DAILY BUZZ: Grumpy Goodwin, Pollack Stays Put, KY Poker Court Case

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Marc Goodwin vs. Planet of the Apes

In a new episode of Late Night Poker that aired tonight on England’s Channel 4, recent EPT Barcelona runner-up Marc Goodwin lays into some smack-talk about online poker players.

Goodwin, a longtime British poker pro with over $2 million in career tournament earnings, appeared on Late Night Poker at the table with Ram Vaswani, Sammy George, Andrew Feldman, Dave Colclough, and the bane of sandwiches everywhere, Luke “FullFlush” Schwartz. In this clip Goodwin’s barbed comments about online poker players begin at the 4:10 mark, right after he donk-calls about most of his stack off to Schwartz before folding on the river. (Nice job, LNP producers!) It’s there that he says:

Internet players – well, if they ever leave the house I judge them as normal, but I know that most of them don’t. So they are like subnormal primates who just sit in front of a TV and gamble in their underpants.

Chances are that the online poker community, who gamble naked just as often as they do in their underpants, will take Goodwin’s slam about as seriously as Goodwin himself will take this comment from poster CCx on the 2+2 NVG thread about the Late Night Poker episode:

man i could listen to bri’ish people toulk ool daiy

(Luke “FullFlush” Schwartz Meets His Arch Rival Andrew Feldman On Late Night Poker Tonight – 2+2 NVG Forum)

Pollack turns down LPGA job

Women’s golf nearly stole the World Series of Poker’s commissioner away, but it looks Jeffrey Pollack is planning to stay put for a while.

Golfweek says that Pollack was a “dark horse” finalist for the open job of Commissioner of the Ladies Pro Golf Association but has now withdrawn his name from consideration for the position. That’s great news for his nearly 2,800 Twitter followers, who know that poker enjoys a tweetability vastly superior to that of women’s golf, and for the WSOP, which has seen significant growth in both attendance and television ratings under his stewardship.

Pollack has been the WSOP Commissioner since January 2006. A jump to another realm of organized competition wouldn’t have been out of character for him. Before coming to the WSOP, Pollack worked as a Vice President for both the National Basketball Association and for NASCAR. You could also say that commissioning, whatever that entails, is in his genes; Pollack’s half-brother is Gary Bettman, the Commissioner of the National Hockey League.

(Candidate pool shrinks for LPGA’s top job – GolfWeek)

See who else in poker might have turned down the LPGA’s advances on our Poker Tweets page.

KY Supreme Court revisits 2008 domain name seizures

Tomorrow is a big day for Kentucky’s governor, Steve Beshear. After claiming that domain names were “gambling instruments” in violation of state law last year and essentially claiming jurisdiction over the entire Internet, Beshear’s legal reasoning was overturned in court. But the state appealed to the Kentucky Supreme Court, which decided to give the governor a final opportunity to argue his case on more time on Thursday morning.

Of course, Beshear won’t actually be the one in front of the court. But lawyers for both the state and a group of online gambling proponents will have at least 15 minutes to argue their case before the state’s Supreme Court. Arguments begin at 11 a.m. ET tomorrow in Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky; they will also be streamed online at the Court’s website.

(Supreme Court to hear online gambling case – Louisville Courier-Journal)

It’s major tournament time at Bellagio (again)

Bellagio, the MGM flagship casino in Las Vegas that seems to host a huge-buy-in poker tournament every other month, is kicking off its latest huge-buy-in poker tournament today.

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier won the $15,000 Festa al Lago main event last year, grabbing just over $1.4 million for finishing atop a TV table that included some fierce competition in the forms of Nam Le, Adam “Roothlus” Levy, and Nenad Medic. ElkY won’t be back to defend his title since he’s still alive at the EPT event in Poland, but one thing is for sure: whoever emerges as the new Festa champion will have serious poker chops. Bellagio’s tournaments have a much higher pro-to-amateur ratio than the average poker tournament held anywhere else on the planet.

There won’t be a final number of players available until midway through play tomorrow; registration at the Bellagio is available through the end of the eighth level of play, which gives players until 5:00 p.m. tomorrow to get a seat in the tournament. Among those who decided to start piling up chips in the early levels were Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, David Benyamine, Michael Mizrachi, Joe Sebok, Antonio Esfandiari, David Chiu, and Jonathan Little.

Live Festa al Lago updates are available from the World Poker Tour.

Dikshit donates Party proceeds

Yesterday I told you that PartyGaming founder Anurag Dikshit was cashing out his remaining 28% stake in the company. It turns out that Dikshit, whose name I swear to you is actually pronounced “Dix-it,” is handing over the entire sum to a charity he founded a few years ago called Kusuma Trust. According to the organization’s website, Kusuma focuses on humanitarian and educational projects that provide for the unmet needs of at-risk children in Gibraltar and India. The proceeds from Dikshit’s sale of will be added to the $80 million or so that’s already in the Trust.

A tip of the hat here goes to Dr. Pauly at the Tao of Poker, who noted:

This isn’t the first time that Dikshit has given away money to a charity. He heard that the U.S. Department of Justice was having a bake sale, so he bought $300 million worth of DOJ cookies.

(Online Gambling Billionaire Cashes In – Forbes)

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