Today on the Final Table radio show, we recapped the first few days of action at the Gateway Poker Classic, including me playing in Friday’s tournament, Dennis playing in today’s event (he was being blinded off while we did the show!), the unique structure of Thursday’s Jack and Jill event, and the schedule for the rest of this week, leading up to the Main Event this Saturday. We also discussed Dennis’ weekend at a Heartland Poker Tour event at the Peppermill Casino in Reno, Nevada.

Among the topics in our news segment:

  • The revelation that Facebook is planning to expand into real-money online poker in the UK, while the CEO of Zynga Poker (the free-money poker site that has more players than any other) says his company has no plans to shift to a real-money platform;
  • Why Pius Heinz’ net take from his WSOP Main Event victory was more than any other winner in history;
  • Why it took so long for PokerStars to sign a deal with WSOP Main Event runner-up Martin Staszko;
  • Why “High Stakes Poker” is being yanked off the schedule at GSN at the end of this month after a six-year run

We also answered several listener e-mails about Full Tilt Poker’s potential settlement with the US government, including whether the Department of Justice will turn over players to the Internal Revenue Service, whether the DOJ can go after “phantom funds” never collected from players’ accounts, and whether it would be worth it to take a piece of the new Full Tilt in lieu of cash still in your account.

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