2006 July 27 Poker News, Events and Happenings

It seemed like it was the ‘calm before the storm’ in the Amazon Room at the Rio on Wednesday. It was officially Satellite Day as several single table, super and mega satellites were ongoing throughout the day….

 

The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the game, announced today that membership of the organization has more than doubled since the U.S. House of Representatives voted to ban online poker. Today, the PPA boasts more than 75,000 members coming from every corner of the country.

 

A farmer from small-town Saskatchewan is hoping to strike it big at a $10-million US poker tournament.

 

No longer shunned to the dark, back rooms of casinos, poker is sizzling in the mainstream, having ridden twin tidal waves of exposure to the masses the Internet and television. The hottest happening is the WSOP the longest continual tournament (eight weeks) in poker.

 

These days you cant help but see a poker tournament while flipping through the channels of your TV set.

 

It was a long time coming for the man affectionatly known as the Poker Brat, but finally Palo Alto, CA poker player and World Series of Poker champion Phil Hellmuth won his tenth WSOP bracelet, tying up the record for the most bracelets currently held by Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan.

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When the Poker Players Alliance came before the United States House of Representatives to argue the case that the US should legalize online poker, their arguments fell on deaf ears. Now that the bill has passed the House and waits in Senate chambers for a vote, the author of the study, Judy Xanthopoulos, has emphasized what the US is missing out on in tax revenue alone.

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