The following is a press realease by Full tilt poker
Full Tilt Poker announced today that we will no longer provide real-money poker to players located within the state of Washington. In accordance with Washington State law, as it is currently interpreted, any player logging in from a Washington-based IP address will be prohibited from real-money gameplay.
This decision was made following extensive legal consultation in relation to the Washington Supreme Court's recent ruling on Internet gaming.
Our number one priority is, and always has been, providing the best possible online poker experience to all of our players, and it is with great regret that we make this announcement.
We would like to assure all players that their funds are safe and secure in their Full Tilt Poker account and our Customer Support team is available to assist players with withdrawal requests.
Full Tilt Poker fully supports the formation of sensible Internet poker regulations. We recommend that players located within Washington State sign up to the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) to join the fight to keep poker legal.
Friday Nov. 12, 2010
World poker champion Duhamel lands in T.O.
Newly minted poker world champion Jonathan Duhamel, who is now flush with cash, was in Toronto Friday morning to be feted like royalty.
The native of Boucherville, Que., became the first Canadian to win the World Series of Poker main event late Monday night in Las Vegas and the $8.94 million top prize.
"I'm just one happy guy right now," he said at a Toronto news conference after a champagne breakfast at the Park Hyatt Hotel. "I was quite lucky to win" he said. I'm going to hopefully pull off another win. This is a cool experience (but) I don't think people should quit school. I am the exception.
he day before, he was paraded in front of the Montreal media.
"There's been so much demand to speak to him and that's why we arranged this," said Jessica Rutledge of Paradigm Public Relations.
The event was hosted by Pokerstars.net; Duhamel is their new ambassador. It's been a whirlwind for the unassuming Canadian. "He doesn't even know what his schedule is for next week," said Rutledge.
Luck and talent have shot the 23-year-old into the poker stratosphere. The math whiz, who has read dozens of books on poker strategy and statistical probabilies, achieved this by defeating a field of 7,319 players - the second-biggest live tournament field ever.
"It is surreal," Duhamel said after winning the gold bracelet -The mathematical aspect helped me a lot," he said Friday.
Duhamel, who is a rabid Montreal Canadiens fan, made good on his promise to donate $100,000 to the NHL club's Children's Foundation. Duhamel, who had a massive chip advantage in the final head-to-head encounter against John Racener of Florida, explained his strategy. I was aggressive on the final table, so I wanted to mix it up a little bit, I didn't fold at all, but I limped a little bit just to try to confuse him and have a good balance in my game.
Duhamel, who routinely plays with a hooded sweatshirt pulled fully over his head, said he felt good about his chances as he took his seat. I was very confident about my game, so I knew it wasn't over of course, there was a lot of poker to be played, but I liked my chances.
With many of poker's biggest names watching, Duhamel took the last of Racener's chips after 43 hands. The tournament started July 5 with 7,319 players each paying $10,000 to enter. Racener won $5.55 million for second place. Duhamel had a humble start on the road to fame and fortune. He dropped out of a finance degree at the University of Quebec at Montreal at 19 to pursue poker full time. He worked a series of bad jobs before getting into cards and making his living online at tables with $5 and $10 minimums. Prior to winning this championship, he had won only $100,000 in organized tournaments. He entered the tournament a relative unknown in both Las Vegas and Quebec. With millions of dollars to play with now, Duhamel said he will go on tour and enter more top poker tournaments.
Friday Nov. 12, 2010
Foxwoods, one of the largest casinos in the world, has announced plans to collaborate with Goodson Gaming, a television and entertainment firm to venture into online gaming. The partnership has been named Velocity Gaming.
The Foxwoods Development Company LLC issued a statement about the merge. ���-cVelocity Gaming brings together industry leaders in gaming, television game show production, and global lotteries in order to produce an unparalleled combination that will generate product awareness, drive incremental game play, and create new and exciting customer experiences in the interactive gaming world.���-�
It has yet to be determined what this will mean for online poker, but speculation has already begun as to whether Foxwoods is preparing in the event online gambling becomes legalized and regulated within the United States.
Gary Armentrout, Foxwoods Development President, told The Day on Thursday that for now, the venture would be limited to ���-cthose jurisdictions where internet gaming is fully legal, regulated, and taxed.���-�
Goodson gaming is comprised of Jonathan Goodson, son of the late game show producer Mark Goodson. Among the game shows in their line of credits are The Price is Right, Family Feud, Match Game and Card Sharks.
Velocity Gaming will be led by Gaming Solutions International���-™s Mark Hutchinson, who described the make up of the venture. ���-cI���-™m the lottery game guy,���-� he said. ���-cMy partner, Goodson, is the TV guy, and Foxwoods Development is the land-based casino operator.���-�
Foxwoods is run by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and has the largest poker room on the East Coast with over 100 tables. They are also home to the World Poker Tour for their annual Foxwoods World Poker Finals.
Tuesday Nov. 9, 2010
New Jersey Senators will gather today to review a bill proposing the creation of online versions of the Atlantic City casinos, from which the state would receive 20% of the annual gaming revenues.
The bill, introduced by Senator Raymond Lesniak is January, was developed with the goal of using egaming to aid the struggling racetracks and casinos of the state. Many citizens within New Jersey���-™s borders already play online poker, but this bill would allow residents to play games like poker, blackjack and baccarat through the intrastate egaming system, with the state collecting money from the operation to help contest the negative impact that the recession has had on the state.
The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) estimates that the e-gaming would generate up to $250 million in gross revenue and $50 million in taxes each year. Along with the revenue, it is expected that thousands of jobs would be created from legalizing online gaming.
Voting on the bill is expected to take place by the end of the year.
Sam El Sayed Wins World Poker Tour Amneville
Swiss Player Takes Down ��-426,425 in France
Sam El Sayed, a Swiss-based Lebanese poker pro, topped the 542-strong field in Amneville, France to lift the PartyPoker.fr World Poker Tour title and ��-426,425 first prize at the weekend.
Sayed started the final table of the ��-3,500 buy in main event as chip leader and made his advantage pay.
Heads up he raised Franck Pepe to 800,000 from the buton. Pepe called and the fop fell 10
Pepe moved all-in with K 10 and was called by El Sayed who held K K which held up as the river fell the J .
The final table payouts were:
1: Sam El Sayed ���-" ��-426,425
2: Franck Pepe ���-" ��-229,613
3: Ilan Boujenah ���-" ��-161,550
4: Nesrin Kourdourli ���-" ��-109,886
5: William Bresson ���-" ��-79,545
6: Jean-Paul Pasqualini ���-" ��-62,323
7: Julien Robert ���-" ��-46,743
8: Georges Chehade ���-" ��-34,442