Hit and Run: More on the Changes at PokerStars; DFS Bills in NY and NJ; Cleveland Dealer Accused of Cheating

Steve Ruddock : November 2nd, 2015


The fallout and reactions to the announced changes of PokerStars has been fast and furious. New York and New Jersey introduce DFS bills. Will the Four Color Deck Catch on?

More on PokerStars changes

How big a deal are the announced changes at PokerStars? Consider for a moment that the three of the first five threads in the twoplustwo NVG forum are about different aspects of the changes.

Virtually every outlet is talking about these changes, but Part Time Poker’s Alex Weldon took a look at the changes, in this must read column. Among other things, Weldon, notes that the style of play rakeback grinders employed was the real unintended consequence, and because of this low risk/low reward style they are extremely sensitive to changes of any kind.

Quick Hitters

- New York and New Jersey add their names to the growing list of states looking into legalizing and regulating daily fantasy sports. Interestingly, both states would bring DFS under the sway of gaming regulators.

- The EPT Malta was the first major poker tournament to experiment with four color decks. The common feature at online poker sites has never caught in live poker (some fear it makes cheating easier) but that could be changing. Poker Update has started a poll to see what some in the poker community think about four color decks.

- With the current issues the industry is facing, particularly in Nevada where DFS sites were forced to withdraw from the state, DraftKings has pulled all of its advertising (which is a ton) from the World Series of Poker Main Event final table.

- PokerNews’ Remko Rinkema sat down for an interview with the other old guy at the WSOP Main Event final table, Neil Blumenfeld.

- A dealer at the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland has apparently seen one too many episodes of Maverick, as he was caught “holding out” cards up his sleeve.

- Online gambling sites have become a common target for ddos attacks.

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