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Recently, France made a ruling regarding poker that might make a lot of poker players happy. We'll tell you more about that, which women will be inducted into the 2011 class of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, and more.
In Case You Missed It
Over the summer, Binion's and the Venetian held poker tournament series that attracted plenty of players. Here's a look at both series and the results.
The Global Poker Index released its top 300 players this week. There wasn't a shake-up in the top 10, but some new names were added to the list, and some players have begun their declines.
FairPlayUSA, a grassroots coalition supporting the licensing and regulation of online poker in the U.S. launched recently. While you may think its another Poker Players Alliance, after you check out this in-depth look, you might come to a different conclusion.
Oui Oui, It's a Game of Skill
A French court in Toulouse has ruled that poker is a game of skill. This ruling comes after the court heard a case against Jean-Pierre Gleizes, who was charged with organizing private poker games during public events without the proper licenses. Gleizes' defense questioned several witnesses to help prove that poker is a game of skill, including a professional poker player and a math professor.
The French government has already begun the appeals process. The appeal will probably reach the Supreme Court and should the court uphold the ruling, things could change for poker rooms in France. Under the new online gambling bill, that applies to games of chance, poker rooms are taxed and must abide by licensing rules. Should the Supreme Court uphold the ruling, they wouldn't be subject to the taxation or licenses, but poker players would probably end up being taxed on player poker because it would be considered part of their income.
CompatiblePoker.com has more.
The Women in Poker Hall of Fame has announced its 2011 class of inductees. The event takes place Sept. 2 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.
Kristy Gazes, Margie Heintz, and Phyllis Caro will be inducted at the ceremony. Gazes has over $1 million in career tournament earnings. Heintz is credited as being the first woman to ever deal at the World Series of Poker and even dealt at the 1977 WSOP Main Event final table that was televised on CBS. Caro, is the director of poker operations at Hollywood Park and is married to professional poker player and author Mike Caro.
These three women join, among others, Jennifer Harman, Kathy Liebert, Linda Johnson, Marsha Waggoner, and Cyndy Violette in the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.
To attend the event, you can purchase your tickets at WomensPokerHallOfFame.com.
McLean Karr Wins in Macau
Shortly after the World Series of Poker ended for the summer, McLean Karr and buddies, Jeff Gross and David Silverman, packed up and flew to Shanghai for the World Aquatics Championships. They flew out to watch phenom Michael Phelps, who ended up with seven medals, four of which were gold. After the Championships, Karr, Gross, Silverman, and Phelps decided to hit the links at the world-renowned Mission Hills Golf Club.
To close out the trip, Karr decided to play in the HKD$100,000 buy-in high-roller event at the Poker King Club at StarWorld Macau. We've been told there were 20 entrants in the event, including Patrik Antonius and Tom Dwan. Antonius was the first one out of the tournament, but Dwan lasted a bit longer until he was knocked out by Karr in eighth place. Karr ended up outlasting the field to take home the HKD$809,000 first-place prize.
It's Going to be Epic
It's almost the moment you've all been waiting for. The inaugural event of season one of the Epic Poker League kicks off Friday with Day 1a of the $1,500 Pro/Am Qualifier. Nine seats to Monday's $20,000 buy-in Main Event are up for grabs. Any additional money in the Pro/Am prize pool over the $180,000 for the Main Event seats will be distributed among the top finishers. The final table of the Pro/Am will be filmed by the Heartland Poker Tour for distribution on its partner of networks.
On Sunday, the charity tournament will take place, hosted by funnyman Brad Garrett. All proceeds from the event will go to relief efforts for the tornado victims of Joplin, Missouri.
And for those of you looking to follow all the action from the Epic Poker League Main Event on Monday, you'll be able to catch all the updates on PokerNews.com.
For more on the inaugural Epic Poker League festivities, check out EpicPoker.com.
Welcome to Uruguay
If you can't keep up with all the tournaments going on in the world right now, you're not alone. Our heads are spinning, too. Lynn Gilmartin, fresh from the APPT in Melbourne trekked all the way to Uruguay for the fourth stop of season four of the PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour.