U.S. Poker Players Get Good News

U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein ruled a few weeks ago that POKER does NOT qualify as gambling.

Judge Weinstein (NOT pictured above) correctly concluded that the skill needed to consistently win at poker differentiates it from other games of chance.

(Also clearly not the right judge….)

The case could end up being a landmark decision for online poker in the U.S.

(Oh, COME ON! REALLY?!)

Currently the U.S. poker playing population is largely cut off from the rest of the world, but there are still some sites Americans (and the rest of the world) can play at and receive great rewards. Check out sites like Carbon Poker (Merge), Lock Poker (Revolution), or America’s Cardroom (Yatahay) for the best first deposit and rakeback deals.

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Merge CEO Out

Sep 05, 2012 00:00 AM
PocketFives published an article Tuesday stating that Anthony Taylor is no longer the CEO of Merge Gaming, a position he held for the past 5 years.

Merge CEO

(Artist’s Rendition)

No official word from Merge has been released yet. Over his watch Merge filled the vacuum left by Black Friday to become the 2nd largest site serving U.S. players and had to deal with the popular site Lock Poker leaving Merge to join Cake to form the new Revolution Network.

Not long after the news broke rumors started that none other than Phil Hellmuth would be the new CEO of Merge.

the mona lisa

Hellmuth shocked to learn he is the new CEO, or amazed by the piss-poor photo cropping?

Hellmuth (formerly involved with UB Poker) seems to be biding his time waiting for the perfect offer before promoting another online site and Merge does not seem to be a natural fit for the poker brat. Until proven otherwise, Rake Refuge will assume that Hellmuth would much rather spend his time riding a giant hot dog in water (Google it) or selling worthless outdated AWESOME poker merchandise.

 

 

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