PokerStars continues to defend itself over VIP changes. Justin Bonomo’s “protest” falls on deaf ears. Looking ahead to the Congressional DFS hearing on May 11. And more.

This is not the reaction you’re looking for

The poker community has not been sympathetic toward Justin Bonomo, who was told by PokerStars that if he didn’t take a winner’s photo he’d be banned from all future events. Bonomo’s decision to play PokerStars branded tournaments, but refusal to take a winner’s photo in protest of the VIP changes made by PokerStars last year has done the impossible, it’s caused 90% of posters to side with PokerStars.

The issue most of 2+2 seems to have with the way Bonomo is characterizing the situation is how to square playing in PokerStars events with protesting the winner’s photo? As one poster put it, it’s like buying an iPhone but refusing to download Safari to protest capitalism – I would have used Apple for my analogy.

Meanwhile… on Twitter

For the most part the poker community has moved on from the PokerStars is the devil talks that dominated the final months of 2015 and spilled into early 2016, but as evidenced by Bonomo’s EPT dust-up, not everyone has moved on.

Case in point, poker pro Ryan LaPlante, who has been one of the more vocal critics of the changes, continues to describe what PokerStars did as “stealing.” LaPlante has a legitimate gripe, but exaggerating the situation seems like a strange way to gain an audience.

<blockquote data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=””>@Protentialmn</a> <a href=”″>@abarber1</a> &quot;Stole&quot; is an extreme word in the other direction.</p>&mdash; Michael Josem (@pokerjosem) <a href=”″>May 6, 2016</a></blockquote>

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Quick Hitters

– Fintan Costello offers up his thoughts on ad-blocking, and how gaming affiliates can overcome what has become an increasingly larger problem.

– a Congressional subcommittee will hold a hearing on daily fantasy sports this week (May 11) but the two biggest players in the market won’t be in attendance, as representatives from FanDuel and DraftKings are conspicuously absent from the witness list.

– The 20th annual East Coast Gaming Congress is nearly upon us. Here’s some of the can’t miss panels on the agenda.

– PokerStars decided to unveil a few new games the company has been working on at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. A total of eight poker variants were trialed during the series with players taking the new games for a test spin and offering feedback.