It’s hard not to recognize 59-year old Ron Wall, better known as the self-nicknamed Duke of Fremont, as he drives a Jaguar and wears impeccable suits to the poker tables. But Wall was recognized recently by robbers at Whiskey Pete’s casino hotel in Primm, Nevada, and he was beaten and robbed, even stabbed, but ran to the registration desk to find help. The perpetrators have been identified in a lineup and are being held in a jail cell.
The WCOOP quiz recently released to award seats to players for the upcoming tournament series on PokerStars was difficult, and most people ended up missing a few questions but still earned a seat in a freeroll. But a player named Hanamichi23 missed none of the 101 questions, scoring an absolute perfect score - and the only one to do so thus far. For the poker knowledge, Hanamichi23 won a seat to the WCOOP Main Event worth $5,200.
Rep. John Campbell is a Republican representing California in the U.S. Congress, and his unfamiliarity with poker and gaming made him an unlikely supporter of H.R. 2267, Rep. Barney Frank’s gaming legalization bill. But he looked at the entire issue, decided that a regulated industry with consumer protections was the best way to approach it, and signed on as a supporter of the bill. His testimony at a recent hearing articulated his change of heart.
The World Series of Golf has been a favorite activity for poker players and golfers for several years, and the company recently revamped its business plan and hired a new CEO, entrepreneur Patrick Brown. The new plan will reportedly continue the WSOG, which plays out on a golf course with cards and wagering, just enough hold’em action to make it interesting to fans of both games. The company also looks to acquire Rounder Magazine and host several golf events in late 2010.