How long will Nevada have to wait for its first online poker site? We'll cover that story, plus a sponsorship deal for a member of the October Nine, in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.
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South Point Launch Delayed
South Point Poker's plans to launch the first real-money intrastate online poker site in Nevada could be in jeopardy due to technology testing delays and ongoing negotiations with gaming regulators.
South Point, which received interactive gaming licenses from the Nevada Gaming Commission in August, intended to have the online poker room up and running by October — months ahead of any other competitors in the new market. However, according to a report by VegasInc on Monday, the launch could be delayed until December or early 2013.
"We feel we could launch today," South Point Poker CEO Lawrence Vaughan told VegasInc. "But you’ve got to go through the independent testing labs, you have to satisfy the State Gaming Control Board and because we are the first, we’re going to be under the microscope. They’re going to prod us every which way, and that’s good. We don’t want to come out and fall flat on our face and be an embarrassment for Nevada."
South Point had an edge on competitors because it acquired its own interactive gaming system rather than relying on a service provider, allowing it to receive licenses both as an operator and a service provider of interactive gaming systems in Nevada. Companies like Bally Technologies and IGT, which were the first to receive licenses in the state, can only serve as business-to-business providers.
Boyd Gaming, Fertitta Interactive and the Golden Nugget are scheduled to meet with the Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday to receive licenses. We'll be providing a full report from the hearing, so stay tuned to PokerNews.com.
For more on South Point Poker's delay in Nevada, check out VegasInc.com.
Ausmus Inks Sponsorship Deal
When the World Series of Poker presented the November Nine concept in 2008, it gave final table members the opportunity cash in on sponsorship deals leading up to their appearance on ESPN's popular WSOP programming.
Obviously, most of those sponsors were online poker rooms that were forced to exit the U.S. on April 15, 2011. But the post-Black Friday players are still finding ways to make a little extra money.
On Wednesday, social media company TTAGIT Social Networks Inc. announced that it has sponsored Jeremy Ausmus for the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. Ausmus, who enters the final table last in chips, will compete for the $8.5 million top prize from Oct. 29 through 30 in Las Vegas.
"TTAGIT.com, a revolutionary leading-edge social media company, is ready to win the world over just like me in the world series of poker," Ausmus said in a press release.
In addition to Ausmus, October Niner Steve Gee was able to ink a deal with PokerAce.com in August, and Jesse Sylvia and Russell Thomas have been donning 888poker gear in recent tournaments overseas. We'll keep an eye on any new sponsorship as the Main Event final table approaches.
For more on Ausmus, read the press release at Yahoo.com.
Global Poker Index Player of the Year
The Global Poker Index Player of the Year standings were released on Wednesday with Dan Smith occupying the top spot for the eighth consecutive week.
There were no changes in the top five of the standings as Smith maintained a sizable lead over Kyle Julius, Marvin Rettenmaier, Phil Hellmuth and Andrew Lichtenberger, respectively. Justin Bonomo climbed back into the top 10, jumping five spots to No. 6 thanks to a deep run in the European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event. Bonomo's biggest result in 2012 also came on the EPT; he won the Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final €100,000 buy-in Super High Roller in April for €1,640,000.
Appearing in the top 10 for the first time this week was Joseph Cheong, who recently finished fourth in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for €292,320. He also took fourth in a €10,000 buy-in side event at EPT Sanremo for €74,100. Cheong bumped Daniel Negreanu out of the top 10, leading "Kid Poker" by less than one point.
Here's a look at the Top 10 of the Global Poker Index Player of the Year standings:
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The Global Poker Index Player of the Year, presented by PokerNews, honors the player who has the strongest performance in live tournaments during the calendar year, according to the USA Today Global Poker Index point system.
For the full GPI Player of the Year standings, head on over to GlobalPokerIndex.com.
Champ Crowned at HPT Daytona Beach
Andrew Denick won the $1,650 buy-in Heartland Poker Tour Daytona Beach Main Event on Tuesday, outlasting a field of 374 players to earn a payday of $138,187.
Dennick, a salesman from Rockledge, Florida, defeated local poker pro Jeremy Joseph heads-up for the title to collect the biggest payday of his career. On the final hand of the tournament, Joseph moved all in with on a flop of and Dennick snap-called with a set of sevens. Joseph missed his double-gutter straight draw on the turn and river, securing the title for Dennick.
Several notables made the money in the event, including October Niner Rob Salaburu, Darvin Moon, Harrison Gimbel, and Chad Batista. Salaburu, who will compete for the title of World Champ at the WSOP Main Event final table this month, barely missed out on a chance to get some final table prep as he finished in eighth place for $14,796.
Here's a look at the final table results from the Heartland Poker Tour Daytona Beach Main Event:
Read the full event recap at HPTPoker.com.
Negreanu Has a Clue
On Tuesday, PokerStars announced that it will be adding a new pro to its Team online roster. Yesterday, Team Online member Randy "nanonoko" Lew offered a clue for the Guess the Next Member of Team PokerStars Online promotion. If that didn't help, today's clue comes from Team PokerStars' Daniel Negreanu. Although, you may want to to grab some earmuffs.
Find out more about the next Team Online pro at the PokerStars Blog.
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