The Week That Was: New Jersey Gives Green Light

Paul Klann won the WPT LA Poker Classic

The biggest news in a week chock full of tournament action was when New Jersey became the third state to adopt regulation for intrastate gaming. The bill was conditionally vetoed earlier in the month for some minor details.

The World Poker Tour crowned two new champions a world apart and the World Series of Poker Circuit checked in at the West Palm Beach Kennel Club and drew huge attendance numbers.

The Fight: New Jersey Makes it Official

On Tuesday, February 26th New Jersey completed the bill to legalize and regulate intrastate online gaming. Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill into law after changes were made that he requested following a February 7th veto. New Jersey became the third state to pass such measures.

California, Massachusetts and Iowa are hoping to build on New Jersey’s momentum with their own efforts to regulate online gaming.


WPT: Plaul Klann wins the LAPT Poker Classic for $1 Million

The $10,000 World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic crowned a new champion in Paul Klann after besting a field of 517 of the best tournament players. Klann defeated Paul Volpe heads up in final table that included Daniel Fuhs, Toby Lewis and David Tuthill.

The field came just shy of $5 million prize pool and Klann pocketed $1,004,090 for his win. Blake Barousse, Noah Schwartz, Ana Marquez, Jennifer Harman, Galen Hall and Jesse Sylvia all had deep runs in the stacked field.


WSOPC: Jonathan Tamayo Wins West Palm Beach Main Event

It took a 16 hour marathon for Jonathan Tamayo to walk away the winner in the World Series of Poker Circuit West Palm Beach Main Event champion. He walked away with $206,020, a WSOPC gold ring and a seat in the National Championship in New Orleans while the casino was about to close at 5 a.m.

The final day saw 30 players, of the 670 player field, return to play for the ring. It took six levels just to reach the final table itself that featured Clint Tolbert, Mark Rose, William Looper, Chris Hyden, Luke Graham, David Grandieri, Tom Gleason and Nancy Birnbaum.


WPT: Vladimir Bozinovic Wins Baden Main Event

Vladimir Bozinovic won the five day World Poker Tour Baden Main Event for $271,258. 2012 BLUFF Player of the Year Marvin Rettenmaier was gunning for his third WPT title but bowed out in fifth place.

Bozinovic defeated Paul Berende after Berende was one card away from clinching the title. Also cashing in the event were Kimmo Kurko, Bodo Sbrzesny and Martin Stazsko.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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