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Poker News | The Inside Shuffle

The Inside Shuffle: Mike Matusow Spinal Surgery; @BrokeLiving JRB Not as Broke; Phil Ivey Goes to Pot

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Taking a little swing through the poker news mainstream brings us to a follow-up on Jean-Robert Bellande's weight loss bet and a run through Phil Ivey's latest venture that is public knowledge — he is obviously a man of many hats and could have much more shaking and moving that no one knows about yet. As much as we hate to admit it, the world's greatest poker player does not confide in us. And Mike Matusow will walk again according to reports...we definitely want Matusow on his feet and not confined to a chair for the rest of his life. And we have a new exclusive with Full Tilt Poker. Grab a chair and take a load off while you read the short version of poker news for the day.

Las Vegas has put the "OK" Stamp on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The pot permits were rolling off the assembly line as the City Council members in Las Vegas spent 16 hours going over licensing entitlements and preliminary land use to approve pot dispensaries in the city. There were 50 business operators seeking the licenses and out of that number 26 were approved.

The applicants still have to be approved by the state health department and once they receive both city and state credentials, they will go back to the City Council to see if they can get final approval in a "final, as-yet-unscheduled suitability hearing."

Can you guess who was approved? Yes, none other than the world's greatest poker player, Phil Ivey!!!

Find more information on the first round of pot permit hearings here.

@BrokeLiving JRB Not Quite as Broke

In yesterday's edition of The Inside Shuffle, @BrokeLiving JRB was front and center with his weight loss bet as he was sweating losing the last few pounds to claim a $70,000 prize.

Today Jean-Robert Bellande is eating goat cheese pastries and ready to take his newly won funds on a race through a poker game.

AllinMag Dealer's Choice has a walk-through on Bellande's weight loss journey.

Mike Matusow Relearns Walking

Mike Matusow is commonly known for his massive vocal eruptions tempered with his skill at the poker table — or is that the other way around? As far back as we can remember, Matusow has never let an opportunity to sound off go by without putting his whole being into letting the world know that he has something to say.

There's an old saying, "Do your talking walking!" That used to tell someone to hit the road because you don't want to hear anything further from them. In Matusow's case, he almost didn't have the opportunity to walk away after back surgery.

Back in September Mike “The Mouth” Matusow went to Facebook to let the world know that he was going to have back surgery.

“Tomorrow morning I’m playing my biggest poker hand ever as I’m going for surgery. Please pray for me.”

There were complications during surgery.

“I just woke up as I'm still in hospital from my surgery that I had last Sunday. It was very difficult week but everything points to me walking again and making a full recovery with a lot of physical therapy on horizon on learning how to walk again,” Matusow's latest update. “I can't begin to today how blessed I am to have such wonderful friends, fans, and family who truly care. I'm looking forward to tackling another obstacle in my path once again, [one] that will make me even stronger.”

Read more of Matusow's story here.

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