Now that Burning Man is over for another year (it finished on the 5th September), Black Rock Desert is back as it was with no trace that 70,000 people where once there partying hard and rubbing shoulders with A list celebrities and a handful of poker pros.
Now that everyone is back in the land of the living, the poker pros who attended are back on social media—which is great for living vicariously through them — as we all know, pics or it didn’t happen.
This word sums up #burningman – so many great pictures; I will post all on my facebook page sometime this week! https://t.co/BXU02selUO— Jeff Gross (@JeffGrossPoker) September 04, 2016
During the WSOP, Remko caught up with Kara Scott to talk about her story in and out of the poker world.
They touch on Scott, which she reveals is actually a stage name, growing up in rural Canada, adopting a fake British accent upon moving to the UK as a teacher, dealing with grief and how she got to where she is today in the poker industry.
You can listen to the interview in it’s entirety below. But be sure to check out her Tweets below as she has some important words on the topic of dealing with tough times and mental health.
Clarifying her stance on throwing herself into work whilst dealing with grief, Scott took to twitter.
I felt pretty nervous about this coming out as I’m not used to being so open & honest, but I think it came out well. I owe poker a lot.— Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) August 31, 2016
One thing I want to say about the podcast at the start of this thread. In the last 30 min I talk about/around the worst year of my life.— Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) August 31, 2016
I say that poker 'saved’ me in many ways, by giving me an anchor & a focus during a time when I was in a lot of pain. Grief, trauma, ptsd…— Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) August 31, 2016
And it really did. It’s one of the reasons I love this game & this industry. But I also sought out professional help & that’s important.— Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) August 31, 2016
Working with a professional & focusing on my mental health when I needed to, that was key. Life can be painful. If you need help, get it — Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) August 31, 2016
That’s all. I just didn’t want to give the impression that burying oneself in work was any kind of alternative to real mental health help.— Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) August 31, 2016
From there Polk took to his YouTube channel to post a 32 minute video talking about how 2.5 years ago the guys struck a deal to coach each other: Polk to help Tollerene in NLH strategy and Tollerene to help Polk with PLO. But the relationship soon turned sour when Tollerene reneged on his side of the deal.
“This is a video I have debated making for some time now, mainly because of how upsetting the event was for me” Polk has said on YouTube.
“I have now decided that I want to get this off of my chest. With both my personal and business dealings with Ben Tollerene, I have had issues and want to bring those to light.”
As Dwan seems to be crawling back into the limelight hopefully there will be closure this year for Cates and everyone who placed a bet on the challenge.
I must say though, Cates always seems to comment on the matter in very polite terms — even in a recent Reddit AMA when asked about the status of the challenge Cate’s said: “Tom’s dad is sick and he is in New Jersey with him, later we will discuss how to proceed…”
Thanks to pokernyhederne and some cryptic tweets from Doyle Brunson it was revealed that the two men who lost their shit in the Bellagio’s high stakes Bobby’s Room were none other than Gus Hansen and David Oppenhiem.
We are bit late to the party on this, but back in late November Fedor Holz challenged his twitter followers to read or listen to 40 new books before the end of the year. All in the name of bettering yourself. I think.
Branching out into the world of YouTube beyond his usual poker shows, Polk is now reaching for heights of internet stardom by trying to recreate the success of renowned YouTubers such as PewDiePie, Markiplier, and jacksepticeye.
The Atlantic Ballroom at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City New Jersey is the scene of the all new StarsFun Skills Zone. Those attending the new PokerStars Festival event in New Jersey can not only blow off steam while taking a break from the poker tables, but they can take the opportunity to even get in a little extra action.
By now just about everyone has seen the infamous “Check your privilege” hand from the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event (if not you can watch it below), but according to speech-play master William Kassouf, there was more to the hand between him and November Niner Griffin Benger than what was shown on ESPN.
Following Mike “The Mouth” Matusow’s interview on the PokerNews podcast where he talked about the Poker Hall of Fame nominees and why he feels he was snubbed, Daniel Negreanu took to the podcast to tackle some misconceptions that were spoken about.
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