GERMAN POKER ACE IN ST. KITTS HIGH ROLLER WIN
For the third time this year German professional poker player Philipp Gruissem has finished first in a major live tournament, winning the $100,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Alpha8 High Roller in St. Kitts.
During 2013 alone, this prolific player has made it to seven top six-figure event final tables.
His latest triumph comes just weeks after he took down the GBP100,000 WPT Alpha8 in London (see previous InfoPowa report).
The German ace bested a field of 23 players at the Royal Beach Casino to claim his second out of three Alpha8 high roller events this year.
The win boosts Gruissem's already bulging bank account by $1,086,400 and was well-deserved after he beat a final table that included Scott Seiver, Tom McDonald, Jason Koon, Mike McDonald, Timothy Adams, Isaac Haxton and Fabian Quoss.
Heads up, Gruissem faced Tom McDonald in a 26-hand confrontation in which Gruissem never surrendered the lead and emerged victorious.
NEW AMERICAN GAMING ASSOCIATION CHIEF SPEAKS ON INTERNET GAMBLING
The new 38-year-old chief executive of the American Gaming Association, Geoff Freeman, appears to have come to the job with an open mind on internet gambling, telling the Associated Press news agency Thursday that he will seek consensus on the often controversial issue, which includes the question of support for federal or state-by-state legalisation (see previous InfoPowa reports).
The Association's membership includes most of the large land gambling groups in the United States, and these have traditionally held differing views on what should be legalised - if at all - and how it should be achieved.
The Association has in recent years taken the position that only online poker should be legalised, and that should be through federal rather than individual state initiatives.
However, repeated federal attempts at online poker legalisation have failed, spurring individual states to go ahead with intrastate measures.
Were going to have to determine if the industry can get on the same page, Freeman said Thursday, noting that achieving some sort of consensus would be one of his priorities.
Casinos no longer are just about gambling, and its lobbyists must also understand the travel and hospitality industries, the former travel industry executive said.
Gaming is really taking on a broader image, and thats the image of entertainment. It includes restaurants, shows, hospitality and lodging, and gaming, Freeman explained.
A graduate of the University of California, Freeman worked for the health insurance lobby and the conservative Heritage Foundation earlier in his career.
He will remain based in Washington but will spend time meeting with casino executives around the country.
Im going to be ears open to just about anything that anyone has to say, he said.