LandoNation's Five Card Draw (Episode 2)

Uploaded by TheLandoNation on 17.02.2011

Hi everyone, this is Lando and you are watching LandoNation.
The time now is 3.34pm on this Thursday, the 17th of February, 2011.
It's that time of the week once again where I wrap up all the latest poker news,
reviews and previews in my poker video blog entitled:
"LandoNation's Five Card Draw." No mucking about ladies and gents, let's shuffle up and
First up, there's been some interesting news coming out of the USA. Now for those
who aren't aware, in 2006, during the Bush Administration, the SAFE Port Act was passed
into law.
Tacked onto that bill was the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which made it illegal
for online gaming sites to process credit card and bank payments from America,
effectively killing the online poker market in the birthplace of the game.
Since then, there has been heavy lobbying by the Poker Players Alliance and
at one stage there was a chance to repeal
the existing laws with another bill, but sadly, it didn't get any support. Having said
that, there's more evidence to suggest that America is keen regulate the industry,
with the state of New Jersey having approved legislation to let its residents participate
online gaming. Now there are rumours that Florida is considering similar
legislation, plus there's talk of PartyGaming coming back into the US and signing a deal
one of the major casinos to provide them with an online gaming platform. Add to that the
liberalisation and regulation of online gaming in the UK, France and Italy and there's a
chance that this will have a flow-on effect with the rest of the world, including Australia.
Here's hoping - stay tuned for more as it develops.
And speaking of development, there is more to one of the stories I brought to
you last week, and that's in relation to the WSOP Europe series being moved from London
France. The French online gaming regulator ARJEL has approved a gaming license for the
domain, which through the Barriére Casino Group, will run real-money games,
WSOP-branded tournaments, and satellites into both WSOP series in Las vegas and Cannes.
And in more French poker news, the ever-lively Tony G hosted a six-person sit-and-go at the
Aviation Club de Paris in an attempt to prove his theory that French poker players were
worst in the world. They can't be that bad, because Tony G was busted in fifth place.
In the end, it was former Magic: The Gathering Player of the Year Gabriel Nassif who won
the tournament, collecting a EUR €10,000 seat into the WPT National Series High Rollers
And in even more French news, Sam Trickett, who has already had a stellar start to the
year with victory in the Aussie Millions $100,000 High Roller event, as well as a runner-up
finish in the Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller event, made the final table of
the WPT
National Series Main Event, which was won by Russia's Natalia Nikitina.
The Englishman has now made almost $3 million in tournament cashes
in the first two months of this year alone, but he's still a good $500,000 behind American
poker icon Erik Seidel, who finished fourth in the PCA $25,000 High Rollers Event, third
behind Trickett in the Aussie Millions $100,000 High Roller and beat him
heads-up for the $250,000 Super High Roller title!
Now, to some news from back home and once again, the online young guns have been tearing
it up
in the Sunday majors, with some big scores to Joel Dodds, Brendon Rubie and Steve Leonard.
Dodds, who's known online as "Strong Play", scored over $54,000 for victory in the
PokerStars Sunday Second Chance Event, which adds to his $34,500 payday after making the
final table of the Party Poker Monthly Million last month. Meanwhile, Rubie has proved why
he is
Australia's number-one online poker player; "Brendoooor" took home almost $100,000 in
a week,
winning almost $65,000 in the PokerStars Wednesday Quarter Million before collecting
over $25,000 in winnings after cashing in three Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS)
And Leonard, AKA "StevOL", who is perhaps considered one of the "veterans" of the online
picked up more than $40,000 after running deep in two of the regular Sunday games on
However, the Kiwis weren't going to be outdone, with Richard "richiebro" Lancaster trumping
Aussies after picking over $130,000 in prize money for his third-place finish
in the PokerStars Sunday Million. Choice, bro!
And you'll have plenty of choice in the upcoming New Zealand Poker Championships,
which will be held from April 2 to 10 at the Christchurch Casino. This is one of
the most popular events on the tour and is also the longest-running series in the region,
despite what people say about the size of the casino, this year's schedule
is MASSIVE. The ladies will have the first hit-out with the $220 Women's
Championship Bounty Event, before the $330 Minh Tran Memorial 2-Card Manila Event and
the $660
Canterbury Championship, as well as the $550 Pot Limit Omaha and the
$775 South Island Championships. Then the proverbial dial gets switched up to 11 -
apart from
the $1650 Main Event, the schedule will also feature a $25,000 High Rollers Event
and a $25/$50 NLHE High Stakes Cash Game, which anyone can play, so long as you have
between $2000 and $10,000 to buy in. And all I've got is Monopoly money.
And on that note, that's all that's been happening in my part of the poker world. For all the
links to today's stories, including the full schedule for the New Zealand Poker Championships,
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This has been Lando for LandoNation - thanks again for watching,
and may the flop be with you. Ciao for now!