Ramadanis, 31, is a sound engineer in Denver who turned a $340 qualifier entry into a seat in the one of the Heartland Poker Tour’s largest events this year. With 386 players turning up for the Texas Hold’em main event, the HPT Mile High Poker Open boasted a $582,600 prize pool. Ramadanis pocketed $174,780 of that for the win
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Plenty of players were interested in trying to turn a profit in the $500 buy-in event on Sunday. A total of 477 players turned up, but Arik “zubs1aa” Marks topped them all for the first-place prize.
Online gambling is considered to be illegal in Kentucky, and the hearing today was about whether Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has the right to seize and then obtain the forfeiture of 141 gambling Web site domain names that are accessible to Kentucky residents. The issue was thrust into the spotlight when the state obtained an order seizing the domain names on Sept.
The EPT London started up just at the tail end of the World Series of Poker Europe events in town as well, which meant some of the top players from around the world were in town to compete.
The poker site, which had touted itself as the only legal online poker room in the United States, now just has a message to its players on its homepage announcing its closure. The message says: Dear players, 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 24-year-old American began the day squarely in the middle of the pack with $718,000 in chips, putting him just a double-up away from the chip lead held by his countryman, Eric Liu. Things would eventually turn ugly for Martin before repeatedly swinging back in his favor.
The implications of the hearing seeking an order requiring these sites to forfeit their domain names to the state go far beyond the future of online gambling, raising significant questions regarding the future of all Internet commerce and how it may be regulated or controlled by the government. Nearly every major online gambling company is expected to be in attendance at Tuesday’s hearing.
Andre Akkari earned his two final-table cashes on Sunday in the PokerStars $215 No-Limit Hold’em rebuy event and the Sunday 500. He earned $16,250 for a seventh-place finish in the Sunday 500 and another $4,275 for a ninth-place finish in the $215+R.