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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.

Real Deal Poker – A Real Innovation?

RealDealPoker.com is surely a poker site that offers something outstanding: they deal real cards in an online environment. 

This is how RealDealPoker founder Gene Gioia describes their poker site:

"There are no random number generators here.Our revolutionary technology uses real cards, can be audited, and leaves no question about the fairness of games. We have accomplished what no one thought was possible: to deal real cards in an online environment." 

Ongame Stands in the Line and Changes Rake Calculation Method

Over the past year or so, many-many poker sites decided to change their rake calculation method from ‘dealt’ to ‘contributed’.

Contributed rake calculation means, that only those players will receive rakeback, for example, that actually put their money in the pot, whereas with the dealt method, all players would receive points, with no regard to the fact that they fold their hand or decide to play.

Starting from Thursday, the 15th July, the Ongame Network has joined the sites using the contributed rake calculation. Their new system is called ‘Essence’.
Here is a brief overview on how exactly the new method will differ from the former version.

Ongame

WPT Bellagio Cup VI – Moritz Kranich is the New Champion

Running from 11th – 15th July, The $10,000 buy-in WPT Bellagio Cup had 353 entrants this year, with most of the poker pros that got busted in the WSOP Main Event moving their headquarters to the Bellagio for this grand tournament.

The organizers of the tournament took into consideration the many players at the WSOP, and extended late registration to two days into the tourney. Among the very late entries were Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey and the 'Poker Brat', Phil Hellmuth.

Hellmuth had once again organized himself a grand entrance (he was escorted by the gorgeus Royal Flush Girls), which, just like at the WSOP, did not improve his gameplay, as he got busted after about half an hour of action.

Phil Hellmuth and the Royal Flush Girls
The 'Poker Brat' with the Royal Flush Girls

WSOP Main Event Day 6 – Theo Jorgensen Takes the Lead

The Danish Theo Jorgensen is leading the WSOP Main Event after the end of Day 6, followed by Michael Mizrachi, William Thorson and Alexander Kostritsyn.
205 players started Day 6 of the Main Event. Canadian poker player Evan Lamprea started the day as chipleader, with a stack of 3,564,000.

At the 22nd blind level,  John May said goodbye to the tournament. He was the only player who could have beaten Joe Cada’s record from last year, being the youngest player to win the Main Event. Cada won the 2009 ME just one week before his 22nd birthday. May celebrated his 21st birthday on Day 1D, he thus would have been able to set an unbeatable record, 21 being the minimum age to be able to enter a casino.

Although he did not succeed, John May managed to take 164th place, taking home $52,102.

The race has also ended for Johnny Chan, who went all-in with a pair of Jacks, and got called by Jonathan Driscolli, holding Aces. No help came for Johnny.

Johnny Chan
Johnny Chan

New Job Opportunities in Egaming

Following the dramatic economic downswing of the past few years, the storm finally seems to have settled, and new opportunities in the field of Egaming start arising once again.

According to EGR Magazine Online and Chris Denny, director of Hyperion i-Gaming Recruitment, the job market started responding to the economic changes quite quickly and positively.

WSOP Main Event – End of Day Five

Although many-many big names already had to say goodbye to this year’s WSOP Main Event, there is a quite strong selection of poker players steadily moving towards the November final.

574 players returned to the Rio on Day 5 of the Main Event. Tony ‘Bond18’ Dunst started as chipleader with a stack of 1,546,000, and was closely followed by Phil Galfond Theo Jorgensen, Johnny Chan and JP Kelly, just to mention the most well-known poker players.

International favorites followed each other getting busted on Day 5. Jason Mercier, Sammy Farha, Brandon Cantu and Evelyn Ng got eliminated.
Later on, Cole South, Steven Burkholder, Hoyt Corkins, Vitaly Lunkin, Andre Coimbra, Praz Bansi and Scotty Nguyen also said goodbye to the tournament.

Evelyn Ng
Evelyn Ng

Lauren Kling, my favorite female player this year, also dropped out on the fifth day.

After the elimination of many poker stars, there is still a very strong player base competing for the bracelet, including Johnny Chan and high stakes pros Johnny Lodden, Phil Galfond, David Benyamine and Michael Mizrachi.

Evan Lamprea will start Day 6 as chipleader, and 205 players are still in battle for the glory.

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