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The Inside Shuffle - U.S. Lobbyists shift focus; Jake Cody joins Team PokerStars Pro; Shaun Deeb's Tutorial

Jake Cody - Team PokerStars Pro
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It's been awhile since The Inside Shuffle hit the pages of PokerWorks. The Shuffle is coming back and while we plan on getting right back into the swing of regular publication, we have to oil the gears and get in the mindset so come along for the ride and we'll try to take your focus off of that set of Aces you lost with a few years ago. We'll tell you about Team PokerStars newest pro and who slapped a patch on his arm; Shaun Deeb's latest hook with a video showing us the rules; and bitch about the state of online poker in the United States and where it's going now with the newest efforts of poker lobbyists.

Triple Crown Winner Jake Cody becomes a Team PokerStars Pro

You may have already heard the news that Daniel Negreanu unveiled Jake Cody as the newest member of Team PokerStars, but you didn't hear it from us so keep reading. It happened just before Day 1B of the 10th Anniversary PCA Main Event kicked off at the Atlantis Hotel and Resort, The Bahamas.

"PokerStars always looks for young up-and-coming ambassadors for the game and I feel like we've found a gem. The youngest ever winner of the Triple Crown. He's won a WPT, a World Series of Poker bracelet and more importantly an EPT. He combines poker skill with a gentlemanly demeanour as is expected in a PokerStars Team Pro. Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Jake Cody to the team," said Negreanu.

When Cody put out his arm, PokerStars Pro Negreanu slapped the Team PokerStars Pro patch on him. Cody picked up his titles in just 16 months at the age of 22; he holds the record as the youngest Triple Crown winner.

Jake Cody's Triple Crown
January 2010: €5,000 EPT Deauville, €857,000 ($1,213,194)
August 2010: £5,000 WPT London, £273,783 ($425,492)
May 2011: $ 25,000 WSOP Heads-Up Championship, $851,192
Live tournament winnings: $3,156,032

Read more in PokerStars Blog.

Shaun Deeb teaches Kristy Arnett Open Face Chinese Poker Rules

PokerStars added Open Face Chinese Poker to the events list in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 10th Anniversary edition that's running now in the Bahamas. During the World Series of Poker Europe Phil Hellmuth, Brandon Cantu, Jeff Lisandro, Joe Hachem, and Jason Mercier were wrapped up in long sessions of the game.

Just in case you find a game and want to grab a seat, Shaun Deeb runs through a few of the rules with's Kristy Arnett.

Play in a $22,500 Freeroll at PokerStars

This is such a hot headline we wanted to give you a shot at getting your seat now instead of waiting for the last minute. A $22,500 Freeroll just doesn't come along every day and PokerWorks' referred players should be dancing on the table tops because it's the second one we've had the pleasure of announcing. It's an exclusive. It's a Freeroll. It's got a massive guaranteed prize pool.

Latest PokerWorks $22,500 PokerStars Freeroll

  • Date: February 11th, 2013
  • Time: 14:00 ET (19:00 WET)
  • Tournament ID#: 664167277
  • Qualification Period: January 1st - January 31st
  • Existing PokerWorks Players: Earn 100 VPPs to qualify
  • New PokerNews Players: Make a first deposit
  • Prize Pool: $22,500

Read all about it here.

Poker Highlights and Twilights of 2012

We're slow starters at times so don't fall off your chair in shock when you realize our first edition of recapping 2012 wasn't published until a week into the New Year. Sometimes late is better. We plan on a few more editions to cover the juicy poker news of the year past - and even a few bits of news that are dried up and blowing off in the wind with the juice sucked out of them.

Catch the first edition here.

Online Poker Lobbyists are shifting focus

The United States government failed! That statement sums it all up. Specifically it failed to provide an online poker platform to its poker playing population during 2012. We've read the stories of how hard Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) worked to put online poker on the map at Capital Hill in 2012 but we can't help but wonder whose side he's on. A few copies of Reid's online poker bill were leaked to the media, take a reading for your intepretation of what Reid was really trying to do...we are still wondering.

Poker lobbyists have focused on obtaining regulation at the federal level ever since the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act became a waking nightmare six years ago. Now the focus is moving to state level with Nevada, Delaware, and possibly New Jersey, expecting to have intrasate internet poker operating sometime in 2013.

Read Matthew Kredell's article at to get the overview of what's going on with online poker in the U.S.

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