The North Carolina poker police are again putting their skills to use, as the Mount Olive Alcohol Law Enforcement agents spent the evening of August 26 busting a poker game. They arrested eight people and confiscated $23,700 in cash, along with poker tables, cards, and chips. Reportedly, tips from the public led to the raid in the middle of the day, and the “high-stakes” poker players were taken into custody.
The Middle Tennessee State football player accused of taking a loan for the purpose of playing poker (and not repaying it in a timely manner) has been suspended by the NCAA until an investigation is complete. Dwight Dasher reportedly borrowed $1,500 from 80-year old Oliver Donnell to play in poker games, and though poker is not an NCAA violation, other forms of gambling are against the rules. Dasher’s fate as a football star remains to be seen. Online Gaming Surge
A monthly analysis of internet activity released by comScore showed a surge in online gaming activity for July 2010. They attribute the upswing to the World Series of Poker, and the numbers showed that traffic was up 11 percent in July from the previous month. PokerStars had 2.4 million visitors, Full Tilt Poker had 2.3 million, and UB Poker had 1 million, while a site called Kingolotto Network came in with 2 million. All in all, 13.4 million people visited online gaming sites in July.
Bruce Buffer has been in the poker community for several years, not only making “shuffle up and deal” announcements like few others can, but at the tables winning money. His recent tournament win at the Hustler Casino made news, and he regularly plays on Full Tilt Poker as a red pro. A recent ESPN interview focused on his UFC career but also talked about his zest for poker and found that a WSOP Main Event final table would top all else for life accomplishments.