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Year in Review: Turmoil continues in February
January's poker-world turmoil continued to have an effect on the community as the month of February played out.
NETeller was bombarded by e-mails and calls from U.S. customers who found they could not withdraw their funds through either the site or the ATM card NETeller had issued, which was quite popular. In response, NETeller Alfonse D'Amato expressed interest in helping the organization. D'Amato, a longtime poker player, would soon become the chairman of the PPA and help lead the fight for the freedoms of American poker players in the PPA's skirmishes with Washington.
Although hobbled on the legislative front, poker was breaking new ground technology-wise. When Microsoft introduced the new version of Windows, WindowsVista, during the month, it came with a Texas Hold'em program that could be played across the Internet. While it was only for play chips, some began to wonder if other Internet giants such as Google, AOL and Yahoo! were potential areas of expansion for the game.
The tournament poker world chugged along, with several champions crowned during the month. Kosta Sengos won the WSOPC stop at Council Bluffs, Iowa and Peter Feldman made Circuit history when he became only the second man (along with professional Chris "Jesus" Ferguson) to win two WSOPC Championship Events with his first-place finish at Harrah's Rincon in San Diego.
Eric Hershler battled noted pro J.C. Tran at the L.A. Poker Classic and was victorious, earning more than $2 million for his efforts.
Other notable victories were Bill Edler's triumph over Barry Greenstein at the Crystal Casino's Heads Up Championship in Compton, Calif. and Zachary Hyman's stunning win over a stacked final table that included Ted Lawson, Mike Matusow, Scott Fischman, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Johnny Chan at the inaugural Wynn Classic in Las Vegas.
While the first two months of 2007 were busy, there was more to come as the year played out. Tomorrow we'll look back at March as our 2007 Year in Review continues.