Today in The Inside Shuffle – Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that hopes of federal online poker legislation being passed in 2012 were shattered since internet poker was not included in the payroll tax cut extension; Daniel Negreanu posted a video blog in which he continued to hate the three Full Tilt Poker owners saying their place was in prison and that they brought shame on the entire poker community; just a few days later Negreanu advanced to the LAPT Grand Final, Brazil final table; Jonathan Duhamel's home invasion story developed as his 2010 WSOP Main Event bracelet was found by a street sweeper in Montreal. Keep reading for more.
Negreanu to Full Tilt: “You are Scumbags”
Last week, just before leaving for the LAPT event in Brazil, Daniel Negreanu posted a video blog covering a couple of things on his mind. First Negreanu shared his near future plans to visit Brazil and Ireland, which he is surprisingly doing for the first time, and playing some top-level tournament poker. Daniel also congratulated Jason Somerville for becoming the first male poker player to admit his homosexuality to the entire poker community. However, the topic that has drawn the most attention was Negreanu's comments on Full Tilt Poker and the site's owners. At first Daniel just wanted to mention the fact that his comments about Lederer, Ferguson, and Bitar on his last blog received a lot of attention from the poker community, but then ended up cursing them for almost four minutes.
“You are scumbags – absolute, flat out scumbags – for ignoring the poker world that you’ve fleeced for as much money as you did. And now you have nothing to say? Are you freaking serious? There’s not a lawyer in the world that can force you to keep as quiet as you have. It’s shameful, disgusting, and you deserve a smack in the face for what you’ve done. You have no respect for our community,” said Negreanu in his video blog.
Enjoy the video:
Read more about it on PoketFives
LAPT Grand Final: Negreanu at the Final Table
So, after finishing the video blog, Negreanu packed his bags and for the first time in his life went to São Paulo, Brazil, to play the Latin America Poker Tour Grand Final. The debut was more than successful and after three days of action Negreanu is among the last 8 players in the field and is going to battle it out to determine the winner of the LAPT trophy. Negreanu is currently in fifth place with 700K in chips. Leading the way is Daniele Nestola with a chip stack of almost 2 million, followed by Carlos Ibarra holding 1.3 million.
However, Negreanu was not the only big name to advance into Day 3 of the tournament, his colleague, Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes was also among the 24 players to start the day, however, he didn't last long. The two-time WSOP bracelet winner came in as a short stack and wasn't able to make his way through. Brenes ended the tournament in 22nd place for a $9,220 cash out.
These are the LAPT Grand Final final table seating assignments and chips:
Jonathan Duhamel's Bracelet Recovered
The latest news from the 2010 World Series of Poker Champion Jonathan Duhamel's home invasion story came in as one of the most valuable items stolen – his WSOP bracelet – it was found lying in the street in Montreal. The bracelet was recovered by a street sweeper on the Ville-Marie Street. Unfortunately, the bracelet which is valued at approximately $40,000, wasn't in its best shape as parts of it were severely damaged while Duhamel's name on the back of the bracelet has been almost entirely removed. Despite the damage, Duhamel was happy to get the bracelet back, although it was later passed on to the police as evidence.
“The sentimental value [of the bracelet] is priceless,” Duhamel's manager Philippe Jette said. “We are giving the bracelet to the police, because it is still a piece of evidence, and should help the police with the investigation. We are happy, and Jonathan is doing very well.”
Duhamel's bracelet, along with many of his other assets was stolen in December last year, when a group of robbers, including his ex-girlfriend, invaded Duhamel's home and beat him. The group was quickly arrested and is now in jail waiting for trial.
Read the full story: Jonathan Duhamel's 2010 WSOP Bracelet Found.
Federal Online Poker Legislation Postponed to 2013
On Friday, February 17th, Las Vegas Review-Journal's Howard Stutz reported that since the online poker bill was not attached to the payroll tax cut extension, the hopes of legalizing online poker on the federal level “has most likely been pushed into 2013.”
According to Stutz, the news was brought by a Wall Street gaming analyst in a debate with investors over federal legislation. Still this is not entirely bad news, at least for those residing in Nevada. Chad Beynon, a gaming analyst at Macquarie Securities said in a research report that “Nevada stands to benefit from the inaction because it may be the only state that allows Americans to gamble online this year.”
The news about online poker's poor prospects for the year 2012 broke last Thursday, February 16th, when the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that online poker legislation will not be attached to the payroll tax cut extension bill. Unfortunately, the Senator did not disclose the reasons why Internet poker did not make it along with the bill. However, with Nevada's online poker legislation taking its final steps towards implementation, online poker providers are looking for the state's determination to give a positive impact on other states looking to legalize online poker as well as the federal government.
“Nevada's Gaming Control Board continues to methodically roll out legalized intrastate gaming and we believe their regulatory board has a great handle on what's to come,” Beynon said. He also expects that “other states and potentially the federal government will use Nevada's Internet gaming regulations as a template for further legalization.”
For more read the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The PPA Eyes Cybersecurity Act as a Means of Passing Online Poker
Despite the news about online poker legislation not being a part of the payroll tax cut extension, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) found a way for online poker to be attached to another bill. Today, Monday, February 20th, the PPA Board Vice President Rich Muny updated his “call to action” post on the TwoPlusTwo Forums. “Do Your Part: Let's email a Senate Committee & ask for poker to be in the Cybersecurity Act!” Muny is urging poker players to contact their representatives at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and request that the online poker legislation is added to the Act.
Muny provides a whole list of Twitter and Facebook pages as well as other means of contact so the members of the poker community will be able to reach their Senators by every means possible in order to let the committee hear the poker players' voice.
According to ZDNet, “The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 calls for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to assess risks and vulnerabilities of computer systems running at critical infrastructure sites such as power companies and electricity and water utilities and to work with the operators to develop security standards that they would be required to meet.”
For more information read the TwoPlusTwo thread.
Was Mcilvain Cheating or Not?
Last week we told you about the cheating scandal at the World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Tunica Main Event. According to the report, Drew Mcilvain, who won one of the side events earlier in the tournament, was accused of collusion and escorted from the casino property and banned from Harrah's Tunica as well as the tournament and all of his chips were removed from play. Mcilvain then went online and explained his side on the TwoPlusTwo forums saying he didn't cheat and it was all just a big misunderstanding.
PokerNews.com reporter Rich Ryan talked to Mcilvain to hear his side of the story and then interviewed the Vice President of Corporate Communications at Caesars Entertainment, Seth Palansky, to learn what the casino had to say about the situation. According to Mcilvain, he didn't even know the guy he was accused of colluding with although he admitted to having received the proposition of taking the man's entire chip stack. Mcilvain pleaded he didn't know he had to inform the tournament authorities about the proposition as, according to Mcilvain, he didn't agree to it.
However, Palansky explains that players can be banned for collusion despite the fact of it being unintentional. “No one is suggesting that anyone entered the tournament with a scheme to chip-dump, collude, or cheat,” Palansky said. “You don’t have to be the instigator to find yourself in a situation that affects your standing in an event or at our properties. It’s not about intent.”
Read the interview on PokerNews.com.
Poker Bloggers, Don't Miss Your Chance!
The 2012 PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker (WBCOOP) is just a few days away and you still have the chance to become the Best Blogger and collect that $5,000 cash prize. All you need to do is write a 500-word blog post or make a short video saying what would you do if you won the $5,000 prize. Then send the link to your blog or a video to PokerStars by February 23rd, and receive 10 tickets to the 2012 WBCOOP events for free!
One PokerStars player, yet to be named the Best Blogger, will be rewarded with a $5,000 prize while the Best Live Tweeter will receive $1,000. There will be a total of 30 WBCOOP events played during the championship and every blogger will be free to choose which events they want to play. The tournament will not only reward cash prizes, but also tickets to the PokerStars 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). The 2012 WBCOOP Player Leader Board will rank the best players and will also reward them with cash once the championship is over.
For more details on the 2012 PokerStars WBCOOP read: Get Ready for the 2012 PokerStars Blogger Championship!
PKR Software Named the Best at Gambling Online Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards
Last week the PKR online poker site received the GamblingOnlineMagazine.com Readers’ Choice Award for the Best Poker Software. This was the second time that PKR Poker received this prestigious award. Unlike other awards in the industry, the Gambling Online Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards are decided only by the members of the public.
PKR Marketing Director Simon Prodger was pleased to receive the award and had this to say: “We’re absolutely thrilled about this prestigious award. It means a lot for PKR to be voted by the poker playing public as the Best Poker Software and we would like to thank all Gambling Online Magazine readers for choosing us.”
Gambling Online Magazine's award for the Best Poker Software complements a long list of PKR's award collection which already includes Poker Operator of the Year at the 2010 E-Gaming Review Awards as well as Online Poker Operator of the Year at both the 2010 and 2011 International Gaming Awards.
Lottery Winner Forfeits $14.3 Million Prize
What would you do if you won $14 million in a lottery? Buy a big house? A new car? Invest your money and live off the interest? Travel around the world? Give it to charity? But before you do all that, you would first need to go to the lottery and claim your prize. And according to the recent story at CalvinAyre.com, that might be a little more difficult than it seems, especially if you desire to remain incognito.
According to the report, on December 29th, 2011, just two hours before the expiration of a one-year deadline for claiming a $14.3 million Hot Lotto prize, two lawyers came into the Iowa Lottery office with the winning ticket. However, none of the lawyers was the actual lottery winner, as both of them claimed to represent another lawyer, Crawford Shaw. It appears Mr. Shaw also did not win the lottery, but rather represented the Hexham Investment Trust, a member of which was supposedly the actual winner.
Sounds confusing? You haven't heard the whole story yet! We'll spoil it for you by saying that the $14.3 million went back to the lottery prize pool, but you can still read the full story on CalvinAyre.com.