New York moved closer to legalising online poker after the US state’s Senate passed a bill that would regulate such activities.

Bill S3898 went through by a vote of 54-8 and will now move on to the Assembly for further deliberation.

The bill moved in a similar direction to that of a measure that was also passed by the Senate last year by a vote of 53-5. However, it never went to the Assembly.

Put forward by State Senator John Bonacic, the latest bill would permit the New York State Gaming Commission to reward up to 11 online poker licenses and to enter interstate arrangements with other structured states.

S3898 also comprises a suggested tax rate of 15% and an item where players must be at least 21 years old to play online poker.

Earlier this month, it was also revealed that the bill would include a so-called 'bad actor' clause, relating to operators that were illegally active in the US after the 2006 passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

Also, if accepted, the bill would permit licensed operators of video lottery gaming in New York or from states “with similar licensing requirements” to apply for an online poker license.

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Christoph Vogelsang took down Super High Roller Bowl event, beating 56 players for a first place prize of $6 million. $300,000 buy-in event was held at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. After five days of pulsating action, Germany’s Vogelsang beat USA’s Jake Schindler in the heads-up to claim the title.

The win helped stretch Vogelsang’s career earnings to $13,739,813 and placed him at number two on Germany’s All Time Money List.

Speaking after the win, the German pro said:

“It’s great, I feel good. It’s such a great tournament – it’s got the best structure ever and the Aria is doing such an amazing job and I hope I can play here again.”

Seven players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations Vogelsang had to fight it out with Schindler for the title.

The two battle for almost two hours in the heads-up. The final hand was played with Schindler (Jh-8h) bluffing all-in on a 10c-3h-2d-7h-2c board. 

Vogelsang (10s-7c) made the call with two pair to condemn Schindler to a runner-up for $3,600,000. Vogelsang not only captured the title but also walked home with a $13,500 package through to the WSOP Main Event on July 8th.

Final Table Results:

1: Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000

2: Jake Schindler $3,600,000

3: Stefan Schillhabel $2,400,000

4: Leon Tsoukernik $1,800,000

5: Byron Kaverman $1,400,000

6: Pratyush Buddiga $1,000,000

7: Justin Bonomo $600,000

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Online poker giant PokerStars held the ‘biggest day in online poker history’, giving players more than $28 million (€25 million) in guaranteed prizes.

The Amaya-owned operator, on Sunday, hosted 1,275 tournaments, with players across the globe able to take part.

The initiative was held in tandem with the PokerStars Spring Championship of Poker Main Event.

Severin Rasset, director of poker innovations and operations at PokerStars, said: 

“This is a really special day for us and our players, which will go down in online poker history as a record-breaking moment.

“The huge prize pools on offer further cement our position as the biggest and the best and on Sunday when players compete for $28 million we will be delivering millions of winning moments too.”

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Cassidy Battikha emerged victorious at the LIVE Grand Prix Canada, beating 2,570 players to take home a cool $84,050. With a CAD$14,000 entrance fee, a prize pool which exceeded the events CAD$500,000 guarantee was on offer.

The 100 online qualifiers for the event got a Golden Chip, with CAD$20,000 allocated for the player who could last the longest. 

By the time the final table was reached on Day 3, two players were still in the race, namely Kevin Zeidler and top Canadian pro Mike Leah.

Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations Battikha and Karim Abdelhamid remained to fight it out for the title.

But before that, the final three players agreed to deal. Battikha and Karim Abdelhamid locked up at least CAD$62,500 apiece, and Kevin Zeidler CAD$53,450, not counting his CAD$20,000 award, with an additional CAD$20,000 left for the winner.

After Zeidler’s exit, the heads-up duel ended in a jiffy. Battikha’s J-8 beat his opponent’s Q-9 for the victory, and the biggest poker score of his career.

Final Table Results:

1: Cassidy Battikha $84,050

2: Karim Abdelhamid $62,500

3: Kevin Zeidler $53,450 (+$20k)

4: Mike Leah $25,000

5: Leandre St-Laurent $14,580

6: Shahar Ohaion $10,000

7: Emmanuel Kyrkinis $7,500

8: Dilovan Hussein $6,000 

9: Kyle Chang $5,000

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Philipp Gruissem took down the PokerStars Championship's €25,500 Single-Day High Roller event, beating 58 players and 27 re-entries to walk home with a cool first place prize worth €485,135.

Some notable names that failed to earn a return on their investment included Dan Colman, Mike Watson, David Yan and Erik Seidel.

Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, Gruissem and Steve O'Dwyer were left to fight it out for the title.

The duo struck a deal that made sure O’Dwyer pocketed €494,665 and Gruissem collected €465,135. The remaining €20,000 was up for grabs. After two hands of going all-in blind, Gruissem earned the win for €485,135.

Final Table Results:

1: Philipp Gruissem €485,135
2: Steve O’Dwyer €494,665
3: John Juanda €266,550
4: Justin Bonomo €205,100
5: Oliver Weis €162,450
6: Mikita Badziakouski €127,030
7: Daniel Dvoress €100,000
8: Jason Mercier €78,100
9: Nick Petrangelo €59,350

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Maria Lampropulos won the £5,300 partypoker Millions Live Main Event, beating over 8,500 players to take home £1 million ($1,255,004). The win took her live earnings to $1,606,426. Speaking about the win, Lampropulos commented:

“It really feels like a magic moment I’m in right now. I’m a little tired after such a difficult final table, but tomorrow I’ll realize what I did.. I trusted in my game, I just thought ‘let’s play.’”

The Main Event, held at the Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham, offered a prize pool worth £6,017,395 ($7,551,857).  Eight players made it to the final table.

And after a series of eliminations, Lampropulos and Jacob Mulhern made it to the final table. Both players were fairly even in chips, and after an intense battle, pocket kings of Lampropulos beat Mulhern’s A-Q. 

Mulhern took home £650,000 plus another £100,000 for being the last player with a Golden Chip standing. Speaking about his performance, Mulhern said:

“My life has changed. It’s a massive amount of money for anybody to win, but for a lad like me of 24, it’s huge! I’m not disappointed at all, I thought I gave a really good account of myself.”

Final Table Results:

1: Maria Lampropulos (Arg) £1,000,000

2: Jacob Mulhern (UK) £650,000

3: Jeremy Pantin (Trd) £450,000

4: Mateusz Rypulak (Pol) £320,000

5: Jon Spinks (UK) £220,000

6: Stephen Chidwick (UK) £150,000

7: Katie Swift (UK) £100,000 

8: Neel Murthy (US) £72,395

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Ryan Jone became a two-time WSOP circuit main event winner after beating 945 players to clinch the WSOPC Rio for $269,327. The North Carolina pro's win helped take his career earnings to $842,303.

The $1,675 WSOPC Rio main event, hosted at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, offered a prize pool worth $1,417,500. Among the big names who walked away with a return on their investment included Steve Gross in 85th ($3,161), Erick Lindgren in 49th ($4,451), Ravi Raghavan in 32nd ($6,308), Michael Tureniec in 17th ($14,047), Ari Engel in 14th ($17,038), and Dylan Wilkerson in 11th ($20,908).

Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, Jones and Muruz Yohannes were left to fight it out for the title. The final hand of the heads-up battle was played when Yohannes (8s-7s) reraised all-in on a Js-7c-5c flop. Jones (Qs-Qh) made the call, and a Qc and Kc on turn and river, respectively, meant Muruz Yohannes had to be happy with a second place prize for $166,585.

Final Table Results:

1: Ryan Jones $269,327
2: Muruz Yohannes $166,585
3: Jeremy Joseph $122,954
4: Nikolai Sears $91,996
5: Tony Utnage $69,698
6: Martin Zamani $53,468
7: Jett Schencker $41,519
8: Daniel Engels $32,645
9: Cody Pack $25,969

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Poker legend Billy Baxter registered the second biggest win of his professional career after coming 3rd at the L.A. Poker Classic $1,100 $1 Million Guaranteed event for $173,580.

The tournament, which saw 1,840 players take part, witnessed a deal being struck among the finalists with $27,000 being difference between 1st and 4th places.

The L.A. Poker Classic $1,100 buy-in event offered a prize pool worth $1,840,000. Some of the big names that earned a return on their investment included Eli Elezra in 138th ($2,400), Mike Shariati in 132nd ($2,620), Sorel Mizzi in 117th ($3,090), David Pham in 111th ($3,090), Kelly Minkin in 94th ($3,620), Dan Heimiller in 66th ($4,510), John Racener in 31st ($7,070), Cate Hall in 27th ($8,120), and David Baker in 25th ($8,120).

Nine players made it to the final table and after the game eventually reached four-handed play Jesse Vilchez, Aditya Prasetyo, Daniel Barriocanal and Billy Baxter subsequently agreed to divvy the money up with all the remaining players on between 38 and 56 big blinds.

Baxter, after this win, has now taken his career earnings to $2,602,892. The 77-year-old has 7 WSOP bracelets, all in lowball games, and is only behind Phil Ivey (10) in terms of non-Hold’em bracelets won. 

Final Table Results:

1: Jesse Vilchez $185,010*

2: Aditya Prasetyo $186,770*

3: Billy Baxter $173,580*

4: Daniel Barriocanal $162,000*

5: John Conkright $72,320

6: Walter Fisher $58,250

7: Maxwell Lineberger $48,270

8: Lou Ojeda $38,250 

9: Kevin Andriamahefa $28,410

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Michael Hahn emerged victorious at Heartland Poker Tour’s Ameristar Casino East Chicago leg’s main event, beating 590 players to take home the first place prize of $190,417.  The $1,650 buy-in event had a pool worth $849,866 on offer. 

Hahn has now taken his career earnings to $1,029,818 thanks to the biggest payday till date.

Some of the notable names to have earned a return on their investment included Ravi Raghavan in 56th ($3,047), Eddie Ochana in 50th ($3,300), Shiva Dudani in 43rd ($3,893), Dash Dudley in 22nd ($5,585), Fadi Hamad in 14th ($9,732), and Nadya Magnus in 11th ($13,032).

After few days of intense poker, nine players made it to the final table. Post a series of eliminations, Michael Hahn and Nikola Budrakoski remained to battle it out in the heads-up round.

The final hand of the game was played when Budrakoski shoved his remaining 13bbs pre-flop with pocket fives. Hahn made the call with Ad-6d, and hit a flush to condemn Budrakoski to a second place finish for $117,631.

Final Table Results:

1: Michael Hahn $190,417

2: Nikola Budrakoski $117,631

3: Daniel Loizzo $77,095

4: Jacob Baumgartner $53,569

5: Vihn Tran $38,928

6: Joseph Elpayaa $30,212

7: Brekstyn Schutten $25,388

8: Jerry Siemienas $21,157


9: Stan Jablonski $16,925

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Rehman Kassam emerged victorious at the first edition of the PokerStars Festival London Main Event, beating 944 players to take home 89,320 ($111,638). The win helped the 23-year-old to take his career earnings to  $239,498. Commenting on the win, Kassam said “it was great to play at such a big tournament.”

The event, held at the Hippodrome casino in London, had a prize pool of £824,112 ($1,030,037) on offer. 183 players earned a return on their £990 investment. This list included the likes of Luca Pagano in 104th (£1,690), James Akenhead in 89th (£2,105), Liv Boeree in 76th (£2,105), and Diego Gomez in 50th (£2,640).

Eight players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations Kassam, Daniel Harwood Eric Cech were left to fight it out for the coveted title. The trio then cracked a deal that saw Harwood take £95,000, Kassam £81,320, and Cech £70,000. This left £8,000 on the table for the final winner. Cech was the first to exit, leaving Kassam and Daniel to battle it out in the heads-up round.

The final hand of the match was played when Kassam (K-10) and Harwood (10-7) went all-in on a 10-6-5 flop. The 4 and Q dealt on turn and river meant Kassam was crowned champion for the inaugural edition.

Final Table Results: 

1: Rehman Kassam (UK) £89,320*
2: Daniel Harwood (UK) £95,000*
3: Eric Cech (Au) £70,000*
4: Yuriy Boyko (Ire) £43,370
5: Clement Tripodi (Fra) £31,510
6: Ludovic Geilich (UK) £22,950
7: Alexis Fleur (Fra) £16,702
8: Lam Van Trinh (UK) £12,150

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