Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Biggest Live Poker Comebacks of 2017

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Biggest Live Poker Comebacks of 2017

Professional poker is a tough field and it requires a great amount of diverse qualities and skills for one to establish themselves as a big name. The three players below have each established themselves as members of poker’s elite. However, they had felt forced for one reason or another to withdraw from the limelight. And 2017 turned out to be the year of their comeback or the year they have indicated that we could anticipate their comeback in near future.

Here are the three players that we have seen little of over the past several years, but we are quite certain that they have a lot to show.

Chris Ferguson

Chris Ferguson has been praised by many for his qualities and skills of a poker player. However, he has drawn an equal amount of negativism towards himself due to his alleged involvement in the 2011 Full Tilt Poker Ponzi scheme scandal.

In a nutshell, Ferguson, who was co-founder of Full Tilt Poker, and three other individuals at the online poker room were indicted by the US Department of Justice for allegedly running a Ponzi scheme that had paid out nearly $450 million worth of players’ money to themselves. While Ferguson never admitted to being part of such a scheme and his guilt never was never proved, doubt over his integrity has remained within the poker community.

Following his indictment, the 2000 WSOP Main Event champion disappeared completely from poker. Little was heard of Ferguson in the years after 2011. The player eventually reappeared on the live poker stage last summer, when he joined the flock of WSOP participants in Las Vegas.

He cashed in ten events last summer, with his fourth-place finish in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship marking his deepest run. While Ferguson made his official comeback last year, it can be said that it was this year that he made bigger headlines.

Following this year’s editions of the WSOP and WSOP Europe festivals, the player was crowned the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year. Ferguson cashed in 17 WSOP events during the summer series and in five more during the WSOP Europe that took place in October at King’s Casino Rozvadov in the Czech Republic to collect 1,178.53 points and top the prestigious ranking.

In Las Vegas, he made two final tables, finishing fourth in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $150,929, and second in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship for $151,700. In Rozvadov, he topped the field of the €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for €39,289 and his sixth WSOP gold bracelet.

Ferguson clearly re-entered the world of live tournament poker with flying colors. However, there were quite a lot of people who were not ready to welcome him back happily. Daniel Negreanu, known to be among the most outspoken representatives of the global poker community, criticized his fellow player for never offering an apology to those affected by the 2011 Full Tilt Poker scandal.

Negreanu first commented on Ferguson’s return last year and maintained his stance this year, as well. He took to Twitter when Phil Hellmuth posted a picture of him and Ferguson on his profile during the WSOP Europe.

Despite the stream of negativity towards Ferguson, there were also players who seemed to be ready to give him a chance. In a recent podcast, UK poker pro Charlie Carrel dwelt that people should be nicer to the disgraced player. Carrel also went on to say that multiple poker insiders have told him Ferguson was almost certainly innocent.

Gus Hansen

After building a terrific poker career and reputation as one of the world’s most skillful poker professionals, Gus Hansen disappeared from the public eye and from the poker stage. Losing millions of dollars at the online tables of PokerStars and Full Tilt, the player made a life-changing decision to move away from poker, at least for a while and channel his attention to something completely different.

The player has been rumored to have lost over $20 million in high stakes cash games. He said in a 2014 interview with Danish poker news outlet Pokernyhederne, that he blamed himself for his bad run and that he was considering switching to lower stakes poker. Eventually, the player left the poker stage altogether for several years. Until last year.

First indications that the player was returning to poker appeared last summer when it was reported that he was seen at the cash game tables of various Las Vegas casinos. In a November 2016 interview with Poker News, the Great Dane, as he is known in the poker community, confirmed that he was planning to re-enter the poker stage in 2017. Hansen was seen at more cash games during the first half of the year.

This spring, he even made his first televised appearance. He took part in the Celebrity Cash Kings cash game festival at King’s Casino Rozvadov, playing against Antanas Guoga, Leon Tsoukernik, and Sam Trickett, among others.

Most recently, Hansen appeared in a prestigious live tournament. The player took part in this year’s WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,400. Here it is interesting to note that he took down the first ever such event back in May 2002. This was his first in-the-money finish ever, and his first live tournament title ever. Hansen did not cash during the 2017 edition of the event, but at least we know now that he is making steps towards returning to poker.

Phil Ivey

Ivey has had quite a rough time off the felt over the past several years. The player is being sued by Atlantic City’s Borgata and failed in his attempt to sue London’s Crockfords Casino over its refusal to pay him out £7.7 million in baccarat winnings from 2012. Both lawsuits were related to his use of the controversial edge-sorting technique while playing baccarat at the two gambling venues with his companion player Cheung Yin Sun.

The more publicity the cases gained, the less we heard from Ivey, whom many consider one of the world’s best poker professionals and card players as a whole. One of the cases was concluded in October, but the outcome was not in the player’s favor.

Ivey lost his appeal to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, with Supreme Court justices upholding the Court of Appeal’s decision from 2016 that Crockfords Casino should not pay the player his winnings due to his use of edge-sorting to gain advantage.

January 2016 was the last time the player cashed in a live tournament. He finished fifth in the $200,000 Triton Super High Roller for $656,500. The player has not taken part in a live tournament since then. What is more, few knew where he was exactly until the second half of 2017, when reports emerged that he was playing cash games at Macau casinos.

Many hoped that Ivey will return to the live tournament stage during the WSOP this summer. This did not happen, but it seems that the player has said in a recent interview with an Asian media outlet that he plans to make his comeback in 2018.

It is also important to note that Ivey was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame this year, along with the late David “Devilfish” Ulliott.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Shared Online Poker Liquidity Progress: Will the Project Go Live in 2018?

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Shared Online Poker Liquidity Progress: Will the Project Go Live in 2018?

With online cash game poker being in a state of decline for years, it was last summer when the regulators of four European segregated markets decided that something should be done, and done quickly. The French gambling regulator ARJEL initiated year-long discussions with its counterparts from Italy, Spain, and Portugal, which discussions produced the shared online poker liquidity agreement this summer.

The shared liquidity project will allow operators licensed in the four countries to merge their player pools in a bid to improve their profitability in the respective markets and to hopefully boost regulated cash game activity there. While it was expected that an initial phase of the shared liquidity network would be launched by the end of the year and later on became clear that this would not happen, significant progress was made in 2017 in relation to the project’s eventual realization. Here is what regulators and other participants in the scheme managed to do over the past 12 months and how this would contribute to the success of the shared liquidity scheme and to the coveted improvement of Europe’s cash game poker.


Portugal Completes Shared Liquidity Technical Standards Framework

The country completed the necessary step of crafting a technical standards framework in relation to the shared liquidity project in early 2017. Basically, the framework was important as it would make it possible for locally licensed poker operators to merge their Portuguese player pools with their player pools in the other participating countries.

The set of technical rules was reviewed by the European Commission and received the necessary approval in April, thus making it possible for Portugal to participate in the shared liquidity project.

Winamax Seeks Italian-, Spanish-, and Portuguese-Speaking Staff

French online poker operator Winamax made it known in late January that it was seeking Italian-, Spanish, and Portuguese-speaking staff for its planned expansion across Europe. With that, the poker room revealed its interest and intentions to participate in the shared liquidity project. Winamax is the largest poker operator in its domestic market, and it has probably seen a good opportunity to extend its footprint across other regulated jurisdictions through the shared liquidity scheme.


PokerStars Restricts French Site to Local Players Only

In early February, PokerStars announced that it would restrict its French operations to players located in France and its overseas territories. Prior to that, its .fr website had been available to players from other European jurisdictions where local regulations had not banned access to the online poker website.

The online poker room cited the constantly changing regulatory environment as a reason for its decision, but many also believed that the move could have been partially motivated by the upcoming launch of the shared liquidity network.


France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal Sign Shared Online Poker Liquidity Agreement

The online gambling regulators of the four participating countries signed the shared liquidity agreement at a special meeting in Rome, Italy on July 6, 2017. The inking of the agreement concluded a year of negotiations in relation to the project and its eventual implementation. And while it was an important step towards the realization of the shared liquidity scheme, the agreement was not the final step towards that goal. Regulators still had a lot to sort out before interested operators were able to merge their player pools from the four participating segregated markets.

For instance, they all had to present technical requirements and additional information in relation to the way poker services would be provided. France and Spain produced that information towards the end of July. Portugal, too, completed that step in the next few months.


Italy Misses Deadline for Call for License Applications

It was originally expected that Italy’s gambling regulator Agenzia delle dogane e dei Monopoli would launch a call for new license applications and for license renewals in late September. However, that move was never undertaken, and eventually risked Italy’s timely entry into the shared liquidity project. According to recent information, France would seek an early 2018 start of the project. And it seems that the country as well as Spain and Portugal will be able to launch the shared liquidity network within such timeframe. However, Italy is expected to join a bit later.


Italian Opposition to Shared Liquidity

Casino News Daily, along with other news outlets, reported in October that the shared liquidity scheme had quite some opposition in Italy.

Italian politicians, including Deputy Paola Binetti and Senator Franco Mirabelli, were among the powerful figures who voiced opposition to the online poker scheme. According to them, and other members of Italy’s political elite, the shared liquidity project would create conditions for illegal activities and increased gambling addiction rates.

Winamax Buys Italian License and Hires New Ambassadors

While Italian politicians were going vocal against the shared liquidity project, Winamax bought the Italian iGaming license of online gambling brand bet-at-home. The move would make it easier for the French poker operator to enter the Italian market than if it had waited for the local regulator to launch the application process for granting new licenses.

As part of its strategy to enter the four markets that participate in the shared liquidity project, Winamax added two new ambassadors to its team. Italy’s Mustapha Kanit and Spain’s Adrian Mateos were recruited to promote the French poker brand in their homelands and across Europe.


PokerStars Receives First Shared Liquidity License

Earlier this month, PokerStars became the first online poker operator to receive the green light to participate in the shared liquidity project from French iGaming regulator ARJEL. Under the terms of its license, PokerStars will have to make sure that it merges its player pools only in the four participating jurisdictions. Here it is interesting to note that PokerStars is the only online poker operator that is licensed to operate in each of the four countries, and many believe that it will be the single big winner from the upcoming launch of the scheme.


It very much seems that France is pushing for early 2018 launch of the shared liquidity project. The country was actually the main initiator of the whole scheme, when it passed a law last summer that allowed it to enter shared liquidity negotiations with other interested countries.

As reported earlier this month, Spain and Portugal might be ready to join the project upon launch. As for Italy, it will probably have to wait a little longer as it is yet to renew the licenses of its existing iGaming industry stakeholders and to issue licenses to new operators. It is believed that the country will enter the project at a later point in 2018. It is yet to be seen whether this will happen and how the shared liquidity scheme will impact the online poker environment of the four participating countries and of Europe as a whole.

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

New Jersey’s Gambling Industry Enters Year of Big Changes

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New Jersey’s Gambling Industry Enters Year of Big Changes

A year of big changes may be coming for Atlantic City and New Jersey’s gambling industry. In the first place, Atlantic City, once the only casino gaming hub on the US East Coast, will see the re-opening of at least one previously closed casino. This is hoped and expected to boost the city’s casino industry after a streak of unpleasant events from the past several years.

In the second place, New Jersey might emerge the winner from a legal battle against major US sports leagues over the legality of sports betting in the state and the nation. The lawsuit is currently reviewed by the Supreme Court, and it is believed that a ruling will be issued sometime in the first half of 2018.

Prior to 2008, when the Great Recession sunk its teeth into the US, Atlantic City was one of the world’s most popular casino destinations. With the major economic crisis and the opening of new casinos in other states along the East Coast, the city gradually lost its luster and clientele to experience unprecedented drop in gaming revenue. That eventually culminated in the closure of five casinos over a period of two and a half years.

Casino Industry Revival

It can be said that Atlantic City has improved significantly since five of its twelve casinos closed doors between 2014 and 2016. What is more, there has been growing investment interest in the city and its casino industry.

The spring purchase of the former Trump Taj Mahal casino resort by Florida-based operator Hard Rock International came as a very clear signal that Atlantic City may be ready to move on from its tumultuous times. Hard Rock pledged $500-million investment into renovating and reopening the gambling venue, originally owned by US President Donald Trump, and expressed optimism about its future success. The property is slated to open doors in the summer of 2018.

Earlier this month, news emerged that another closed property may reopen next year. The former Revel, which opened in 2012 and was shuttered in 2014 after failing to make a profit, was reportedly sold to Colorado-based AC Ocean Walk LLC for $200 million. Florida real estate developer Glenn Straub, the current owner of the closed casino resort, denied reports about the sale.

However, those reports were joined by ones according to which AC Ocean Walk has applied for a casino license with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission with the intention to restart operations at the property in 2018.

It is still to be confirmed whether the sale and the reopening will take place. If this happens, this will mean that nine casinos will be welcoming patrons on the Boardwalk at a time when Atlantic City is striving for revival.

New Jersey’s Sports Betting Case

The US Supreme Court held its first hearing on the sports betting case earlier this month. While a decision may be up to half a year from being made, supporters of the legalization of sports betting saw indications of support from the nation’s highest ranking court and are optimistic about a positive outcome.

During the hearing, there were justices who commented on the fact that the current federal law prohibiting sports betting in the country actually does not have the right to “tell [New Jersey] how to legislate”. If this argument gains more support, this may result in a ruling that will change the gambling landscape not only in New Jersey, but also in the US as a whole.

According to information from the American Gaming Association, over $150 billion is annually wagered on sports by Americans. If sports betting is regulated and legalized beyond the four states where the activity is currently legal (those being Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and Oregon), this will create one of the world’s largest sports gambling markets.

However, analysts voiced concerns that even if New Jersey’s case gains support from Supreme Court justices, their ruling may be narrowed to just that state, and may not involve a general lift of the current nationwide ban.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

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Monday, December 18, 2017

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