Ivey Materializes at WSOP
Phil Ivey has finally showed up to the 2015 World Series of Poker. He played in Sunday's $111,111 ONE DROP High Roller and revealed where he's been all this time.
Meanwhile, Texas Rep. Joe Barton has filed his latest attempt to legalize online poker in the United States.
Ivey Returns to Vegas for WSOP - Says Cash Games More Important
Phil Ivey finally played at the 2015 WSOP on Sunday. He took part in the $111,111 ONE DROP High Roller but failed to make it through Day 1.
Ivey conducted an interview with PokerNews and told them that he's been busy chasing cash-game action in other parts of the world.
He also mentioned that while he is still interested in catching Phil Hellmuth for the all-time WSOP bracelet lead, he's more interested in playing cash games.
Much of Ivey's motivation in the last three years has been major side bets he had in connection with him winning bracelets. He says a lot of that action has dried up and that has impacted his motivation to play.
Ivey says that the plans to play in a few events to close out the WSOP, but if some solid cash game action pops up, the WSOP will take a back seat.
Texas Rep. Joe Barton Files Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2015
There's been a lot of focus this year on anti-poker legislation in Congress. Now there is finally some good news to talk about on the legal front.
On Thursday, Texas Congressman Joe Barton filed HR 2888, the Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2015. This bill would make a uniform set of online poker regulations applicable nationwide.
Rather than usurp state rights, this bill would give states the option to "opt-in" for federal online poker regulation or to pursue regulations on their own.
Note that this bill would not make all online poker play legal. Only sites that have applied for and been licensed would be legal in the United States.
Other sites would still be under the guidelines of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, aka UIGEA.
This is Barton's third attempt to legalize online poker in the United States. The last attempt to do so was in 2013 and that bill received a hearing before dying in committee.
It is uncertain at this point whether this bill has a legitimate shot of passing but many hope that it at least garners enough support to weaken any momentum that anti-iPoker legislation has gained in 2015.