Jack B. Weinstein may well be the hero that poker deserves. This week, the Judge presiding over Federal District Court in Brooklyn ruled that poker is a game more of skill than a game of a chance, so the people that are running home games and the like should not be prosecuted under illegal gambling laws.
Someone finally did it. This week, the International Federation of Poker published the first-ever attempt to definitely define the rules of poker to provide both a way to learn the game's ins and outs and provide resolution to disputes at the table. The $20 book is, of course, simply entitled The Rules of Poker and has been published by Limehouse books in the UK.
Back in 2002, Trishelle Cannatella was part of The Real World: Las Vegas, becoming a bit of a star and appearing on Road Rules before dating professional wrestlers and posing for Playboy. She's since appeared in movies such as Ninja Cheerleaders and on TV programs you've actually heard of, like Criminal Minds. Somehow along the way she's also become a semi-pro poker player and is teaming up with former Miss USA competitor Amanda Kimmel to play the game in tournaments around the world in a new reality program called Living The Life.
We were just talking about Marvin Rettenmaier and his stunning back-to-back World Poker Tour wins on Tuesday and guess what? That's made him the new leader in the Global Poker Index's Player of the Year standings. The German pro has over $3,000,000 in lifetime tournament cashes now and his recent successes have given him a very comfortable lead in the race to the top. His total score right now is 802.42 compared to second placer David Baker's 715.90.
German poker pro Marvin Rettenmaier may not be a household name, but his 2012 tournament season has definitely been one to talk about. Back in May, he won the World Poker Tour Season X Championship, securing a $287,784 payday for himself, which is certainly worth bragging about. His follow-up? Last week, he hit the tables in the WPT Season XI debut event, the WPT Meric Cyprus Classic and took the top spot there, too. This makes him the first (and likely to be only for some time) player to secure back-to-back tournament victories in the WPT.
Everyone thinks of a poker tell as something along the lines of John Malkovich and his Oreo in Rounders, but in online poker, you don't get to see your opponents. While online poker is, in general, much more mathematically-based than live games, there are still things players do that give you insight into their hand.
Last week, 41 poker players were gathered in front of Chattanooga District Attorney Neal Pinkston as the result of a police raid conducted on June 7. Chattanooga Police Department busted an establishment called "The Poker Depot" and found a $20 buy in poker tournament in action. 39 of the players taken in that evening were hit with illegal gambling charges and two others were actually taken into custody for other offenses. The raid netted the Chattanooga authorities an undisclosed amount of cash, marijuana and undisclosed pills. along with a loaded .22 caliber pistol.
Ryan Young, the friendly, fresh-faced dynamo who seemed to show up at every event out there died on Monday after a car accident. The Torrance, CA native only 28 years old but had already built an excellent reputation on the tournament circuit in the United States. He burst onto the poker scene with a spectacular performance in the 2005 Mirage Poker Showdown and cashing in his first WSOP event at the age of 21.
Gambling is illegal on the island nation of Cyprus. The Cyprus Poker association is a group of players that gathers together regularly to play the game and practice for tournaments abroad. You can probably see where this is going, but it's still vexing and a bit troubling — over 30 members of the group have been arrested in the past two weeks and are facing gambling charges.
The induction ceremonies aren't until August, but the Women in Poker Hall of Fame recently announced the two players that will be joining their ranks: veteran poker pro Joanne "J.J." Liu" and longtime poker industry professional Kathy Raymond.