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The Inside Shuffle - The Road to 100 Billion; Bitar's Medical Condition; Caesars VS. PokerStars

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The world is crazy isn't it? Could you ever imagine 100 billion poker hands or even winning one of those milestone hands? It happened a few days ago and one player in the 95 Billionth Hand disconnected.

Who is one of the 2011 Black Friday criminal defendants that hasn't settled with the Department of Justice yet? You guessed it, Ray Bitar! Apparently Bitar has a condition and it's not one of his terms of settlement.

What's up with the American Gaming Association's (friend of Caesars) shove to keep PokerStars out of New Jersey? We're only reading between the lines when we guess it has to do with big money and control.

Catch up with our News Flash to get the news-quick-fix and keep reading PokerWorks.

PokerStars Road to 100 Billion

Anyone that plays online poker knows that PokerStars has been celebrating Milestone Hands on the Road to 100 Billion hands and those celebrations spread big bucks for players along the way. Check with "RichB17" to find out how it feels.

The hand came down in a friendly little $0.08/$0.16 No Limit Holdem game at table 'Pasiphae' when an on-screen announcement hit that the 95 billionth hand had been dealt and the action froze.

A minimum payout of $10,000 each was guaranteed giving everyone a super-duper return on their $16 investment but one of them would take home the massive Mega Milestone payout.

Just when Lee Jones appeared to congatulate everyone and explain what was happening, Hungarian player 'MenFedlak' disconnected. After desperation phone calls and minutes went by, 'MenFedlak's' connection brought him back and then kicked him off again. Time was given, then a 30 minute window was added so Hungarian Internet service providers could sort it out but 'MenFedlak' must not have friends with an internet connection that live close.

But we don't want to spoil it for you, take a reading at the PokerStars Blog.

Ray Bitar has a Medical Condition

Former Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar apparently has a "medical condition" that is affecting the Black Friday criminal case Bitar has against him — according to his lawyers. reported on Friday of last week that during a court hearing Bitar's attorneys asked the judge to clear everyone out of the courtroom except the principals in the case to protect Bitar's privacy regarding his condition.

When the courtroom was reopened, the Hon. Loretta Preska, summarized the private court discussion, “The medical condition that [Bitar] faces makes it critical he try to resolve this case.” She granted the continuance.

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The American Gaming Association speaks against PokerStars

The American Gaming Association (AGA) is the nation's leading casino trade association and Monday found them filing a brief opposing the PokerStars' plan to purchase a land-based casino - The Atlantic Club. The brief was filed with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and the Casino Control Commission. This came almost on the heels of Gov. Chris Christie's signing the bill to pass online gambling in New Jersey.

“The integrity of the gaming industry would be gravely compromised by any regulatory approvals of PokerStars, a business built on deceit, chicanery and the systematic flouting of U.S. law,” was stated in the brief. “New Jersey’s law and regulatory tradition mandate denial of this petition.”

“These are matters for expert regulators to determine, not self-interested partisans picking a public fight,” said Eric Hollreiser, Head of Corporate Communication for the Rational Group (PokerStars parent company). “The U.S. Department of Justice has said PokerStars is suitable to apply for a license in the U.S. and saw fit to give us the assets of our largest competitor and entrust us to compensate their customers outside of the U.S. We will continue to work with authorities, including the NJ regulators and other interested state regulators, to discuss our qualifications and allow them to comment on what they find.”

The are many in New Jersey that echo Eric Hollreiser’s comment of “self-interested partisans” including state Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic City, who says other casinos are standing in the way of the Atlantic Club purchase. “They are motivated by greed. They want to keep foreign investors out... The gaming association is their vehicle,” Sen. Whelan said of Caesars Entertainment, which operates a third of Atlantic City’s casinos in Harrah’s Resort, Bally’s, Caesars, and Showboat Casino Hotel.

Read the full report here and then read Rich Ryan's Five Thoughts.

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