Christopher Small, a 24-year-old NZ student had been a regular at PokerStars for the past three years making some pocket money and dreaming of incredible winnings. His family was strongly displeased with their son’s passion and considered him to have a gambling dependency. Chris persisted in his desire to become rich through online poker and continued playing.
About 1 am in late July, 2011 the guy’s prayers were heard when Chris was playing $0.10/$0.25 six-max No Limit Hold’em on incredible 24 tables simultaneously with five other people. The lucky fellow had been dealt into the site’s 65-billionth hand and suddenly became $68 420 richer.
Excited Chris happened to hit a big jackpot for his winning hand because PokerStars rewards every 5 billionth hand played on the site. The following prize target is 70 billion hand and the grandest even of all will be PokerStars’ Mega Milestone 100 billionth hand. Elated NZ student does not share his ideas if he is going to try and hit another jackpot!
It all started on April 15, 2011 when USA authorities shut down website of Full Tilt Poker and its customers were simply screwed. Many professionals have always been squeamish about this ‘family business’ (the online poker resource was run by two siblings), nevertheless, hundreds of mature poker players made their living here until the site was shut down in one day without any warnings and explanations.
Only half a year later it is possible to estimate the round sum of money that had to be paid back to Full Tilt Poker users – it is 300-400 million dollars. One more stunning fact is that Howard Lederer and Jesus Ferguson knew too well how to care about themselves within four years they paid themselves almost $444000000! Poker pros are frustrated, now they cannot be 100% sure that their current online poker site is not going to be shut down tomorrow.
As you might know, the USA White House now supports a special section ‘We The People’ at WhiteHouse.gov where anyone can air his or her views concerning any burning issues. As president Barack Obama says, this is a perfect way to be open for people and their daily problems and requirements.
On September 22 an extraordinary petition was posted at ‘We The People’ – it was a voice of director of grassroots and external affairs for the Poker Players Alliance Drew Lesofski raised for support of the legalization and regulation of poker (both ordinary and online) in the USA.
To say that White House was stunned is to say nothing, but the most fascination part was still to come. Officials did not believe that this petition would receive over 5000 within 1 month to be reviewed. To their utter surprise the petition received the desired number of supporters in just three days! This means that on October 22, 2011 the US government will review this wondrous petition and poker may restore its legal position.