Day 8 Let the action continue AGEN138

The final table of the $1,000 No-Limit AGEN138 event is underway and after not quite two hours of play two players are out and Theo Tran is continuing his dominating play.

Tran is up to more than $2 million in chips now, which is almost double what his nearest opponent has.

Alex Botin and Mike Lisanti are out, leaving Matt keikoan, Carter Gill, Shannon Shorr, J.C. Tran and Chris Bjorin.

On one hand Bolotin and J.C. Tran clashed with a resulting double-up for…

“We are delighted that a regulator of the caliber of the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission has accepted our credentials, audit experience and professional qualifications after intensive study,” said Andrew Beveridge, eCOGRA chief executive.

“Our testing principles and methodologies have now been recognized by several international jurisdictions concerned with protecting players through the professional and continuous testing of online casino and poker room operators.”

When things began at the final table of the $1,000 no-limit hold’em tournament with rebuys, Michael Banducci held the chip lead, and athough many players would steal that lead periodically during the next 10 hours, only one player held it again at the end – Banducci. He won his first gold.

To celebrate the milestone hand, Ladbrokes plans to host a Billionth Hand Freeroll that will award $300,000 in World Series of Poker prizes.

To take part in the tournament, players need to earn 50 Player Points in cash games, multi-table tournaments or single-table tournaments on the day the billionth hand is dealt. Making those 50 points is as easy as raking $2 on a Fixed-Limit table, or paying $2.50 in tournament fees.

ESI settles U.S. online gambling issue

The two entities entered into a deferred prosecution agreement that says the United States won’t file criminal charges against ESI Entertainment as long as it fulfills certain obligations it made in the agreement.

One of those terms is that it will pay the United States more than $9.1 million, which is the profits earned by Citadel Commerce and represents the funds that the U.S. Attonery’s Office seized in early 2007.

ESI has also agreed to fully cooperate with the U.S.

Day 8 Pros versus amateurs

Two more professional poker players claimed bracelets on Thursday, leaving Grant Hinkle, Event 2’s winner, as the only amateur to make it to the top so far this year.

Event 5

Michael Banducci, from Traverse City, Mich., defeated a playing field of 766 poker players to come out on top of the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Rebuy event on Thursday.

The 23-year-old professional poker player strapped on his first gold bracelet and pocketed $636,736 for the win.

As the focus of the Amazon room shifted to the $1,000 no-limit hold’em rebuy final table, a small crowd gathered mid-afternoon to witness the final nine players of the $1,500 Omaha eight-or-better event battle for the bracelet in event no. 6. The focus of the rail centered mostly on Scott.