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The Poker Year In Review - June

The Full Tilt Saga Gets Personal And Phil Hellmuth Gets Pipped At The Post For Two WSOP Bracelets

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Tiltware, the company that provides software for Full Tilt, issued a statement saying that Phil Ivey’s lawsuit was all about one player, himself, and was an effort to “further enrich himself at the expense of others”. The statement said this could thwart pending deals with several parties that would return players’ money and that Ivey had been invited to help the company in their efforts to do so, including paying back a debt to the site, which he declined to do.

Jake Cody won the first open event of the summer, the WSOP $25,000 no-limit hold’em heads-up championship, claiming $851,192, his first bracelet, and indeed poker’s triple crown.

Other notable first-time WSOP bracelet winners included Allen Bari (in a $5,000 no-limit hold’em event), Englishman Matt Perrins (in his very first no-limit deuce-to-seven draw lowball event), Darren Woods (in the $2,500 six-max limit hold’em tournament), Fabrice Soulier (in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. championship), Matt Jarvis ($5,000 sixhanded no-limit hold’em), Ben Lamb ($10,000 pot-limit Omaha Championship), and Andre Akkari ($1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament).

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier joined Jake Cody on the triple crown list when he took down his first bracelet in the $10,000 seven-card stud championship. It was the first time the French phenom played stud in a live tournament.

Jason Mercier won his second gold WSOP bracelet in the $5,000 six-max event for a payday of $619,575.

John Juanda defeated Phil Hellmuth heads up in the $10,000 2-7 draw lowball world championship to deny the “Poker Brat” his 12th gold bracelet and earn his fifth. Juanda took home $367,170 while Hellmuth received $226,909.

Eric Rodawig beat Phil Hellmuth in another ultimate battle for the bracelets in the $10,000 seven-card stud eight-or-better event.

After numerous amendments, Assembly Bill 258, which gives the Nevada Gaming Commission the authority to adopt regulations for Internet poker, was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval.

President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski signed an amendment to an upcoming law which would ban online poker.

Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire was named in a lawsuit for connections to an illegal underground poker game featuring numerous Hollywood stars that ran between 2006 and 2009.
bwin.party digital entertainment began the process of selling the Ongame poker network. The company described the network as a “surplus asset”.

Full Tilt Poker’s entire online operation was suspended by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.

Reports emerged that Full Tilt had signed an agreement with a group of European investors but no names were announced.

Phil Ivey’s attorney David Chesnoff stated that Ivey was withdrawing his lawsuit as he believed Full Tilt was “taking steps to see that the players are paid”.