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Heartland Poker Tour continues to flourish

5 December 2011
In an industry that has seen its fair share of bad news, especially since April 15, the Heartland Poker Tour is one of poker’s true success stories. What started out as a series of events in the Midwest has exploded into a full-fledged national poker tour, complete with televised coverage and prize pools that can top $1 million. ... (read more)

Indian tribes want major role in online gaming process

17 November 2011
One thing was certain after Thursday's hearing on online gaming in the Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington D.C.: Indian tribes want to have a major role in any legislative and regulatory discussion. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs heard arguments from both proponents and opponents of regulated ... (read more)

Germany's Pius Heinz makes history with Main Event win

9 November 2011
LAS VEGAS -- Germany’s Pius Heinz made history early Wednesday morning after winning the World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, and he might have started a fashion trend in the process. The 22-year-old professional poker player is the first German to win the Main Event gold bracelet. ... (read more)

The Europeans are here to stay

9 November 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- This year's World Series of Poker Main Event final table cemented a fact in poker that players, fans and experts have known for awhile: The Europeans aren't coming. They are here, and they're here to stay. The 2011 November Nine featured five Europeans, including three from mainland Europe. ... (read more)

Benba runs straight to WSOP Main Event final three

7 November 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Ben Lamb had already made history before he sat down at the World Series of Poker Main Event final table. Lamb is the only November Nine member to also be named the WSOP Player of the Year. His final table appearance is the culmination of an incredible 2011 Series, which included his first gold bracelet, a second-place finish and two other top-15 finishes. ... (read more)

Top-10 November Nine first impressions

7 November 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- I have covered the World Series of Poker the last two years, but Sunday was my first time reporting on the WSOP Main Event final table. The November Nine concept was first introduced in 2008, and in the three years since it has turned from a subject of derision to the major event on the poker calendar. ... (read more)

WSOP Main Event fans organized, creative, loud

7 November 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Frederick Kafkas III willingly arrived at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino at 6:30 am on Sunday morning to watch nine men he didn’t know play poker for over 10 hours. Crazy? Perhaps. But similar to how diehard supporters wait outside for playoff tickets in the freezing cold for hours ... (read more)

Report: Groupe Bernard Tapie reaches deal with DOJ

2 November 2011
Groupe Bernard Tapie has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that will allow the French company's purchase of Full Tilt Poker to continue, according to The deal is subject to approval by the shareholders of Full Tilt. Should the deal be approved, it could pave the way for the troubled online poker site to begin repaying its customers. ... (read more)

French company to purchase Full Tilt Poker

30 September 2011
Full Tilt Poker announced Friday that Groupe Bernard Tapie has agreed to purchase the troubled online poker room and its assets. The development comes only one day after Full Tilt's gambling license was revoked by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. In a news release posted on, Full ... (read more)

DOJ says Full Tilt was a global Ponzi scheme

20 September 2011
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Tuesday that Full Tilt Poker operated as a “global Ponzi scheme” and that its primary owners, including poker professionals Howard Lederer and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, defrauded the site’s players out of hundreds of millions of dollars. The DOJ filed a motion to ... (read more)

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