Just when the last gasp of air was slowly escaping from the deflated pages of the Inside Shuffle, the team kicked it in the chest, shoved an oxygen tube down its throat, and put the pressure back on. For those of you that have missed our fun and sometimes moronic quips and attempts to humor ourselves — more so than you — we are jumping back on the treadmill and plan on keeping the volume turned up to a regular publication. So...let's get started.
The WPT Shot Clock
Yes, it’s finally happened! Players are so tired of waiting for another player to Hollywood out his playing style and grab additional airtime that the use of a World Poker Tour (WPT) Shot Clock is being polled. How it should work is that if the Shot Clock is initiated, the player would have to drink three shots within a one-minute time frame, or their hand would be declared automatically dead. That player would definitely pump up the action for the rest of the tournament, or pass out, and either way, the problem would be eliminated.
All kidding aside, the poll is running and the discussions are down-to-earth and the following is what would happen if the Shot Clock is in effect:
- Players will have 30 seconds to act on his or her hand
- If a player does not act on his or her hand in 30 seconds, the hand will be declared dead
- Each player will be given time buttons that will add an additional 60 seconds to the clock, and time buttons can be used individually or in combination
The idea of a WPT Shot Clock has been under consideration for some time. PokerNews.com has a report up with more detailed information and you can participate in a poll on the website. Visit here.
The Senior Poker Tour heads for Las Vegas
The Senior Poker Tour Vegas Spring Classic will put cards in the air from April 8th through the 13th at the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, with plans for a 12-event series with a $70 Survivor Mega Satellite to the SPT Championship. The top 10% in the Survivor Mega Satellite are expected to win a seat in the $550 SPT Championship.
The inaugural event took place at Horseshoe Tunica and the Main Event Champion honors went to Glen Biddle of Centerville, AR, who had to fight his way through some of the SPT Pros to collect his $16,432 win — those pros included Susie Isaacs, Marsha Waggoner, Mark Kroon, Dennis Phillips, and Tom McEvoy.
NETELLER is back in the U.S.A.
Perhaps that's a hasty statement but NETELLER is on its way to the U.S.A. after having ran the full gauntlet of Black Friday which found the Neteller Founders being arrested for Money Laundering and U.S. customers having their funds frozen. All of U.S. customers had their money returned back in the summer of 2007 — to the tune of $94 million.
That was then, this is now. Optimal Payments Plc is the parent company for NETELLER and an announcement released by the company states that NETELLER is returning to America through a federally-insured financial institution sponsor.
"The NETELLER service and the Net+ Card being launched in the U.S. are brand new services that have been developed to meet the unique needs of the U.S. marketplace," said Joel Leonoff, Optimal's president and CEO. "With our U.S. financial institution sponsor, we are leveraging NETELLER's flexible deposit and payment options and with our expertise, resources, and management are offering something truly unique in the U.S."
Optimal is the processor for online gaming in both Nevada and New Jersey.
Find more information at PokerNews.com.
What's moving and shaking in online poker?
The big news out over the weekend was the PokerStars 8th Anniversary Sunday Million where first place was set to pay out $1,000,000 minimum thanks to the guarantee PokerStars had in place. Pokerworks had an exclusive freeroll to that very millionaire-maker tournament where 300 players could get a seat free. Our Super Poker Sunday report has the winners list.
partypoker's PokerFest is in action right now and if you miss it, line up the shot clock and start drinking because you are going to be giving up a ton of value. That's not all that's going on at partypoker and we don't want you to have to search for news so we'll make it easy for you: