ElkY winner of WPT Festa al Lago

ElkY has just won the World Poker Tour Festa al Lago at Bellagio in Las Vegas.

He can put $1.4 million in the pocket after beating the field of 368 people.
This marks ElkY's second major title of the year.

He started 2008 with a win at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $2 million.

That event marked the PCA's first time on the European Poker Tour and gave ElkY his first EPT win.

Last month, he nearly won a WCOOP bracelet in the $25,000 head-up championship, he finished runner-up for $320,000.

Then came this year's Festa al Lago main event, He sat at the final table with such names as Nenad Medic and Nam Le.
ElkY went into the final table with the chip lead and took it all the way to the win.

At 27 years-old, ElkY has won more than $4 million in career live tournament winnings.
He's earned most of that money in the last ten months.

The man is indeed having a pretty good year.
Congrats, ElkY

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Kentucky Domain Seizures to go ahead

The big news today is of course the Kentucky Court hearing where Judge Thomas Wingate dismissed the objections brought by the 141 gambling domain names subject to seizure, which include Pokerstars and Full Tilt.

Judge Wingate ruled that an internet domain name is a 'device' used in gambling, which is therefore illegal under Kentucky law.

Any websites that advertise or provide gambling information alone were not enough to establish presence in Kentucky and would have the seizure order affecting them rescinded at a later date.

The attempts by the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) to get poker made exempt on the basis of the element of skill was quickly dismissed by Wingate.

"In the end, no matter how skilful or cunning the player, who wins and who loses is determined by the hands the players hold" he stated (Seemingly oblivious to the concept known as 'bluffing').

If the correct safeguards to block Kentucky ISPs are put in place by the online poker rooms and gambling domains within 30 days, then the seizure order against them will be withdrawn.

The final hearing is set for November 17th and it is not yet known whether an appeal will be made by the various parties affected.

source: pokernews.com
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DANIEL NEGREANU says in he´s blog that he use alot of time looking on poker stats.

""I've been loving poker lately, just really enjoying playing the game and I have no idea why, but it's true.

I'm looking forward to every tournament I enter and expect to go really deep.

I play poker at this point mostly because I'm a total stats geek, especially when it comes to fantasy sports.

Instead of rooting for random athletes to do well in games, I can check up my own poker stats and look to improve them.

Kind of a high goal I've set for myself is to overtake Jamie Gold as the all-time money winner in tournament poker since they've started tracking those types of stats, within a year.

Right now I sit in the #2 spot, and in the top 10 are each and every one of "my boys" who started out in this business around the same time: John Juanda, Phil Ivey, and Allen Cunningham.

Among the 4 you are looking at 18 WSOP bracelets and close to $40 million in career earnings depending on which site you are looking at.

One site has the top ten looking like this:

1st Jamie Gold $ 12,170,024
2nd Daniel Negreanu $ 10,874,018
3rd Joe Hachem $ 10,744,616
4th Phil Hellmuth Jr $ 10,681,368
5th Allen Cunningham $ 10,306,817
6th Scotty Nguyen $ 10,017,543
7th Phil Ivey $ 10,007,716
8th T.J. Cloutier $ 9,373,135
9th John Juanda $ 9,330,774
10th Erik Seidel $ 9,294,401

I have a slim lead on the all-time WPT money list and I need to start playing more of those to strengthen that lead:

1st Daniel Negreanu $ 5,491,232
2nd Carlos Mortensen $ 5,260,360
3rd Tuan Le $ 4,490,643
4th Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi $ 4,168,766
5th Gus Hansen $ 4,110,801
6th Alan Goehring $ 3,929,407
7th Joe Bartholdi Jr. $ 3,760,165
8th David Chiu $ 3,615,036
9th Nick Schulman $ 3,127,762
10th Justin Cuong Van Tran $ 3,077,798

The WSOP stats are where I really fall behind and need to put a few good years together in a row to make some moves on those lists.

With my three WSOP cashes in Europe that gave me 8 on the year, but just 33 overall in 11 years for an average of 3 a year which is much lower than some others.

How about this stat, though, Layne Flack has only cashed 19 times at the WSOP but won... 6 times! That's pretty sick.

There are 18 people in the world with more WSOP bracelets than me.

My 33 cashes puts me 33rd on the list, Juanda has a total of 45 cashes by comparison.

I rank 25th in WSOP earnings with $2,984,419, while Allen sits fourth on the all-time WSOP money list with $7,341,873.

Both Ivey and Juanda have also earned more than I have at the WSOP.

Ivey has the most WPT final tables with 8, and an impressive group of players follow him:
1 Phil Ivey 8
2 Daniel Negreanu 7
2 Gus Hansen 7
2 Scotty Nguyen 7
5 David Pham 6
5 John Juanda 6
7 Barry Greenstein 5
7 Erick Lindgren 5
7 JC Tran 5
7 Ted Forrest 5

I surf through all this stuff all the time and have a ton of fun with it.

Also helps motivate me to climb the ladder or in some cases maintain a lead.

I don't really care all that much about money, I really don't. I play poker because I love the competition.""

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Doyle Brunson blog: Take me back

In doyle brunson´s blog you can read that doyle would lowe to go 10 years back, and the state of kentucky´s attemt to seize the url´s of internet gaming sites.

I don't know if everybody is following this extortion attempt that is going on in Kentucky.

The out of state attorneys that started this attempt to seize the urls of internet gaming sites are making ridiculous claims that internet gaming is hurting Kentucky's citizens and prevents them from having money for horse racing.

I'm not going to go into all the legal issues but Kentucky is in for a hell of a battle and every legal opinion I've heard says they don't have a chance of winning.

I've been home from London for a week now and while I've recovered physically, I still feel it would be hard to focus enough to play high stakes poker.

I can't get caught up with my e-mails, snail mail, phone calls, and appointments.

It seems like I have to take all my time with different business opportunities, my obligations to DoylesRoom, and worrying about what to do and when to do it.

When I look back ten years at what my life was like and then look at what it is now, I get sick.

There is no life that is as good as being a pro poker player with no other concerns.

I could play when I wanted to and didn't have to answer to anyone or anything.

I wish I could get a time machine to take me back in time, I would do a lot of things differently.

One thing I know for sure, if I could do that, I would leave myself time to play the game that I love.

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