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2016 Presidential Contest Divides Poker’s Superstars

The 2016 U. S. Presidential Campaign has been in full swing since March 2015, when Texas Senator Ted Cruz became the first person to announce his candidacy. Since that time, the primaries of the Republican and Democratic parties have divided many in the country. Not left out of this turmoil are some of poker’s biggest names, who have landed on both sides of the issue. Most recently, poker professional Mike Matusow has been derided for adding his thoughts on the 2016 campaign, mostly because of the outlet and because he sounded completely unknowledgeable. On Infowars.com, the alt-right website that fully immerses itself in conspiracy theories (on such subjects as the 9/11 “truther” movement, the supposed New World Order, the Boston Marathon bombing and the Sandy Hook massacre), an article has appeared that claims Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was using hand signals during the first debate of the Presidential campaign to

Eli Elezra: “Never Knew That Poker Would Become My Life’s Passion”

When the 2016 nominees for the Poker Hall of Fame were announced, only three of the nominees were on the ballot for the first time. Of those three men (former World Champion Chris Moneymaker and Todd Brunson were the other two), there was quite a cacophony of voices supporting the nomination of Eli Elezra to the Hall. The reason? He’s actually achieved greatness in both the cash game and the tournament worlds. A three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and a former World Poker Tour champion, Elezra has had some great success in the tournament poker world. But he does recognize which side his “bread is buttered,” so to speak, continuing to play in the biggest cash games in Las Vegas and around the world. Elezra spoke with Poker News Daily earlier this week as we got his thoughts on being up for poker’s premiere honor. Poker News Daily: 

New Jersey DGE, Kahnawake Data Center Agree to Ban Unlicensed Poker Sites

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement with Continent 8, LLC, a data center located in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Canada, that will prohibit any online gambling sites operating through that data center from taking wagers from customers in New Jersey and the United States. If Kahnawake sounds familiar, it is because it is the home of the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which licenses many online gaming sites. Continent 8 is not technically part of the KGC, but they are very closely related; most if not all of the sites going through Continent 8 are licensed by the KGC. In a press release, the DGE explained the nature of the agreement: When DGE became aware that Continent 8, LLC, may have provided services to certain illegal Internet gaming websites through that data center, it took prompt action. After extensive discussions

partypoker to Scrub Opponents’ Names from Hand Histories

The trend in online poker is to make the poker rooms more friendly to recreational players, largely at the expense of high volume, grinding pros. In October 2015, partypoker introduced “Phase One” of its attempt at “leveling the playing field.” Yesterday, the poker room announced its next steps in what it says will “….improve the ecology of its poker room and promote fair and ethical gameplay.” Phase One, which took effect in mid-October, was an update meant to shield recreational players and novices from being targeted by experienced pros. In a blog post, partypoker outlined the following changes: •    Players will be able to view the last 12 months of their own hand histories within the Missions icon in the partypoker software, but hand histories will no longer be able to be downloaded and saved to their local devices •    Players wishing to wait for a cash game will join

Pennsylvania Online Poker Hearing Cancelled

A Pennsylvania hearing on internet gambling was supposed to be held yesterday, but as you might be able to tell both from the title of this article and the phrase “supposed to,” that never happened. The goal of the hearing in front of the House Gaming Oversight Committee was to discuss how other states had handled the legalization of online poker and daily fantasy sports (DFS). In late June, the House passed a bill which would legalize online poker and DFS and it looked like happy days were ahead. The next step was to have the same measure passed by the Senate. Now, there are always dissenters, but it was generally thought that the Senate would receive the bill favorably. One big reason why lawmakers were leaning towards giving online poker the greenlight: they needed to fill a massive hole in the state’s budget. The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a