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The Nightly Turbo: Palms Poker Problems, Newest Face of Shodown, and More

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If you want to save time by getting the day's top poker news stories all in one place, you've come to the right spot. The Nightly Turbo is all about saving you time, and time saved means more time at the tables.

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Day 1b of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Cebu has come to an end, and with 319 players becomes the largest poker tournament in history in the Philippines. The Australians struggled during Day 1b. Check out the recap to find out who's left and be sure to follow the Live Reporting Team for the action as it happens.

The 2009 World Series of Poker is officially over.Joe Cada has won the Main Event and only six short months remain until the 2010 WSOP. We're sure you watched the coverage on ESPN or followed it live on PokerNews, but maybe you missed a few plays. That's why we're bringing you our Top 10 Moments of the Final Table Broadcast.

We sat down with Joe Cada recently to discuss his thoughts about winning the WSOP Main Event and what his plans are. World Series of Poker: Sit-Down With WSOP Champion Joe Cada, Part 1 has the scoop.

Shodown Couture

Paul Wasicka was the first poker pro to represent Shodown Couture, a men's clothing company. Shodown specializes in T-shirts with tattoo-inspired designs. We don't want to compare them to Ed Hardy, but we're going to have to — minus the sparkles.

Mike "Timex" McDonald is the newest face of Shodown Couture. McDonald is the youngest person to ever win a European Poker Tour event, which he won at 18. He already has over $2 million in live tournament winnings, and he can't even play in the States yet.

You can check out the T-shirt line at


Day 1a and Day 1b of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, Cebu, Philippines, are in the books. This tournament made history as being the largest poker tournament held in the Philippines. Lynn Gilmartin caught up with PokerStars Team Asia Pro, Celina Lin to talk about how her tournament is going and her not knowing how to swim.

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Cada is Good for Poker

Less than five days after winning the World Series of Poker Main Event and becoming the youngest Main Event champion in history, Joe Cada is doing his part for poker by becoming an ambassador for the game of poker.

In an article on Time Magazine's website, Cada discussed legalizing online poker. "I support the right to play poker online. Poker isn't gambling. It's a hobby, an activity, a game. It's not about luck — it's about logic, decision-making, math. We all should be able to play poker on the Web if we want to, and I believe that making it illegal strips us of our rights. This is an important issue, and hopefully we'll see it resolved soon," Cada said.

We're sure to see more of Cada in the next few months, as he'll be getting offers for various interviews on late night and more. We know poker isn't all luck, but he'll have a hard time convincing his doubters when they see how he got to the winner's circle.


Problems at the Palms

The Palms Casino in Las Vegas is having to shell out some serious dough for two poker tournaments it oversaw, or apparently did not oversee. The tournaments were held by the United States Poker League, which did not register with state gaming regulators.

The Nevada Gaming Commission fined the Palms $75,000 for the third party not registering and the Gaming Control Board has fined USPL $25,000, for the cost of the investigation. The Palms also had to foot the $450,416 bill for unpaid prize money from the USPL after 22 checks bounced.

Even though the Palms was not directly involved with the tournaments, it was still responsible for the activities that go on at the facility. The Palms has been cited for hosting both tournaments "without adequate planning and follow-up," and failing "to prevent a situation that might reflect negatively" on the state and casino industry.

"We didn't wait for the board's resolution," said Palms owner, George Maloof. "We're real proactive. From the moment we found out these people weren't paid, we acted."

Read more at the Las Vegas Review Journal.

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