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ANOTHER ONLINE POKER LEGALISATION BILL FOR PENNSYLVANIA
Senator Edwin Erickson's soon-to-launch bill seeking to legalise online poker in Pennsylvania (see previous InfoPowa reports) is to be supported in the state Assembly by a similar bill sponsored by Republican Representative Nicholas Miccarelli.
It is understood that both bills will include anti-competitive "bad actor" clauses barring operators like Pokerstars who continued to supply US services after the UIGEA was passed in 2006.
There are also provisions to punish players who use unlicensed online poker sites - the first time this has been attempted outside Washington State's draconian anti-online gambling laws.
The Miccarelli bill will probably follow Erickson's lead in proposing a 14 percent tax rate on GGR and heavy initial licensing fees, and both bills are expected to include arrangements for the protection of player account balances.
LOCAL PLAYER VICTORIOUS IN W.P.T.SOUTH AFRICAN POKER TOURNAMENT2013-11-12
A relatively unknown South African player, Daniel Brits, scored his first major tournament win against some formidable opponents to win the $3,300 buy-in World Poker Tour Emperors Palace Classic main event in Johannesburg Monday.
Working his way through an entry field of 190 other players that generated a prize pool of $561,527, Brits survived a tough final table and a three hour gruelling heads up against Eugene Du Plessis to claim the honours and the $132,128 main prize.
Among his opponents was German tournament ace Dominik Nitsche, one of the top players in the world who was intent on winning a back-to-back WPT title on his South African visit. As things panned out, he was eliminated at fourth.
Du Plessis looked like a winner as final table action started on the fourth day of the tournament; he was playing well, dominating the action and holding almost 50 percent of the chips in play.
However, his lead had diminished by the time the heads up against Brits was reached, and the two battled on for three hours before the South African managed to secure the advantage and triumph, leaving Du Plessis with a runner up prize of $92,708.
Brits was clearly delighted at such a noteworthy performance in his first major live tournament...and his biggest win yet.
Other final table pay-outs were:
3. Rob Fenner $59,634
4. Dominik Nitsche $44,136
5. Wesley Wiegand $33,130
6. Ronit Chamani $26,504
U.S. PLAYER LEADS AS WORLD SERIES OF POKER MAIN EVENT GATHERS MOMENTUM2013-07-09
The final entry day for this year's World Series of Poker Main Event, Day 1C, has completed in Las Vegas, with Wisconsin pro Mark Kroon emerging as overall chip leader from all three entry days on 246,000, chased by Imari Love from Chicago on 214,300, and Clement Tripodi of France (on 207,050 the leader at the end of Day 1B).
After three initial days of action (see previous InfoPowa reports) there are 4,186 players left from a total starting field of 6,352 - the smallest main event field in six years.
Second round competitive action begins over the next two days as the survivors are further culled, usually by around 50 percent before Day 3 starts and the separate player fields from the Day 2 heats are combined and start the serious business of trying to get into the money.
Last years main event champ, Greg Merson is still in the competition, albeit way behind the chip leaders on 81,650, and trailing famous pros like Phil Ivey (119,650) and Phil Hellmuth (92,850). Other notable names who made it through the last entry day included Jason Mercier, Joe Hachem, Allen Cunningham, Nick Schulman, Antonio Esfandiari and Ben Lamb.
The high profile Canadian pro, Daniel Negreanu, is also still in the running, although further back on just 15,000 chips.
Among those who fell by the wayside this year were former WSOP champs Huck Seed, Robert Varkonyi and Jonathan Duhamel, along with successful and respected financial businessmen/players Bill Perkins and David Einhorn.
Also headed home were Brandon Cantu, Phil Laak, Vanessa Rousso, Tom Schneider, Eric Buchman, Shaun Deeb (taken out by Phil Hellmuth), Jennifer Tilly, Prahlad Friedman, Jeff Madsen, former November Niner Ylon Schwartz and Loni Harwood.
Strangely, two top names entered the event, paid the hefty buy-in, and then didn't show up; the starting stacks of Gus Hansen and Tom Dwan were blinded off, leaving Hansen with 17,975 and Dwan with 18,075 when chips were bagged.
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