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Poker News | The Inside Shuffle

The Inside Shuffle - Lederer Files Recaps, Lawmakers for Online Poker, Esfandiari’s New Gold

Antonio Esfandiari Third Gold Bracelet
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The Lederer Files have kicked up a stir across the online poker universe, poker forums are posting, videos of the interviews that have been hacked and pieced together are lurking on Facebook posts and other sites. It isn't pretty, but getting the opportunity to finally hear news is a thing of beauty.

Lawmakers are still working at an online poker deal - even with all the heat and bad press that's been flying with Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller trading of public insults.

Antonio Esfandiari is rolling in the gold, bracelets and cash. He just scored his third bracelet in Event #2 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe.

The WCOOP Main Event at PokerStars just finished up. It's a Cinderella story; keep reading to find out who got the glass slipper.

The Lederer Files recapped

Since April 15th, 2011, the poker world has gone through a plentitude of emotions that ripped the heart out of the Full Tilt Poker world. For long 15 months poker players have waited to hear something from Full Tilt Poker's management team, anything that would start the ball rolling, but nothing came until recently when Andy Bloch spoke up.

Then received word that Howard Lederer wanted to talk. And talk he did in an interview with's Matthew Parvis. The interview lasted nine hours and produced answers to many questions. Now PokerNews is recapping The Lederer Files.

Find more news here.

Behind the mudslinging, an online poker deal may appear

The LasVegasSuncom reported today that the 'effort to legalize online poker' show that's been going on with Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller airing their dirty laundry may have only been playing for the public. There's a backup plan in the works.

The plan appears to be that lawmakers will continue working on the backup plan and they hope they will avoid fights and public explosions and quietly resolve the poker standoff away from the public eye.

Read all about it here - there's much more to the picture than we've painted.

Antonio Esfandiari's new bling

Antonio Esfandiari is the winner of the biggest buy-in poker tournament in the history of poker - The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop - and he isn't slowing down.

Esfandiari just claimed his third bracelet and at the same time moved into the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race. He beat a field of 626 players in Event #2: €1,100 No Limit Hold'em and scooped the €126,207 prize.

Read the tournament report here.

Maratik's $1 Million Freeroll

The Cinderella story begins with a Russian microstakes grinder that qualified and got a free seat to the $5,200 buy-in main event of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP).'s
statistics say that "maratik" is a micro-stakes game grinder with more than 27,000 sit-n-go's/multitable tournaments under his belt (with an average stake of less than $3). In addition, "maratik" earned a seat in the Main Event by satelliting in through a turbo-FPP game. Parlaying that into a seven-figure score is a rags to riches story for the ages.

Read the full tournament report here.

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