Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu lead a new poker ranking system. And two online gaming heavyweights battle for bwin.party. It’s all in our daily wrap-up of the world of poker, the Hit and Run.
A ranking of poker players that includes a social component — i.e. more than just their earnings — is now out on a new site called Ranking Hero. Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth are the current top three in the overall rankings, which take into account their poker-playing acumen, their popularity, and their contributions to the world. Guess we can’t argue with those results. But France’s Patrick Bruel is sixth in the world…?
bwin.party’s new owner?
Both Amaya (aka PokerStars) and 888 are apparently in discussions to acquire bwin.party; for poker players, the most relevant item in that transaction would be PartyPoker, which has both an international presence and serves the regulated New Jersey market. Amaya has reportedly bid $1.7 billion to take over the online gaming and poker company. Who will come out on top if there’s a bidding war? More here.
–Daniel Negreanu and Jason Somerville will be doing a live demo for online poker in California this week, courtesy of PokerStars, as the state gets set to move forward on regulation legislation.
–Chris Moorman, not shockingly, is still really good at online poker; he just won the Sunday 500 at PokerStars.
–Mario Ho gives us an inside look at a bachelorette party in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
–Updates from the Spring Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars.
–A look at the status of online poker bills in New York, Pennsylvania, California and Mississippi.
–A weird Nevada bill that would have limited interstate compacts for online gaming failed for now. It was backed by Sands — aka Sheldon Adelson — so obviously it was bad news.
—Mark Rubenstein won the Mid-States Poker Tour FireKeepers Casino for $142K; it set a state record in Michigan with more than 600 entries.
—The week in poker podcasts.
–The schedule is released for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Manila Season 9.
–Would you be able to fold kings on a seven-high flop?