Hit and Run: DraftKings Hits London; Undercover Video of Venetian Released; The FIRST Poker Boom

Staff : August 17th, 2015


Venetian undercover purports to show prostitution as well as underage gambling and drinking. A major breach of poker etiquette (and the rules) occurred on the final hand of Day 2 of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. DraftKings and the rest of the DFS industry may have to scrap the “we’re not gambling” argument in the not so distant future.

Sheldon Adelson’s casino get the undercover video treatment

A video by the TheTimJamesShow.com purports to show two underage people gambling and drinking in one of Sheldon Adelson’s casinos. The video also purportedly shows the host talking with a prostitute he solicited at Sheldon Adelson’s casino, the Venetian.

It’s a hard hitting video, but what kind of impact it will have in the fight against Sheldon Adelson’s online gambling ban is unclear.

Can I see those cards?

A little bit of controversy occurred at the end of Day 2 of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, as Travell Thomas, a fixture on the East Coast poker scene, decided to break poker etiquette rule #1, and turn over his opponent’s cards. Thomas received a 1 round penalty, but people on social media were calling for blood after Matt Savage posted about the situation.

Quick Hitters

- Robert Turner talks about his time in the poker world following California’s legalization in the mid-1980’s. Turner called the period the “First Poker Boom.”

- 888 is still the frontrunner to land bwin.party, but the late push by GVC Holdings has the loans involved in a state of limbo to avoid additional costs.

- DraftKings received a UK gambling license on Monday (a requirement to offer DFS contests in the UK) and on the same day the company announced it had hired former bwin.party Group Director of Poker  Jeffrey Haas. This along with the recent acquisition of Victiv by Amaya Gaming has further blurred the lines between DFS and gambling in the U.S.

- What makes a poker book timeless? Barry Carter of Poker Strategy explains.

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