NBC Heads-Up Championship 2009

January 16, 2009

If you are a poker fan, you no doubt have witnessed the National Heads-Up Poker Championship on television. This prestigious tournament features a who’s who of the top players in the world. Much like college basketball’s March Madness tournament, the Heads Up tournament begins with 64 players who compete in heads up matches until a final winner is left standing. Historically, this has been an invitation only event but this year, Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars will be giving away 5 seats to this event. Read more

New Hope in Overturning UIGEA

January 15, 2009

With the election of Barack Obama, there are many in the online poker community that view this changing of the guard as a possible precursor to the removal or at least modification of the controversial UIGEA which puts a gigantic damper on the online poker world. As originally passed, the UIGEA quietly slipped into the night through a possibly sneaky manner through Congress but there lies hope that the new administration could be in a unique position to overturn it.

Midnight Rule Act

Early last week, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York reintroduced the Midnight Rule Act. This act basically allows that all changes made by the outgoing White House within the last three months would need final approval by the incoming administration. This is a safeguard against any abuses of poker by the outgoing President and cabinet. This measure was reintroduced because outgoing President Bush tried to do just that, “As expected, the Bush Administration has, in its final moments, proposed a series of retrograde and dangerous regulatory changes,” Nadler said.

Nadler went on to state that:

“I am reintroducing the Midnight Rule Act to reverse President Bush’s last minute attempts to weaken key legal protections within our federal agencies. We cannot sit idly by as this Administration quietly makes last-ditch efforts to erode civil liberties, empower polluting industries, threaten the environment and weaken a woman’s right to choose.”

If the bill is approved the incoming administration would provide a checks and balances into George Bush’s final policy changes made in his waning days in office. This measure is not done solely to undermine the outgoing President, rather to ensure everything is on the up and up. This has become necessary as Bush has made an inordinate amount of changes in his final days in office. One of those, the UIGEA regulations were one of those last-minute pushes made by the administration at the end of 2008. The Treasury Department and Federal Reserve finalized the rules for the UIGEA in November, falling right into the 3-month window of review.

As we all know, the UIGEA restricts deposits and withdrawals from banks to online gambling sites, including online poker rooms and online casinos. The controversial bill has faced a lot of criticism for putting banks in charge of policing online gambling transactions and for impeding the privacy of people who choose to gamble online.

Congress will need to pass this bill quickly in order to give President Elect Barrack Obama’s administration the power to review any of these issues when it comes into power following his January 20th inauguration. Although poker players are hopeful, this is by no means a guarantee of changes to come.

PokerStars Enjoys Record Growth in 2008

January 14, 2009

Though overall, online poker experienced a bit of slowed growth. in 2008, most likely due to the fact that casual players are having a harder time in funding their accounts, PokerStars is the site that experienced the largest sustained growth, further establishing itself as the world biggest and best online poker site. Read more

Annie Duke Returns to Poker

January 14, 2009

After taking a self-imposed six month break from playing poker, Annie Duke is making a return to the poker scene. On a blog post of her website, Duke says that the reason that she took time off to begin with was because of her outside endeavors that were occupying much of her focus. Her official announcement comes on the heels of Duke’s playing in the Bellagio Five Diamond $15,000 event Read more

Antonius Defeats Durrrr in One Million Dollar Session

January 13, 2009

The online forums were buzzing as Durrr sat down to face Patrik Antonius in a Pot Limit Omaha $500-$1000 match on Full Tilt Poker, thinking it was the beginning of Durrr’s Challenege. However, it was not part of the challenge so it was just a preliminary match up between the online poker behemoths. When it was all said and done, Read more

FTOPS XI - Full Tilt Poker

January 9, 2009

The online poker community is buzzing with anticipation for Full Tilt Poker’s upcoming signature tournament series, FTOPS XI. This latest installment kicks off on February 4th and will feature 25 events with a prize pool that is expected to top $15 million. In addition to events with a more traditional tournament structure, this unique series will Read more

MR B 2 U SON’s Two Suckouts on Ivey Lead to Profitable Session

January 8, 2009

The player known as MR B 2 U SON has had a very bad past two months. Yesterday, this player tried to return back to profitability by playing heads up $500-$1000 Pot Limit Omaha against Phil Ivey. Though most players would tell you this isn’t an ideal way to try to make some money, MR B 2 U SON did have some success, sucking out on Ivey to win two key pots. Read more

3 Top Players Accept Durrr’s Million Dollar Challenge

January 7, 2009

Following up on a story that we reported on earlier in the week, Tom “Durrr” Dwan has three players who have taken him up on his million dollar challenge. The players are no small fish by any means and have the ability and bankroll to take on Durrr. The players are Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonious and David Benyamine, three of the highest rollers in the online poker playing community. Read more

Absolute Poker Playboy Mansion Promotion

January 6, 2009

For most adult males, and some females too, being able to hang out at the Playboy mansion is something we only dream about. Well, for 12 lucky Absolute Poker players, this dream will become a reality. On February 28, 2009, the Playboy mansion will be hosting the Kandy Masquerade party and the popular online poker site will be giving away 6 trip packages for two to Read more

Durrrr Issues a Million Dollar Challenge

January 5, 2009

Top online poker player Tom “Durrrr” Dwan has issued a challenge to any player to play him heads up on Full Tilt Poker and he is so confident in his superiority, he is willing to lay 3 to 1 odds to anyone who takes him up. Read more

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