August 5th – Daily Deal
Topics: WPT London, ESPN Inside Deal and Michael Jackson Online Casino
On today’s edition of the Daily Deal, the World Poker Tour debuts in London, ESPN’s Inside Deal has Dennis Phillips and David Baker as guests, and Michael Jackson stirs controversy from the grave – into the online gaming world.
Hello, I’m Sean Gibson and welcome to the Daily Deal by Poker News Daily.
The World Poker Tour will make its first ever stop in London later this month. PartyPoker players have several opportunities to win a seat to the inaugural event. Satellites will be running over the coming weekend, ranging from freerolls to a $600 multi-table tournament that will take place on Sunday. Those who qualify for WPT London will receive a twelve-thousand dollar prize package including the buy-in, some spending money, and seven nights’ accommodation in one of Europe’s most expensive – and exciting – cities. The WPT London Poker Classic will take place from August 30th to September fifth at the Palm Beach Casino in Mayfair. Players who confirmed their assistance include Tony G, Phil Ivey, and Annette Obrestad. In another first for the WPT, Mike Sexton will be joined in the floor by Jesse May to provide live commenting for the game.
On this week’s edition of the ESPN.com poker news program “Inside Deal,” two thousand and eight World Series of Poker November Niner Dennis Phillips joined in for the entire episode. The hot topic of the week was the passage of HR 2267, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act, by the House Financial Services Committee. The crew also debated whether the final table of the Player’s Championship should have been only No Limit Hold’em. David Baker joined the program via phone to discuss why he held out on an endorsement deal while driving to a 17th place finish:
“I just knew that most of the money was deep in the tournament itself plus the endorsements. You had a lot more leverage later on. Obviously, poker is very volatile, so they don’t want to pay for too much early, but if they know you’re going to get a lot of camera time, they’re willing to pay a little bit more.”
“Inside Deal” is released every Tuesday on ESPN.com.
The king of pop may have passed away over a year ago, but the controversy is alive and well. According to a report on Monday by TMZ.com, someone started an online casino called MichaelJacksonCasino.com and the King of Pop’s estate is none too pleased about it. The website, which was taken down within the last couple days, featured an image of the poster for Jackson’s film Moonwalker, and the text, “The King of Pop is proud to bring you the most exciting Vegas style online casino betting experience on the Net!” According to Jackson’s estate, the casino did not have permission to use Jackson’s likeness or any other trademarks.
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