Poker News

Evander Holyfield to Participate in ’Poker in the Park’

Boxing legend Evander Holyfield, former heavyweight pro world champion, is taking part in the London Poker Festival, more specifically, in the ’Poker in the Park’ event on 2-3 September.

Evander Holyfield
Evander Holyfield

Annie Duke on Online Gambling Bill – Amendment Due on Tuesday

One of the leading news in the poker world is the debate on HR 2267. As noted before, Congress also heard poker pro and WSOP bracelet winner Annie Duke on the matter, representing Poker Players Alliance.

Annie Duke
Annie Duke

Duke stated before the House Financial Services Committee: "At its most basic level, the issue before this committee is personal freedom, the right of individual Americans to do what they want in the privacy of their homes without the intrusion of the government."

Considering the results of the hearings on the matter, a subcommittee will propose changes to the bill on 27 July, before it is referred to the House of Representatives. The bill must pass before the end of 2010 or it needs to be reintroduced. “This mark up demonstrates that Congress is serious about moving Chairman Frank’s bill forward and establishing a strict regulatory framework for Internet gambling activity,” Michael Waxman from Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative remarked.

PokerStars Lamborghini Freeroll

PokerStars announced the PS Lamborghini Freeroll where anyone can win their own Lamborghini Gallardo, not to mention the total prize pool of over $1,000,000.

Win a Lamborghini Gallardo!

PokerStars organises 24 freeroll qualifiers and $1,10 and $11 cash satellites daily with $100,000 pool weekly finals to qualify for. The Gallardo and $250,000 cash waits for the winners of the Grand Finale in October.

PokerStars welcomes newcomers and hardliner sharks as well in the tournament. The freeroll and cash qualifiers are just starting this Sunday; check the schedule below.

Lamborghini Freeroll Schedule

Buffer Has Been Speculating Publicly on the Net Worth of Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan

In a radio interview for TapouT, Ultimate Fighting Championship speaker Bruce Buffer said Phil Ivey had more than $100 million and Tom ’durrrr’ Dwan had over $50 million net. As he is a close friend to several poker pros, I believe we can safely rely on his intel. Here is the 2+2 discussion on the topic, if you want to join in.

Bruce Buffer
Bruce Buffer

Buffer, in addition to his career as a renowned speaker, is a big fan of poker and even has two WSOP and another two WPT ITM finishes, worth $147,023 in total. Since Ivey won $17,673,260 online and $13,545,959 in live tournaments in the past three years only, excluding any possible contracts, cash game winnings and investments, the figures can easily be valid. Durrrr, in the same period, earned $4,626,417 in FTP cash games and $1,583,502 live.

Heated Debate on HR2267

Barney Frank’s resolution on legalising online poker, HR2267, is now being discussed in the US Congress. The first debate was on 21 July, decision is expected in late August.

The resolution aims to eliminate the status of poker as banned online gambling and establish it a legalised, taxed game. A controversial matter on its own, the debate was further heated by the remarks of the republican Spencer Bachus.

Spencer Bachus
Spencer Bachus

David ’Doc’ Sands is the 8th Brunson 10

Online poker pro 'Doc' Sands is the latest addition to the DoylesRoom pro team Brunson 10. Just before the WSOP, Doyle Brunson announced a competition between four aspirants from whom Daniel 'djk123' Kelly proved to be the most successful, earning him the 7th seat in the team.

David Doc Sands
David 'Doc' Sands

Second to djk123 in the race, Doc Sands’ achievements were nevertheless worth a membership, it seems. Sands got ITM four times on the WSOP: he finished 8th in the $1,500 NLHE, 46th in the $1,500 NLHE 6-handed, 69th in the $1,000 NLHE and 18th in another $1,500 NLHE event, earning a total of $88,000 in the championship. Even more impressive, however, is the approx. $2,3 million he won online.

The Brunson 10 member list is now as follows: Zachary 'CrazyZach' Clark, Amit 'Amak316' Makhija, Dani 'Ansky' Stern, Chris 'Moorman1' Moorman, Alex 'AJKHoosier1' Kamberis, Steve 'gboro780' Gross, Daniel 'djk123' Kelly and David 'Doc' Sands.

Van der Sloot May Be Involved in Thai Girls’ Disappearance

Former poker player Dutch Joran van der Sloot may have something to do with a sex slave gang and the disappearance of Thai girls. He was reportedly masquerading as production consultant under the name of Murphy Jenkins to recruit models for European agencies.

van der Sloot
Joran van der Sloot

You may have read it here when he was arrested in Chile earlier this year for murdering Stephany Flores in Lima, Peru, while attending the Latin American Poker Tour as an observer, as well as that he is being held in a notorious Peruvian jail. Now it seems he “can add Thailand to the list of countries that might like to see him behind bars indefinitely”, according to the CBS, as he is accused of cheating Thai girls into the grasp of sex traders.

Lack of motivation and showing no remorse leave a wide room for speculations. As far as his poker past is concerned, however, we can be a little more certain: though not an outstanding player, he seems to have accumulated sums enough to travel from The Netherlands to Thailand and later to South America, to the misfortune of many.

November Nine Odds – Jonathan Duhamel is Favourite

Betting companies have released the odds of the WSOP Main Event November Nine. Little surprise there, chip leader Jonathan Duhamel is the favourite.

November Nine Odds

Duhamel enters the finale with a handsome stack of 65,975,000, which means he has the lowest multipliers. You can expect just a little more money if betting on John Dolan (46,250,000), who went ITM five times on the WSOP before the Main Event. Even though currently only 7th, Michael Mizrachi (14,450,000), the most recognisable name at the table, is also worth a humble x4,70-6,50 if winning. Bearing in mind what was the case last year with Phil Ivey, he might be rewarding to bet on early as more and more will favour him, for his reputation if nothing else.

The biggest money, of course, goes for the less likely triumph of Jason Senti (7,625,000), with somewhat greater odds than the amateur Soi Nguyen (9,650,000).

All Energy In

Former official WSOP energy drink All In, produced by a company co-owned by Johnny Chan, decided to sponsor a couple of poker pros, wittedly named as 'Team All In'.

all in drink

Though the official website is not updated as of yet and it depicts a number of former ‘All In Energy Drink Pros,’ including David 'Devilfish' Ulliott and Patrik Antonius, the players currently participating are as follows: Billy Baxter, Freddy Deeb, Eli Elezra, Maria Ho, John Phan, Tim Phan, Lee Watkinson and, of course, Johnny Chan.

As Chan himself commented: "This is a positive step for poker as there are not a lot of endorsement deals for players beyond the poker playing websites. This relationship is extremely beneficial for both groups and it is an honor to be in the company of such a prestigious group of poker players."

PokerGuruBlog Facebook Freeroll

PokerGuruBlog joined forces with PokerStars to organize an exclusive poker freeroll.

Tournament name: PokerGuruBlog Facebook Freeroll
Date: July 25th, 2010
Time: 21:00 CET
Prize pool: $100
Tournament ID: 291289493

The tournament is password protected. The password will be sent out to PokerGuruBlog's Facebook fans, so do not miss to join my fan page.

PokerGuruBlog Facebook Fan Page

The PokerGuruBlog Facebook Freeroll couldn’t be easier to find in the PokerStars lobby. Simply select ‘Tourney’ then the ‘Private’ tab to find it. The tourney is already listed in the client.

Facebook Freeroll

PokerStars Signs Campos as New CEO

EGR Magazine has recently revealed that Gabi Campos is appointed the new chief executive officer to PokerStars, the biggest online poker room.

Campos et PS

‘jungleman12’ – the Next to Take the Durrrr Challenge?

Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan is once again in action on Full Tilt Poker. During one of his sessions (which ended with ‘jungleman12’ making ‘durrrr’ $154K shorter), durrrr invited jungleman12 to take the Durrrr Challenge.

durrrr vs jungleman

Phil Hellmuth: “Ivey won’t pass me in five years”

As I have mentioned before, Phil Ivey has acquired his eighth WSOP bracelet this year by winning the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E event, getting one more closer to Phil Hellmuth’s eleven.

Of course, many people started pondering about when Ivey would toss Hellmuth off his throne, but Phil Hellmuth cuts these short by saying that he finds it impossible for Ivey to overtake him in the next five years.

Phil Hellmuth

SharkScope’s WSOP 2010 Statistics

Already the most important database for SNG players, SharkScope has recently also made a number of live event stats available, including results of the WSOP 2010.

There are several details you can search by, e.g. the number of games played, average stakes and the profit your favourite player made, etc. Conducting a search can yield surprising results: you can see high stakes pro Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan among the more successful players with an average profit of $3,633 in 50 games, while Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson lost a total of $221,473 in 45 events.

You can only access a maximum of five searches daily for free, so here are some interesting stats for your amusement.

WSOP Stats 1

Patrik Antonius Short of Luck on WSOP and Online

Having got far on the Main Event, Patrik Antonius was eliminated from the WSOP before the bubble burst after all. Unfortunately, he was also struggling at the Full Tilt tables, losing $224,641 the other day.

Patrik Antonius
Patrik Antonius

Playing 705 hands at 7-game tables, he did well in the limit games but had bad luck in the NLHE and PLO, his ‘native’ game type, losing $103,614 to the Russian NEKOTYAN alone. As few high stakes pros have been active recently, he lost probably the most in July.

Besides being dealt a few bad hands, Antonius also made sure to lose big; he called several times when he definitely shouldn’t have, resulting in a loss of a total of $224,641. The greatest winner of the day thus became NEKOTYAN with his earnings from the Finnish.

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