Adelson gets more opponents; WPT Doyle Brunson won by Englishman; Inaugural NACP event in the books


WPTLas Vegas Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson has got a new band of opponents after showing his moral opposition to online gambling. According to Howard Stutz of the Las Vegas Review Journal, poker players went to the floors of social media’s palace to urge people to boycott the Venetian poker room, with one TwoPlusTwo poster stating: “Since Sheldon Adelson is lobbying against Internet poker, I will no longer play at The Venetian poker room. I suggest if you care about the issue, that you also boycott the room.”

QuadJacks radio host Marco Valerio also added: “You are dealing with a very sensitive community at this point. Recent advancements provided some encouragement, but now it’s devastation again.”

The original comments made recent mainstream media articles that predicted a rosy future for online gambling seem foolish.

The World Poker Tour’s (WPT) latest offering has concluded with an Englishman reigning surpreme at the Las Vegas Bellagio. The WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic saw Sussex-based James Dempsey take a prize of $821,612 after outlasting a field that reached 413 and meant an overall prize pool over $4million. Antonio Esfandiari and Vanessa Selbst joined Dempsey at the final table but were no match as they only managed sixth and third respectively. Second was Soi Nguyen and the result means that Dempsey not only takes the tenth anniversary WPT crown but his career earnings have now also hit $1.6million. With Sam Holden’s year to remember it’s been some 12 months for Sussex’s stable of poker players.

Native American Casino Poker Tour’s (NACPT) inaugural title will be toasted in rural Kansas. Kirk Stewart, a lifelong wheat farmer, took down the field of 324 at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Oklahoma. The 57-year-old takes the first prize of $50,000, a $1,500 WSOP-C seat along with the first NACPT trophy and his mug shot will adorn the cover of an issue of CardPlayer magazine. Stewart only took up poker three years ago and took the title after a three-way deal between himself, Jason Simon and Brandon Vise left the runners up with $45k a piece.