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$15 Million Up for Grabs at ACR

Americas Card RoomWith many of the game’s top players having recently diverted their attention to bitcoin and cryptocurrency, there has not been a better time over the past couple of years for recreational and semi-professional poker players to extract equity from the poker ecosystem.

That’s why when we heard about Americas Card Room’s (ACR) latest promotions – the $15 Million OSS Cub3d series (February 25th – March 25th) and the weekly $1,000,001 GTD Million Dollar Sundays, we knew we had to get the word out to everyone and give you the opportunity to get some of that sweet dough for yourselves.

If you’re still unfamiliar with ACR’s flagship online tournament series, the OSS Cub3d is three back-to-back-to-back tourney series with varying prize pools and buy-in levels. This allows players from all poker backgrounds and experience levels to compete for their share of the massive $15 million in guarantees.

The OSS Cub3d also features three separate leaderboards, one for each series, which each award the top 10 finishers with four $265 tickets to Million Dollar Sundays tournaments.

Speaking of the Million Dollar Sunday, which is now officially the largest weekly tournament in USA online poker, they will continue to run during the OSS Cub3d. They have also been providing great value of late via overlays.

Here’s how the OSS Cub3d breaks down:

Mini Online Super Series (MOSS) for small stakes players

Date: February 25th to March 4th

Main Event: March 4th – $88 buy-in $500,000 GTD.

Online Super Series (OSS) for all player types

Date: March 5th to March 18th

Main Event: March 18th – $540 buy-in $500k GTD

Bigger Online Super Series (BOSS) for high rollers

Date: March 19th to March 25th

Main Event: March 25th – $2,100 buy-in $1,000,000 GTD Tournament

So if you’re ready to compete for your share of the $15 million, head over to americascardroom.eu today to see the complete tournament schedule and begin grinding your way to poker glory. For more information on this great USA friendly poker site see our complete Americas Card Room review and then use any link to sign up as a new real money player.

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Fast Withdraw at Americas Card Room

Americas Card RoomWe wanted to take a minute and offer some Kudos to Americans Card Room for a great job on sending our most recent withdraw. While it had been some time since we requested a withdraw from Americas Card Room, we were pleasantly surprised when we did request a Bitcoin withdraw and had the funds in our Bitcoin wallet the same day! You really cannot ask for much better than receiving your withdraw within 24 hours of requesting it!

Once we realized our withdraw had been processed, sent and received in about 12 hours, we were immediately impressed and contacted the support team at Americas Card Room to ask what their normal Bitcoin withdraw time frame was. We were very happy to hear that most Bitcoin withdraws are processed and sent the same day! We thought 48 hours was a good turnaround but Americas Card Room has now raised the bar. If you like to receive your withdraws quickly (and who doesn’t right?) play at Americas Card Room and take advantage of what we know as the fastest USA withdraws in the online poker industry.

If you have never played at Americas Card Room (ACR) and/or are unfamiliar with this USA online poker site, see our full Americas Card Room review to find ll the information you should need to determine if this is the right online poker site for you. To start, Americas Card Room accepts and has always accepted USA players and has no intention of that changing anytime soon. The poker room runs using the Winning Poker Network which has plenty of site traffic for cash ring games, multi table tournaments and sit ‘n go tournaments. Regardless what you want to play you will not have to wait long or a table or tournament to fill up.

If you do like multi table tournaments, you will find the largest guaranteed prize pools at ACR. The largest is the $1,000,000 guaranteed but you can find plenty of tournaments on a daily and weekly basis. You can find guaranteed prize pools as low s $25 all the way up to $100,000 and everything in between.

Get started playing USA online poker at Americas Card Room and not only get deposits approved easily but also receive withdraws quickly. No one likes to wait on their withdraw and if you request a withdraw via Bitcoin you will not be waiting long at all.

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Thomas Cannuli Wins First WSOP.com Event

The 2015 November Niner, Thomas “FLOATZ” Cannuli has won the first ever WSOP.com online High Roller event, even though it didn’t seem he would stand a chance against 320 players who joined the tournament. For a certain period of time Cannuli was placed in the bottom half of the top ten, but thanks to an amazing run of cards in the final battles, he emerged victorious and took home a sweet prize of $322,814.

This High Roller event drew in a field of 424 entries, out of which 320 were unique, while 104 were reentries. The entire tournament lasted for about 12 hours, that’s how long it took “FLOATZ” to snatch a win. Half of that time he tried to get into the top ten, and after six hours of play he succeeded. It didn’t take him long to jump on the second position, just behind Owen. Plenty of bystanders thought that Thomas got as high as he could, especially after his awful run when he held a pair of aces to Blake’s pair of kings, and dropped into third position, but, obviously, Cannuli had other plans.

In the final table, Milliard “Undisputed23” Hale lost his battle against Vincent “AllinVin138” Moscati, while “FLOATZ” managed to defeat Ryan “holdNfold” Jones with the first of his two pocket queens. His next victim was “AllinVin138”. After that, Cannuli faced Kelso, who held pocket queens, while Thomas had ace-king. It seemed as a sure thing for Kelso, but “FLOATZ” managed to hit two spades and make a flush.

Darren “Legion of Boom” Rabinowitz was next to fall, because everything simply ran in favor of Cannuli. He got his second pocket queens of the day and went against a pocket kings. Owen also decided to join this hand, holding pocket tens. This is where we can simply say that fortune follows the bold, because this is when Cannuli spiked a queen and sent Daniel “Pepperprince” Zack home, while Owen was in the danger zone.

In the final hand, “FLOATZ” defeated the last two contestants in the same hand, holding pocket tens. He got both his opponents to commit their stack preflop. Even though two pocket queens helped him to sit at the final table, we bet that Cannuli will remember the pocket tens, because they helped him to seal the deal and win his title.

Thanks to an amazing run of cards that any player would be envious of, the winner of the 2017 World Series of Poker, 333 ‘Big Grind’ Online No-Limit Hold’em Event went home with his shiny new gold bracelet and $322,814 in his pocket. Tara Cain came in second place, pocketing $201,408, while Adam “HLEDERERER” Owen won $136,231, but we don’t reckon he will be satisfied with the third place in this tournament.

You too can play in all the events related to the WSOP and there is no better way to “brush up” on your game than playing online. Get started playing some USA online poker at any of our listed and recommended online poker sites.

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Win an Audi S5

After fourteen successful seasons, the World Poker Tour is definitely “commanding the ship in North America”, stepping on the gas in the last several years, mostly thanks to their Tournament of Champions, which is a great success, because the attendance is higher than ever. The greatest poker tour in the United States of America, which made a big boom with their unique poker-tournaments television show, are even considering to turn this tournament into a long-term activity, due to the current popularity of the event.

You probably remember that the winner of the last season World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions, Farid Yachou, who managed to defeat 64 contestants, went home with a life-changing reward of $381,600 and a shiny new Corvette, so this year’s contestants expect even bigger prizes! This is why WTP added lots of stunning rewards to the mix this season.

For example, Monster added extra $100,000 to the prize money pile, becoming the headline sponsor of the tournament, while Mau Jim will prepare custom-made sunglasses for contestants. The final six will also get a Monster Superstar Ravebox. The winner, however, will definitely go home smiling, because, apart from the big pile of cash, the Monster Superstar Ravebox, and the cool Mau Jim shades, he will also drive away home in a brand new Audi S5 Coupe, wearing a Hublot King Power Unico Carbon and Red watch. He will practice his moves on a custom made BBO Poker Table, but before that he will relax on a week stay in Wyndham Extra Holidays.

The event will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, starting from April 7. Seventeen players have already secured their places in the final showdown, while two more will come from the $3,500 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship and the $10,000 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale. Apart from the Season XV Main Event winners, the members of the WPT Champions Club can also participate, provided they are willing to pay a $15,000 buy-in.

Protection Poker’s Action Clock will take care of the time, because all players will have 30 seconds to make their decisions. Also, they will get five extra 30-second timebank extension chips, they can use if they need more time to decide. On the final table, where the final six contestants will meet, the number of timebank chips will be reduced to four.

The grand finale of this amazing event is scheduled for 9th April, and we do expect an epic battle between the masters of poker. We are eager to see which of the contestants will take the title of this season’s Tournament of Champions.

If you want a shot at entering a WPT event ou can qualify online at any of our recommended best USA poker sites. Play USA online poker and not only have a shot at winning an Audi S5 but also hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars!

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Absolute Poker Founder Pleads Not Guilty

Absolute Poker founder, Scott Tom pleaded not guilty under the accusation that his poker company was engaged in money laundering. His company faced criminal charges 6 years ago when the federal authorities accused Absolute Poker alongside two other major online poker companies: Full Tilt and Poker Stars of money laundering. The indictment referred to 11 people involved in alleged crimes including Scott Tom and his brother.

In order to fully understand this case we must remind you that under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act any form of internet gambling is prohibited. The law does not specifically state that online poker or any other game is banned but it does ban any kind of funds transfer from any business or legal entity to gambling sites. Precisely this is what the accused sites were doing. They were conducting illegal money transactions by tricking some banks and bribing others into processing money acquired via internet gambling to offshore companies.

At that time three major online poker companies PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker were accused of money laundering, bank fraud and violation of Unlawful Internet Gambling Act. The penalties for these crimes could fall between 5 and 30 years in prison and between $250,000 and $1 million. This day was called Black Friday and it saw 11 people facing the charges. According to the prosecutor Absolute Poker took $500 million. PokerStars agreed to pay their US-based customers, thus saving their reputation.

One of the eleven accused people, Scott Tom, the founder of Absolute Poker stood before Manhattan federal court on Thursday pleading not guilty. After a hearing, a bond of $500,000 was set for Tom and his lawyer believes that the case will be over soon.

When the Black Friday incident occurred Poker Players Alliance protested such decision and action of Department of Justice. In their support to PokerStars, Absolute Poker and Full Tilt they raised their voice by condemning such treatment of successful online poker operators. Moreover, they believe that it is the right of every citizen to play online poker if they want to and that is should not be considered as a crime. According to them poker should not be stigmatized in the USA but it should be regulated and integrated in the existing regulated gambling activities.

Furthermore, there have been heated debates whether poker can be considered a game of skill in which case it could be legalized by the same principle as Daily Fantasy Sports are allowed under the federal law. However, the arguments that the players need to possess certain skills in order to play poker are not convincing enough, so unless the USA online poker advocates find some other way to legalize it, the situation will remain the same.

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Winner of 2017 Triton HK $250,000 6 Max

Daniel Colman emerged as the winner of 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series Manila HK$250,000 6-Max Event, part of the second Super High Roller Series organized by Triton Poker, a service company that specializes in organizing high-end poker events. In the heads-up battle for a top prize of HK$3,641,600, Colman beat his pro colleague Eric Seidel, leaving him behind with HK$2,326,000. 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series took place at Solaire Resort & Casino in Manila, Philippines.

A total of 43 players have entered 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series Manila HK$ 250,000 6-Max Event in the Forum of the luxurious Solaire Resort and Casino to fight for their share in the prize pool of HK$10,113,600. Day 1 left 24 players in contention for the prize lead by Russian Timofey Kuznetsov. Everything was over in 12 hours. After the first two levels, the number of hands was reduced to nine. The final table was set when the money bubble eliminated Richard Yong, who is, actually, the founder of Triton Poker, and left Sergio Aido in the play.

The final seven started with Rainer Kempe in the lead with 700,000, followed by Sergio Aido with 351,00. The first player to leave the table was Mikita Badziakouski earning HK$405,000 on 7th place. Mustapha Kanit followed pretty soon to occupy the sixth position and get hold of HK$556,000. Kempe made sure that Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov gets the fifth place and the prize of HK$708,000.

When the game came down to top four, Colman started to gather pace. He sent Aido straight to the fourth position and a prize of HK$1,011,000, while Kempe did not know what hit him as Colman escorted him to the third place with HK$1,466,000 in his hands.

Heads up round was a showdown between two major poker pros, Daniel Colman and Erik Seidel. Even though Colman started with a 2:1 lead, Seidel managed to come back in the game and reverse the situation. The last hand, however, favored Colman and secured him a victorious position in the 6-Max Event, winning HK$3,641,600 . His runner up, Seidel had to settle for HK$2,326,000. Interestingly, this is not Seidel’s first time in playing in Manila. Last year he ended up fourth in the HK$ 200,000 Suncity Cup.

Daniel Colman is best known for his major success at 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 buy-in The Big One for ONE DROP when he beat Canadian Daniel Negreanu, holder of six World Series of Poker bracelets and a two time champion of World Poker Tour. In a tough heads up round against a powerful opponent he managed to win the tournament and grabbed a prize of a whopping $15,306,668. Now he is 4th on the all-time money list (Seidel is second).

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Bills for Online Poker in New York

After deeming DFS as the game of skill and passing the bill to allow it to be legally performed within the state, the State of New York is now mulling over whether some variations of online poker can be considered a game of skill and as such legally regulated. This question is not new and it does not appear exclusively in New York. Other US states including Pennsylvania have also been fighting to introduce regulations that would define the online poker activity.

By the end of last month Senator John Bonacic reintroduced his bill to legalize online poker in the state of New York. The first time he ventured such a proposal was in 2015 when the bill passed the Senate with majority of votes, 53 to 5. Unfortunately, following this favorable turn of events, the bill failed to pass the Assembly.

Obviously Senator Bonacic is not giving up as he filed practically the same version of the bill in January. The bill suggests that USA online poker operators should pay a licensing fee of $10 million and a tax on gross gaming revenue of 15%. Former version of the bill proposed that the expiration period of the license was set to three years, while the latest version extends this period to five years.

The main obstacle of legalizing online poker is that the revenue estimated to be earned through licenses and taxes might be less than what the regulation process will cost. Furthermore, the concern is that with legislation of online poker only, a small number of operators will be able to use this opportunity.

Now, the New York Senate sees another bill proposed, this time by Assemblyman Garry Petlow. New bill A 5250 was proposed on Monday and it is not essentially different to that one proposed by Bonacic. Both bills predominantly rely on the interpretation of poker as a “game of skill” rather than “game of chance” explaining that it requires planning, making complex decisions and creating strategies. Bonacic gives examples of Texas Hold’em and Omaha as games which require these skills but also states that any game similar to these two should be considered as game of skill.

This is the main argument both proposals will use in their battle to legalizing online poker, as this way they would circumvent the federal ban on online gambling on games of chance. Interestingly, the bill proposed last year by Bonacic was turned down when it got to the hands of no other than Assemblyman Garry Pretlow. The fact that now the same man is proposing practically the same bill might be a good sign for the future of online poker in New York.

One thing that gives hope is that last year daily fantasy sport (DFS) was legalized in the state of New York, precisely on the grounds that it requires players to possess certain skill in order to play DFS. In the meantime USA and New York residents can still play at the best USA poker sites. Be sure to see our poker site reviews to see which sites best suit your style of play. Then use any of our links to visit the poker site of your choice and collect a great bonus when you make your first deposit.