2012 WSOP Update: The H.O.R.S.E. King — Tom “DonkeyBomber” Schneider

With a little more than half of its events now concluded, the 2013 World Series of Poker already has its first double-bracelet winner in Tom Schneider, a/k/a the DonkeyBomber, who locked up the second double-bracelet WSOP of his career by sweeping both of the H.O.R.S.E. events on the 2013 slate. Schneider’s neat sweep …

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Another Internet Cafe Ban in the Works — This Time, Ohio

A move to ban “internet cafe”-style gambling in Ohio has almost reached fruition in recent days, with a new law awaiting signing on the desk of Governor John Kasich.  The bill would essentially put about 600 of the small, storefront gambling operations out of business by limiting maximum payouts to $10. As in …

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Revealed: Howard Lederer Plans ‘Cheeseburger Defense’

It can finally be revealed that former Full Tilt Poker board president plans a novel defense in any civil or criminal trials that should happen to go before a jury in the coming months.  Based on the famed “Twinkie defense” of convicted murderer Dan White, the strategy is to show that Lederer’s thinking …

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Help Wanted: DOJ Looking for Accounts Payable Specialist to Help Repatriate $139 Million to Full Tilt “Victims”

Well, this is what happens when you get rid of all the people who were doing e-processing of poker withdrawals to and from US poker players: You don’t have anyone left who can readily step and help with a nine-figure remission process.  The United States Department of Justice has put out the “Help …

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World Series of Poker Releases 2012-13 Circuit Tour Schedule

The World Series of Poker has announced its WSOP Circuit schedule for the 2012-13 season, and it’s a doozy, with a record-setting 21 events, counting as a two-fer the season-ending WSOP stop and WSOPC National Championship at Harrah’s New Orleans in May, 2013. The 2012-13 slate stops at just about every city where …

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Absolute Poker’s Brent Beckley Receives 14-Month Sentence

Chalk up another official mark on the DOJ’s ledger of successfully prosecuted cases, as Absolute Poker vice president Brent Beckley was sentenced on Monday for 14 months in his role as AP’s payment-processing director, as detailed in last year’s “Black Friday” indictments. Beckley voluntarily surrendered to US authorities last year, in sharp contrast …

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Them Rappin’ Nickname Handles, Poker-Style

One of the more clever things we’ve seen in recent weeks has been the introduction (by Matt Showell over at PokerListings) of the Phil Hellmuth Brat-Master 2000, in which you can create your own Hellmuth-themed mini rap, with a smooth backtrack and a nice selection of famous Phil Hellmuth utterances.  There’s a soundboard …

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Kentucky Circuit Judge Reaffirms Gambling Domains Forfeiture, Appeals Pending

According to a piece up at DiamondFlush Poker, Kentucky Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate has reaffirmed a forfeiture order against 132 of 141 gambling-related internet domains targeted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in a 2008 seizure effort asserting that the online domains targeted Kentucky residents in violation of that state’s gambling codes.  The …

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Florida ‘Destination Casino’ Bill Faces Turf Wars

Another expansion of gambling looms for Floridians following this week’s committee approval of a bill authorizing three new “destination casinos,” though territorial battles loom large.  The end result, however, should be the same: an even greater availability of live poker venues and other casino opportunities throughout the Sunshine State. This latest measure, which passed …

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PokerStars’ Latest World Record Done Without US Aid

We know this check-in on PokerStars’ latest Guinness Book of World Records mark is a few days dated, but since it’s good news, we’d still like to get it into the mix in what’s been a phenomenally busy stretch of poker happenings.  Stars’ latest world-record tourney occurred a weak ago, when the first …

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