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2013 WSOP Debuts on ESPN, GPI Buys Hendon Mob

24 July 2013, By: Pokerjunkie.com
With a lull in major ongoing poker events, the debut of the 2013 World Series of Poker coverage on ESPN grabs the headlines this week.
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With a lull in major ongoing poker events, the debut of the 2013 World Series of Poker coverage on ESPN grabs the headlines this week.

The GPI also now owns the largest player database in the world and yet another online poker bill has been drafted -- this time by an actual poker player.

2013 World Series of Poker Debuts on ESPN

The 2013 World Series of Poker debuted last night on ESPN with the final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific.

This year marked the inaugural WSOP APAC and it was highlighted by the bracelet wins of Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey.

Ivey took his 9th career bracelet in the WSOP APAC $2,200 Mixed Event and Daniel Negreanu took down his 5th WSOP bracelet in the Main Event for over $1 million in prize money.

Global Poker Index buys Hendon Mob

The Hendon Mob is poker's #1 resource for poker player stats and The Global Poker Index now owns the world-famous poker resource.

On Tuesday, GPI officials made the announcement that it has completed their acquisition of the online poker site and related databases.

Zokay Entertainment, the parent company for the GPI, has been spending money liberally the last couple of years and has shelled out over $3 million in various investments.

The Hendon Mob site has been online over 12 years and currently has a database of over a quarter million players and around 70,000 live poker events.

Poker Players Drafts Federal Online Poker Bill

First revealed on the TwoPlusTwo forums, poker fan and enthusiast Martin Shapiro revealed his "Internet Wagering Citizens Protection Act," his version of online poker legislation for the United States.

At closer examination, the bill is a hodgepodge of several bills that have been proposed in the past for federal and state legislation with a focus on licensing iGaming in all forms at the federal level.

Online poker is the only "skill game" that would require a license under the bill and the bill does include a bad actor clause that bans companies that have violated federal or state gaming laws for a period of 5 years.

The bill is setup to cover both state run and tribal run online poker rooms in the US. The bill is still being modified and does not have any sponsors in Congress, but that could change in the near future.

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