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The Inside Shuffle – Trickett/Feldman Tweet War, Rafael Nadal Signs with PokerStars, and more…

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What has Sam Trickett and Andrew Feldman in a Twitter war? Why is downtown Las Vegas getting more bars? Who is the Red Dragon Lady? How will the new rake formula at Microgaming affect players? What famous tennis start just signed with PokerStars? All these questions and more are answered below…

The Trickett VS Feldman Bout

Feuds are nothing new in the poker community; the only thing new is that now some are played out for everyone in the world to see - via Twitter. We reported in the Inside Shuffle that Andrew Feldman would be on the UK reality show ‘Secret Millionaire.’

That news evidently set off a firestorm from fellow poker pro Sam Trickett who is kinda-sort of accusing Feldman of being a thief via a Twitter war of Tweets. We aren’t taking sides, but you can if you want after you read the whole story at

Fremont Street Bar Scene Grows

There are really two gambling Mecca’s in Las Vegas, the glitzy theme ridden strip, and the older, more laid back downtown area which boasts the Fremont Street Experience. Downtown is anchored by longstanding familiar names like Binions, the Golden Nugget, and the Golden Gate, which have withstood decades of strip casino implosions, thanks in no small part to the efforts of all of the businesses on Fremont Street.

One of the things attracting visitors to downtown besides the Fremont Street light show is the mobile bars the casinos have set up on the street, making it a snap for strollers to get a drink. These portable outdoor libation kiosks have been such a hit, the casinos have been replacing them with permanent bars since 2010, many with indoor/outdoor seating. Read the full story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Meet the Double Red Dragon Lady

In July 2009, Team PokerStars Pro's Celina Lin defeated 168 players to win her first Red Dragon event in Macau for HKD $394,800 ($50,932). Then in October, she took third in the Red Dragon Main Event, to earn HKD $145,800 ($18,731). Skip ahead to June 17th, when the lucky lady became the first ever two-time Red Dragon champion and took home HK $854,000 ($107,605) in prize money.

Celina Lin's victory photo courtesy of PokerStars Blog.

Get the full scoop on the Red Dragon event and its new champ from the PokerStars blog.

Microgaming to Adopt New Rake Formula

The Microgaming Poker Network announced last week that they will be implementing a new rake rating system called ‘True Value” starting July 1st. The folks who bring you Ladbrokes Poker and other skins, will be going with a new rake allocation system that will pay rake to operators based on a formula that considers “volume, activity and win/loss ratio” of the player.

The old rake/point system gave all players in the pot equal credit, now with proprietary algorithm programs like Ongame’s “Essence rakeback system,” and Microgamings “True Value,” players who have the most invested in the pot, will get the most credit, a system most poker rooms, including PokerStars and PartyPoker, already use. Read the full story on

PokerStars Scores with Rafael Nadal

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal is the latest member to join Team PokerStars and is joining the likes of Ana Marquez, Juan Manuel Pastor and Poli Rincon.

At 26 years old, Nadal is currently ranked No. 2 behind Novak Djokovic in the ATP rankings and is the former World No. 1. With a recent victory at the French Open in Paris, this brings Nadal to his 11th career major title and seventh championship at the French Open in eight years. His latest victory brings his career earnings on the court to over $50 million. His net worth has increased by millions with endorsements from companies like Nike, Kia, Armani and Lanvin.

“It’s no secret that I love to compete and try my very best in everything, whether that’s tennis, golf or video games,” Nadal said. “When I discovered the game of poker, I chose to join PokerStars because they understand what it takes to be the best and associate themselves with the qualities of champions. I’m very happy to be working with them.”


Image courtesy of PokerStars Blog.

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