Mike "The Mouth" Matusow recovers from spinal surgery

Last week Phil Hellmuth tweeted about Mike "The Mouth" Matusow's spinal surgery, which was quite risky according to Matusow's tweets. After complications during the surgery, Mike is now all well and on his way to recover.

High Stakes Poker Season 5 lineup

Last week, Full Tilt published an online survey in which they asked players about their experiences and impressions regarding GSN's hit poker show, High Stakes Poker. As soon as speculation started whether the company wants to bring back HSP, the survey was immediately removed from the web. High Stakes Poker was the most exciting poker show with star-studded field, the Season 5 lineup was extremely strong aswell. It consisted of young online wizards Tom "durrr" Dwan and Dario Minieri, old school live crushers like Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, David "Viffer" Peat and Phil Laak who all showed why they are amongst the best in the game. The two businessmen at the table, Mike "Silent Mike" Baxter and Alan Meltzer played very well also, and the great characters and agressive table dynamics made this season of HSP truly one of the best.

 

PokerStars Changes to Rake, Spin & Go Prizes, and Battle of the Planets

 

The regulars at PokerStars have had rough times in the recent months. The introduction of Spin & Go tournaments, the announced changing of the VIP system in 2015 and the departure of the two pros (Gus Hansen and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom) from their sister-site Full Tilt all received negative response from the poker community. But now PokerStars has announced that they are increasing the rake in almost every poker variant they offer, and the players on the forums are furious at Amaya, the company behind PokerStars. Check out all the details below.

Micro Millions returns next week

PokerStars has recently published the schedule for their low buy-in online tournament series, the Micro Millions. In the 9th installment of the series, there will be a total of 100 events running between November 6 - 16 with a total of $5 million guaranteed.

Picture of the day - Guy Laliberté's ''alien landing pad''

Guy Laliberté is the founder of Cirque du Soleil, probably the most famous circus in the world. He's also a billionaire and an avid philantropist as well as a poker player and a philantropist. This time around he made the headlines after building 13 huge basalt monoliths on his property in Spain, for which he received a record-setting fine. Speculation regarding the statues ranges from ''weird art installation'' all the way to ''alien landing pad''. Laliberte has talked about how his time spent in space changed his perspective and about the strong magnetic force that the monoliths emit (especially the one in the middle which has the top covered in 23 carat gold)...

Borgata expands their lawsuit against Phil Ivey with the Crockfords decision

We have reported plenty of times about Phil Ivey's edge sorting lawsuit, and how a judge recently decided that the Crockfords casino is not required to pay out Ivey's winnings. Now the Borgata casino, which is also involved in a lawsuit with Ivey regarding the same matter (edge sorting) is hoping to use the verdict  to benefit their own lawsuit aswell.

Ivey Poker social app closes, but promises bright future

Phil Ivey's brand launched as a Facebook app back in July 2013, and was closed down last Saturday. According to the Ivey Poker Team this is only temporary, and Ivey Poker will return in 2015 with a "bigger and better gaming experience".

Picture of the day - ElkY Joker costume

Halloween is coming up shortly, and it's always good to have a little inspiration for a good costume. The key is being able to pull off said costume. Look at Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier for example: the dyed hair, the evil smile and the crazy eyes make him a perfect Joker. That creepy gaze is probably a great tool at the poker tables too...it must be pretty hard to make a tough call when you feel the French pro staring into your soul.

Battle of Malta to host "Deluxe Sweden" heads-up showdown

The Battle of Malta will run this November with plenty of great tournaments, and they are also the hosts of a heads-up showdown between Ken Lennaárd and Andreas Bergman aswell. The two Swedish poker pros will battle in four events: heads-up poker, chess, boxing, and a last longer bet in the BOM Main Event.

Allen Cunningham: "Ray Bitar is unlikely to live more than a couple years and is nearly penniless."

In 2012, Ray Bitar, the former CEO of Full Tilt Poker, has pled guilty to charges of violating the UIGEA and conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud. Bitar had to forfeit most of his assets, and the recently released details of his forfeiture show that a total of 18 bank accounts and $40 million have been seized from him. 

Picture of the day - Rashad Evans with Jean-Robert Bellande

We have reported plenty of times about Dan Bilzerian's adventures, but this time he might have gotten himself into trouble. Apparently he wanted to spar with UFC's Rashad Evans, and Jean-Robert Bellande has given the fighter a little extra incentive in case he is up for a fight. Let's just say that if the showdown were ever to happen, it would probably end in a blitz.

Winamax introduces "Incognito" tables

French poker room Winamax has joined the "fight" to protect it's recreational players. They have recently introduced their anonymous tables, which players can find under the "Incognito" name. 

Poker Hall of Fame - Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland inducted

As expected, Daniel Negreanu has been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. The other inductee is tournament director Jack McClelland, the induction ceremony is going to be held on November 9, at the start of the WSOP Main Event final table.

TonyBet Announces first ever Open Face Chinese Poker World Championship

Antanas Guoga, better known as Tony G, is one of the most recognizable faces in poker. Lately, he has pretty much retired from the game, he is far too busy spending time with his new wife and with his new duties as a member of the European Parliament. His Open-Face Chinese Poker site, Tonybet has been thriving however, and will organize the first ever OFC Championship during the Prague Poker Festival.

Picture of the day - Viktor "Isildur1" Blom glory days

To commemorate Viktor "Isildur1" Blom's departure from Full Tilt Poker, we decided to publish a screenshot from 2009, when he burst on the scene. He played heads on on 6-8 tables against the best players in the world and won 5 million before losing it all back and disappearing as quickly as he emerged. In this particular session, he was playing against Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius and had close to $2 million on the tables. The Swedish wunderkind has since returned to the high stakes scene but has not been able to replicate his results, and many believe that the game has progressed so much that he will never have the edge on the field that he once held. (Click on image to enlarge)

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