Monday February 20, 2017 at 7:58 pm
SCOOP

It's another year and it's another attempt by California to legalize and regulate online poker. Last year's attempt failed, but it was the farthest any bill had ever gotten. Will the newly introduced AB-1677 finally go all the way? Or will the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act fall short of the mark like previous attempts over the last decade in California?

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Will 2017 finally be the year that California legalizes online poker?

Will 2017 be the year that California finally legalizes it? And we're not talking about marijuana either. During the last major election in November 2016, the citizens of California voted to legalized recreational marijuana. But online poker is still outlawed despite numerous attempts by state lawmakers to legalized internet gambling.

California is large enough of a state that it could be its own country. An online poker market for the largest state in the union could sustain itself over both the short and long term. The last ten years has seen previous online poker bills fall short of the mark in the California state Assembly.

But there's some hope. Last year's efforts by Assemblyman Adam Gray with AB-2863 were promising. Sure, they fell short of the mark...but for the first time in a very long time, there appeared to be light at the end of the tunnel. Online poker will eventually come to California, but it all boils down to...to what degree will PokerStars be involved. As soon that prickly situation is every figured out, then the biggest obstacle to legalized online poker will be neutralized.

Will this be the year the "bad actor clause" be sorted out? According to a report in the Online Poker Report, Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer of Los Angeles introduced a new bill AB-1677 titled the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act. The verbiage is similar to Gray's bill from last year along with the horse racing industry getting a $60 million stipend to only allow card rooms and Indian tribes to operate licensed online poker sites. There's current two major factions among the tribes. One stands as an ally with PokerStars and the other is vehemently opposed to any involved by PokerStars. Hence, the bad actor clause was what essentially stopped last year's bill from gaining more traction.

The bad actor clause will continue to be the hot-button issue in 2017. And PokerStars will be the thorny topic that divides the biggest factions. Can they find middle ground or agree upon a number that can keep all parties happy?

Will AB-1677 finally pass by the end of 2017? My heart hopes so, but the past history is hard to ignore. It's been a tough road toward legalization and although it seems as though we get a little closer every year... we might still be waiting a couple of years.

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Monday April 23, 2018 at 4:31 pm
Johnny Chan documentary film

PokerCentral produced a mini-documentary on the legendary Johnny Chan. Hear the 10-time WSOP bracelet winner give the Cliff Notes behind his storied life from working in his family's restaurant in Houston to his entry into the world of high-stakes poker. Chan won the WSOP Main Event twice and was the last person to win it in consecutive years (1987-88).

Sunday April 22, 2018 at 5:08 pm
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Sunday Million pays $1 million to first place tonight

Reminder and potential overlay alert! Cards go in the air at 14:00 ET for the Sunday Million 12th Anniversary: Take 2. First place pays $1 million with a total guaranteed prize pool worth $10 million. Platinum Passes are up for grabs too! When PokerStars ran this original 12th birthday promotion in February, the guarantee kicked in with a $1.2M overlay. Will there be another seven-figure overlay for the Take 2? The buy-in for the Sunday Milly is $215. You can re-entry up to three times and late registration lasts 4.5 hours.

Friday April 20, 2018 at 6:59 pm
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Friday April 20, 2018 at 6:14 pm
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Reminder! Sunday Million 12th Anniversary: Take 2

In February, the Sunday Million 12th Anniversary on PokerStars missed its $10 million guarantee. The overlay was a juicy $1.2 million, with first-place banking a cool million. PokerStars will run a similar promotion for the Sunday Million on Sunday, April 22 at 14:00. The Sunday Million 12th Anniversary: Take 2 will have a $10M guaranteed prize pool, including a first-place price worth $1 million. To sweeten the reprise of the 12th anniversary, PokerStars added Platinum Passes to the mix. Participants will have multiple shots at winning a package to the $25K PSPC at the 2019 PCA.

Thursday April 19, 2018 at 3:05 am
Brandon Adams ships SHR $25K HR

Chalk up another win for Brandon Adams. The Seminole Hard Rock Casino hosted their Poker Showdown series. Brandon Adams won the $25K High Roller event for a $370,000 score. Adams finished in third place in the same $25K event last year and he got his revenge by winning it all this year. Adams banked approximately $1.2M since he won an event at the Poker Masters last autumn.

Tuesday April 17, 2018 at 10:42 pm
Shared player pool starting May 1 at WSOP.com

Big day for online poker players in the USA. A shared player pool between Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware arrives on May 1, 2018. Caesars Interactive Entertainment, which owns the WSOP.com, will be the first site to open doors to the three-state pool. The three states only represent 13 million people, but it's the first step in a long road to get online poker back to its heyday in the pre-Black Friday era.

Monday April 16, 2018 at 4:47 pm
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Bertrand Grospellier, otherwise known as "ElkY", signed with partypoker last week. The addition of Triple Crown winner ElkY as an ambassador is another bold marketing move by partypoker, who have been bolstering their roster of sponsored players over the last 18 months. ElkY will be an ambassador for partypoker.eu, which will launch later this month and become the virtual poker home for players in France and Spain.

Monday April 16, 2018 at 1:04 am
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Pascal Lefrancois wins partypoker LIVE Millions Barcelona for €1.7 million

It wasn't an ordinary Sunday in Barcelona with millions in Euros on the line for eight hopefuls. The 2018 partypoker LIVE Millions Barcelona Main Event was awarding at least three payouts worth seven-figures. The 10,300 buy-in affair attracted 1,175 players. The total prize pool nearly passed €11.4 million. Canadian pro Pascal Lefrancois defeated Adam Owen heads-up to win the title and €1.7 million. Owen banked €1.3 million as the consolation prize.

Sunday April 15, 2018 at 8:51 pm
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Watch live stream - partypoker LIVE Millions Barcelona final table

The partypoker LIVE Millions Main Event in Barcelona, Spain attracted 1,175 runners and the action is down to its final table. The final eight included Dominik Nitsche, Stevie Chidwick, Adam Owen, Pascal Lefrancois, Davidi Kitai, Diogo Veiga, Thomas Boivin and Jan-Eric Schwippert. Canada's Pascal Lefrancois is the chip leader. Who is going to win the first-place prize worth €1.7 million? Watch the final table stream here.

Thursday April 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm
Jake Schindler, Davidi Kitai, and Sam Greenwood win high rollers in Barcelona

Barcelona has been the hotspot of poker for the last week or so. partypoker LIVE hosted three high roller events at their MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona. Over the weekend, Belgian pro Davidi Kitai shipped the €25K High Roller for €700,000. Canada's Sam Greenwood won the €50K for a cool million. And yesterday, American pro Jake Schindler sniffed out Stevie Chidwick's bluff to win the €100K Super High Roller for a score worth €1,750,000. Schindler is now closing in on $18 million in career tournament earnings.

Wednesday April 11, 2018 at 4:02 pm
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Watch final table for partypoker LIVE €100K Super High Roller in Barcelona

The €100,000 buy-in SHR in Barcelona attracted 48 runners and a pool in excess of €4.6 million. Going into today ten remained and Jake Schindler held the lead. Also advancing to day two Erik Seidel, Brynn Kenney, Keith Tilston, Jason Koon, Stevie Chidwick, Koray Aldemir, Steffen Sontheimer, Dominik Nitsche, Jean-Noel Thorel, Mikita Badziakouski. Only top six get paid. First pays out €1,750,000. Watch the live stream here.

Tuesday April 10, 2018 at 5:11 pm
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partypoker LIVE announces MILLIONS World $25K SHR for Caribbean Poker Party

The Caribbean is always a festive atmosphere, but there's $10 million more reasons to take a holiday down to the Islands. partypoker LIVE announced a special MILLIONS World super high roller event to take place in November 2018 at this year's Caribbean Poker Party (CPP) at Baha Mar in the Bahamas. The $25K SHR will have a $10 million guarantee. partypoker will be giving away at least 100 seats online. Prize packages will be worth $32,500 and satellites will cost as little as $22.

Monday April 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm
Gus Hansen ships $270K pot with a Royal Flush

Gus Hansen appeared on Joey Ingram's Poker Life podcast last week. The Great Dane gave a frank and candid interview about being Gus Hansen and playing in the high-stakes world. The next day, Ingram railed Hansen playing high-stakes PLO on partypoker with Sam Trickett and Leon Tsoukernik. Hansen shipped a pot worth $270K with a Royal Flush against Leon.

Thursday April 5, 2018 at 4:24 pm
SCOOP
Women Poker Hall of Fame nominations announced

Eleven women were nominated this year for induction into the Women Poker Hall of Fame. The nominees include Shirley Rosario, Jennifer Tilly, Kara Scott, Maria Ho, Haley Hintze, Angelica Hael, Terry King, Karina Jett, Lupe Soto, Hermance Blum, and Mandy Glogow. The current Women Poker Hall of Fame has 19 members.

Monday April 2, 2018 at 7:15 pm
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Jamie Staples weighs in on the weigh in

Jamie Staples posted a video discussing his Ultimate Sweat victory. Jamie and his brother Matt won $150,000 from Bill Perkins for weighing in within a pound of each other during an epic weight loss/gain prop bet. After dedicating a year of his life to getting into shape, Jamie is moving on and focusing on poker. Watch his updated video here.

Thursday March 29, 2018 at 4:06 pm
Fedor Holz and Dominik Nitsche interviews

Here come the Germans! Joe Ingram interviewed two of the top tournament players in the world for his Poker Life Podcast. Dominik Nitsche appeared on Tuesday, while Fedor Holz joined Ingram yesterday. The two German shared their thoughts on all things poker including delusional tournament players, lazy strategy, and playing big cash games in Macau.

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