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The Inside Shuffle: More Adelson monkey biz, ElkY’s case for freezeouts, Play the Aspers Accumulator, and more

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Not one of our favorite subjects, but like a bloated blowfly that continues to buzz around your head and dive bomb at your face now and then when cold weather drives them in, Sheldon Adelson's batch of trained monkeys politicians did the dirty deed and introduced bills on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in the Senate and House to ban Internet gambling in the United States.

It's our first topic in The Inside Shuffle today...if you're not a U.S. citizen, please feel our pain and light a candle for Online Poker to be allowed in the U.S. Of course you want to play poker with us, we're all donkeys, right? If you live in the U.S., please contact your government officials and tell them you want to play online poker in a regulated, licensed, and secure environment. Start by heading over to the Poker Players Alliance and get involved.

The Restoration of America's Wire Act

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) called it the Restoration of America's Wire Act when they made the official announcement. Of course they needed co-sponsors for their bills.

Graham managed to get Dianne Feinstein, a high-profile Democratic co-sponsor, who is going against the interests in her own state of California. California wants to license and regulate online poker — with Feinstein behind Adelson's push, it should be interesting. Graham's only other support comes from Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).

Chaffetz found nine co-sponsors on the house side and of the two that are Democrats, both hail from the only two states in the U.S. that don't offer any form of gambling.

Head over to to read the full report.

ElkY – A case for freezeouts

PokerStars Team Pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier gives us his take on re-entry tournaments in his recent PokerStars blog post.

"Re-entry tournaments are a big debate in the poker world right now and I really dislike them."

Grospellier's take on re-entries is that they are a tool for professionals because the average Joe-Player can't afford to re-enter multiple times in a big buy-in tournament. The skill level of a pro is already an advantage and a re-entry format gives them an additional edge. If a player qualifies online or wins a live satellite, they normally could only fire one bullet.

The Frenchman believes that recreational players may not even try to satellite in since they're aware they're already at a disadvantage knowing they can't rebuy.

ElkY's favorites? He likes the EPT Main Events because they are still freezeouts.

Read ElkY's blog post here.

Are you ready for the WPT Aspers Accumulator?

What is it? The WPT Aspers Accumulator is a brand new live poker tournament format that allows you to buy into a tournament up to three times and accumulate your chips from each of the three entries. SWEET!!! Maybe not, but you won't know if you love it or hate it until you try it.

Aspers Casino and partypoker are giving players three shots to win $1,000 WPT London packages that are spread over three entries.

Find out more here.

Moorman and Lindsay agree to a deal

“Chris Moorman, the walking, talking, human poker machine, and Katie Lindsay just made a deal. It involves: A commitment, a ring, and an altar somewhere along life's road.”

That’s how our News Flash started yesterday.

Katie Lindsay is special to the team at PokerWorks – many of her articles graced our pages back in the day. And we’re still in total awe of Chris Moorman’s poker abilities. Need we say more? Congratulations to both of them.

Viktor “Isildur1” Blom talks to

Remember the day when everyone and their dogs were wondering who the hell "Isildur1" was? Hidden behind the mask of the Internet, he was the original "King of Swing" as he shot his chip stacks up to the moon and back down again in Full Tilt Poker's nose bleed stakes. But back then, he was a mystery, known only by his handle, "Isildur1", until he was outed as Viktor Blom on Tony G's blog.

Blom is now one of the Full Tilt Poker Professionals and is currently in Vienna playing the European Poker Tour festival.'s Frank Op de Woerd had the opportunity to catch up with Blom on a break.

Read the interview here.

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