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Ken Daneyko, who has won the Stanley Cup championship thrice, has now gotten entangled with the newly regulated online poker industry in New Jersey. Daneyko played with the New Jersey Devils throughout the course of his career.
PartyPoker NJ recently announced that Daneyko will soon be part of its “first line.” This means that Daneyko will take part in online poker tournaments at PartyPoker NJ, write for the PartyPoker Blog, and interact with other poker players.
Daneyko is not new to the game. He had won the $230 buy-in Deepstack tournament, which formed part of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Spring Poker Open in April, and taken home a prize of $14,723. He had to defeat an impressive field of 270 opponents to achieve this.
He said that he “used to get excited at the drop of a puck,” but can hardly “wait for the turn of the river” at present. Expressing his love for New Jersey and the game of poker, he said that PartyPoker.com is the best place for online poker in New Jersey. He also expressed his eagerness to play, win, make friends, and have fun online, but “mostly win” as he enjoys the competition.
According to Mike Sexton, the star “will be a great ambassador for online poker in New Jersey.”
PokerScout.com reports that Party Borgata is getting a weekly average traffic of 150 players to its cash game tables. PartyPoker, along with WSOP.com, an online poker brand belonging to Caesars Entertainment, currently enjoys the biggest share of the NJ online poker market.
It may be recalled that the New Jersey Devils as well as the Philadelphia 76ers signed a marketing agreement with PartyPoker NJ in January. This was the first agreement of its kind signed between major US professional sports teams and an online gambling company.
Gus Hansen failed to turn up for a heads-up poker game with Viktor Blom because of “unforeseen circumstances,” as a Full Tilt representative put it. The Full Tilt Poker pros were slated to play three matches for $50,000 on Sunday.
Full Tilt Poker had encouraged fans of the two poker pros to support them by taking part in freerolls with prizes of $10,000. Fans were also given the opportunity to select the format of one of the three matches that Hansen and Blom were scheduled to play by casting votes through popular social networking sites.
The three matches had generated a lot of interest among fans in particular and the online poker community in general. The promo had also led to plans to stream the event live on YouTube along with a commentary by Brian Hastings, who had won more than $4 million from Blom in 2009, and Joey Ingram, the video podcast host.
However, when it was time to play the match, it became clear that Gus Hansen will not be taking part. Instead of Hansen, Jake Cody, a professional poker player from Britain, who had won a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, a World Poker Tour (WPT) championship title, and a European Poker Tour (EPT) championship title, played against Viktor Blom and lost the match.
According to the rules, the loser had to either sing the national anthem or play 1000 hands of Razz Poker at $0.05/$0.10 stake levels at Full Tilt Poker. However, Cody was exempted from doing this as he was merely playing instead of Gus Hansen.
It is worth nothing that Hansen did not take part in Full Tilt’s Sunday high-stakes poker games. Figures on the HighStakesDB.com show that Hansen lost more than $5 million in 2014 and $20 million in the course of his career playing high-stakes poker at Full Tilt.
Casinos as well as poker players are fond of football. Owing to this, live poker rooms in Las Vegas are launching a variety of football square promotions for the benefit of their loyal customers.
The South Point poker room’s Pro Football Squares will be run all through September. Participating players will get a football square for creating hands such as Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four-of-a-kind, and Aces Full. Those playing 2-4 poker games and NL Hold’em games will receive a square, which they can use to play games on Sunday at 1:25 p.m. or on Thursday, Monday, or Sunday night at 5:30 p.m. At the end of each quarter, winning squares will get a prize of $50. After the final score, a selected square will be awarded $100.
South Point will also hold a lucky draw called Pro Football Team Jersey Drawing at 10:00 p.m. games on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursday. Randomly selected poker players will win cash prizes.
A Football Squares promotion will also be held at Westgate Las Vegas. If players get a Flush or better with the help of both the hole cards, they will get a football square. There are 100 squares available and players can choose a square at games held on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Poker players stand the chance of winning prizes of up to $500 in this promotion.
In order to win, players need to be physically present and participating in a live poker game. Those who miss the blind buttons as well as those who are waiting to get their first hand when a quarter concludes will not be considered eligible to receive a prize. Those interested in participating should also hold a player’s card.
To get more information regarding these football promotions, players only have to visit the poker rooms.
According to a tweet from Howard Stutz, a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, said that he has discussed the issue of sharing online poker liquidity with Brian Sandoval, the governor of Nevada. Stutz was covering a gambling summit in New Jersey, at which Chris Christie was present.
Since these states already share the prize pools of slots games, sharing online poker liquidity wouldn’t be something totally new to them. In August 2014, casinos in New Jersey and Nevada launched several progressive slots and bets from players in both states contributed to the progressive jackpots. Merging online poker player pools, therefore, wouldn’t be difficult for the two states.
Meanwhile, Nevada had already signed an interstate liquidity sharing compact with Delaware, the only other US state that has legalized online gambling. The compact was expected to be brought into effect late in 2014, but Brian Mattingley, the chief executive officer for 888, said that it may be brought into effect early in 2015.
Although New Jersey has a population that is 3.2 times more than that of Nevada, its online poker market is just 2.2 times that of Nevada’s. By the time Nevada signs an interstate online poker compact with New Jersey, it will be already sharing player pools with Delaware.
Although New Jersey and Delaware do not restrict any online gambling operator from applying for an online poker license, Nevada has a “bad actor” clause that prevents companies that continued to accept US players after the passage of the UIGEA of 2006 from applying for a license. As a result, an operator with a New Jersey license may not be able to operate in Nevada. In the same way, a software provider licensed in New Jersey may not be able to operate in Nevada.
Dan Colman, a professional poker player from Massachusetts, has won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 2014, a tournament with a buy-in of $5,300 and a guaranteed prize of $10,000,000. Colman beat an impressive field of 1,499 players and won the first-place prize of $1,446,710 along with 1,920 Card Player Player of the Year points. His total career winnings have touched the $20,980,768 mark.
His latest achievement has put Colman well ahead of Phil Ivey with regard to live tournament earnings. He now occupies the third rank, close behind Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu.
The finalists of this event were talented poker pros such as Joe Kuether, John Dolan, one of the November Nine of 2010, Shawn Cunix, the WPT champion, and Mike Leah. Colman, therefore, had to play hard to get his title.
When the heads-up match between Mike Leah and Colman began, Colman was the chip leader, but he used a combination of experience and excellent poker hands to build his chip stack further. When the final hand was being played, he was well ahead of his opponent.
Ultimately, Leah emerged as the runner up, collecting the first seven-figure prize of his career and 1,600 POY Points. This year, Leah has played six final tables and earned POY Points. Since he has already won three championship titles so far, the Canadian professional poker player has obtained the third rank in the Player of the Year list. He has won $1,512,026 and 4,174 POY Points this year.
Here are the final table results. While Colman and Leah became the champion and runner-up of this event, the players who finished third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth were Shawn Cunix ($748,313), John Dolan ($548,763), Joe Kuether ($424,044), Martin Hanowski ($324,269), Blake Bohn ($249,438), Brian Hawkins ($199,550), and Roman Valerstine ($149,663), respectively.
Prof. I. Nelson Rose, widely acclaimed as a gambling law expert, has predicted that California will legalize and regulate online gambling in 2015. He had already correctly predicted that California might not legalize online gambling in 2014 because of the elections.
Earlier this week, Rose declared that “there is a very good chance” of the Golden State legalizing and regulating online poker next year. Stating that the nature of California’s problem is political, he explained that California’s card clubs and gaming tribes have a lot of political influence. The state Native Indian tribes and card rooms are very much in favor of online gambling, but only provided they get a major share of it. On the other hand, California’s lawmakers are interested only in generating tax revenue for the state, not working in the best interests of local gambling operators. For this reason, politicians in California prefer giant gambling companies such as Caesars Entertainment.
He also warned that the differences in opinion between tribes that have formed a coalition with PokerStars, the world’s biggest online poker room, and those who want PokerStars to be kept out of California could be an obstacle to online poker legalization. Tribes supporting PokerStars want the state’s lawmakers to strike the bad actor clause out of the state’s online gambling laws.
Rose said: “Once a political solution is worked out, and it is not an election year, the Legislature will approve Internet poker for California.”
The introduction of two online poker bills in assembly at the beginning of 2014 delighted the state’s poker players. Unfortunately, those bills are dead for this year and there is no chance of the Golden State legalizing the game this year.
There are possibilities of Reggie Jones-Sawyer proposing a new online poker bill this December, and this could be the birth of a new Internet poker law in California.