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Poker News Round-up: Week #04
Over in Melbourne the good form of the English has continued this week at the Aussie Millions including a third final table for Action Dave Morton who claimed ninth in the A$1,000 pot limit Omaha tournament. Neil Channing also got in on the act with fifth place in event seven despite having a target on his back as one of the nominated bounties in the tournament, but there were two bigger results for Tony Bloom and John Tabatabai. Bloom was runner up to David Steicke in the A$100,000 high roller event for A$568,564 whist Tabatabai was the winner of the A$5,000 heads up event. In the final match up Tabatabai dispatched Alec Torelli in straight games to collect A$100,000 and a winner’s ring as champion of event ten.
The Aussie Millions has become a popular stop on the tournament trail and the WPT might have been well advised to avoid running a big buy in event of their own simultaneously when many of the best American players were out of town. In the circumstances it was not surprising that the Southern Poker Championship in Biloxi attracted the smallest field of any WPT tournament held in north America for some time at 283 entrants. There were few recognizable names in contention as the paid places were reached so there was a chance for a relative unknown to seize the moment and make a name for himself. That player turned out to be Allen Carter who collected the million dollar first prize after his A 4 managed to suck out against Bobby Suer’s A K when all the chips went in pre-flop.
Meanwhile down in Brighton the first tournament of the domestic tours this year saw 235 players take their places at the £1,000 GUKPT main event. The experienced Norwegian former EPT winner Andreas Hoivold looked to be taking control of the tournament and held the chip lead for much of the final table but came unstuck against eventual runner up James Sudworth. Heads up against Bernard Litman, Sudworth’s hand played itself when he got it all in pre-flop with pocket sevens but Litman had jacks in the hole which held up to earn him the title. Litman earns himself £70,520 and banks some early points towards the champion of champions tournament at the end of the year. The dispute in Kentucky over domain name seizures has developed significantly this week and looks as though it could still run for some time yet. A ruling in September 2008 decreed that the state of Kentucky could seize 141 internet domain names connected with gambling making it illegal for residents to be able to access them, including the main poker sites. It is widely thought that this was an attempt by Kentucky governor Steve Beshear to ensure any money spent on gambling was exclusively channelled towards the state’s horse racing industry, whilst ostensibly claiming to be protecting people from the evils of internet gambling.
However that ruling was overturned by an appeal court this week which decided that the domain names could not be classified as gambling devices themselves, as required by the law cited in the attempt to seize them. The three judge appeal panel ruled 2-1 that the decision should be overturned, but Beshear will not admit defeat and plans to now take this to the supreme court. Given that so far two judges have ruled in favour of the seizure and two have ruled against, it could just be luck of the draw as to who sits on the panel on the day which decides how the next episode of this drama will conclude.
80 year old former world champion Thomas Preston aka Amarillo Slim has been involved in yet another altercation in his home town after being the victim of robbery attempts previously in 2006 and 2007. This time it seems Slim went to collect on a gambling debt and was lured to a field where he believed he would be given a vehicle as collateral. Instead his debtors viciously attacked him leaving Slim with a broken jaw, thumb and another bone in his hand. They also robbed him of an $85,000 diamond ring and the $8,000 in cash which he perhaps unwisely had in his pocket at the time.
As a final note, Barny Boatman’s good run at the Aussie Millions main event has continued deep into day four. At the time of writing he is guaranteed at least A$80,000 with just a handful of players left, including compatriot and fellow Full Tilt pro Richard Ashby. Good work gents.
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