Crazy hand leads to absentee winner.  SugarHouse unveils their new Poker Night in America poker room. MA AG puts forth DFS regulations. And more.

Crazy hand leads to winner leaving the tournament

If you play poker long enough you start to think you’ve seen everything, and just when you get to that point something like this hand history pops up in your news feed and you say, “well, I guess I haven’t seen everything.”

The basics of the hand go something like this:

Two players were all-in, one with pocket sixes and the other with king/jack. The board runs out 8-8-5-9-9, and the dealer incorrectly pushes the pot to the player with pocket sixes, while the actual winner of the pot exits the tournament.

Soon after another player points out the mistake and the floor is called. After going to the cameras the floor rules that the player who left is the rightful winner of the pot and even though he’s nowhere to be found he wins the pot, which I assume is blinded off.

To add to the uniqueness of the situation, the player with pocket sixes also ended up getting a one-round penalty for swearing.

Quick Hitters

– SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania opened their new Poker Night in America branded poker room this week.

– Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey unveiled her final draft of DFS regulations today. Legal Sports Report has all the details.

– With Amaya Gaming CEO David Baazov charged with insider you can certainly expect many reporters to start digging into his past and trying to detail his life story. This Financial Post column seems to be the first on this front.

PokerStars has quite a bit going on, but that didn’t stop the site from launching a new tournament series, The Mountain. The new series only lasts three days, and over the course of those three days the site will host 10 tournaments with progressively larger buy-ins.

– David Sklansky makes the case for Limit Omaha Hi cash games in this thread over at 2+2.

– Alex Weldon was surprised by the latest reactions on the PokerStars front when he opened up the 2+2 poker forums to put together the latest installment of Part Time Poker’s Forum Files series. The many and varied PokerStars threads were just a few of many Weldon catalogued this week.

– Poker’s long quest to get out from under the gambling umbrella and make strides towards mainstream legitimacy got a boost this week, as the game, along with arm-wrestling, were recommended to join SportAccord as a mind-sport.