One of the more unique takes on the online poker format came to a halt today with the closing of Duplicate Poker. Duplicate, which operated openly in several US states as a result of it’s original approach to poker, announced the closing in a brief statement on the room’s website: Duplicate is sadly bidding farewell to its players. Caught in the middle of the global financial situation the company is not able to continue to provide service.
The PPA is hailing it as a major lobbying victory, and while it may not be the silver bullet online poker players have been waiting for, Senator Robert Menendez’s (D-NJ) Internet Skill Game Licensing and Control Act represents a major step forward for the industry. Introduced yesterday, the bill (full text on the PPA website here ) seeks to do basically what the title suggests – explicitly legalize wagering on online games of skill and create a regulatory and licensing framework for the skill game industry. PPA Executive Director John Pappas broke the news on the 2+2 forum.
We’re big fans of the Dutch. They gave us Gouda cheese, Santa Claus, and the Dutch Oven. They also gave us super-hot model Chelina Manuhutu.
UB running a Phil Hellmuth look-alike contest
A gaming consulting firm run by the former New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has uncovered the man mainly responsible for the cheating scandal that bilked players out of more than $60 million on UltimateBet.com, and he’s a former World Series of Poker champion. Russ Hamilton is named…
It’s a little strange to see these opinions from a generally sober corner of the pokerverse, but after the last year with the scandals at UB and Absolute, it’s pretty hard for anyone to not have had their faith in the integrity of online poker shaken.
Two developments late last week in the ongoing story of the State of Kentucky’s attempt to seize control of some 140 gambling-related domain names. Background on that here . First, on Friday a Kentucky judge granted a continuance requested by iMEGA, effectively delaying implementation of the seizure.
Warne is widely considered one of the best bowlers in Australian cricket history. He retired from international cricket in 2007 after he and the rest of the Australian cricket team laid a beating on the English side, so it will be interesting to see how he is received in Jolly Olde. The tabloid press there have jumped all over the father of three in the past, based on several scandals involving scantily clad women.
Poker players group spent $283000 lobbying in 2Q Forbes, NY – 2 hours ago AP 09.25.08, 4:34 PM ET The Poker Players Alliance spent $283000 in the second quarter to lobby in favor of licensed and regulated Internet poker in the US, …
If we consider the birth of the World Series of Poker in 1970 as the dawning of a ‘modern’ era of professional poker, a signal occurrence in the early history of that era was the emergence of one of the WSOP’s early champions…
CardPlayer.com Online Poker : WCOOP HORSE and PL Hold’em Event Conclude CardPlayer.com, NV – 5 hours ago Last night’s two events in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker featured HORSE and pot-limit hold’em.