Poker cheater sentenced to three years in prison. Book review of Peak Poker Performance. A look at what is ailing Delaware’s online gaming industry. And more.

Down goes ALI!

I missed this story the first time around (it happened to occur during the week I was on vacation) but I think it’s important enough to revisit some six weeks later.

We can now remove the word “accused” when we refer to German poker player Ali Tekintamgac, now that he has plead guilty to cheating at poker tournaments.

You may remember that rumors of Tekintamgac’s antics (using phony media members to peak at opponents’ cards and signal the information to Tekintamgac) first came to light back in 2010 after he won the WPT Spanish Championship. Tekintamgac was later booted from his Partouche Poker Tour Main Event final table seat amid a cheating scandal.

Tekintamgac has now been sentenced to three years in prison for cheating, and I hope the punishment acts as a strong deterrent for other potential cheaters.

Quick Hitters

– Keith Woernle’s ongoing series on how to grow poker’s popularity and global appeal continues with a look at the November Nine and TV poker in general. This is a solid analysis of how the way poker is packaged on TV has changed the way the general public thinks of the game.

– How much money do poker rooms make? Pennsylvania’s tallied a pretty impressive $5 million in July.

– Dr. Patricia Cardner recently released her second poker mindset book, Peak Poker Performance. Here’s Part Time Poker’s review of Dr. Cardner’s latest offering to the poker community, and who might benefit from reading it.

– This week I took a deep dive into the redheaded stepchild of US online gaming, Delaware’s online gaming industry. In my analysis I focused on two key structural issues that have plagued the industry, and are likely keeping operators from investing in their online gaming products.

– Football legend and avid poker player Gerard Pique was spotted at the PokerStars EPT Barcelona, and spent some time with the gang from; the result of which was this interview.