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Google News Nuggets: Volleyball Pros go Bodog, Republican Denies Poker Wrongdoing

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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.

Volleyball Pros Kessy and Ross Sign Bodog Sponsorship

Poker has drawn numerous sports stars to its tables, most notably tennis legend Boris Becker, baseball star Jose Canseco, and MMA fighter Randy Couture. But now a team of volleyball pros have been signed to a sponsorship deal with Jennifer Kessy and April Ross are champion volleyball players, most recently winning the 2009 Beach Volleyball World Championship, and the duo play all over the world. They will now be sporting a logo on their clothing at AVP (Association of Volleyball Professional) events around the United States through 2010, and each will have a tattoo on their lower backs, though it was not noted whether the tattoo will be permanent. Bodog will use the women in advertising materials, as well as personal appearances on behalf of the site.

Poker Proves Business Asset for Shane Warne

Former international cricket legend Shane Warne made his career in sports, but he has branched out into the business world in the years since his retirement. One of his ventures,, created quite a buzz when he began supporting the online gaming website in public, but it is just one of many investments made by the businessman who claims to now have 18 corporate partners. A recent spotlight on the superstar prompted him to credit former WSOP champion Joe Hachem with helping him learn poker, along with “honing the instinct for studying the cues of human nature,” with helping him with business pursuits that have become his livelihood.

Model and Poker Player Lacey Jones Signs with Full Tilt Poker

Long-time model and spokesperson Lacey Jones recently signed a sponsorship deal with Full Tilt Poker. A recent parting of the ways with Absolute Poker left many wondering why the separation, but she turned up at the 2010 World Series of Poker last week with a Full Tilt patch. The fashion runway model has done print work including magazine covers, as well as television hosting for shows like the Full Tilt Doubles Championship and Poker2Nite.

First French Licensed Sites Include Bwin and Everest

Since France recently opened its online gaming market to non-French companies, numerous businesses have applied for licenses to operate and gear their products toward residents of France. Recently, the first list of granted licenses was released, and several well-known sites were on that list. Arjel, the French regulator, let it be known that Everest Poker, Bwin, PartyGaming, Paddy Power, Unibet, ChiliPoker, BetClic, and Winamax, among others, received authorization to begin meeting compliance requirements and the process to cater to the French.

Runner Runner Releases Debut Album

A new band to hit the U.S. music scene makes its debut courtesy of its deal with David Letterman’s new record label called C.E. Music, which is a subsidiary of Capitol Records. The five-member male group claim a love of poker, and their name - Runner Runner - came from the poker term meaning that the last two cards dealt were able to make a winning hand. As the band members described it as “coming out of nowhere and pulling off a winning hand at the last possible moment,” the band looks to do the same by making a splash onto the music scene and win the hearts of music fans.

Scott Ian Sends UB Players to Sonisphere in London

It is no secret that Scott Ian, guitarist for metal rock group Anthrax, is an avid poker player, most clearly evidenced by his long-term sponsorship deal with He tries to combine his loves of poker and music when possible, and recently he established a freeroll on UB to allow the winners to receive VIP passes to see Anthrax perform at the wildly popular Sonisphere Festival in London, England from July 30 to August 1. Ticket winners will also be able to meet Scott Ian before the concert, receive hotel and airline accommodations, and VIP access to the weekend festival.

Long-Time Poker Enthusiast Russell Crowe Denies Death

Fake death reports are fairly common for many Hollywood celebrities, and Russell Crowe has had to deny his own death before. This time, reports began to surface that he fell from a mountain to his death while filming a movie in Australia. The bogus report stated that he fell more than 15m in the mountains near Kitzbuhel at 4:30am local time. However, Crowe, the owner of several sports clubs in Australia, has since told real news outlets that he is alive and well.

Republican Rick Barber Claims His Poker Tournaments Were Legal

Representing the state of Alabama, Republican Congressional candidate Rick Barber denies any wrongdoing by hosting poker tournaments regularly at the déjà vu pool hall in Montgomery. Descriptions of the game itself are sketchy because of mixing poker terminology between cash games and poker tournaments, but the gist is that 20 people would get together for a home game and play for about $20 per person, with the house taking 6 percent. Barber owned the pool hall and claims that Texas holdem poker tournaments have been a staple there since 2003, but the law says that the violation of gambling laws is a misdemeanor. The skill game argument did not work in the appeal of the case, so he was convicted of the misdemeanor. Games continued after the trial because Barber claims he was told to continue them by a law enforcement agency, but the games have since ceased.

Van der Sloot Victim Stephany Flores was Avid Poker Player

When it was first reported that Joran van der Sloot, long-time suspect in the disappearance of American Natalee Holloway in Aruba, was suspected in the brutal murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez, a 21-year old Peruvian university student, it was noted that van der Sloot was the avid poker player. Later reports have revealed that Flores was a skilled poker player who enjoyed the occasional cash game and poker tournament at local casinos. It was at the Atlantic City Casino that she met her soon-to-be accused murderer, and video surveillance showed the two meeting and chatting at a poker table in the casino. Flores was a competitive person who excelled at studies but enjoyed soccer games as well as poker. Her late night at the casino did not alarm her family because of her penchant for late poker games, but it was later revealed that she followed van der Sloot to his hotel room and was later murdered there.

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