2012 Retrospective – Part 4

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2013. December 30.
In the fourth part of our annual retrospective, we take a look at the highlights of July and August, 2012. We had Big One, Ray Bitar arrested and even a scandal involving a motorcycle gang.
2012 Retrospective

July


Antonio Esfandiari won the most expensive tournament ever, the WSOP #55 $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop for $18,346,673.

Antonio Esfandiari

Read more on Esfandiari’s huge success here


Ray Bitar surrendered himself to the FBI. The ex-Full Tilt Poker CEO gave turned himself in as part of the deal concluded with PokerStars.

Read more on Bitar’s arrest here


British poker player Barry Denson broke Phil Laak’s endurance record, playing 120 hours and 20 minutes straight. He closed his session with £850 in profits, which he offered to charity.

Read more on the crazy record here


August

PartyPoker launched its own fast poker game, the FastForward. The beta version hit the real money tables in early August.

Read more on FastForward here


Matt Marafioti delivered our share of poker scandal that appeared to involve the Bandidos motorcycle gang cheating a number of high stakes players out of their money with the help of hackers.

Bandidos

Read more on the Marafioti scandal here


The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York made a ruling that every poker player was happy about: poker is a game of skill and not an illegal gambling activity.

Read more on the District Court declaration here

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