DAILY BUZZ: Full Tilt Sues Gowen, Pros Love PCA, Ala. Poker Bill

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Clonie Gowen is the target of a new federal lawsuit filed by her former sponsor, Full Tilt Poker

Clonie Gowen is the target of a new federal lawsuit filed by her former sponsor, Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt turns the tables on Clonie Gowen

Clonie Gowen filed a lawsuit against Full Tilt Poker last year, seeking $40 million for breach of contract following her release from Team Full Tilt in late 2008. Gowen’s complaint has been amended three times and is still making its way through the system, but now it appears that the online poker room is trying to head Gowen off at the pass before she can get a judgment by filing suit against her in federal court.

Other than court costs and attorney fees, Full Tilt’s complaint doesn’t seek monetary damages against Gowen. But it does request a declaration that Gowen doesn’t own 1% of the company, which is the point that her entire suit against Full Tilt rests on. The full text of the complaint is available over at Pokerati, where proprietor Dan Michalski waxes ecstatic about the implications of Full Tilt’s latest salvo in this ongoing legal battle.

(Full Tilt Sues Clonie – Pokerati.com)

PCA a friendly place for top players

With an incredible 47 tournaments on its schedule, this year’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is more than just a flashy main event – it’s one of the biggest poker festivals in the world, rivaling the WSOP in terms of the variety of games offered on its schedule. And like the WSOP, this year’s PCA has been very friendly to accomplished poker pros from around the world.

Vanessa Rousso made the most recent headlines with a win in the $1,000 Ladies Event, scoring a $24,725 win at a final table that also included long-time pro Shirley Rosario. Last season’s EPT Kiev winner, Maxim Lykov, topped Event #15 ($1,000 NLHE) for a $100,000 top prize. Team PokerStars pro William Thorson won $72,465 in Event #21 ($5,000 PLO) by taking down a final table that included former back-to-back FTOPS event winner Yuval “yuvee04” Bronshtein, Robert “Mr. Omaha” Williamson III, and former WSOP Main Event champ Carlos Mortensen. Ex-EPT German Open champion Mike “Timex” McDonald got in on the winner’s action, too, claiming the win in Event #22 ($1,500 NLHE) for $146,804.

The complete list of results from all the PCA side events is available here.

Bill in Alabama legislature would legalize poker

The state of Alabama is known for producing a few poker players who know their way around the table. Hoyt Corkins and Shannon Shorr are natives of the state, and recent PCA champ Harrison Gimbel attended the state’s university in Tuscaloosa before dropping out to pursue poker full-time. Now there’s a bill making its way through the state legislature that would give aspiring players a chance to develop their skills at the table in-state instead of heading to Mississippi, Florida, or the internet for that chance.

House Bill 235, introduced by Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham), would pave the way for allowing casinos within the state and specifically mentions poker as one of the games that would be legalized. The bill is one of 466 filed on the first day of the 2010 regular session of the Alabama Legislature. It will have to be approved for debate in order to move any further along in the legislative process.

(Alabama Legislature fast-tracks road, no-bid contract bills – Birmingham News)

Stud players like Jeffrey Lisandro can earn big comps at the Trump Taj Mahal

Stud players like Jeffrey Lisandro can earn big comps at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City

A look at A.C.’s stud community

Seven-card stud was once the most popular form of poker in the world, but anyone who has visited a poker room in the last few years knows that the game is in serious decline. One exception to that rule is the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, where the management has made a conscious business decision to cater to the game’s fans. The stud crowd at the Taj enjoys an expanded player reward program on par with that offered to slot machine players, something that very few poker players anywhere can claim, and it’s not uncommon to see as many as 12 tables running the room’s 70 tables spreading stud on a weekend.

The Philadelphia Inquirer today printed a feature on the game’s devotees at the Taj, a group where septuagenarians are considered youngsters and a sense of community is more important than trying to take everybody’s money. Tom Gitto, the Taj poker room manager since 1995, says that the group is extremely tight-knit. “I see the relationships that are made. These people know about each other’s habits, their families, they share meals and a personal relationship with the poker-room staff. It’s like the bar in Cheers; it’s a place where everybody knows your name.”

(Stud poker players love the slow play – Philadelphia Inquirer)

Around the Table

Vanessa Rousso took a break from crushing her opponents in the PCA ladies event to share a few tips for using poker knowledge to spot a lying lover with the editors at limelife.com … Ohio’s Columbus Business First recently spotlighted Shawn Cunix, who in addition to being a former WPT final tablist also owns one of the largest independent Verizon Wireless dealerships in Ohio … The Philadelphia Inquirer’s editorial today was a slam on Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell for his role in passing the table games bill that legalized poker and other games at the state’s slot machine parlors, which were also introduced to the state by Rendell … Europe again proves itself superior to the U.S., at least when it comes to poker on TV, with The Poker Channel’s announcement that it will show 20 hours of live poker over the next three days, airing the finals of the World Cup of Poker and the PCA High Roller event live from the Bahamas for the 18 million homes it reaches throughout the Old World.

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