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Poker Night, a thriller movie based on the game of poker, will be released in theatres all over the US on December 5. The movie features stars such as Ron Perlman, Beau Mirchoff, Giancarlo Esposito, Michael Eklund, Titus Welliver, Corey Large, and Ron Eldard. Greg Francis directed this movie, which joins the ranks of other poker movies such as Gutshot Straight, which will be released on December 2, and Runner, Runner, a 2013 movie.
While Poker Night has attracted 10 reviews and bagged an IMDB rating of 8.1, Gutshot Straight, which stars George Eads and Steven Seagal, has received 298 votes and a rating of 4.0.
According to IMDB, Poker Night is all about a detective who visits Poker Night at Warsaw in Indiana and plays against top cops who tell him interesting stories about their job. When the detective, Stan Jeter, leaves Poker Night, he is kidnapped by a psychopath, who locks him up in a basement. Jeter uses the tips revealed by the top cops he played poker with to save himself and a young female victim, who is also locked up with him.
Recently, the poker media published reports of Aaron Sorkin, the award-winning screenwriter, adapting poker princess Molly Bloom’s poker book for another poker movie. Bloom allegedly organized illegal high-stakes poker games for celebrities and wealthy players in collaboration with Russian criminals. This movie has not yet received a title.
In May, it was reported that professional poker player Mike Matusow’s biography will be transformed into a poker movie. In addition, poker players are still waiting for a sequel to Rounders, a classic pokier movie of 1998. IMDB says that the sequel to this movie is in the making, but one year has passed after it was announced that a movie called Rounders 2 is in the process of being developed.
The winners of the Global Poker Index’s (GPI) Player of the Year Awards for 2014 will be awarded a custom-made La Monegasque watch thanks to a new agreement signed between Roger Dubius, a luxury watch manufacturer in Switzerland, and the GPI. Alex Dreyfus, the chief executive officer for the GPI, says that Roger Dubius is a “logical partner” for the GPI.
He said: “In poker, everything is about fluidity, math, precise timing, pressure, and performance. I’m excited to announce a great partnership between Global Poker Index and Roger Dubuis. It has been a long journey to ‘sportify poker,’ and in Roger Dubuis we’ve found an amazing partner who supports our vision.”
Thanks to this deal, the winners of the European Player of the Year, the Asian Player of the Year, and the American Player of the Year awards will receive a custom-made watch from La Monegasque. According to Dreyfus, watches from Roger Dubuis are “high-end timepieces,” which cost in the range of $40,000 to $50,000 on an average although some of their best pieces are priced in the range of $150,000 to $1,000,000. The timepieces that will be awarded to the winners have been exclusively designed for the purpose, which means that only three such pieces will be available and each piece will be made differently.
Dreyfus also feels that a customized timepiece has more use than bracelets or rings although some may feel it is not as symbolic. He also opines that partnering with a well-known timepiece brand can help popularize the game of poker.
Further, he announced that Roger Dubuis and GPI will organize private poker games with the assistance of VIP players to educate Roger Dubuis’ customers about the game as it will serve not only to promote the game, but also attract new players to it.
A strongly worded editorial on the Las Vegas Review-Journal points out various flaws in the US federal government’s online poker policy.
Currently, federal laws give states the power to legalize online gambling within their borders. So far, the only states that have legalized online gambling are New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada. Although they have expressed interest in the signing of interstate online gambling compacts and the merging of player pools, none of them have actually shared liquidity with other regulated markets.
Before sharing liquidity, they have to wait for the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) approval. The states could legalize online poker only because the DoJ announced in Dec 2011 that the federal Wire Act no longer applies to online casino and online poker gaming.
Ultimate Poker collapsed in Nevada because of lack of liquidity. The site just did not get the required traffic, owing to which it could not generate the expected revenue.
The online poker community still continues to hope that the federal government will enact federal poker laws, but there is no sign of this happening in the near future. To make matters worse, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has launched a nationwide campaign against online gambling legalization. Under these circumstances, there are no hopes for poker friendly bills at the federal level.
In the absence of a federal-level poker bill, states have no choice but to legalize the game if they wish. However, they will find it very difficult to make a success of their online poker businesses if they do not merge player pools with other regulated US poker markets. California could turn out to be an exceptional case as it has a thick population.
Simultaneously, it is worth noting that sites such as WSOP.com have become successful despite lack of liquidity. Recently Caesars, which owns WSOP.com, hired a new executive officer for online gambling.
Rafa Nadal, winner of 14 Grand Slam titles, and Ronaldo, the football star, played a PokerStars-sponsored charity poker game at the Hippodrome on Leicester Square in London on November 19, in which Nadal emerged victorious.
The two had to play against each other for 20 minutes and prove their poker prowess. Nadal won the game and received a prize of $50,000, which will be diverted to the Rafa Nadal Foundation, a charity that was launched in 2007 for the benefit of socially discriminated teens and kids.
Speaking after the game, Nadal said: “In poker, you need self control, the ability to analyze your opponent and read the game to know when to go for it, a strategy that is not too dissimilar to tennis. It was close for most of the match and I’m delighted to have won. I called all in on the final hand, which proved to be a good move.”
Revealing his opinions about his opponent, he said that he was glad to face a football star like Ronaldo at the poker table, adding that he will play a re-match if Ronaldo is willing.
Stating that Nadal played well, Ronaldo said that he made a mistake by bluffing at the end of the game, but Nadal had the better hand. He also said that boldness is essential in poker, but that the strategy just did not work for him this time.
This is the second time Rafa Nadal is winning a poker game against Ronaldo. The two played a game at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague Charity Challenge in December. During that game, Ronaldo, along with two professional poker players Fatima Moreira de Melo and Daniel Negreanu who had also taken part in the game, had no choice but to admit that Nadal is indeed a skilled poker player.
Martin Jacobson, the 27-year-old professional poker player from Sweden, has become the new world poker champion. He won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014 Main Event, owing to which he took home the WSOP gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $10 million.
In order to win the championship title, Jacobson had to defeat Felix Stephensen in a heads-up match. Ultimately, his opponent’s nine pair proved no match for his three tens and he was declared as the WSOP 2014 Main Event champion.
Although born and brought up in Sweden, Jacobson resides in London. He began playing poker professionally six years back and has taken part in WSOP Main Events several times in the past.
There are number of interesting things to know about the new champion. He loves not only playing poker, but also cooking. Before he decided to make playing poker his career, he wanted to become a chef and migrate to Barcelona. His intention was to become the top chef of a three-star restaurant. Since this did not work out for him, he decided to play poker.
Jacobson is also fond of betting on sports events. His official website reveals that he enjoys betting on the mixed martial arts and tennis. The new poker champion is also a fitness freak. Expressing interest in nutrition and physical training, he says that he has made reiki and yoga part of his life.
Attention was hardly focused on Jacobson when the names of the November Niners were first released. In fact, hardly anyone took notice of him as he held the eighth biggest stack of chips.
He also appears to be into philosophy. Just before winning the WSOP gold bracelet, he wrote: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Winning the WSOP 2014 Main Event is the first major achievement of his career.
Bwin.party Digital Entertainment Plc has issued a brief statement, in which it confirmed that it has held acquisition talks with several companies, one of which is believed to be Amaya Gaming, a gambling company based in Canada. Playtech is also believed to be one of the companies attempting to acquire Bwin.party.
According to the press statement, the aim of the acquisition is to create “additional value for bwin.party shareholders.” The company also stated that the acquisition discussions “may or may not result in an offer being made for the company.” Since the discussions are still in a preliminary stage, there is no guarantee of them resulting in an acquisition deal with any party.
Bwin.party’s online poker business has been declining by 25 percent year-on-year, as per the company’s Q3 reports for the current fiscal year. Although the company’s poker sector has suffered, its sports betting business has prospered thanks to the FIFA World Cup, which enabled it to post an increase in the gross revenue of this year when compared to the same last year. However, its tiny sports betting gain hasn’t helped the company reverse its losses and the company’s share value has been consistently reducing.
In addition, there is a conflict within the shareholder community. Jason Ader, one of the shareholders, had organized an internal protest, demanding the resignation of certain members of Bwin.party’s board of directors. A resident of New York, Ader is one of the members of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation board of directors. The Las Vegas Sands Corporation is a company owned by Sheldon Adelson, who has launched a nationwide anti online gambling campaign.
Amaya will be glad to acquire Bwin.party as it would be a great addition to its existing assets. Bwin.party’s European sports betting offerings are in good shape and the company already has a New Jersey license.