A New Law in TownUnlike many other facets of society, the poker community has always maintained a close-knit status and worked hard to weed out unscrupulous insiders.
Indeed, over the years almost every major scandal has been unearthed and dealt with by the game’s respected players. However, while our online world has become adept at sussing out cheats, it can’t always catch some crimes in time.
That all looks set to change, though, as PokerSec, a new security company formed by HHSmithy and information security firm SeNet, has sprung into action.
Like Robocop, this new corporation aims to clean up the virtual streets and bring to justice those looking to win by any means possible.
Working with online operators directly, PokerSec will work to "preserve the integrity of the game" by advising and implementing a series of backend features to help detect backdoors, prevent superusers and fix any coding errors a site might have.
Selbst Bests DuhamelVanessa Selbst continued to prove why she’s one of the best tournament players in the world this week by taking down the preliminary $5,000 event at the L.A. Poker Classic.
The star-studded event saw an elite field of 98 players take to the felt on Day 1, all in search of the $140,294 first place prize.
Only one player could come through the chip storm, however, and after getting the better of Jonathan Duhamel it was Selbst who took all the plaudits.
Despite finishing in second place, Jonathan Duhamel added another healthy handful of points to his yearly total to remain top of the Global Poker Index.
Ivey WatchWhile Vanessa Selbst was busy posing for photos and fielding questions from the poker press, another story was breaking at the LAPC. Having kept a low profile since the demise of Full Tilt, Phil Ivey emerged at the Commerce Casino yesterday to compete in his first major tournament since boycotting the WSOP.
As expected the forums lit up with railbirds calling for those on the ground to confront Ivey during the $10,000 main event. One poster, “Your Mom”, summed up the tone of the thread early by writing: “every hand he should be asked where the **** our money is.”
As yet, however, the tension seems to be confined to the forums as Phil managed to survive the first day and go home with 32,000 chips.
Indeed, the initial vitriol soon turned to admiration in the 2+2 thread with many posters focusing on Ivey’s watch, which is believed to be Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton valued at $97,000.
Buy a Slice of High Stakes LivingWe covered it a few weeks ago when Phil Galfond mentioned that he had to sell his luxury penthouse apartment in New York and now the property has finally hit the open market.
Famed for its interconnecting slide between the two apartments, the property, which is located in Manhattan’s East Village, is currently on the market for $3,990,000.
Having bought the two apartments for $3,200,000 in 2008, Galfond, like many other online pros, has been forced to relocate due to the online poker restrictions currently in place across America.
If you’re interested in buying the property or just want to see how the nosebleed heroes of the game live, then check out the vendor’s website.
High Stakes CornerJens “Jenskyllonen” Kyllonen emerged from yesterday’s high stakes action with a mammoth profit, banking $429,000 for the day.
The majority of his winnings came from the flurry of action that raged on the $100/$200 PLO tables at PokerStars. His win took his yearly tally to over $1,500,000, a figure which puts him over $400,000 ahead of his closest rival.
Not faring so well at the virtual felt yesterday was Ville Wahlbeck who dropped a bankroll blasting $666,000. The Finnish pro was up over $500,000 this year, but after faltering in the last 24 hours that profit has now gone up in smoke.