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Tony G Thinks About Calling It a Day and Quitting the WSOP 2010

Tony G the Lithuanian poker professional, who is well-known for his bigmouth has just recently revealed in his blog that he is burnt-out and is running out of positive words to say about poker right now.

Tony G

In a blog post that was published on the 10th of June, Tony G talks about how he just got busted from the WSOP Event #17 $5,000 No-Limit Tournament and his disappointment in the outcome. Furthermore he explains how his decision to stay or go home, will be heavily tied to the up and coming 2-7 Low Ball Draw No-Limit $10,000 Buy-in Championship Event that he will be playing in. If Tony happens to fails there he will probably be considering leaving for Europe to spend time with his family.

"I have a bit of burnout going on and I’m running bad. Three different times in the 5K I was good pre-flop and ran into bad endings that killed me. It happens, poker is a game and I am very aware of it. But when I am no longer having fun, it’s time to do something else and that will be leaving for home" Tony said.

Peter Eastgate to Attend the World Cup Instead of Playing the WSOP

It is interesting to see, that while almost all the high-profile players in the poker world are in Las Vegas at the WSOP, competing for money and glory, Peter Eastgate is still missing. 2008 WSOP Main Event champion Peter Eastgate was questioned by PokerStarsBlog about his absence.

Peter Eastgate

The Danish poker player revealed he intends to play only in the Main Event this year. He is about to go to the World Cup in South Africa instead. Eastgate told he has little motivation to play in the smallest events.

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier Wins a Ticket to the One Million Dollar WSOP TOC Freeroll

WSOP Academy organized an exclusive invitational SNG freeroll to decide who they will sponsor to the WSOP Tournament of Champions (TOC). This SNG freeroll was won this Thursday by the well known French SNG specialist Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. Other players at the table included: Gavin Smith, Andy Bloch, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Gus Hansen, Don Cheadle, Sorel Mizzi, Michael Mizrachi, Liv Boeree and Paul Wasicka. But in the end it was the Frenchman who took the first place and the free ticket to the one million dollar freeroll tournament.

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier celebrating his win

WSOP Tournament of Champions (TOC) is an exclusive one million dollar tournament with one winner. In total, 27 people are allowed to participate in this event, out of which three places are already taken by previous TOC winners (Annie Duke, Mike Matusow, Mike Sexton) one by the winner of last year’s WSOP Main Event (Joe Cada) and one by the 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event winner (Barry Schulman). Twenty of the remaining places will be left to voters and two so-called sponsored players will also take part. WSOP Academy has the right to choose one of these two sponsored players, and they have decided to choose this player by this exclusive invitational SNG tournament.

ESPN Released Dates for Live WSOP Streaming

ESPN has just this week announced its schedule plans for live on-line streaming of the 2010 WSOP coverage.  The schedule which has been presented has been broken down into five selected events that will be covered and can all be viewed live on ESPN3.com.

ESPN Live Coverage - 2010 WSOP

WSOP 2010 - SNG for a Place in the Tournament of Champions

WSOP Academy is giving the opportunity for one lucky and talented player to take part in the WSOP Tournament of Champions (TOC): one SNG will determine who gets to participate in the one million dollar event. This event is an exclusive invitational freeroll poker tournament, usually only for WSOP champions. For several years, the TOC has been missing from the WSOP schedule. It has made its return only in recent times. It is a non-bracelet event, and the winner will receive a WSOP Trophy on top of the cash prize.

In total, 27 people are allowed to participate in this event, out of which three places are already taken by previous TOC winners (Annie Duke, Mike Matusow, Mike Sexton) one by the winner of last year’s WSOP Main Event (Joe Cada) and one by the 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event winner (Barry Schulman). Twenty of the remaining places will be left to voters and two so-called sponsored players will also take part.

Joe Cada
Joe Cada - 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion

One player will be chosen by the WSOP Academy. They are on the hunt for someone who is not yet a WSOP champion, but have the ability to be the next one. In the end, they have chosen nine players to battle it out with a SNG on the 10th June to get that one entry into the TOC.

Ziigmund Partying Across Europe

Though we haven’t really heard of Ziigmund and his parties for quite a long time, in his latest blog post Ziigmund tells the public about his trip to Cannes, illustrated with photos of all the rich and famous people who were there at a VIP party organised by Power Poker and Victory Poker. We can see Paris Hilton, Esfandiari, nice ladies with blown-up lips and military swimsuits and cocktails everywhere.

Ziigmund and Paris Hilton in Cannes

Phil Laak Goes Far Beyond Expectations by Breaking World Record of Non-Stop Poker

The 37 year old Phil ‘Unabomber’ Laak has managed to outdo Paul Zimbler’s record of non-stop poker by almost two days: Phil played for an incredible 115 hours straight in the Bellagio Las Vegas.

As I have mentioned earlier, Phil Laak started his record attempt on the 2nd June, aiming for 80 hours of non-stop poker. The previous record was set by the British Paul ‘The Marbella Kid’ Zimbler, who had played heads-up matches for 74 hours at the time and venue of the WSOP Europe last year.

Phil kept himself awake with various tricks and methods: he did yoga and planned his nutrition very carefully. He was allowed to have a five-minute break every hour, but with some limitations, he was able to modify the schedule of his breaks (after six hours of continuous play, for example, he could have a 30-minute break, no sleep, of course).

Preacher Killed - A Friendly Poker Game Turns into a Nightmare

Patricia Clark was a 51 year old preacher living in Chicago. Last Thursday, she visited a friend’s house in order to collect a $300 debt. Unfortunately she was persuaded to sit in on the game to give her friends a chance to win some money back.

Being a skilled poker player, Patricia managed to increase her winnings, and after she took an $800 pot, she was accused of cheating by the 46 year old host Rosie Morris. Patricia denied these accusations, and headed for the fridge to add some ice to her drink. This is when the alleged killer Rosie Morris fetched her gun from her bedroom and completely unexpectedly shot Patricia in the back, chest and head - the police say.

Patricia Clark Rosie Morris
Patricia Clark                                                       Rosie Morris

Patricia was taken to the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she died of her wounds on Saturday. Rosie Morris fled the house after the shooting, but later turned herself in.

Men "The Master" Nguyen Grabs His 7th WSOP Bracelet

Men Nguyen the Vietnamese poker professional also known as "The Master", has something to smile about this week after winning  the $10,000 buy-in Seven Card Stud World Championship and securing his 7th WSOP gold bracelet. His win came in his favourite form of poker so there was no surprise when he was quoted saying: “This is my game….I love to play Stud. Believe me, in any Stud tournament I will be there to play against the best in the world.”

Men 'The Master' Nguyen at the WSOP

The final table of the poker tournament saw a heads-up match between Men Nguyen and Brandon Adams who battle it out for the number one spot. But in the end it came down to Nguyen’s king of pair that crushed Adam’s pair of queens, giving "The Master" the number one spot and the $395,000 first place prize.

Poker Drugs - When Strategy Fails

A recent article published by the Los Angeles Times covered the subject of poker players using performance-enhancing substances to improve their gameplay. These allegations were backed up by a recent study performed by Nova Southeastern University in Florida. The world-wide study conducted by the university interviewed over 190 poker players from all different player groups, ranging from recreational to professional.

performance enhancing drugs

From the study the university found that players were not just using conventional energy boosters, such as caffeine and energy drinks: 28% of players admitted taking at least one prescription medicine to increase their performance; 34% confessed to using marijuana to increase concentration and calm their nerves, and 8% hook themselves up on cocaine.

Poker Robot Wars

Move over, Terminator; it’s time for the robots to terminate the online poker world! Or at least, this is what people think in Indiana, where they have announced the First Annual Poker Bots Only Tournament. The tournament is set to kick off in August, and the only thing that will set the competition apart  will be the sophistication of software programming.

Bots playing poker

Organized for the undergraduates of the Indiana University, the game played will be Limit Hold’em and first prize is set at $200. This is a great way for the students to test their creative programming abilities to outwit each other. All poker bots are required to be programmed beforehand and once the tournaments starts, the decision-making is left solely to the bot.

Supreme Court Delivers Swiss Poker Verdict

The Swiss poker scene joins that of the ongoing American gambling restrictions, with the Swiss Supreme Court ruling this month that poker is a game of chance and should only be played at a casino. The Court reviewed opinions by experts from both sides of the arguments, but made its final decision to ban land-based and online poker, with the only exception being casinos and private homes.

Switzerland, poker scene

The ones pushing for the ban were suggesting that poker is a game of luck and that strategy, position and bluffing play no part in winnings. On the other hand, poker supporters, experts and fans tried their best to prove that poker does not depend on sheer luck, but is more a game of skill and supplied several examples to back their statements.

Dutch Poker Pro Arrested for Murder in Chile

Dutch poker pro Joran van der Sloot has made a nice living out of playing poker and has travelled most of the world using his poker skills to pay for his way. But the 23-year-old Dutch man has more than just poker on his mind, though: police considers him as the main suspect of kidnapping the American teenager Natalee Holloway in 2005 and killing Stephany Flores on the May 9, 2010, on the same day of Natalee’s disappearance five years earlier.

Joran van der Sloot and his brothers were first arrested on June 9, 2005, as suspects in the disappearance of American Natalee Holloway. Van der Sloot and his brothers were released on September 3, 2005, due to lack of evidence.  Natalee’s disappearance has frustrated authorities and garnered wide attention on television and in newspapers in the United States and Europe.

Holloway
Joran van der Sloot and Natalee Holloway

Joran van der Sloot was arrested in Chile, four days after fleeing from Peru following the discovery of the body of 21-year-old Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez, who was beaten and stabbed to death in the Hotel Tac Sac in Lima, Peru. The room in which her body was found was coincidentally rented out under the name Joran van der Sloot. On top of that, witnesses claim to have seen the couple enter the room together and police also have video footage of Joran and Stephany at the Atlantic Casino the day before the murder.

Absolute Poker Asks Its Players to Get Creative With Its Latest Contests

Absolute Poker is looking to its players to demonstrate their creative side in its two separate promotions the Craziest Last Longer Bet (CLLB) and the Table Skin Design Contest (TSDC). Both of these contests started on the 10th of May and will finish on the 8th of June and competitors will be judged on their creativeness.

In the Craziest Last Longer Bet, Absolute Poker is seeking for players to make a YouTube video of a bet against a friend. If you believe you can outlast your friend in the WSOP $1,000 NLH Event #54 challenge him with a bet. Of course Absolute Poker will be looking for the most creative and mind-blowing bet and will send the winner and his mate to Las Vegas to challenge it out at the WSOP. The winner and the loser of the two friends will be judged by who last the longest in the WSOP $1,000 NLH Event #54.

Here is just one of the many bets so far:

PokerStars Starts a Twitter Poker League

On the 6th of June the world's biggest online poker room, PokerStars launches a brand new poker league on Twitter. If you're a fan of Twitter and play on PokerStars this league is for you.

PokerStars is asking Twitter users to express their joy in a 140 characters or less (make sure you tag each tweet with #tpoker) and they will be looking for the best tournament tweets. It is not clear yet if your tweets will count towards your Twitter Poker League listings. Smile

There is an official Twitter Poker League website, which can be reached via this link.

PokerStars - Twitter Poker League

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