Joins Nevadas Online Poker Licensing Parade
- 8th March 2012
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an ever growing list of potential operators and service
providers under Nevadas online poker licensing
procedures, the online gaming giant Bwin.Party has
officially tossed its hat into the ring.
the owner of what was the most popular online poker
room in the United States, PartyPoker,
prior to the enactment of the Unlawful Internet Gaming
Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006, announced their intentions
yesterday to acquire one of the licenses that the
Nevada Gaming Control Board will issue for an intrastate
poker network. While it may not come as a surprise
to some that the largest online gaming operation in
the world would want to be a part of the new Nevada
gaming outlet, it had to jump through some hoops to
be able to be eligible for one of the licenses.
the Nevada regulations, any potential operator or
service provider has to partner with a licensed Nevada
gaming operation to be eligible for one of the available
licenses. To be eligible, Bwin.Party partnered last
year with MGM Resorts International and Boyd Gaming,
who are looking to operate poker sites. If either
MGM or Boyd (or both) are granted a license, Bwin.Party
would provide the software and be in charge of site
maintenance as a service provider.
entrance into the poker licensing parade isnt
the only notable company to announce their intentions.
The Golden Nugget has applied for a license as an
operator and three companies SPIELO International,
St. Minver and Boss Media are looking to be
service providers for any potential online poker sites.
partnership between Bwin.Party and either/or MGM and
Boyd is an attractive one, as Bwin.Party owns the
World Poker Tour (many WPT events are held at MGM
properties) and could be a major player with the MGM/Boyd
outlets. Other companies have also noted the strengths
of solid partnerships and have already put their names
on the list for one of the potential Nevada licenses.
strong partnership would be between 888 Holdings and
Caesars Entertainment. Caesars, as owners of the World
Series of Poker, and 888 Holdings already operate
a WSOP-branded online poker room for international
players, but a Nevada license would allow the partnership
to push their brand even further into the poker worlds
NGCB began accepting applications in February and
is preparing for an end of year activation of their
intrastate online poker network (it is possible that
full casino operations could be conducted as well).
The rush of applications hasnt been slowed by
the myriad of regulations that the NGCB put in place
for any operation in its network.
operators and service providers will have to pay a
hefty up-front fee (thought to be around $250,000)
for the license and will be required to maintain a
fund for compliance investigations. Any potential
operators must take thorough steps to prevent underage
gaming and usage of poker bots and must also keep
hand histories for a five year period. Foreign operators,
as previously stated, must partner with a licensed
Nevada casino operation to be able to participate
in the Nevada online gaming network.
the regulations approved last year, players will have
to be 21 years old to be able to play on a given site
and can only have one account per operator. While
credit cards are allowed as a method of funding, inter-account
transfers would not be allowed. These regulations
are just a few that the players will have to face.
rapid pace of applications and the potential
to be in on the ground floor of a legalized U. S.
market should draw many more applications for
operators and service providers over the next few
months prior to the launching of Nevadas online
gaming operations later in 2012.
Bay 101 Shooting Stars Day Two: Scott Baumstein Leads
Final 20, Jonathan Duhamel Continues 2012 Rampage
- 8th March 2012
World Poker Tour stop in San Jose for the Bay 101
Shooting Stars has proven to be an exciting event
after working down to the final twenty players for
players and 19 of the remaining Shooting Stars
(the professional players carrying a $5000 bounty
on their heads) came back for action on Wednesday
with Bryce Yockey, the Day 1A chip leader, holding
court over Brandon Wong and Day 1B chip leader Christ
Summers. All eyes were on the remaining bounties,
however, and many of those pros with said bounty would
not find their way to the play on Thursday. Almost
from the opening gun, those Shooting Stars started
falling by the wayside and, in some cases, at the
hands of other notable pros in their own right.
the cards were in the air, Shooting Star Marvin Rettenmaier
found his way to the door of Bay 101 at the hands
of the underrated Joe Serock. Rettenmaier was all
in on the button with an unsuited K-7 and Serock woke
up in the big blind with pocket Kings. Two Jacks came
on the flop and, once a third hit on the turn, the
popular German pro was drawing dead and out of the
later, Shooting Star on Shooting Star
violence would take place between former World Champion
Jonathan Duhamel and Bertrand ElkY Grospellier.
With only about 12K in chips, Grospellier committed
his stack after Duhamel had put out a raise. Duhamel
made the call and turned up pocket treys, good enough
for the pre-flop lead over Grospelliers A-Q.
A Jack on the flop and a King on the turn made the
2010 World Series of Poker Championship Event winner
sweat a bit but, once no ten or one of his hole cards
found the river, Duhamel had collected the bounty
for his knockout of Grospellier.
the field was winnowed down, these pro-on-pro clashes
became more predominant. Jonathan Little (surprisingly
not a Shooting Star) was able to take home a bounty
when his pocket Aces took down Shooting Star Mike
Matusows pocket Kings. In one of the more exciting
hands of Wednesdays play, Mike McClain (notable
for being the Agony of Defeat player in
the old WSOP/ESPN promo reels, but also a tournament
poker millionaire) knocked out Shooting Star Scott
Seiver in a four way all in where every player held
a pocket pair.
wasnt until the middle of the evening that the
survivors of the action on Wednesday were battling
it out on the bubble. Over the span of an hour, the
37 players fought it out until a clash of Shooting
Stars brought the players to the money.
a raise from Men Nguyen, Kathy Liebert dropped her
stack on the baize, forcing The Master
to a decision. He asked for a count, stating, If
its less than 100,000 then I call. Liebert
held 92K and Nguyen did indeed call, only to find
himself behind Lieberts Big Slick with his A-10
of clubs. The flop was fortuitous, however, coming
10-9-8 with two clubs to catapult Nguyen to the lead.
A third club on the turn sealed the deal for Nguyen,
knocking Liebert out on the bubble and, to add insult
to injury, collecting her $5000 bounty.
the players in the money, the shorter stacks could
exhale and be thankful to take in their $16000 minimum
payday. Shooting Stars Fabrice Soulier, Linda Johnson,
Allen Cunningham, Jason Mercier (by Duhamel, notching
his second bounty) and Nguyen would be knocked out
before the end of play on Wednesday. The start of
day chip leader, Yockey, also would be eliminated
before the final hand of the night.
they had planned to play to eighteen players, action
was halted with 20 players remaining. When the cards
fly on Thursday, the Top Six line up as such:
Scott Baumstein, 1.301 million
2. Andrew Badecker, 1.106 million
3. Moon Kim, 1.016 million
4. Joseph Elpayaa, 861,000
5. Erik Cajelais, 807,000
6. Jonathan Duhamel, 751,000*
Baumstein and Badecker are riding high, Duhamel is
continuing on his 2012 rampage. By knocking out two
bounties on Wednesday, hes on a freeroll now
and more than likely will be playing without fear
on Thursday. Hes joined by J. C. Tran as the
only other Shooting Star remaining in the field.
could be a long day for the remaining twenty men in
this tournament. The players will play down today
to the final six handed WPT final table; if past experiences
with this process hold true, it conceivably could
be early Friday morning before the final table of
the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars is determined. (Credit:
Poker News Daily)