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  1. Earlier this week, Judge Paul Barbadoro of the US District Court concluded that the Wire Act only applied to sports betting. As a result, the World Series of Poker confirmed all online gold bracelet events will be available to players in both Nevada and New Jersey. "I hereby declare that § 1084(a) of the Wire Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1084(a), applies only to transmissions related to bets or wagers on a sporting event or contest," Barbadoro wrote in conclusion. "The 2018 OLC Opinion is set aside." The new opinion came following the Department of Justice’s claim that the Wire Act applied to all forms of online gambling and left gray clouds surrounding upcoming WSOP.com online gold bracelet events that were planned to take place across an interstate player pool. With the new opinion, the cloud has been lifted, at least for now, and interstate WSOP.com online gold bracelet events are a go. Prior to Barbadoro’s opinion, players in Nevada and New Jersey were only guaranteed the ability to compete in the first two online gold bracelet events. "Yes, barring something unforeseen, we plan on continuing with shared liquidity between Nevada and New Jersey for the remaining eight WSOP gold bracelet events between now and July 14," Seth Palansky, WSOP Vice President of Corporate Communications, said when asked to confirm if players in Nevada and New Jersey would be able to participate in online gold bracelet events going forward. WSOP.com recently completed the first of nine online gold bracelet events as part of the 2019 World Series of Poker, with Event #7: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Online Bracelet being won by Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon. Kwon, who is currently the #2 ranked player in New Jersey, was playing out of the Garden State for the win. The event had a field size of 2,825 entries and Kwon scored $165,263 for first place. Fifteen-time gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth finished in sixth place. "Wins are few and far between for U.S. online poker these days, so any positive news is met with smiles from the staff," Palansky added. "It is very hard to watch DFS and sports betting, and even marijuana, spread quickly throughout the U.S., but a peer-to-peer game like poker, which is not a house-backed game and only sees operators take a cut to facilitate the play (like DFS and sports betting) be stuck in the mud. It’s very frustrating. Globally, more than 100 million people play poker and enjoy the game and we long for the day it is spread far and wide across the U.S. and taxed and regulated like any other legitimate business. Poker requires liquidity – a pooling of a large amount of players – to offer meaningful prize pools to get consumers excited. Interstate poker on a mass scale is critical to delivering on that." The 2019 WSOP schedule includes eight more online gold bracelet events, starting with Event #24: $600 Six Handed Pot Limit Omaha on June 9. Buy-ins for these remaining events range from $500 to $3,200, with the $1,000 Championship Event taking place June 30. Remaining 2019 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events DATE EVENT BUY-IN TIME 6/9 WSOP.com 6-Handed Pot Limit Omaha $600 3:30 p.m. 6/16 WSOP.com No Limit Hold'em Knockout $600 3:30 p.m. 6/19 WSOP.com Turbo No Limit Hold'em Deepstack $500 3:30 p.m. 6/23 WSOP.com No Limit Hold'em Double Stack $1,000 3:30 p.m. 6/30 WSOP.com Championship $1,000 3:30 p.m. 7/3 WSOP.com High Roller $3,200 3:30 p.m. 7/7 WSOP.com 6-Handed No Limit Hold'em $800 3:30 p.m. 7/14 WSOP.com Summer Saver No Limit Hold'em $500 3:30 p.m.
  2. Yet again, Yong 'ykwon17' Kwon (aka 'LuckySpewy1'), is atop the PocketFives United States Online Poker Rankings, as he continues to crush tournaments out of New Jersey. Kwon has 5,205 points, which is ore than 300 points ahead of Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo in second place. Kwon has been charging hard in the online poker streets daily, and we don’t expect he’ll be slowing down anytime soon, especially with the WSOP.com Fall Online Championships running for much of October. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Kwon has been a fixture on the podium of online poker tournaments in recent weeks, with 22 top-three finishes dating back to September 1. Over that time period, he has seven victories. Kwon's most recent win came in the PokerStars NJ Sunday High Roller [6-Max] - $500, $8,000 Gtd on October 6, when he took first place for $5,640 and 106.21 points. On September 26, he won the PokerStars NJ $250 Thursday Thrill [Progressive KO], $5,000 Gtd for $1,767 and 69.11 points. Kwon’s biggest score dating back to the beginning of September was a third-place finish in the WSOP.com $30,000 Weekly Sunday [Re-entry, 6 Max] on September 23 for $6,837 and 122.45 points. Overall, Kwon now has more than $2.6 million in lifetime online tournament earnings. U.S. Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon 5,205 2 Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo 4,885 3 David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman 4,748 4 Vladimir ‘Donate_here’ Alexandrov 4,550 5 Ryan ‘shipthesherb’ Hohner 4,198 6 Jon ‘itsmejon’ Borenstein 4,043 7 Jason ‘JLaw’ Lawhun 3,879 8 Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano 3,612 9 Mike 'Lav519' Lavenburg 3,595 10 Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman 3,423 Plenty of notable names make up the top 10 of the PocketFives U.S. Online Poker Rankings, including the aforementioned Lupo in second with 4,885 points, David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman in third with 4,748 points, Vladimir ‘Donate_here’ Alexandrov in fourth with 4,550 points, and Ryan 'shipthesherb' Hohner with 4,198 points. As you can expect, Kwon also leads the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings, which has the exact same top 10 leaderboard as the U.S. Online Poker Rankings. It’s not until you get to #12 on the U.S. Online Poker Rankings leaderboard that you find someone from outside of New Jersey. That someone would be David ‘bewater’ Goodman who plays out of Nevada and is the new top-ranked player in the Nevada Online Poker Rankings after overtaking Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman. Goodman has booked nine four-figure cashes going back to the start of September, including three wins for nearly $16,000 combined in a one-week span, all coming on WSOP.com. He won the $15,000 Weekly Friday [Re-entry, 6 Max] on September 14 for $5,294 and 128.62 points, the $15,000 Weekly Sunday Deepstack [R&A, Super Addon] on September 16 for $5,565 and 143.57 points, and the $15,000 GTD Circuit Warm-Up Turbo Deepstack [Re-entry] on September 21 for $4,855 and 132.87 points. Goodman also took fourth in the WSOP Circuit Event #12 - $100,000 NLH Double Stack 2x Re-entry (Official Ring Event) on September 29 for $7,262 and 142.25 points. Checking in on Pennsylvania, where regulated PA online poker is set to launch soon, Thai 'thaiha91' Ha is still atop the Pennsylvania Online Poker Rankings with 1,281 points. Ha has quite the lead over his fellow competitors, as he’s up nearly 500 points on Chris ‘Billypoker101’ Bilinsky. New Jersey Online Poker Rankings Top 5 New Jersey online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon 5,205 2 Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo 4,885 3 David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman 4,748 4 Vladimir ‘Donate_here’ Alexandrov 4,550 5 Ryan ‘shipthesherb’ Hohner 4,198 Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 5 Nevada online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 David ‘bewater’ Goodman 3,171 2 Jed 'JCHAK' Hoffman 2,978 3 PunnyYouSayThat 2,539 4 Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat 2,531 5 Bobby 'bcm4924' McLawhorn 2,266 Pennsylvania Online Poker Rankings Top 5 Pennsylvania online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Thai 'thaiha91' Ha 1,281 2 Chris ‘Billypoker101’ Bilinsky 807 3 RyJS 711 4 Andrew ‘Head218’ Carnevale 600 5 sr86 521

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