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Splashing the Pot – Jeffery Papola Says No to “9-to-5”, “Women Only” Event Controversy

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Everest Poker Files Lawsuit for Second Time in Three Months

On April 1st Ultra Internet Media, Everest’s parent company, filed a lawsuit against Harrah’s, who owns and operates the World Series of Poker, in an attempt to get out of a contract.  The reason they filed this lawsuit was because WSOP telecasts on French television replaced the Everest Poker logo that’s on the WSOP tables with a superimposed Full Tilt Logo.  This week they filed a second lawsuit, because the WSOP is still using Everest logo’s on their tables, and also still hanging Everest banners from the rafters of the poker rooms at the Rio.  Ultra Internet Media contends that the reason for the second lawsuit is “defendants are refusing to remove the trademarks in an effort to try to force payment by Everest for defendant’s use of such marks, and in order to bolster the legitimacy of the World Series of Poker in the minds of tournament participants, fans and the viewing public.”

No 9-to-5 Job for WSOP Bracelet Winner Jeffery “jpapola” Papola

Jeffery Papola is in his third year of law school at Pace University Law School, but you won’t see him in court anytime soon.  Papola, who won his first career WSOP bracelet this past week, told an interviewer , “As far as practicing law, I do not see myself being able to do that, because I really do not like the 9 to 5 thing.”  He also said that his dislike for “9-to-5” work is what originally drew him to poker.  His top finishes will certainly keep him coming back to the game.  Papola earned $667,433 for his victory in the $5,000 No Limit Holdem/Six Handed event.  

Men “The Master” Nguyen and David Chiu Settle for Second

Both Men “The Master” Nguyen and David Chiu came within a whisker of adding another bracelet to their already impressive resumes this week.   Nguyen, who has already won one bracelet this summer and seven for his career, finished second to Papola in the $5,000 No Limit Holdem/Six Handed event.  David Chiu, who holds four career WSOP bracelets, also had to cope with a runner-up finish.  Chiu finished in second place in the $2,500 Pot-Limit Holdem/Omaha event.  That event was won by Jose-Luis Velador.
Shaun Deeb and Other Men Grab National Headlines for Playing in WSOP “Women Only” Event

Nearly every member of the poker media has given their views on the subject of men playing in the WSOP “Women Only” Event.  Now, the national media has taken notice of the controversy.  This particular story points out there is a huge difference between Phil Hellmuth dressing up as a gladiator for the WSOP Main Event, and Shaun Deeb dressing in drag for the “ladies” only event.  The story quotes many well known women in the poker world, including Annie Duke and Linda Johnson, giving their very different views on the subject.

Business and Poker Similarities Examined Again

When managers are hiring new employees for their business they are, of course, looking for qualified people, but more and more they are looking for those with a poker playing past.  A story this week shows that while poker and business are in theory different, they share many of the same principles.  Two of the similarities between the game of poker and the game of business the story cites are that both are games of incomplete information and that it’s a good strategy to shift gears to “keep them off balance.”  

Second Delaware Casino Offering Poker, Table Games

One month after a Delaware casino was permitted to allow table games, a second one has also been granted permission.  Delaware Park now offers blackjack, roulette, craps, and poker.  State officials estimate that by allowing casinos to run table games in addition to the slot machines and horse racing, they will generate $40 million in tax dollars.  Delaware casino officials expect that this decision will help them compete with Pennsylvania, who is expected to introduce table games to their casinos sometime this summer.

Pennsylvania Casino Introduces “Smart Chips”

The Meadows Racetrack and Casino will be the only casino to use “Smart Chips” in Western Pennsylvania when table games start in the state later in the summer.  The smart chips are designed to prevent counterfeiting at its table games, including poker.  Each table game will be fitted with special “readers” to verify that every chip in play is authentic.  The Meadows Casino paid a total of $360,000 for this technology.  

California Committee Date Set to Discuss Online Poker Legislation

The California Senate Governmental Organization will meet on June 29 to discuss the proposed bill to offer intrastate online poker to California residents.  More than 20 different pending measures are expected to be discussed, including exactly how “intrastate poker” would operate, and how much revenue could be had for the state.

Greg Raymer Calls for Support in New PPA Effort

Greg Raymer has launched a campaign to “help highlight the broad national support for licensing and regulating online poker.”  In association with the Poker Players Alliance, the initiative involves the new website “America Speaking Out.”  “America Speaking Out” is backed by the Republican Party, and was designed to “increase the dialogue between Americans and their Congress.”  Raymer and the PPA hope everyone in favor of supporting online poker will take time to make an account with “American Speaking Out,” which can be done with just a few clicks from your Facebook account.  Full instructions on how you can “speak out” and more information on the campaign can be found in the link above.

Full Tilt and U.K. Team Up for “The Poker Lounge”

Full Tilt and “Channel 4” in the UK have joined efforts to launch “The Poker Lounge.”  “The Poker Lounge” is the first show of its kind in the UK.  The show will run from June 22 to August 24, with Full Tilt pros playing in a series of tournaments against one lucky online qualifier.  If the qualifier is successful against the pros they will walk away with $120,000.  

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