Thursday News Update
Feb. 23, 2012, Posted by Pokerfarm
In today's poker news digest we receive 6 of the best from PokerStars, eye up another online development in the US and listen to the wrath of Daniel Negreanu. To finish off this generous helping of information we're serving up a slice of Cake Poker news and hear what the pros think about the forthcoming EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo.
PokerStars 6 of the Best
Birthdays are always a special time: cake, balloons and a cheery rendition of the Happy Birthday create a special day for the person in question.
At PokerStars, however, the traditional way of celebrating a birthday just isn’t enough. Indeed, when PokerStars reach a landmark age they don’t go looking for presents, they give them out.
On March 11th their popular Sunday Million tournament will enjoy its 6th anniversary and to mark the momentous occasion, ‘Stars are guaranteeing a prizepool of $6 million.
With $1 million already sectioned off for the winner this birthday bash promises to be a memorable one, as grinders across the world are expected to be in attendance.
The guest list will be far from exclusive as PokerStars are running a plethora of satellites to the event, with a special 1,000 seat guarantee feeder running just before the off.
Commenting on their memories of the Sunday Million, Jason Mercier said: “When I think of the Sunday Million, I think back to being a 19-21 year old kid, grinding mid-stakes, looking for that big tournament score.”
MGM Predicts Online Legislation in 2012
Like a stampede of wildebeest galloping across the African plain, the rumblings of federal legislation in the US are growing ever louder. The wave of high profile casino executives joining the rush is growing week on week and the latest figurehead to chime in on the debate is MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren.
According to reports on Reuters, Murren believes that online poker will be legalised at federal level sometime in 2012.
With the bureaucratic wheels starting to turn in Washington, Murren was keen to stress that although things are still problematic, it was because of the wider political landscape rather than the issue itself: "It's not easy, not because it's a complicated issue. It's becoming a clearer issue. It's because Washington is becoming more complicated.”
Murren also hinted that MGM resorts would be well placed once the market opens up: "We'll be one of the first horses out of the gate when it's approved."
No amount of gaffer tape or super glue can silence the most outspoken man in poker: Daniel Negreanu. Like a mouthy pre-pubescent, “Kid Poker” isn’t afraid to tell it like it is and this week he’s taken some time to divulge his thoughts on Doyle Brunson’s blog regarding Full Tilt. In amongst the rant he also takes some time to admire the view from Brazil - check out 1:36.
Freshly Baked Cake
Cake Poker has been given a software overhaul this week with a series of interface changes that are designed to improve their users’ playing experience. The new 2.0 client has enhanced the site’s speed, stability and graphics.
One of the most visible changes comes in the form of an altered navigation system. Unlike the Cake Poker of old, the cumbersome drop-down menus in the lobby have now been removed in favour of horizontally arranged “Real” and “Play” money tabs. This makes searching for a game a lot faster, meaning it’s now even easier to fleece the fish.
Overall the software has been designed to optimise the performance of each user’s computer, so no matter what hardware you possess the gaming experience you receive will be of a high standard.
With EPT Copenhagen currently in full swing and American HU specialist Melanie Weisner currently leading the pack, the attending players have been giving their thoughts on the upcoming Grand Final.
Having recently announced the finale will be heading back to its spiritual home in Monte Carlo, PokerNews have been on the ground asking the pros what they think about the decision.
Look out for cameos from Roberto Romanello, John Eames and Theo Jorgensen: