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This time, we start by reporting or rather revealing the real name of mystery PLO legend “cumicon”, all thanks to renowned podcaster Joey Ingram. Our next story is about France that is pushing for the execution of the Shared Poker Liquidity Pool agreement. Concluding our report is news of two U.S. senators – Lindsey Graham and Dianne Feinstein who wrote a letter to the Trump Administration opposing the online gaming bill that was signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.
A mystery online player who played under the moniker “cumicon” recently took the entire poker world by storm. ‘Cumicon’ while announcing his retirement on the TwoPlusTwo forums posted an epic, near perfect graph of $7.4 million in Pot-Limit Omaha profits that makes him one of the most profitable high stakes player in online poker history.
The man left a mystery behind as he announced his retirement without any hints to his identity and that’s what bothered the most celebrated poker podcaster Joey Ingram who not only managed to obtain his identity but also interviewed him as a guest on his Poker Life Podcast.
It was revealed that the mystery online phenom “cumicon” is Cullen Connors, an American pro who has been juggling his bags between his homeland and Canada for the past five years making hefty cash playing online, probably in his pajamas. Though a beast on the felts, Connors came across as a quiet introvert, who looked uncomfortable in front of the camera.
“cumicon” went on to state that the primary reason he has retired from his poker life is because he doesn’t like playing the game!
The PLO legend learned the game watching Phil Galfond’s training videos and what’s more interesting is that he decided to put his life on hold and spend the next ten years grinding out to earn enough money only to retire early!
It was in July this year when the gambling regulatory bodies of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal signed an official agreement to allow their respective countries to share online poker player pools for the first time creating not just a historic but a cheerful new development for players. The agreement allows the four countries to merge their online poker player pools in a bid to improve the state of the games. The shared liquidity project was expected to be launched late in 2017 or in the first quarter of 2018.
France based online gambling regulator, ARJEL’s President, Charles Coppolani has reportedly contacted his Italian counterpart inquiring about the progress of the shared online poker liquidity project. Italian poker news outlet AssoPoker reported that ARJEL is looking to ‘materialize the shared liquidity project in early 2018’, as it was agreed by the participating regulators upon signing their agreement.
It is believed that the shared online poker liquidity network will indeed be launched in the first months of 2018, with France and Spain to become the first two countries to create a shared online poker liquidity network with Portugal joining shortly thereafter. According to a few sources, Italy will join later in 2018.
The delay in Italy’s joining the project has a reason. Italy is yet to open the bidding process for operators who are interested to renew their licenses or the ones that are interested to enter the Italian gambling market. Country regulators were expected to launch the call for license applications in mid-September, but little or rather no information on the matter has been released since then.
Among interested operators, online giant PokerStars is the only online poker operator with licenses in all four participating countries. French operator Winamax has also been making moves to prepare for expansion upon the launch of shared liquidity that included the signing of Italy’s Mustapha Kanit and Spain’s Adrián Mateos as Team Pros and acquiring Italian gaming license of bet-at-home.
There are surely plenty more parties who will have much to rejoice about when the European shared liquidity takes full effect. Now, it’s just a matter of when!
Two U.S. Senators are apparently not happy that Pennsylvania last month exercised its right to legalize online poker. The U.S. senators namely Republican Lindsey Graham from South Carolina and Democrat Dianne Feinstein from California have penned an open letter opposing online gambling after Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf signed a bill into law allowing his state’s residents to wager for real money online, becoming the fourth state that allows such activities. Other states are expected to follow Pennsylvania.
The letter signed by both senators is dated November 21 and urges the Trump Administration’s Department of Justice to reverse the 2011 legal opinion that allowed for states to launch online betting industries.
It’s not the first time that both senators have opposed online gaming as it was Graham who pushed for legislation to ban the activity in the past. His efforts were supported by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson (owner and operator of brick-and-mortar casinos).
On the other hand, Feinstein, who is not even a member of her state’s legislature, has asked California lawmakers to refrain from legalizing and regulating online poker.
The letter reads, “Pennsylvania has recently enacted legislation authorizing internet gambling, and other states are lined up to follow suit. Online casinos are already operating across state lines pursuant to compacts, and states are contemplating opening up their online casinos to foreign markets. We fear that unless the DOJ promptly revisits its 2011 opinion, our prediction that online casinos could spread across the country could come to pass.”
The letter alleged that online gambling preys upon society’s most vulnerable. However, a research has indicated that even the most common online gambler has a bachelor’s degree and makes around the median household income in the U.S.