Today on the Final Table radio show, Dennis reported from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas, with stories of its Main Event, its Super High Roller ($100,000 buy-in) Event, and the effect Black Friday and the loss of US players had on attendance. We also discussed whether a new Guinness record for Fastest Online Poker Player (set by Randy Lew at the PCA) was really about poker.

In St. Louis, I revealed details for the first World Series Of Poker Main Event Qualifiers of the year at Harrah’s St. Louis (1/21-22), and for Big Game 2 weekend at Harrah’s St. Louis, January 27-29, with at least two tables of $25-50 no-limit hold’em ($15,000 minimum buy-in) and two other tables of $10-20 no-limit hold’em ($2,500 minimum buy-in). If you’re interested in playing, send your name and e-mail to the address on the right side of this page and we’ll send you full details on how to lock up a seat, get a discounted hotel room, wire money to the poker room cashier, etc.

Other topics we touched on included a goodbye to Jimmy Sommerfeld (retiring after 18 years as one of the best tournament directors in poker), whether Phil Ivey was worth the $11 million/year he was paid by Full Tilt, and Daniel Negreanu offering to sell pieces of himself for the $1 million buy-in One Drop tournament at the WSOP this summer.

In our guest segment, we talked with Chris Krafcik, research director for Gambling Compliance, about the latest developments in getting internet gaming back into the US, including:

  • how Nevada may lead the way in licensing online poker this year;
  • comments from the heads of two Las Vegas casinos who oppose online poker;
  • how New Jersey’s attempt to legalize sports betting will have to overcome a federal obstacle;
  • whether Missouri and Illinois are likely to allow any of this in those states.

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