Hit and Run: PA Could Vote on iGaming Bill; goleafsgoeh Wins 2nd SCOOP Title; WiPHOF Inductees

Steve Ruddock : May 23rd, 2016


Pennsylvania online gambling bill springs to life. Coren Mitchell and Burkhead will be inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame. Leah wins 2nd SCOOP title of 2016. And more.

Pennsylvania to vote on online gambling bill?

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives could vote on an online gambling bill as soon as tomorrow, this according to the Poker Players Alliance’s John Pappas. I’ve independently confirmed that a vote “could” happen, but nothing is definite at this point.

The bill has been in the works for over a year, and Pennsylvania seems to be the most likely candidate to pass an online gambling this year.

USPoker’s Dustin Gouker has more on this developing story.

Quick Hitters

- Mike Leah won his second SCOOP title of the year over the weekend. The online poker legend, best known by his overly Canadian screen-name “goleafsgoeh” won the $2k Stud event this weekend.

- StarsDraft, the DFS arm of PokerStars is pulling out of Massachusetts according to an email I received today. The reason stated is:

“Following a recent management review of our terms and conditions, we have elected to no longer accept contest entries or deposits from Massachusetts residents.”

- It appears Soulja Boys $400 million deal with the World Poker Fund doesn’t quite add up to $400 million after all (no big surprise there) and the true worth of the multi-year deal is likely to be under $1 million.

- Victoria Coren Mitchell and Debbie Burkhead will be inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame this year. The two worthy honorees beat out a tough list of finalists that also included Karina Jett, Esther Rossi, and Jennifer Tilly.

- CEI’s Michelle Minton, a longtime online gaming advocate, recently penned an op-ed where she takes the hypocrisy found in the nation’s gaming laws to task. You can read her column here.

- CardPlayer Lifestyle’s Robbie Strazynski posted an interview with poker writer, and PokerNews UK editor, Giovanni Angioni. Strazynski said this will be the first of many in a new series aimed at shedding some light on the people in poker media.

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