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Gaming Industry News Weekly Recap – Stories You Might Have Missed

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weekly-recap-igaming-newsThe Full Tilt Poker saga continued this week as attorney Jeff Ifrah announced early in the week that he’d be releasing a flurry of statements concerning the status of player’s funds. When the statement finally came it wasn’t much more that FTP blaming their woes on the DOJ and disgraced Aussie payment processor Daniel Tzvetkoff.

It was a busy week for Ifrah as he and partner David Deitch filed a motion to remove themselves as the attorneys of record representing “Team Full Tilt”.

Lock Poker had more egg on their faces this week as the Malta Lottery and Gaming Authority took the unusual step of publically announcing that “Lockpoker.eu is not licensed by the LGA”. Lock says it’s all a mix-up.

Professor I. Nelson Rose authored a great piece titled “California’s Unnecessary Delay” where he examines the politics at play in California’s decision to delay an intrastate poker bill until 2012.

There was some positive poker news this week as the 2011 Poker in the Park kicked off this weekend.

The CalvinAyre.com news team was there reporting on the festivities, Rebecca Liggero gives us her updates for Day 1 and Day 2.

Poker in the Park also marked poker pro Tatjana Pasalic‘s first official appearance for CalvinAyre.com as our new poker reporter. Before leaving for London, Tatjana gave us a review of the Epic Poker League’s premier event.

November 8th is a big day for New Jersey voters as they go to the polls for a referendum on whether the state should allow sports betting. Vote early, vote often.

Pwin earnings have fallen 21% in the first half of 2011 but that hasn’t stopped them from looking for opportunities stateside as co-CEO Jim Ryan said his company was looking to form strategic US partnerships.

The march of the trolls continues as a couple Canadian patent trolls were making news. Wi-Lan continues their shotgun litigation technique by suing Apple and everyone else in sight. Nokia decided that if you can’t beat’em, join’em as they entered a litigious agreement with Wi-Lan’s chief Canadian competitor Mosaid.

Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt let his feelings about patent trolls in a recent speech. I give you a hint; he’s not a big fan.

If you have a £500,000, you can get away from it all, at least for a few days. Russian engineers revealed plans for a space hotel 200 miles above the earth.

Summer is unofficially over and we have to go back to work but at least we can dream of having a boss like Natasha M. Natasha is our featured Ayre Head for September.

The big boss Calvin Ayre turned 50 this year and everyone in the gaming industry had a chance to go to our Seven Deadly Sins Party in Dublin but there was another party at the infamous Bodog Compound in Costa Rica. Finally we have the video highlights of the pirate themed bash.

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