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Cycalona „Clonie” Gowen sued Full Tilt Poker

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 | Poker rooms | No Comments

Cycalona Gowen, better known as Clonie Gowen, has sued Full Tilt Poker and the various people and companies associated with Full Tilt for the sum of $40 million dollars. The list of defendants is impressive. First, there are the various companies like Full Tilt Poker, Tiltware LLC and Pocket Kings Ltd. Second, Clonie Gowen sued also the founders of Full Tilt, Howard “The Professor” Lederer and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, and all the equity holders in the company, including Jennifer Harman, Erick Lindgren, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Erik Seidel, Mike Matusow, Gus Hansen and Patrik Antonius.

Clonie Gowen claims that the defendants are guilty of a number of things, including Breach of Contract and Unjust Enrichment. In 2004, she had the opportunity to become a member of Team Full Tilt Poker. She was offered a 1% stake in the company for represent and promote Full Tilt. Till now, she says, this stake is not paid. The problem is, that she had no written contract. It was only an oral agreement. Therefore it is likely difficult for Clonie Gowen to prove her statements.

Nevertheless Full Tilt Poker will do anything to keep this case out of court. If this case would go to court, all the associations between the poker pros and the various companies written above will rise up. This will be very interesting for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the US government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement and the worst case for Full Tilt.

If we hear something new about this case we will update this post. So stay tuned!

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Eli Elezra admits multiaccounting on Full Tilt Poker

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 | Poker rooms | 1 Comment

Yesterday, I found an interesting video on tinypic.com. In this scene, Eli Elezra announced in front of Howard Lederer, who is a co-owner of Full Tilt Poker, that he has 17 accounts on Full Tilt. Please note especially the non verbal efforts of Howard Lederer to quieten Eli Elezra (at second 18).


Original Video – More videos at TinyPic

Although the most online poker rooms, e.g. including Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars und PartyPoker, doesn’t allow multiaccounting, this practice seems to be usual among the poker pros. In August 2008, Brian Townsend was found to be playing under multiple account names on Full Tilt and PokerStars. Also Guy Laliberte admits that he has several accounts on the most popular online poker rooms. For a poker pro, it is surely difficult to get action at the online poker table when they use their normal nickname. But in my opinion, a poker pro should be able to handle such a situation.

The question is: Should the online poker rooms allow multiaccounting or should they punish or expel the pros, who break their terms of service? What do you mean? I’m waiting eagerly for your comments.

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Winners and losers at the PartyPoker Den III

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 | Poker rooms | 1 Comment

As PartyPoker announced on their blog, Andrew Feldman and Robert Williamson III are the big winners after the 36 hours marathon poker session at the Poker Den III in London.

21 players took a seat at this game, including poker pros such as Roland de Wolfe, Ian Fraser, Jennifer Tilly and Phil Laak. Each player had to pay a minimum buy-in of $10.000, with blinds starting at $25/$50. All players were free to leave the table at any time they wanted.

The biggest winners were Andrew Feldman and Robert Williamson III. Both of them won about $63.000.

The biggest loser was Sammy George, who gambled away over $78.000.

Here is an overview of the buy-ins and the cash outs:

Name Buy-in Cashed out
Andrew Feldman $40.000 $103.350
Robert Williamson III $30.000 $93.675
Richard Wheatley $20.000 $61.025
Phil Laak $20.000 $42.325
Bodo Sbrzesny $20.000 $42.850
Chris Smith $20.000 $40.000
Juha Helppi $40.000 $55.775
Roberto Romanello $10.000 $24.000
Jennifer Tilly $20.000 $32.550
Ian Frazer $20.000 $28.550
Neil Channing $60.000 $66.450
Joshua Landis $39.350 $41.874
Barney Boatman $30.000 $19.000
Joel Nordkist $30.000 $14.200
Chris Parker $60.000 $28.550
Ilios Kamatakis $10.000 $0
Alex Roumeltiotis $25.150 $0
David Williams $40.000 $0
William Martin $40.000 $0
Roland de Wolfe $50.000 $0
Sammy George $78.425 $0

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Phil Laak will play cash game for 36 straight hours

Monday, September 29th, 2008 | Poker rooms, Poker variants | 3 Comments

As announced by Poker News Daily, Phil “The Unabomber” Laak will play cash game for 36 straight hours at the PartyPoker Den III in London.

The Party Poker Den III starts on Tuesday, September 30th an will end 36 hours later. The buy-in is $10.000 and the blinds will stay constant at $25/$50.

Besides Phil Laak, the following poker pros have guaranteed their appearance:

  • David “Devilfish” Ulliott
  • Robert Williamson III
  • Roland “The Edge” de Wolfe
  • Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari
  • Mike “The Mouth” Matusow
  • Jennifer “The Unabombshell” Tilly
  • Juha Helppi

This will certainly be a great event. I will keep my fingers crossed for Jennifer “The Unabombshell” Tilly.

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Mac-compatible software launched by PokerStars

Sunday, September 7th, 2008 | Poker rooms | No Comments

The online poker room PokerStars launched a fully-functional Mac-compatible software on friday, 5th of September 2008. The new software allows Mac players to have access to all of the features that users playing on Windows machines do. PokerStars is beside Full Tilt Poker one of two big online poker rooms that offer a fully-compatible Mac-version of its software. Although PCs are still the top gaming platform, the number of online games with Mac has been growing and PokerStars stepped up to deliver it.
Several other poker sites (e.g PartyPoker or Absolute Poker) only offer web-based versions of their software for Mac-users.

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Poker Variant Badugi new at pokerstars.com

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 | Poker rooms | 1 Comment

Badugi is a draw poker variant similar to triple draw, But instead of five cards the hands contain only four cards. There are three drawing rounds, where every player can trade zero to four cards from his hand.

The hand ranking of badugi differs a little bit from the “normal poker”. At the showdown certain cards must be removed to construct a one, two, three or four card badugi hand. All Players must discard one of any two suited cards and one of any paired cards from the four hole cards. A badugi hand with more cards beats a hand with fewer cards, e.g a three card badugi hand beats a two card badugi hand,

If two badugi hands containing the same number of cards the hand, the hand with the lower card is superior. As in lowball the ace is the lowest card. Therefore the badugi hand A 2 3 4 5 rainbow is the best possible hand.

You can find the poker variant badugi in the PokerStars-Software in the tab “Other Games”. Until now there is only an announcement that badugi is coming soon.

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