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Poker News Nuggets 09/10: Court Cases and WCOOP Action

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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

UKIPT Dublin:  The PokerStars-sponsored UK & Ireland Poker Tour has been moving along of late. The first season, which started in December of 2009, was finally working its way toward the season finale that merges with the EPT London in late September, and the second-last stop was in Dublin, Ireland. Players gathered on September 9 to participate in the £500 + £60 buy-in Main Event at the Burlington Hotel, and the final number showed 590 players in the field and a £295,000 prize pool. The top 72 players would eventually be paid, and the winner would walk away with £72,000 on September 12. The tournament was well underway as of this update.

WCOOP:  The 2010 World Championship of Online Poker was well underway, and after only a few days of action, more than a dozen tournaments were complete. Several more big names were emerging as champions, like Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn for the $1,000 NLHE Event 9 and Kyle “knecht_poker” Knecht in the $250 NLHE knockout Event 14. With 15 events in the books, the cumulative prize pool already reached past the $14 million mark, and nearly 40,000 players had participated thus far. Many more tournaments remained on the books to take WCOOP to its September 27th conclusion.

Who’s Playing

Michael Mizrachi: 
After a stellar World Series of Poker for Michael Mizrachi, with the $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship victory and a seat at the coveted Main Event November Nine, Mizrachi has more legal troubles. Deliverance Poker, an upstart that paid Mizrachi to wear its logo during the early going of the WSOP Main Event and WSOP events before it, is now suing the poker pro for a breach of contract. According to the filing, Mizrachi was under contract that paid him $150,000 and a 1.75% share of the company to wear the patch during televised ESPN broadcasts, but Mizrachi suddenly appeared with a Full Tilt Poker logo late in the Main Event, and that broke the deal. Deliverance is also suing Tiltware, purported owners of Full Tilt.

Jason Newitt: 
Another court case has escalated, this one now involving the federal government. Jason Newitt filed a lawsuit against former employer Full Tilt Poker in 2009, alleging that he was unfairly fired from the company and a financial agreement was breached. Since that time, rumors have abounded that the U.S. District Court was looking into the dealings of Full Tilt Poker, and now the situations have merged as the court subpoenaed Newitt. Though the details of the subpoena have yet to be revealed, many speculate that he will be asked to divulge information about Full Tilt in order to help the Department of Justice’s case. More details of the case will likely come to light soon, as Newitt is scheduled to appear in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday, September 14.

Where They’re Playing

Indian Casinos: 
Though many Indian casinos, especially in California, have taken stands against online poker, some are evidently more receptive to it. Cake Gaming NV and Atlantis Internet Group Corporation recently announced a licensing deal to allow patrons in tribal casinos spanning across more than 30 American states to play online poker. Since internet casinos were exempted from the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006, this agreement has been legally cleared and looks to tap into the gaming revenue that the United States has yet to legalize and regulate. The technology to offer online poker to Indian tribes is currently being developed for the casino patrons.

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