Weekly Poker Roundup: June 19, 2016
Jason Mercier Wins Second WSOP Bracelet of 2016
Jason Mercier might have the 2016 World Series of Poker Player of the Year title wrapped up already. Early on Friday morning, the Mercier won his second bracelet of the Series and fifth overall when he won the $10,000 HORSE Championship. As amazing as that is, Mercier’s week in total is even more incredible, as sandwiched in between the two victories was a second place finish in the $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship.
“I can’t explain it,” he said in his interview with the WSOP afterward. “Before this (year’s WSOP), I bricked like 30 tournaments in a row. I forgot how many it’s been. I also bricked the first nine WSOP events Oh, but then I finished first, second, and first. That kinda’ makes up for it.”
Mercier’s cashes haven’t been gigantic by WSOP standards, but he has still won $868,549 at the 2016 WSOP and almost $4.5 million at the WSOP in his career. He also has nearly $17.3 million lifetime live tournament earnings, putting him 11th all-time.
Online Poker Legislation Fails in New York
The quest to see online poker legalized and regulated in New York state will have to start over during the next legislative session as the state Assembly failed to vote on A10736. The Senate had already passed its identical bill, S5302,Tuesday by a convincing 53-5 vote.
For whatever reason, members of the Assembly were more consumed with a daily fantasy sports legalization bill, a measure which did pass both the Senate and Assembly to make its way to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk. Assuming he signs it, it is certainly a great victory for DFS and gambling fans in the state, but it is unfortunate that online poker couldn’t join its sports cousin.
Rep. Gary Pretlow, the sponsor of A10736 told The Buffalo News last week that he felt the online poker effort was dead, though he was confident about DFS. Jeffrey Gural, chairman of American Racing, which owns Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs, was disappointed that online poker wasn’t regulated, in part because people are playing on offshore sites, anyway. “I think [online poker] is a good idea. The daily fantasy sports doesn’t generate money for the state. But the poker would generate real money,” he told Syracuse.com. “You might as well make it legal.”
GVC Holdings Gains New Jersey License Approval
It seems that the Borgata will not have to go with a new online gaming partner, after all, as GVC Holdings, the owner of bwin.party, was given licensing approval by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE).
GVC purchased bwin.party last fall after tug-of-war with 888 Holdings. Nothing has changed for customers of partypoker, bwin.party’s flagship site, but those who played on the Party Borgata Network in New Jersey were at a non-zero risk of being without a poker site. This is because while bwin.party and its partner Borgata were both licensed by the New Jersey DGE, GVC, bwin.party’s new owner, was not. GVC did receive a temporary operational waiver from the DGE, allowing bwin.party to keep operating in New Jersey, but under the condition that employees in bwin.party’s New Jersey operations not have any contact with GVC.
In February, the Borgata partnered with GAN to offer “simulated gaming” with an option to offer real money gaming in the future. Shortly thereafter, it also inked an agreement with Pala Interactive as an apparent replacement for bwin.party. That transition was supposed to happen by the end of the second quarter, but it has not yet and it remains to be seen if it ever will, given GVC’s recent approval.
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