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Poker News in Brief: March 30-April 5
Welcome to this edition of Poker News in Brief for the week starting March 30.
As part of a weekly series we've compiled a list of stories that didn't quite make it into the main news roster but were worth mentioning.
This week we take a look at an honored female poker player finally getting the recognition she deserves along with one of the best online players in the world doing what he does best - win tournaments.
Cyndy Violette headlines 2009 Women in Poker Hall of Fame inductees
On June 5, Cyndy Violette along with June Field and Jan Fisher will be inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.
Violette is a World Series of Poker bracelet winner and has accumulated more than $1 million in tournament winnings through her career. Field is also a WSOP bracelet winner, but she made most of her mark behind the poker scene by founding two poker magazines as well as two poker cruises.
Fisher enjoys a semiprofessional poker career, but is better known for her role as a tournament director for events as well as co-founding the Tournament Directors Association. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Poker Players Alliance, Ladies Poker Association and Ladies International Poker Series.
This is only the second year of inductions since the creation of the WiPHoF, and these three women will join Marsha Waggoner, Susie Isaacs, Linda Johnson and Barbara Enright in the Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony plus a celebration dinner and dance will take place June 5 at the Golden Nugget Casino in downtown Las Vegas.
Texas committee passes poker bill
Live poker keeps getting closer and closer to legalization in Texas. This week Texas State Representative Jose Menendez' poker bill got passed by a 6-3 vote in the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee.
Although the bill must still pass through the House of Representatives there's definitely a chance that poker players will soon be able to actually play Texas No-Limit Hold'em in Texas.
UFC fighter brandish Ultimate Bet gear
At first it was just a rumor but it appears two "Ultimate" brands are now officially collaborating. Ultimate Bet Poker and the Ultimate Fighting Championship must have come to a beneficial agreement as Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann donned Ultimate Bet gear during his latest tilt that was shown on Spike TV.
WestmenloAA wins SCOOP event 1
Online player Isaac "WestmenloAA" Baron proved once again just how dominant he can be by winning one of the Day 1 SCOOP events on PokerStars.
Baron won one of the middle tier events on Day 1 specifically the $55 6-Max No-Limit Hold'em with rebuys. Despite the event's small buy-in the prize pool was an impressive $641,350 thanks to rebuys.
Baron beat KidCardiff6 in heads-up play to take down the epic $97,805 first place prize.
Read more about it at the PokerStars blog.
New players touched by an iPod at Betfair Poker
From March 25 to April 12, new players have a chance to win an iPod Touch at Betfair Poker.
Any new player who generates 10,000 Betfair Poker points within their first 60 days of their first real-money hand will earn an 8GB iPod Touch. Along the way to 10,000 points, players who reach 1,000 points will also be automatically qualified for a seat in an exclusive freeroll where the top 50 players will also receive an iPod Touch.
Check out the details at Betfair Poker.