Los Angeles, CA
Happy hump day. I hope you get laid today. If not, rub one out for me. In the meantime, here's a couple of nuggets of poker news to keep you distracted this afternoon....
WSOP News: The WSOP announced they will be getting into the Rematch business. Yes, they're hosting three re-matches featuring some of the most historical heads-up battles at the Main Event. The top billing goes to Chris Moneymaker/Sammy Farha. The other headliner is Johnny "Fucking" Chan/Phil Hellmuth. The third match will be determined by (Facebook) fans by voting (on Facebook): Seidel/Chan, Jonathan Duhamel/John Racener, Jamie Gold/Paul Wasicka, and Greg Raymer/David Williams. I'm bitter that they did not included the infamous T.J. Clouiter vs. Jesus matchup or Hugh Vincent vs. Russ "Pig in a Poke" Hamilton. (WSOP.com)That' it for. You know the drill. NGTFOOMO!
Business News: shares of bwin.party (a newly formed junta after Bwin merged with Party Gaming) tumbled in London trading after German politics proposed a special gambler tax in excess of 16%. H/T to Kid Dynamite for the article. Disclosure: I do not own any shares of Party Gaming. (Bloomberg)
Pop Culture: HDouble penned one of my favorite posts of all-time is The Poker Wisdom of The Dude. Well, Hank returned to his roots with another epic investigation into The Poker Wisdom of Omar and The Wire (The Cards Speak)
International Tax Laws: What would the infamous Trailer Park Boys say about having to pay taxes on poker winnings? "Fuck that, eh!" Luckily we have an expert, Gaming Counsel, to break down the intricacies of Canadian tax law. GC shared his assessment of this important topic if you're a Canadian poker pro.... Taxation of gambling winnings in Canada. (Pokerati)
Poker Cinema: I wish I had Shamus a professor in college...I'd actually go to class more. If you dig cinema and have an affinity for the classic Robert Altman flick California Split, then take a peek at California Split and First Impressions. (Hard-Boiled Poker)
Arms Race: The pissing content continues! And thus begins the over-saturation of High Roller events. Los hombres sounded off on the new trend in a post titled The WPT Has a Bad Idea? (Wicked Chops Poker)
Gambling Lit: The literati chimed in about March Madness... In Praise of Distraction. (The New Yorker)