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Poker News | The Inside Shuffle

The Inside Shuffle – WPT World Championship Final Tables, My Space Founder Starts Facebook Casino, phasE89's 40K SNG Challenge and More

Martin "phasE89" Balaz
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The World Poker Tour World Championship is almost over with the $25K Main Event and $100K Super High Roller both down to just six men. New Jersey Assembly Committee passes the bill that would allow the state's casino customers to play poker, roulette, and other casino games on their mobile devices. Myspace co-founder Tom Anderson and Kim Kardashian's brother has recently launched a casino application on Facebook called RocketFrog. PokerStars' Supernova Elite Martin “phasE89“ Balaz is getting ready for the 40,000 SNG Challenge. Find all this and more in the latest Inside Shuffle.

WPT World Championship and $100K Super High Roller Down to Final Tables

It seems that finding a new poker sponsor was good for Marvin Rettenmaier who now leads the top 6 players into the World Poker Tour World Championship $25,000 Main Event final table. The play wrapped up Thursday with Moon Kim bursting the bubble and leaving the last six players to play it out on Saturday. Rettenmaier finished the day with the biggest stack – 6.7 million in chips with Michael Mizrachi behind him in second place holding almost three times less – 2.5 million.

These are the chip counts and seat assignments for Saturday's final table. The game will resume at 30,000-60,000 blinds and 5,000 antes.

Seat 1: Michael Mizrachi - 2,560,000
Seat 2: Marvin Rettenmaier - 6,715,000
Seat 3: Steve O'Dwyer - 2,035,000
Seat 4: Nick Schulman - 1,555,000
Seat 5: Trevor Pope - 1,480,000
Seat 6: Philippe Ktorza - 895,000

Meanwhile the $100,000 Super High Roller is down to the last six as well with Daniel Perper leading the way with 3.4 million chips and Andrew Robl just behind him with 3.3 million. A few more familiar names are at the table as well – Justin Bonomo is holding 2.1 million chips while John Juanda has almost 1.9 million.

These are the WPT World Championship $100,000 Super High Roller chip counts and seat assignments before the final table:

Seat 1: Bill Klein - 620,000
Seat 2: John Juanda - 1,875,000
Seat 3: Tom Marchese - 2,235,000
Seat 4: Daniel Perper - 3,415,000
Seat 5: Justin Bonomo - 2,105,000
Seat 6: Andrew Robl – 3,355,000

Go to for the live coverage of both the Main Event and the Super High Roller.

Casino Mobile Gambling Approved by New Jersey Assembly Committee

A bill allowing mobile gambling in casinos, (which already passed New Jersey state Assembly committee in Trenton on Monday, May 21st), now needs to be approved by the house and an identical bill should pass the full Senate as well. This would allow New Jersey Casinos to provide their customers with mobile gaming services within the casino and hotel property, except the parking areas.

“We have to monitor it to see if it works,” said committee Chairman John Burzichelli, D-Salem, Gloucester, Cumberland, after the meeting. However, he didn't think that allowing mobile gambling would bring much help for the state casinos. “I don’t think it’s going to be a big driver,” Burzichelli said.

A similar system was already introduced in Nevada two years ago that allowed casino customers to gamble and place bets on their mobile devices. However, in Nevada players are free to use the app outside the casino as well.

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Kim Kardashian's Brother and Myspace Co-Founder Launch Facebook Casino

Myspace co-founder Tom Anderson, who left the once highly popular social network in 2009 is now involved with the new Facebook casino app RocketFrog. The program was launched on Monday, May 21st and already boasts 9,000 monthly users. The new online casino offers poker, blackjack, slots, and roulette and rewards players with “real world prizes.” According to one of the RocketFrog founders, reality-TV star Brody Jenner (brother to Kim Kardashian), the new Facebook casino could be used to promote his sister's perfumes and other products.

“I could see my sister Kim doing a promotion through us and it would help build more business for them,” he said. “We could do a promotion where we gave away perfumes or whatever through our tournaments, and it’s a win-win for our site and for their products.”

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Martin “phasE89“ Balaz's 40,000 SNG Challenge

Martin “phasE89” Balaz known in the poker world for his 12,000 and 24,000 SNG challenges is taking things to the next level by getting ready for the 40,000 Hyper Turbo 6-Max SNG challenge. What Balaz is going to do is play 40,000 Sit & Go tournaments in 30 days from June 15th through July 14th and he's taking bets from anyone who believes he's going to fail. And not just that – he needs to make a profit as well. The new challenge is going to be even more difficult as Balaz is only going to play $30-plus stakes.

PokerNews' Chad Holloway caught up with Balaz to talk about the latest challenge.

“First of all, I needed some motivation to play some big volume and to achieve SNE status for 2012 as soon as possible,” said Balaz when asked about his decision to make the 40K SNG run. “Secondly, I felt like I had a good chance for making it to PokerStars Team Online after my last prop bet and it did not work out. I was disappointed, but then I decided to try even harder.”

And here is the promo video for the 40,000 SNG challenge:

Read more about the challenge and the full interview with Martin “phasE89” Balaz on

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