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The Poker Year In Review - December 2012

Howard Lederer Settles With The DOJ, Big Losses For Gus Hansen At Full Tilt, Lou Krieger Dies And Theo Jorgensen Shot

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Howard Lederer settles with the Department of Justice. It costs him millions but he keeps his mansion and his freedom.

Greg Merson wins the Card Player Player of the Year title.

Gus Hansen is down over $2.6 million since the Full Tilt Poker relaunch.

However he manages to claw some back before 2012 is over.

Phil Ivey also made his Full Tilt Poker return.

Dan Smith wins his sixth tournament of 2012.

Former Card Player writer and poker author Lou Kreiger dies.

Ramzi Jelassi wins the European Poker Tour Prague main event for €850,000 while Marvin Rettenmaier, who would go on to claim the European Player of the Year title, won the High Roller event for €365,000.

Ravi Raghavan wins the Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

Theo JorgensenDanish pro Theo Jorgensen is shot in a robbery at his home .

One in four Americans favor state-level online gambling .

The Card Player Poker Tour goes from strength-to-strength with three new stops.

Zynga’s iPhone poker app finishes the year as number one.

PokerStars and 888 are among the beneficiaries of new German online poker licenses issued by Schleswig-Holstein while 888 was set to launch real money gambling on Facebook.

The World Series of Poker Europe is set to move to Paris for 2013.

bwin leaves the Ongame network and joins Party Poker’s liquidity pool while bwin.party does a deal in Belgium which will allow real money gambling and co-chief executive officer Jim Ryan announces his retirement.