Let's take a quick hop through some the world's top gambling news topics and get you, and us, up-to-date with what we need to know about matters we have no control over but keeping tabs on them is in our best interest. And some of it's just fun and newsworthy, so let's get started.
NJ bill could allow the state to become an Internet gambling hub
New Jersey Assemblyman John Amodeo told the “World Regulatory Briefing USA focusing on iGaming” during a conference last month in Philadelphia that a New Jersey bill paves the way for the state to become a central hub for multistate online gaming. The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee passed the bill on Thursday, November 14th, 2013.
Although the bill is heading to the full Senate for consideration, if passed, it would allow New Jersey to sell rights to other states for use of the gambling hub which would house internet gaming hardware and software within the borders of Atlantic City instead of inside casinos.
“Right now, a lot of casinos do not have the space required to maintain Internet gaming operations,” Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, said. “By relocating the equipment for Internet gambling, we will give them the conditions to develop this activity properly.”
Bet Raise Fold highlights Isildur1's rise and fall
Bet Raise Fold is a documentary on the story of online poker and a recently released exclusive "exciting Internet fairy tale," from the Special Features category is a well done creative depicting the rise and fall of Isildur1 with a lesson tossed in for good measure.
Follow up with a visit to "Bet Raise Fold, the story of online poker" for more news on the film.
Philippines typhoon relief fund at PokerStars
Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on Friday, November 8th, 2013, and has taken the lives of thousands of people and destroyed much of the country at the same time. The Typhoon is one of the strongest storms ever recorded and your help is needed to send aid to the victims who have lost their homes and livelihood. PokerStars is ready to match your contribution to provide the immediate essentials, shelter, water, and food.
PokerStars corporate giving program 'Helping Hands' has partnered with global relief charity CARE International in launching an emergency appeal. But your help is needed, and through PokerStars you can make a donation by registering for special dummy tournaments that are not real tournaments but simply provide a way to collect donations that sends your buy-in to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.
Other ways to donate include a Player Transfer to the account 'Typhoon Fund' and donating through the CARE Website.
Find all the information you need to make a donation to the Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund here.
Ryan Riess selling shares in high roller package
Ryan Riess defeated Jay Farber on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, to take home the championship title for the 2013 WSOP Main Event and $8,361,570 for first place. It was noted by all that Riess was not 'patched up' (playing with an online sponsor) at the final table and he made the following statement after winning the Main Event, "I don't know about playing in any $100K's unless I sell action."
Riess' fans can expect to enjoy watching and reading about him as he plays his way through most of the major stops in poker tournaments around the globe in early 2014, however, after he released an offer on his Facebook page.
“I put together a high roller package for the PCA, Aussie Millions, and the WPT World Championship.,” Riess said in a Facebook post. “It includes 2-100ks, 2-25ks, 1-15k, and 3-10ks. I am selling the package at $3250 for every 1%. If you may be interested in buying a piece please let me know. Thanks and good luck us!!”
Today is the final day for US players to file for FTP repayment
The filing period — set by claims administrator Garden City Group (GCG) — has been open for two months with a deadline for filing to end on November 16th. That's coming up in a few short hours and that leaves very little time to file. If you are a U.S. citizen with an account at Full Tilt Poker and fail to file a petition by the deadline, you will not be able to claim your funds at a later date.
An update was released today on the GCG website, www.FulltiltPokerClaims.com, in regards to the repayment process.
"We are in the process of reviewing Petitions filed by Petitioners who confirmed their balances online and who have not disputed their FTP Account Balance or submitted multiple Petitions. We expect payments to be made with respect to such Petitions with confirmed balances by March 31, 2014."
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