Insane Hand at the Montreal Playground Poker Club Results in $1.2 Million Bad Beat Payout

When your opponent hits a one-outer on the river, you're usually not in the mood for celebration. Elphege Delarosbi may disagree, however, since when his turned quad Jacks were cracked by a riverred straight flush at a $1/$2 cash game table - although he did lose the pot - he received a bad beat jackpot payout of $460,149. The other players in the club at the time got the rest of the $1.2 million jackpot money.

Barcelona Hit by Terror Attack During PokerStars Championship

The PokerStars Championship kicked off in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday with the €10,300 buy-in NLHE tournament. Soon poker's importance faded in the Catalan city, however, since its citizens were hit by another vehicular terrorist attack, something that had happened multiple times in Europe recently. No poker player have been reported dead or injured so far, fortunately.

WSOP ME Casher Shot Naked by the Police in Las Vegas

In July Jason Funke finished 490th out of the over 7,200-player field in this year's WSOP Main Event. A great achievement for any poker player, but apparently his life took a turn to the worse shortly after that: on August 5th, he was shot in the shoulder by the Las Vegas police after brandishing a loaded handgun completely naked in front of a church.

WSOP Main Event Champion Scott Blumstein Was Fedor Holz's First Podcast Guest

Fedor Holz debuted his podcast in style, with the current WSOP Main Event champion Scott Blumstein less than a month after the New Jersey man claimed the most coveted title in poker. The collaboration between the two is nothing new, Blumstein wore the badge of Holz's new mind coaching company Primed at the Main Event final table. The two touched on a variety of subjects including Blumstein's early days in poker, how mind coaching helped him and which celebrities congratulated him on his big WSOP win.

Poker After Dark Returns Today - With Tom Dwan!

As we reported it, the popular poker show Poker After Dark is re-launching with a new season. The former NBC show is moving to the Internet, all the episodes will be streamed live by PokerGO. The first one is streaming today, and the six-handed table features a massive comeback: "durrrr" himself, Tom Dwan is back from Macau and playing live poker in front of cameras again.

Australian Poker Ban Passes In the House and the Senate, It's Over

We reported on this case multiple times: it all started with the Senate voting down an amendment to exclude poker from the new online gambling restrictions in March, where it looked as though the "Australian Black Friday" was coming. Then things seemed to take a turn for the better, as the Senate agreed to have an inquiry about the fate of the respectable game of skill, poker once more, in September. The hearing did take place earlier than planned, on August 1st but turned out to be futile. Now the saga has come to an end for good: the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 has passed the Australian House of Representatives and Senate too, this is the end of online poker in the home of the Aussie Millions.

Dan Bilzerian Settling Down?

The "King of Instagram" and self-proclaimed poker player Dan Bilzerian, best known for posting pictures of himself surrounded by barely clothed models to his 22.6 million followers claims he's entered the first monogamous relationship in his life - evidently, his partner is young model, 22-year-old Sofia Bevarly.

Partypoker Introduced Lobby and Tables Redesign

One the biggest poker rooms out there, partypoker has performed a complete design change on their client. Players logging in yesterday found a smooth new dark lobby, green tables in front of a dark background and 4-color decks. Some believe it's much like the PokerStars client.

Doug Polk Is Playing Against Phil Hellmuth in Heads-up Tournament

One of the biggest online heads-up players, Doug "WCGRider" Polk is taking on poker veteran Phil Hellmuth in Poker Night in America's heads-up tournament called King of the Hill. In this tourney, four well known players put up $50,000 each for buy-ins and the winner takes the whole $200,000 prize pool. Hellmuth and Polk battle each other for the final in one bracket; meanwhile on the other side of the tournament tree Daniel "Jungleman" Cates is playing Frank Kassela.

 

Leon Tsoukernik Is Not Willing to Pay Back $3 Million Loan to Matthew Kirk

During a long May night in the Aria Casino in Las Vegas Australian poker player Matthew Kirk lent $3 million to Czech casino owner and fellow poker player Leon Tsoukernik. They documented the transaction via text messages, the security cameras also recorded it - yet Tsoukernik is not willing to pay back the full amount. The lawsuit papers the Czech casino owner received have been posted to the famous News, Views, and Gossip section of the 2+2 Forum, so we have all the info.

Cash Game Controversy at Casino Velden

Hungarian poker pro Balázs Somodi won half of a sizable pot after running the board twice in an all-in hand at one of Casino Velden's cash game tables - or so he thought. During the next hand, however, he was told he has to give his chips to another player, since after reviewing security camera footage it turns out he was the one who won both halves of the pot. Somodi evidently did not take kindly to the unusual situation.

Poker After Dark Returns

One of the most successful and beloved poker TV shows of all time, Poker After Dark is returning soon - the first episode of the new season is going to be streamed live on PokerGO on August 14th. Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari are the first two players who confirmed to be in the line-up of the show's resurrected version.

Simon Boss Wins Poker EM 2017 Velden Main Event

The Poker EM, informally known as the European Poker Championship was held for the 28th time, in the beautiful lakeside town of Velden in Austria. The Main Event title was claimed by Swiss poker pro Simon Boss who won €120,000.

The Biggest Partypoker Powerfest Ever is Coming - SCOOP Creator in Charge

The last partypoker Powerfest was held in May earlier this year - then over $27 million were given out over the course of 301 events. Partypoker is set to top that when the online poker tournament series returns in September with a whopping $35 million guaranteed prize pool. Meanwhile, the man in charge of the Powerfest now is none other than SCOOP creator Bryan Slick.

Backers, Taxes - How Much Did Blumstein Really Get for his Main Event Title?

As we reported it, New Jersey poker pro Scott Blumstein won the most prestigious poker tournament this year, the WSOP Main Event. We've all seen him happily posing with the $8.15 million on the table in front of him - but how much of that pile of cash can he actually keep?

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