February 27, 2009
It has today been reported that a professional poker player has commited a double murder.
Ernest Scherer III has today been charged with the double murder of his parents.
The motive is thought to be the $1.5 million which he will now inherit from the death of his parents.
On looking into Scherer, the Hendon Mob Database, revealed that the player had won $300,000 in poker winnings.
Scherer’s parents were found battered and stabbed in their home approximately 7 days after their death.
Sgt. Scott Dudek, the officer in charge of the investigation said that the youngster was in a:
“desperate financial situation.”
Dudek also added that Scherer:
“did not appear to show much emotion about the deaths, but he was more interested in seeing the will.”
Scherer’s father had thought that he was addicted to gambling, telling his own father that he thought Ernest was a compulsive gambler.
Do you think that Scherer should be allowed to carry the tag of been a ‘professional’ poker player?
We have all had our low moments in the game, but this is taking things to the extreme!?
What are your thoughts on this story?
Read more at Bluff Europe.
February 27, 2009
The 2009 LA Poker Classic, won by Cornel Andrew Cimpan has added into the on going arguement that haunts the poker gaming world.
Is poker a game of skill or of pure luck?
Questions have been asked due to the recent winner claiming his victory.
Cimpan, who was pitted against Binh Nguyen on the final table, rode his luck for everything that he could, playing 117 hands on the final table.
It seemed that Thursday was his day, as he entered into hands with inferior hands, only to beat Nguyen, through what can only be discribed as luck.
Binh Nguyen entered the final table heads up with a 8:5 ratio of chips to Cimpan, taking that lead further to owning 11 million of the 14 million chips available only for the tie to shift leadership, with Nguyen been sucked out hand after hand.
Cimpan, from Texas, started off heads up, with a huge task ahead of him, then something changed for the Texan as he hit runner runner to make a flush, almost totally wiping out Nguyen’s stack to a slim 1.1 million chips.
The final hand dealt another cruel blow to Binh Nguyen, as he places his tournament life on the line with A9 off suit, only for Cimpan to call with K5 clubs.
None of the crowd were suprised to see the flop as it falls and drops a 5.
Binh Nguyen could do nothing but sit and watch as the turn and the river show nothing for him, leaving Cimpan to claim victory from a pair of 5′s.
Cimpan walks away with $1,686,760 in prize money, a WPT bracelet, a $25k seat in the WPT‘s World Championship this April, and the Commerce Casino’s trademark horse and rider trophy.
Not a bad days work as it shows that sometimes skill is not enough to ensure justice.
Do you feel that poker is a skill based game or do you have more experience of a game thats more luck than skill?
Read more on the report at Poker Listings.
February 27, 2009
An upcoming iGambling conference is set to have some interesting attendants.
A legislation team from the state of California have decided that in their efforts to legalise online poker gaming, they would attend the conference so that they can meet with the people behind online poker gaming.
The change in stance on the view that online poker was bad for the ecomony has come as the world is hitting a recession.
A report from Gambling911 indicates that the team are looking to legalise the gambling as a way to aid the public in this time of tight money strings, with the state having large unemployment rates.
The Gambling911 report also tells about how the team will not be looking into legalising the gambling through PartyGaming, this is due to the owner Anurag Dikshit, a multi billionaire, pleading guilty to foul play and accepting bets from US residents, even though there was a law passed to stop this.
The muti billionaire was charged $300 million in fines.
The report quotes a legislation official as saying:
“California is not going to have an online poker room licensed in the state where one of the founders pleaded guilty before he was even charged with a crime.”
888.com have been a name that has been put forward, should the team decide that they are going to legalise the gambling method.
The reasoning for this has been explained that, the state were looking for a company that have been trading publicly for a length of time, and 888.com tick all the required boxes in their primary viewing.
Read more about this at iGaming Business.