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The Nightly Turbo: Negreanu Withdraws from NBC Heads-Up, GPI European Poker Awards

Daniel Negreanu The exciting return of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship is upon us, but we learned Wednesday that one of poker's most famous players won't be participating. We'll bring you that story, plus the winners from the European Poker Awards, in this edition of the Nightly Turbo. In Case You Missed It: Need something to help pass the time during your work day? The PokerNews Podcast crew breaks down all the latest stories, including the conclusion of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the upcoming NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, and more. What is life like for a grinder on the...

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Daniel Negreanu probably feels (correctly) that the Australian poker tournament is more global and important than an invite only one shot tournament that is basically in the U.S., which is basically frozen out of the Global Poker boom by the Online Poker Prohibition being enforced by the U.S. DOJ. There is no real traction for a pro of Daniel's caliber in what has become a poker wasteland. This despite being the birthplace of poker. A crying shame that the DOJ is doing this but until an elected official takes the side of Poker, the U.S. will be frozen out of the lucrative online poker industry that is generating billions for countries smart enough to put in place some simple regulations & collect revenue.

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"The lucky player is usually the player that knows how much to leave to chance."

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flintsword — Negreanu is not playing due to a prior commitment that he made with some friends, and he feels that it is more important to honor his word on the prior engagement. You can see the video he released later on in the night where he discusses his reason for opting out of the NBC event below:

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Can you really blame him? The US govt has put it's head in the sand. Then add to it people like Chris Christie saying he isn't sure he will sign online bill because people being able to lose money at home will be bad for Atlantic City! HMMM I wonder whose back pocket he is in? Bottomline everywhere in the world but the USA is having a poker boom. Billions in tax revenue is getting lost. In the meantime the Obama administation has a bold new plan of trying to take away even more of our freedom! WAKE UP PEOPLE before it is too late!

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