THREE MORE WORLD SERIES OF POKER EVENTS COMPLETED
2014-06-05

Millions of dollars continued to change hands at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas Tuesday as three more events concluded.

The one to watch was Event 8, a $1,500 buy-in Million Maker competition that saw one of the biggest entry fields in WSOP history at 7,977, generating a prize pool worth $10,768,950 (see previous InfoPowa report).

After four tough days Jonathan Dimmig ended up in an epic heads up against Jeffrey Coburn, who had started final table action as the second lowest stack, finally eliminating him at hand 190 to claim the lion's share of the prize pool and his first winner's bracelet.

Coburn still took home an impressive $815,963 as runner-up, along with the satisfaction of surviving a massive entry field that included almost every big name in the game, and a very competent final table that comprised Stephen Graner, James Duke, Andrew Teng, Bradley Anderson, Maurice Hawkins and Jason Johnson.

Despite a massive 8 million chip lead at the start of the final table, Graner was unable to make it as far as the heads up and must have been bitterly disappointed.

Californian Jeff Smith took the honours and the $323,125 main prize in Event 9, a $1,000 buy-in NLHE competition that attracted 1,940 entries, creating a prize pool worth $1.74 million.

Smith claimed his first WSOP bracelet after besting runner-up Danny Nguyen in the heads up, sending him to the cashier for a second placing pay check of $199,829.

The victory - his biggest yet - must have been particularly satisfying for Smith, who could only manage a 605th placing in the event last year for $2,700.

In Event 10, the $10,000 buy-in Limit Omaha Hi Lo Split 8 or Better, Marylander Brock Parker took the $443,407 first prize and his third WSOP bracelet after a hard-fought, up-and-down heads up with Richard Ashby, whose second placing was rewarded by a useful $274,019.

There were 178 entries for the event, generating a $1,673,200 prize pool.




ONLINE POKER MOMENTUMN BUILDING IN NEW JERSEY (Update)
2014-01-06

New Jersey online poker players are visiting the newly regulated and licensed websites in growing numbers, reports the independent Programa Descuentos Deportivos online poker monitor Pokerscout, noting that the facilities offered by the Borgata-PartyPoker partnership over last weekend topped the 24-hour peak player statistic of 640.

To give that number some perspective, it beats the Chico network's 529 and is well on the way to challenging the Merge network's 767, although Borgata still has a hill to climb in catching up with industry leaders like Pokerstars, 888Poker and iPoker.

Nevertheless, it presents an impressive challenge and is perhaps evidence that poker fans from neighbouring areas are prepared to travel to New Jersey to play on legal online poker sites.

Although it was first out of the starting blocks when the New Jersey online poker market opened, UltimatePoker.com does not appear to be faring well at all, with 24-hour peak player numbers over the weekend of only 44, way behind Borgata and the second site to launch in the market, Caesars Entertainment-888's WSOP.com, which recorded almost 350 players.



NEW AMERICAN GAMING ASSOCIATION CHIEF SPEAKS ON INTERNET GAMBLING
2013-04-24

The new 38-year-old chief executive of the American Gaming Association, Geoff Freeman, appears to have come to the job with an open mind on internet gambling, telling the Associated Press news agency Thursday that he will seek consensus on the often controversial issue, which includes the question of support for federal or state-by-state legalisation (see previous InfoPowa reports).

The Association's membership includes most of the large land gambling groups in the United States, and these have traditionally held differing views on what should be legalised - if at all - and how it should be achieved.

The Association has in recent years taken the position that only online poker should be legalised, and that should be through federal rather than individual state initiatives.

However, repeated federal attempts at online poker legalisation have failed, spurring individual states to go ahead with intrastate measures.

Were going to have to determine if the industry can get on the same page, Freeman said Thursday, noting that achieving some sort of consensus would be one of his priorities.

Casinos no longer are just about gambling, and its lobbyists must also understand the travel and hospitality industries, the former travel industry executive said.

Gaming is really taking on a broader image, and thats the image of entertainment. It includes restaurants, shows, hospitality and lodging, and gaming, Freeman explained.

A graduate of the University of California, Freeman worked for the health insurance lobby and the conservative Heritage Foundation earlier in his career.

He will remain based in Washington but will spend time meeting with casino executives around the country.

Im going to be ears open to just about anything that anyone has to say, he said.