Doyle Exits, FTP Waffles and Cheater Resurfaces
This past weekend has been a busy one in poker with some big announcements and a big surprise at the WPT Championship.
Doyle Brunson Leaves DoylesRoom
Doyle Brunson, the long time front man for online poker site DoylesRoom.com has officially left the site.
In a statement, Brunson said:
"Reluctantly, I have decided to terminate my endorsement contract with Doylesroom.com.
"It pains me to leave at this time. I have aspirations of reentering the online poker business when the United States Government passes legislation that officially legalizes online poker sites."
"Doylesroom management has decided to continue to serve U.S. customers. Although they believe they have the right to market the name Doylesroom and to use my name and likeness for a period of time, I have asked them not to.
"Good luck - Shuffle up and deal."
Brunson is not the only entity to leave the U.S. voluntarily since Black Friday.
Victory Poker, among other poker sites, also made the decision after April 15 to leave the U.S. rather than face charges related to the UIGEA.
Full Tilt Makes "Non-Announcement" Regarding U.S. Payouts
The PR train wreck with Full Tilt Poker continues.
An announcement was supposed to be made by Sunday regarding payouts to U.S. players in the wake of Black Friday. Instead, the following was released by Full Tilt:
"Since April 15th and the days immediately following, Full Tilt Poker faced numerous challenges and hurdles to ensuring the smooth operation of its international business and the orderly return of US player funds.
"FTP has worked tirelessly to address these issues and has made significant progress on both fronts.
"FTP's international business operations are returning to normal while we focus on ensuring the safe and orderly return of US player deposits. We are absolutely committed to making sure that US players are refunded as soon as possible.
"We apologize for the delay and the fact that we underestimated the time it would take to work through these issues. We will update our US players when we have more specific information to provide."
To date, only PokerStars has begun the process of returning funds. Through last week, PokerStars has returned over $100 Million to U.S. players.
Partouche Poker Tour Cheater Playing at WPT Championship
The $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Championship kicked off on Friday and drew a stellar field of 220 players.
Among those players is Ali Tekintamgac, the player disqualified from the Partouche Poker Tour Cannes final table this past November for cheating.
If not for Daniel Negreanu, most of the poker world may missed out on this fact. Negreanu has been very vocal regarding Tekintamgac's play in the event. On his twitter account he stated:
"Bellagio/WPT should absolutely not allow this person in the event. He was caught red-handed cheating and should be banned. This is absurd."
Also in his tweets, Negreanu stated that he would try and talk to Jack Effel about getting Tekintamgac banned from the WSOP.
Effel responded a bit later with the following:
Tekintamgac won his seat in this year's WPT Championship after winning the 2010 WPT Spanish Championship last year.
Players are getting ready to head into Day 3 action and Tekintamgac is slightly above average in chips with 205,800.