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The Nightly Turbo: Online Poker in Belgium, Violence at a Home Game, and More

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In tonight's Nightly Turbo we're bringing you the scoop about online poker in Belgium, news about a violent home game in North Carolina, and more.

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Online Poker in Belgium

The Belgian government is attempting to nationalize online poker. Despite EU regulations, the Belgian government has excluded Belgian poker players from playing online poker in rooms outside Belgium.

Online poker rooms inside Belgium would need to be granted a license by the Belgian government. Plans for nationalization of online poker were presented to the European Commission in 2009 but were rejected because they violated several sections of the Free Trade Agreement. In these plans, the number of licenses granted by the Belgian government would be limited, citizens who played on nonlicensed sites could face prosecution, and other European nations were excluded.

Belgian players have been suffering mild panic attacks because of these developments akin to the one players in Italy had when the Italian government did the same thing. Implementation of the Belgian plans would occur in late 2010 or early 2011.


Violent Poker Game

A home game in Rocky Mount, N.C. turned deadly over the weekend. Around 11 p.m. on Friday, two men barged into the home of 35-year-old Vernon Foster. Foster was shot by the men after he opened the door.

Two other men were shot and remain hospitalized. Twenty-two-year-old Brian Edwards ran from Foster's home where he was playing poker and headed toward a house down the street. Edwards and a 61-year-old man in the home were shot.

No arrests have been made and investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting. has more.

Full Tilt $1K Monday Results

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