Poker News in Brief: Sept. 14-20, 2009

Lacey Jones
Lacey Jones didn't win the Borgata Poker Open ladies event.

The 2009 World Series of Poker Europe officially got underway this week much to the delight of poker fans around the world.

The tournament series dominated the news with Annette_15 turning 21, J.P. Kelly taking the early lead in the first event and Anestis Metsas winning $1 million in a Betfair freeroll.

Of course, there's always more going on behind the scenes that doesn't necessary make it to the front page of PL.com.

As part of our ongoing Poker News in Brief feature we've compiled a list of these stories below. This week we'll take a look at a man taking first in a female event, an online player taking down his second WCOOP event, record numbers at the Commerce Casino and more.

Man wins women's poker tournament

It's story that is becoming more and more frequent in the poker world. Men are entering women-only poker tournaments.

This week, Abraham Korotki of New Jersey entered the Ladies Event at the Borgata Poker Open and, after outlasting 268 women, took down the event for $20,982.

Korotki was able to enter the tournament because organizers are not allowed to exclude players based on gender.

Nicole Rowe finished in second place for $11,889 to become the last woman standing in a ladies event. Rowe was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Korotki allegedly offered to donate some of the money to a breast cancer foundation, but an exact amount wasn't given.

In 2007, former baseball player Jose Canseco entered a ladies event at the Bicycle Casino and recently a man filed a discriminatory lawsuit against Hollywood Park Casino because its poker room offered a ladies-only event.

g0lfa drives his way to two WCOOP titles

Ryan "g0lfa" D'Angelo proved that lightning can strike twice by winning his second WCOOP title this week.

D'Angelo outlasted 1,406 players to take first place and $69,245 in the $320 PLH/PLO event on Tuesday.

In winning his second bracelet of the online series, D'Angelo rocketed to the top of the 2009 WCOOP leaderboards with 220 points. George Danzer is the closest competition with 190 points.

D'Angelo also upped his total winnings in the 2009 WCOOP up to $120,782.

Moshe Marshiah
Moshe Mashiah outlasts 3,966.

Commerce Casino event draws nearly 4,000

Say what you will about the economy, but poker tournaments are still booming in California.

A total of 3,967 bought into the $220 No-Limit Hold'em event at Commerce Casino this week, the first tournament of its Hold'em series. It was enough to create the largest land-based poker tournament in history outside of the WSOP.

Los Angeles-based player Moshe Mashiah outlasted everyone to take down a $164,627 first-place prize. But according to tournament director Matt Savage, the last 10 players actually chopped for $45,000 each.

The Commerce Casino Hold'em Series is currently in full swing with the $2,580 main event scheduled to take place this coming Friday.

SSIGI introduces new pro-online gambling ads

The Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative went on the offensive this week with a new ad campaign aimed at legalizing online poker.

One of the ads featured a photograph of the prohibition era in the U.S. with the tagline, "End Prohibition! Again."

The ads were in support of Rep. Barney Frank's Internet Gambling Regulation Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2009 (H.R. 2267).

"As Congress searches for ways to pay for health care reform and other worthy programs, it should end the unsuccessful prohibition of Internet gambling and start collecting taxes on the billions in revenue currently lost to unlicensed, offshore gambling operators," said Jeffrey Sandman, spokesperson for the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative.

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Full Tilt goes with new data expert

Full Tilt Poker is already known as one of the most secure poker sites on the web, but this week it added to that reputation.

FTP announced it would be using Aster Data for fraud detection and analytics. The goal is to provide better customer service to players, more security and manage increasing data volumes.

Full Tilt will also use Aster to fuel customer access to hand history data, meaning players will be able to learn more about how they play.

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