The BBC did some investigative work recently and released a story last week about online poker and a recent cheating scandal. We've got the scoop on that, a preview of Tuesday's coverage of the World Series of Poker on ESPN, where Frank Kassela is gunning for Player of the Year, and much more. Read on to get your poker news fill and hopefully cure your case of the Mondays.
In Case You Missed It
The 2010 World Series of Poker Europe kicks off on Tuesday. Check out our preview of the event along with some stats and figures.
Every Monday, we bring you the results from the Sunday Majors. Why would this week be any different? The Sunday Briefing has everything you need to know.
Kristy Arnett caught up with Phil "USCphildo" Colliins last week to check out where he does his online grinding. The Sunday Grind has your sneak peek.
This past weekend, the BBC featured an investigation of online poker and the recent Chinese collusion scandal on PokerStars. Tom Broadbent, one of the players affected by the collusion, was interviewed and said he recently went to Beijing to report the incident to the police in an effort to get the cheaters prosecuted. This report isn't just on PokerStars, it looks into the world of cheating in online poker, as well as security and regulatory authorities.
Aaron Todd from the Casino City Times was also interviewed on the subject and said, "There are varying degrees to which collusion happens but it is pretty easy to figure out when it's going on, and it's not extremely common. The vast majority of games, at least 95% and probably more, are completely above board."
"Cheating can happen in live poker, too, but the one advantage that you have if you play online is that the sites keep track of every single poker hand played, so it's easy to go back and investigate," he said.
Read more at BBC.co.uk.
Your Weekly WSOP Fix
ESPN's coverage of the 2010 World Series of Poker is back Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EDT with Day 4 action. Frank Kassela is chasing Player of the Year honors, while Michael Mizrachi is trying to steal that title. Johnny Chan is chasing records of his own - and that's all in the first hour. The second hour features the first milestone the players in the field have been awaiting - the money bubble!
A total of 590 players competed for the PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour Dublin title at the Burlington Hotel last week, but as always, only one will come out on top. Max Silver bested the field to take home the title and the €72,000 first-place prize.
The final table bust-outs started out fast with the first four players dusted within 30 minutes of each other. The action slowed down a bit after they were down to four players. "It didn't sink in that I could actually win it until it got down to the final four," Silver said after winning.
UKIPT Dublin Results
1. Max Silver - €72,000
2. Ronan Gilligan - €43,400
3. Tom Kitt - €26,400
4. Ciaran Taggart - €19,500
5. Kevin Allen - €15,200
6. Anton Kouliavtsev - €12,100
7. Ursula Marmion - €9,200
8. Peter McGarvey - €6,900
Full updates are on the PokerStars Blog.
On the Up
According to the market research group Nielsen, Britain has seen a 40 percent rise in internet gambling over the past year.
"While the phenomenal growth in gambling sites over the last two years has been driven by men and women of all ages, it appears to be powered particularly by middle-aged men, the well-educated and high-earning households," Nielsen's Neil Beston said.
The reports say that an additional 3.2 million people logged on to gambling websites last year, compared to the 2.2 million who accessed social networking sites like Facebook, etc. Which reminds us, this is our Facebook and this is our Twitter. Go "like" and "follow" us.
Of the online gambling sites, poker sites were very successful, with PartyPoker seeing a 174 percent increase from last year. Also something to note, 46 percent of visitors to online gambling sites are women.
The Herald Sun has more.
All Around the World
September is busy for Team PokerNews. We have teams scattered across the globe to bring you the best tournament coverage from all your favorite stops.
Our first stop is London for the World Series of Poker Europe. Coverage gets under way September 14.
Next up, our team that is in the Southern Hemisphere will bring you updates from the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Auckland. You can catch those beginning September 15.
In the Southern Hemisphere but to the west, another team will be taking on the Latin American Poker Tour Rosario, bringing you all the action from the felt down in Argentina beginning September 22.
And closing out September, the London crew will be bringing you the action from the European Poker Tour London. EPT London coverage begins September 29.
So if you're one of the fortunate ones that will travel to one of these amazing events, stop by the PokerNews desk and say hi. If not, be sure to follow all of the coverage all month long.