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Drone Helps Police Bust Illegal Casino

Fourteen people were arrested in California neighborhood Undercover officers found an operating illegal casino in California home. According to the police, a drone played a key role in helping them. Officers found ten slot machines at the home, on Monday. Undercover agents busted fourteen people for running an illegal casino, selling drugs, and other crimes that happened in the middle of a quiet neighborhood, full of elderly people. “You can see here we have cameras on it,” Sgt. Ray Kelly said. Till now authorities used helicopters on similar operations, which cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. A drone costs $1,200 and pays for itself just in one hour of operation. Kelly said they have been using drones for a while with a lot of success. It […]

PokerStars Removes Real Money Games in Israel

As of this Monday, PokerStars no longer offers real money online poker in Israel, one of the world’s “gray markets” for the popular online game The decision has been made after pressure from the Israeli banking regulator on financial institutions demanding they stop processing online gambling transactions. In Israel, there is some ambiguity about the legality of online poker. While there is no lаw that prohibits online gambling, almost all gaming, except for the national лotary and sports and horserace betting, are forbidden. After the Jerusalem Distinct Court ruled that Texas Hold’Em is more game of luck than of skill, it is clear that PokerStars doesn’t want to be involved in any legal battles after its painful experiences in the US. So PokerStars have backed […]

Rafi Amit Ordered to Pay Tax in Israel

Israeli poker pro is ordered to pay 50 percent of his 2007’s earnings Rafi “rafaelamit” Amit has won millions over the years both live and online. However, he has just been taken to court by the Israeli Tax Authority for back payments on income tax on his winnings. Amit has won millions at PokerStars and Full Tilt and has been a live high stakes player and the winner of two WSOP bracelets. Now he has to pay income tax on his 2007’s winnings after the Income Tax Authority’s claim that Amit was a resident of Israel for the questioned years, even though he didn’t meet the minimum number of days in the country to be qualified as a resident. However, Rafi Amit was qualified as […]

PokerStars Removes Lowest Stakes Cash Games in Belgium

PokerStars has made a variety of changes over the past year and now is coming a new one The online poker giant has made changes to the loyalty system, and the regular heads-up tables were replaced with Zoom Poker tables. These shifts upset many professional players but from PokerStars are more concerned about the recreational ones. On June 15, the online poker leader removed lowest stakes cash games on its Belgium site. Some players were firstly confused as from the site didn’t communicate the change to its customers. Instead, players playing $/€/£ 0.01/0.02 cash games (No-Limit, Pot-Limit, and Fixed-Limit games with a maximum $2 buy-in) couldn’t find them anymore. A player, who e-mailed customer support, posted the following response on Two Plus Two: This is […]

Fedor Holz Moves Up To #1 In GPI Rankings

Recently Fedor “GrownUpGuy” Holz has been on fire in high roller tournaments Holz was able to move up to #1 in Global Poker Index rankings thanks to his great results through the last month. He took the lead from Steve O’Dwyer after winning more than $4,5 million in tournaments since the last week of May. Holz finished second in the $300K Super High Roller Bowl for $3,5 million, that was followed by two more wins in the Aria Super High Roller Series. The German has also been playing at the WSOP and cashed in two events for around $26,000. Now Holz has total live tournament cashes of $12,8 million. “After 2 years of traveling to every live stop I finally made it to #1 worldwide. […]

Vanessa Selbst and Jason Mercier in a Twitter War

Things between the two pros are getting heated after Mercier’s denial of taking a $100k buy-out In January, Vanessa Selbst gave Mercier odds of 180-1 on a $10k stake that he couldn’t win three bracelets at the 2016 WSOP. Mercier has already earned a bracelet and yesterday Selbst offered him $100k to buy-out of the bet, but Mercier refused once again. Since then, Selbst has twitted the facts around the bet. She also says that she is disappointed by the refusal and not happy that Mercier made the bet public. You can see the tweets below: A few hours later, Mercier returned the favor: “Maybe I should refund all the ppl that bet on @JCAlvarado1 vs @olivierbusquet They were probably either drunk or didnt know […]

Neymar Satellites into 2016 WSOP Main Event

The 24-year old Brazilian has played at the Copa America and the World Series of Poker Just a few days after Brazil have been knocked out by Peru in the group stages of the Copa América, for the first time in 31 years, Neymar has been pictured playing at the World Series of Poker at the Rio. The face of the Brazilian team, who is also an ambassador for PokerStars, was last seen at a major poker festival last year at the European Poker Tour. He ended the EPT with a slight success and now he is trying to score big at the WSOP. Neymar was already in the United States for Copa America and clearly paid a visit to Las Vegas and the World […]

Max Kruse Keeps Playing Poker and Eating Nutella

Despite being fined for his habits, Max Kruse refuses to give up playing poker or eating Nutella Now Kruse is in Las Vegas playing at the World Series of Poker where he almost did his second final table. His troubles with his football club started back in October when the Wolfsburg striker won £60,000 at the World Series of Poker Europe in Berlin and forgot his cash prize in the back seat of a taxi. Kruse reported the incident to police but didn’t see his money anymore. Because of his behavior, Kruse was fined by his team and had also taken exception with his love of chocolate. In an interview with PokerListing, he was asked if he kicked the Nutella. “Of course not,” said Kruse. […]