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Online Poker Petition Receives White House Reply


Several weeks ago, a petition signed by US online poker players, entitled “We the People”, was sent to the White House to demand changes in current legislation which still makes it difficult for millions of Americans to play their favorite game online.

Organizers of the petition didn’t expect any major changes to current laws based on their demands, but it was important for them to get the message across. While the President didn’t make any commitments to changes (considering that it’s election year), it was understood from the response received from the White House that no doors are shut on the possibility of far reaching changes.
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Chris Ferguson’s Secret FTP Bank Accounts and Threats to GBT Deal

On Wednesday, Subject:Poker released information regarding secret bank accounts belonging Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, a key figure and shareholder of Full Tilt Poker. The report claims that Ferguson funneled approximately $60 million of his FTP payments into his own bank accounts beginning in at least 2007, and he withdrew or spent around $45 million of the funneled money.

According to the article, Ferguson allowed for about $14.3 million of the funds to be used for the company's post-Black Friday expenses. Subject:Poker reports that Ferguson and his lawyer, Ian Imrich, have threatened to take steps that might obstruct the pending deal with Groupe Bernard Tapie and the Department of Justice if that money is not recovered.

Ferguson was brought into the spotlight last September when the Department of Justice amended its original civil complaint, alleging that Full Tilt Poker and board members Ferguson, Ray Bitar, Howard Lederer and Rafe Furst defrauded players. PokerNews learned this week that the four men, along with Black Friday payment processor Chad Elie, have been given another extension to respond to the amended civil complaint. It is the third extension granted by Preet Bahara since Sept. 20, 2011; the four will have until March 19, 2012, to respond.

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Biloxi man has $336K poker hand

With his girlfriend and 2½-month-old baby looking on, John Dolan of Biloxi laid down the winning hand in the final table of Beau Rivage’s Million Dollar Heater Regional Poker Tournament. He walked away with $336,105 in cash, the trophy and bracelet.
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European Poker Awards 2012: The contenders for the titles announced

The award ceremony for the best players and poker actors in Europe will be held on January 25, 2012 at the Aviation Club de France (ACF), at the same time as the European Finals of Poker.

For their 11th edition, European Poker Awards will once again grant the best European people involved in the poker industry in 9 categories : Rookie of the Year, Best Tournament Performance, Player of the Year, Casino Staff Person of the Year, Leading Lady of the Year, Rob Gardner Memorial Award for the Poker Personality of 2011, Internet Player of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and the Best Event of the Year (a brand new category which will reward the event marked by the quality of its organization, its field or its prizepool).
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Poker Pros File RICO Complaint Against Excapsa Software

A group of eight high-stakes poker players have filed a RICO complaint against Excapsa Software, claiming that employees of the former owners of Ultimate Bet stole at least $20 million from plaintiffs and other high-stakes poker players.

The group of plaintiffs, which include poker pros Brad Booth, Tom Koral, Dustin Woolf and Daniel Smith, claim they lost $2 million during games in which their hole cards were accessible to Ultimate Bet employees playing under mysterious user names. Lead plaintiff Daniel Ashman says the cheating scandal has "been the subject of intense public interest and scrutiny."
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Yatahay Rebranding to Winning Poker Network

The Yatahay Poker Network has always been one of the smaller networks in online poker, but was nonetheless notable for their commitment to providing poker to the US market. Now, the network is rebranding itself as the Winning Poker Network while continuing to accept USA players in their poker rooms.

While most players won't notice any change in service due to the rebranding, the new Winning Poker Network will feature new logos and designs, as well as an entirely new website for the network itself. Popular rooms found on the Winning Poker Network include True Poker, America's Cardroom, and the poker wing of the 5Dimes sportsbook website.
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BREAKING NEWS: Bodog Online Gaming Founder Indicted For Money Laundering, Website Seized

Calvin Ayre, a Canadian who founded online-gambling company Bodog in 1994, was indicted by U.S.prosecutors in Baltimore for conducting an illegal business that generated more than $100 million in winnings.

Ayre, 50, and three other men are accused of conspiring to commit money laundering while conducting the business from at least June 2005 until Jan. 6, according to court papers unsealed today in Baltimore. Ayre and the men, all Canadian citizens,allegedly moved funds from Bodog’s accounts in Switzerland,England, Malta, Canada, and elsewhere to pay winnings to gamblers and media brokers in the U.S.
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2012 European Poker Awards Handed Out, Sam Trickett Takes Player Of The Year

In what might be viewed as a slight upset, the United Kingdom’s Sam Trickett was voted Player of the Year at the 2012 European Poker Awards over poker Triple Crown winner and countryman Jake Cody during awards ceremonies held last night.

Trickett earned more than $4.5 million during the 2011 tournament season while winning several high profile tournaments. He captured the championship of the $100K High Roller at the 2011 Aussie Millions, finished second in the $250K Super High Roller at the same event and also won the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in November. These performances pushed him past Cody, who completed poker’s Triple Crown with a bracelet victory at the World Series of Poker last summer.
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Successful career on the cards: Maria Ho

It seems appropriate that Maria Ho's career as a professional poker player began with a bluff - of her parents.

The Taiwan-born California resident had just completed a communications degree at university when she decided to try her luck as a professional poker player.

It was a big gamble. Before university, she had never even played the game - her first experience was in ''home games'' against male college friends, who originally told her she wasn't allowed to play because ''girls weren't invited''. She repaid that swipe by turning up and beating them at their own game before building a decent bank while playing small-stakes poker at casinos on Indian reservations.
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Poker players sue to get to the bottom of online cheating scheme

Eight poker players who say they were victims of a cheating scheme on the popular Ultimate Bet website are suing a Canadian company and unnamed individuals, alleging they violated U.S. laws aimed at combatting organized crime, defrauded players and negligently offered crooked card games.

The lawsuit filed last Friday in U.S. District Court in California, alleges that the defendants — 6356095 Canada Inc., formerly known as Excapsa Software Inc., and up to 10 Jane or John Does — violated the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, committed fraud and exhibited negligence by enabling the theft of at least $20 million from high-stakes poker players who gambled on the Ultimate Bet website.
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard throws pokies reform into doubt

THE Prime Minister has thrown the future of her poker machine reforms into further doubt, refusing to restate her commitment to the introduction of mandatory betting loss limits.

Moments ago, Julia Gillard declined to stand by her government's previous guarantees that it would introduce legislation for mandatory pre-commitment on poker machines.

"I'm not going to be engaging in comments on the discussions I'm having (with independent MP Andrew Wilkie)," Ms Gillard said in response.

"When we have something to say we'll say."
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Ticiz toughs it out and wins $200K in Sunday Million

We had a big crowd for this week's Sunday Million:
Players: 7,379
Prize pool: $1,475,800.00
Paid players: 1,080
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