Hit and Run: WCOOP Super High Roller Update; DFS Still Under Fire; Isildur1 on Another Heater

Staff : September 20th, 2015


PokerStars’ $51k WCOOP Super High Roller tops off at 46 players. Questions over DFS’s legality continue to steal headlines and spark debate. Isildur1 is the biggest online winner of 2015, but will he end the year at the top?

$51k WCOOP Super High Roller kicks off

46 players registered for the highest buy-in online poker tournament of all-time, PokerStars WCOOP $51,000 Super High Roller tournament. While it’s a solid turnout, it feels way below the expectations, particularly with Daniel Negreanu setting the line at 68.

Veteran tournament reporter Frank Op de Woerd live tweeted the action if you’re interested in following along or getting a quick snapshot up to this point.

Is DFS legal?

The legality of Fantasy Sports has been a hot topic over the last week or so, with several people chiming in on the topic. The whole debate began after a Washington Post article, which drew some flak for its “mischaracterization” of UIGEA and the fantasy sports exemption. This led to quite the flurry of activity, like this column, and this column, and this Twitter debate, and this Twitter rant, and this older column.

The answer to the question, “Is DFS legal?” seems to be, yes, no, and maybe, with a healthy dose of, it depends thrown in. I hope that clears everything up for you.

Quick Hitters

- How serious should you take the threat of  RAWA? According to Online Poker Report the proposed online gambling ban Sheldon Adelson thinks will “save the children” isn’t that big of a deal… but they also warn you should sleep with one eye open.

- After a $900k heater, Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom is now up over $3 million for the year, the highest total in online poker.

- Haven’t gotten your fill of poker players on reality TV shows after watching Vanessa Rousso on Big Brother? Poker Update has an idea, let’s just make poker-themed reality shows.

- November Niner Joshua Beckley picked up a World Series of Poker Circuit Series win this weekend, winning the $365 Monster Stack tournament and picking up his first career WSOPC Gold Ring. Of course, Beckley will be looking for a bigger piece of gold in a couple months when he vies for the WSOP Main Event title.

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