Weekly Poker Roundup: June 9, 2018
AGA President and CEO Steps Down
Geoff Freeman has announced that he is resigning from his position as President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). He will stay on through the end of July before moving to the same role with the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association.
In a statement to the AGA’s membership, Tim Wilmott, CEO of Penn National Gaming and chairman of the AGA board, said,
“The AGA accomplished many important successes during Geoff’s tenure, most notably the recent Supreme Court ruling declaring the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional, a decision that paves the way for legalized sports betting in the United States.”
While the AGA did push for sports betting legalization during Freeman’s tenure, it failed miserably in online poker efforts. In fact, because of pressure from billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his Las Vegas Sands Corp., the AGA actually stopped supporting online gambling and poker in 2014. This despite the fact that most of its membership wanted online gambling legalized.
Shaun Deeb Goes Deep in Two Simultaneous WSOP Events
The 2018 World Series of Poker is in full swing and, as usual, interesting stories are beginning to develop. One had the potential to be extremely interesting before falling short, but was still neat, nonetheless. Poker pro Shaun Deeb came just a few finishing spots away from competing in two WSOP final tables at the same time.
Deeb made it to Day 3 in both Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw and Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold’em, entering the day as one of the final three in the former and in the final eighteen in the latter. On Day 2, he kept shuttling between the Amazon Room and Brasilia Room so that he could keep up with both tournaments.
For Day 3, WSOP staff granted his request to have tables for each tournament situated close to each other to make it easier for him to handle both events. He wasn’t quite able to complete what would’ve been one of the greatest poker accomplishments of all time, though, as he busted in third place in the Lowball Draw event and in sixteenth place in the NLH event.
PokerStars Rolls Out Spin & Goal Tournaments
As was predicted several weeks ago, PokerStars has launched a special Spin & Go promotion called “Spin & Goal” to coincide with the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, which begins on June 14th. The Spin & Go promo will run through July 23rd.
There are two different Spin & Goal competitions. The first is your standard Spin & Go, but with different prizes. The $5 buy-in tourneys will have potential prize pools of $10, $20, $30, $50, $125, $600, $1,200, and $1.2 million. The odds of hitting the top prize pool are slim to none, as one would expect: 1 in 10 million. First place for that one is $1 million.
The other Spin & Goal – Spin & Goal Dream Trip – gives players the chance to win a $5,000 Dream Trip Gold Package to be used on any sort of vacation or hospitality package to a sporting events. The Dream Trip Silver Package is $2,000 towards a vacation. Probability is 2 in 100,000 for the former and 5 in 100,000 toward the latter.
The only way to play in these Spin & Goal Dream Trip tournaments is to receive a free ticket. New players (those who have created accounts since June 1st) can get five tickets and those who had accounts before June 1st can get two free tickets. The only other ways to receive tickets are to win a Spin & Goal Dream Trip tournament (ticket is the prize nearly half the time) or finish in the top 80 in a daily freeroll. Tickets to said freeroll are the prize in the Spin & Goal Dream Trip tourney exactly half the time.
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