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Poker News | The Inside Shuffle

The Inside Shuffle: Hansen Wins; American Gaming Reneges; Eriquezzo Disqualified; and The Works

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Ask your doctor for an IV of liquid Dramamine and get ready for the crazy ride in online poker's nosebleed stakes. The up and down swings can make you dizzy while you feed your need for speed vicariously through the reports of those that seem to have no fizz or sizz control on their bankroll.

How do they do it? Possibly by closing their eyes and continually hovering over the 'raise' button while they practice finger calisthenics? meant how do they handle the massive losses and stay in action? We can't help you with an answer to that, but we can keep you tuned in when one of your favorite poker pros is ricocheting off the virtual felt. And that brings us to our first topic of The Inside Shuffle today.

Gus Hansen Books a Win

Full Tilt Poker Professional Gus Hansen's claiming victory over the red column may not seem like big news, but it is. He STILL is the leader on the 2014 biggest loser's list. But as all things in life go…change is always on the wind and that’s what the backgammon pro did — changed it up!

The Great Dane managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat over three days of play for a $482,264 profit. He was still ricocheting off of the virtual felt last Sunday when his 18 sessions that consisted of 1,465 found him stacking winnings of $546,688. In the evening session he was up against the likes of Phil "Polarizing" Ivey; punting-peddler, Alexander "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn; Alex "Alexonmoon" Luneau; Hac "trex313" Dang; samrostan; and Patrick "FinddaGrind" Antonius at the 8-game table Khan. Pulling a win out of that field is pretty impressive.

But...about the victory thing, he did the reverse to finish the biggest loser for the day on Tuesday. We aren't going to spoil your vicarious thrill ride so you'll have to tune in to for the full report.

WSOP 2012 National Champ Ryan Eriquezzo Disqualified

It's not news that Ryan Eriquezzo has a bit of a temper and his poker face can disappear completely when he takes a beat, but then whose face is firmly tacked in place when they take an outrageous beat at a key point in a big poker tournament where a lot of chips are on the line?

Seriously? Most of the pros start their day with their poker face surgically attached so it won't slip or show a trace of anything other than a calm demeanor.

According to a report up at, Eriquezzo's poker face didn't slide or slip, it blew off into the atmosphere at the PARX Poker Big Stax $15,00+$100 buy-in event and by the time he was finished losing the last shred of it, he was disqualified from the tournament.

The situation apparently escalated when Ryan called out PARX Poker Room Ambassador Matt Glantz on the issue.

The tweet wars started, the situation isn't pretty since Eriquezzo feels his income is being messed with and his behavior wasn't that far out of line and didn't merit disqualification.

Catch the blow-by-blow here! And remember, DO NOT THROW CARDS or behave badly when you play live, because someone, somewhere, is going to shove you right into the spotlight and then it’s too late. Everyone knows about your poker face and it could tarnish your poker career.

American Gaming Reneges by Pulling Support for Online Gaming

The issue of legalizing and regulating online gaming in the United States is long and hard, played through the hands of politicians and those that fight against it, and those that fight for it. We've reported previously on Sheldon Adelson's threat to use all the money at his disposal (it's a lot) to make sure online poker isn't legalized for US citizens.

Previously the American Gaming Association's president and CEO Geoff Freeman "was out there promoting the common-sense approach that extending gaming into the online world was a natural progression of the industry..."

That's over!

A report up at the Wall Street Journal states "that the largest casino industry group in the US is pulling its support for online gaming."

That must be music to Adelson's ears after Freeman promoted online poker ever since he took over as AGA's leader last July.

Visit here for a more in depth report.

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