Players are gearing up for the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker. Some are even selling pieces of themselves to anyone looking for a sweat. We're covering that story, plus Pamela Anderson's return to online poker, in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.
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The $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop is just days away, and some high-profile players are working on finalizing their finances to buy into the event. This week, we saw Andrew Robl, Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu show off their registration tickets. Other pros intend to buy in on Thursday and Friday, but not before selling off action to any interested buyers.
Ben Lamb, Jason Mercier and Phil Hellmuth announced via Twitter Wednesday that they are still selling off pieces for the Big One. Mercier is the only one of the three actually confirmed by the WSOP to be playing the event, but it seems Lamb and Hellmuth have spots secured.
I'm buying into #onedrop tomorrow no matter what. Have 7% more to sell at 1.1 of anyone interested.Follow @BenbaLamb
I'm buying into ONE DROP tomorrow. No matter what as well. Following in the footsteps of @BenbaLamb still have a little left to sell at 1.1Follow @JasonMercier
I $600,000 so far for the WSOP $1 million "One drop," I need $400K more. If anyone wants to buy a big piece of $50K or more, let me knowFollow @phil_hellmuth
As of Thursday afternoon, 42 players were confirmed for the Big One for One Drop. We expect to have a confirmed final list of participants by Saturday. The event kicks off Sunday at 1:11 PM PST in the Amazon Room of the Rio Convention Center.
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Poker With a Playmate
Former Baywatch star and Playboy model Pamela Anderson is the new face of an online poker site.
Anderson will serve as the ambassador of BamPoker, a new virtual gambling site available through social media giant Facebook. According to a press release, Bam Poker will be "the only place online where member can play Texas Hold'em poker with Pamela Anderson herself."
The new site offers play-money no-limit Texas hold'em tournaments around the clock. Anderson will also be an active member of the BamPoker community, keeping up with a fan page, playing on the site and periodically chatting with members via the BamPoker App.
"There is nothing like BamPoker out there today, and I am excited to be a part of such an innovative platform!” said Anderson.
This isn't the first time Anderson has ventured into the realm of online poker. You may recall that Anderson's poker room, called Pamela Poker, was affiliated with Doyle's Room. However, Pamela Poker was shut down after President Bush signed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) into law in 2006.
Read more at BamPoker.com.
Denmark Blacklists Gambling Sites
The Danish Gambling Authority has blacklisted 12 websites that were offering services to residents in Denmark without an online gaming license.
Internet service provider Hi3G was ordered by a Danish court to block a dozen sites that had not complied with Denmark's law regarding local gaming licenses. Hi3G has 14 days to comply with the court order.
The following sites have been blacklisted:
The move by Denmark follows a similar decision by Belgium, which blacklisted 30 non-licensed sites including Bwin, Betsson, Betfair, William Hill and 888 last month. Under the Belgian Gambling Act, players are only allowed to play on licensed sites, and the nation’s four largest Internet service providers are in the process of barring unauthorized domains.
Denmark's new regulatory framework went into effect on Jan. 1. Among the 38 operators awarded licenses were PokerStars, Betfair, 888, bwin.party, PKR and Unibet.
For more, check out the official statement by the Danish Gambling Authority at skat.dk.
Skrill's Big Purchase
Online payment company Skrill made a major acquisition on Thursday, paying €140m for complete ownership of paysafecard.com, an Austria-based provider of prepaid vouchers that enable consumers to shop online. The deal is the biggest in Skrill's history.
By acquiring paysafecard, Skrill combines its digital wallet and online payments services with paysafecard's extensive offline distribution network in 31 countries across Europe, North and South America. The combined group will have over 27 million end-users, almost 130,000 merchant customers and over 100 payment options in more than 40 currencies, according to a press release.
"The paysafecard acquisition establishes Skrill as a complete alternative payments platform, addressing both on- and off-line channels, and offering merchants and end-users much greater flexibility in making and receiving payments," said Hazem Ben-Gacem, nonexecutive chairman of Skrill. "The two companies' combined functionality will allow millions of people who are under-banked to benefit from Skrill's payment services, and therefore enjoy the many advantages of online shopping."
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$50K Hand Controversy
An unusual hand took place during the $50,000 Poker Players Championship in Las Vegas this week. Kristy Arnett spoke with some of the key players involved to get their take on the controversy.
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