DAILY BUZZ: Committee Vote Coming, Pa. Poker Wait, A.C. Jackpot

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Frank readying online poker legislation for committee vote

The latest video-blog missive from Poker Players Alliance director John Pappas has a bit of good news for online poker players. According to Pappas, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) is preparing H.R. 2267, his bill to allow the federal licensure and regulation of online poker rooms and casinos within the United States, for a committee mark-up vote. That’s the first hurdle the bill will have to clear if it’s to make its way to the House floor for a vote, which Frank has made clear is his ultimate goal.”What this means is that we really need to work double-time to make sure that we enact and move forward positive legislation that will help license and regulate internet poker,” Pappas said in his video blog.

This will be the first time any bill regarding the licensure and regulation of online poker or online gambling in general has been brought to a vote; the issue has only ever been brought up as something to be banned (a la UIGEA). For more information on how you can help the bill progress, stop by the PPA website.

Pa. poker players wait for the state to learn the rules

Pennsylvania poker players got good news when their state legislature finally passed a bill legalizing their favorite game earlier this month, but it looks like they’ll be waiting a while to take a seat at the table while the state’s new gambling regulators learn the rules of all the other games that were also legalized in the table game bill.

The state’s Gaming Control Board operators are embarking on a crash course to learn the rules of all the games legalized by the new legislation. They’re studying the games to learn how they’re played by the rules, and also so they can learn how cheaters might try to take advantage of the games. The price for all this thoroughness is a six-to-nine-month wait before the newly legal games will actually be offered to players in Pennsylvania.

(Casinos must wait as board learns the games – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Cracked quads worth $250K+ to Delaware man

We told you last Friday in our “Around the Table” notes in this space about the bad beat jackpot at Caesars Atlantic City hitting, but there were no details available at the time. Now we know that 52-year-old Steven Gedney of Dover, Del., was the lucky man who walked away with half of the largest poker jackpot in Atlantic City history.

Gedney made four of a kind after starting with pocket treys, but he lost the pot to Chris Dobrzanski, who made four of a kind after starting with pocket aces. That was enough to trigger the $553,958 jackpot, half of which went to Gedney. A quarter of that total, $138,489, went to Dobrzanski, with the other seven players at the table splitting the rest equally for a take of $19,784. Gedney was one of the many players in Atlantic City who normally frequent the Borgata poker room but began playing at Caesars because of the jackpot.

The jackpot at the time of Gedney win was nearly $200,000 larger than the previous largest total, which was also won at Caesars AC. At the time of Gedney’s win there was a three-and-a-half-hour wait to get a seat in the Caesars poker room.

(“Losing” poker hand lands $553,958 shared jackpot at Caesars – Press of Atlantic City)

Around the table

The tiny state of Delaware has prepared its own table games bill, complete with 27 sponsors and co-sponsors, in response to the recent table games initiative passed in neighboring Pennsylvania … Bots are becoming a problem at Facebook-friendly free-play site Zynga PokerFull Tilt Poker will be doubling the money in each of its guaranteed prize pool tournaments for an entire week, from 1/25 to 1/31 … Among a number of rule changes for this year’s WSOP are the no-cell-phone rule, which has been scrapped because of the popularity of microblogging service Twitter … The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City today began its first annual poker tournament in honor of shift manager Raymond Kot, who was slain by a customer last year while on duty at the casino; proceeds will benefit Kot’s teenage son.

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