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The Nightly Turbo: NJ Internet Gambling Bill Advances, WSOP Main Event Odds, and More

Nightly Turbo

It's been a very slow process, but New Jersey is making progress toward implementing an online poker platform. We're covering that story and more in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.

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New Jersey Bill Moves to Assembly

A bill that would permit online gambling in New Jersey advanced through a legislative committee on Monday and will now move to the Assembly for a full vote.

The Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee passed A2578 by a vote of 6-0 with three abstentions. The bill allows for licensed casinos located in Atlantic City to offer authorized games — including poker — to residents of the state. Supporters of the bill believe it will help boost Atlantic City’s casinos which suffered the biggest revenue drop in the country last year at 9.5 percent. Casinos in neighboring Pennsylvania and Delaware have been siphoning business from New Jersey since 2006.

Another Internet gambling bill is making its way through the Senate, but New Jersey State Sen. Raymond Lesniak told PokerNews last month that the bill likely will not be voted on until fall because of Gov. Chris Christie's "ambivalence" on the issue. Lesniak had predicted that online poker would be up and running in New Jersey by the end of the year, but Christie has gone back and forth on Internet gambling since last year.


Bet on the Main Event

We're more than halfway through the 61 events of the 2012 World Series of Poker, so the Main Event is just weeks away. If you're interested in throwing down some bets on the world's biggest poker event, several sports books have introduced betting lines to satisfy your gambling appetite. recently unveiled some opening lines with some intriguing last longer matchups. It should be noted that one player must cash for each wager to have action.

Which Former World Champ Will Last Longest in 2012 Main Event?

Jonathan Duhamel3/1
Pius Heinz3/1
Joe Cada7/2
Peter Eastgate7/2
Jerry Yang4/1

2012 WSOP Main Event Last Longer

Howard Lederer3/2
Chris "Jesus" Ferguson7/4
Russ Hamilton2/1

2012 WSOP Main Event Last Longer

Daniel Negreanu-130
Annie Duke-110

2012 WSOP Main Event Last Longer

Viktor "Isildur1" Blom-120
Tom "durrrr" Dwan-120

2012 WSOP Main Event Last Longer

Doyle Brunson-120
Johnny Chan-120

You can find all of the Main Event lines at

More Action in Macau

The Asian Poker Tour has announced it will be returning to Macau's StarWorld Casino from July 25 through 31, 2012.

The 13-event series will feature its flagship HKD$25,000 Main Event, as well as a variety of formats. In addition, there will be two step satellites into the HKD$100,000 High Roller, which will kick off on July 26.

Here's a look at the full schedule of events:

DateEventBuy-in (HKD)
July 25Heads Up Asian Championship$5,500
July 26PokerAce High Rollers$100,000
July 26Head Hunter$4,400
July 27APT Macau Main Event Day 1A$25,000
July 27DafaPoker Freezeout #1$3,300
July 28APT Macau Main Event Day 1B$25,000
July 28DafaPoker Pot Limit Omaha$3,300
July 28Ladies of Poker$1,100
July 28Deep Stack Turbo #1$2,200
July 29DafaPoker Freezeout #2$4,400
July 29Deep Stack Turbo #2$2,200
July 30Freezeout #3$5,500
July 31Six-Handed$3,300

For more on APT Macau, visit the Asian Poker Tour website.

Online Poker Traffic released its weekly online poker-traffic rankings on Monday. The tracking site reported an overall drop of 6.3 percent, marking the sixth consecutive week of losses worldwide.

PokerStars maintained its sizable lead over top contenders iPoker and PartyPoker, which landed at No. 2 and No. 3 in the rankings, respectively. 888poker and the Ongame Network rounded out the top five, all of which saw declines from last week.

Spain's regulated online poker market opened on June 5, and as expected, PokerStars has emerged as the overwhelming leader in the new space. cracked the top 10 of the worldwide rankings, jumping past and into the No. 8 spot. No other Spanish site ranks in the top 25, according to PokerScout.

As for year-over-year traffic numbers, online poker has seen a worldwide decline of 21 percent since this time last year, much of that caused by the extinction of Full Tilt Poker and the CEREUS Network. Others taking a hit since this time last year include PKR (down 42 percent), (down 33 percent) and the Merge Network (down 21 percent).

Some of the biggest gainers during the past year were Revolution Gaming (up 75 percent) and Sky Poker (up 38 percent).

Read the full report at

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