Saturday, November 29, 2008

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With so much going on in the world of poker, I decided to dedicate a whole entry just to focus on some recent poker news. For more gambling information, be sure and browse through our previous articles here at Dare to Gamble.


BINION’S NEW POKER ROOM

Binion’s, the original home of the World Series of Poker, has recently opened up a new 10-table poker room. The walls of the room are covered with historic photos, as well as several large-screen plasma televisions. The Poker Hall of Fame and Binion’s Gallery can be found out in the concierge area.

Players can enjoy comp privileges, special hotel room rates and food service. The casino also takes a maximum rake of $3 on all live poker games.

Of course, this room is no doubt intended to bring in the high rollers. If you’re a poker lightweight like me, you might be better off trying Binion’s 45-table poker tournament area.

And if you don’t even want to leave the house, you can always log onto Bodog’s online casino for some of the best poker around.


POKER HALL OF FAME

The 36th and 37th members of the Poker Hall of Fame were recently inducted. While the Final Table of this year’s World Series of Poker was being played, Duane “Dewey” Tomko and Harry Orenstein were being honored for all their accomplishments and contributions to the game of poker.

Orenstein survived the Holocaust and went on to win the 1996 World Series of Poker Seven-Card Stud event. He’s also cashed twice in the Main Event, including a 1995 trip to the Final Table.

He’s also an accomplished inventor, holding more than 100 patents on numerous children’s toys. In addition, he also holds the patent on the “Hole Card Cam,” the device credited with revolutionizing poker on television.

Tomko has won three WSOP bracelets, and he’s finished second in the Main Event on two different occasions. He also holds the record for the longest streak of entries into the Main Event (35 years).


CRYPTOLOGIC JOINS WITH BOSS MEDIA

It was recently announced that Internet Poker giants CryptoLogic Inc. and Boss Media would be joining forces. Scheduled to take place during the first quarter of 2009, this merger will involve the two companies combining their network of licenses into an even larger version of Boss Media’s International Poker Network. This will include such popular online games as InterPoker and ParBet.


POKER IN TEXAS

If you live in the Lone Star State, you know it’s impossible to find a legal game of poker in Texas. That may soon change if Jose Menendez (D - San Antonio) gets his way. Menendez has introduced a piece of legislation known as the “Poker Gaming Act of 2009.” He also introduced a similar bill in 2007, but it died on the committee level.

According to the bill, possible places for legal poker games to take place include bars, tribal gaming facilities, pari-mutual outlets and social clubs. A Poker Gaming Revenue Fund would also be created, with 50% of the net proceeds going towards things like homeless shelters and the state’s housing trust fund.

Tournaments would also be allowed, with buy-ins ranging up to $100.Bad-beat jackpots would also be allowable with a $250 maximum payout.


For more poker news, see the following:

Clonie Gowen Files Lawsuit Against Full Tilt Poker

Meet the Members of Team Bodog


Poker News - Online Poker News