With all the "Is it dead," "Is it alive" talk surrounding Harry Reid's Internet poker legislation, we figured you would like a break from the speculation to catch up on some definitive news. OK, so we can't help it, we're going to throw some Reid news in tonight as well. On top of that, we'd like to make an announcement regarding the PokerNews Live Reporting Team, and we'll tell you how newly minted PokerStars Team Pro Isildur1 is doing at the tables. Enjoy!
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PokerNews Announces PCA Live Reporting Coverage
Your favorite Live Reporting team will be headed to the Caribbean in January for the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. It all kicks off on January 6 with the $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller Event. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will bring you all the action from the felt as some of your favorite pros battle it out in some high-stakes action. Not only that, but Team PokerNews will be on hand with updates and video from the Main Event, the $25k High Roller, and the Bounty Shootout.
PCA already has over 700 players registered and tournament organizers predict the field will shatter the 2010 record of 1,529. We're sure you're all planning on heading to Atlantis in the Bahamas for some fun in the sun and some poker on the side. Before you go drafting your schedule, you should note that the Bounty Shootout has been upgraded to a three-day, six-max triple-shootout format with a 216 player cap.
There are a few other schedule changes you should note, check out the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure website for more.
The newest PokerStars Team Pro, Isildur1, is doing some serious work on the virtual felt at PokerStars. He managed to earn $287,500 over a 14-hour session, while playing six tables of $25/$50 pot-limit Omaha. Isildur1's session began at around 2:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday and ended Thursday morning at around 5 a.m. EST. He took on 75 opponents over 6,163 hands.
If you want to check out Isildur1's top ten pots from this session, you'll need to head on over to the PokerStars Blog.
PPA Responds to Reid Bill
There's plenty of speculation about Harry Reid's Internet poker bill - is it dead, is it alive, maybe its cryogenically frozen, who knows. While everyone can speculate, write things and then retract them, we're just going to wait to hear it from the horse's mouth.
One person we can trust, is John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance. He made a post on TwoPlusTwo earlier on Thursday regarding the efforts to pass legislation. We're not going to post the whole thing here (it's long, we like to keep things short), but we will give you a couple of quotes.
"The PPA has been and continues to work night and day on this issue. While many have speculated that the “Tax Bill” would be a likely vehicle for iPoker legislation, because of recent political developments with respect to the tax bill it has become complicated to predict whether that bill is a viable path. I still maintain, as I told the Wall Street Journal yesterday when the rumors circulated that the bill was dead, that nothing is dead until Congress adjourns. "
"Frankly, the proposed blackout period is absurd and the PPA opposes it. And we have fought – and continue to fight – tooth and nail against it. But it is a reality. There will likely be a blackout period of some length included in any legislation that is passed, whether it is in this Congress or future Congresses. Our opponents have been throwing their weight around to get a lengthy blackout period included and, unfortunately, I fear they are winning. "
Read Pappas' entire statement on TwoPlusTwo.
Parvis on The Poker Show
Our very own Editor-in-Chief Matthew Parvis joined Jesse May on The Poker Show recently to discuss the tournament live reporting scene and video coverage. They discuss the EPT, WSOP, new changes to better PokerNews' live reporting coverage, and what tournaments people are following online.
Listen to it on the PartyPoker Blog.
Lynn Gilmartin caught up with Daniel Negreanu and his "hang out" partner Amanda Leatherman to see just how attentive Negreanu is.
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