Hit and Run: PokerStars Responds to Critics with Freerolls; RAWA Hearing; Richest Poker Players

Steve Ruddock : December 10th, 2015


PokerStars responds to criticisms and announces $4 million freeroll. RAWA may have breathed its last breathe on Wednesday. Who are the 10 richest poker players?

PokerStars responds to boycott and announces $4 million in freerolls

After their boycott failed to live up to the hype, PokerStars released a statement on Wednesday evening that essentially said, “NO SOUP FOR YOU!”

The announcement, penned by Amaya’s Head of Corporate Communications Eric Hollreiser, and started off by announcing four $1 million freerolls the site would host in 2016, before, for the first time, formally addressing the boycott and the criticism the company has received.

Hollreiser admits there was a lack of communication about the specifics of the changes, but also confirmed these changes would still be going into effect in 2016.

The statement coincided with a blog post by Daniel Negreanu, where he spoke to the players directly.

RAWA Hearing was a first round TKO

Jason Chaffetz and RAWA supporters may have seen their already slim chances of passing a federal online gambling ban go up in smoke. Wednesday’s RAWA hearing was a completely one-sided affair.

Here are all the summaries:

Wednesday’s RAWA Hearing Goes Down As Big Win for Online Gaming Proponents

Did We Just Witness The Death Of RAWA In A Congressional Hearing?

RAWA Supporters Continue To Try To Fit Square Pegs In Round Holes

Live Reporting U.S. House Committee Hearing On RAWA, Online Gambling

JASON IN THE DOGHOUSE: Online gaming scores an unofficial win as Chaffetz and RAWA supporters stumble

House Oversight Committee Hearing: Everyone Turns on Jason Chaffetz

Federal Effort to Ban State-Regulated Online Gambling is a Solution in Search of a Problem

Online Poker’s Biggest Victory in Years (RAWA Bill Sponsor Gets Disemboweled Before His Own Subcommittee)

Quick Hitters

- Andy Bloch is selling his $9 million Las Vegas home – you might not be able to afford it, but after looking at the pictures you might not want it anyway.

- Pennsylvania’s online gambling has stalled, as the legislature has adjourned until Saturday.

- Which country has the better poker players, Canada or the United Kingdom? Poker Update tackles the pressing question and awards the victory to ________ in a landslide.

- Poker Strategy has compiled a list of the 10 richest poker players in the world. Take a look and see if you agree or disagree with their criterion and choices.

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