Hit and Run: Fact Checking PokerStars Critics; WPT Montreal Update; Pennsylvania iGaming Vote Tomorrow

Steve Ruddock : November 16th, 2015


How mad should the poker community be at PokerStars? California and Pennsylvania online gaming expansion back on the radar. The PPA has a new modern and streamlined website.

Should poker players be mad at PokerStars?

Is the poker community’s newfound hatred of PokerStars warranted? Along with my colleague Robert DellaFave, I dug into some of the key criticisms the community has voiced on various outlets, from social media to forums to blogs, in an attempt to fact check the claims.

The results? The criticisms were a mixture of legitimate and largely overblown accusations. Some of the accusations we analyzed were:

  • The premature ending of Supernova Elite
  • Is PokerStars trying to make their games unbeatable
  • Who will benefit from the changes
  • What level of the VIP ladder will be the most impacted
  • What happens to high stakes games down the road

Quick Hitters

- A total of 697 players registered for the WPT Montreal Main Event, and midway through Day 2 about 400 players remain in contention for the $433k first place prize.

- Seemingly out of nowhere, there has been a lot of talk coming out of California on the online poker front (here and here) – unfortunately, the state legislature won’t be back in session until January.

- I put together nine takeaways from the 2015 World Series of poker Main Event final table.

- The Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee is expected to vote on an online gambling tomorrow morning. The vote would be a first, but very big step towards legalizing online gambling in the Keystone State.

- The Poker Players Alliance has revamped their website, rolling out a new, modern design, that will also make it easier for poker advocates to contact their representatives and fight for legal and regulated online poker in the United States.

- Get caught up with the good, the bad, and the ugly of the poker world with our latest edition of the Forum Files. This week Alex Weldon has compiled a list of forum posts touching on everything from UB fallout to scary social media threats.

Get your daily dose of poker news with the PTP Hit and Run.

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