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WILL NEBRASKA LEGALISE ONLINE POKER?
2015-01-22

Lawmakers in Nebraska are to debate the nature of poker and whether it can be classified as a game of skill following the introduction of a bill to the state legislature by Senator Tyson Larson.

Classification of poker as a game in which skill predominates over luck is a key element in deciding whether the game falls within most legal definitions as constituting the act of gambling.

In Nebraska, all forms of poker are treated as illegal gambling, but Sen. Larson hopes to change that in at least two genres - Draw Poker and Holdem Poker - which he contends are games predominantly of skill rather than chance.

In Nebraska the test of chance or luck is whether the player has control over the outcome of an event; if he or she does not, then it is regarded as a game of chance - an essential component in the definition of gambling.

Nebraska has particularly fierce anti-poker laws that even prohibit Texas Hold'Em poker tournaments, where participants elsewhere pay an upfront entry and registration fee to play in the hope of winning cash or other prizes.

Larson claims that over $300 million leaves the state in gambling revenues as determined punters take their business out of state, a situation that he wants to see reversed.

Explaining the difference between skill and chance, Sen. Larson told the Lincoln Star Journal newspaper:

You can be a professional poker player; you cannot be a professional coin flipper. You can lose a poker game on purpose; you cant lose a coin flip on purpose. You can have the worst hand in poker but be the best player. The math is there; the statistics are there. Poker is a game of skill; it is not a game of chance."

The Senator's bill makes provision for bar owners and other potential operators to be licensed to host poker games that fall within his skill gaming definition. It proposes a 24/7 operating regime with a 5 percent rake on cash games permitted.

State legislators will also consider another proposal - this one affecting the state's constitution - that seeks to dismantle the ban on gambling in Nebraska. Introduced by Senator Paul Schumaker, the amendment has already attracted opposition from other senators who are against any expansion of gambling.

Local political observers have pointed out that Schumaker faces an uphill struggle, bearing in mind that a similar effort by Senator Russ Karpisek met with strong opposition and failed in committee last year.

Sen. Larson's bill faces its first test next week, when a formal hearing in the General Affairs Committee which he chairs has been scheduled.




7-HOUR HEADS UP DECIDES WORLD SERIES OF POKER EVENT 44
2014-06-26


Event 44 at the World Series of Poker featured an epic 7-hour heads up that took evenly matched survivors Jordan Morgan (30) Apuestas Deportivas Apuestas NFL Futbol Americano Online Bingo Rooms Play Bingo online How to bet on 2019 Super Bowl Predictions and Evan McNiff (28) into an exhausting additional fourth day of action before the winner was decided.

Day 3 of the event - a $1,500buy-in NLHE competition that pulled in 1,914 entrants and offered a prize pool of $2,583,900 - saw a final table formed comprising McNiff and Morgan, along with Jason Johnson, Raymond Foley, Bryan Dillon, Robert Chorlian, Joseph Iarussi, Ryan Spittles and Michael Anselm.

By early evening the heads up stage had been reached following the elimination of Jason Johnson at third for $204,464 and Morgan, who hails from Oklahoma, faced Californian McNiff holding a 4 to 1 chip lead.

It should have been a walkover, but instead the resilience and fighting spirit of McNiff turned it into a six hour marathon that had still not been decided when officials stopped play in the early hours of the following morning, ordering an extra day to reach a resolution.

On Day 4, Morgan and McNiff took their places with almost even chip stacks, but it still took an hour for Morgan to knock his very worthy opponent out for a runner up prize of $295,727 in a classic race result at hand 133.

It was a special day for Morgan, because in addition to his first WSOP bracelet and the main prize of $478,102, he was celebrating his ninth wedding anniversary.

The Oklahoman's win is the biggest so far in a career that has brought him success in both land and internet poker using the handle iMsoLucky0. His previous best win was in 2005, when he collected $405,072 after taking a second place in the NLHE event at the US Poker Championships in Atlantic City.



NEGREANU AND PANTLING IN POKER SPAT
2013-08-13

Matchbox.com chief executive Andrew Pantling's major Euro 800,000 victory at last spring's European Poker Tour grand final main event was reportedly a little soured by disparaging comments allegedly made by high profile poker pro Daniel Negreanu after the tourney, according to an interview with Pantling carried by the iGaming.org site this week.
Was it a case of sour grapes? Negreanu only managed a fifth placing but nevertheless felt qualified to voice a public and rather negative opinion on Pantling's game, triggering a wider conversation on various poker message boards and websites.
Pantling says the comment and subsequent discussion annoyed him
The reason is, I played with Daniel for a few days even before the final table, and I really beat him up with some big bluffs," Pantling claims in the interview.
"I felt, he was quite frustrated and irritated by this so after he was eliminated, he went on the live stream and vented by disrespecting my poker game.
"Since then, I had a chance to look at the final table footage and I didnt think it was a big deal, I just kind of laughed and wished I had the opportunity to play against Daniel more often," Pantling said....but then followed it with his own zinger:
That being said, as a brand ambassador for PokerStars, I think he represented himself and the company quite poorly.
If I was a true amateur, I wouldnt be overly keen to play poker on TV if I felt that a well-known PokerStars pro was going to publicly criticize my abilities in front of my friends and family, who were watching and know very little about poker. I know I wouldnt want my brand, Matchbook, represented like that."


BIG TURNOUT FOR DAY 1B OF THE EPT BERLIN MAIN EVENT
2013-04-25

Top international poker ace Michael Mizrachi was among a star-studded Day 1B starting field of 565 players in the Pokerstars European Poker Tour Berlin main event Monday...and he ended the second starter day as the chip leader on 175,400.

The big Day 1B registration list brought the total number of players competing in this year's main event to 912 - well ahead of last year's 745 entries.

Among the A-list players around the tables were Sorel Mizzi, Vanessa Selbst, JC Alvarado, Kitty Kuo, Tobias Reinkemeier, Theo Jorgensen, Jake Cody, Mickey Petersen, Benny Spindler, Bryn Kenney, Sam Grafton and Marvin Rettenmaier.

Top three finishers on the day were:

Michael Mizrachi 175,400
Robin Ylitalo 172,800
Daniel Reijmer 162,600

Ronny Voth, the Day 1a chip leader (see previous InfoPowa report) is the overall chip leader going into Day 2 today. With a main prize of around Euro 880,000 to be won, competition is likely to be fierce.



MICROGAMING REBRANDS ITS ONLINE POKER NETWORK
2012-12-04

Microgaming, the online gambling software developer and network provider, announced the re-branding of its online poker network Tuesday, along with the launch of a supporting new website at www.thempn.eu.
Now branded MPN, the poker network was formerly titled Microgaming Poker Network and has undergone a significant transformation over the past two years, with sweeping changes to design, architecture and game offering.
The rebrand to MPN marks the culmination of a project initiated in January 2010, which has included:
* A new poker lobby, designed for both beginner and advanced players, rolling out to operators over Q4 2012 and Q1 2013.
* The re-architecture of the poker platform, live January 2010.
* A new Flash client, rolling out alongside the new poker lobby.
* An HTML5 client.
* The fast-fold product Blaze Poker.
* Anonymous Tables.
* Joint promotions with key operators, live December 2012.
* True Value, a unique and patent-pending rake allocation model that rewards acquisition and reactivation and does not impact on players.
* The formation of the Network Management Board, the industrys first operator/network board, which works to shape the development roadmap and strategies for the entire MPN, and is now a year old.
A company spokesman said Tuesday that the final steps in the process are the re-brand of the poker network and the launch of the network website.
The popularity of the changes wrought by the project is illustrated by announcements in recent weeks reporting the sign-up of new operators on the network, which have included Betsson, iGame, 24HPoker, Pokerihuone and BetVictor. Other operators have reportedly signed with Microgaming and intend to launch over the coming weeks.
The rebrand of the network to MPN and the launch of the network website are both significant milestones for Microgaming poker," said Microgaming's head of Network Games, Lydia Melton.
"What we have done with all these changes is build the framework for a scalable and sustainable network. Now that the framework is in place, we are more flexible, resilient and adaptable to any changes that this turbulent industry can throw our way.