December 2020: Poker News

Featured in this article:

  • Poker Hall of Fame nominees announced
  • Kentucky wins lawsuit against PokerStars
  • Irish Poker Masters main event comes to a close

This week’s poker news is filled with positive headlines. As we wrap up the year, we have a big winner to tell you about and the Hall of Fame nominees — let’s start there as we recap the biggest stories this week in December 2020 poker news.

Poker Hall Of Fame Nominees Announced For 2020

With 2020 coming to a close, the poker community is coming together one last time to highlight some of the game’s legends. It was a wonderful day for a few poker legends as 10 finalists were selected for the Poker Hall of Fame. Those 10 finalists are: Antonio Esfandiari, Ted Forrest, Patrik Antonius, Lon McEachern, Isai Scheinberg, Eli Elezra, Norman Chad, Chris Ferguson, Huck Seed, Matt Savage and Mike Matusow.

This year’s nomination process features three first-time finalists for the Hall of Fame, including the first-ever duo nomination with McEachern and Chad giving the viewers extraordinary commentary work. Of course, their legendary play-by-play at the World Series of Poker for ESPN has helped take the game to new heights. The other two first year nominees are Antonius and Scheinberg.

The lucky poker player who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame will be notified on December 30th, which is right before the WSOP main event heads-up finale that features Damian Salas. However, the formal ceremony will not be held until late 2021.

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Kentucky Wins Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against PokerStars

The state of Kentucky sued PokerStars nearly a decade ago and while they had to wait a while, they have finally won their case. They won a $1.3 billion settlement against the website — a massive sum of money. The suit was created back in 2010 due to their belief that the website was operating illegally inside Kentucky’s borders. It was also reported that over 30,000 bettors lost around $300 million from the site. Of course, this stems from Black Friday in the poker world when a number of big sites were shut down, which is what caused the players to lose money.

The court ended up favoring the state back in 2015 but PokerStars attempted to appeal the case. Later in 2018, the state court ended up changing their decision and sent the case to the Supreme Court instead. It was later decided that the original suit was what they were in favor of and PokerStars owned the state the $870 million.

Kentucky wasn’t done just yet as they asked for an extra 12 percent in interest payments from the site given how long this has dragged out. Add that onto the total they were already having to pay and it rounds up to $1.3 billion. This court order is still being finalized and nothing is set in stone just yet but once it becomes official the state of Kentucky will be pursuing PokerStars for their money.

Irish Poker Masters Main Event Comes To A Close

William Kassouf has ended the year on a high note. He added a nice win to collection this past week as he finished in first place in the €1,100 buy-in Irish Poker Masters no-limit hold’em main event. He was able to defeat a total of 1,341 other entries en route to his €215,163 payday.

Kassouf is no stranger to picking up big wins as he is a very accomplished player with tons of trophies. He might be best-known for his trash-talking style as he his silver tongue has landed him in many controversial hands. Taking a look at the win totals, he’s raked in more than $1.2 million in career earnings. Winning the European Poker Tour Prague festival alone saw him bring home $554,120.

Other notable players in the final table were Manuel Ruivo, who finished in second place and brought home €148,042. Then rounding out the top three was Samuel Vousden, winning €101,620 for his third-place finish in the event.

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