It's been a very busy time in the poker world this week and below is a summary of whats been going on.
The Manila Millions Super High Roller tournament was won by Allan Le. He took home a huge HKD 13,800,000 frist prize ($1.7 million). There were 30 entrants in this tournament and the buyin was $129,000. Famous names like Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey took part in this High Roller event but neither of them featured in the prizes.
There was an interesting view from Barney Frank regarding the legalization of online poker in the United States. Barney Frank does not think that legalization will take place this year although there is "considerable momentum" from inidividual states. Barney Frank retires next January after 32 years as a Democrat politician.
Veteran poker pro Mike Sexton tells his poker colleagues to smarten up! This information was imparted on his poker blog. He said "At a recent WPT final table, I looked at the six finalists and saw four wearing T-shirts and another in a sweat shirt. At other final tables this season, I’ve seen players wearing shorts and flip-flops. Look, I played poker for a living for a long time. I understand wanting to be comfortable while you’re playing, etc. Is it too much, however, to expect players to wear collared shirts, long pants, and shoes and socks on a televised final table?"
Betonline poker confused their players by shutting down their site this week without notifying their players. Betonline is part of the Chico Poker Network who confirmed that Betonline no longer hold a license with them. However, later on they told their players that the site was closed for maintenance and that any funds in poker accounts would be moved to sportsbook accounts. Rumours say that Betonline Poker may well go onto the Cake Poker Network but this has not yet been confirmed.
The PokerStars UK and Ireland Poker Tournament (UKIPT) was won by a 60 year old Landlord. The prize of £210,400 went to Robert Baguely who qualified via £100 satellite on Pokerstars.
There was some activity on the Full Tilt Poker site this week as rumours spread that it was temporarily active with what appeared to be 411 players active on 14,451 tables and 4 tournaments. No explanation has been give to date for this activity.
This is not all the stories for the week but just a taster of what's been going on.
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