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THE WEEKLY SHUFFLE, 2008-03-16, by TwoGun, Ozone

This week, PokerStars announced the launch of the Latin American Poker Tour. They also oversee the European Poker Tour and the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour. Over-under on the date when they announce the release of the African Poker Tour? April 23rd, 2009.

We are accepting input for what questions should be on our "Are You A Nit?" quiz. Popular possibilities so far include: "Have you ever thrown a temper tantrum for not getting a buffet comp?" and "Does the idea of making a $10 bet on a roulette wheel make you start twitching and screaming "minus EV, minus EV!!"?"

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Hmm... it seems like no online gaming executives have been arrested in a while. At least not in the U.S. ...

I wonder what the next poker playing animal superstar will be. I sure hope it's a donkey. Would it really alter the meaning of "you donk"? I sure hope so, people nowadays have no respect for a skilled poker playing donkey like they used to.

Don't forget to participate in the 888 Poker freerolls for our readers on March 26th and April 9th. The winner of each receives a seat to the $1,000+$50 buy-in $3M guaranteed World Poker Crown, being held on April 26th. For more information on this, see this news article.

For Europeans, traveling to Vegas must really suck. Even the three hour flight from Houston is enough to get my panties in a bunch.

For those of you who aren't aware, the current leader of the CardPlayer Player of the Year standings is Michael "timex" McDonald, an 18 year old poker phenom who holds a 300 point lead over the likes of Phil Ivey and Men Nguyen. McDonald, a Canadian who is unable to participate in poker tournaments held in the U.S., has to rely on precious few opportunities like the Aussie Millions and European Poker Tour events to pad his POY lead. If an 18 year old is able to win the POY without playing a single tournament in the U.S., to me, that would be arguably one of the greatest accomplishments in poker history.

With the success of PKR, how about another poker room with some crazy graphics? Except, this time, make the graphics more violent. For example, when someone busts out of the tournament, how about instead of them just disappearing off the table, it shows their character falling into a giant black hole or something.

Whatever happened to extreme prop bets? There was that legendary bet where John Hennigan's friends made a six-figure wager that he couldn't live in Des Moines, Iowa for six weeks. He returned home to Vegas in a mere two days. In another tale, vegetarian Howard Lederer was offered $10,000 if he would eat a cheeseburger. Lederer wasted no time adding a cool $10k to his net worth. Or what about the prop bet taken on by Brian Zembic that required him to get a breast job and keep it for a year? Not only did Zembic win that bet, but he still has the breasts to this day. Even though that last one is a little creepy, I could go for hearing more about bets along these lines.

The Weekly Shuffle is our Sunday column with our observations and commentary on the poker world. Have an idea for an article? Leave a suggestion on the feedback page.


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