Our first look at a critical Holdem X review. Marco Rubio doubles down on online gambling ban. Daniel Negreanu on poker sponsorships and where the GPL fits in. And more.

Holdem X goes under the microscope

My analysis of Holdem X, and most of the feedback of the game has been pretty positive, but there are also some problems with the game, and Robert DellaFave did a pretty good job of being critical but fair about some of the game’s current shortcomings in a recent review of Holdem X for OnlinePokerReport.com.

The innovative poker format that combines a standard game with a special abilities deck of cards is still in its infancy, and a number of DellaFave’s complaints are likely already being worked on.

Quick Hitters

– Marco Rubio is widely known as anti-online gaming, how could he not be when he’s a cosponsor of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act bill in the Senate, but even with that reputation it’s still disheartening to the poker community to hear a viable presidential candidate confirm his desire to ban online gambling in the United States, something Rubio did in a recent town hall in South Carolina.

– New Jersey’s online gaming industry set another revenue record in January (that’s three months of record setting revenue for those of you counting at home) as the state’s iGaming operators tallied over $14. 6 million in the first month of 2016.

– In an upcoming pokerography episode on Poker Central, Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel talks about how he got started in poker, and how another Hall of Famer helped him get his feet wet.

– Daniel Negreanu has been doing quite a bit of writing over at his FullContactPoker.com website, and in his latest blog post he takes a look at a part of the poker world he knows very well, sponsorships, and more specifically, how the soon to be launched Global Poker League fits into the sponsorship box.