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UFC Fighter Knocks Out Poker Tourney

18 December 2014, By:
UFC star and heavyweight contender Roy "Big Country" Nelson recently won a charity poker tournament and $10,000.
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UFC star and heavyweight contender Roy "Big Country" Nelson recently won a charity poker tournament and $10,000.

Also, it appears that one of online poker's biggest "supporters" may have changed his mind.

UFC Star Knocks Out Competition in Charity Tournament

Get your poker clichés ready. UFC fighter Roy "Big Country" Nelson recently took down the 7th Annual All In For CP Celebrity Poker Tournament, earning $10,000 after surviving a solid field of celebrities and poker pros.

The charity event benefited the One Step Closer Foundation, a charity that helps battle cerebral palsy. Former Main Event Champion Jamie Gold and actress Cheryl Hines served as the hosts for the event.

Other players that took part included Coolio, Ivey Poker CEO Dan Fleyshman, Dean Cain, Montel Williams, Jennifer Tilly, former Main Event Champion Joe Cada, Mekhi Phifer, Matt Stout and Jose Canseco.

The top finishers in the event earned prizes that included dinner with three Playboy Playmates, Drinkable Air Systems and WSOP experience packages that includes coaching from Jamie Gold and an entry into a $1,500 event.

Nelson ultimately survived the stacked field to take down the event and $10,000. However, the big winner of the night was the One Step Closer Foundation who received $50,000 in donations from the event.

Harry Reid Clarifies Position - Online Gambling is Priority, Not Poker

The big news of the past few days is the revelation by now former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he is fully committed to banning online gambling and that online poker is a minor priority.

During most of the Lame Duck legislative session this month, rumors swirled around the poker world whether Restore America's Wire Act (RAWA) would be attached to another bill and therefore completely outlaw online gambling in the United States.

Now that the bill has failed Reid has revealed that future attacks against online gambling are possible in 2015. He also revealed that he would only fight for an online poker carve out if that option is possible.

Reid believes that a "poker only" bill just will not work and no longer seems interested in pursuing this option. Reid has been opposed to online gambling in the past but had been painted in recent years as a supporter of online poker.

With recent comments it is clear that online poker will only make the cut if it helps him ban all other forms of gambling.

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