08 Feb 12

Daily Rewind: Mercier's Prop, UK Offshore Gambling Bill, DiVita v EPL

Today we hear about an interesting prop bet from Jason Mercier. We look at proposed reforms to UK gambling law and report on the Michael DiVita controversy with the Epic Poker League.

The Daily Rewind is your one-stop-shop for a sharp review of the day in poker. Join us here for a mix of the latest news and a more irreverent insight into the poker world. Today we discovered the following topics for you:

UK gambling proposals

Pokerfuse reports that Conservative Party MP Matthew Hancock yesterday presented his Offshore Gambling (Licensing) Bill to the House of Commons.

The bill looks to reform the UK Gambling Act of 2005 which currently allows bookmakers, sports books and poker rooms to operate outside of the UK whilst offering bets and games to British customers.

According to the article, "Hancock's proposal is very unlikely to become law, but it brings wider publicity to the issue to MPs, the media and the general public."

Mercier's prop bet

Tournament maestro Jason Mercier is partial to having a punt, like most poker players are.

This week we hear news of a prop bet between Mercier and Pokernews reporter Remko Rinkema. The bet was conceived over a boozy dinner in Melbourne in January and involves a sports battle between the two for $5000.

Seven sports have been picked in total, four by Rinkema and three by Mercier, and the competition will see the two men go head to head in each sporting discipline. 

There's been plenty of banter so far surrounding the sports picked, but the bet is now live and will take place at this summer's WSOP in Las Vegas. You can read the story in full over at PokerStars Blog.

mercier smirk
Will cocky Mercier be outclassed by a news reporter?

High stakes corner

Viktor "Isildur1" Blom did what Blom does best yesterday, putting on a swinging masterclass across a number of nosebleed PLO tables.

Blom ran up some huge stacks at the $100/$200 PLO tables, at one time playing 8 simulataneously.

He was sitting on $350,000 profit for the day until he ran into his current nemesis "Berndsen12", soon spiralling his day's good work into oblivion, losing all but $30,000 of his profit.

Undeterred by this setback, Blom managed to then spin his remaining dollars into a more respectable $284,314 profit, making him the day's biggest winner and claiming most of the spoils back from "Berndsen12".

Ville Wahlbeck enjoyed one of his most successful days yesterday, also nearing $250,000 profit on the day according to HighStakesDB, while 2011's player of the year Ilari "Ilari FIN" Sahamies was the day's biggest loser, after getting beaten with the Blom-stick to the tune of $263,724.

Palms cough up to DiVita

Controversy erupted at the Epic Poker League this year when registered sex offender Michael DiVita was stripped of the EPL Main Event seat he won in a satellite.

The EPL's questionable Ethics Commitee ruled that DiVita shouldn't be allowed to take part in the event owing to his past offences. 

However the Nevada Gambling Control Board yesterday ordered the Palms Casino to repay Divita $18,500 for the seat he won, claiming that he had been treated unfairly. Read more about the controversy over at Quadjacks.

divita
Michael DiVita in action at the EPL in September

Channing on bumhunters

Phil Galfond's excellent blog on the state of poker got chins wagging last month, and this week UK stalwart Neil Channing has blogged on a similar topic, this time approaching the subject of bumhunters in live poker.

Channing has seen a remarkable difference to the games at his beloved Vic Casino in London, and his views concerning the "eco-structure of live poker" are particularly valid. 

Daily Signoff

Jason Mercier makes the news today so today's signoff looks at an amazing hand from EPT San Remo which shows why Mercier is probably the best tournament player around, period.