We have a couple of things for you to toast through before you sleep tonight...or wake up to as the case may be...so 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.
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 thehill.com.
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 PokerNews.com 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!
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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.
Robl was recently featured in the new poker book Ship It Holla Ballas!.
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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