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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.

Poker Laws in Immediate Effect in Florida

It didn’t take long for Florida casinos to prep for the latest law that went into effect on July 1, 2010. Poker has been limited in the state as growth happened in other parts of the country, but the new legislation was passed to allow the $100 cap for poker games to be lifted, thus enabling no-limit poker games and tournaments at casinos affiliated with the Seminole Indian tribe, which includes the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa and many others. While the state rakes in a possible billion dollars in revenue through the next five years as anticipated, poker players can now bet and play at the limits they choose and do so on a 24-hour a day basis.

California Welfare Cards Cashed in Casinos

The state of California came under fire recently after a revelation that welfare cards were being cashed in casinos throughout the state to the tune of more than $1.8 million. Welfare recipients with state-issued debit cards were found to be cashing quite a few of them in casinos between October of 2009 and May of 2010. That prompted California Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar to issue an executive order that would implement almost-immediate analysis of the situation, reduce waste and abuse in the welfare program, and ask welfare recipients to promise to only use the money for family needs rather than casino gambling or betting.

Russian Gambling Ban Unsuccessful Thus Far

A recent report from Russia noted that the year since a gambling ban was put into effect for the entire country has not been as successful as the government hoped. The ban was supported by Vladimir Putin to curb gambling, a problem he asserted was worse than alcoholism, and it restricted gambling in four parts of Russia, including Moscow. But recent analysis showed the industry continues to thrive. According to an anti-gambling activist with the Young Guard of United Russia, many businesses are simply refusing to comply with the law. Some have petitioned the government to revise the laws to close loopholes, but others contend the business will go underground and continue to do well no matter the laws.

Evander Holyfield Partners with Poker Site

Most people didn’t see it coming, especially as Evander Holyfield is much more the boxer than the poker player who tends to simply play for fun or charity. But according to several sources, Holyfield has signed a deal, of which the details have not been reported, to work with for an indefinite period of time. He has agreed to play online poker on the site going forward, a site that boasts of using real cards in its virtual games instead of the popular random number generators. Holyfield noted in the press release that he’s happy to play with real cards, not a computer.

Malaysia Cracks Down on Gambling Grannies

It is not the first time casual gamblers have been arrested, as police in Malaysia do not take kindly to gamblers who break the law. But they also don’t discriminate when arresting offenders, as a recent raid on five internet cafes in Jalan Gombak prompted the arrest of 65 people. Among them was a 58-year old grandmother. Also taken into custody were 181 computers.

Long-Time Poker Player Featured in Austin Paper

It wasn’t a news story, but the feature article on the Austin, Texas news website was an inspiring and interesting one about Emma Long, a 98-year old woman who has been hosting a Friday night home poker game for 64 years. The “poverty poker” limit holdem game costs each player $15 to buy in for 30 in chips, and the game has featured a varied cast of players through the years. One year in the 1970’s, Long insisted that Lyndon B. Johnson came by one night for the festivities but declined to play.

Alleged Russian Spy Had Sights Set on Online Poker Site

One of the biggest stories to make headlines in the past week was the arrest of 11 people on charges of conspiracy to act as agents of foreign governments. The alleged spies included one intriguing figure, a 28-year old woman named Anna Chapman, who lived in New York but had ties to Russian agents and the Russian government, according to a complaint by the U.S. District Court in New York. She called herself an entrepreneur, and one of the projects she was allegedly involved in included raising capital for an online poker business, among other endeavors.

Florida Poker Player Refuses to Let Thief Take Poker Winnings

Thomas Gigliotti worked hard for his money. The 74-year old retired man grinded out a $4K win at the Seminole Hard Rock poker room in a holdem game recently, but when he and his wife drove home, two masked robbers followed them there and pulled the man from the vehicle, forcibly taking his money at gunpoint. When Gigliotti’s wife went into the house to call police, her husband regained his composure, got behind the wheel of the car, and began to chase the car of the thieves. He hit their car with his, ran their car off the road, and waited for police to arrive. Unfortunately, the two men ran from the scene, but the Florida police are working to solve the case and retrieve the money.

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