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Senator Diane Feinstein Pens Opposition Letter to California Efforts to Regulate Online Poker, Legislators Ignore Her

Offering her opinion from a national seat on an issue that the state is trying to figure out (the civics people in the audience will realize how that sounds), California Senator Diane Feinstein recently penned a letter to the California General Assembly in opposition to their efforts to pass effective regulation of online poker. The state body’s response? Passing said legislation out of committee by a unanimous vote. Feinstein penned her letter to Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon in response to Assembly Bill 2863, which had its first hearing in front of the California Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee last week. “I write to strongly oppose legislation that has been introduced in the State Assembly to authorize online poker in California,” Feinstein’s letter begins. “I urge you to consider the potential widespread harmful implications of online gambling, particularly for young people in

EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller Day 2: Final Table Determined with Ali Reza Fatehi Leading

The season finale for the European Poker Tour, the Grand Final, rolled along on Friday with Day 2 action in their €100,000 Super High Roller event. After firming up the prize pool with the close of late registration to start the day, the end of the night brought the final table into clear view with Iran’s Ali Reza Fatehi atop the leaderboard. 38 players returned from the 44 players who put up 56 buy-ins on Day 1 Thursday, but they would be joined by some (through late registration/rebuy) who arrived a bit late to the party. Fedor Holz, who had been a bit preoccupied with the €10,000 High Roller event on Thursday (where he finished fourth) was one of the newcomers after winning a €10K satellite into the tournament; he was joined by the third place finisher in that tournament, Sergey Lebedev, who chopped up that High Roller with eventual

Normandie Casino in California to Temporarily Shut Down, New Ownership Sought

According to reports from local news sources, the Normandie Casino – one of the original casinos in California which spread poker upon its legalization in the 1930s – will be temporarily shut down until new ownership can be found for the casino. DailyBreeze.com writer Sandy Mazza reports that the Normandie will be closing temporarily due to the conduct of its ownership. In January of this year, the Miller family (which owns the casino) pled guilty to federal charges of money laundering and, under California law, felony convictions disqualify people from holding a casino license. Exercising great restraint, the California Gambling Control Commission held off until this week to actually revoke the Miller’s gaming license and is allowing them an additional 120-day period to sell the property to another owner. Mazza spoke with Robert Turner, a poker player and casino manager who is intricately knowledgeable about the California card scene, who suggested

Two High Roller Events Kicking Off Action at EPT Grand Final

The final even for the European Poker Tour, its Grand Final festivities, has begun at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco and they aren’t going small. In fact, not one but two High Roller events – the single re-entry €10,000 High Roller and the rebuy €100,000 Super High Roller – were in action on Thursday, with one wrapping up its action and the other closing out its first day. €10,000 High Roller – Day 3 23 players returned on Thursday from the original 214 entries (164 unique), looking to take the first trophy of the EPT Grand Final festival. There were some big names in the field, including Isaac Haxton, Philipp Gruissem, Anthony Zinno, Fedor Holz and Dan Shak, but they were faced with a true conundrum. There was still a nice prize of €439,000 awaiting the champion of this tournament but, with the Super High Roller beginning its Day

Las Vegas Review-Journal Writer Leaves Paper Following Restrictions on Sheldon Adelson Content

I got into the poker industry and the writing part of it, specifically, by a happy accident back in 2005. In the eleven years since, I have generally been able to write what I want on my own terms. There have been those rare times, however, when I have been told to stay away from a certain topic or perhaps adjust the way I wrote an article, whether it was to add some sort of mention, remove something, or alter the tone. Only a handful of those times did the request from someone up above truly frustrate me, but hey, it comes with the territory. Not every day is great in any of our jobs; I wasn’t about to quit just because someone pissed me off one day. But then again, I’ve never had a serious journalist role like columnist John L. Smith of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. On Tuesday,