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Weekly News In Brief -- A-Rod's and Full Tilt Poker's Troubles

A Look At The Major Poker Headlines From The Week


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Here’s a look at this week’s poker news.

Full Tilt Poker Pays Overdue License Fee

Suspended online site Full Tilt Poker has paid £250,000 in overdue license fees to the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC), according to press release on the organization’s website.

At a hearing in London on July 26, allegations came forth that the online company had breached its terms with the AGCC, allegedly failing to pay its licensing fees. AGCC commissioners decided to adjourn the public meeting on Full Tilt’s license until at the latest Sept. 15, with Full Tilt agreeing to pay the fee if all future hearings are held in private. Full Tilt’s license is still suspended at the present time.

MLB Likely Will Not Suspend A-Rod For Poker

Alex Rodriguez. Credit: Forbes.comESPN has reported that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez likely will not face suspension following his alleged participation in underground, illegal poker games

However, Rodriguez could face league action “if it was determined that his conduct violated Major League Baseball standards concerning drug use and betting on baseball in the course of the poker games. Specifically, MLB will want to know if Rodriguez had anything to do with the alleged cocaine use at the games, or if the money amounts involved could make him more vulnerable to gamblers.” Investigators are currently trying to set up an interview with Rodriguez about his alleged involvement.

Harvey Weinstein Mentions ‘Rounders 2’ Sequel At Producers Conference

Harvey WeinsteinHarvey Weinstein, film producer and co-founder of Mirimax, the company that produced the poker cult classic Rounders in 1998, mentioned his desire to make a sequel during a recent film conference.

According to Variety, Weinstein was addressing the decline of the DVD market and its implications for producers. “It’s become much more of a theatrical business because the movie has to work in theaters,” he said. “There’s no second chance.”

Weinstein pointed out that Rounders, made on a budget of $12 million, was lackluster at the box-office, grossing $23 million when released more than a decade ago, but became a hit in ancillary markets. Weinstein expressed his interest in being involved in a sequel with Matt Damon and Edward Norton, the two stars of the original film. “I never make sequels but it’s something I’d like to revisit,” Weinstein said.

Mike Sexton Joins FairPlayUSA Advisory Board

Mike SextonFairPlayUSA named professional poker player Mike Sexton to its advisory board today. Sexton joins Internet safety expert Parry Aftab, former Secretary of Homeland Security and Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge, and fellow poker professional Greg Raymer on the board.

“Americans should be able to play poker online in the privacy of their homes knowing that the games are safe and fair,” said Sexton. “FairPlayUSA is committed to ensuring a strict regulatory framework for online poker, and I am pleased to be part of its advisory board.”

According to the Executive Director of FairPlayUSA, Marisa McNee, “We’re honored that Mike has agreed to join our Board of Advisors and help carry our message of the importance of bringing integrity and safety to online poker.” She continued, “As FairPlayUSA grows as an organization, our message of strict regulation, child and consumer protection, and support of law enforcement will continue to resonate with key policymakers.”