It's the last day of January, one of the more action-packed months of poker in recent memory. And the month was punctuated by a busy weekend, too, that saw Main Event titles won in Australia and France, big online scores in the Sunday Majors, increased buzz over online poker in Florida, new Hendon Mob rankings, big Super Bowl bets, and more. Here's your Nightly Turbo collecting the month's final headlines.
In Case You Missed It
Melbourne’s own David Gorr, a 68-year-old grandfather, took down the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event, besting a field of 721 to claim the AUD$2,000,000 first prize. Here’s a recap of Gorr’s triumph plus other results from down under
It was another big weekend for online tourneys, with several top pros making deep runs in the Sunday majors. Mickey Doft was on the virtual rail yesterday where he saw impressive performances by Aaron Been, Justin Bonomo, Anthony Bruno, Ryan Daut, John Dolan, Anthony Gregg, Chris Moorman, and Vanessa Selbst. See who finished where in the Sunday Briefing.
In more online news from yesterday, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom took on his third opponent in the ongoing PokerStars SuperStar Showdown series of heads-up matches, this time battling red-hot Daniel “w00ki3z” Cates. After 2,500 furiously paced hands of hold’em, Blom ended the match $51,196 in the black, thereby securing his second straight Showdown victory. Here’s a blow-by-blow rundown of Blom’s win.
The possibility of intrastate poker in California continues to be debated. Patrick Dorinson, who once represented the Morongo tribe's California Online Poker Association in its efforts to promote an intrastate online poker bill, has now been enlisted by the Poker Voters of America as its executive director, a group that has a bill of its own to advance. Dorinson hopes to draw on his experience with both groups to facilitate a consensus and thus perhaps progress toward a bill becoming law. Matthew Kredell explains.
In other news, the online poker site Lock Poker has hired longtime grinder and respected pro Eric “Rizen” Lynch as its new poker room manager. See what sort of ideas Lynch has in mind for the site.
Intrastate Online Poker... Is Florida Next?
Back in December, Florida state Rep. Joseph Abruzzo refiled a bill that would establish a system for intrastate online poker in Florida, but the legislative session ended before his bill could be advanced.
Now, though, the idea has been revived once more as state Senator Miguel Diaz has drafted a Senate companion bill putting the idea of intrastate online poker back on the legislative table.
Rep. Abruzzo's bill had outlined a plan to allow Florida's brick-and-mortar rooms to become affiliates of newly-created online sites. As has been the case with similar discussions in other states, play would be limited to Florida residents only.
Scott Long offers more on the current status of online poker in Florida at Ante Up! Magazine.
The Hendon Mob Adds Adjusted Rankings
There has been quite a bit of conversation about that "All Time Money List" in poker here lately. "Super High-Roller" events in the Caribbean and Australia with huge, multimillion-dollar first prizes have drawn renewed attention to the rankings. The recently announced professional poker league to be headed up by Annie Duke and Jeffrey Pollack has also inspired a lot of debate over how best to compare players to one another. (See Annie Duke's two-part interview with PokerNews on the new league here and here.)
The Hendon Mob has kept a thorough detailed database of tournament results for many years, becoming an important authority in the industry for its record-keeping.
The site, which has long provided an "All-Time Money List" showing players' total tourney earnings, has added a few other sets of rankings with new criteria including an "open events only" list, a list covering only events with buy-ins of $50,000 or less, and another including only open events with $50K or less buy-ins.
See the Mob's explanation of the new lists here.
Big Bets on the Big Game
Super Bowl XLV is less than a week away, with most sportsbooks favoring the NFC champion Green Bay Packers by a field goal (or less) over the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Kind of an amazing turn of events, given that the Packers were the lowest-seeded NFC team entering the playoffs!
As happens every year, much of the talk during these final days leading up to the big game has revolved around the number and amount of bets being placed. Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently reported that "word on the Strip" has been that MGM Resorts has accepted a $1 million bet on the Packers, although Jay Rood, the MGM's sports book director, did not confirm whether the wager had indeed been accepted.
Rumor of the big bet has led some — remembering stories of big bets from past Super Bowls — to speculate that Phil Ivey could in fact be the Packer backer, though again nothing has been confirmed.
See the LVRJ for more on the action before the action as the Super Bowl draws near.
Lucien Cohen wins EPT Deauville
Finally, wrapping up a busy January, the PokerStars.fr European Poker Tour has just crowned a new champion -- Lucien Cohen of Paris.
Just hours ago, Cohen outlasted a tough final table that included Kenny "SpaceyFCB" Hallaert, Alex Wice, and eventual runner-up Martin Jacobson to claim the €880,000 first prize, much to the delight of his many fans on the rail.
PokerNews' Sarah Grant caught up with Cohen shortly after his victory: