EPT San Remo led by Aussie; TwoPlusTwo wins lawsuit; Former WSOP finalist caught slinging

Daniel Nielson

Daniel NielsonEPT San Remo’s final table is all set with the leader, a man sniffing around the top from the outset. Chip leader Daniel Nielson (6,700,000 chips) has been giving anyone leading season eight’s latest stop the nagging feeling that they’re being followed. There’s nothing sinister about the Aussie, it’s just that’s he’s been hanging around peeking out from under his cork hat waiting for his next victim. The seven players seated alongside him at the final table include former-EPT champion Kevin MacPhee (1,115,000), Hendon Mob founder Barny Boatman (2,490,000) and the last remaining Italian challenger Rocco Palumbo (1,160,000). The stools have been set out as follows…

1. Andrey Pateychuk, 3,105,000
2. Kevin MacPhee, 1,115,000
3. Barny Boatman, 2,490,000
4. Daniel Nielson, 6,700,000
5. Rocco Palumbo, 1,160,000
6. Yorane Kerignard, 2,145,000
7. Dimitar Danchev, 4,435,000
8. Jan Bendik, 3,980,000

Reputable poker forum TwoPlusTwo.com was successful in a lawsuit they took out to protect the brand. Mason Malmuth announced on the site:

Two Plus Two recently obtained a judgment from the United States District Court, District of Nevada, for $150,000.00 in statutory damages for the willful infringement of our trademark and copyrights. The judgment also includes reimbursement of our costs and attorney fees. The Defendant in the suit was Anthony Scocozzo (and/or one of his several aliases), a former member of the Two Plus Two forums, who registered a domain name containing our famous “TWO PLUS TWO” trademark and offered several of our copyrighted books for free download in the “e-book” format. We tried on numerous occasions to resolve the suit prior to litigation, but the Defendant refused to cooperate. Therefore, we had to file suit and enforce our intellectual property rights. Although we certainly don’t enjoy litigation, we pursue lawsuits when we have to in order to protect ourselves from infringers. We are quite happy with the outcome and judgment in this case.”

The accused registered TwoPlusTwo.me and is now arranging to hand-over $150,000 in settlement pay.

A poker player that reached the WSOP final table on three occasions has been arrested on drug charges in New York. Al Krux, 69, was caught driving with 25lbs of marijuana in his car and his son Adam, 32, was arrested in his vehicle with 15lbs of the same drug. When police visited the younger man’s home they found 90 plants and $5k in cash. DeWitt Police Chief Eugene Conway added they found controlled substances at the same home including heroin.

The two reached a $20,000 bail and it’s a far cry from Krux’s days at live poker’s top table. His last appearance on the final table was in 2004 when Greg Raymer eliminated him in sixth place. Prize money: $800,000. It’s rumored that Krux Sr. will get between three and five years probation for the offence. This does depend on the judge.