Could Jason Somerville Be Earning Up to $300,000 as a PokerStars Pro?

“TonkaaaaP” might just have told us the answer.

In the first Poker Life Podcast of the year, Joey Ingram is back with 888poker ambassador Parker “tonkaaaaP” Talbot who just may have let slip that Jason Somerville could earn up to $300,000 as a sponsored PokerStars pro! (Thanks for the sleuthing HighstakesDB.)

You can watch the chat between Ingram and Talbot below and see what you think.

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Phil Hellmuth Now A Self-Help Author?

#POSITIVITY

If you read the New York Times autobiography The Poker Brat over the holidays and it’s left you wanting more Hellmuth in your life, wait no longer.

The Poker Brat himself has released a book on “how to achieve great things in life” through Amazon—taking inspiration from his ever overused hashtag #POSITIVITY (never forget the caps lock.)

The book recommends top tips for reaching your goals and one is to “write down your goals and stick them to the bathroom mirror”.

“[This] is the book I was meant to write, the book that I believe will inspire millions of people…” — the humble brag as always by Hellmuth.

You can pick up #POSITIVITY on Amazon—it is free if you have a Kindle or currently $16.88 for the paperback.

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Live Casino Now in 3D

NetEnt AB, one of the worlds largest online gaming content providers, has developed a new 3D live casino product in conjunction with popular online casino company Mr Green.

The new product dubbed Live Beyond Live was recently unveiled at ICE Totally Gaming 2018 in London earlier this week. ICE Totally Gaming is one of the gaming industry’s largest B2B event bringing together members of the land-based and online gaming sectors from all around the world.

The new gaming solution provides live casinos with the opportunity to give their players a unique experience that is highly customizable and fully compatible with mobile devices.

NetEnt boasts that the new product offers players a special casino experience and includes the ability for those offering the game to embedded live streams and graphics at “the touch of a button”.

“The latest addition to our Live portfolio was created so we were able to provide a more immersive setting and to break down the physical constraints to create, what we call, a larger than life experience,” Henrik Fagerlund, Chief Product Officer of NetEnt, said in a recent press release.

“We are constantly looking to push the boundaries of technological advances in the live casino world, and this breakthrough can help propel not only NetEnt, but operators in reaching new heights,” Fagerlund continued.

Of course, Mr Green is excited about the prospects as well. CEO of Mr Green, Per Norman, has this to say about the new live casino product: “Taking live casino to a new experience is a proof point of NetEnt’s technology leadership in the gaming industry. NetEnt and Mr Green share the same view on innovation and creativity as key drivers to offer a superior gaming experience. It’s inspiring and promising to see the outcome of our joint efforts in bringing revolutionary new dimensions to online gaming.”

As a part of the new live casino platform, players will be immersed in an environment that includes a multi-table gaming experience, multiple cameras offering a choice of camera angles that even allows players to see what action is going on at other tables. All of this, along with other advances in technology provide for a rich and vibrant user experience.

Currently the new platform offers players the choice of live dealer blackjack or live dealer roulette, but players are free to switch between tables and games at will.

Mr Green’s website describes its implementation of the game as a “virtual casino floor [consisting] of a four-table area with two roulette tables and two blackjack tables, and people moving around on the floor, helicopters and airplanes flying by outside the windows, and other players betting in the background. The site cautions that only a mobile version of the game is on offer at this time.

NetEnt has been supplying some of the highest quality gaming content and solutions to online casino providers since 1996. With 900 employees in offices around the world in places such as Stockholm, Sweden; Krakow, Poland; and New Jersey in the United States, NetEnt is truly a global leader in the online casino industry.

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Liv Boeree To Talk At TEDxManchester

Liv Boeree will be one of the speakers at TEDxManchester in the UK this week, in her first ever Ted Talk.

Boeree will be the 5th speaker of the day and will be sharing the stage with the likes of Professor Sheena Cruickshank who is an immunologist at the University of Manchester and Professor Vikas S. Shah—an investor in numerous technology startups and international businesses.

We suspect Boeree will be talking about her passion for evidence-based decision-making that led her to co-found Raising for Effective Giving as well as her successful career in poker.

For the full programme you can go here.

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LISTEN: Poker Stories with Linda Johnson

Dubbed “The First Lady of Poker” by Mike Sexton, we get to take look back at Johnson’s forty-year long career with the woman herself.

Sit back and turn the audio up as CardPlayer brings us poker stories from Linda Johnson— a poker hall of famer who helped start the World Poker Tour (WPT).

Johnson also has a WSOP bracelet, owned and operated Card Player Magazine and helped found the Tournament Director’s Association of which she sat on the board.

Highlights from this interview include Johnson leaving law school for a career in poker along with talking about the forgotten past of the WSOP.

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WATCH: Kara Scott Covers Poker’s Hottest Topics in the Poker Brief

If you want to keep up with all the latest goings-on in poker, then check out the latest episode of The Poker Brief with Kara Scott (embedded below).

In the first episode of 2018, Scott looks back at the very close GPI Player of the Year race where the eventual winner (we won’t spoil it for you in case you don’t already know) won by just 27 points, or as Scott points out, “less than a single cash.”

The the topic then shifts to the year’s first big live poker event, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. There was quite a bit of news coming out of the Bahamas and Kara has the highlights for you.

Next up is news about the first WPTDeepStacks event in Europe where Dustin Mangold parlayed a $5 investment on 888poker through a satellite qualifier into a Main Event victory.

The show wraps up with a rundown of some of the happenings surrounding 888 including ambassador Sofia Lövgren's appearance on the new Poker After Dark now sponsored by Poker Central who just happens to have struck a new deal (their biggest yet) with 888. We’ll let Kara tell you all about it!

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UK Gambling Regulator Takes Hard Line on Sexism

It is a “significant stain on the industry’s reputation”

It was reported in The Guardian that the UKGC is going to boycott the annual gaming event ICE unless attitudes at the event change—as historically women are “expected to wear nothing more than swimsuits.”

The comments were made by Gambling Commission chief executive Sarah Harrison who wants to see a change in attitudes towards women in the gaming industry as a whole.

“This is an industry where we have a number of talented, powerful and successful women, yet from walking around the exhibition you wouldn’t know this. Instead, you saw men representing their companies wearing expensive tailored suits whilst their female colleagues were expected to wear nothing more than swimsuits. I say bring this to an end now.”

“And to go further, any future participation by the Gambling Commission in events like this will depend on there being change” Harrison went on to say.

Bravo!

You can read the full article over on The Guardian website.

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Daniel Negreanu: “Forget Books…Watch Twitch Streamers”

Daniel Negreanu has taken to Twitter to let his followers know that he thinks Twitch streamers are “more engaging and entertaining than a book”.

What do you think? Do books or Twitch streamers hold more value to you when wanting to improve at poker?

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