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Poker Player Tony Korfman Dies at Age 71

Poker personality Tony Korfman is no more. He died at the age of 71 on August 18, 2014. Users of popular poker forums say that he fell in his house fifteen days back, broke his hip, and never recovered.
Born at Bronx in New York, he spent many years of his life working as the general manager for several casinos.
Korfman is the author of 10 gambling books. One of these is a series called “A Humorous and Informative Gaming Guide” dealing with casino games such as blackjack, poker, roulette, slots, and video poker. These series are still very popular among gamblers worldwide.
As a professional poker player, Korfman won more than $355,320 in various live poker tournaments. In 2007, he became the runner up of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) $1k World Championship Seniors event and won a prize of $217,503.
Nolan Dalla, a professional poker player, said last year that Korfman is “poker’s prize pit bull,” adding that, if there is something called re-incarnation, Korfman will be re-born “as a rooster in a cockfight.” He also said that Korfman is a good writer, his writing skills enhanced by his knack for storytelling.
His marriage lasted for nearly fifty years, in the course of which he had five children. Later, he became the grandfather of eight children and the great-grandfather of two children. Although short-tempered, Dorfman was a very kind-hearted man.
According to his obituary, he was a caring person who wouldn’t hesitate to help others in need. Throughout his life, his generosity touched many people and almost every day, someone would approach him and thank him for his help. Dorfman had a great sense of humor and loved making others laugh. He spent all his spare time watching football and basketball, listening to music, and spending quality time with friends and family members.

California Will Legalize Online Poker by 2015, Predicts Garber

Online Poker Report recently interviewed Mitch Garber, president and chief executive officer of Caesars Acquisition Company. Garber revealed his opinions on a variety of subjects, including the issue of online poker legalization in California.
When asked to predict about online poker legalization in California, Garber said that he is optimistic about the same. According to him, California will legalize online poker by 2015.
Referring to the absence of a uniform opinion among various operators of gambling businesses in California, he said that the state’s Native Indian tribes have put in a lot of efforts to come to a consensus although it didn’t work out. He said, “So if I look at where we were a year and a half ago and where we are today I think we’re close to a bill.” He also said that the need of the hour in California is coming up with language that everybody can agree with so that an online poker bill can be passed.
He also definitely stated that Caesars will not campaign in any way for the legalization of online poker in the state, especially with regard to taking ‘sides’ in the bad actor clause debate. Stating that the company will refrain from establishing a clear position, he said that the company can have an influence on the final decision making process.
Making it quite clear that everybody definitely wants online poker to be legalized in California, he said that the absence of online poker laws in California does not serve anybody’s purpose. Being a thickly populated state, California is a promising market and Caesars is just as eager as any other gambling company to grab a slice of it.
Stating definitely that Caesars wants to establish a gambling business in California, Garber predicted that online poker will become legal in the state by 2015.

Danish Online Poker Market Declines for the Second Year

The online poker market of Denmark has been steadily falling during the past two years, in spite of which other countries in Europe, especially Sweden and the Netherlands, feel that the country has some of the best online gambling laws in the world.
According to figures related to Q2 of 2014, which were recently published by Spillemyndigheden, the gambling authority in Denmark, the country’s online poker industry has declined 20 percent in Q2 of this year while compared to the corresponding quarter last year. Online poker revenue fell from $8,982,789 in Q2 of 2013 to $7,186,231 in Q2 of 2014.
This fall in Danish online poker revenue gives greater cause for concern especially when it is compared to the revenue figures of 2012, which were $9,881,067.
The Danish gambling authority has estimated that, if this trend continues, the country’s online poker industry will generate around $32,338,040 by the end of 2014. This would mean a decline of 7.7 percent while compared to the revenue figures of 2013 and a decline of 18.2 percent while compared to the revenue figures of 2012.
Although figures show a steady decline in Denmark’s online poker industry, brick-and-mortar casinos thrived. Casino revenues shot up to 12.5 percent. While casinos generated only $43,117,387 in 2013, they generated as much as $48,507,060 in Q2 of this year.
The FIFA World Cup, which was recently held in Brazil, greatly contributed to the rise of Denmark’s sports betting industry this year. Revenue generated by the Danish sports betting industry was the highest ever in Q2 of this year. Thanks to the betting activities of thousands of football fans, the sports betting industry in Denmark earned 33 percent more than what it did last year. The country’s sports betting revenues, which were $79,946,822 in Q2 of 2013, became $60,184,686 during the same period this year.

Playground Poker Festival to Include $1 Million Guaranteed Main Event

The Playground Poker Montreal Festival will be held at the Playground Poker Club from August 22 to September 3, 2014. The main event, a tournament with a guaranteed prize of $1 million and a buy-in of $1,100, will have three starting flights along with a chance to re-buy on the next day and will last for four days.
The festival will begin with a No Limit Hold’em Re-entry tournament with a buy-in of $150, a guaranteed prize of $100,000, and four starting flights. The event will include tournaments such as the three-day No Limit Hold’em Deepstack tournament with a buy-in of $550 and a $300 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Bounty tournament. It will also include several side events with affordable buy-ins, which indicates that there is something for everybody, right from the small-stakes casual player to the high-stakes professional poker player.
The most unique feature of the Playground Poker Montreal Festival is Satellite Day, which will be held on August 28, Thursday. The $80 buy-in re-entry tournament will be held at noon, the $110 turbo re-entry tournament will be held at 4:00 p.m., and the $110 buy-in re-entry tournament will be held at 8:00 p.m. As many as 20 players can win seats to the main event through each of these three satellites. In the past, as many as 200 players have won seats to the main event through satellites alone.
Additional details about the Playground Poker Montreal Festival are available at the Playground Poker Club’s official website. Those interested in taking part can get hold of answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), rules, tournament formats and structures, as well as a complete schedule.
The Playground Poker Club is one of the best land-based venues for poker in Canada. Poker enthusiasts can look forward to some great entertainment and prizes between August 22 and September 3.

California’s Online Poker Bills Shelved for the Year

Santa Ana’s Senator Lou Correa said that the California legislative session does not have the time to consider the state’s two online poker bills. Since Correa is the author of one of those bills and the chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee, his decision is a major disappointment for online poker in California.
Since the legislative session does not even have a month left in it, Correa decided that there was no time to make the required changes in the bill and get the approval of California’s card clubs and Native Indian tribes. Calling online poker in the state “an important public policy,” he said that they “need to make sure it’s done right.”
Gambling law expert Prof. I. Nelson Rose of Whittier Law School had made the prediction that the state would not be able to legalize online poker in 2014 partly because elections would be held and partly because Native Indian tribes and card clubs wouldn’t come to a consensus regarding the language of the bills. Rose also predicted that the bills wouldn’t get a two-thirds majority.
California’s gambling industry remains divided over whether to include a bad actor clause in the state’s online gambling laws. Some tribes have not joined the coalition of 13 tribes that recently stated that they have come to an agreement on the language of an online poker bill. In addition, Senator Roderick Wright, the state’s most influential advocate of online poker, was found guilty of perjury and voter fraud and removed from his post of chairman of the Governmental Organization Committee in February.
To make matters worse for online poker in California, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson launched a nation-wide anti online gambling campaign. He has paid as much as $309,000 to Mercury Public Affairs, a prominent lobbying company, to campaign against online poker legalization in California.

Paddy Power Poker Reveals Details of Security Breach

Paddy Power Poker revealed several details related to a data breach of 2010 in a recent press release.
Shortly after issuing the press release, the online poker room contacted players who held accounts in 2010 just to inform them that financial data and passwords were not lost or stolen in the data breach.
Paddy Power Poker became aware of the data breach only recently, following which the company cooperated with the police in Canada to retrieve all the stolen data. The press release says that the retrieved data comprised user names, names, birth dates, physical addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of some customers. Passwords and financial information continues to remain secure and protected.
Paddy Power then began getting in touch with the 649,055 affected customers. Peter O’Donovan, the managing director of Paddy Power Online, said that the company sincerely regrets the breach and apologizes to all those affected by it. He assured customers that the company takes its responsibility of securing customer data seriously and has therefore investigated the breach thoroughly. He also said that the investigation has revealed no evidences of customer accounts being “adversely impacted” by the breach. He also said that the company is now communicating will all people whose details were stolen.
He further said that the company is continuously investing funds in improving its security system and that it is always working hard to counter all the latest threats to customer security online.
The breach, which came to light in May 2014, was investigated thoroughly and traced to a Canadian resident. A court in Canada then ordered that the person’s IT equipment should be seized. The stolen data was then retrieved from the equipment and deleted from the person’s system.
The retrieved dataset was then subjected to a forensic examination, which revealed that the information belongs to 649,055 Paddy Power customers.