Joe McKeehen slams 11AM WSOP times

We round-up some stories you may have missed, including bad news for online poker in Canada and South Africa.

Poker players 'treated like slaves'

Reigning WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen looks like he isn't going to be the media friendly WSOP ambassador some of his predecessors were. 

Last week he caused a stir on Twitter when he went on an angry rant about the new 11AM start times this year at the World Series of Poker. He also went on to blame the poker media for this, a fact which Daniel Negreanu was on hand to refute:

Joe mckeehen twitter rant

He even went on to claim the poker players were treated like 'slaves' at the WSOP. 

Online poker illegal in South Africa

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Another blow for the online game as the South African government has introduced its National Gambling Policy 2016, which clearly states 'no new forms of gambling will be allowed at this point'.

This is bad news for online poker, as currently only sports betting is allowed, and as such poker could not be introduced under this new bill. 

Under the new rules, fines will be imposed to Internet Service Providers and Banks that are found to help solicit online gambling transactions. 

Canada considering online poker block

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Elsewhere the Canadian province of Quebec is currently considering passing a bill which would ban online poker sites which are not operated by the Government (which would include, among others, PokerStars). 

The bill would call on Internet Service Providers to ban Canadian citizens from accessing online poker sites. 

The proposed bill has come under fire from both politicians and Internet Service Providers, who claim that it both would be extremely costly and likely be overturned following a federal legal challenge. 

PokerStars New Jersey getting bigger

In the short space of time that PokerStars has been back in the US, it has already become the biggest New Jersey poker room in terms of traffic. Now it seems it is starting to get high stakes action, at the request of one Mr Jason Mercier:

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