Fighting Words

Danielle Andersen Gives Howard Lederer a Piece of Her Mind

It was the last thing Danielle Anderson was expecting when ex Full Tilt head honcho Howard Lederer came and sat at her table at the WSOP Main Event on Monday.

She wasn’t happy about it— whether he had issued an apology to the poker community or not.

Anderson was a prolific online player before Black Friday and has since moved to playing on the cash game circuit.

Clearly still feeling raw from the Full Tilt sh*t storm that Howard Lederer was responsible for, Anderson was vocal at the table at her distaste for having to sit near him.

Not prepared to remain silent, Anderson asked Lederer questions most had been thinking:

Anderson has also appeared in the documentary Bet, Raise, Fold that raised from the ashes of Black Friday. This was her last tweet on the matter and parting shot to Lederer.

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Getting Real with Daniel Negreanu

Turn whatever it is you’re listening to off and press play on this great podcast featuring a conversation between Lee Davy and Daniel Negreanu courtesy of Calvin Ayre.

Davy and Negreanu talk about everything from what makes a legend a “legend”, how the political landscape in America is terrifying, Racism, Sexism, Altruism, how having an opinion these days, especially on Twitter, can be dangerous (although Negreanu doesn’t care) and why marijuana should be legalized. And that’s only half of it.

Seriously, go and press play now.

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The Young Prince Set to Retire from Poker?

Physc! But he might, if only to play The Monte Carlo Big One.

Set in the luxurious setting of Monaco in October, The Monte Carlo Big One was unveiled at the WSOP earlier this week in a new invitational format for the €1m buy-in charity event. That means poker pros are not invited. Ouch.

The event will have no cap on attendance and will include unlimited re-entries during the first day of play—making it even more appealing for the recreational players able to attend.

So, although Fedor Holz may be looking to reduce his poker tournament schedule following his sick summer run it probably won’t be enough to grant him access to this exclusive event. I am sure businessmen from around the globe are heaving a sigh of relief.

For a different perspective here’s what Doug Polk, two time WSOP gold bracelet winner and Polker News host has to say about the new format of the Big One.

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Hurry: Doug Polk Is Giving Away 3% of His WSOP Main Event Action

All you have to do to enter is retweet and follow him.

One lucky winner will receive 3% of Doug “WCGRider” Polk’s World Series of Poker Main Event Action if they follow and retweet him on Twitter. It’s as simple as that.

Doug starts Day 2C on Thursday with a 110k stack.

Polk is having a good WSOP so far, as he and teammate Ryan Fee captured WSOP gold in Event #61 $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em.

This is shaping up to be a good run for Polk who also recently released his new podcast “This Week on 2+2” covering all the latest Polker news as well as having run a successful first event for his new venture Upswing Poker.

The meet and greet was held inside the Encore Players Club at Wynn Las Vegas allowing Upswing Community members, poker pros and industry professionals to celebrate the launch of UpswingPoker.com —a poker training site co-founded by Polk, Fee and Matt Colletta.

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Phil Ivey Returns To The WSOP

Not seen all Series, Ivey returns to play in The Main Event at The Rio.

Phil Ivey returned to The Rio yesterday as he entered Monday’s Day 1C event at The WSOP to fight his way to the top.

At least he’s not playing Punto Banco.

Plagued with cheating scandals on both sides of the Atlantic, Ivey looked trouble free as he returned to the Rio and bagged 26,100 chips at the end of the day.

He had quite the rail of supporters.

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The Resurgence of The Twitter Spat

If you’ve been anywhere near Twitter recently you may have noticed that it is a fairly tempestuous place at the moment—especially if you’re part of the poker community and happen to have an opinion on any subject, poker related or not.

Xuan Liu summed it up best, when she said last month:

Since Liu’s tweet (is she challenging an inner psychic ??) we have seen many Twitter spats.

One of the most notable was Cate Hall and co. facing off against 888’s poker ambassador Jessica Dawley—when the latter took to Twitter to see if there were any females {n:888poker-ambassador-jessica-dawley-most-entertaining-twitter-thread-day:who she didn’t yet hate or who had slept their way to the top of poker} as MTV awaited. That didn’t go down well and the tweet has since been removed.

Since then Marty Derbyshire from PokerNews called Hall a “Social Justice Warrior” (she seems to attract a Twitter argument like a moth to a flame) among other things in a recent op ed.

A whole world of pain ensued—including the op ed being edited.

And that’s only some of the Tweets.

Although the spat seemed over, over the weekend, Hall took to Twitter with this—one for Derbyshire me thinks.

Even Joey Ingram is noticing how heated Twitter is getting—check out what he has to say in his latest new-style pod with Adrian Fenix.

What do you think? Is Twitter getting more agro? Are you damned if you do? Damned if you don’t? Have an opinion?

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Have you ever wished you could

ask Hellmuth, Esfandiari or Negreanu anything?

Well, Poker Central is giving you that chance.

The latest competition from Poker Central is giving you the chance to win a phone call with either Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari or Daniel Negreanu. All you have to do is post a short video, photo or text including #AskThePokerPros asking them an interesting or unusual question.

The contest will last 3 weeks, and will be divided into 3 weekly parts:

  • Week 1: Winner receives a call from Phil Hellmuth. Entries should be submitted July 6-12
  • Week 2: Winner receives a call from Antonio Esfandiari. Entries submitted by July 13-19
  • Week 3: Winner receives a call from Daniel Negreanu. Entries submitted by July 20-26

So far it looks like the questions for Hellmuth are being kept very pc with nothing controversial being asked…but it does say you can ask them anything.

Think you can do better? You can enter via their contest page or through Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #AskThePokerPros.

You can check out all the rules here.

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Check Out

Brandon Shack-Harris’ Polar Bear Hoodie At WSOP Final Table

Does it protect the wearer from coolers?

Despite finishing second in Event #60 against David Prociak (but don’t feel too bad for him, Shack-Harris won Event #51 last week for $894,300) he absolutely won best-dressed player, and still walked away with $96,750 in prize winnings.

It’s the most entertaining outfit I’ve seen at this year’s series since Kevmath showed us his deepstack outfit last month.

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Romancing At The Rio:

Jason Mercier Pops The Question!

When you are sitting a Final Table and bust out in third place, seeing your habibi getting down on one knee to propose is probably the last thing you are expecting.

But that is exactly what happened over the weekend at the WSOP to Natasha Barbour.

Read the full interview with Mercier following his proposal over on the PokerStars Blog.

Congrats to the love birds.

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