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Poker News | The Inside Shuffle

The Inside Shuffle - Howard Lederer Spotting; FTP Rewards; Zoom and Rush Patents; and More...

Howard Lederer - Bellagio sighting
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There are days that poker news spins around the world at the speed of light, something new hits the frayed edges of poker history and collides with events that stand out in the spotlight, hell if we can keep up with it all, can you?

We have a few snippets of interest for you today, like PokerStars working on Patent Enforcement Strategy for Zoom and Rush poker (fast-fold applications); the sighting of Howard Lederer at Bellagio and Aria playing poker; Full Tilt Poker's launch with a new rewards plan, and whatever else kicks up dust that we want to mention. Read on...

Jack Effel talks to Tatjana Pasalic

Recently at the World Series of Poker Europe, the fertilizer hit the ventilator and is still filling the atmosphere with the dust of anguish from the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe €10,450 buy-in Mix-Max No Limit Hold’em event by Brandon Cantu. The arguments ensued, floor rulings questioned, an unscheduled extension, and all the tension filled drama anyone could expect to experience happened.

Jack Effel, VP for International Poker Operations of the World Series of Poker, was on deck to talk poker with's Tatjana Pasalic. The video interview covers a small facet of the interaction that went on during the event and a bit more:

Interview with Jack Effel VP for International Poker Operations – WSOP Video

Patent Enforcement Strategy for Zoom and Rush poker

PokerStars has plans to enforce the intellectual property known as Rush Poker since its purchase of Full Tilt Poker brought the speed poker format into the fold. The Rush Poker patent application and PokerStars existing Zoom Poker applications with be the subject of an effort to coordinate an "enforcement strategy" for the online poker site's fast-fold poker products.

PokerStars General Counsel Paul Telford told

We are doing a full review of our Rush patent applications and will cross reference these with our existing Zoom patent applications to ensure we have broad protection in the area of “fast fold poker.” If necessary, we will use these patents to protect the inventive elements of the Rush and Zoom products and are working closely with our legal advisors to develop a co-ordinated patent enforcement strategy.

Is it possible to patent fast-fold poker? Find out more here.

Table Tango has an opinion on Full Tilt Poker and Howard Lederer

The overall picture of Full Tilt Poker's shareholders/owners and the management's role in its downfall simply isn't. The picture is a big blank sprinkled with intermittent fuzzy distortion that reverts back to a big blank. PokerWorks' Editor Linda Geenen has finally jumped in the mix of noise that's flying about the media to pen an opinion. Keep in mind it's strictly her opinion.

I think Howard’s interviews leaves him chained to a block wall where he is taking the shotgun blast to the face while the rest of the Full Tilt Poker Team/corporate leaders/management haven’t been forced into showdown with all their cards on the table. Howard may not be telling all but no matter how he tells it, most people want to reload that shotgun and keep firing. He isn’t going to be able to do anything right in their eyes so in essence, he laid down on the sacrificial altar and died for no reason.

Read Table Tango and the latest: Thinking – that could be a stand-alone mistake – Howard Lederer and Full Tilt Poker.

Full Tilt Poker's Rewards Program

Most of the world's online poker players are salivating over the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker which is scheduled for November 6th - players that live outside the United States will have instant access to their player accounts and be able to start playing on the site again - including the next FTOPS tournaments that are scheduled to occupy your desktop soon.

Along with the relaunch, the Rewards Program is undergoing changes. Poker Room Manager Shyam Markus has posted the news in a thread at Apparently the changes in the new rewards system was in the works before PokerStars purchased Full Tilt in July.

Since the new system was almost complete, it is expected to be introduced after the site reopens. The revamped rewards program combines some aspects of Black Card, Iron Man, and affiliate paid rakeback - the previous rewards programs.

The thread has the following:

By the time the PokerStars deal came along, most of the major work on this new program was done, and it was just a matter of deciding whether or not to go with it. This was not a trivial decision, but in the end we decided that the benefits of having a unified program were worth the change. So when we relaunch on November 6th it will be without Iron Man, Black Card, or affiliate-paid rakeback.

We aren't quite ready to give all of the details of the new rewards program, but the general idea is that it will be available to everyone, and the main benefit of the program is weekly cash payments that are based on the number of Full Tilt Points earned that week. The program tops out at paying $2.50 for every 100 Full Tilt Points earned (which works out to 25 percent).

There's more. Read it here.

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