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Poker Tournament Organized to Raise Funds to Restore Columbus Theater

The Columbus Theater Association is organizing a live poker tournament to raise funds to restore its old auditorium. The game will be held on September 13, Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and the venue will be the Cardinal Ale House and Bowl to the west of the city.
Gail Bostian, the president of the association, has invited all poker enthusiasts to come with their friends, play poker, and help raise funds for the restoration of the theater. She said: “We hope to have 18 tables of games going on, so it should be a fun, action-packed night for everybody.”
The buy-in to this fund-raiser tournament is $25 per player. Since the state’s laws prevents giving away cash prizes to the winners, the organizers will give away non-cash prizes to the top three players of the tournaments. The champion can go home with an Apple iPad.
The player field is capped at 200 players. The participants will start playing at all the 18 tables at the beginning of the night, and tables will be closed down as the player field reduces. Players who bust in the first hour can re-buy for $25.
Tickets to the tournament can be purchased at the office of F&M Bank, 104 Industrial District, Columbus or at Cardinal Ale House and Bow, 277 Industrial District, Columbus. The tournament will be held at the banquet hall.
Players need to have completed 18 years of age to take part in this tournament. The participants will be offered free snacks. They can also avail of a cash bar.
The Columbus Theater Association, a non-profit organization, was launched in early 2014 to raise funds to restore the old auditorium, which was constructed in 1892. The facility has been unused from the thirties.
Those interested in knowing more about the fund-raiser poker tournament and the auditorium can call 903-662-8360.

Award Winning Celebrities Take Part in Poker Tournament

Celebrities attending the Primetime Emmy Awards of this year got a unique opportunity to take part in a fun-only celebrity poker tournament.
Antonio Villard Premium Electronic Cigars sponsored a game of poker in the Kari Feinstein Style Lounge at the 66th edition of the Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The celebrities in attendance grabbed this opportunity to smoke a few electronic cigars rolled out by the company while taking part in a poker tournament.
Called the Celebrity Poker Challenge, the event was organized by Tristan McMurphy, who said that the goal was not just to give the attending celebrities an opportunity to try the company’s electronic cigars, but also to do something different. He said: “We want to give back, and to include our celebrity guests in doing so.”
Breaking Bad stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston were two celebrities who were especially interested to take part in the event. Paul recently took part in a daily deepstack tournament held as part of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) at the Rio Casino Hotel. He had attended the Primetime Emmy Awards to collect a Best Supporting Actor award for a drama series.
Cranston regularly featured at the Celebrity Poker Showdown, a game show broadcast by the Bravo Channel and featuring professional poker players such as Kevin Pollack, Jason Alexander, and Phil Hellmuth.
Breaking Bad grabbed a total of five awards that night. While Cranston won the Best Lead Actor Award, Moira Walley-Beckett won the Outstanding Writer Award for penning the Ozymandias episode. Anna Gunn bagged the Outstanding Supporting Actress Award for the second year in a row.
Sherlock, a mini-series aired by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), also won awards that night. Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, who were the stars of this show, won awards.
Yet another show that won awards was Modern Family.

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.


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