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Poker News | The Inside Shuffle

The Inside Shuffle: Dewey Tomko Hoax; Dutch Boyd loses in court; Shaun Deeb SCOOPs a boy

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A lot of life events are preserved in the history of 'he said, she said' and 'they' and if you are wondering who 'they' is, it's you and me when we're not around. Tales are told, gossip wags tongues, and somewhere, sometimes when the smoke clears, you can find a reason for how it all started. That is not the case with Dewey Tomko and what he's accused of because there appears to be no starting point other than a media outlet. Let's jump right into the first article on The Inside Shuffle and you can start to sort through it...kind of...sort of, and make your own decision.

Who’s the Imposter behind the Dewey Tomko Hoax?

According to the Dewey Tomko and Bill Byers (poker pros) put together a format to test gambling sites for cheating — that article aired at the end of March of this year. That's where the news originally started and more than one media outlet carried the story.

Tomko has been a high-stakes gambler for many years and is noted for being runner-up in the WSOP $10,000 Main Event — twice — and holds three WSOP gold bracelets and 43 money finishes. He isn't noted for playing online poker or even writing an article about it.

From the article at, it would appear that Tomko was trying to put a choke hold on online poker.

Enter Nolan Dalla, media director for the World Series of Poker, poker player, poker writer, friend to many of the poker pros of the world — with a lot of life knowledge stacked behind that piercing gaze — is a friend to Dewey Tomko.

Dalla did what none of the other media outlets did, he contacted Tomko and has a write-up/interview with Tomko concerning the editorial piece that Tomko knew nothing about.

Read Nolan's piece here. Who is the imposter? Perhaps time will tell.

Dutch Boyd ordered to pay

After a five-year legal battle, Dutch Boyd is on the final losing end of the court's decision. Boyd had registered the domain name "" and two years ago U.S. District Court Judge Ken Dawson ruled that Boyd's infringement was "deliberate and willful."

Two Plus Two Publishing LLC. was awarded $25,000 in statutory damages and $33,985 in attorney fees. But Boyd filed a counter claim for “defamation, defamation per se, intentional infliction of emotional distress, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and abuse of process.” Boyd's case never reached the court.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the March 2012 judgement against Boyd on Friday.

Find more on the story over at

Dutch Boyd has a long history with poker — it's not all pretty and tied together neatly with a neon bow. Google Boyd if you want more.

Shaun Deeb SCOOPS a baby boy

First things first! Congratulations are in order for Shaun Deeb and his wife, Ashley Deeb, on the birth of the new baby boy. Deeb's tweets tell the story:

It is hurtful for Deeb to miss any of PokerStars SCOOP, especially after winning three events in last year’s series, but perhaps the new baby will fall asleep in papa's arms to the sound of online poker hand alerts. Or not!

The little bundle of joy can be seen here — sharing papa Deeb's lap with a smart phone courtesy of @crashleyonfire.

Shaun Deeb with new baby - and a smartphone
Shaun Deeb with new baby - and a smartphone

Are you ready to SCOOP?

The 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) has started at PokerStars. Get in the scramble to take home a massive piece of this unique opportunity that puts $40 million in guaranteed prize pools on the table!

Get in action, and stay in action, to play for your share of the three Main Events that have guaranteed prize pools of $6 million on May 18th.
Every time SCOOP hits the virtual tables at PokerStars, all poker players can get in and rumble for a giant chunk of money with each event spreading three tournament levels — low, medium, and high buy-ins! The SCOOP series is perfect for all players, no matter what their bankroll level is.

The tournament also packs an incredible menu of game choices with poker variants that make it easy for everyone to get involved, including No Limit Hold'em, Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha, 5-card Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Badugi, 5-card draw, Deuce to 7 single draw, Stud, and Razz. Get ready to pick and choose between Shootouts, ZOOM tournaments, rebuys, knockout tournaments, and much more — better yet, play them all and see how well-rounded your poker skills are!

For your convenience, the full schedule is listed here.

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