More Plea Deals in Vadim Trincher Sportsbetting-Poker Ring Case

Eastern District of New York Department of Justice attorney Preet Bharara announced on Friday that plea deals have been reached with two more defendants in the case of the “Taiwanchik-Trincher” sportsbetting and racketeering ring, which allegedly operated elite high-stakes poker games in New York City and other locations and funneled millions in sports …

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Barton Drops New Online Poker Bill, Prospects Clouded

US Representative Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, has introduced a new Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2013 in Congress.  The bill was introduced yesterday and immediately referred to two separate House committees, Energy & Commerce and Financial Services. Barton introduced a similar poker-only bill back in 2011, amid a much busier legislative look at …

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California’s Pala Nation Signs Deal with Phil Ivey and Old UB Figures

California’s Pala Band of Mission Indians has reportedly signed a deal with Phil Ivey and at least two people connected with the old UltimateBet, James Ryan and Uri Kozai.  The deal represents a resumption of planning eyeing a future California online-poker era, with the Palas being one of that state’s powerful tribal nation …

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Nominations Open for 2013 Poker Hall of Fame

Another year, another call to the public for nominations to the Poker Hall of Fame!  WSOP parent Caesars Entertainment also owns the rights to the Poker Hall of Fame, which was acquired from Binion’s along with the WSOP itself.  In recent years, WSOP and Caesars officials have opened up the nominating process to …

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PokerStars Inks New New Jersey Deal, Partners with Mohegan’s Resorts Casino Atlantic City

PokerStars is trying again to crack the New Jersey online-poker and casino market, this time with a new partner in Resorts Casino Atlantic City.  The Mohegan-operated casino, which is actually New Jersey’s oldest, has agreed to a deal with Stars parent Rational Group in which Stars will supply an online gaming platform for …

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Slow Signs of Improvement for Kevin “phwap” Boudreau after AVM

A large cross-section of the poker community continues to send good wishes and contributions to a new fund set up to benefit Kevin “phwap” Boudreau, the notable high-stakes online player who fell victim to brain bleeding from an AVM (arterivenous malformation).  Boudreau collapsed at one of the WSOP’s tables and has remained in …

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Chad Elie Released, Picks Up Sponsorship Deal Outside Prison Gate

From the lighter side of the poker news comes the latest about Chad Elie, the erstwhile online-poker payment processor whose role in setting up the ill-fated SunFirst Bank processing scheme (along with indicted Utah online fraudster Jeremy Johnson), ultimately landed Elie a five-month stint in Club Fed. The “lighter” side?  That would be …

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Getting Chino’d Again? Chino Rheem, Erick Lindgren Bad-Debt Sagas March On

Chino Rheem and Erick Lindgren have been back in the news again in recent days, both with lingering issues revolving around the mountains of bad debt they’ve left littered throughout the poker world in recent years. Rheem, the one-time WSOP Main Event November Niner, continues to be the focus of tales that he’s …

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Sheldon Adelson Squares Off Against Online Poker

The latest war of words between Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson and the online poker world shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.  Adelson, whose LV Sands properties include the popular Las Vegas poker destination The Venetian, has repulsed poker players by the thousands with a series of high-profile attacks …

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Bitcoins Update: US Authorities Target Mt. Gox, Bitcoin Foundation

The premise of Bitcoins as a viable, long-term exchange medium for online poker sites remains as clouded as ever.  Bitcoin-related sites are increasingly coming under attack from state and federal authorities, with both the exchange medium Mt. Gox and the lobbying entity Bitcoin Foundation on the receiving end of the United States’ new …

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