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Top News – Blue Monday and Another Title for Seidel

Top News – Blue Monday and Another Title for Seidel

It was not the week that one could call good for online poker, actually, it was quite the contrary. It started with the second part of Black Friday – the Blue Monday, 10 online poker and betting domains were seized along with 11 back accounts and 3 people were indicted. Among the ten domains was a well-known online poker site – DoylesRoom. Suddenly Brunson parting with the room made much more sense.

In not so sad news – Erik Seidel continues to be the poker name of 2011 – he just scored his 4th big title this year, made another million and a half in a live tournament and increased his lead over Negreanu in the all time money list with almost 16 million in lifetime winnings. Other news on Seidel is that he will face Johnny Chan in this year's WSOP to replay the 1988 Main Event match up. Read more on this in this week's OnlinePoker10's Top News.

Blue Monday – 10 Online Gaming Domains Seized

The United States Department of Justice continues to persecute online gaming providers and payment processor companies. Last week we told you that the living poker legend Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson has left the online poker site sharing his name – DoylesRoom as a consequence to the Black Friday.

However, the latest news gives us the reason to believe that Brunson was smart enough to leave the sinking ship just before the site was shut down by the U.S. Department of Justice. On 5.23, 2011 the domains of ten online gaming websites including DoylesRoom.com were seized by the U.S. Attorney of Maryland.

The list of websites shut down featured Bookmaker.com, 2Betsdi.com, Funtimebingo.com, Goldenarchcasino.com, Truepoker.com, Betmaker.com, Betgrandesports.com, Betehorse.com, Beted.com, and Doylesroom.com. In addition the Attorney office has arrested 11 back accounts and indicted three people suspected of illegal online gambling activities – Darren Wright and David Parchomchuk of BetEd British Columbia and Ann Marie Puig of BMX Entertainment, a payment processor in Costa Rica.

Blue Monday appeared to be the result of a two-year investigation performed by the Department of Homeland Security. During this investigation which started in 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland an undercover payment processor business called Linwood Payment Solutions was set up in order to make contact with the gambling organizations and their managers, discuss the Internet gambling business, negotiate contracts and terms of the processing, and handle the intricate movement and processing of collection and payment data from the gambling organizations to the banks. In this period Linwood Payment Solutions processed over 300,000 online gaming site payments of over $33 million.

As a result of the investigation, three defendants have been indicted on Monday along with the other measures being taken (seized websites and bank accounts). Wright, Parchomchuk and Puig were all indicted of illegal gambling business and money laundering. If they are plead guilty they would face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the illegal gambling business charge and a maximum of 20 years in prison for the money laundering charge.

The Final WSOP Grudge Match Revealed

A couple of weeks ago we told you that the World Series of Poker have decided to replay some of the most memorable final table heads-up matches in the history of the tournament. The 2003 battle between Chis Moneymaker and Sam Farha and the 1989 final play featuring Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth have been set up by the WSOP, but the third one was left for the fans to decide. The four candidates for the final spot were:

1988 WSOP Main Event: Johnny Chan vs. Erik Seidel
2004 WSOP Main Event: Greg Raymer vs. David Williams
2006 WSOP Main Event: Jamie Gold vs. Paul Wasicka
2010 WSOP Main Event: Jonathan Duhamel vs. John Racener

And the fans have chosen – the third and the final legendary WSOP heads-up battle aka the Grudge Match will be played between Johnny Chan (who will be the only man to play two out of three Grudge Matches) and the best player of 2011 so far Erik Seidel. The two legends will replay the WSOP final heads-up battle they've played in 1988 when Chan won the second consecutive WSOP title beating Seidel and cashing $700,000 for the win. This battle featured what is still known as one of the most memorable moments in the poker history which latter made its way to everyone's favorite poker movie Rounders.

All three Grudge Matches will be played during this year's WSOP on June 2 and will air on ESPN on July 26 in two back-to-back episodes.

If you want to make your way to this year's WSOP for free and maybe witness some historic poker moments yourself, you still have time to take part in OP10 and 888 Poker's WSOP promo giving away 2 packages to 2011 WSOP event #54 worth $4,500 each!

Seidel Wins WPT World Championship 2011 Super High Roller

Last weekend Erik Seidel has once again proved that 2011 is the year of the “Sly”. On Friday he finally outplayed Erick Lindgren and became the winner of the World Poker Tour World Championship 2011 Super High Roller Event. The $100,000 tournament which gathered 29 players ended with a 5-handed final table featuring only the most prominent poker pros: Justin Bonomo, Vivek Rajkumar, Daniel Negreanu, Lindgren and Seidel.

Due to the small number of entrants the prestigious event was scheduled only for two days, but the heads-up battle between Lidgren and Seidel was not one of those that end quick and so the two agreed to settle the score after a good night's sleep. We're not suggesting that Lidgren did not sleep very well or that out-of-bed Seidel is a better player, but the next day the game went Seidel's way and the “Sly” put another poker trophy in his collection along with the $1 million cash prize.

In less than 5 month's Seidel has won his 4th major live poker tournament and increased the number of the year's earnings to over $5.5 million and his lifetime tournament winnings to almost $16 million.

These are the final table standings of WPT World Championship 2011 Super High Roller event:

1. Erik Seidel – $1,092,000
2. Erick Lindgren – $700,500
3. Daniel Negreanu – $448,320
4. Vivek Rajkumar – $336,240
5. Justin Bonomo – $224,160

However, Seidel was no the only big winner of 2011 WPT World Championship at the Bellagio Las Vegas last week. The Main Event saw the 2008 WSOP bracelet winner Scott Seiver scoring the title and a $1.6 million first place prize. He outlasted a field of 220 players who all entered the tournament for a $25,000 buy-in in hopes of getting a lot more at the end.

Unfortunately for most of them, the biggest part of the cash was divided between the 6 guys at the final table. However, it was not all easy for Seiver, in fact it was the opposite of easy. On his way to the second major poker title he had to beat such experienced opponents as the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion Galen Hall and the three-time WSOP bracelet winner Farzad Bonyadi who Seiver beat last in the final heads-up play. Despite loosing the title game, Bonyadi should not have been disappointed too much as he went home with over $1 million in his pockets (lots and lots of pockets).

These are the WTP World Championship 2011 Main Event Final Table results:

1. Scott Seiver – $1,618,344
2. Farzad Bonyadi – $1,061,900
3. Galen Hall – $589,355
4. Roger Teska – $371,665
5. Tony Gargano – $278,749
6. Justin Young – $225,654

And that's about that for the week. We will be back next time with more news from the world of poker.

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