Poker News in Brief: April 20-26, 2009

Calvin Ayre
Calvin Ayre may be gone but Bodog is back.

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Despite not being a part of the original lawsuits, the MMGG said it stepped in to settle the matter because the lawsuit cast a shadow on the Bodog brand it had been running.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be able to return the Bodog experience to its rightful home - the reaction of staff and key suppliers has been thunderous," said Alwyn Morris, MMGG chief executive.

The return of is just in time for the 26-event Bodog Poker Open III. The series begins today and ends with the championship event on May 3.

The Bodog Poker Open III will feature three concurrent series during the week offering a Mini-Bounty Tournament Series, Mid-Stakes Tournament Series and the Championship Tournament Series.

In all there is more than $280,000 in guaranteed prize money, plus the varying levels of buy-ins offer a little something for everyone.

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Hollywood Dave Stann
That's Hollywood for you.

Hollywood Dave Stann wins prelim event at WSOPC Caesars Las Vegas

Although the big news over the weekend was Yevgeniy Timoshenko winning the WPT championship another well-known pro took down a tournament with more than 370 runners.

"Hollywood Dave" Stann won Event 18 of this year's WSOPC Caesars Las Vegas after he outlasted a final table that included Eskimo Clark and Steven "Stevie G" McKoy.

It was the third major tournament that Stann has won and his first WSOPC ring. The 35-year-old former blackjack player officially collected $26,398 for his first place finish.

The WSOPC Caesars Las Vegas Championship Event kicks off on tomorrow at 12 p.m.

Florida man predicts online poker to be legalized in the U.S.

Once again an expert in internet law is suggesting the U.S. government may move to legalize online gambling in an effort to raise revenue.

In a story with 24 Hours online Lawrence Walters suggested that intrastate online poker games may be the future for online gambling in the U.S.

Law professor Ed Morse of Creighton University in Nebraska was quick to point out that legalizing online gambling would not only help a cash-strapped government but it would help create jobs and economic expansion during a recession.

To read the complete story click here.

PR Web declines online gambling releases

Popular press release website PR Web announced this week it will no longer be accepting submissions from online gambling companies.

PR Web is based in Washington and decided to ban online gambling related pressreleases due to the murky legislation surrounding online gambling in the U.S.

Prior to the ban PR Web was one of the most prominent methods of advertising for sites like Full Tilt Poker and Everest Poker.

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