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Google News Nuggets: Porn Star, Drugs, and Murderous Connections

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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.

As was the case last week, the eyes and ears of the poker industry were mostly focused on the 2010 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas again this week, as players gathered from all over the world to compete in the 57 poker tournaments that comprise the biggest poker event of the year. But outside of that bubble, the world continued to spin, poker was played on all continents, and news was made that involved poker in many sizes and shapes. Sure, most of it had something to do with the WSOP, but that goes without saying.

Porn Star Samantha Ryan to Play WSOP as UB Pro


Often, when pornography and poker are connected, it is in relation to the criminalization of activities that many feel should be civil rights and personal freedoms. In this case, UltimateBet has chosen to sponsor a porn star as a poker pro because she likes poker. Samantha Ryan, when not making adult videos, will be playing in five WSOP events this summer with a UB patch on her outfit. Hopefully, there will be enough cloth there to support the logo.

Former WSOP Commissioner Pollack Moves to PBR

The time Jeffrey Pollack spent at the World Series of Poker was profitable for everyone involved, as the WSOP grew and improved under his commissionership. But after his late-2009 resignation, he disappeared from poker only to appear over the past week as the Executive Chairman of the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. By joining the board of directors and senior management system, Pollack hopes to expand the sport by using his experience in the same capacity from his years with NASCAR and the WSOP.

Joran van der Sloot Arrested for Killing at LAPT Locale in Lima, Peru

The connection made many in the poker community gasp for a moment. Joran van der Sloot, who was accused but never arrested for the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005, was recently at the Atlantic City Casino in Lima, Peru, for a poker tournament, reportedly the PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour. But around the time that the Main Event began, van der Sloot was accused of being the last person seen with 21-year old Stephany Flores Ramirez, who was found murdered in a hotel room registered to him. An arrest warrant was issued, and on June 3, van der Sloot was captured in Chile.

Indiana University to Host Bots-Only Poker Tournament

Eric Jiang is in the process of organizing a poker tournament for undergraduates at Indiana University, and any student is welcome to write artificial intelligence for the bot to play poker. The bots will then compete in a limit holdem tournament. The winner of the “Poker Programming Contest” and the tournament will take home $200, with second place grabbing $100. But Jiang hopes the winner also receives some positive consequences outside the classroom for the victory

Study Says Eighty Percent of Poker Players Use Drugs

Nova Southeastern University researchers in Florida released a study that showed 80 percent of poker players around the world use some sort of drug, whether it be caffeine, energy drinks, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, valium, or other prescription medications to enhance their game. Three-quarters of players claim to use the substances for focus and concentration, and the others use them to calm nerves, stay alert, and sharpen memory. Those surveyed were live poker players at the World Series of Poker and international players interviewed online in North America, Europe, and Asia.

UIGEA Requires Full Bank Cooperation as of June 1

It was a long time coming, since the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006 was passed into law. Years of fights to overturn it, postpone it, or appeal it have failed thus far, though a number of bills remain in Congress that have the opportunity to move forward and reverse the UIGEA through legalization, regulation, and licensing of online gaming. Currently, however, online poker is not illegal, though financial institutions, like banks and credit card companies, are banned from allowing transactions between U.S. residents and online gaming websites. For now, financial institutions struggle with how to enforce it, and the gaming community waits to see if, how, or when the U.S. Department of Justice will implement it over time.

Norway Implements Its Own UIGEA

It seems that Norway and the United States were on the same metaphorical page when they both decided to ban financial transactions between online gaming companies and citizens. Norway pushed its law into effect on June 1, as did the U.S., despite warnings from the European Free Trade Association’s Surveillance Authority that the enforcement of the law will breach the organization’s market freedoms rules. Norway balked that the law was the only way to prevent fraud and addiction, and moved forward with the law anyway.

Phil Laak Awake for 115 Hours, Soars Past World Record


Professional poker player Phil Laak prepared for many months to break the world record for longest live poker session. With a doctor and nutritionist nearby, he maintained a particular diet and did not sleep for days as he sailed past the record of 78 hours, 45 minutes held by Paul Zimbler and made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Feeling okay, he continued on past his own personal goal of 80 hours and continued until he simply couldn’t continue, which turned out to be 115 hours in total. Though he planned to donate half of his overall winnings to Camp Sunshine, his charity of choice, but when he completed the record at 115 hours, he was up $6,766 and donated it all to the charity.

Woman Accused of Murdering a Preacher in Chicago Home Poker Game

Patricia Clark, a preacher in Chicago, was a 51-year old poker player who was owed $300 from another player. When invited by a friend to play and collect the debt, she began winning, and upon scooping an $800 pot, opponent Rosie Morris allegedly went to a bedroom, picked up a gun, and shot Clark in the back. She followed up with three more rounds in the woman’s head and chest, ultimately causing her death several days later. Morris fled but finally turned herself in to the police, telling police that she felt she had been cheated in the poker game.

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