Weekly Poker Roundup: March 5, 2017
New York Assemblyman Optimistic About Online Poker Legalization in 2017
New York Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow told FIOS1 News that is confident that online poker will have enough support in his chamber of the legislature for a bill to eventually pass and reach the Governor’s desk. Pretlow introduced a bill in the state Assembly in early February, but there has not been any movement on it yet. A similar bill has advanced past one committee already in the Senate.
In the interview, he said he met with New Jersey’s Attorney General to learn about the technologies that have been used to successfully combat cheating and make sure players were located within state borders. He was previously skeptical that proper protections could be put in place, but he came out of his “field trip” convinced.
Satisfied that New York could run a safe online poker industry, he introduced his bill. “When I do sign off on something,” he said, “my colleagues feel that it is a good deal and they don’t question why I made a certain decision. They know that if that decision was made, it’s for good reason. So I don’t really see there’s going to be much opposition to moving this along.”
Cate Hall Speaks Out Against Female Poker Player of the Year Award
A little more than a week ago, Cate Hall was officially awarded the 2016 GPI Female Player of the Year at the 3rd Annual GPI American Poker Awards. Interestingly, even though it was an award she wanted to win, it is not an award that she feels has much value.
During her acceptance speech, Hall said that the “concept of a Female Player of the Year to me doesn’t make a lot of sense” and that to win an award for finishing behind 77 men in the GPI Player of the Year race “feels to me like it has to send a message that I’m not expected to be able to compete with them.”
Calling the award a “consolation prize,” Hall added that it “feels like it sends a message that men are still in another league.”
On Twitter, Hall explained that she decided about halfway through the year that she would grind as many tournaments as possible in order to win the award so that she could have the platform to make her statement.
Phil Ivey Works Edge Sorting Case up to UK Supreme Court
Phil Ivey’s “edge sorting” cases continue to live on, as he and his counsel have been given the right to appeal the rulings against him to the UK Supreme Court. In November, a three-judge Court of Appeal of England and Wales panel upheld a 2014 ruling that Ivey was not owed £7.8 million that he won at Crockfords Casino in 2012 playing punto banco.
In a statement, Ivey said, “Last November’s Court of Appeal ruling made no sense to me. The original trial judge ruled that I was not dishonest and none of the three Appeal Court judges disagreed, and yet the decision went against me by a majority of 2 to 1. I am so pleased that the Supreme Court has granted me permission to fight for what I genuinely believe is the right thing to do in my circumstances, and for the entire gaming industry. I look forward to the Supreme Court reversing the decision against me.”
While Lady Justice Mary Arden said Ivey was not dishonest, she did say, “What Mr Ivey caused Crockfords’ staff to do was to take steps which would alter the chance of his winning materially by some 8% in his favour. In my judgment, because of his plan to play using the knowledge obtained from the reorienting of the cards under his direction, those matters amounted to interference with the process by which the game was conventionally played.”
Daniel Strelitz Wins 2017 L.A. Poker Classic Championship
Daniel Strelitz was the chip leader after Day Three of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event. He was the chip leader after Day Four. And Day Five. There is no surprise twist here: Daniel Strelitz then went on to win the L.A. Poker Classic title.
Strelitz entered final table play with 6.485 million chips; his closest competitor, Simeon Naydenov, had just 2.86 million. He knocked out two of the first three players at the final table, including Mike Sexton, to amass more chips than the two remaining players combined. Though Strelitz had closed up to that point, but Simeon Naydenov and Jared Griener held strong, with Naydenov actually wresting the chip lead away from Strelitz. Strelitz took it back, but Naydenov eventually knocked out Griener in third place to go into heads-up with the chip lead.
Only two hands into heads-up, though, Strelitz regained the chip lead, turning a full house two win a big pot after letting Naydenov river a flush. From there, Strelitz never lost the chip lead, winning just over $1 million.
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