Run it Twice is something you would normally hear at high limit poker table in a casino - when two players are heads-up they can make deals - but soon it will be at PokerStars online poker tables.
Arkansas Officials have been 'potentially swayed by outside influences' after accepting political consultant and poker player Nancy Todd's ballot initiative to open four poker rooms across the state which forced her to file a petition to the Arkansas Supreme Court.
The Nevada Gaming Commission granted a historic interactive gaming license to South Point Hotel and Casino last week. The first legal online poker room in the United States will spread real money games soon.
Scroll on and keep reading for a little slice of poker news.
Run it Twice - at PokerStars
PokerStars is looking to introduce "run it twice" on its test client this month. According to pokerfuse.com a member of the Stars Poker Room Management Team released a short statement to that effect.
'Running it twice' adds an extra 'out' for players that have agreed to 'run it twice' by giving them the chance to win the whole pot, split it, or only lose part of it. The "PokerStars Test" client has held an inactive setting for 'run it twice' and that is set to change in the next week or two.
Read about it at pokerfuse.com.
Nancy Todd Petitions the Arkansas Supreme Court
Nancy Todd is a poker player and a political consultant that works behind the scenes in the industry. Todd had submitted a proposal to open four poker rooms in counties across the state of Arkansas but it was held up by the Secretary of State.
Todd followed through with a petition to the Arkansas Supreme Court to have the measure on the November ballot over the protests of the Secretary of State. State officials accepted her ballot initiative at varying points but appeared to be swayed by outside influences.
The petition was challenged by the executive director of the Arkansas Sheriffs' Association, Chuck Lange, in that the ballot title wasn't "fair and complete" and the measure would violate state and federal laws.
Todd didn't give in or give up. Read the whole story at pokernewsdaily.com.
Nevada Kicks Off Online Poker
In a historic move, Nevada awarded an interactive gaming license to South Point Casino last week. South Point can operate, manufacture, and serve as a service provider of interactive gaming systems in Nevada.
South Point will open the first legal, real money, online poker room in the United States. South Point has a free play online poker room at SouthpointPoker.com but new software will be in use when the real-money site opens with social media elements built into it.
South Point's CEO, Mark Gaughan, plans to have the online poker room fully operational by October.
Nevada's Horse-Race Betting Deal Made
A deal was made to avert the shutdown of Nevada's horse-race betting industry last week. The state has 83 race books and shutdown was threatened when they were unable to agree on a new contract with Las Vegas Dissemination Co. which is the lone facilitator of pari-mutuel wagering in Nevada.
Information on races throughout the country is disseminated by the company - for a fee - and funds wagered in Nevada are included in the pari-mutuel pools for each race at each track. Bettors are betting against one another on the outcome of races in pari-mutuel wagering which allows the tracks and sports books to take a cut of the money bet.
Nevada sports books dropped from $87.2 million in 2004 to $59.5 million last year as horse racing nationwide has become a declining industry.
Read about it at the Las Vegas Sun.