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A Record Number of Participants at the WSOP Seniors’ Event

The WSOP Event #34 – ($1,000 Seniors’ No-Limit Hold’em) has broken all previous records concerning the number of participants. An astonishing 3,148 players took part in this tournament. This might prove all the players that prophesize the end of live poker wrong.

It is funny that Russ Hamilton was found in the form of a $5 memorandum chip from Palace Station 'The Seniors' Poker Player Hall of Fame, eventually won in a splash pot by Jack Ward:

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Hamilton

Russ Hamilton allegedly played quite an important role in the UB cheating scandal. Russ Hamilton pulled the strings to develop a super-user 'tool' that cheated friends, associates, and UltimateBet customers out of millions of dollars.

New MasterCard Targeted at Poker Players

The MyPokerCard is a prepaid gold MasterCard created by CashPlus specifically for the UK poker player. This new card which requires no credit checks offers applicants an easy way to manage their poker bankroll.

MasterCard, MyPokerCard

The MyPokerCard also offers its holders complete privacy, with no need to link it to their bank account. Being a prepaid card, card holders can top up their poker account by cash in over 12,500 participating stores located over the UK. The card can also be used for online purchases, paying bills and is the first debit card to be on offer in the UK with purchase protection.

Of course the card can also be used worldwide wherever you see the MasterCard acceptance mark, so it is easy to spend your winnings the next time you are on holiday.

PokerStars 2010 WSOP Main Event Mega Satellite With 200 Winners

The 2010 World Series Of Poker is here, and on 20th of June at 16:30 ET, PokerStars will be holding a WSOP Mega Satellite to the Main Event which will give away 200 packages guaranteed. PokerStars is the wold's biggest online poker room, so we can be sure, that this tourney will generate a lot of attention to draw in the fish.

WSOP 2010 Mega Satellite

2010 WSOP Releases The Final Top 20 TOC Votes

The public has spoken and the votes are in for the top nominated players who will take part in the 2010 WSOP Tournament of Champions (TOC). In a recent public announcement the WSOP have released the top 20 vote-getters for 2010.

Lynn Gilmartin from PokerNews announces the 20 nominated players in this video: 

 

Update on the EPT Berlin Casino Robbery

In a recent post, we looked at the arrest by the German police of the thieves and mastermind behind the EPT Berlin robbery. With all suspects now in custody, the trial of four young men has begun yesterday in Berlin State Court. The 31-year old person who was behind the whole operation and masterminded the raid, has been charged separately and is set to go on trial later this year.

EPT Berlin
The scene of the robbery at EPT Berlin

Three out of the four accused suspects have reportedly broken their silence admitting to their involvement in the crime, but have still not given up the location of the stolen money.

Double Homicide During a Poker Game in Mesquite, Dallas

The players that attended a suburban Dallas poker game got more than they expected when a robber bust in resulting in a gun battle leading to the death of two people.

According to Fox 4 and Mesquite Police, the robber (whose identity has not yet been released) broke into the apartment of the 5900 block in Northwest drive just after midnight yesterday. The 35 year old host Tracy Moore was then shot and killed, after getting into a scuffle trying stop the intruder.

It was then another card player Jerome Johnson, fearing for his safety and of the others, pulled out a licensed concealed weapon and shot the robber dead. As of yet no charges have been laid on Jerome and police believe that it was cause for reasonable self-defense. But the case will be reviewed by a grand jury to decide if Jerome will face any charges.

Sammy Farha Adds Another Omaha Bracelet to His Collection

Sammy Farha  the Lebanon poker professional, is considered one of the best Omaha players of our time. The 51-year-old who now lives in Houston, Texas demonstrated his dominance this week by winning the $10,000 Omaha High-Low Split Eight or Better Championship (Event #25) and taking home his third WSOP Omaha bracelet.

In the final table it came down to a heads-up match between Sammy and James “Flushy” Dempsey. But despite James attempts to outwit Sammy, in the end it was Sammy who was stronger, knocking out James, to take the number one spot and the $488,237 dollar first place prize.

Sammy Farha
Sammy Farha, the Omaha legend

Joran van der Sloot Fears The Peruvian Jail

After being arrested in Chile on 3rd of June 2010, the Dutch poker player didn’t take too long to confess to the murder of the 21-year-old Stephany Flores. With the confession now behind him, Van der Sloot who knows he is likely to receive extensive prison time and is apprehensive about remaining in the Peruvian jail, named Miguel Castro. 

According to a 2009 U.S Department of State Human Rights Report conducted on this prison they found the following:

  • This maximum security prison as of last year had 44,800 inmates (2,794 women) locked up in Peru
  • Its conditions are described as 'harsh'
  • The prison is considered to be overcrowded and have very poor sanitation.
  • Epidemic levels of HIV/AIDS and also tuberculosis

The Dutchman, who is terrified of what will happen to him serving his sentence in the Peruvian jail, is now trying to work out a deal with authorities. In the proposition, Van der Sloot has suggested to reveal the body location of Natalee Holloway (who he was also suspected of murdering after her disappearance in 2005) if he can serve the remainder of his sentence in an Aruban jail.

Are Dan Bilzerian and other Victory Poker Players Banned from the ESPN?

It seems that Twitter is one of the main communication interfaces of this year's WSOP, because of its ability to reach so many people for quick status updates. But when Victory Poker pro Dan Bilzerian posted a tweet quoting a line from the box office hit movie Gran Torino, he wasn’t expecting the reaction he received.

In the controversial tweet recently posted by Bilzerian, he quoted the line used by Clint Eastwood saying, “A Mexican, a Jew and a colored fellow walk into a bar… The bartender looks up and says… Get the **** out of here”. Unaware to Bilzerian his quote wasn’t taken that light-hearted by many. This was especially the case for the poker reporter Joy Miller, who expressed her outrage to Bilzerian in a hostel way.

Dan Bilzerian's later posted about the situation in a thread on the TwoPlusTwo Forum:
“She told the CEO from victory poker that neither myself or any of the 20 sponsored pros would get any ESPN coverage until I gave a formal apology. I explained to her that it was a quote from a movie. She flipped out and started swearing and screaming at me about using the word colored. She sent me a bunch of angry texts, yelled at the CEO, and you can hear the voicemail she left swearing and yelling at me in the link below. I explained to her that the NAACP stands for the National Association for Advancement of Colored People, and if had a problem with the use of the world colored, she should seek an apology from them as well.”

Joy Miller claimes to work for ESPN, but sources close to ESPN denied her claims.

YouTube was then used to publicizes the message Dan received from Joy on his phone: “I don’t give a **** if the quote was from a movie. I asked you to apologize because you said ‘colored’ and I just don’t get what you don’t get about that. I don’t even want an apology anymore. Good luck to you.”

Doyle Brunson Strikes Back at Annette Obrestad's Comments

Annette Obrestad is causing quite a commotion with her early comments made in a recent interview with ESPN. The 21 year old Norwegian poker pro raised eyebrows when she made the controversial comments that “Girls Suck at Poker” and furthermore went on to attack Doyle Brunson by saying all Doyle Brunson has is a huge ego and that she would easily outwit him.

Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson, the 76 year old poker legend

Not been intimidated by Annette, the 76 year old poker legend has struck back at the remarks, in a witty form, owning Annette on his Twitter page just recently. In response to the remarks Brunson tweeted the following: “Must be a bad tme of the month for Annette whats her name. By the way, I’m at Bobby’s Room almost every day if she really wants to play.” Brunson being a gentleman he is, also quickly responded to his rather crude comment, apologizing “to women everywhere about ‘time of the month’ comment".

Considering Brunson has 50 years more experience behind him, I think Annette is kidding herself if she really thinks she is a better player. Furthermore I believe this is more of a publicity stunt just to get her name out there.

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.

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