PPA speak out on PartyGaming Founder
The Poker Players Alliance have spoken out on the controversial case of PartyGaming founder Anurag Dikshit volunteering to plead guilty to illegal gambling charges under the Wire Act last week and the reported $300 million settlement figure. PPA Chairman, Alfonse D'Amato:
"The Poker Players Alliance is disappointed to learn of Anurag Dikshit's guilty plea to the Department of Justice under the Wire Act. To be clear, as a private settlement between two parties, this plea does not change existing law in the United States, nor does it establish any kind of precedent moving forward"
"This disagreement among Federal law enforcement and lawmakers results in confusion for the millions of Americans who legally play online poker in this country. We hope legislators in the upcoming Congress will take note of this disparity and pass legislation that affirms poker's legal status and responsibly regulates the online poker industry."
Pokerstars have also come out and stated that this settlement with the Department of Justice has no bearing on their stance in the market. Paul Telford, head of legal services at Pokerstars, told a newspaper "As far as we are concerned it's business as usual. It doesn't affect the company. This doesn't change the law; no precedents have been set. But it will give us food for thought as to the bigger impact. The situation is very fluid so there is little point in commenting further."
Double PartyPoints this Xmas at PartyPoker
We didn't think Party Poker would let us get through the festive period without a good reason to play at their tables. As an added festive bonus, any time you play between the 24th and 25th of December, you will earn double the reward points, which can now be used for cash, bonuses and even tournament tickets. It's a great way to kick off the new, simpler and much more rewarding VIP system and even get to the coveted heights of the Palladium Lounge, the new high rakers reward system for anyone who earns more than 5000 points a month.
Don't forget that you can also win your seat to four of the biggest tournaments of 2009, the PartyPoker.com Irish Poker Championships, Asian Poker Tour Philippines and the PartyPoker.com World Poker Showdown and CPT Grand Finals in the Dominican Republic. You can win your seat from as little as $1 at Party Poker.
Poker for the Homeless Returns with All-Star Line-Up in Ireland
Speaking of the PartyPoker Irish Poker Championships, the first major festival of the year has announced the return of the Poker for the Homeless event as a side event at the Galway festival.
The €330 charity event, which has so far raised over €100,000 for homeless charities in Ireland, takes place on the final day of the festival, Sunday January 4, 2009, will see a host of big name players take to the felt including Noel Furlong, Mike Sexton, Kenna James, Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott, Marty Smyth, Ciaran O'Leary, Mad Marty Wilson, and Surinder Sunar.
€100 from each buy-in goes directly to the charity.
Irish Poker legend Padraig Parkinson, said, "We're moving to Galway for this event and are very grateful for all the support we've had from our sponsors. Local homeless charities will benefit directly from this event and, as usual at an Irish tournament, we plan to have some fun along the way."