Hit and Run: Trump and Online Gambling; Isai for the PHOF; Listicles Galore

Staff : August 6th, 2015


Will Donald Trump use online gambling to attack his Republican opponents in tonight’s debate? Should Isai Scheinberg be in the Poker Hall of Fame? Who is the latest gaming corporation interested in DFS?

Will Trump bash other candidates on online gambling?

Maybe you’ve heard there’s a Republican Presidential debate on FOX News tonight?

The center of the stage will be occupied by current frontrunner Donald Trump, a man known for hair, a catch phrase, failed casinos, and wacky statements.

But Trump has also flirted with online gambling, an offbeat topic that Trump could use to attack several of his RAWA-backing opponents (two will be on stage, Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee, while Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, and George Pataki aren’t polling well enough to be honored with a seat at the grownups table.

Trump could use online gambling in two ways:

  1. To paint them as big government conservatives
  2. To associate them with Sheldon Adelson and brand them with the resonant crony capitalism moniker.

Even if Trump doesn’t bring up online gambling, the debate is expected to be the epitome of the popcorn gif.

Quick Hitters

- Terrence Chan is campaigning for PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Isai will certainly get in at some point, but with an unresolved indictment (basically preventing him from stepping foot on US soil) the chances of this happening any time soon are a long shot.

- 888 Poker is raising their monthly tournament guarantees by $100,000.

- Andrew Barber talks poker, economics, and ethics in Part 1 of a four part exclusive interview with Part Time Poker.

- It’s apparently listicle week over at PokerUpdate. Following yesterday’s list of poker celebs, they’ve doubled down with a list of  live streaming personalities followed by a list of Marvel superheroes that might have some poker prowess.

- Optimal Payments (AKA Neteller) received approval to finalize their purchase of Skrill (formerly Moneybookers). The move will see two of the largest online payment processing services merged, although it’s likely the two companies remain independent for the time being.

- Penn National is exploring the Daily Fantasy Sports industry. Penn would join Yahoo (which launched a DFS site roughly a month ago) and Amaya (which has stated it will launch a DFS product during the upcoming NFL season) as major corporations willing to try to grab some market share of the burgeoning industry.

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