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The Nightly Turbo: Viktor Blom Won't Defend PCA Title, Romanello's Innovative Poker Game

Viktor Blom The 10th edition of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure begins Saturday. Which champion from 2012 won't be defending his title? We'll bring you that story, plus an innovative poker format created by Roberto Romanello, in this edition of the Nightly Turbo. In Case You Missed It: How was the high-stakes action at the online tables at the end of 2012? Read the Online Railbird Report to find out the year's biggest winners and losers. Fresh off its partnership with PokerNews, the Mid-States Poker Tour will kick off Season 4 at Running Aces Harness Park in Minnesota next month. Take a look at the...

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The MPP format is just the forerunner for class poker tournaments. Once the GPI finally realizes that there is serious money in expanding their rating system to everyone, in the same way as people get a chess rating, there will be a "poker rating" and finally you will see poker tournaments by class. A beginner would be able to play in his class against other weak players and move up while winning. Opens would still be open and the top tournaments would still get a lot of ambitious poker players of all levels, but the floodgates would open for poker players that know they are weak. These casual poker players would never play in an open Las Vegas $250 entry fee tournament but if that $250 entry fee tournament was only open to a low class of player with an official (low) GPI poker rating ... of course they would play. Winners automatically move up out of the class. GPI would collect a "rating fee" from the tournament.

"The lucky player is usually the player that knows how much to leave to chance."


I can see some potential problems with the MPP format. Depending on the sizes of the buy-ins, there could be some incentive for people with cheap chips to dump them to people with expensive chips. You immediately increase the value of the chips. Like I said, it would depend on the size of the buy-ins whether it was worth it, but certainly it could be a possibility.

Can you imagine a final table where there are two high buy-in players and one low buy-in player with a bunch of chips? And the low buy-in player happens to be a friend or horse for one of the high buy-in players? That could be bad.


Denmark becomes the latest country to regulate poker well, improving the framework and helping the lucrative global poker boom move along. Only in the U.S. ... the birthplace of poker ... are legislative initiatives petrified in fear, apathy, and general ignorance of the taxation windfall that governments are reaping world-wide from doing their jobs.

Of course it can be argued that the U.S. DOJ method of enforcing an online Poker Prohibition and fining every online poker site that moves makes more money, it is short-sighted. The unique way that the U.S. DOJ has simply confiscated ALL of the money at FullTiltPoker and is pretending to return it to online players is another unique way to keep the cash.

Denmark prefers to regulate and tax properly pocketing a staggering amount of revenue. There is clearly *no* need for revenue in the U.S. because most governments are turning their backs on ... billions. Congrats Denmark !

"The lucky player is usually the player that knows how much to leave to chance."

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