No Full Tilt or Epic Poker news doesn't mean no news. This week didn’t appear to bring more legal troubles to any more poker sites or live series, so even Daniel Negreanu decided to blow off steam and do something fun instead of sending Ray Bitar and Jeffrey Pollack straight to hell. However, Daniel Tzvetkoff did get into serious legal trouble for processing online payments two years ago and he’s now getting ready for his big comeback as the main witness against John Campos and Chad Elie in the Black Friday case. All this and more in today's Inside Shuffle.
AGC Issues 100th E-Gaming License
On Tuesday, March 20th, The Alderney Gaming Commission (AGC) issued its 100th e-gaming license. The company that received the milestone license was Relax Gaming Network Limited which specializes in developing and maintaining online casino, bingo, and poker software. However, the commission's head of e-commerce Robin Le Prevost assured all that the anniversary will not encourage Alderney to aim for higher numbers. “The commission have got very high standards ... they're not going to lower that in anyway just to attract more numbers,” he said.
Although AGC has been licensing and regulating internet gambling in Alderney for over a decade, in 2011 it gained exclusive attention as one of the main parties in the Full Tilt Poker story. FTP was licensed by AGC and had their license suspended after Black Friday as a result of insufficient funds. Full Tilt's attempt to regain its e-gaming license was unsuccessful and in September, 2011, it was permanently revoked.
However, Le Prevost claims that the Full Tilt story had no negative impact on Alderney's gambling industry and that the commission had received nothing but support from other jurisdictions.
Go to BBC.co.uk for more.
Tzvetkoff Main Witness Against Campos and Elie
A former online payment processor, Daniel Tzvetkoff, who was arrested back in 2010 for bank fraud, money laundering, conspiracy to operate and finance an illegal gambling business, and processing electronic funds in violation of UIGEA has now become the key witness in the case of two Black Friday Indictees, John Campos and Chad Elie. The trial is scheduled to take place on April 9th with Campos facing a 35-year jail sentence while Elie could go to prison for 85 years.
It wasn't that long ago when Tzvetkoff was in a similar situation, however, since his testimony led to U.S. Department of Justice's April 15th, 2011, operation against the three major U.S. online poker sites, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker, Tzvetkoff turned from the defendant to a government-protected informant. Now he is set to witness against Campos and Elie in the upcoming trial.
For the full story go to: Daniel Tzvetkoff to Testify in Elie and Campos Trial.
Negreanu/Nguyen's Weekly Rant
So Daniel Negreanu's Vblog/show Weekly Rant caught on pretty fast and seems to be improving every week. As Daniel claims to be learning new things every time he does the show, the fans are becoming even more eager to see what he comes up with next. This week Negreanu did an interview with the 1998 World Series of Poker Champion Scotty Nguyen and since the video is pretty long and you may not have the time to watch the full show, we highly recommend you at least catch the part with Nguyen starting at 12:50 in the video.
Among other things, Negreanu also covered new iSeries Live – a tournament he will be playing which features an exciting side betting experience. The event will be streamed live with players' hole cards and you can make all kinds of bets on the players and the outcome of the game on the iSeries Live website. Negreanu also showed the prank he pulled on a young fan when they were playing at the Rio and the guy was up against Dan Fleyshman from Victory Poker. Want to know what happened? Watch the video:
ElkY To Play in Premier League V
Last week we announced that two top notch poker pros, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Eugene Katchalov, were joining the star-packed field of players to attend the PartyPoker Premier League V in Vienna, Austria, this April. Yesterday, March 21st, the list was extended with yet one more big name, French poker pro – Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.
ElkY will attend the massive $125,000 buy-in along with a number of other well-known poker players including Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, Vanessa Selbst, Sam Trickett, Tony G, Luke “FullFlush” Schwartz, Erik Seidel, Andy Frankenberger, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Eugene Katchalov, Phil Laak, and Daniel “Jungleman” Cates.
“This will be the first time I have taken part in the Premier League and I’m super excited to compete with all those great players in such a unique and interesting format,” Grospellier said on Wednesday.
Also joining the field is tournament director Matt Savage who will be responsible for all the ongoing Premier League action. “I’m very excited to be a part of the Premier League. I have long been a fan of the format as it brings together some of the world’s best players with the greatest personalities in the game,” Savage said.
Go to PokerNews for more on this.
Zoom Poker Strategy
PokerStars has recently launched the fast-paced online poker platform Zoom Poker and according to the site it's been a huge success. Players are lining up at the tables while PokerStars is increasing the limits and adding more new stuff. However, Zoom is a bit different from the regular PokerStars games which means one needs to adjust their play. Therefore the PokerStars blog suggested a couple of Zoom Poker strategy tips and ways of playing the game like reducing the number of tables played simultaneously.
Some say that playing Zoom Poker increases one's amount of hands played per hour op to 400% which is something you need to take into account. In Zoom you can press the Fast Fold button any time during the hand and be instantly seated at another table, some things you are used to when playing regular ring games do not apply in Zoom. For instance, you can't track your opponents and analyze their game so that you would know how they're going play after 10 hands. In Zoom you get new opponents every hand, so your poker skills become even more important.
Want more Zoom Tips? Go to the PokerStars Blog.
Deadwood – a Different Casino Experience
A small town in South Dakota which inspired the popular TV series with the same name was at the edge of extinction just half a century ago, but gambling brought Deadwood back to life. Although the town's current population only marks 1,300, Deadwood offers a unique 19th Century Wild West environment mixed with modern casino technologies. A recent article in Bloomberg Business Week tells the story of the town resurrected by gambling in 1990. Now Deadwood looks like an old cowboy-movie town, however, the inside of its many casinos is quite the opposite. Modern gambling equipment, high-class customer service and felt-covered roulette and poker tables send a clear message that this is not the 1800's.
The locals who witnessed Deadwood's rise say the town underwent huge changes in the past 20 years to become what it is today.
“When it first started, we thought it was pretty crappy. There were slot machines in the grocery stores and just everywhere. It was tacky,” said Andy Smith, who has lived with his wife in the Black Hills near Deadwood for nearly 30 years. “You'd walk into a place, and there'd just be these brain-dead people smoking and dropping coins into the slots.”
Read more about Deadwood on BusinessWeek.
Victoria Coren Engaged
Team PokerStars Pro UK member and TV presenter, Victoria Coren and her boyfriend David Mitchell announced their engagement to the British press on Tuesday, March 20th, BBC reports. The couple made their first public appearance together in 2010 on a TV quiz show and after two years of dating have decided to marry.
“Having received so many lovely messages today, I'm finally coming round to the internet. Thank you all. I'm incredibly happy,” Coren's fiancee David Mitchell responded to fans' Twitter greetings. Mitchell, 37-years old is a British celebrity appearing on various TV shows including “Peep Show,” “That Mitchell and Webb Look,” and “10 O'Clock Live.”
Coren, 38, has also appeared on a number of TV shows, but in the poker world she's best known as a pro player who won the EPT European Poker Championships Main Event in London in 2006 collecting a cash prize of almost a million dollars. She now represents PokerStars Team Pro UK playing both online and live poker events.
Catch the rest of the story on BBC.co.uk.
Online Poker Store Attracts Buyers via Blog
Simply selling poker stuff online doesn't work these days, you need to put some extra effort in to attracting your audience says Texas Poker Store owner Jim Paris. That's why he decided to launch a blog to entertain his current and future customers and to give a little personal touch to his business, Chron.com reports. “No one wants to read a tweet or an update on Facebook about another product for sale on my site,” Paris says, “but they may be interested in a tweet that asks ‘What would you do if you had this sick poker hand?’ or some other provocative statement.”
Another thing Paris believes is good for the business is mixing in some other topics his readers might be interested in. Like football for instance. “One secret is not limiting ourselves exclusively to poker,” Paris adds. “During the college football season we ran a ‘Predict the Final Score’ contest for Texas A&M football games and awarded the winners a Texas A&M framed mirror for their game rooms. Rooting for the Aggies is another passion in my house so I wanted to get some football fans involved, too.”
If you're thinking about making your hobby into a living, you might want to read more about Paris' online business on Chron.com. If you're just looking for poker supplies, visit the site as well and find your way to the Texas Poker Store.
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