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Poker News | The Inside Shuffle

The Inside Shuffle - £394,487 Unclaimed Win; William Hill Stakes a Claim in NV; The Shak’s Shoes Blues

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Score another one for online poker in the USA. Delaware poker players celebrate as the state becomes only the second state to pass an online poker bill. Just how many pairs of shoes does one woman with only two feet need? According to Beth Shak, it is like a Holdem tournament- No Limit. Is the Bookmaker William Hill taking over the world? Probably not, but they are expanding, buying businesses in Nevada – the gaming capitol of the world. Could you win close to £400,000 and not know it? Maybe you or I couldn’t - but someone in the UK apparently could and did.

Delaware is All-In for Online Poker

Delaware Governor Jack Markell just became a hero to poker players in his state. He signed a bill Thursday authorizing intrastate online poker, which came on the heels of the Delaware Senate passing the Gaming Competitiveness Act. This makes Delaware the second state after Nevada to authorize Internet poker.

The next step is for the Delaware lottery to set down rules and regulations and then test the platform. If all goes well (and we know it always does), Delaware Rep. John Viola who introduced the bill says internet poker should be available by January.


It is the hope of many poker players that if the majority of states pass online poker legislation, that could possibly lead to the feds getting their heads out of the sand and legalizing it as well.

UK Winner Leaves Close to £400,000 Unclaimed

Here is a head scratcher. A Betfred shop customer in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne placed a £2 bet during last weekend’s totescoop6. Amazingly the bettor picked all six winners of the Scoop6 races over the weekend to win £394,487. The part that has us scratching our heads is that the lucky stiff has yet to pick up his winnings!

Can you forget you placed a bet?

It was only £2, but still most of us would be beating a path to the cashier if we won a few bucks, let alone close to £400,000.


Hundreds of Pairs to Draw To

That is what poker player Beth Shak has according to her ex-husband, hedge fund manager and poker player Daniel Shak. Although they went to divorce court three years ago, it appears Mr. Shak is suffering post divorce shoes blues after seeing his ex and her mountain of shoes on television.

The Wall Street mogul says his professional poker player ex didn’t disclose in the divorce that she owned over 1,200 pairs of shoes. According to him, she owes him 35% of the estimated $1 million her designer shoes are worth. He says she kept the fancy footwear hidden during their marriage.

We have to wonder, just how big does your Fifth Avenue New York City apartment have to be for you to be able to hide that many shoes from your husband?

Beth called BS, saying the sea of shoes were in plain sight, housed in three closets. We understand that most men avoid women’s closets, but how could he have missed over a thousand pairs of shoes?

She may have paid $1 million for them, but are used shoes still worth that – even if they have a hot-shot designer label? And what is Mr. S going to do if a judge decides she has to hand over some of the footwear to him?

As a side note, Beth has said she celebrated poker wins by buying a pair of shoes. Since her tournament career earnings from 2005 until 2010 totaled $479,698 – she must be a great bargain hunter or used money from her Full Tilt Poker sponsorship deal for her shopping forays.

We will save you the trouble of getting out the calculator; if the former Mrs. S wears a different pair of shoes every day, it will take her over three years to wear them all.

Shoe Fetish much, Beth?

William Hill Lands in Nevada

William Hill is a well known and respected Bookmaking establishment across the pond, and now they are planting roots in the Nevada desert.

In 2011, William Hill paid $55 million to add the sports book businesses Brandywine Bookmaking LLC, American Wagering Inc., and Club Cal Neva to their portfolio. On June 28th, the bookmaking giant announced that they had finalized a long-term agreement to operate the sports book at Affinity Gaming LLC properties in Nevada. See which Nevada properties William Hill will be running sports books at when you read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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