Escazu, Costa Rica (PressExposure) October 27, 2008 -- Online poker has come under fire in recent weeks. This time, the action came from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, who ordered the seizure of 141 internet gambling domain names, including those belonging to PokerStars, Ultimate Bet, and Full Tilt Poker. Last week, Judge Thomas Wingate refused to overturn Beshearâs order and instead scheduled a final forfeiture hearing for next month. If the domain names are ultimately forfeited, they would be inaccessible to online poker enthusiasts around the world. This week, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist joins the PocketFives.com Poker Podcast to break down the case.
Norquist told PocketFives.com, âWeâre very unhappy because Governor Steve Beshear is trying to censor internet sites. The Governorâs attempt to censor the internet is step one. What else will he decide he wonât like? Itâs bad enough when China does this stuff, but for a U.S. state to do it, itâs awful.â
Meanwhile, two Brazilian players made headlines over the weekend, as Leandro "brasapoker" Pimentel and "caio_pimenta" fought heads-up in the Full Tilt $1 Million Guaranteed. "Brasapoker" came out on top, earning $184,000 and solidifying his lead in Brazil's online tournament rankings. "Caio_pimenta" took home $113,000 for second place, while American Shane "shaniac" Schleger won $59,000 for fourth place. "YanniYankeivich" and "lockdownpokah" chopped the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $40K each and Norway's "JohnnyBelow" received $48,750 for his victory in the Stars $200 Sunday rebuy. Felipe "improved" Montenegro of Costa Rica won the TitanPoker $250K Guaranteed for $55,000 and "Pist0nH0nda" was awarded $48,750 for taking down the Full Tilt Sunday Mulligan.
This week's Online Poker Rankings update features Mario "TheRealPokerccini" Puccini, who moved up four spots to #9 overall this week after stringing together wins in the PokerStars Nightly Hundred Grand and the $100K Guaranteed tournaments. His largest cash came from a deep run in the $10K WCOOP event for $41,000. Mark "dipthrong" Herm is back in the spotlight after having a record-breaking performance in Sunday major tournaments earlier this year. Herm chopped the Stars "Sunday 500" for $69,600 to add to his list of scores and is now ranked #12 worldwide. New to the Rankings this week are Sweden's "gerrard," "phatcat," "IWEARGOGGLES," and former number two ranked online tournament player in the world Scott "SCTrojans" Freeman. Scott is considered by some to be the best online tournament player in the world and will have plenty to prove as he begins his long climb back into the top of the Rankings after taking a break from online poker.
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