Proposal for Shared Player Pools Rejected in France

Special Feature: A proposed amendment to share liquidity with other regulated EU markets was rejected, against ARJEL’s advice.

It took the French National assembly less than 20 minutes to reject an opposition-proposed amendment to 2010 gambling laws that would have allowed shared liquidity pools with other regulated markets in the EU.

The advice of regulator ARJEL was asked for and then ignored. Anti-gambling campaigner Razzy Hammadi suggested that the decline in the popularity of online poker was because it had simply fallen out of fashion.

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Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey Finds 65% Favor Legalizing Online Poker

Industry: The survey produced the opposite result to that sponsored by online poker opponent Sheldon Adelson.

A public opinion survey by Reason-Rupe has produced diametrically opposite results to the four state survey sponsored by Sheldon Adelson two months ago.

In a 50 state survey of over 1,000 people, the Reason-Rupe survey asked: “Do you think the government should prohibit people from [Gambling in online poker games], or should the government allow people to do this?”

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HNR 12/18: Two EPT Champs; Negreanu Makes Bank

PTP-Hit-and-RunTwo big winners are crowned in Prague, and Daniel Negreanu makes a lot of money playing poker. It’s all in today’s Hit and Run.

EPT: The main event of the European Poker Tour Prague is in the books, and German Julian Track won for €725K. Stephen Chidwick was third, and Ole Schemion was fifth. Recap here.

Also, the high-roller event wrapped up, with Russian Ivan Soshnikov taking down the title for €382K. Olivier Busquet was second. A video recap:

WPT: Kara Scott is currently in second place in the World Poker Tour Prague. Also, catch up with the WPT Korea.

Negreanu doesn’t make minimum wage: According to Daniel Negreanu, he made about $3,200 an hour playing poker this year. Not bad.

Quick hitters:
–While a new game called “Texas Block ’Em” might be legal in the U.S., we don’t see it taking over for hold’em.
Our latest Quick Tip: Equity in common preflop situations. And learn how to not go broke.
WSOP main event champ Ryan Riess will start his high-roller tour at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
–Wynn Resorts, Station Casinos join the American Gaming Association, which could have an impact on online gaming in the U.S.
– is high on New Jersey.
–The week in poker podcasts.
–Lex Veldhuis blogs.

2013 WPT Prague Day 1C: Larger Final Starting Flights Creates Respectable Field

As expected, Day 1C of the 2013 World Poker Tour (WPT) Prague Main Event was much larger than either of the other two starting flights. In fact, it was larger than both combined. Working backwards from the end total and taking into account those who registered prior to the start of Wednesday’s Day 2, it appears that 181 players signed up for Day 1C, dwarfing the 40 and 73 runners that played on Days 1A and 1B, respectively. About half of the Day 1C players – 92 – made it through to Day 2, where they comprise the bulk of the 157-survivor field.

Kuljinder Singh Sidhu emerged as the Day 1C chip leader, just barely coming out ahead of a packed group at the top of the leaderboard. With 133,200, he is not very far ahead of the second place Ryan Spittles, who has 125,400, or the third place Tim Reilly, holding 124,000 chips. After them, Adrian Diaz (118,300), Andrea Benelli (117,300), Kacper Pyzara (113,700), Guillaume Rivet (111,000), and Fabrice Soulier (110,000) all were within easy striking distance of the top. Three more players had over 100,000 chips.

Day 2 has already started, and with a dozen more late entrants, the total field (counting eliminated players) grew to 306, creating a prize pool of €881,555. First place will win €206,230 and a total of 36 players will make the money. Here’s a look at the entire payout structure:

1st – €206,230 (includes a seat in the WPT World Championship)
2nd – €135,000
3rd – €85,000
4th – €63,000
5th – €47,000
6th – €38,000
7th – €32,000
8th – €25,000
9th – €18,125
10th-12th – €14,000
13th – 15th – €11,900
16th – 18th – €10,000
19th – 21st – €8,800
22nd – 24th – €7,800
25th – 27th – €6,900
28th – 36th – €6,000

Of the 157 players who made to Wednesday, the Day 1A top stack, Vasili Firsau, is the chip leader, while Day 1B’s big dog, Jason Duval, is second. Sidhu doesn’t appear on the leaderboard until the fifth spot, a bit unusual considering there were many more chips in play on Day 1C than on the other opening days.

As already mentioned, the cards have already been dealt on Day 2 of the WPT Prague Main Event. As it didn’t start until 2:00pm local time, expect a late night as the players weave their way towards the money.

2013 World Poker Tour Prague Main Event – Day 1C Chip Leaders

  1. Kuljinder Singh Sidhu – 133,200
  2. Ryan Spittles – 125,400
  3. Tim Reilly – 124,000
  4. Adrian Diaz – 118,300
  5. Andrea Benelli – 117,300
  6. Kacper Pyzara – 113,700
  7. Guillaume Rivet – 111,000
  8. Fabrice Soulier – 110,000
  9. Peter Boros – 107,500
  10. Maxence Dupont – 100,900

2013 World Poker Tour Prague Main Event – Combined Day 1 Chip Leaders

  1. Vasili Firsau – 167,700
  2. Jason Duval – 152,300
  3. Khazket Nebezhev – 142,300
  4. Andrey Vlasenko – 139,000
  5. Kuljinder Singh Sidhu – 133,200
  6. Ryan Spittles – 125,400
  7. Tim Reilly – 124,000
  8. Mark Dalimore – 119,900
  9. Adrian Diaz – 118,300
  10. Andrea Benelli – 117,300