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GBT/FTP agreement in 15 days; Entraction carries through threat; Coren praises fellow pro

TAGs: Barny Boatman, full tilt poker, Groupe Bernard Tapie, Victoria Coren

Full TiltGroupe Bernard Tapie’s Managing Director is expecting a deal for Full Tilt Poker to go through in the next 15 days. PokerFuse cites an interview Tapie gave with iGamingFrance that the “payment terms are defined” and an agreement will be drafted and signed in 15 days. If true, does it mean that Laurent Tapie will be dressing as Santa Claus and making a “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” promotional video? We certainly hope so. It’ll be a YouTube sensation.

Entraction has implemented restrictions on players that were announced two months ago. The poker network has made good on their promise to bar residents from Canada, Israel, Norway, Russia and Turkey. Victor Chandler runs on the network and confirmed to PokerFuse it “no longer allows customers from Canada.”

When it was originally announced back in September, we wondered why Canadians were being banned. As we understand, it has never been illegal for Canadians to set up accounts with international operators. All we can deduce from Entraction’s decision is that they’ve recently got hold of My First Atlas and noticed that Canada is quite close to the US border. Either that or the bacon wasn’t to their liking.

We leave the final words to Vicky Coren who may have a thing for the older man if her latest column is anything to go by. Coren pays tribute to Hendon Mob founder Barny Boatman’s recent run of excellent play – and reveals that his longevity is what casts him out as one of the best. The Guardian article included the line: “Boatman is one of poker’s most popular names and greatest survivors: his previous $1.8m of tournament winnings were accumulated over years of solid, regular, international cashes.”

It does go to show that the elder statesmen still have it when it comes to playing poker. In the womanizing stakes, Boatman may have a little further to go yet though. Although having a fellow poker pro that happens to be hot praising shouldn’t be discounted.

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