Ruben Visser crowned winner of EPT London

Ruben Visser, 24, has took the crown as the EPT London Main Event winner, after storming ahead of the 647 other players in the event, and taking home the £595,000 prize. The 6 day Main Event made for some interesting following online, as players like Steve O’Dwyer, Theo Jorgensen, and Chris Moorman all placed in the final 8.

In what turned out to be a lengthy final day of the Main Event, Visser came out on top, and followed up with a tweet saying: “Thanks everyone for the support and congratulations the past days! Still feels unreal” 

I certainly hope to see a lot more of Visser’s gameplay after EPT in London, whilst other players like Mantas Visockis and Oluf Haglund both gave an impressive performance too.

This takes Ruben’s total winnings to a jaw dropping $1,977,887 since he first started playing for live cash back in 2008, and it isn’t the first time Visser has made the headlines with his poker strategy, after finishing as a runner up at the EPT Grand Final three years ago, and again in the Deauville Main Event last year.
I’m sure you’ll join me in congratulating Ruben Visser on yet another hefty win at EPT London 2013.

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Is Online Poker changing in the US?

Lately there have been a lot of news stories and events cropping up in the Poker world regarding Poker in the United States and the transition to online play, and also the opposite, with brick-and-mortar receiving a lot of attention. I have been keeping up with as much as I can on social media sites and through various news sources.

I have found this article which emphasizes that purchasing a casino in Atlantic City seems to be paving the way for online poker to make a comeback in the US . I can see why people are for and against poker being legalized online in the US, there is the view that doing so would reduce the amount of people that play in casino’s altogether, and add pressure to an already struggling casino industry in America. But then again there is the point that if it was legalized, there would be more brick and mortar games available to play, and could easily attract a new audience of people, perhaps those that don’t have access to a computer or the internet. Obviously if people were legally allowed to play poker online in the U.S then the government would receive tax on all money spent, so whilst the money going directly to Atlantic City could potentially decrease, the overall money the government receives would stay the same, if not increase.  Another benefit to legalizing poker online would be that people could have healthier gaming habits.. If somebody sits in a casino all day, and then moves to another the next day, there is virtually no way of tracking how much money they are spending, and therefore building up an addiction, whereas with online poker, there are possible ways of monitoring how much people are spending online, and then procedures could be put in place to stop them spending away their wages, and reduce the risk of people getting addicted.

Atlantic City Casino

Source: blog.nj.com

Brick and Mortar Poker to make a comeback

Not only this, but you get the social side of poker if you are playing online, whilst playing in brick and mortar casinos you do actually meet people face to face whilst you’re playing, you don’t always have time to stop and chat, but with online poker you do. Last weekend (Feb 19th/17th) I managed to play a few games online on Full Tilt and PartyPoker (an old favourite) and suddenly became aware of how friendly players are on there. I often find myself playing on tables where people talk constantly, and I get the impression that if the chat feature was taken away then the player numbers would drop significantly. How many times have you logged on to any online poker network and gone more than 10 minutes without seeing some form of interaction? I personally think it is a much better way to play poker than at a casino as you interact with people a lot more, and are able to concentrate more on your game play.

If Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey does sign a revamped version of the bill for online gaming, it could see a 10 year trial period for online gaming in NJ, which would definitely settle the argument for good, Brick-and-Mortar Poker, or Online Poker?

 

Schleswig Holstein to Join National Gaming Treaty, banning Online Poker in Germany

News has surfaced today that German State Schleswig Holstein (SH) is holding a vote to join the National Gaming Treaty, which the remaining 15 states in Germany are already part of, and if passed, the vote will ban Online Poker and Casino Gaming in Germany. There have been discussions on this for almost a year now since the new coalition came into power in June, a coalition that is known for being anti online gaming.

Online Poker in Germany

If the vote is passed, then it will mean the end of Online Poker in Germany, as SH would complete all states signing the treaty. The treaty does, however, permit online sports betting, but bans online poker and casino gaming. 

There will only be 20 sports betting licenses issued throughout Germany, and up to now, Schleswig Holstein has been able to issue as many licenses as it wants. In December 2012, Schleswig Holstein granted licenses to Ladbrokes, 888 Holdings, Betfair, bwin.party, and PokerStars, alongside 15 sports betting licenses. 

When the new coalition came into power in June 2012, people immediately started speculating that such a vote would come to light, and here it is. The coalition that came to power is known for being very ‘anti online gaming‘, and originally wanted to revoke all licenses and impose a complete ban, however this would have been illegal, so decided to allow the licenses that were already in place to remain. 

The European Gaming and Betting Association recently put forward a formal complaint to the European Commission, claiming that Germany’s treaty violates EU law. Because of this, many Online Gaming operators are continuing to offer their services to German residents, as they too, agree with the beliefs of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). 
In March 2012, the EGBA gave German government two years to prove that their gambling laws abide with EU Regulations

The Schleswig Holstein parliament will hold a vote on the 23rd January to determine if the state should, or should not join the treaty, although it is widely thought that the vote is going to be passed. Should the vote be passed, then Schleswig-Holstein will join the other states on 7th March 2013.

If the government does win the vote, it is thought that the Treaty would breach EU Law. After the EU objected numerous times, the review period lapsed, without any ruling against SH’s decision. After the new coalition failed to block license applications due to law restrictions, SH committed to joining the remaining German states in the Interstate Treaty. Existing laws mean SH has to honor these agreements until the Interstate Treaty comes into force, and until this time, must continue to process license applications, there are currently 18 casino applications, and 24 sports betting applications pending.