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On this page we've listed summaries of the most important news events of August 2006

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Poker Players Alliance renews attack on gaming ban

August 31, 2006 - The 100 000 strong Poker Players' Alliance is pretty smart at choosing the right timeframes for its attacks on the proposed bans on Internet gambling in the USA. This week it synchronized its latest blast to precede a field hearing scheduled for Iowa by one of the bans proposers, Rep. Jim Leach.

WSOP finalist's home raided

August 31, 2006 - Reports in the San Antonio press this week claim that local police searched a home owned by Richard Lee, the recent winner of nearly $3 million at the World Series of Poker, for evidence of an extensive illegal Internet gambling operation.

IRS wants a piece of the poker pie

August 31, 2006 - If you were worrying about the tax implications of that big poker tournament win you enjoyed in the United States, the U.S. Treasury has a plan for you according to a report carried in Card Player magazine this week.

Phone evidence revealed in the Jamie Gold case

August 29, 2006 - The British television producer resident in Vegas who is suing current World Series of Poker champion Jamie Gold for half his $12 million in winnings has claimed in his suit that on the day before the final table began Gold left a telephone message assuring him that their deal was good.

Legendz poker network to launch early september

August 29, 2006 - Vancouver - based Las Vegas From Home.com Entertainment Inc. (LVFH) online poker software will soon be providing exciting action at the Legendz Gaming Corporation operator group online poker venue The Pig.com following a licensing deal signed this week between LVFH subsidiary Action Poker Gaming and the gambling operator.

Jamie Gold is disappointed...

August 26, 2006 - The 2006 World Series of Poker champion, Jamie Gold issued a statement over the weekend regarding litigation launched by Bruce Crispin Leyser, who claims that he has voicemail messages and other evidence on an pre-main event agreement with Gold to share half of his $12 million winnings in return for recruiting celebrities to endorse Gold's sponsors, the Bodog group.

World Poker Tour Enterprises responds to antitrust litigation

August 26, 2006 - World Poker Tour group's legal counsel filed the company's first response this week in an interesting case brought by leading poker players who claim that the WPT tournament agreements place them at a personal and business disadvantage.

Is poker a game of skill or chance?

August 26, 2006 - A Durham, North Carolina businessmen has put the skill vs chance argument surrounding the game of poker back under the microscope by launching litigation that challenges a previous ruling by a local judge.

New technology threatens poker dealer jobs

August 25, 2006 - Poker players at the Hollywood Park land casino in California will soon be able to try out a cutting edge way to play their fave game at the new ePoker Room now under construction.

Playboy bunnies released from grotto to play strip poker

August 24, 2006 - A Vegas entrepreneur has come up with the ultimate in eye-catching poker tournaments to titivate and intrigue a wide audience and attract television exposure, too. He plans a strip poker match between World Series of Poker champions and Playboy Playmates, most of them novices at the game.

PartyPoker will follow you everywhere, including the toilet

August 24, 2006 - Party Poker marketers are determined to get the attention of potential customers wherever they may be, and that includes public washrooms according to media reports this week.

Jamie Gold sued for half his WSoP winnings

August 22, 2006 - The current 2006 World Series of Poker main event winner, Jamie Gold will not be enjoying his $12 million first prize just yet; a law suit claiming half of the giant bonanza has been filed in Las Vegas, and WSOP host Harrahs Entertainment has been restrained by court order from paying out until the case is heard on September 1.

Paddy Power announces 2 million Euro event

August 22, 2006 - The Paddy Power.com sponsored 26th Irish Poker Open will have a guaranteed prize pool of Euro 2 million next year, the gambling group announced this week.

Big money online poker action summary

August 22, 2006 - The regular weekend, big-money tournaments continued to flourish this week with the organizing online poker rooms all meeting their participation targets, thus ensuring that the guaranteed prize pools were reached.

PocketFives online poker players win $7.8 million at WSoP

August 21, 2006 - On Thursday, August 10, 2006, Jamie Gold flopped top pair and coaxed his opponent into calling to win the 2006 World Series of Poker. His victory marked the end of a grueling series of poker tournaments, which began all the way back on June 25. Competing in everything from No Limit Texas Holdem to Omaha High-Low Split to H.O.R.S.E., the greatest poker players on Earth battled from the gambling capital of the world in pursuit of millions of dollars and a coveted World Series of Poker bracelet.

PartyGaming has the hots for Victor Chandler

August 21, 2006 - The UK newspaper The Observer reported over the weekend that London-listed gambling group Party Gaming is leading the race in a bid to buy the predominantly sports betting Victor Chandler group, which also has online casino and poker interests. Both companies are licensed and based in Gibraltar.

World Championship of Online Poker stars September 16

August 21, 2006 - The September 16 starting date for the fifth annual World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is just around the corner, and Pokerstars organizers will be burning the midnight oil getting ready to host players from more than 80 countries competing in 18 tournaments for a guaranteed prize pool of $10 million.

WSoP record attendance mainly due to online poker

August 21, 2006 - One of the many record statistics flowing from the recently completed multi-million dollar 2006 World Series of Poker championship is the impact that online players have had on the world's greatest poker tournament.

Jamie Gold wins 2006 World Series of Poker (2)

August 12, 2006 - The new World Series of Poker champion is Jamie Gold following a tough 14 hour slug-out at the final table that culminated in the early hours of Friday morning Las Vegas time in a heads up between former movie star agent Gold and Paul Wasicka. According to Gold, the money he has won at the Main Event will go toward making his sick father as comfortable as possible.

Perpetuum Poker focuses at East-European market

August 12, 2006 - Poker fans in Eastern Europe can look forward to a new online venue, Perpetuum Poker launching in September following a deal between the Allgames operator group and Swedish software and games provider B2B Poker.

Jamie Gold wins 2006 World Series of Poker

August 11, 2006 - The predictions that this year's WSOP main event final table would be a humdinger were right on target; from the beginning on Thursday just after 2pm Vegas time there was aggressive play, especially from chip leader Jamie Gold who dominated the game with a major advantage in chips. In the early hours of Friday morning the 36-year-old TV producer beat Paul Wasicka's pair of Tens with a pair of Queens and became the new World Champion.

Third season for High Stakes Poker

August 11, 2006 - Poker fans who enjoyed the last season of the televised cash game poker series "High Stakes Poker" can look forward to a third season this week following the announcement by Game Show Network that it intends to again take up its option for a further season.

Let the people play Mr. President

August 11, 2006 - U.S. movie producer Philip Ittleson is following the ethos of his poker documentary "No Limit" this week by publicizing his Let The People Play.org website to help educate and unite the millions of poker players in the United States who are against legislation that would ban online gambling, including poker.

BlueMoon lawsuit against Bodog dismissed

August 10, 2006 - A lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court against Bodog Entertainment Group and related parties by BlueMoon Entertainment of L.A. was dismissed this week.

Pokerchamps 'no US' policy not related to BetonSports debacle

August 10, 2006 - The recent decision by Poker Champs.com to exclude US players is not a consequence of the anti-online gambling moves by the US Department of Justice, but part of a longstanding policy at owners Betfair, a company spokesman told InfoPowa this week.

Poker still offers the best online growth prospects

August 10, 2006 - If you're wondering how recent measures aimed at cracking down on online gambling and gaming in the US will affect the online sports and gambling industry in general, the answer will probably be found in a new report from the Irish company Research and Markets.com.

World Series of Poker latest (3) - Final Table

August 9, 2006 - The stage was set in the early hours of Wednesday morning Vegas time for the thrilling climax to the World Series of Poker main event - naming the surviving nine players for the final table.

University of Alberta wins poker bot championships

August 9, 2006 - The world poker [robot] championship organized by the American Association of Artificial Intelligence in Boston has been won by the University of Alberta.

Antigua and US don't come to agreement in WTO dispute

August 9, 2006 - It's official - the Antiguans and the US trade negotiating team are unable to settle their differences on Internet gambling and have broken off talks.

World Series of Poker latest (2) - 27 players left

August 8, 2006 - Monday's short session at the World Series of Poker Main Event has brought the competitive field down to the last 27, with big money assured for everyone still battling toward the ultimate first prize of $12 million.

Debate on gambling bill delayed by August recess

August 7, 2006 - The bills that seek to cripple and ban the online gambling industry in the United States remained unheard as the Senate adjourned for the 4 week autumn break last Friday.

World Series of Poker latest

August 7, 2006 - The main event in the World Series of Poker continued to ace out big names as the field was narrowed down over the weekend. By Saturday night there were only 135 players left, and by Sunday night that was down to the last 45 with famous players like last year's champion Joseph Hachem, Daniel Negreanu, Josh Arieh and Phil Ivey all busted out.

WPT Enterprises has an excellent second quarter

August 5, 2006 - Announcing the second quarter results this week, World Poker Tour CEO Steve Lipscomb said that the company was pleased with the results, which show a 67 percent increase in revenues over the same period last year.

Congressman wants to study online gambling regulation

August 5, 2006 - Reports last month that Representative Jon Porter of Nevada intends to visit the Isle of Man soon were confirmed by the politician this week, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Mikey the chimp trainer sheds tears over WSoP rejection

August 3, 2006 - PokerShare.com and Mikey the chimp have not given up on their mission to earn Mikey his retirement money from poker tournament winnings. Despite Jeffrey Pollock, Vice President of Harrahs Entertainments statement to the press Thursday, July 27, 2006 saying Mikey would not be allowed into the World Series of Poker, PokerShare.com will search hard to find another poker tournament that will let Mikey play.

Partygaming buys Gamebookers sportsbook

August 3, 2006 - Party Gaming's long quest for a sportsbook is over, it seems. This week the gambling group confirmed longstanding rumors by adding Gamebookers to its stable following a GBP 69 million deal with owners Trident Gaming out of the Isle of Man.

Cryptologic profits soar

August 3, 2006 - Canada's premier gambling software developer and turnkey provider, Cryptologic scored a thumping second quarter profit despite unsettled political conditions in the USA and the traditionally slower gambling market usually experienced at this time of the year.

WSoP Main Event prize figures make mouth-watering reading

August 3, 2006 - Final figures on the prize pool for the WSOP Main Event have now been officially released and showcase rewards that break all previous records for this global poker championship.

Final head count for WSoP is 8,773 players

August 2, 2006 - Total entries for the Main Event in this year's World Series of Poker Championships currently ongoing in Last Vegas have not only broke all records, but have exceeded the expectations of the organizers. That's official. The final numbers on the total field and first place cash prize for the 2006 World Series of Poker were announced this week.

WSoP director doesn't go ape over Mikey the Chimp

August 2, 2006 - Over the past month, starting with a viral rumor mill campaign, and graduating to editorial publicity the PokerShare marketing folks have skillfully heightened the profile of their company through Mikey the Poker Playing Chimp. This innovative scheme presented a poker playing chimpanzee called Mikey as a World Series of Poker contestant with a buildup on his training and abilities.

US loses successful tech company:Tiltware relocates

August 2, 2006 - The confusing legal climate, and the uncertain future for online gambling companies in the United States are cited as the main reasons for Tiltware moving its corporate head office to Ireland this week.

World Poker Tour Enterprises goes mobile

August 1, 2006 - World Poker Tour Enterprises, Inc., has licensed its brand to London-based mobile gambling service provider 3G-Scene Limited for a joint mobile gaming offering.

Ongame chosen by Money Casino for it's poker room

August 1, 2006 - Money Casino in association with PokerEon.com has launched a new poker room and joined the Ongame Network, one of the leading internet poker networks with approximately 8.6 million registered players, guaranteeing non-stop tournament and ring game action and maintaining the highest standards of security, reliability, and technical excellence.

Joe Sebok wins 2006 WSoP crazy costume award

August 1, 2006 - When Joe Sebok lost a bet to his friend and fellow poker pro Gavin Smith he had to arrange several unusual costume changes for his appearances in the four opening days of Main Event matches at the World Series of Poker this week.

The Carruthers files (5) - BetonSports gives DoJ the finger

August 1, 2006 - The St. Louis Post-Despatch reports that BetOnSports will ignore a federal criminal prosecution and civil case aimed at shutting its billion-dollar U.S. operation, according to a federal prosecutor in a court statement on Monday.

Playboy Enterprises to use Cryptologic poker software

August 1, 2006 - Playboy Enterprises Inc. will use poker software from CryptoLogic Inc. to run its Internet poker website, the companies announced this week.

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