Many in the poker community recognize the name Andy Beal, as he was the Texas billionaire involved in numerous high-stakes cash games with players like Phil Ivey, Ted Forrest, and Jennifer Harman, all of which was documented in the book “The Professor, The Banker, and the Suicide King” by Michael Craig. Now, Beal takes on a new foe, namely the Internal Revenue Service. Beal is involved in two lawsuits with the IRS involving tax shelters and loss claims.
Sothea Sinn banned himself from the Skycity Casino in Auckland, New Zealand, because of a self-diagnosed gambling addiction problem. However, he continued to play in the casino and recently hit a progressive jackpot at a Caribbean Stud game worth NZ$60,000. But the casino has refused to pay Sinn because of his ban from the casino, so Sinn is now considering taking his case to the state’s gambling authorities in order to collect the money he feels is rightfully his.
Shannon Elizabeth has a full schedule, especially with a trip to Nicaragua on the immediate schedule with friend Liz Lieu for Feed the Children. But she made time for a recent trip to Harrah’s Chester Casino in Pennsylvania, as her appearance there to sign autographs, do interviews, and play some poker at the new poker room. The new law in PA allowed the casino to put in a 25-table poker room, and poker-playing Elizabeth welcomed players to it in style.
Ontario might be next on the list of governments considering regulated online gaming. Following in the footsteps of British Columbia, the Canadian province of Ontario is eyeing the potential billions of dollars in revenue. Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation chairman Paul Godfrey recently noted that he will be looking at the industry for its potential for a positive business move, as well as a way to keep its residents’ money in the state rather than allowing it to be shipped to offshore gaming sites as it is now.
Rumors have been circulating recently that Liv Boeree is no longer a UB-sponsored pro player. Her stint with UB Poker gave her the opportunity to play numerous tournaments, including the 2010 World Series of Poker, but it seemed that something changed after her springtime EPT San Remo victory. Recent spottings of Boeree found her patchless, and her absence from the list of UB pros on its website all but confirms the speculation on the poker forums. No word yet from Boeree’s camp.