Weekly Poker Roundup: January 29, 2017

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2017 WSOP Schedule Released

The final 2017 World Series of Poker schedule has been released, featuring a 50-day schedule with 74 gold bracelets up for grabs. The festivities will begin May 30th and unofficially end July 17th, when the November Nine of the 2017 WSOP Main Event has been determined.

There are eight new events on the schedule, one of the more interesting being the $365 “The Giant” No-Limit Hold’em. It appears to be a cheaper variation of the popular “The Colossus,” which was already inexpensive for a WSOP tournament at $565. There will be five starting flights, each taking place on a different Friday. The money bubble will be pierced during each “Day 1,” with the end-of-night survivors being paid prize money equal to that of the last place that was paid that night. The rest of the prize pool will carry over to the remainder of the tournament.

The 2017 WSOP Main Event will begin July 8th with the first of three Day 1’s. Days 2A and 2B will be on July 11th; even though they are the same day, the fields from each will remain separate. Day 2C will be on July 12th. All remaining players will unite into one field on Day 3. As mentioned, when the November Nine is determined on July 17th, the WSOP will break until the fall.

PokerStars Revamping Ring Game Lobby, Removing Seat Selection

PokerStars will soon be rolling out a test of its new “Seat Me” system, which aims to protect players – recreational players, in particular – from “bumhunters,” or players who specifically seek out weaker players in order to drain them of their cash.

What Seat Me essentially does is take the ring game table selection process out of the hands of players. Players will, of course, be able to choose the game type, stakes, and max players, but that’s it. PokerStars will automatically assign players to tables, rather than letting people hand-pick their tables.

According to PokerStars’ Director of Poker Room Operations Severin Rasset in a blog post, Seat Me will reduce bumhunting, eliminate the effectiveness of seating scripts, impose time penalties on players who table hop or do other things that delay the games while they search for lesser players, and generally make the online game feel more like live (where you walk into the poker room and are shown to a seat by the host).

If the tests are successful on PokerStars.es, Seat Me will be expanded to the rest of the PokerStars sites.

NJ Assemblyman Files Resolution Against Congressional Online Gambling Opponents

New Jersey State Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo has filed an Assembly Joint Resolution in response to the apparent anti-online gambling leaning of the Trump Administration. As poker fans likely well know by now, Vice President Mike Pence is stridently anti-gambling and Senator Jeff Sessions, who has been nominated by Donald Trump for the position of U.S. Attorney General, also seems to be against online gambling.

During his recent Senate confirmation hearing, Sessions responded to Senator Lindsey Graham’s question about the 2011 Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel’s clarification that the Wire Act pertains only to sports betting by saying he was “was shocked at the memorandum” and that he “did oppose it when it happened.”

New Jersey’s regulated online gambling industry could be at risk if the newly emboldened internet gaming opponents get their way. Mazzeo’s AJR 137 states, in part, “This resolution urges United States President Donald Trump, members of President Trump’s administration, and Congress to oppose any measures and actions that would prohibit states to conduct Internet gaming.”

The Resolution cites Sessions’ comments and lays out reasons why an online gambling ban would be bad for New Jersey.

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