DAILY BUZZ: Del. Poker Bill, Premier League IV, Bodog Sponsorship

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Delaware legislature moving fast on table games bill

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Pennsylvania took months at the end of last year to pass its table games bill thanks to a lot of partisan bickering and political grandstanding, and reports say it will likely take several more to prepare itself for poker, blackjack, and a number of other games to be introduced at the state’s slot machine casinos. Neighboring state Delaware apparently doesn’t have the same problems in its state legislature, and as a result it may end up getting a jump on Pennsylvania in offering the same games at its casinos.

The Delaware House passed its own table games bill last week and the bill has now cleared the Delaware Senate Judiciary Committee. The full Senate will vote on the bill, which would authorize card and dice games at the state’s three casinos and set the state up to collect more than $40 million per year in licensing fees, tomorrow. If passed, the newly authorized games could be in operation before the new Pennsylvania law has any chance of taking customers away from Delaware.

(Del. Senate to Vote on Table Gaming – ABC News)

PartyPoker Premier League lineup complete

While American poker fans are much better off than they used to be in the made-for-TV poker department than they used to be thanks to quality shows like High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark, there’s no doubt that the Europeans do the genre the best of all. One of the biggest of those competitions, the PartyPoker Premier League IV, is getting closer to filming and yesterday announced the addition of heavy hitters Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, and David Benyamine to this season’s lineup.

Doyle Brunson will take to the Premier League tables next month at the M Resort.

Doyle Brunson will take to the Premier League tables next month at the M Resort.

As if that weren’t big enough, today the lineup was completed with the addition of 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Doyle Brunson. “I’m happy to have the challenge of playing against all these great players,” he said. “I know a lot about many of them but, of course, all the young players from the internet are very aggressive good players. It is impossible to make a favorite to win this because every player in this field is capable of winning. I feel I have as good a chance as anyone.”

Brunson and the other three new additions will join an accomplished and skilled group of competitors at the M Resort in Las Vegas starting February 18th for a series of single-table heats leading up to the finals. They will join the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Roland de Wolfe, Luke “FullFlush” Schwartz, Tony G, Mike Sexton, Ian Frazer, Remy Biechel, Felipe “Mojave” Ramos, Bodo Sbrzesny, Dragan Galic, and Premier League III champion JC Tran in fighting for their share of a $1.5 million prize pool.

(Doyle Brunson joins PartyPoker Premier League IV – Casino City Times)

Bodog sponsorship up for grabs

Bodog has been cutting players loose lately, but now it looks like they’re finally ready to start replacing the dear departed. The online poker room is actively scouting for its next pro, with only one catch: she has to be a woman.

All you have to do to get your name in front of the right people is send a recent photograph, your Bodog username, and a short bio to pro@bodog.com. And if you don’t already have a Bodog account, it’s easy to get started.

Yes, they still play poker in Mississippi this time of year

In the midst of all the other tournaments and poker news going on around the world, there is still poker in Mississippi in January. The World Poker Tour is down to the TV table at the Southern Poker Championship at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Miss., and leading the way is Hoyt Corkins, who last won a WPT event back in 2003 but has made four more TV tales and added another WSOP win to his resume in the meantime. Accompanying the Alabama Cowboy to the stage are Tyler Smith, who made the TV table of this tournament last year as well, and four other players with combined career WPT earnings totaling a great big donut.

Offical live updates can be found at the WPT’s website.

Around the Table

T.J. Bracelet update: That WSOP bracelet of Mr. Cloutier’s that was up for sale on eBay recently was bought by online poker room Cake Poker, who according to poker superagent Brian Balsbaugh’s Twitter feed are planning to ship the bracelet back to the two-time WSOP Main Event runner-up with no strings attached … Eric Siegel asks the question: what does it mean to be a “pro”? … PokerStars pro and Guardian columnist Vicky Coren says the French don’t know how to play poker … The local media in Philadelphia sat up and paid attention when Dan Shak took down Phil Ivey at the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge.

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