Lock Poker POY to Kick Off With CardPlayer: Duhamel Ex Pleads Not Guilty, More

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Ace King
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Duhamel Ex Bianca Rojas-Latraverse Pleads Not Guilty

Big news as, not only is Lock Poker sponsoring CardPlayer.com’s Player Of The Year for 2012, they will also be presenting their own Lock Pro Player Of The Year.

“These are exciting times and we will be announcing a few new Pros signing very shortly,” said Jennifer Larson, CEO of the popular Lock Poker

The Card Player Player Of The Year was started in 1997 and is considered the industry standard. 

Past notable winners include T.J. Cloutier, Men Nguyen, Daniel Negreanu, Michael Mizrachi, David Pham, Eric Baldwin, Tom Marchese, Tony Ma and John Phan.  Ben Lamb has been crowned the 2011 Card Player Player Of The Year. 

Major changes have been announced for 2012:

1. The minimum buy-in has been increased from $300 to $500. Buy-ins are calculated with the entry fee, meaning that an event listed as $450+$50 will still qualify.

2. There are new multipliers for tournaments with larger buy-ins. Previously, there was no distinction between a $25,000 and a $100,000 tournament.

3. The minimum field size has been decreased from 60 to 50 entrants. Tournaments that generate a prize pool of over $250,000 will automatically qualify regardless of field size.

4. Everyone at the final table that finishes in the money will receive POY points. Field sizes of over 2,500 players will award POY points to the final three tables.

More Poker News Headlines for the Overnight/AM Hours Heading into Thursday January 5, 2012

Jonathan Duhamel Ex Pleads “Not Guilty” in Home Invasion - Bianca Rojas-Latraverse, 20, (pictured above with Duhamel) and two men charged in the home assault and theft of poker star Jonathan Duhamel appeared in Longueuil court today for bail hearings while a fourth accused has already been freed and faces charges in May.  The charges against the four include robbery, assault, kidnapping and conspiracy.  Rojas-Latraverse has pleaded not guilty and apparently claims not to have been on the scene of the crime.  Read More Here>>>

Internet Poker May be Revived in North Dakota - Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo was the first to start talking about state regulated Internet poker six years ago and his efforts were widely covered on Gambling911.com at the time.  The state legislation stopped his efforts but times, they are a changin’. 

"I am not talking about promoting (Internet poker), and I have not made any decision to do anything at all," Kasper said. "Whether I do anything or not in the next session, I have no idea."

Kasper is up for re-election next year and says that is his primary focus.  But something tells us he could be swayed. 

There was a time that Paradise Poker informed Gambling911.com they would actually have set up shop in North Dakota had his bill passed.  At that time, Kasper was proposing North Dakota as a federal hub for Internet poker.  That was pre-Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act days. 

While the multi-billion dollar poker industry could certainly help boost North Dakota’s economy, we should note that North Dakota has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the US and is the most fiscally sound state in the nation. 

- Ace King, Gambling911.com