The $50,000 HORSE event is one step closer to becoming the premier event at the WSOP. The WSOP has announced that the dates of the event have been changed from noon on Sunday, June 22, and is now set to begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 25. That displaces the $2,500 buy-in 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball contest originally scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. June 25, which is now set to start at noon on June 22.
The move was made so that ESPN could increase the coverage for the event. The poker community would like to see this event become the true championship for the best all-around poker player, and increased coverage is one step toward that. ESPN is expected to begin airing coverage of the HORSE event sometime in July. The WSOP schedule will run from May 30 through July 16, 2008, and will include 55 bracelet tournaments and satellites.
Why is Online Poker Okay in the UK but Not the US?
Online poker is okay in the U.K. but not in the U.S. because of a difference in political structure. In the U.S., politicians are funded by private companies and organizations who donate large sums of money to empower the candidates that they want in power. The current politicians in power in the U.S. have friends that donate money to them who control the horse racing industry. These people feel that online poker is cutting into their gaming profits.
This, combined with the current government thinking that their lottery profits were also in jeopardy, prompted the decision to outlaw the game. This is supposed to force bettors to gamble on the horses and lotteries instead.
In the U.K., the government is a parliamentary system with representatives from different areas. The …