On to poker news now, and there are a few highlights from the world of poker to share as we hit the month of October:
- First of all, the big news out of New Jersey at the end of September is that PokerStars is being approved to operate in the state. This is big, big news! PokerStars is the most popular poker site out there in the world today, and they run the best tournaments online and off (the EPT tour, etc.) but they had been held up from getting a license in NJ for the longest time because of what happened with all of the “bad actor” nonsense that went on before the big poker crackdown in 2011. This company (now owned by Amaya Inc.) is finally out of the doghouse with the US government and is finally getting entry back into the USA. Hopefully, states like Nevada will let them get a license as well. This is exactly what poker fans want to see, because these other sites that were getting licensed were really not up to much, in anyone’s opinion. And quite honestly it was killing the game. So this is a positive step in the right direction. Now, all that’s needed is for more US states to allow online poker…
- Second is the launch of the Poker Central channel as of Oct. 1. I am hoping for big things for this effort as I am a poker TV junkie, but it’s really wait-and-see. Right now, it doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of distribution — it is available on various streaming platforms like XBOX and the like, but that’s about it. Also, there was an article on Poker News Daily that wasn’t all that complimentary. It sounds like initially they are running a lot of poker show reruns for the most part, most of which you can already find online. The good news is Poker Central has been doing a few live streams on the Twitch platform with Maria Ho, so I might be able to tune in to some of those.
- Finally, the latest season of Big Brother was livened up by the inclusion of star poker player Vanessa Rousso, a veteran of one poker TV show after another. While I didn’t bother to watch this series this year, as usual, I understand Rousso stayed in the game a long time and ended up finishing third.
That is all for the moment.