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Poker News Nuggets 08/02: Yang Runs Sushi Joint and ESPN Airs WSOP

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Poker News Nuggets are presented on PokerWorks each 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 weekly tidbits of information.

What They’re Playing

PokerStars:
One of the largest online poker websites in the world has long been making efforts to include more women in their games, including setting up women’s tournaments at some of the stops on the European Poker Tour and others. But now women have their own special place online, as PokerStars officially kicked off the Women’s Poker League. There are several tournaments each day online wherein players can accumulate points to cash in for prizes, and there will be a weekly Sunday tournament just for women. For those who enjoy the experience of playing with other women, PokerStars looks to cater to that segment of the poker population with special offers throughout the year.

Full Tilt Poker:
  The start of the much-anticipated Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) is a short time away, and there will only be twelve days in which to take one of the 34 coveted online poker titles. FTOPS XVII begins on August 4 and runs its events through August 15, with several tournaments each day. All in all, there will be more than $19 million in guarantees alone, and some of the fun will include a number of Rush Poker tournaments, knockout and super turbo events, and the Main Event on the 15th with a $3 million guarantee on that tournament alone. While live tournaments are still revving up, online poker is the place to be for the first two weeks of August with serious FTOPS action.

Who’s Playing

Jerry Yang:
  A profile on the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, Jerry Yang , was recently written for the Fresno Bee, as one of his post-poker endeavors is a well-liked part of the Merced, California landscape. Pocket 8’s Sushi and Grill is a restaurant that Yang opened as a way to invest some of his $8 million-plus from his WSOP win, as well as a way to honor his time as a Laotian refugee. The pain of hunger, which he remembers well from his years in refugee camps, has been a motivating factor in his life. And the pocket eights was the winning hand, the one that turned into a straight to beat the queens of Tuan Lam at the WSOP.

Greg Raymer:  After the recent House Financial Services Committee vote approving Rep. Barney Frank’s pro-online gaming legislation, many mainstream television news channels picked up the story. One was Fox Business Channel, which had Greg Raymer as its guest to clarify some of the aspects of the bill. Raymer very succinctly made clear that online poker is currently not specified as an illegal activity, but the new law would officially legalize it and render it a taxable source of income for the government. He also noted to the interviewers that poker players already pay taxes on their income, but a more regulated environment would assist the government in collecting numerous fees and taxes on the industry as a whole.

Where They’re Playing

ESPN:
  Poker fans waited through a long summer of World Series of Poker tournaments to find out how everything played out. Some refused to follow the coverage so the ESPN shows would be new to them, others followed online reports but remained anxious to see the faces and cards in all of their glory on TV. Tuesday, July 27, brought the first of a summer and fall full of new episodes chronicling some of the 2010 WSOP tournaments, starting with two hours of the $50K Poker Players Championship and continuing with two more hours on August 3 taking fans through the excitement of the Tournament of Champions. Every Tuesday, U.S. television watchers will be able to catch the excitement as poker’s biggest tournaments are broadcast on ESPN .

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