John Thompson Winner Of Sydney Championships

John Thompson played brilliantly at the final table and won the Sydney Championships Event 2018 at the Star Poker Room. Well, it was not the first victory for the poker champion as he has also won the title “Gentleman John” because of his friendly nature. The 2nd and the final day of the event started with 28 contenders fighting it out for the title and the huge prize money. Andy Lee entered the event in the chip lead with John Thompson and tried to kick off the action with one of smaller stacks. The final table started when Dean Boskovic was eliminated by Glen Pollett in 10th place. The first player who got eliminated at the final table after achieving 9th place was Michael Asad.

Lee could not make it to a podium finish on his 2nd day and finished in 8th place. After this point, Thompson successfully eliminated the remaining players single-handedly in his own style. The first one to get eliminated was Ken Demlakian. The action slowed down a bit when Pizanias jammed all-in using king-jack. But Thompson called out with ace-jack sighted and Pizanias achieved 5th place. Corey Kempson ran short on chips and was eliminated in 4th place by Thompson. The most successful player of the final table Mathew Wakeman was the one to go next in 3rd place. He entered the event with over a$7 million in both online and live tournament cashes.

Thompson was finally playing with his friend Zhi Hong Ma and the battle between the two didn’t last long and Hong Ma was eliminated too. Thompson upon his victory said he felt relaxed all throughout the tournament. He was focused and remained calm while he was playing. The best part is that Thompson never felt exhausted, although he kept playing continuously. The poker star has been playing the game for several years and probably his experience is what made him pay off well.

WPN Poker Sites Started Accepting 60+ Cryptocurrencies

In a press release, card room of America has announced that the poker site has plans to accept over 60 cryptocurrencies very soon.


This includes Bitcoin, for player withdrawals and deposits.

The US-facing poker site will soon start offering a payment processor for deposits of cryptocurrency “in the coming weeks”. Soon after that, the site will be set up the process for handling withdrawals in the similar manner.

A spokesman for ACR Michael Harris said in a release that the inclusion of “crypto” will make it “convenient for new poker players to get in the game and also to deposit money.”

World Poker Network other sites, including the site Black Chip Poker, will also provide the method for new withdrawal and deposit. The fifth largest network of poker sites in world after introducing this facility will become the first in the world to offer funding options using all 60+ cryptocurrencies virtually that exist presently.
Future of online gaming’s?

After the introduction of this method of payment, use of traditional credit cards only or the bank transfer fund will go off completely, as more and more poker players start investing in cryptocurrency, and this has raised the desire for more poker sites to add this transaction method.

Virtue Poker, an upcoming online poker site based on the cryptocurrency Ethereum, is planning to launch it next year. Pros Dan Colman and Brian Rast have been hired as brand ambassadors and advisors.

On the other hand the established online poker sites like Ignition Poker and Bet Online have already accepted Bitcoin transactions. And two downtown Golden Gate, Las Vegas casinos and the D have also accepted Bitcoin.

Talk about the aka Tony G and Antanas Guoga, then they have been a proponent of cryptocurrency since a long time for online gaming, and have joined the Bankera advisory board recently.

Fate Of New York Online Poker Bill Still In Limbo

The legislature of New York may return to address mayoral control of New York City schools this year, but it does seems that J. Gary Pretlow the Assembly member special session will have an online poker opening.


A representative of Pretlow tells that the assembly member is will fight for the passage of online poker next year.

Hopes that are late often never materialize

The bill with an intend to authorize online poker cleared by the Senate on 13th of June, and Pretlow advanced it through his Wagering, Gaming Committee and Racing two days later.

But, unfortunately, soon it became apparent that the leadership of the Assembly was not in the mood to forward the legislation on the desk of the governor.

However, as if now in the legislature of New York everything is up for negotiation. The main issue at the session’s end was whether the lawmakers would extend the oversight of mayor of NYC schools. The mayoral is set to expire on 30th of June.

The Assembly has favored extension, on the other hand, the Senate has another wish, they want end of policy. This standoff had the potential to develop the opportunity for online poker.

If the leadership of the Senate was willing to take the extension of the bill, then they could ask the members of the Assembly for the policies they wanted in return. The online poker bill has been passed by the Senate twice with the only intention to have it in the Assembly.

And because the lawmakers don’t agree on the extension, the opening of online poker is pending.

So the fate of online poker is still in limbo and to get a clear picture online poker operators have to wait for some more time.

Fate Of New York Online Poker Bill Still In Limbo

The legislature of New York may return to address mayoral control of New York City schools this year, but it does seems that J. Gary Pretlow the Assembly member special session will have an online poker opening.


A representative of Pretlow tells that the assembly member is will fight for the passage of online poker next year.

Hopes that are late often never materialize

The bill with an intend to authorize online poker cleared by the Senate on 13th of June, and Pretlow advanced it through his Wagering, Gaming Committee and Racing two days later.

But, unfortunately, soon it became apparent that the leadership of the Assembly was not in the mood to forward the legislation on the desk of the governor.

However, as if now in the legislature of New York everything is up for negotiation. The main issue at the session’s end was whether the lawmakers would extend the oversight of mayor of NYC schools. The mayoral is set to expire on 30th of June.

The Assembly has favored extension, on the other hand, the Senate has another wish, they want end of policy. This standoff had the potential to develop the opportunity for online poker.

If the leadership of the Senate was willing to take the extension of the bill, then they could ask the members of the Assembly for the policies they wanted in return. The online poker bill has been passed by the Senate twice with the only intention to have it in the Assembly.

And because the lawmakers don’t agree on the extension, the opening of online poker is pending.

So the fate of online poker is still in limbo and to get a clear picture online poker operators have to wait for some more time.

Yang Blames Himself For His Condition

A public auction was reported by the PokerNews that was going to be held by the Internal Revenue Service of the U.S.


The auction featured the Corum watch and Corum bracelet watch. The same watch and bracelet that champion Jerry Yang received in 2007 for topping main event of the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Under the section 6331 of the Internal Revenue Code, the listing was posted “the property that is mentioned below has been seized by the authority because of the nonpayment of internal revenue taxes.” Moreover, Encumbrances notice has mentioned many tax liens against the player. This includes the $571,894.54 federal tax lien. According to the website of the IRS, “When you fail or neglect to pay the debt of tax, the federal tax lien claim the property, this is the legal claim of the government. This is the law that protects the interest of government in all your property; this includes personal property, financial assets and real estate.”

Jerry Yang commented on his this situation on the radio and said the following words, “When I won the prize amount, I donated 10 percent of it to various organizations without paying the taxes on the whole amount that I won. Then I opened a restaurant for doing business without paying the state taxes. I hired a few people to give me right advice, but, it got all wrong from advices from them. And because of that I reached to this situation. Although, I do not blame anyone for my present condition, it is only me who is responsible for my condition.”

“I would say to young players that they should not commit the mistake that I did. And they should plan their money in a proper way, taking the advice of experts in the field.”

New Poker Room In Tampa

There are several events coming up in the world of poker that see celebrities mixing up poker with charity benefits and others.


While a charitable cause will be behind a Super Bowl event being planned next month in Houston, there is another event of poker that is linked with the nonprofit organization, the Maximum Hope Foundation. This is a charitable organization that has benefited from a new poker room opening up in Tampa. This took place last week and charity was the central cause. The new poker room opened up in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Florida.

The new poker room was opened with a poker tournament whose proceeds were given to the charitable organization. Brad Garrett, the Fargo star, smashed a guitar in the fashion of Hard Rock, and opened a non smoking facility in this hotel. The poker room that was inaugurated contained chandeliers, televisions of large screen dimensions, private salon and 46 tables to play.

The room also includes a snack area for the players. There is an exclusive car parking also offered to those who want direct access to the poker room by paying a fee of ten dollars.

The new room opening was inaugurated with the charity tournament, which was hosted by Garrett. The charity tournament helped raise ten thousand dollars for Maximum Hope Foundation, of which Garrett is a part of. The charity helps to support families who have children ailing with life threatening conditions. Indeed, many are wondering why this trend has not picked up more. Liv Boeree has been trying to get many of the PokerStars championships to contribute more to charitable causes. Many are willing such as Philipp Gruissem, Igor Kurganov and others who are on the board of Raising for Effective Giving. This organization is planning to have some poker based high roller events this year.

India At Level 5 In Gaming

India has become fifth largest gaming market on mobile internationally.


Game downloads and uptick revenue has brought to this place. And people associated with gaming industry say online poker role in its overall ranking of India in online mobile gaming cannot be overlooked. The report of business intelligence firm App Annie based in San Francisco says position of India has raised two places above in 2016’s second quarter. Poker online companies are making profit of up to 5 Million.

Looking at the steep growth that India has followed in past years, it is expected that country will surpass Brazil and Russia. They are in third and fourth position respectively. App Annie a leading company working in the area, its report said “The revenue of Indian online gaming market is expected to reach 1.1 billion Dollars by the year 2020. This is the data for both foreign and local publishers.”

Business head for App Annie India Shubhajit Saha said “Most of the gaming companies are making profit by advertisements. However, games like poker and another that involves money and played with strategy has witnessed tremendous growth in its revenue. It has grown up to 140 percent in comparing other games that are played with a casual approach.

The rise in revenue of online games is increasing number of smart phone and career building options. The other reason for the increase in online gaming is Google Play store easy process of purchase and download of games. Google play lowered the price of app purchase from Rs 50 to 10 in the year 2015. The companies that are proving cash based strategy-based games are making good profit. People spending on games like rummy and poker has increased up to 25 percent. These provide true gaming experience and it involves both win and loss of cash.

888poker Offers New Tournament Game

888poker has been looking into the different recreational game strategies they can work with.

One of the new games they have introduced is the BLAST Sit-n-Go which is a fun and fast pace tournament styled game. Those who are unaware of the format of the game can find the following information handy. The games work fast and learning the rules is simple. BLAST games of this category have payouts of the lottery style and are four handed sit and go’s. Prize pools include doubling the buy in amount such as being eligible for 2 dollars when you have bought in for one. You could also give a 10,000 times buy in amount.

The games are superb turbo games which have two minute levels. The antes and blinds will go up after a few hands are played. The multiplier effect applies on the prize pool as well as on the tournament length. 5x and 2x games last for three levels while 10x games can go to four levels and 10,000x games go to six levels, which is a total of 12 minutes before the blast occurs.

There are certain strategies worth knowing before you start so that you can improve your chances. For instance, you need to know what your starting hands are. Those who understand the shorthanded strategy as well as how to attack other regular players, will find the game rewarding. The other strategy that comes of use is to push rather than to call, especially in an all in situation. There would be some players who are all in and all the time. That should not bother you, but you should take your time to call when you have a worthy hand against them. Again, if there are limpers you would want to condemn them in a turbo paced tournament game as this one.

Florida legislature would not approve new contract with Seminole Tribe

Law to introduce a brand new gambling compact with Seminole Tribe is conked in the Florida Senate and it likely would not be going anywhere this legislative session, as per a report from a leading website.

This is really a bad news for the state which economically benefits from Seminole Tribe’s gaming procedures which have motivated Florida to the 3rd biggest tribal gaming market in the nation, hanging back only Oklahoma and California. The Sunshine State’s casino market is worth around US$ 2.4 billion yearly, and this is still increasing.

Florida’s governor, last year, brokered a new twenty year contract that would offer the state US$ 3 billion over the 1st seven years and probably billions more by the end of this, in substitution for allowing Seminoles maintain, and also expand, some sole gambling rights.

Last summer the earlier compact expired, and the tribe has been carrying on its business as usual at its 7 casinos since that time. Still, the Seminoles filed a suit against Florida over the former’s take that its exclusiveness for table games has already been gapped. Florida, the state, has taken the fact that the tribe is presently operating without a compact to court.

The Lawmakers have been asked to with decide whether to sign the new compact carried off between the tribe and the governor – a deal which would also let Seminoles to expand their exclusiveness to include roulette and craps in exchange for different other gambling reforms statewide.

2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure gets interesting in the first week

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure series 2016’s first weekend was really interesting. It had really disturbing and exciting moments.

In the disturbing section,
well known poker player Antonio Esfandiari
was asked to quit as he made an improvised toilet at the poker table. When he just could not hold ‘it’ during a US$5,300 PLO event, he decided to give it a go under the table. His behavior forced him to leave the tournament in the middle.

But he was not the only one who made some headlines in the Bahamas. Joe McKeehen snatched one of the most commanding performances ever at World Series of Poker Main Event final table back in November. Till getting wide-awake with Bryn Kenney in the $100000 Super High Roller event at PCA, Bryn McKeehen appeared to be on his way to another award.


When heads-up play started, Bryn held a slight chip lead over the world champ. But that quickly lead deteriorated and Bryn found himself down to only ten big blinds at one point. Following a series of double-ups, Bryn took a great lead, which held up, offering him the tournament championship as well as the US$ 1687800 that goes with it. That money put Kenney over US$8 million in lifetime live tournament winnings, good for fifty-first of all time as of this writing.

Isaac Haxton got in 6th place, David Peters finished fifth, Mustapha Kanit ended fourth, and Ankush Mandavia ended third.