Hit and Run: Voting Compromised for Women in Poker Hall of Fame, No Progress on DFS, Poker Tourism on the Agenda

Alex Weldon : May 11th, 2016


WiPHoF public voting experiment proves problematic. Federal daily fantasy sports hearing mostly a waste of time. Online poker advocates pitching potential for poker tourism. Super High Roller Bowl makes mainstream television. And more.

Women in Poker Hall of Fame Voting Process Compromised

The Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF) began in 2008 to honor those women who, as a minority presence in the larger poker world, would inevitably struggle to find their way into the general Poker Hall of Fame, as organized by the World Series of Poker. The initiative soon began to lose momentum, however, with the number of inductees falling from four to three to two, and the years 2013 and 2015 having been skipped entirely.

Things looked more promising this year, with a ballot of seven women put forward and voting for the final selections being made open to the public for the first time. Unfortunately, that attempt to make the WiPHoF a larger part of poker culture has been thwarted because parties unknown, for reasons unknown have decided to abuse the online voting process and force the organization to shut it down.

The WiPHoF is a low-budget affair and lacks the funds to implement a rigorous online voting process. By the same token, however, there’s very little incentive for anyone to want to rig it. If attempts to subvert the voting system have undermined the efforts for a public vote, then, one question that raises itself is whether those efforts might represent an attempt to suppress the event itself, rather than induct a given candidate.

Regardless, the WiPHoF induction ceremony will go forward this year, just without a public vote. Media representatives will vote, as always, but the public vote is now moot.

Quick Hitters

- The federal congressional hearing on daily fantasy sports (DFS) has concluded, but without much movement. According to most reports of the hearing, a lot of basic facts about DFS and online gambling in general will have to be cleared up before any particulars regarding regulation can be discussed intelligently.

- On a more positive note, advocates for legal online poker have been putting forward the argument that states which regulate and legalize online poker might benefit from increased poker tourism when it comes to live events at state casinos.

- On the other side of things, Russia, which is currently home to a rather high percentage of online gamblers, has started to crack down on its laws regarding online gambling, at least in certain regions of the country.

- Poker is trying to make a comeback in terms of mainstream televised coverage. The Global Poker League may not have made it onto ESPN yet, but this summer’s Super High Roller Bowl has been picked up by CBS sports.

- Most Full Tilt users from the pre-Black Friday era have received their refunds, but 1500 claimants will be left empty-handed. One imagines that some false claims would have been filed, and there were several technical requirements which needed to be met for a claim to be valid, so how many of these rejected claims actually deserved a refund is hard to determine.

- Sweden’s C Darwin2 is back on top of the online leaderboards. and his real identity is now known: Simon Mattsson. Mattsson has been trying for the last couple of years to break into the live high-stakes tournament circuit; although he has yet to manage a win, if his online performance is any indication, it’s only a matter of time.

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