Weekly Poker Roundup: May 15, 2017
Taxpayer Lobbying Organization Criticizes RAWA
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance, via an op-ed for The Daily Caller by the organization’s president, David Williams, has spoken out against the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA).
“The legislation is flawed,” Williams wrote, “because it would lead to a crackdown of online gambling by Sessions and other law enforcement for no good reason. Americans by and large are OK with legal gambling as long as it is reasonably regulated. Online gambling hosted in states that allow it is hardly the Wild West.”
He called out Rep. Jason Chaffetz, in particular for the blatantly stupid things he has said about online gambling as he has been trying to push RAWA. Opinions such as the idea that the Justice Department’s permitting of states to legalize and regulate online gambling “unleashes the potential for an unregulated gambling industry to be imposed nationwide” and the view that the Wire Act bans all online gambling is a “position [that] has enjoyed bipartisan support from the public, their representatives and from attorneys general of most states,” are just “balderdash,” as Williams put it.
WPT to Expand in to India, South America
The World Poker Tour (WPT) has announced that it will be expanding, launching new events in India and South America.
The WPT has partnered with Adda52.com to bring a couple new poker initiatives to India. In November, the Deltin Royale Casino in Goa will host WPTDeepStacks India, a $1,000 buy-in tournament. In July and September, there will be $540 WPT events at the same venue, tournaments which will give players a chance to earn point in the new WPT India Player of the Year chase.
As for South America, the WPT has teamed with Enjoy Punta del Este in Uruguay to create WPTDeepStacks Uruguay in the first week of November.
2017 PokerStars SCOOP Players’ Choice Event Determined
Via Facebook voting, players selected No-Limit Progressive Knockout as the game for the Players’ Choice event, the final event of the 2017 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). The game, selected by popular Twitch streamer Jamie Staples, was one of four choices.
“We always take into account the latest trends and player preferences when building the SCOOP schedule,” said Mike Jones, PokerStars Poker Operations Manager, in a press release. “A Players’ Choice event is a great way for our customers to directly contribute to that. This event will be a fun way to close out SCOOP 2017, and I’m delighted that our players chose this format.”
In a Progressive Knockout tournament, half the buy-in goes to the prize pool while the other half is a bounty on each player’s head. When a player eliminates an opponent, rather than receiving the entire bounty as a cash award, he will only receive half of it. The remainder is added to his own bounty. As one might guess, some players will become extremely attractive targets; the tournament should result in very aggressive play as competitors aim for bounties.
New York Online Poker Bill Clears Senate Finance Committee
The prospective of legalized online poker is very much alive in New York, as S3898 passed the Senate Finance Committee by a 27-9 vote on Tuesday. This follows a unanimous “yea” vote in the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee in February.
State Senator John Bonacic is the sponsor of the bill; he has been working for a few years now to get online gambling legalized and regulated in the Empire State. His bill flew through the Senate last year, but it was never voted upon in the state Assembly.
“Last year, there was too much gaming for the Assembly to consider with fantasy sports and the efforts in New Jersey for a referendum to put a casino in the Meadowlands, and I really think that it got put on the back burner. So now we are putting it in the front burner,” Bonacic told GamblingCompliance.
It was online poker’s champion in the Assembly, J. Gary Pretlow who actually held it up, not confident that cheating could be properly curtailed and that geolocation technologies were up to snuff. He has since visited New Jersey to see how their online poker industry works and now feels good about both issues.
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