Friday, Nov 11, 2011 This Week In Poker: Tweeden Bares All, Virginia Makes Bad Call
Pius Heinz winning the Main Event was the big news in poker this week, but it wasn't the only news.
We also found out PokerStars is trying to break its own world record, a Virginia court has dealt poker another bad beat and Poker After Dark hostess Leanne Tweeden has bared it all for Playboy.
PokerStars to Try and Break Own World Record
On December 4th at 12:30 EST, PokerStars will host a $1 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em event with a $250,000 guarantee.
The event is looking to eclipse the record set in 2009 when 149,196 players bellied up to the virtual felt. "Oskar69" took down that event and the $50,000 top prize.
In addition to the normal prize pool, PokerStars is adding $10 bounties on the heads of its Team PokerStars pros.
It will be interesting to see if they can eclipse the 2009 record seeing that the US market is no longer allowed to play on the site.
Tweeden Shows Top Pair for Playboy
Many in both the poker and sports world have fantasized about seeing Leeann Tweeden in the buff and now they will have that chance.
Tweeden will be featured in the December issue of Playboy Magazine due out later today.
She is prominently featured on the cover wearing nothing but a bow.
In her interview with Playboy, Tweeden stated:
"A lot of the poker players are math whizzes, MIT grads with multiple doctorates.
"They're brilliant, and they're cool people, but a lot of them are not socialized. They spend their time online."
Of course, you can read more about it in the magazine because we all read Playboy for the articles. Right?
Virginia Court Deals Poker Another Bad Beat
Portsmouth Circuit Court Judge Thomas Shadrick upheld the Portsmouth Commonwealth attorney's decision to shut down a local poker hall despite testimony that poker is a skill game.
Charles Daniels ran the now defunct Poker Palace and held regular charity tournaments and cash games at the establishment.
Daniels was forced to shut down the business in 2010 when Portsmouth Commonwealth Attorney Earl C. Mobley threatened to prosecute for illegal gambling if the business stayed open.
Daniels filed the lawsuit shortly after.
Greg Raymer was a star witness for the defense and provided a poker lesson for Judge Shadrick at the event. His argument was that poker is a skill game and not illegal gambling.
Eventually, the judge ruled that while he agreed that poker involved skill, the outcome of each hand is still uncertain.
Virginia's gambling law defines illegal gambling as wagering money or something of value for a chance to win something of value on something where the outcome is "uncertain or a matter of chance."
By the technical interpretation of the law, poker fits this category as the outcome prior to the hand is not certain, even for the best players.