The Poker Year In Review - May
Full Tilt Poker Cancels Onyx Cup As Fallout From Scandal Boosts European Operators
bwin.party digital entertainment plc revealed a 33 percent increase in new daily sign ups for poker in the two weeks immediately after the U.S. government crackdown on three major poker sites. There was a decline in poker revenue of 14 percent however in the first quarter of 2011 to €54 million from €62.8 million a year earlier.
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier won the European Poker Tour Grand Final €25,000 High Roller to earn €525,000 and his second High Roller title.
English poker club, Dusk till Dawn broke its own record for hosting the largest number of players in a poker tournament in the UK with 1,564 taking part in a €60 buy in event.
Rupert Elder was crowned king of the European Poker Tour San Remo and received €930,000. The Brit prevented Max Heinzelmann from taking down his first EPT title — this was the second time this had happened to the German in three weeks. Both he and Martin Jacobson incredibly achieved two second-place finishes in one season.
The World Series of Poker announced extensive coverage on ESPN including live unedited hole cards on a 30-minute delay.
Nevada-based International Game Technology (IGT) announced that it had launched a cash offer to purchase Swedish-based Entraction Holding AB for about $115 million. The Entraction Board of Directors recommended the offer to its shareholders.
Forbes reported that federal prosecutors filed for supplemental forfeiture of five homes connected to Ray Bitar and Chad Elie, two of the 11 indicted by the Department of Justice on Black Friday. Four California homes were connected to Bitar, one of the founders of Full Tilt Poker.
The Onyx Cup, sponsored by Full Tilt Poker, was cancelled.
Rumours emerged that Doyle Brunson was leaving his online poker site, DoylesRoom.
Sponsored pro, Steve Gross, confirmed to Card Player that the legend was leaving the online business because of the potential legal ramifications but may return once the legalities regarding online poker are sorted out.
Another month, another win for Erik Seidel. The American pro earned $1,092,000 for his victory in the World Poker Tour $100,000 Super High Roller bringing his 2011 winnings to $5.4 million.
Poker phenom Scott Seiver took home the 2011 $25,000 World Poker Tour Championship title plus $1,618,344.
Sami Kelopuro won the 2011 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) $10,300 main event for a payday of $504,000 after a five-way deal at the final table.
Phil Ivey publicly criticised Full Tilt Poker and filed a lawsuit claiming $150 million in damages. As the company denied Ivey’s request to pursue other professional
opportunities in poker, Ivey was seeking more than $150 million for “injunctive relief, declaratory relief and damages”. Ivey said he would not play in the 2011 World Series of Poker.
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