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The Nightly Turbo: Daniel Negreanu Becomes Next SuperStar Showdown Challenger, Nevada Internet Gambling Legislation, and More

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Viktor "Isildur1" Blom has a new opponent for the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown, and if it's not obvious by the above photo and headline, you'll have to read on to find out who it is. A bill to legalize Internet gaming in Nevada was introduced today, so we've got the details on that and much more in tonight's Nightly Turbo.

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New Jersey Governor Christie vetoed his state's Internet gambling legislation last week. We take a look at the effect that the veto might have on other state and federal efforts.

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Negreanu and Blom Set to Battle

You may have been wondering why Daniel Negreanu has been so intent on improving his game this year. It may be because he was planning on taking on Viktor "Isildur1" Blom in the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown. The date, time, and stakes are set for this epic battle - the fifth installment of the Showdown.

Railbirds, take this down. The first of two consecutive matches begins Sunday, March 20 at 15:00 EST. The rules of the game are the same, 2,500 hands over four tables, and the two will be playing $50/$100 no-limit hold'em. The only catch is, that after 2,500 hands on March 20, the finishing stacks of the players will be carried over to the second match on March 27.

"It's all part of the learning process, and I'm a big believer in going all out against the fastest competition I can find, because then when I play others, the pace will seem comfortable," Negreanu said. "It's no different than a baseball player swinging five bats before he goes up to the plate, or a golfer taking some practice swings with a heavy club."

To find out more, check out the PokerStars Blog. And while you're at it, you should probably sign up for a PokerStars account, how else are you going to watch the match.

Nevada Considering Internet Gaming Legislation

Legalizing Internet gaming in the United States has become a much-talked-about topic lately with states considering their own legislation. Recently, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed legislation that could have made his state the first to legalize Internet gaming. Iowa, Florida, and California are also looking a bills of their own. Nevada is the latest state that can be added to that list.

Nevada State Assembly Majority Whip William Horne is introducing a bill that would regulate Internet gaming in Nevada. As drafted, the bill would allow players in other jurisdictions to play on the licensed sites.

We're not legislators, so rather than dissect the bill, we'll let you check out the Las Vegas Sun for more.

Cyprus is No Fun

The government of Cyprus has drafted a bill that, if passed, would ban online gaming. Christos Christofides, deputy government spokesperson, called the online gaming business on the island was becoming a "social wound."

The bill still needs legislative approval, and if approved would ban online poker and casino games, but would allow lotteries and sports betting for citizens 18 or older. The bill would also fine individuals or companies violating the ban up to €170,000 and/or a five-year prison term. has more.

Titan Poker Wins

Titan Poker has recently received the 2011 Gambling Readers' Choice Award for Best Poker Customer Service, an award the online poker site also won in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Readers of Gambling Online's magazine and website voted for the award. In a statement from Gambling Online, "If the players themselves believe that a company offers a good service, it speaks volumes for how well a business is looking after its valued customers."

Titan poker said it, "is grateful for receiving the Best Poker Customer Service award as it serves as recognition of our ongoing commitment to ensuring the best possible online poker experience. Our professional and friendly customer service agents always go the extra step in answering our players' needs in a wide range of supported languages, whether it be by email, phone, or in response to player messages in our highly efficient online support chat service."

Want to know more on the award? Check out the press release, and if you want to experience the stellar customer service yourself, you can sign up for a Titan Poker account and take advantage of our sign-up bonus.

#Winning or Not

Winning a MiniFTOPS event and being semi-famous on the Internet must have really gotten to Kristy Arnett. She's pretty much lost it, and has pulled a Charlie Sheen on all of us. Don't believe it? Watch the interview Randal Flowers conducted with her below.

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All week this week you can play in our exclusive Everest Poker ONE password tournaments. The winners of each event will play for a $9,000 Monte Carlo Package on March 23.

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