Maria Konnikova

Finishes Her Highly Anticipated Poker Book, “The Biggest Bluff”

Since 2017 Maria Konnikova has been officially working on her new book, The Biggest Bluff, that would document her journey in the poker world—a “year-in-the-life” look at the live poker pro circuit.

Poker Hall of Fame inductee Erik Seidel has been her mentor from the start.

Konnikova went from strength to strength taking down prestigious poker tournaments and as a result getting signed as a PokerStars Ambassador. She now has $296,267 in live tournament earnings to her name.

But in the most exciting news, Konnikova has put the finishing touches to her highly anticipate manuscript.

The poker community were quick to jump on twitter to congratulate the author and poker pro—her comments section a veritable who’s who of poker alumni.

Back in 2017 Konnikova said that she thinks Sidel will reclaim the number 1 all-time money title from Daniel Negreanu by the time her book is out. Looking at the stats as of today, that looks like a long shot for many reasons.

In July 2018 Justin Bonomo clinched the top spot knocking Negreanu down into second place. Since then Negreanu has slipped into third place, as Bryn Kenney sits in the top spot. Kenney took down the Triton High Roller in the summer which saw him win over $20 million in prize money—jumping from 6th to 1st place on the all-time money list.

Seidel sits in 5th place, $20 million behind the top spot.

WATCH: JRB Reveals His Poker Origin Story On The Poker Life Podcast

And that time he got naked in front of Phil Ivey…no really!

Jean-Robert Bellande, commonly referred to as JRB, is one of the true characters of poker and a real fan favorite.

During his appearance this week on the Poker Life Podcast, JRB gets about as candid as once can get on a number of different topics, including how he first started playing poker.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg (pun intended) as Joey dives in with JBR on WTF he was thinking when he got it all in pre with the 53 during a televised hand from the Triton Poker Series! (We’ve included Joey’s vid on that hand below as a bonus)

Other entertaining topics on the pod include:

  • JRB describing the degen game Big Bank Little Bank
  • His rise to ESPN/WSOP poker fame
  • His experience appearing on Survivor
  • That time he got naked in front of Phil Ivey

And of course, it wouldn’t be a JRB interview if it didn’t include a bad beat story. Check out as JRB tells Joey about the hand that caused him to become a staked player.

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The Vlogs Are Back As DNegs Heads To The WSOPE

Daniel Negreanu is currently hunting for his third WSOP Player of the Year title.

He is over at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czechia, playing in the WSOPE with the hopes to win more bracelets whilst accruing points for the WSOP Player of the Year race.

The WSOPE takes place October 15 to November 4 and there are 10 scheduled bracelet events.

Currently Negreanu sits third in the WSOP Player of the Year standings with Shaun Deeb in second and Robert Campbell in first.

If Negreanu wins the WSOP Player of the Year, it would be the third time in his career and for Deeb who is also in Rosvadov hoping for some wins, it would be his second.

As Negreanu does during the WSOP in Las Vegas, fans are being taken along on his journey thanks to his daily vlogs.

Catch up with Day 1, 2 and 3 below.

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Spin & Go Flash:

Check Out How this Fast & Furious Version of Spin & Go Works

The game is currently being trialed by PokerStars in its Italian market for real money.

The regular Spin & Go has been designed by PokerStars to last 7 to 12 minutes on average.

Well, now online poker giant has introduced an even quicker version of it dubbed Spin & Go Flash which seems to be heavily inspired by Winamax’s new Expresso Nitro.

Currently, Spin & Go Flash is being trialed in Italy for real-money and is expected to roll out to other markets including the dot-com market soon.

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In this fast & furious version, players get 300 starting stack instead of 500 and the blind levels go up every minute instead of the usual three—exactly what you’ll see in Winamax’s Nitro format.

You’ll also notice that Spin & Go Flash does not have its own tab. Instead, it is found in the default Spin & Go tab. Players can choose to either play the regular version or the “Flash” version.

Also, if you click on the background of the table, a sparkling lightning effect takes place at the table. Currently, this is possible only in Aurora clients, PokerStars’ new graphics engine released earlier this year.

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70% Rakeback is Back at Run It Once Poker!

For the next 2 weeks, RIO Poker is bringing back its popular 35/35 promotion.

Starting today (Thursday October 10) and running for the next 14 days, every player at Run It Once Poker will get 35% direct rakeback for playing at the RIO Poker tables – PLUS, another 35% in rakback will be awarded right at the tables thought the fun and innovative Splash the Pot where random amounts of money are added directly to the pot.

Sound Good? Wanna play now? Sign up here and get up to €600 in deposit bonuses!

How Does Splash the Pot work?

At various intervals, the table will glow and chips will be dropped into the pot, with the winner of the hand keeping the extra cash.

Gold Chips are worth 1 big blind, bronze chips are worth 25 big blinds and platinum chips add 100 big blinds to the pot!

Whether or not Splash the Pot is activated is determined by the pot size of the previous hand.

Check the video below to see Splash the Pot in action.

When Will 35% Direct Rakeback Be Paid?

35% Direct Rakeback for play between October 10th (12:00) and October 17th (11:59) will be paid within five days of October 17th.

Payments for play between October 17th (12:00) and October 24th (11:59) will be made within five days of October 24th. All times are Central European Summer Time (CEST)

How Can You Earn Even More Rewards?

Click on this link to sign up to Run It Once Poker and you can get a 100% deposit bonus on every deposit you make during your first 30 days (up to a maximum of €600).

And there is no time limit to clear your bonus as long as you play at least one hand every 30 days.

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