HNR 11/18: Full Tilt Sale Followup; U.S. Online Poker Regulation News
A followup on the Full Tilt sale to Groupe Bernard Tapie, committee hearings on U.S. online poker regulation, and a possible new bill in Congress. It’s all in today’s edition of the PTP Hit and Run.
Full Tilt deal followup: So the deal for Groupe Bernard Tapie to purchase Full Tilt Poker is done, except for the shareholders approving the sale, it appears. Here’s some stuff from around the interwebz on the sale:
—A statement from Full Tilt Poker, to Subject: Poker.
—Podcast from Wicked Chops Poker.
—Is anyone going to play at Full Tilt if and when it reopens?
Congress on online poker: Over the past couple of days, there have been a pair of committee hearings in the United States Congress. Here’s a look at what went down:
–The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing today, with most of the witnesses in favor of regulation. However, there was no talk about what might happen next with a House bill that is being considered. More on that hearing here. If you want to read the testimony yourself, you can read that here.
–In the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Thursday, they also talked about regulation. You can get a recap of that hearing here, in which tribal interests made it clear that they weren’t very happy with the current bill in front of the House. You can watch a webcast of that hearing here, if you have two hours to spare.
—The New York Post is reporting that things are looking up for regulation. In fact, Sen. Jon Kyl, who used to be one of the biggest opponents, may co-sponsor a new bill.
EPT: The European Poker Tour event in Greece has a big name in the lead. Literally. Charalampos Kapernopoylos is leading in his home country. More here. Day 2 leader and PokerStars pro Toni Judet is still alive, as well.
And PokerStars caught up with Vanessa Rousso at the tourney: