Poker News in Brief: Jan. 24-30

Kevin Macphee
Kevin MacPhee

The poker world finished January with a bang as another huge Aussie Millions came to a close.

Australian David Gorr surprised many by outlasting Patrik Antonius and Chris Moorman at the final table to win $2 million.

The Aussie Millions wasn’t the only place where poker news broke this week, however, and we’re counting down some of the lesser-known stories below.

This week we’ll take a look at a milestone for Kevin MacPhee, James Keys joining RedKings Poker, talk of legal poker in South Carolina and more.

MacPhee Cracks EPT All-Time Leaderboard

Thanks to a cash in last month’s EPT Prague, Kevin MacPhee now finds himself in the EPT’s top 10 all-time tournament points earners.

MacPhee, who won EPT Berlin last year, sits in eighth place right behind Arnaud Mattern and just above Jason Mercier.

“It's amazing to be in the company of such legends and good friends like Jason Mercier, ElkY and Mike McDonald,” said MacPhee. “I started playing EPTs in Barcelona and worked really hard trying to qualify for each one on PokerStars and am happy that I did.”

MacPhee now has six cashes on the EPT and over $1.8 million in lifetime live tournament earnings.

Poker770 Starts Facebook Promo

Become a fan of the Poker770 Facebook page and you could have a shot at over €16,000 in prizes.

As part of an ongoing Facebook promotion, Poker770 will award €1,000 to one lucky fan when it hits 10,000 fans, €5,000 to another player when it reaches 50,000 fans and finally €10,000 to a fan if the Facebook page gets 100,000 fans.

In addition Poker770 will be running a $100 freeroll every month for Facebook fans. You can find it under the name “Become a Rich FB” in the online poker site's lobby.

South Carolina Considers Legal Home Games

Legislators in South Carolina are once again talking about legalizing home games, according to a story with

The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering an update to the state’s 1802 anti-gambling law, which, if read literally, bans any game with cards or dice.

Home games have been a hot topic in South Carolina since 2006 when a Mount Pleasant home was raided and 22 players were arrested including a 79-year-old woman. There has been considerable backlash from the public since the incident.

RedKings Signs Brit James Keys

RedKings Poker has signed up-and-coming English player James Keys.

Keys, who finished second in the Aussie Millions for $1 million just last night, is a respected live pro that has cashed in numerous major tournaments including the WSOP Main Event and the WSOPE Main Event.

"I'm very excited to be signing with RedKings, the site has always been a favorite of mine and hopefully I can be a good representative of RedKings, I'm also very grateful to Poker Icons for getting me this opportunity,” said Keys.

Keys joins a team that already includes Ramzi Jelassi and Toni Ojala and with plans to play the GSOP live events, WSOP and EPT tournaments, he should be very active on the poker circuit this year.

SkyCity Auckland Closes Poker Tables

The poker room at SkyCity Auckland will be shutting down Feb. 7.

SkyCity Auckland, which is going through major renovations, made the announcement earlier this week. It’s supposed to be a temporary situation but SkyCity management gave no date for when the room might return.

One of the flagship poker rooms in New Zealand, SkyCity Auckland has hosted APPT and ANZPT events in the past.

Last year Brother D won APPT Auckland at SkyCity for $170,000.

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