Australia’s upcoming elections could put an end to online poker. Do these people know that one of the most famous poker players in their country plays online poker? * Rafa Nadal is more than a pretty face, he's a poker pro waiting to shake loose from the daily grind of tennis and get in action in his first live poker appearance. Of course we're joking about the grind of tennis...it's his life! * Delaware has a play-money Facebook casino up and running! * Keep reading to find out more than you knew when you started.
Australia's online poker on the voting block
Joe Hachem won the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event but poker was alive and well — running under the radar — in Australia a decade or so before that happened. Australia's upcoming elections will determine the next Prime Minister and in doing that, could also decide the fate of online poker in the country.
Tim Napper over at pokerasiapacific.com believes the elections are the writing on the wall...Black Friday is coming to Australia. After explaining the political parties and their position, in conclusion Napper says, "If, as is increasingly likely, the Liberal Party wins the election, the outlook is grim. Their explicit, stated policy is to ban online poker. The Greens and Xenophon will not stop them in the Senate."
Napper recommends that Australian’s reduce their current online bankroll to the bare minimum.
Is PokerStars Ambassador Rafa Nadal Playing Live?
Tennis legend Rafa Nadal started his poker journey in 2012 after becoming a PokerStars ambassador. Nadal has learned to play online poker since joining the world’s biggest online poker site and won his first online poker tournament in January.
Tennis? You can take the competitor out of the game with an injury but you can't take the competitive spirit out of a legend like Nadal. He plans on playing poker in the off-season when he's not racking up win after win on the courts.
According to a post by Brad Willis, PokerStars Head of Blogging, Nadal is planning on playing a special charity poker event at the EPT Prague Festival.
Head for the PokerStars Blog for more news.
A look at President Obama and Poker
Peter Alson and James McManus take a run through poker playing presidents and President Obama's complicated role in the political game that could legalize online poker, but hasn't.
One of the questions asked of McManus:
"In Cowboys Full, you quote Obama describing himself as a “pretty good poker player,” which certainly means he understands there is a considerable component of skill involved in the game and that it is not out-and-out gambling. Given that, why do you think his Justice Department shut down the three most popular internet poker sites operating in this country in 2011?"
"I think that happened despite what Obama wanted to happen, not because he wanted it to happen. The UIGEA was snuck into law in 2006 by nanny-state Republicans like Jon Kyl and Bill Frist, and happily signed by George W. Bush. Kyl kept pressuring the DOJ to enforce the law, by threatening to hold up Obama's judicial appointments; Obama and most Democrats were hoping Barney Frank's repeal of UIGEA and his new law to license and regulate online poker would pass, but it never happened because the Republicans controlled the House. Eventually Preet Bharara in the Southern District of New York decided to indict the Big 3, but he didn't need Eric Holder's permission and I haven't seen any evidence that Holder supported the prosecution."
Delaware Launches Free Online Poker on Facebook
It's been over a year since Delaware legalized the whole nine-yards for online gambling. Delaware's design was to be the first regulated, real-money online casino in the United States and that could definitely become a reality.
A free-to-play online gambling site is available on Facebook as of August 28th when Delaware's three casinos debuted slots, roulette games, poker, and blackjack. The DoubleDown Casino is the public gateway to the free-play site and will provide real-money play when that becomes available.
Speaking of online poker, get ready for the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP)! It’s coming to your desktop in September and boasts a guaranteed prize pool of $40,000,000.