on the Cereus Network, which includes the UltimateBet and Absolute Poker online poker websites, Tokwiro Enterprises COO Paul Leggett has offered to blog bi-weekly to answer questions about the sites from the poker community. His first blog post responded to inquiries about how much money was refunded in the scandal and how that amount was determined, and how the refund analysis was performed for the Excapsa lawsuit. Evidently, the questions are coming in regularly, prompting the need for answers on a consistent basis.

Eastern Canada Looks at Online Gambling Options


Several governmental bodies in Eastern Canada are looking at the possibility of offering online gambling services through the Atlantic Lottery service. In the hopes of offering responsible gaming opportunities that are not run by offshore companies, Newfoundland’s provincial legislature may begin considering online gaming options in the future. If the ALC, which is owned by the governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland, among other provinces, goes forward, the potential of $55 million in revenue is in play.

Canadian Poker Tour Signs Deal with Aces Wine

Speaking of Canada, the Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) and Canadian Poker Player Magazine recently announced a marketing alliance with Aces Wine Group. The retail brand of wine called “Seven Deuce” will be marketed to the poker community beginning in June of 2010 through a new marketing campaign.

Two Convicted in Manhattan Poker Shooting

The New York Daily News reported last week that a conviction was finally achieved in the murder of Frank DeSena, a 55-year old math teacher who was killed while playing a poker game in Manhattan. The father of a special-needs child played poker for fun but was shot by William Delvalle and Celso Alvarez during an attempted robbery of the poker game in November of 2007. The two men face sentencing in June and could spend up 25 years to life in prison.

Poker Time Online Site Leaves US Market

Though many players have not heard of the Poker Time online poker website, it had been catering to U.S. customers until recently, when it released a statement regarding the upcoming June 1, 2010 date of compliance for the UIGEA. The site operators issued a press release stating that it will no longer offer services to U.S. residents, and those who do not cash out their accounts by May 31 will not have access to their funds. The site hopes to return its poker room to the U.S. market if the laws change.

Former NBA Star Lost Fortune on Poker and Blackjack

From 1996 to 2007, Antoine Walker was one of the most sought-after professional basketball players in America. But in 2009, much of his fortune was lost to gambling, as he had to pay back approximately $1 million to Las Vegas casinos. Most recently, he declared bankruptcy and claimed he had no source of income. The gambler spent a great deal of money on living expenses but also reportedly gambled on blackjack at the Mohegan Sun casino and played high-stakes poker with Michael Jordan.

Muse Singer Wants Poker Game with George Clooney

In the luxurious area of Lake Como, Italy, where George Clooney famously owns property and spends vacation time, a new neighbor is looking for some poker action. Muse singer Matt Bellamy told a media outlet that he wants to be invited to Clooney’s estate for a heads-up poker match. “I’ll take him on, heads up, 10 grand a piece,” Bellamy stated. “I’m good enough at poker to take on someone like him.” The definition of “ten grand a piece” remains unclear.

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