Avid poker player and comedian Brad Garrett recently decided that more time in Las Vegas would be a good idea. He signed a two year lease on space at the Tropicana, one of the older hotels on the Vegas Strip, and dubbed it the Brad Garrett Comedy Club at the Trop. It opened on June 28, and shows will run as he decides to set dates. After his opening, he made a run at the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio, though came up short of making the money.
Look for possible fireworks in Virginia in the coming months, as the Portsmouth County police department recently decided to crack down on poker parlor owners who operate poker and other games that don’t comply with state laws. Though poker parlors are typically considered exempt from the state’s gaming laws because Texas hold’em is a game of skill, but the police department is seeking games that can be prosecuted.
Phil Gordon is known for his poker playing and teaching abilities, but information about his political involvement has been limited…until now. He recently joined the Board of Directors of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee. The organization’s Chairman, Wayne Allyn Root, has been a longtime supporter of online gaming legislation and looked to Gordon to assist the Libertarian Party with his business sense and poker strategy as a way to bring money and new blood to the party.
The dates for the fifth running of the UltimateBet Online Championship have been announced, and UBOC 5 looks to offer the most guarantees and poker offerings yet. The series of 20 poker tournaments start on August 18 and will offer games like bounty, heads-up, and PLO tournaments, with the Main Event boasting of a $1 million prize guarantee and deep stacks for a $1000 + $50 buy-in. Each event will be hosted by a UB pro, with Hellmuth at the helm of the championship event on August 29.