Monday Poker Headlines

Poker headlines are still being dominated by the fallout of the federal crackdown against online poker, as might be expected only a few weeks out from Black Friday.

But all headlines today are taking a backseat to the news that Osama Bin Laden has been killed by U.S. special forces.

Obama at Correspondent's Ball

Obama at Correspondents Ball

Still, there’s a tenuous (OK, virtually non-existent) poker connection in that President Obama is getting some praise for the admirable “poker face” he displayed Saturday night at the White House Correspondents Ball, just hours before the U.S. moved on Bin Laden.

The ball was most notable for all the Donald Trump bashing going on (with Trump in the audience), but at one point Seth Meyers, host of ball, made an Osama Bin Laden joke.

“People think bin Laden is hiding in the Hindu Kush, but did you know that every day from 4 to 5 he hosts a show on C-SPAN?” Meyer’s quipped.

The President reportedly got a big grin on his face and laughed along with the crowd, without giving away a thing.

He slowplayed it.

Meanwhile, getting back to poker, Steve Wynn (who got married this weekend at a star studded event) tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he’s still skeptical about legalized online poker in the U.S.



“The Internet loomed like Mount Everest blocking out the sun,” Wynn told the paper, while saying still believes it will be tough, but not impossible, to regulate online poker.

“What happens if the government gets involved and they control it and interfere with our ability to run a business? If they do Internet poker, they are going to tax the hell out of it,” he said. “They would only make it legal in America because they have this insatiable appetite for money in Washington.”

Wynn had to break a “strategic relationship” he had formed with PokerStars after the federal crackdown.

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