Hit and Run: GPL Week 5 Update; Bernie Sanders Blasts Atlantic City Casinos; The WSOP and Credit Cards

Steve Ruddock : May 9th, 2016


PokerStars announces another live event at Resorts Casino in New Jersey. Congressional DFS hearing agenda revealed. A look at the GPL five weeks in. And more.

GPL Update

We’re now five weeks into the inaugural season of the Global Poker League, and while the preseason favorite New York Rounders are on top in the Americas Conference, the surprising Sao Paulo Metropolitans are suddenly nipping at their heels. This is an interesting development, as little was expected out of the Mets before the season began, and they struggled to amass points during the first few weeks.

Over in the Eurasia Conference the Paris Aviators continue to roll, with the Moscow Wolverines close behind. On the opposite side of the coin, the preseason favorite London Royals are way back in fourth place, and appear to be falling.

PokerNews.com has the latest results and a breakdown of the standing for the GPL, which you can find here.

Quick Hitters

- The agenda for Wednesday’s Congressional hearing on daily fantasy sports (and possibly sports betting and online gambling) is now available. You can read it here.

- A recent study says that despite the industry’s current growth trends, and even though they’ve managed to stave off cannibalization from other states, Pennsylvania’s casino industry is in store for a downturn. I disagree with this assessment for a variety of reasons, but Quick Takes isn’t the place to hash them out.

- There’s been quite a bit of chatter over the WSOP adding credit cards to their list of accepted payment processing methods (for tournaments up to $1,500). I laid out the pros and cons of using plastic to enter WSOP tournaments in this column at US Poker.

- Bernie Sanders isn’t a big fan of gambling, but his most recent remarks about Atlantic City casinos are his strongest to date. Sanders was quoted blasting the industry as “greedy” and “reckless” in a recent Wall Street Journal article.

- PokerStars is going to be hosting an international tournament, the live final of the Americas Cup of Poker at Resorts Casino in New Jersey at the end of June. This will be the second live event Resorts and PokerStars will have hosted; the first being this week’s Run It Up Resorts Rumble hosted by Jason Somerville.

- Some 1,500 Full Tilt poker remission filings appear to have been denied.

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