Petition for the Game, 10 for Hall of Fame
This Week in Poker players petitioned President Obama, the WSOP announced the 10 finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame and the South Point Casino in Vegas stuck its toe into the online poker pool.
Petition the White House to Legalize Online Poker
The Obama Administration has urged United States citizens to take to the internet and petition the government.
Whitehouse.gov has now setup a petition option that allows citizens to create and sign petitions related to issues they would like addressed.
The PPA has now set up a petition for online poker. The online petition asks the Obama Administration to "protect consumers, create jobs, and generate revenue by licensing and regulating online poker."
At present, the petition has just over 8,000 signatures and users can sign the petition until October 22nd.
You must register for a free account on the website in order to vote.
Originally, the administration had stated that any petition with at least 5,000 votes would be reviewed and an answer given to the petition. Due to an overwhelming response, that number has now been changed to 25,000.
The online poker petition reached 5,000 signature before the number was bumped up and according to the PPA, it will still be answered.
However, every signature the petition receives is another voice and helps build the cause.
If you have not signed the petition and would like to do so, visit whitehouse.gov.
Poker Hall of Fame Finalists Announced
The list of 10 finalists for the 2011 Poker Hall of Fame was released on Tuesday by WSOP officials.
The players eligible for induction this year are:
- Marcel Luske
- Huck Seed
- Linda Johnson
- Barry Greenstein
- Tom McEvoy
- Scotty Nguyen
- Jennifer Harman-Traniello
- Annie Duke
- John Juanda
- Jack McClelland
Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu were on this list last year, but the new "Chip Reese Rule" now prohibits players younger than 40 years of age from being considered.
The list of 10 finalists will now be forwarded to a panel of 18 living Hall of Fame members and 17 media members.
Up to two nominees can be elected into the Hall of Fame and those selected will be inducted during the November Nine festivities on November 8th at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Dan Harrington and Erik Seidel were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
South Point First US Casino to Offer Online Poker
South Point Casino in Las Vegas announced on Wednesday the official launch of its free-to-play US online poker site.
The South Point will be the first casino in the United States to offer online poker and the site is 100% legal due to the fact that players can play for free.
The online poker site has also been approved by the Nevada Gaming Board.
The site launched on October 6th and will be available only to South Point Hotel Club members. On October 17th, the site will be made available to the general public.
SouthPointPoker.com will be hosted on the Zen Entertainment Network which currently hosts other free to play gaming sites such as freegoldpoker.com, a site run by former WSOP Main Event Champion Jamie Gold.