Poker News Daily Covers WSOP Main Event

Published: Tue Nov 18 2008

Top poker news site Poker News Daily covered the final table of the WSOP. On Sunday night at the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio in Las Vegas, nine poker players took to the stage to determine who would claim the title of champion of the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. Members of the "November Nine," as they were commonly known in the mainstream media, returned to the Rio to claim the $1 million first prize. Just by being at the final table, these players made poker news headlines: Dennis Phillips, Craig Marquis, Ylon Schwartz, Scott Montgomery, Darus Suharto, David Rheem, Ivan Demidov, Kelly Kim, and Peter Eastgate.

Demidov made waves after play had concluded in July. He became the first player ever to reach the final tables of both the WSOP and WSOP Europe Main Events, finishing third in the latter for £334,850. Other November Nine players had traveled to tournaments in Uruguay, Canada, and across the globe, capitalizing on their newfound popularity. In the end, Peter Eastgate became the youngest Main Event champion ever at age 22, besting Phil Hellmuth’s record by two years.

Also making poker news this week was the news that the regulations of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) had been finalized. Poker News Daily revealed that the regulations of the ambiguous law were sent from the United States Treasury to the Office of Management and Budget on October 21st. On Wednesday, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), which is the major lobbying group for the online poker industry, announced that the regulations had been finalized. Poker News Daily is your source for coverage of poker legislation and encourages all of its readers to check out the PPA’s website at The regulations will become effective on January 19th, the day before President-elect Barack Obama takes office in the United States.

Finally, Poker News Daily brought its readers word that popular online poker room PokerStars had banned the use of by its players. The website and its accompanying Heads Up Display contain the results of 180 million sit and go tournaments from across the major online poker rooms. However, because of feedback by players, it is now prohibited "only while players are involved in a game on the site," according to the online poker room. PokerStars sent e-mails to many of its users cautioning them that the new software was outlawed, prompting a flurry of complaints to customer service. PokerStars has since disabled this IP detection software. "PokerStars Bans Sharkscope" has been a popular headline on Poker News Daily.

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