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Poker News Nuggets 07/21: Duke Testifies and Bots Play

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News Nuggets are presented on PokerWorks three times per week to give readers a glance at some of the big news stories in and around the poker industry. From international poker tournaments to player prop bets, from political happenings to sponsorship deals, game enthusiasts can stay informed with these tri-weekly tidbits of information.

What They’re Playing

WSOP:  It was done…for now. The 2010 World Series of Poker was finally wrapped in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, July 18, with the conclusion of the $10K No-Limit Hold’em World Championship. After 56 preliminary events, the Main Event began on July 5 and ran through July 17, though the final nine weren’t determined until nearly 6am the following morning. And with the elimination of Brandon Steven in tenth place, the November Nine were set, with all of them going home with $811,823 for the guaranteed ninth place finish. The chip leader was Jonathan Duhamel, and well-known players Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and John Racener had places at the table as well.

ANZPT:  The fifth stop of Season 2 of the PokerStars -sponsored Australia New Zealand Poker Tour got underway on July 17 in Queenstown, Australia, and after two starting days, only 56 survived. There was also an Auckland flight of the tournament that will bring another 15 players to the tables for Day 3. The total field for the tournament was 119 players, creating a prize pool of $267,750. Only the top 15 players were going to be paid.

UKIPT:  Another of the PokerStars-sponsored tours, the UK & Ireland Poker Tour, just wrapped its most recent stop in Brighton, England, where Jamie Burland defeated Tomas Cibak to take home £65,400 for the win. The UKIPT win for Burland was a first and much-appreciated one, and now he and others are preparing for the next stop on the tour, which will be Edinburgh, Scotland from August 19 through 22.

Who’s Playing

November Nine:  Who are they? Besides being the last nine players standing going to the WSOP Main Event final table in November, they are all very unique individuals with interesting stories. Though more information will come out in the months leading up to the November final table, their live tournament histories and other basic stats are available now. Most people know about Michael Mizrachi, and a few are aware of the East Coast favorite John Racener, but getting a feel for the entire table requires a bit more information about each player. Brush up, as the four-month delay always goes faster than most people think!

Bots:  A bot ring was recently discovered on PokerStars, thanks to the players posting information on German website Intellipoker and the 2+2 forums, and Poker Table Ratings taking up the cause to compile a report. The investigation showed that ten accounts on the online poker site were being played by computers set up to be disguised as poker players, and those bots were able to play more than 8.3 million hands and score $57,839 in profit. The recommendation was for PokerStars to shut down the accounts, and the site is in the process of taking action, claiming that they did detect the bots but didn’t want to disrupt the ring until all bots were discovered and their own internal investigation was complete.

Where They’re Playing


Congress:  The Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act was introduced into the U.S. Congress in May of 2009 by Rep. Barney Frank but still remains a bill that has yet to see the floor of the Congress. In late 2009, a committee hearing was held for the piece of pro-online gaming legislation, and another hearing was hosted by Frank on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. Annie Duke testified before the Financial Services Committee, which is chaired by Frank, and others in support as well as in opposition made their opinions clear. Though many believe no progress is being made on the bill, Rep. Campbell did say during the hearing that the bill is scheduled to be marked up next week, meaning changes will be made to accommodate some players in the game, and it could possibly be sent for a vote once the bill is complete.

New Jersey:  The governor of the state of New Jersey recently announced his intentions to take control of Atlantic City by making the casino-driven area of the state a tourism district. Governor Chris Christie noted that the independent A.C. local government has been “historically corrupt, ineffective, inefficient” and he intends for the state government to oversee the regulation of the district. What effect it will have on tourism and the casinos themselves remains to be seen, but one of the possible results would be to allow poker rooms to spread lowball and draw games, thereby attracting more customers and tournament series to those rooms. Many changes may be in the works if Christie’s plan is accepted.

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