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The Inside Shuffle - UIGEA Supporters Rear Their Head; Eat Healthy to Beat the Game; Negreanu's All-Poker Rant; and More

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The Inside Shuffle is going to take you on a ride through a Daniel Negreanu rant that really is all about poker and more poker! Yippee!!! Lynn Gilmartin over at has a great article on eating healthy in order to maximize your playing zone and physical well being. Online Poker has everyone jumping since the U.S. Department of Justice's ruling on the Wire Act in December of 2011 has turned the page on what was once a shade of gray in the law. Read more about poker news in The Inside Shuffle...

Online Poker YEAS and NAYS

With the U.S. Department of Justice's ruling on the Wire Act of 1961 loosening the standard for state legislators to legalize online poker and gambling, some states like Nevada reacted fast and are already in the process of legalizing internet gaming. Some, like Utah, however, went the other direction by banning online poker for good. Ante Up Magazine made a list of online gambling yeas, maybes, nays, and hell nays among the 50 states.

Leading the yea list is Nevada which is expected to start legalized and regulated online poker at the beginning of next year. Also in favor of online gaming, but with no actual legislation in place are California, New Jersey, and Delaware. The nay list features states in which internet gaming bills have already been introduced to lawmakers, but were denied. This applies to Washington D.C., Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Mississippi.

Hell nay to online gaming was announced in Utah which passed the Anti-Online Gambling Bill HB 108 in March, banning all internet gaming activities in the state. The law even overrules federal internet gambling legislation, should such appear in the future.

Go to to find out more about which states support online gaming and which don't.

UIGEA Supporters Request Online Poker Prohibition

Last week representatives of twelve American communities and religious organizations sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner requesting that Congress re-establish the previous interpretation of the Wire Act which prohibited online gaming in the United States. In the letter the representatives stated that the recent U.S. Department of Justice's change of perception of the Wire Act caused the “charge into online gambling” by a number of states which are already making steps or considering legalizing online poker which would affect the most vulnerable parts of the American society. The group believes that Congress should ban online gaming in the U.S. and deprive Americans of the right to play poker and casino games on the internet.

“Congress still has an opportunity to act to reassert its authority and re-establish its intent to prevent the proliferation of online gambling in the U.S. By reinstating the more than 50-year old interpretation of the Wire Act and actually strengthening UIGEA, you can protect our children and families from the erosion of safeguards Congress has previously established,” the representatives of 12 public organizations said in their letter.

Read more about this: UIGEA Supporters Ask For Online Poker Ban.

Will Nevada Reduce Regulatory Standards for Online Poker?

With the online poker market ready to hit Nevada in 2013, there is a growing concern about regulatory standards for the business. In her last week's column on the Las Vegas Review-Journal Jane Ann Morrison looked into some of the online poker companies ready to set foot in Nevada.

“Realistically, most major online companies have had run-ins with law enforcement,” said Morrison in the column. She gave an example of 888 Holdings' subsidiary Dragonfish, which is partnering with Caesars Entertainment Corp. to set up an online poker site, despite the fact that in 2007 the company acknowledged settlement talks with the U.S. Justice Department over alleged breaches of anti-gambling law.

Bwin.Party, which plans to enter the Nevada market, had legal issues in the past as well. In 2009 PartyPoker paid $105 million while admitting to U.S. prosecutors it had ran an illegal gambling operation and engaged in bank and wire fraud.

Read the full column by Jane Ann Morrison at

Eat Healthy!

One thing Martin “phasE89“ Balaz thinks is very important in order to succeed in the 40K SNG challenge is eating healthy. “It is almost impossible to do this enormous prop bet with eating junk food and drinking bad drinks, so I need to eat very healthy and light food and drink nonsparkling water with some aloe vera or something like that,” he said in an interview.

And we totally agree with Balaz on this. Although junk food may be popular among many online grinders and recreational players, the best in the game know – if you want to keep your game on the high level – you need to think about what you eat. Everyone knows Daniel Negreanu is a vegan and look at his lifetime winnings! Cyndy Violette has even opened her own vegan restaurant. If you want to keep up with the pros, you need to eat healthy as well.

Lynn Gilmartin over at has posted “Greens on the Go” giving poker players advice on healthy foods and diets. Check out the latest piece: Stay Stacked: Greens on the Go.

All-Poker Rant

This week's rant by Daniel Negreanu is all about poker – no ballerina flats or anything of the kind (well, almost anything). In his latest vlog Daniel covers Shaun Deeb's four SCOOP titles, the $25,000 buy-in WSOP fantasy draft that took place Saturday, May 26th at the ARIA which will be covered live by Bluff and even streamed live on

Instead of the degen story of the week, Negreanu discusses the hand he recently played at the WPT Championship against Johnny Bax.

However, the thing Daniel talks the most about is the 2012 WSOP fantasy pool which you can sign up for on his website – – and win 1% of Negreanu's WSOP winnings.

Here is the latest rant:

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