Selbst vs. Nadal Coming Soon, Taxes for Nevada Grinders, Arnett Departs

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Vanessa Selbst to Battle Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal will take on Vanessa Selbst on April 11

Rafael Nadal will take on Vanessa Selbst on April 11

Rafael Nadal, who has dabbled in poker since joining Team PokerStars, is going to take on arguably his biggest poker challenge when he faces Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst in a heads-up match in Monte Carlo.

Nadal will be in Monte Carlo for an ATP tour stop while Selbst will be in nearby San Remo for an upcoming EPT stop.

“It’s no secret that I love the competition and that’s what I like about poker,” Nadal said. “It’s a game of skill that requires mental strength and the ability to out-think your opponents, and in that way there are similarities to tennis. I have been playing poker online for almost two years and now I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing against Vanessa.”

Nadal’s last poker foray was a huge success. At EPT Prague in December Nadal won the $100,000 EPT Charity Challenge.

Regulated Online Poker Means Big Changes for Online Poker Pros

Almost one year ago the first hands of regulated online poker were dealt in Nevada. Now, as the income tax deadline approaches, poker pros in that state are dealing with income tax situations that may or may not have arisen before.

On Thursday the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s David Ferrara (former BLUFF writer, but he went by “Dave”) detailed how the regulated sites differ from pre-Black Friday offshore operators. He pointed out one important piece of information.

Nevada is the only state that does not have a data sharing agreement with the IRS, but the federal government can deliver a summons to one of the regulated sites and track down a player’s records, said Russ Fox, a federally licensed tax practitioner in Las Vegas who has specialized in gaming for 15 years. 

“Now if the IRS wants to get the records, they can,” Fox said. “Those companies will be cooperating. They have to.”

Read: Winning online poker players must confront paying taxes

Kristy Arnett Leaves PokerNews

After four years on the job PokerNews video and podcast host Kristy Arnett has decided to leave her full time position with the company. Arnett announced the departure in a video on the website where she was somewhat vague about what her future plans may include. She did indicate plans to play a lot more poker. Once the video was posted she sent out a series of Tweets.



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Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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