Could the U.S. take a page out of France's "legalizing online poker" book? PokerStars has announced a new poker tour and Full Tilt has released a new commercial. We've got it all in tonight's Nightly Turbo.
In Case You Missed It
With the PartyPoker Big Game IV coming up, we decided to talk to some of the participants and get their take on the long hours and the masked man who will be making an appearance, Isildur1. Check out what Dusty Schmidt and Jesse May have to say here.
We recently sat down with Bryan Devonshire to talk about his World Series of Poker Circuit win. See what he says about the win and how he feels about the upcoming World Series of Poker here.
With a lot of the poker community at the PokerStars NAPT Mohegan Sun, we decided to give you a little peek at where they're staying and what they could be doing. Check out the PokerNews Jet Set for more on Mohegan Sun.
NAPT Mohegan Sun
The PokerStars North American Poker Tour's third stop kicked off today in Uncasville, Conn., at the Mohegan Sun. The PokerNews Team is there bringing you all the action from the felt, and of course videos, too. How else are those of us who didn't get to go going to see what's going on?
Online Poker Legalized in France
France passed a bill that will end the state monopoly on online gambling, legalizing it, and online poker in the process. The bill passed 299 votes to 223 and should go into effect in June. Operators will need to seek a permit and meet regulations and as per the bill, minors will be forbidden from taking part in luck-based games. Also according to the bill, the French government will be able to block illegal sites and money transactions between French banks and the sites. A 7.5 percent tax will be placed on sports bets and 2 percent on poker. Part of the taxes will go to anti-addiction campaigns.
Maybe the US government should follow suit. Check out the Daily Telegraph for more on France's step forward.
France Poker Series
PokerStars is headed for world domination with all the poker tours it has been introducing. The latest is the France Poker Series. The first stop on the tour begins May 1 at Casino de Beaulieu with six other events following through the remainder of the year. The buy-in for the events is €1,200 and there is a player entry cap on them, as well.
As always satellites to the event are running. Sign up for a PokerStars account today and win your way in.
A New Tilt Commercial
Tom Dwan has posted a link on his blog to his new commercial forFull Tilt Poker. It has the same vibe as most of the rest of Tilt's commercials. We're giving this one a thumbs-up.
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Last night it seems like we made a bit of a mistake. Yeah, we know, we're surprised too. We erroneously reported that the BSOP was the first tournament to be broadcast on ESPN in Latin America. In fact, this was very wrong as the PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour has aired on ESPN in the region for a number of years.
California State Poker Championship
The California State Poker Championship begins May 5 and runs through May 23 at the Commerce Casino. There are over $1 million in prize guarantees and the buy-ins are affordable, ranging from $220 and up. Everyone's favorite tournament director, Matt Savage, has packed the schedule with 21 different events sure to satisfy everyone's poker cravings from bounty events to heads-up events and even two Eight-Game Mixed events.
Check out CommerceCasino.com for more.