Poker Odds…and Ends

by , Sep 29, 2008 | 2:47 pm

While the poker community focuses a great deal of attention on the Kentucky governor’s attempt at censorship and the potential for Rep. Barney Frank to do something with H.R. 6870 after it recently passed in the House Financial Services Committee, there are a few other poker news nuggets to pass on.

~Without so much as a press release to announce it, it seems that UltimateBet has signed Michael Binger as one of its newest team members. Oh, Michael, you too? Adam Levy has also joined the team, again with no official notice from the UB staff. The news came via Mean Gene’s UB Aruba blog and a picture posted from the welcome party.

~Short-Stacked Shamus gave his take on the recent issue of CardPlayer magazine in which Jeff Shulman said that CP was unaware of Scotty Nguyen’s unsportsmanlike behavior at the 2008 WSOP $50K HORSE event because of restricted media access at the final table. Disingenuous was the word over at Hard-Boiled Poker.

~It seems that the Eastern Europeans love them some internet gambling, and no recession will get in their way. A researcher with Global Betting and Gaming Consultants shows that a steady increase will continue because of favorable broadband and law changes, not to mention the Eastern Europeans’ “propensity to gamble.”

~Evidently, Senator John McCain likes him some gambling, specifically high-limit craps. How negative EV… The New York Times has looked into McCain’s ties to Indian gaming, and the gaming industry in general, and dug up some interesting info about lobbyists and McCain’s connections to them.

~The more I hear about WSOP “November Nine” chipleader Dennis Phillips, the more he seems like a great guy whose inner philanthropist has been able to shine with his $900K take-home money and potential for the $9.1 million first prize. In this episode of PokerRoad Radio released during the Borgata Poker Classic earlier this month, the guys sat down with Phillips and coach Roy Winston (huh?) where he explains that decision and his future plans.

9 Comments to “Poker Odds…and Ends”

  1. Kevin Mathers

    Adam “roothlus” Levy was spotted with UB gear late in the WSOP.

    I assume the “huh?” in reference to Winston is the coach of Phillips? Before the WSOP, it was supposed to be Binger and Winston that teamed up to form Oracle Poker Consulting to coach final tablists.

  2. California Jen

    Levy wore the UB gear in the WSOP main event as a one-event deal, and though I knew he was in talks with UB for a long-term deal, his participation in that UB Team photo solidified it.

    Yeah, I knew that Phillips hired Oracle Consulting, but I think it was Dan who noted in a previous post that Binger was not included in that press release. So, Phillips just hired Roy Winston. I just think that’s an odd choice with all of the poker teachers available, though Phillips explained his choice on PR Radio.

  3. Mean Gene

    Look at the framing on that photo its absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

  4. DanM

    ***coach Roy Winston (huh?)***

  5. DanM

    Wasn’t Binger a Full Tilt guy? I sense a blip in the Clonie matrix.

  6. Poker Shrink

    Sorry but I was at the H.O.R.S.E. final table when the first incident happened between Nguyen and DeMichelle. There was absolutely no way from media row that we knew anything at all had happened. You cannot hear the players and ESPN does not pipe the audio to any live feed. Yes, there were rumbles over the next several days but poker gossip is about as reliable as well.. gossip. Without a lot of digging you would not have known just how nasty it got over the 11+ hours of the final table and even then you couldn’t have known how ESPN would edit it for the show.

  7. Kevin Mathers

    Hot news for all the good poker reporters out there:

    Says Russ Hamilton was involved in the UB scandal, $60 million allegedly taken from players accounts, etc. etc.

  8. Kevin Mathers
    says: (Kahnawake’s PR), $1.5m fine to the KGC ($60m figure may be incorrect, based on the gambling911 story).

  9. California Jen

    Dan, I knew that Winston had been hired by Phillips. My only point with the “huh?” comment was that I’m still a little perplexed by that decision.

    Kevin, I just looked at the UB site today and didn’t see any press release. Thanks for the heads-up!