Catching up with Poker and intrastate gaming news can be a bit tiring and frustrating since it always appears that there's a lot more talk and a lot less action but we're hoping the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee will get it all together and get the United States back on track with restoring freedom to the people and protecting their online play. Bodog is selling Bodog to Bodog? We're wondering too.
Reality TV: Project Poker may be too much to deal with...you be the judge. Get out and get involved in the Justin Shronk Memorial Scholarship Fund Charity Tournament coming up in August.
This isn't all we had time for but it may be all you have time for so cram it into your busy day and come back soon.
Bodog Back in the News
The last big bark we heard from Bodog was that they were operating as “Bovada,’ a full blown online casino, and were welcoming players from the USA. The feds indicted Calvin Ayre on February 28th, 2012 and seized the Bodog.com domain. Then it appeared as if Calvin Ayre had distanced himself from the whole affair back in 2007, although he’s still facing time from the U.S. government for running a gambling business.
This week they are back, with BodogBrand.com announcing that the Bodog Poker Network has been sold – to the brand's Asian cousin - Bodog88.
Sound confusing? Yeah we thought so too, but it was explained that the company is seeking to benefit from the gaming industry's massive growth in Asia. The move comes as the Bodog brand watches the online poker industry, hoping it will embrace Bodog88’s recreational poker model so the company can take the business to the next level in the Eastern Hemisphere. Sounds to us like they are just trying to stay ahead of the pack. Read the Press Release at CasinoCityTimes.
NV Intrastate Gaming on the Move
While we are talking about online poker, the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee will get together this week in Las Vegas to discuss the state’s Internet poker industry. The American Gaming Association’s (AGA) President Frank Fahrenkopf will be opening the event with a presentation about the U.S. gaming industry.
The AGA is the commercial casino industry’s top lobbying group in Washington, D.C. and has been pushing for a federal online poker measure. While waiting for the feds to approve online poker on the national level, Nevada is forging ahead to get intrastate online poker up and running. So far, the Nevada Gaming Control Board has approved licenses for software providers Bally Technologies, Inc. and International Game Technology.
CardPlayer has the story here.
Reality TV: Project Poker
Are you a Reality TV buff? Or just like watching poker on TV? Either way, the new reality series/documentary “Project Poker” should be right up your alley - or it could be just too much.
The new reality poker show which debuts on Thursday, July 5th on SFN, the online network, will tell the tale of an amateur in Las Vegas who is trying to make a career out of playing poker.
Not only does it follow him playing in the World Series of Poker, but also takes a peek into his personal life which is falling apart due to nasty things like cancer and financial troubles. Even though the show will have star power by featuring interviews with poker pros like Vanessa Selbst, Maria Ho and Men "The Master" Nguyen, the reality aspect of Project Poker may hit too close to home for some poker players to want to tune in.
Watch the sneak preview at SFNTV.com.
Justin Shronk Memorial Scholarship Fund Charity Tournament
If you are in the Atlantic City area on August 18th, stop by the new Revel Resort and Casino to play in the Justin Shronk Memorial Scholarship Fund Charity Tournament. The buy-in is $215 with $200 rebuys available for the first three levels. Half the money will go to the prize pool and the other half goes to the Justin Shronk Memorial Scholarship Fund which benefits students majoring in broadcasting, telecommunications, and mass media.
The Justin Shronk Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2009 at the Temple University School of Communications and Theater to honor Justin, a beloved member of the poker community who sadly passed away in 2009 at age 27. Read more about Justin here and more about the Temple here.