The Inside Shuffle is bringing you a few juicy tidbits this evening that you may have missed in your internet travels and the first order of reading is the U.S. government's war on online poker: About eight months ago the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) initiated an online poker petition at the White House website “We the People” and the Obama administration finally responded without addressing the concerns of the petition. A new bracelet created by celebrity jewelry designer Jason Arasheben - Jason of Beverly Hills - will be the coveted symbol of a champion at the 2012 WSOP. Bodog is offering up a list of WSOP props and odds and the world is invited in to take a look and place a wager. PokerNews.com has been named the official 2012 WSOP photographer...say "Cheese" and everybody smile. Read on...
U.S. Government Responds to Poker Players' Petition
Eight months after receiving the poker players' petition “to protect consumers, create jobs, and generate revenue by licensing and regulating online poker”, the United States' government has finally issued a response.
The response was signed by the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese who thanked the players for addressing the U.S. government with the issue, however, he did not provide the poker player community with an answer. All Mr. Deese did was acknowledge the fact that the federal government is aware of the online poker problem, but is not willing to make steps in order to solve it.
“Online gambling on sporting events or contests violates federal law,” said Deese in the response. “The legality of other forms of online gambling is dependent upon the law of the states where the bettor or gambling business is located. It is left to each state to determine whether it wishes to permit such activity between its residents and an online poker business authorized by that state to accept such wagers, but online gambling that is not authorized by state law may also violate federal statutes.”
Read The White House Responds to Online Poker Petition for more.
WSOP Presents New Bracelets
This year all 67 WSOP and WSOP Europe event winners will get to enjoy new bracelets designed by the celebrity jewelry designer Jason Arasheben AKA Jason of Beverly Hills. Last week the World Series of Poker announced that the world’s most prestigious poker trophies will be designed by one of the best known jewelry designers in the United States. The list of Jason of Beverly Hills clients includes pop stars Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Diddy and top sports athletes Matt Kemp, Dwayne Wade, and LeBron James.
“Blinger is Better,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “Jason grasped the heritage of WSOP bracelets, but was only interested if he could take it up several notches. This is a trophy that truly embodies the promise of today’s WSOP – seemingly unthinkable dreams are dealt each year. I challenge anyone to keep a poker face when they see this bracelet in person.”
The most glamorous of them all will be the WSOP Main Event gold bracelet featuring over 35 carats of diamonds and more than 160 grams of 14 karat gold. Go to Coveted WSOP Bracelets Newly Designed in 2012 for more about the new WSOP bracelets.
Bodog Offers WSOP Prop Bets
With the 43rd annual World Series of Poker approaching fast, Bovada AKA Bodog offers a list of WSOP props and odds you can bet on. If you want to bet on a female player winning the 2012 WSOP Player of the Year Award, (it appears to be the most unlikely to happen of all the possible wagers), if you win the bet, the whole world will be in shock. Other interesting bets include wagering on whether Johnny Chan or Doyle Brunson will win their 11th WSOP Bracelet in this year's series. You can also try and guess if Howard Lederer or Chris Ferguson will win more money in the 2012 WSOP (although we would suggest betting on whether either of them have the guts to appear in this year's tournament at all). You can also bet on whether a male player will cash in the 2012 WSOP Ladies Event. The more likely occurrence appears to be “no.”
Go to Bovada.lv for more of the WSOP prop bets.
PokerNews.com Named Official WSOP Photographer
PokerNews.com will be the official media photo provider for the 2012 World Series of Poker. The partnership between the World Series and the major poker media website began in 2011 and was extended for this year's event as well. PokerNews announced it is going to provide media sources with more than 100,000 photos from the 2012 World Series, including photos from the Main Event. The site also offers special media photo packages to all media sources interested in providing their users with the latest photos from all 61 WSOP bracelet events.
Go to PokerNews.com for more information.