Hit and Run: Bonomo Refuses Winner Picture; Michigan iGaming Hearing; PokerStars Issues Spin Refunds


What we learned at yesterday’s online gambling hearing in Michigan. Congress to hold DFS hearing. Justin Bonomo wants to know what a picture is worth. And more.

The Bonnie Bonomo Situation

A lot of professional poker players are still upset with some of the changes implemented by PokerStars; Justin Bonomo among them.

Bonomo has been a vocal critic of the company’s decision to prematurely reduce VIP benefits for Supernova Elite players, and while the criticisms have died down in the six months since the cuts were first announced, Bonomo’s ire has not. Evidenced by his decision to reinitiate hostilities with the company at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final, by going full Colman.

<blockquote data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Part of the deal is that I get the trophy and the win, which I really wanted so I can say fuck you to Amaya and refuse to do a winner photo</p>&mdash; Justin Bonomo (@JustinBonomo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/JustinBonomo/status/727650034074849280″>May 4, 2016</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Update on winner&#39;s photo situation: They say they would never not-pay, but I am banned from all PS Live events if I don&#39;t take the photo </p>&mdash; Justin Bonomo (@JustinBonomo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/JustinBonomo/status/728261309851045889″>May 5, 2016</a></blockquote>

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Quick Hitters

– The French Senate may have just opened the door for international online gaming compacts, after they passed a bill that would give ARJEL the authority to broker such an agreement with a foreign country or state.

РPokerStars has refunded thousands of dollars to Spin & Go players after the site determined some of their opponents were violating the terms of service.  What the issue was, Bots, collusion, or something else, was not specified.

– Who are the 10 most consequential poker players in modern history? I took a crack at answering that question in my most recent Part Time Poker column.

– Yesterday’s online gaming hearing in Michigan went pretty much as expected. The committee members were relatively muted; no vote was held; and the hearing itself was largely informational in nature. That being said, we did learn quite a bit about where Michigan stands on this issue. Here’s a deeper dive into Michigan’s attempts to pass an online gambling expansion bill.

– Golden Nugget is bringing online virtual reality sports to New Jersey’s online gaming market.

– Congress has finally confirmed they will be holding a long rumored daily fantasy sports hearing. The hearing is slated for next week, but unlike previous reports, appears limited to DFS, and not, as was first reported, online gambling and sports betting. Still, those topics could be broached.

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