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Poker News | The Inside Shuffle

The Inside Shuffle - Antigua vs. US; NBC National Heads-Up; NJ's gambling bill; and more

2013 NBC National Heads-Up
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We have a couple of things for you to toast through before you sleep tonight...or wake up to as the case may grab your favorite drink, the one that fits your hand like a glove and blends with your particular hour, and spend a little time with us. We'll fill you in on a few need-to-knows you may not know about or don't even really care about.

  • The United States may be up for a giant fall from a small island nation that just got the 'OK' to release pirated software...or is it?
  • What heads-up televised poker event was back in the history books this week?
  • Who won the 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge?
  • Will a certain governor upset the online gambling apple cart in New Jersey?

That's a lot of questions but we're here to please so let's just do it.

Antigua ready for battle

A long, long time ago, like back in 2003, the tiny island government of Antigua and Barbuda ("Antigua") began a dispute resolution process to challenge the United States in the World Trade Organization ("WTO") for prohibiting cross-border gambling services that were offered by Antiguan operators like the World Sports Exchange to consumers in the United States.

Seriously, this is headache material - trying to piece everything together that has gone down with the U.S.'s ultra-cocky you 'can't touch this' attitude simply because the U.S. believes they are the bottom line and everyone else has to lay down.

Back in April of 2011 we ran an article that spelled it out from our point of view. The full history of the the issues are listed here.

Antigua is threatening to ignore U.S. copyrights as retaliation for an online gaming ban that wreaked havoc with the Caribbean nation's economy.

The WTO authorized Antigua to set up a website to sell materials that infringe on U.S. copyrights without paying American copyright holders on Monday, January 28, 2013.

We really like the U.S.'s stance of:

“The United States will not tolerate theft of intellectual property and will take whatever steps are most efficient and effective to prevent this from happening,” Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Nkenge Harmon told The Hill.

“Throughout this process, the United States has urged Antigua to consider solutions that would benefit its broader economy. Unfortunately, Antigua has repeatedly stymied these negotiations with certain unrealistic demands,” Harmon said. “While an arbitrator in this dispute has determined that Antigua may apply suspension of concessions, no WTO Member has taken the extraordinary step of applying a suspension of intellectual property rights. Any action taken by Antigua will be carefully scrutinized, and Antigua will be accountable to the WTO for any suspension applied.”

We're kidding...we don't care for the U.S.'s stance at all. Read about it at

NBC National Heads-Up

All the thrills and chills of the poker pros and a few unknowns meeting for a heads-up fest took place at Caesars Palace a few days ago. It was a three-day heads-up challenge that found some of the world's greatest poker players battling it out to take down the claim-to-fame that goes with winning a big televised poker event - NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

Our initial article set the stage that led to an open window at where the whole event was live blogged.

It ended with Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matusow playing heads-up poker for the whole nine yards. If Hellmuth won it, he would be the only player to ever win the event twice. Sorry, Phil!

1Mike Matusow$750,000
2Phil Hellmuth$300,000
3Scott Seiver$100,000
4Joe Serock$100,000
5Eugene Katchalov$50,000
6Brian Hastings$50,000
7John Hennigan$50,000
8Daniel Cates$50,000
9David "Doc" Sands$25,000
10Dan Smith$25,000
11Tom Dwan$25,000
12Joseph Cheong$25,000
13Antonio Esfandiari$25,000
14Barry Greenstein$25,000
15Vanessa Rousso$25,000
16Phil Ivey$25,000

After winning the final hand Matusow said, "You gotta go for it, baby! I told you it was my time!"

Catch the whole tournament report here.

Will New Jersey Gov. Christie sign?

New Jersey State Sen. Ray Lesniak wasn't impressed with the concerns Gov. Chris Christie presented in his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio segment on January 22nd, on New Jersey 101.5 FM. A caller asked Christie's position on the bill that would allow online gambling legislation and Christie responded that he had yet to make a final decision but had two concerns.

Lesniak said Christie was "clueless" and Christie's support of lottery expansion is completely contrary to Christie's concerns on "setting up a whole new generation of addicted gamblers."

Be sure to read Lesniak steams on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's take on internet gambling bill to grasp how government officials support each other.

2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge

The 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge finished with a bang on Monday after six hours of play. The 22-player field started the final day of play with seven players and Andrew Robl took home the victory after exercising his re-entry option when he was first to bust out.

1stAndrew RoblA$1,000,000
2ndIgor KurganovA$610,000
3rdMasa KagawaA$320,000
4thDan ShakA$237,000

Robl was recently featured in the new poker book Ship It Holla Ballas!.

Read the full report here. And follow the Aussie Millions $10,000 Main Event here.

Finished that drink that fits your hand like a glove yet? We're done, we hope you are too! Come back soon for more and while we have your attention Win your Las Vegas Hangover and get ready to pack for the 2013 World Series of Poker.

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