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Another Black Friday Defendant, Ira Rubin, to Plead Guilty

Ira Rubin, a defendant in the April 15, 2011 “Black Friday” sweeping indictments of online poker operators, is set to plead guilty, according to Bloomberg News.  A Manhattan federal court clerk advised the news source. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/17/2012

Jonathan Duhamel Beaten Up Again!

2010 World Series of Poker champ Jonathan Duhamel can’t seem to stay out of the press these days.

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Just days before Christmas, Duhamel became the victim of a brazen home invasion allegedly orchestrated by his ex-girlfriend.  She and three other individuals were eventually apprehended.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Jan/17/2012

Federal RICO Complaint Filed Against UB.com

Eight high stakes poker players are named as plaintiffs in a federal RICO complaint against UB.com (formerly UltimateBet), claiming the company stole $20 million by exploiting security flaws.  Players were allowed to see others hole cards, the complaint alleges. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/17/2012

Gabi Campos: The PokerStars CEO That Wasn't

PokerStars late Monday confirmed that its CEO for nearly two years, Gabi Campos, has jumped ship following the exodus of a handful of other executives and poker pros who were part of the world’s largest online poker firm. 

Officials from the company issued the following statement to the news media late Monday after reports first surfaced on Pokerati.com:

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/16/2012

Turmoil at PokerStars as CEO is Out

Gabi Campos is out as CEO of PokerStars.  Campos joined the world’s largest real cash online poker company in 2010.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/16/2012

Lawmakers: Act Now or Never to Legalize Online Poker at Federal Level

With a handful of states already announcing their intentions to begin offering online poker to residents and the potential for multi-state pacts, Poker Players Alliance (PPA) President John Pappas has sent out an urgent plea to lawmakers in Congress.

“The writing is on the wall. The states are going to do this,” John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, told Politico this past week. “The first three or four months of the year is going to be pretty important for Congress to act.”

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/16/2012

Gus Hansen Wins Over $278K in Macau Big Game

Denmark’s Gus Hansen became the latest big name poker pro to take part in the Macau Big Game and this past weekend managed to profit $278K after a grueling 24-hour session before heading off to the Aussie Millions 2012 in Melbourne. 

StarWorld Macau’s Poker King Club is hosting a group of wealthy Asian businessmen and big name high stake poker pros like Hansen, Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan and John Juanda.  The HKD $10k/$20k (US$1,300/$2,600) games have been taking place over the past several weeks. 

Hansen wrote on his blog:

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/16/2012

Victor Chandler Re-brands Itself to Bet Victor

The “Gentleman’s Bookmaker” is trying to get a strong foothold in the exploding online poker market through a re-branding of the Victor Chandler name to “Bet Victor”.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/16/2012

Betfair Signs Olympics Deal, Casinos in Miami: Who Needs ‘Em? More…

The largest sports betting exchange in the world, Betfair, has signed a deal with the International Olympics Committee.  Has nothing to do with advertising or sponsoring athletes, it’s all about monitoring bets and ensuring a corruption-free Olympics this year in London. 

From Gambling Kingz:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/16/2012

Doyle Brunson Porn: Demand is High in Central, South America

Who wants to see Doyle Brunson naked?  Me, Me, Me!

Apparently a lot of others do too if Gambling911.com’s search traffic is any indication.

In recent days, G911 has received a significant amount of search traffic for “Doyle Porn”, and since we rank number one in Google for “Doyle Porn” and “Doyle Brunson Porn”, guess where everyone is landing.

Submitted by Jenny Woo on, Jan/15/2012

Merge Poker Moves to the Number 8 Position in Terms of Worldwide Traffic

Merge Poker had been sitting at number 10 in terms of overall worldwide traffic pretty shortly after re-entering the North American market this past fall.  Since that time, Merge has been creeping up towards the top 5, landing in the number 8 spot this week. 

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jan/14/2012

Ron Paul Gambles on Nevada: Will Skip Florida

GOP candidate Texas Congressman Ron Paul will bypass Florida and focus in on the next state to hold a caucus, Nevada.  Last time Paul ran for President of the US in 2008, he finished a distant second in the state of Nevada.  It was one of his best showings during the 2008 campaign.  The Congressman has so far come in a very close third in Iowa and second in New Hampshire. 

From Time.com:

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/13/2012

Former Tribal Casino Lobbyist Jack Abramoff Doubts Federal Legislation Will Pass (Video)

Infamous and once imprisoned Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff has his doubts as to whether a bill to legalize online poker at the federal level will pass.

If anybody should know a thing or two about casino lobbying, it would be Abramoff.  He was once considered among the most powerful of the Washington lobbyists, assisting the Tribal casinos.

He served more than three years behind bars for mail fraud and conspiracy and even worked briefly at a Washington DC area kosher pizza shop while on parole. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/12/2012

Double Down Interactive (DDI) Acquired by Video Poker Giant International Game Technology for $500M

An acquisition of Seattle-based Double Down Interactive (DDI) by video poker giant International Game Technology was announced after the markets closed on Thursday.  The deal was for $500 million.

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The deal includes $250 million in cash, $85 million in retention payments over the next two years and up to $165 million in cash payable over the next three years subject to Double Down meeting certain targets.

Submitted by Patrick Flanigan on, Jan/12/2012

The SOPA Blackout: Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi, Michele Bachmann on Board

The uber popular web news and aggregation site Reddit.com is planning to blackout their site next Wednesday January 18 in opposition of Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act (better known as SOPA).  And you won’t believe whose supporting the efforts to block this controversial bill:  The likes of Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi and Michele Bachmann just to name a few.  Talk about a bipartisan issue!

Wikipedia founder James Wales has proposed a similar blackout while Google, Yahoo, AOL and other major Web companies continue to condemn SOPA.

Submitted by Alejandro Botticelli on, Jan/12/2012

Annie Duke: Poker Pros in Their 20’s Lack ‘Star Power’

The Las Vegas Sun recently had an opportunity to speak with acclaimed poker pro Annie Duke.  She’s the Commissioner of the fledgling Epic Poker League, which is rumored to be in acquisition talks with Pinnacle Entertainment.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/12/2012

Yatahay Becomes the Winning Poker Network

It’s about time!  To this day we at Gambling911.com have trouble remembering the Yatahay Poker Network, but we can certainly remember the Winning Poker Network. 

And that’s the name change folks.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/12/2012

Ohio Open to Internet Poker: Nevada Permitted Private Testing of Poker Sites

Ohio has become the latest state exploring its options to allow residents of the Buckeye State the opportunity to play “real money” Internet poker.

“We’re exploring this topic,” Dennis Berg, interim director of the Ohio Lottery Commission, told The Cincinnati Business Journal on Wednesday. “We want to be in the forefront of being able to generate revenue for the lottery commission. But it’s a policy decision that we will not make on our own.”

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/12/2012

Epic Poker in Acquisition Talks With Pinnacle Entertainment

The fledgling Epic Poker League is reportedly in talks with Pinnacle Entertainment regarding a potential purchase of the league, sources close to WickedChopsPoker.com reported on Wednesday.  The deal could occur within the next 60 days.

A previously scheduled event has been pushed back to a yet-to-be-determined April/May date.  While the league claims this move was a result of player feedback, others have speculated Epic may be undergoing financial difficulties. 

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/11/2012

Sununu Takes Aim at Sheldon Adelson: “Not So Bright” (Video)

If ever there was a time when US citizens could cry foul over big businesses and campaign donations influencing politicians, that time might be now.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jan/11/2012

Daniel Negreanu Vows No Drinking, No Sex Before a Tournament: Bad Beat Nears a Million

It’s been a while since we here at Gambling911.com have covered one of our personal favorites in the poker world, Daniel Negreanu.  For a while he was among the most trafficked figures here at G911.  Alas, Negreanu has revealed a few goals for 2012 that include, of course, winning at least one more bracelet.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/11/2012

Joran van der Sloot Pleads Guilty to All Charges Including Murder

Dutchman Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty early Wednesday on all counts against him for the murder of Peruvian college student Stephany Flores. 

"I am really sorry for what happened," he said. He pleaded guilty to "qualified murder" and simple robbery.

Van der Sloot had met Flores in a casino while attending the Latin American Poker Tour in May of 2010. 

Police say van der Sloot killed Flores in his Lima hotel room shortly thereafter, then took money and bank cards from her wallet and fled to Chile, where he was arrested a few days later.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/11/2012

World Sports Exchange Slow Paying 123 Players $738,852 to Date

World Sports Exchange (WSEX.com) is like Somalia, a failed state….but they still exist.  SportsBookReview.com is reporting that it has documented 123 players currently waiting on payments that total $738,852.  Many players have been waiting over a year for payouts, though it should be noted a few are trickling in.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/10/2012

Ron Paul Pays 1 to 3 Odds With 2nd Place Win in New Hampshire

Ron Paul has been declared as the 2nd place finisher in the state of New Hampshire for their Republican Primary Tuesday night.  Paddy Power had been offering the Texas Congressman with 1 to 3 odds of winning without Mitt Romney, who easily won the state he calls his second home.

At press time, Paul appeared to be grabbing over 20 percent of the state vote after finishing a very close third in Iowa (only four percentage points behind the co-winners, Romney and Rick Santorum).  Santorum was not a major factor in the New Hampshire race. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/10/2012

Connecticut Online Poker ‘Inevitable’ Says Governor

Could Connecticut somehow join a multi-state pact with neighboring New York and New Jersey to pool online poker players should the activity become legal stateside?

Connecticut’s Governor Dannel P. Malloy has been among the most emphatic when it comes to welcoming Web poker to his state since the Department of Justice released a statement that it would no longer apply The Wire Act to Internet poker. 

“It is quite clear that Internet gaming is coming to Connecticut. Period. It’s coming,” said Malloy. “We have a stake in protecting that industry.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Jan/10/2012

Bail Denied for Two Assailants in Jonathan Duhamel Attack, Including Ex-Girlfriend

The ex-girlfriend of 2010 World Series of Poker champion Jonathan Duhamel and one other accomplice, John Stephen Clark Lemay, have been denied bail by a Montreal judge.  Both are accused of forced entry into Duhamel’s home along with robbery and a beating of the poker pro that left him hospitalized. 

Anthony Bourque, charged with the home invasion of poker champion Jonathan Duhamel, used his sweatshirt to wipe away his tears after a Quebec Court judge released him on bail today.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/10/2012

MGM Resorts International Granted Injunction Against Cybersquatters

A federal judge has sided with MGM Resorts International in its complaint against a group of so-called cybersquatters looking to capitalize on the companies name. 

The court ordered GoDaddy.com Incorporated, Wild West Domains Incorporated and Melbourne IT Incorporated to place the following domains on hold: bellagioonlinepoker.com, circuscircuspoker.com, excaliburpoker.com, luxorpoker.com, mandalaybayonlinepoker.com, mgmpoker.com and ariapoker.com.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/10/2012

Online Poker Surges With Nearly 10 Percent Increase in Traffic This Week

The poker sector received more great news this week after it was revealed Tuesday morning that traffic for all the world’s networks had jumped an amazing 9.8 percent.

Submitted by Ace King on, Jan/10/2012

Ice, Ice, Baby - Bigger and Better ICE Online Gambling Affiliate Party January 2012

The Sports Betting Community (SBC) in association with iGaming Super Show announced that its second Ice, Ice, Baby party will be bigger and better than last years.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Jan/10/2012

New Jersey Approves Sports Betting in Final Minutes

With only hours to go before a legislative session deadline, the New Jersey Assembly approved legalized sports betting in the state. 

Early in the day, the Senate had approved the measure.

Last November, voters gave the approval for legalized sports betting in the state by a 64/35 margin.   Bets could be placed on professional sporting events at Atlantic City’s 11 casinos and 4 racetracks. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Jan/09/2012

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