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*(The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that made sports betting illegal)

The big question following the US Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision is; now that PAPSA is dead, will online poker reap the benefits? The answer is; it depends on who you ask.

Phil HellmuthMany who learned of the new ruling were highly optimistic, among them “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth. In fact, he quickly tweeted: Every Major sport (NBA, NFL, MLB) is behind the legalization of sports betting, and all of them will profit by it. But how can Sports Betting online be legalized w/out online poker being legalized (clearly more skill than sports betting)? The time is NOW to legalize online poker!”

PokerStars ambassador Jason Somerville also joined in the tweetfest: Great news to wake up to! we’ll see just how much this helps US online poker but the financial incentives for states to pass gaming legislation just got a whole lot more attractive. let’s go!

Mark CubanAnd Mark Cuban, billionaire investor and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks  seemed confident that the Supreme Court decision will help the game of poker. In an interview with CNBC, Cuban predicted that the gaming industry at large will be able to capitalize on new business opportunities thanks to the ruling. According to Cuban, online poker could be a beneficiary.“I’m not a constitutional lawyer,” Cuban said in a phone call, “but, you can see online poker all of a sudden…Someone is going to start up online poker again.”

Kevin Iacofano, a 2018 WSOP Circuit Main Event winner, understands that the two aren’t necessarily linked, so he’s urging fans and players alike to push lawmakers into introducing legislation that would combine online poker with sports wagering. He stated, “If you are a poker player and you haven’t made a call or email to your representative, especially now your state representative, make your voice heard. Tag online poker along with the sports betting wave and this Black Friday to now nightmare will be over.”

The brilliant poker reporter, Lee Davy, writing for CalvinAyre.com, had a very different take on the court ruling, asking, “How is this whole PASPA deal going to affect online poker?”

According to Davy, the short answer is that it probably won’t, at least in the short term. He explains that PASPA is a sports betting law that has nothing to do with poker, online or otherwise. Therefore, PASPA’s death is not going to launch online poker industries in dozens of states. Besides, he reasons, if states were going to legalize online poker, they would have done so already.

Davy also reminds his readers that despite the enthusiastic tweets from members of the poker elite, he doesn’t really buy the notion that they are dying to see online poker legalized. He points out the fact that the PPA (Poker Players Alliance), the supposed conduit between the players and the politicians, was unable to raise a paltry $25,000 to support their efforts.

Nevertheless, the Poker Players Alliance issued the following press release from PPA president Rich Muny:

This is a great decision for consumers who for years have had no alternative to wager on sports other than the black market. It presents states with the perfect opportunity to establish sensible policies not only to regulate sports wagering, but also other forms of gaming, including internet poker. Whether you are betting on sports or playing poker, lawmakers must make it a priority to protect consumers. The states that have already regulated internet poker have proven that it can be done in a way that benefits consumers and governments. It makes sense for states that are eyeing sports betting to also realize the benefit of regulated iPoker and iGaming.

“Today marks an important date for the future of gaming in the United States,” Muny added. “The future of sports betting will continue to rely on internet and mobile technologies, and this is also true for all gaming. Now more than ever, states should take control of unregulated internet poker and sports betting and create systems that protect adult consumers and provide governments with new streams of revenue.”

So the bottom line is that we’ll see. What do you think? Send me your thoughts or comments!

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For the past week, the mention of Las Vegas has conjured up the horrifying sights and sounds from the deadliest mass shooting in history that took place last Sunday night. Our thoughts and prayers have centered on the 59 innocent concert-goers who were killed in the cowardly attack by a lone gunman and the more than 500 attendees who were injured, many critically. On this tragic night, what happened in Vegas definitely did not stay in Vegas, as outrage, grief and heartbreak spread to the families and friends of the victims, while also affecting everyone, everywhere.

Of course, it spread immediately to the gaming industry, hotel and casino owners and workers and, of course, the thousands of poker players who either live in Vegas or consider the neon mecca their second home.

A Las Vegas Victims’ Fund was started on GoFundMe on Monday morning by Steve Sisolak, current chairman of the Clark County Commission. He began the campaign with a $10,000 donation, and an initial goal of $500,000. To date, the donations have exceeded over $10 million to be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families. In addition, many pledges of support have come directly from the gaming industry, including $3 million from MGM Resorts, $4 million from the Las Vegas Sands and many others.

Members of the poker community took to Twitter to express their sympathy, sorrow and support. What follows is a small sampling:

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/815261361987002368/feylDgM9_bigger.jpgLiv Boeree @Liv_Boeree  Thinking of you, Las Vegas. Look after each other 😢❤️
Mike Leah @GoLeafsGoEh  So many lives..stolen senselessly. why people are allowed to purchase guns that can do this kind of harm I’ll never understand. Cmon world smarten up.🙏
Phil Hellmuth @phil_hellmuth Sending prayers to the victims, and families of the victims, in Las Vegas.

Mike Sexton‏ @Mike_partypoker So proud of Vegas community – lines to give blood very long, people waiting hrs – others bringing free food & drinks to them. 👍

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/2859295132/d8178537f10443c9dc443691083d16d7_bigger.jpegDanielle Andersen @dmoongirl – Do not say his name. He is nobody. Do not show his face. He is nobody. Do not share his motives. He is nobody. Let him die a nobody.

Read more reactions from the Poker World here

If you would like to contribute to the Las Vegas Victims Fund please click here.

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Just four days ago we wrote about the WPT’s Legends of Poker Final Table.  I was rooting for poker icon Phil Hellmuth to finally grab his first WPT Title, but to my surprise and dismay he was denied the big W once again. In heads up play, on the final hand, Art Papazyan, who was holding the chip lead, went all in with  KcQs as did Hellmuth with AhKd preflop. Papazyan got a Queen of hearts on the flop which was all he needed to lock it down and grab the win for all the marbles, including $653,692 in first prize money; a $15,000.00 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions; the Hublot watch, and best of all … the title of World Poker Tour Champion. So that was last Thursday night, which got me and my wife slightly upset, because after all we love brats and Phil Hellmuth is the Poker Brat of all time.

Then we rested a couple of days to get our heads into the upcoming football battle between our beloved Texas A&M Aggies and the infamous UCLA Bruins. Sunday rolled in and amidst all the usual pre-game hoopla we were hyped up and ready to watch our Aggies outperform the Bruins and for the first half of the game we weren’t disappointed as they ran over the Bruins with ease, taking a 31-3 lead with 4:11 left in second quarter. UCLA managed to score their first TD to make it 31-10. Not to be intimidated by that the Aggies answered immediately when Trayveon Williams ran for a 61-yard touchdown to give the Aggies a 38-10 lead late in the second quarter.

The third quarter had the Aggies score two field goals to make it 44-10. Then it seemed as if all hell must have broken loose in the Bruins game, and they started getting a lot tougher and ultimately came back and scored late in the third quarter to make it 44-17 and continued their push through the 4th. Scoring 4 TDs for a total of 35 unanswered points giving the UCLA Bruins a 45 to 44 VICTORY over our beloved but now deflated Texas A&M Aggies.

And with that, we’re heading back to the poker tables where our anxiety levels can be a lot calmer.

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In about an hour, the live XVI World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker Main Event Final Table will hit the felt with six players remaining. They will be playing live and streaming (on a 30-minute delay) on PokerGO, just the way it worked for the 2017 WSOP Final Table.

If you cancelled your subscription to PokerGO after the WSOP, it’s a good time to sign up again to catch the action. Leading the pack is JC Tran, with a huge chip lead (8.295 million) over the second-place Art Papazyan (6.005 mill). Coming up in third place is the Poker Brat himself, the legendary Phil Hellmuth (2.94 mill) who has NEVER won a WPT Title and wants one very badly, followed by DJ Alexander (2.73 million), Adam Swan (1.655 million), and Marvin Rettenmaier (1.225 million).

If you wish you’d signed up for PokerGO to watch the relaunched Poker After Dark series, but you didn’t get around to it, you NEED a subscription to watch that as well as the Legends final table. So kill two birds with one stone and sign up now at PokerGo.com. Then sit back and have some fun tonight watching some big-stakes tournament poker. (7:30E. 6:30C 4:30P)

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