Three news items of note…
PokerStars has been Beta-teting Duel in remote Scandi countries and it passed with flying colors. They intend to roll out Duel to more countries shortly.
With Duel, you can challenge one of your friends to a NL heads-up match by simply texting them or contacting them some other way using social media, or the Duel app itself. Once you set up a game, you send your friend the link and you're ready to slug it out. You play whenever you have free time, so long as you play in the allotted time selected.
The catch to Duel is that you set a specific time period to play and the match will expire at the end of that period (e.g. two days, one week, etc.).
With PokerStars systematically eliminating their heads-up cash games (ahem, I won't write about the invasion of zombie bots, because I don't want to bite the hand that feels me, but… zombie bots, bruh!), it looks like Duel might be the way to go in order to play heads-up for rolls!
2. Online Poker in California?
Just when it looked like an online poker bill in California was dead on arrival for the calendar year, there's a glimmer of hope. All it took was a big-ass bag of cash with $60 million in it.
I mean, is that all these clowns wanted all along was cash? Why didn't they say so? We could backed up a couple of armored trucks to their driveway years ago and it would have saved everyone time and anguish.
Assemblyman Adam Gray proposed an online poker bill called AB 431.This bill outlines how to regulate the online poker industry.
What's different from previous bills that got crushed? With AB 431, the racing industry would get $60 million every year from the online poker industry so long as they gave up their own online poker operating rights.
Another California pipe dream? Or is the future looking bright for the first time in a decade? Time will tell.
3. DFS Exec Says: “Poker is not a game of skill”
So your lucrative industry is rocked with a scandal…what do you do when confronted by annoying news cameras trying to expose your shady industry?
Throw online poker under the bus!
That's exactly what FanDuel CFO did when asked a tough question during an interview with PBS' Frontline reporters and producers.
First of all, the CFO explained that DFS wasn't gambling, then goes on to say that poker is “not a game of skill.”
Yup. The poker world imploded. Even the DFS disciples were like, “That's fucked up, brah!”
Read the entire PBS Frontline transcript here.
Read some thoughts on the absurd comments here.