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SHARP MARINE SCORES IN W.S.O.P. POKER
Captain Shortway finds a faster way to wealth
The poker news and information site Pokerlistings carried the interesting story of a Marine officer who clearly knows how to pick winners and play a few successful poker hands of his own this week.
On a three week furlough after an eight month stint in Afghanistan, US Marine Captain Robert Shortway has managed to cash for over $268,000 at the World Series of Poker, the site reports.
The canny officer started out by staking friend and fellow poker fan Justin Zaki in a World Poker Tour Main Event in Florida; Zaki scored a third placing worth $413, 000, which the two split evenly.
Captain Shortway used the cash to head for Las Vegas and indulge in some tournament action himself, a decision that proved to be a smart move.
In just a week so far the captain has enjoyed two WSOP event cashes, one of them a $263,655 third placing in a $1,500 NLHE competition.
Encouraged by his friend Zaki, Shortway has now entered event 35, the $5,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha competition despite his relative inexperience in that genre, and as InfoPowa went to press late evening Tuesday Vegas time he was still among the last 21 players from an original field of 507, albeit one of the low stacks.
Not bad going, considering the high ratio of quality players and professionals that entered for the event. He's in good company, with players like Gregory Brooks, Erick Lindgren, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, Michael McDonald, Tom Dwan, David Ulliott, Peter Jetten and Chris Moorman still in the mix.
As we went to press, the captain was around position 20 at level 18 on the second day of the event and assured of at least a cash of another $16 000.
POKER FOR THE TROOPS
Top aces to head to NFL Lines the war zones
The USO, which provides volunteer celebrity entertainers for shows in war zones where US troops are active, has assembled an all-star poker team to teach the grunts how to play successfully and enjoy the excitement and entertainment of the game.
Posts on Twitter from the organisation advised this week that Howard Lederer, Annie Duke, Tom Dwan, Phil Hellmuth and Huck Seed have all volunteered their services for the USO's inaugural poker tour.
More details will be released soon.
WYNN EXPLAINS CHANGE OF HEART IN POKERSTARS DEAL (Update)
"I had only misconceptions...." says erstwhile online poker opponent.
Steve Wynn, the owner of Wynn Resorts and a central figure in that company’s recently announced partnership deal with online gambling giant Pokerstars (see previous InfoPowa reports), has expanded on his change of heart from being an opponent of online poker to a supporter of the industry.
Speaking to Nathan Vardi of Forbes Magazine this week, Wynn said that he previously had only misconceptions about online poker.
"I thought it would be difficult to regulate, and if the Internet people got in trouble it would bring the wrath of the government down on us in the live gaming community out here in Las Vegas. I didn't see the business opportunity, I just saw problems, he said."
Then he was approached by the Democratic Party Nevada Senator Harry Reid, Wynn recalls.
"Harry Reid called me and said, 'Steve, there are millions of people playing poker, and it's as American as apple pie. I want my office to look into this and see if we can regulate it.'
"Harry and I have been friends for 40-odd years, we ran marathons together. . . . And I got contacted by the people at PokerStars, who asked, 'Why are you not interested in this? Take a minute and learn the truth about this.'
"That began my exposure to that company and that business and what they do, and I have to tell you I was shocked."
Wynn explained that he had had no idea on a number of aspects of online poker, such as Pokerstars being highly regulated in Europe, employing 1 300 highly skilled people with an average salary is $110,000.
"One of my concerns was about young people playing," said Wynn. "It turns out they have more control about young people playing than we do."
Wynn went on to rationalise the Pokerstars argument regarding the legality of online poker in the United States, namely that the Justice Department opinion is untested in the courts, and that at state level there have been rulings that poker is a game more of skill than of chance.
"I say there is a bit of sophistry here clearly," Wynn told the Forbes writer. "What difference does it make what PokerStars or the Justice Department says? The point is millions of people are playing poker, and they are going to continue to play poker legally or illegally."
Wynn makes the surprising admission that he is not a technophobe, preferring to rely on his staff when it comes to computer and internet issues.
The land gambling mogul gives an interesting insight into his dealings with Pokerstars founder and owner Isai Scheinberg, who explained his motivation for a partnership by saying that Pokerstars had a multitude of American customers, and the company therefore wanted to "do it right".
Scheinberg apparently told Wynn: "I don't want to look over my shoulder at this point of my life."
Wynn responded by emphasising that he would only take his company into a putative online gambling venture if it was legalised at federal level, and if it was a 50-50 deal.
"I know that as a nonbeliever I was convinced by the logic of the argument," Wynn said. "And when I learn something and change my mind I may have the naive notion that other people might be enlightened by the facts themselves."
But he ended on a cautionary note, warning that his conversion "...doesn't mean I am right, especially in Washington."