Greg Raymer is on fire at the moment with four live tournament wins in a little over four months on the Heartland Poker Tour. Plus there is finally news of some progress for those still waiting on their Full Tilt money.
Fossilman cleans up
These days there are so many different poker tours that you could easily be forgiven for never having heard of the Heartland Poker Tour in America. In fact it has been going since 2005, but this year it has been receiving way more publicity than ever before thanks to one man – former world champion Greg “Fossilman” Raymer. Since July Raymer has been on a tear up on the HPT and has just won his fourth main event title of the last eight to have taken place. His remarkable run is as follows:
· July, Albuquerque : $1,500 NLHE– 1st of 131 for $71,875
· October, St. Louis : $1,500 NLHE – 1st of 336 for $121,973
· October, Altoona : $1,500 NLHE – 1st of 185 for $72,089
· November, Florence : $1,500 NLHE – 1st of 283 for $106,030
It had been a barren first half of 2012 for Raymer but this heater in the second half has, somewhat unsurprisingly, seen him named as the Heartland Poker Tour player of the year 2012. Some WSOP main event winners of recent years may be regarded as nothing more than a flash in the pan, but having cashed for more than $2 million in other tournaments since winning the big one, Raymer’s results would suggest that he is the real deal.
US Department Of Justice close to appointing a claims handler
After the Poker Players Alliance executive director John Pappas met with the US Department Of Justice last week, he reported back that a date for American players to be reimbursed their Full Tilt money was still a long way away. A third party claims administrator is needed to handle the process and there seemed to be no further information available as to when one might be appointed.
In the short time since that meeting though, things seem to have moved forward a little in that respect. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District Of New York has published an update on its website saying that applications have been received for the position and it is evaluating those applicants. It goes on to say that it “expects that the claims administrator will be selected and begin work in January 2013.” It may still be a lengthy process thereafter, but at least it looks like the wheels are now in motion.