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The Inside Shuffle - John Juanda Talks FTP; 85 Billion Hands at PokerStars; WPT Foundation; and More

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The PokerStars' European Tour Barcelona stop found John Juanda talking to's Kristy Arnett about Full Tilt Poker's assets being acquired by PokerStars.

The count up to 100 Billion Hands at PokerStars hit a Milestone Hand on Monday – 85 billion – and micro-limit players took home the big cash prizes.

The WPT Foundation just partnered with 'in support of non-profit programs of excellence.'

Nancy Todd is a professional poker player and a political consultant. Todd has submitted new wording on a measure that would give her control over casinos in the state of Arkansas.

Keep reading please or we'll feel like we failed in our attempt to cleverly pull you into more information than you might be interested in but the knowledge won't hurt, maim, or kill you. Just do it!

John Juanda opens up on Full Tilt Poker

John Juanda had his share of problems with the downfall of Full Tilt Poker and it wasn't all related to losing his income. He was accosted in a hostile run-in with James Bord, British poker pro, during the 2011 World Series and many poker players have approached him to tell him of their bankrolls being locked away.

Juanda was one of the elite members of Full Tilt Poker and has remained quiet until this point. Watch his interview with Kristy Arnett.

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85 Billion Hands Celebration at PokerStars

It's incredible when you stop and try to fathom 85 Billion Hands, isn't it? It just happened at PokerStars over the weekend. The journey is winding up to 100 Billion and PokerStars has turned it into a cash making adventure for players.

The 85th billion hand was dealt on Monday and one table won more than $93,000 combined from the Mega Milestone Celebration. It all happened in $.02/.05 No Limit Hold'em.

As soon as the table knew the hand would be dealt to them, all six players moved all-in before the flop to build a pot of $50.23. Russia's "som6873" won the main pot with {k-Clubs}{4-Clubs} on a board of {7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and $26,300 for the 85th Billion Hand promotions. The other five opponents collected at least $10,000 each when they split up the other $66,700.

Read about it PokerStars Blog.

The WPT Foundation Partners with

The decade-long commitment of the World Poker Tour in supporting philanthropy has helped to bring many of the world's biggest celebrities, sports figures, the world's best poker professionals, and music entertainers together. The goal is supporting non-profit programs of excellence.

The WPT Foundation just launched the opportunity to support the WPT Foundation and its chosen charities through a series of online auctions. The charitable outreach is a result of partnering with You'll find a series of online auctions that run all year long and you can bid on one-of-a-kind prizes and experiences that you would only find through the World Poker Tour and its partners around the world.

Find more information at the WPT Foundation.

Nancy Todd Rewording Measure

Nancy Todd is a political consultant and professional poker player who works behind the scenes in the industry. Todd won the Inaugural WPT Ladies Championship when she beat Vanessa Selbst in an intense heads-up battle to take the title in 2008.

Todd added language to a measure she was the sponsor of after Mark Martin, the Secretary of State said 'the measures omitted a reference improperly on a state gambling law that would be repealed.'

Todd's comment: “We didn’t see the language as affecting the tracks in any manner, but they did, and they stated a compelling enough of an argument to the Secretary of State that both he and Attorney General McDaniel agreed with them. I must respect their collective opinions and have changed the language to address what they believe to be a supposed ambiguity.”

Todd is trying to reach a deadline of this Wednesday in which 78,133 signatures must be submitted - with each signature being validated in order for the measure to qualify for the November ballot with the goal a proposal of four poker rooms in the State of Arkansas.


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