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

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US banks say H.R. 4411 creates impossible compliance burden

July 30, 2006 - News agencies in the USA report that the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) has again called on Congress to re-examine provisions in the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act (H.R. 4411) recently passed by the House of Representatives that require banks and other financial institutions to assist in halting the flow of gambling deposits to online gambling venues.

WSoP main event has started

July 29, 2006 - The $10 000 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em main event in this year's 37th World Series of Poker started Friday afternoon in Vegas at the Amazon Convention Center at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino with a giant prize pool reported to be in excess of $72 million.

The Carruthers files (4) - Monday big day for BetonSports

July 29, 2006 - Media and industry attention will be focused on the happenings in Judge Carol E. Jackson's courtroom in the Eastern District of Missouri on Monday, where a hearing is scheduled on a temporary injunction that currently prevents BetonSports from taking U.S. business. The injunction was granted on July 18 to federal authorities and extended late last week to Monday in order to allow service of documents on the UK public company.

Unibet joins Microgaming Poker Network

July 29, 2006 - The major online Scandinavian betting group Unibet is planning to leave the B2B - 24Hr poker network and move completely to the Microgaming Poker Network by September 2006, a company spokesman revealed this week.

Playboy and Moneymaker launch Playboy Poker Camp

July 29, 2006 - Here's a chance for aspirant poker champs to sharpen their skills. World class poker tuition by some of poker's top players is the main attraction at the Playboy Poker Camp, which was launched this week by Playboy Enterprises, partnership with Moneymaker Gaming. Big ThrowDown

July 29, 2006 - Smart marketers associate the product with glamorous high profile sports favored by their target audience, and this week the US promotional vehicle for Party Poker, the Party initiative, was right up there with the best of them.

PartyPoker Monster: one freeroll promo to rule them all

July 28, 2006 - The Party Poker marketing machine has been firing on all cylinders over the past few weeks, cleverly using executive hints and word of mouth speculation to prepare the market for a new promo that they promised would be the biggest ever.

Chartwell Releases Version 2.1 Poker Software

July 28, 2006 - Chartwell Technology Inc. (TSX:CWH), a leading provider of gaming software systems to the online and remote gaming industry is pleased to announce the release of Version 2.1 of Chartwells multiplayer poker product. This new feature-rich product offers immediate benefits to Chartwells clients as well as supporting the expansion plans of Chartwells poker community (

Threat of poker ban doubles Poker Player Alliance membership

July 27, 2006 - The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the game, announced with some satisfaction this week that membership has more than doubled since the U.S. House of Representatives voted to ban online poker.

Nick Grudzien wins Extreme Poker Losers Leap edition

July 27, 2006 - The third in InterPoker's popular Extreme Poker Challenge tournaments came to its spectacular climax this week as Nick Grudzien took on three other online qualifiers and poker star Phil Laak. Grudzien was the last one still flying after some frenzied airborne poker, and was declared the champ.

Phil Hellmuth becomes third player with 10 WSoP bracelets

July 27, 2006 - After a few disappointments where being at a WSOP final table has not resulted in a winner's bracelet, this week Phil Hellmuth joined poker greats Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan as the holder of 10 World Series of Poker winner's bracelets.

BetUS and Bluff Magazine throw private rock concert at WSOP

July 27, 2006 - and Bluff Magazine will rock the World Series of Poker (WSOP) at 9pm on Sunday, July 30th at The Joint, Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. Pop punk main stays Goldfinger will provide the riffs, while San Franciscos legendary DJ John Howard will Bluff Rock stars partying into the early hours. Invitations for the Bluff Rocks Concert will be available from the Bluff Girls at Stand #635 at the WSOP Lifestyle Show from July 27.

Gambling bill is delayed in Senate by opposition

July 27, 2006 - Reports earlier this week that the anti-online gambling legislation that Sen Jon Kyl and Rep Bob Goodlatte are trying to push through Congress were confirmed Wednesday by other sources.

BetonBet leaves Ongame for Microgaming Poker

July 27, 2006 - The acquisition of Ongame by Bwin had a consequence this week when betting exchange and poker room BetonBet, citing conflict possibilities, moved over to the Microgaming Poker Network.

The Carruthers files (3) - You're fired!

July 25, 2006 - The Carruthers story is fast turning into a modern-day version of a Greek tragedy, as our protagonist was stabbed in the back today by the current BetonSports management. In a desperate attempt to save their option schemes, BetonSports management decided to fire Mr. Carruthers effective immediately.

PokerStars launches MoneyMaker Millionaire tournament

July 24, 2006 - When 27 year old Tennessee Accountant Chris Moneymaker turned a $39 online satellite tournament win on into a $2.5 million windfall at the World Series of Poker, people around the world asked Why not me?

21-year old Jeff Madsen wins second WSoP bracelet

July 24, 2006 - Jeff Madsen, a 21 year old film production student is fast becoming one of the legends of the World Series of Poker, with wins totaling $1.4 million and the record of the youngest player ever to win not just one WSOP bracelet, but two!

PokerStars releases WCOOP schedule

July 24, 2006 - With the World Series of Poker about to peak (the main event is centred on July 28) the next big poker championship, the 2006 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is shaping up, and this week Pokerstars announced the full schedule.

PartyCasino's US marketing campaign full speed ahead

July 24, 2006 - The BetonSports crisis in the USA may have discouraged Party Gaming executives from travel in that country, but the Gibraltar based online gambling group is to go ahead with a major advertising campaign for its PartyCasino site.

PokerStars gives away 225 WSoP seats in one night

July 23, 2006 - The massive Pokerstars online poker site showcased its influence and sheer financial clout this week by setting a new seat sponsorship record for the industry - 225 World Series of Poker seat sponsorships at $12 000 a pop given away in a single night of poker action.

Men 'The Master' Nguyen to endorse

July 23, 2006 - Online poker players at Doyles could find themselves at the same virtual table as one of the most popular poker pros in the game following this week's announcement that six times World Series of Poker bracelet winner Men The Master Nguyen has signed on to endorse poker legend Doyle Brunsons site.

The Carruthers files (2)

July 22, 2006 - The online gaming world seemed to be turning around Mr. Carruthers this week, and today is no exception. High time for our second installment of the "Carruthers files" where we learn that (1) nobody's got a clue what the federal action is really all about, (2) Costa Rican Vice President tells US DoJ politely to back off, and (3) John Stewart from the Daily Show explains why online poker should be banned in a YouTube video.

Empire Online reports slow 2nd quarter

July 22, 2006 - The second quarter results from Empire Online operations were released this week, showing a slowdown in new customer signups that could be worrying.

Chris Ferguson and Greg Raymer join PPA board

July 22, 2006 - The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), a grassroots organization of 29,000 American poker players, today announced that world-renowned poker and "World Series of Poker"(TM) Champions Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Greg "Fossilman" Raymer have joined the PPA Board of Directors. Sponsors Mikey The Chimp At The WSOP

July 21, 2006 - Yes, the rumors are true. is sponsoring Mikey the Chimp at the 2006 World Series of Poker. There will be a press conference at 2:00pm (PST) on Thursday, July 27, 2006 at the Palms Hotel, Real World suite. Mikey and his trainers will be available for comments regarding Mikeys professional poker training for the WSOP and on Chimpanzees cognitive abilities.

The Carruthers files (1)

July 21, 2006 - In today's episode of the Carruthers files we learn that: (1) The Carruthers bail hearing is postponed and moved to St.Louis. (2) PartyGaming's Mitch Garber says Carruthers arrest doesn't make a senate ban any more likely. (3) Larry Gaydos of Haynes and Boone, LLP. says Carruthers arrest is counter-productive. (4) The BetonSports flotation was preceded by suitability enquires from the London AIM and (5) PokerChamps and Grand Virtual close their doors to all US players.

CYOP Systems launches new poker room:

July 21, 2006 - CYOP Systems International Inc., a provider of online casino software and operator of games portals, has launched as a new play-for-fun online casino operation, and a poker room that is fully operational for real money action.

BoDog marketing conference postponed

July 19, 2006 - The Bodog Marketing Conference scheduled for July 25th in Las Vegas is the first industry function to fall foul of the U.S. Department of Justice action against industry executive David Carruthers this week.

WTO to investigate US online gambling restrictions

July 19, 2006 - After three years of wrangling in World Trade Organization procedures with the United States, the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda has initiated investigations into the alleged non-compliance of the US with certain WTO rulings.

WSoP colluders caught and barred from Harrah's

July 19, 2006 - Journalist Jeff Haney writes in the Las Vegas Sun this week that he had a ringside seat at a collusion attempt during the WSOP and witnessed the cool and professional way in which it was handled.

Seven top poker players file antitrust lawsuit against WPT

July 19, 2006 - Today, seven of the world's top poker players filed an antitrust Complaint against WPT Enterprises, Inc.("WPTE") in federal district court in Los Angeles. By this lawsuit, Plaintiffs Chris Ferguson, Andrew Bloch, Annie Duke, Phil Gordon, Joseph Hachem, Howard Lederer, and Greg Raymer seek to enjoin - and seek treble and punitive damages for - WPTE's continuing violations of federal and state antitrust laws.

BetonSports CEO jailed and facing racketeering charges

July 17, 2006 - David Carruthers, the chief executive of BetonSports will be appearing at the Federal Court House in Fort Worth, Texas, later today (Monday) according to a spokesperson for the FBI.

BetonSports CEO David Carruthers detained in US

July 17, 2006 - The week's news was off to a flying start Monday as reports appeared in the Telegraph that the high profile CEO of BetonSports, David Carruthers had been detained by US federal officials whilst in transit through the States on his way to Costa Rica. Carruthers is a British citizen and was traveling from the UK with his wife at the time.

Chip Reese makes poker history; wins 2006 WSoP HORSE event

July 16, 2006 - The World Series of Poker event that has grabbed the headlines this week was undoubtedly the H.O.R.S.E. tournament (see previous InfoPowa bulletins) where the creme de la creme of players in several variations of the game paid $50 000 a pop entry fees for a crack at the $1.7 million first prize, or a share in the $6.8 million prize pool.

Playboy Poker TV combines beauty with brains

July 16, 2006 - The visual media is going to love this one, assuring it of plenty of eye-popping coverage - the renowned Playboy brand is putting together a poker team that combines beauty with brains.

Poker Summit North America to be held in Montreal

July 16, 2006 - Delegates at the annual GIGSE conference will confirm that Montreal is a great city for conferencing, and Bullet Business has locked on to it's unique French-Canadian appeal it seems.

September 22 is deadline for HR 4411 to become law

July 15, 2006 - The House of Representatives vote in favor of Bill HR4411 "The Unlawful Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act of 2006" has whipped up a blizzard of media publicity, much of it creating the impression that the ban on online gambling is now law.

JacksNQueens announces August webcam poker launch

July 15, 2006 - Six weeks back the advent of "live over the internet" poker using Webcam technology was announced by Pharaoh's Poker, with Beta testing scheduled for this (July) month, and it now appears there will be some competition for the first operator into this new Internet gambling niche: JNQ Global Inc. has announced an August launch for their equivalent product.

Gavin 'Birdguts' Smith wins Mansion Poker Challenge

July 13, 2006 - Poker professional Gavin "Birdguts" Smith is the new champion in the Mansion Poker World Pro-AM Challenge...and he has a cheque for $500 000 in his pocket to prove it this week.

WSoP new $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E event has started

July 13, 2006 - It's mainly professionals who comprise the 143 starting players in one of the high points of the World Series of Poker that started this week - Event 20 - the $50 000 buy-in, H.O.R.S.E. tournament.

Howared Lederer blasts House vote

July 13, 2006 - Top U.S. poker playing star Howard "The Professor" Lederer came out with guns blazing this week in an article condemning the House of Representatives vote against online gambling.

Bet and Win rebrands as Bwin

July 13, 2006 - Two years of careful thought, market research and planning have been invested in a brand change for Austrian public company Bet and Win, and this week saw the fruits of that initiative as the new brand was announced by co-CEO Manfred Bodner.

The second William Hill Poker Grand Prix is coming

July 13, 2006 - The second William Hill Poker Grand Prix is coming. And this time its bigger than ever. William Hill has added even more money into the pot - a staggering 164,000 - taking the prize pool to 500,000.

Pokerzone to cover WSoP finals

July 13, 2006 - A news team from the UK Pokerzone television channel will be in Las Vegas to record the final events leading to the main game at the World Series of Poker, where one of the 9 final table players is likely to walk away with over $10 million - the richest sports prize in the world - as the 2006 poker champion.

Quotable quotes on the anti-gambling House vote

July 12, 2006 - Not everyone was pleased with the rather rushed House vote on HR 4411 as part of the Republicans' "American Values Agenda" this week, and we collected a few quotable quotes from the vast volumes of media coverage on the event.

Max Pescatori finishes first in the $2,500 No Limit Holdem event

July 12, 2006 - In a big win for Team Brunson, Max Pescatori of Milan, Italy finished first in the $2,500 No Limit Holdem World Series of Poker event, taking home a paycheck of $682,389.

Mary Jones wins $1000 Ladies' No Limit Hold'em event

July 12, 2006 - Mary Jones is the latest World Series of Poker champ to take home a barrow full of money and that coveted champion's bracelet. 1128 international women players signed up for the $1000 Ladies' No Limit Hold'em event, and it took over 17 hours on day one alone to whittle the field down to 26 survivors. From there, it was more intense, and the final table was decided within a few hours.

PokerWize will launch 3D, VoIP enabled poker room this summer

July 12, 2006 - aims to revolutionize the online poker experience when it launches its 3-D virtual reality poker game this summer. uses state-of-the-art video gaming technology to add a whole new dimension to the world of interactive gaming.

Anti gambling bill moves to Senate after House approval

July 11, 2006 - In a rushed, crowded schedule that left little room for debate, the merged Goodlatte/Leach Bill HR 4411 survived various amendments designed to defeat its carve-outs on horse racing, lotteries and fantasy sports and was passed 317 to 93 today (Tuesday).

OnGame's Anders Lantz joins eCOGRA board

July 11, 2006 - The CEO of online gambling standards and player protection body eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) Andrew Beveridge has announced the appointment of Anders Lantz to the board of directors.

House approves anti-gambling bill

July 11, 2006 - The House of Representatives has commenced work on Bill HR 4411, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 which consists of two Bills from Reps Goodlatte and Leach which seek to stop online gambling in the United States through financial restrictions and possible action against Internet Service Providers. Update: The anti-gambling bill has passed the house with an overwhelming 317 to 93 majority.

David Williams wins his first WSoP bracelet

July 11, 2006 - Team Bodog pro David Williams, the 26-year-old Texan who rocketed into stardom two years ago with his memorable runner-up finish at the 2004 World Series of Poker, has captured his first bracelet in poker's showcase event.

Pokershare represented at WSoP by chimpanzee

July 11, 2006 - In a "rumor mill" exercise that sounds remarkably like a viral marketing project, the poker site is being touted as the first company to enter a chimpanzee in the the august tournaments of the World Series of Poker.

Sophisticated poker bot developed at Carnegie Mellon

July 11, 2006 - VNUnet reports that US boffins at Carnegie Mellon University claim to have created a smart learning program that can play a winning hand of Texas hold 'em.

US legal wrangling impacts on Internet gambling business?

July 10, 2006 - The news late last week that the merged Goodlatte and Leach Bills could be debated in the House of Representatives as early as the middle of this week seemed to impact share prices on the London market.

Sam Farha defeats Phil Ivey in Omaha Hi Lo 8 event

July 9, 2006 - Whilst skill is paramount for real poker success, luck plays a huge role too. Take Phil Ivey, six time bracelet winner who only months ago was being rightly lauded for a series of brilliant victories in international tournaments, but was this week beaten to the bracelet in a World Series of Poker match.

Poker crackdown in the UK

July 9, 2006 - Illegal poker game organizers will be looking over their shoulders after the UK Gambling Commission contacted local authorities and law enforcement agencies throughout the country last week, advising them to take action against illegal poker games that have sprung up in the wake of the game's global popularity.

Harrah's announces WSoP circuit schedule

July 9, 2006 - Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. has announced that the third season of the popular World Series of Poker Circuit will include 11 tournament stops that will bring high-stakes poker action and excitement to players at nine Harrah's-operated casinos around the country.

10th WSOP bracelet eludes poker star Phil Hellmuth

July 9, 2006 - You had to feel for Phil Hellmuth in the $5 000 No-Limit Hold 'Em WSOP event number 9 last week. It was an opportunity for the poker star to join the elite group of world class players who have won 10 WSOP bracelets, but it eluded him.

Team Brunson to participate in every televised WSoP event

July 9, 2006 - Team Brunson, a collection of some of the best players in poker, has been introduced at this years World Series of Poker (WSOP) at the Harrahs Rio Suites in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mansion Poker launches US advertising blitz

July 7, 2006 - U.S. advertising and design firm 72andSunny has launched the first international campaign for Gibraltar licensed and Indonesian owned Mansion gambling group.

Professional Poker Tour starts airing on Travel Channel

July 6, 2006 - Poker fans with a penchant for fast and professional action will be tuning into the Travel Channel over the next 24 weeks as the Professional Poker Tour gets into its stride.

PartyGaming in talks with Gamebookers

July 6, 2006 - Speculative reports in British business media this week revealed that Party Gaming, which has for some time hinted at an intention to add a sportsbook to its online gambling interests, has been involved in talks with Gamebookers. A price tag of GBP 50 million has been mentioned, and the deal could be clinched within the next two to three weeks.

Full Tilt's Mark Vos wins his first-ever WSoP bracelet

July 6, 2006 - Mark Vos, a 22-year old Australian online player who uses the handle PokerBok is fast earning respect as one of the worlds top poker players, and he showed his class this week by becoming one of the youngest World Series of Poker bracelet winners in history.

William Chen wins Limit Holdem event at WSoP

July 6, 2006 - The big money tournaments were coming thick and fast in Vegas this week as the World Series of Poker juggernaut continued to provide great poker and plenty of excitement and rewards for winners.

Joe Hachem wins $345,000 in first week of 2006 WSoP

July 4, 2006 - The Australian media were jubilantly reporting the latest World Series of Poker triumphs of last year's multi-million dollar champion Joe Hachem (40) this week, as the 2006 action on the world's biggest poker event ran the opening competitions in its 45 event schedule.

Vegas Open will be broadcast on HDTV

July 3, 2006 - Fire up that new High Definition TV this week, because there's a wealth of poker action being beamed from the new 14 500 sq. ft. poker room at Caesars Palace in the world's gambling capital, Las Vegas.

CEO Poker show raises funds for charity with eBay auction

July 3, 2006 - William Peraza Jr., CEO of "The CEO Poker Show" in the States is a gambling man who believes in putting benefits up front for charity instead of just talking about it.

Mansion introduces World Pro-Am Challenge

July 3, 2006 - Mansion Poker will be using hi-tech poker playing facilities to the max next month in a new competition, the World Pro-Am Challenge, that will see poker players qualified through the Internet pitching their skills against poker pros.

U.S. online gambling ban one step closer

July 1, 2006 - Further details are now available on the surprise news that the Goodlatte and Leach Bills seeking to hamstring online gambling in the USA have been forwarded on for debate on the floor of the House of Representatives - effectively another step forward for this legislation.

Betfair announces Asian Poker Tour

July 1, 2006 - Betfair has become the first gaming company granted permission to present a poker tournament in Singapore. The firm has teamed up with local operators Capital Events to host the ground-breaking contest in November this year.

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