Hit and Run: Bonomo Responds to Critics; Zinno Denied 4th WPT Title; Updates on CA an MI iGaming Bills

Steve Ruddock : May 15th, 2016


Justin Bonomo hits refresh on picture-gate saga.  Ant Zinno denied historic fourth WPT title. California online poker bill gets May 18 hearing. And more.

PokerStars has a huge impact on New Jersey iGaming

Justin Bonomo posted a lengthy response to some of the criticism he’s received over his decision to cause a stink about posing for a winner’s picture at the recently concluded EPT Grand Final series in Monte Carlo. In his response, Bonomo singled out a specific column, by CalvinAyre.com’s Lee Davy to use as the yin to his yang.

The response by Bonomo focuses on what he calls unethical behavior by PokerStars, and his delineation of being a customer to a company and promoting said company – which he believes posing for a winner’s photo would do.

My guess is he may have been better off not responding (an option he says he mulled over) as I think this will only add fuel to the fire on 2+2, where Bonomo’s actions have largely mocked. Chances are, this story will now stay towards the top of the NVG forum for another week or so before falling into obscurity.

Quick Hitters

- Questions are being raised about the impetus for Michigan’s entrance into the online gaming debate. However, as we learned at the hearing Michigan recently held, Senator Kowall has been working on this issue for multiple years, long before Amaya lobbyists entered the picture.

- Alex Dreyfus talks to PokerStrategy about the early returns from the GPL, and how the league’s biggest name, actor Aaron Paul, has a “commitment” to poker.

- Part Time Poker’s breakdown of the state’s most recent online gaming revenue reports should leave you with an extremely positive feeling when it comes to the health and future growth of the industry.

- Just how good is Anthony Zinno at poker? The budding poker superstar nearly won his fourth WPT title this week (which would break the logjam of players with three WPT titles), but finished a “disappointing” third in the WPT Amsterdam Main Event.

- California’s online poker bill, AB 2863, will be heard in another committee this week, as the Assembly Appropriations Committee has added it to their May 18 agenda. the hearing will likely just give AB 2863 an up or down vote.

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