Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Final Table #68: Chad Brown + UIGEA Update


Today on my Final Table poker show, Dennis Phillips and I reported on our weekend at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut for their MegaStacks Challenge, where I had a very deep run in one event, and on the big finale to the SCOOP (Spring Championship Of Online Poker) on PokerStars, where Dennis cashed in a couple of events.

We also talked to Chad Brown, who gave up his soap opera career ("Another World") to become a successful poker pro. Chad talked about getting his start in poker games in the back rooms of Italian cafes in the Bronx, and working his way up to over $3 million in career tournament cashes. He's had lots of success in mixed games, so we discussed the 8-game-mix that will make up the $50,000 buy-in Player's Championship, the first big event of the 2010 WSOP, which kicks off at the end of next week. And we brought up a few points about Vanessa Rousso, a fellow member of Team PokerStars Pro who became Chad's wife last year.

Finally, we got an update from Poker Players Alliance executive director John Pappas about the impending implementation of the UIGEA, its possible impact on online poker, and whether there's a chance of carving out an exception for poker as a game of skill.

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