HNR 3/5: AGA Takes on PokerStars; WPT Bay 101 Begins

A war is brewing between U.S. gaming and PokerStars, the latest on the Everleaf Gaming saga, and WPT updates. It’s all in the Tuesday edition of the PTP Hit and Run.

American gaming vs. PokerStars: In what appears to be the staging of a battle between American gaming interests/casinos and international online poker sites, the American Gaming Association is trying to block PokerStars’ entry into the New Jersey market. Get the full story here. The AGA pulls no punches, saying all sorts of not-nice things about PS.

More on the topic:
–According to a report at Forbes.com, Caesars offered to sell the Rio and the WSOP to PokerStars. Is that the reason for the AGA’s action now?
–Op-ed agreeing that PokerStars should not be allowed to operate in N.J.
–New Jersey’s entry into the online gaming market could spur more states to action.

WPT: The World Poker Tour’s Bay 101 Shooting Star is underway; updates here. Andrew Lichtenberger is the early chip leader; interview with him below. Faraz Jaka, Antonio Esfandiari and Erik Seidel are all doing well early, as well.

Everleaf update: If you’re trying to get funds off of the Everleaf Gaming Network, we’re not sure if this is good news or bad news. But, MintedPoker has officially thrown its hands up, which is at least an official source saying there is a problem, which didn’t really exist before. So, this could be momentum in the right direction, or a bad sign that anything will happen, depending on if you are looking at it glass half full or half empty.

Quick hitters:
–Interviews with Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Daniel Negreanu.
–PokerStars’ blog weighs in on the upcoming match of PokerStars pros and Full Tilt pros.
–Have you thought about playing poker with Bitcoins? We have a primer that will help you get started.
–888 goes live with a real money casino on Facebook.
Leo Margets joins Team PokerStars Pro.
–PokerStars LIVE at The Hippodrome Casino launches.
–Updates from the UKIPT London.
–PokerStars catches up with the winner of the $7 million Sunday Million, Andrius “benislovas” Bielskis.
–Melanie Weisner hands out some strategy advice.
Eugene Katchalov blogs about getting in shape.
–In a sign that they are running out of names for fast-fold poker variants, Ongame launches Strobe Poker.
–Texas introduces a bill to deal with “social poker” gaming clubs.

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