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Poker's In and Out List: Galfond Back; Cates Jacked
Seven days have elapsed since last we advised you on the ins and outs of the poker world and we’re back with a brand new batch of winners and losers.
Cheer the Ins; they’ve earned it. Jeer the Outs; they deserve nothing but your contempt.
This is Poker’ In and Out List.
Poker’s In List: July 22 – 29
Phil Galfond: IN
OMGClayAiken is in this week, literally.
He successfully negotiated the Canadian border and has been seen playing high-stakes poker online just like the good old days.
PokerListings.com actually witnessed him entering Canada a few days after the WSOP Main Event ended. It wasn’t a stalker thing, just a coincidence we assure you.
The Canadian border agent must have been distracted by Galfond’s friend who was wearing pajamas and carrying a pillow.
Epic Poker League: IN
Federated Sports + Gaming’s Epic Poker League is in this week for putting together a deal to air their poker tournaments on CBS.
This represents a step into the mainstream for televised poker which fits perfectly with Epic’s big-money and big-name approach.
Europe: IN (The continent, not the Swedish 80s Band)
The first event on the World Poker Tour’s tenth season just finished in Slovenia, and in just a few days the European Poker Tour kicks off its eighth season in Estonia.
With a ton of tournaments all over Europe we’re calling the entire continent in this week.
We’re certainly looking forward to our next Euro-trip to the French Riviera for the World Series of Poker Europe.
Poker’s Out List: July 22 – 29
One Canadian Border Agent: OUT
Unlike Phil Galfond, Dan “Jungleman12” Cates didn’t fare so well at the Canadian border.
For the grand injustice of refusing entry to someone of Jungleman’s status, we’re singling out that individual border agent who turned him away.
Because we know, especially if someone from Border Services is reading this, that border agents are an upstanding and righteous group to whose vigilance we owe so much.
The Public: OUT
The public is out this week, specifically in the case of the Full Tilt Poker licensing hearing to discuss the site’s future with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.
The hearing was originally slated to happen in public but yesterday in London Full Tilt’s lawyers argued that a public hearing could be damaging to negotiations with investors, and ultimately FTP’s customers.
The AGCC agreed and announced that the hearing will take place no later than September 15, and will be held in private.
Bodog Brand: OUT
Bodog will be out of the US market come 2012, according to a statement recently released on CalvinAyre.com.
Bodog has decided to let its license with Morris Mohawk Gaming expire on December 31 of this year, in order to focus on growing the brand internationally.
The good news for US poker players is that MMG, who has actually been handling Bodog’s operations in the US for the last five years, plans to rebrand the site and continue to offer online gaming services in the US.