If you’ve got broadcasting chops and would like to be a commentator for Events 1 and 10 of the upcoming Borgata Poker Open, hit up Tournament Director Tab Duchateau.
It’s the very rare opportunity that comes along…getting paid to commentate on poker events. We’re going to guess that a professional poker player is going to land this gig, but we have all sorts of talented readers so don’t be shy – follow and tweet at Tab.
Best thing about the live stream will be the use of RFID cards, announcers, and the stage setup will the type used for the WPT event.— Tab Duchateau (@TabDuchateau) July 16, 2014
$150K Guaranteed plus bonus bounties at the table.
Looking for something to do this weekend while waiting for the Borgata Poker Open to start? Well, online stat-masters, PocketFives, and the Borgata are hosting a Deep Stack Open Challenge that promises at least $150K in total prizepool.
With two starting days, beginning on July 27th, and 25K stacks they shouldn’t have a hard time meeting and exceeding that guarantee. It’s a $350+50 buy-in and just in case you decide to get 100+bbs in with TT and go broke, you can re-enter. No problem.
Come for the poker, but stay for the party as those online grinders like to get loose aggressive. On July 28, go to the Gypsy Bar and meet the faces behind some of the online names. Don’t play online? Hey, you can still play in this event…it’s an Open.
PocketFives is tossing in a little swag bag in should you bust one of their bounties. Some of the website’s writers, owners and notable members (like Matt Stout and Steve Gross) will have bounties on their tournament lives. Knock one out and you’ll have a P5 T-shirt you won’t know what to do with.
We didn’t make that sound that good, but it’s an added freebie, so why not call those bounties down light, right?
Negreanu chooses Marquee LV as the center of his birthday bash.
Like Antonio Esfandiari before him, Daniel Negreanu is having a hosted birthday party that is open to everyone of age…as long as you have a few bucks.
While there’s no guarantee that you can get close to Kid Poker, or even a guarantee for how long he’ll be there, this weekend, Daniel is letting Marquee Las Vegas wish him a Happy Birthday and you can be there for it.
And if it’s anything like how Antonio’s turned out, he’s going to have a pretty great time.
Want to join Daniel during the Marquee Dayclub this Friday? $20 for dudes and only $10 for the ladies. Not a pool party person? Hit up the Nightclub Saturday night – $40 for the fellas, $20 for females.
Maybe you didn’t have the best World Series of Poker, no worries – it’s ok man.
Even if you didn’t, you can’t wallow in the post-WSOP depression forever. You gotta make new plans, get back up on the tournament h.o.r.s.e and feed that poker beast.
Where to start? Bluff Magazine's Paul Oresteen has the hook up for you. Pretty much no matter where you live there’s an event (of varying size) coming soon to a region near you that is going to provide a nice guaranteed prize pool for you and the chance to chase (with your discretionary income, not your rent) the summer glory you hoped for in Las Vegas.
It’s the final table of the $100K Super High Roller as Vanessa Selbst, Dan Shak, Antonio Esfandiari, Fabian Quoss, Ole Schemion*, Tony Gregg and Matt Glantz battle for the $1,600,000 first place prize.
James and Joe are on the mic as these elite players determine the winner.
Well, they’re all winners, but you know what we mean.
If you never picked up your “I Knocked Out A Pro At Full Tilt Poker” T-shirt during the FTP heyday, now may be your shot.
Over at J. Sugarman Auction Corp, they are helping facilitate the selling of the, allegedly, over $3,500,000 worth of old Full Tilt Poker promotion items. You know, the shirts, caps, pen, golf bags, footballs and other massive-profit-margin carnival bullshit that they used to ship you in exchange for your completely unsegregated rake dollars.
So, on Saturday August 2nd in San Dimas, CA (the same city Bill And Ted are from) at 11:00am PST all this stuff is getting put on the auction block. According to a sales rep at J. Sugarman, auctions typically last 2-3 hours and you can place bids in person or online. The items are doled out depending on the demand, so if someone wants to try and pick up everything in one swoop, it may be put up like that. On the other hand, if someone just wants to try and grab a few of the over 15K keychains they may parse this out.
The breakdown looks like this: over 193,000 items (they say over 200K) spread over 28 categories. To be fair, some of these categories are duplicates as there’s a few different “pens” and separate “mouse pads”, etc. Still, there’s a TON of stuff.
It’s that time of year again. The Poker Hall of Fame, brought to you by the WSOP, is letting your voice be heard. Who do you think should make the short list for induction in 2014?
There’s a few ground rules, nothing too heady. They gotta be 40 (like the age that Daniel Negreanu will be Saturday), have played for high stakes, played against top tier talent, stood the test of time and, and this is important, they have to have been good at poker.
Right? Can’t have played high against the pros and be a lifelong loser.
The other option is if the person is a non-player but contributed to the overall positive growth of the game. But you probably don’t really care about that.
The top 10 nominations will then be put on a short list for review by the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council. Then all the existing PHoF members and a “blue ribbon media panel” will cast their votes.
No, F5poker is NOT “blue ribbon media”...we ARE “Pabst Blue Ribbon Media though” which qualifies us for a different vote.
Team PokerStars Pro joins Rogan's popular podcast.
You might know Joe Rogan from his hosting duties on Fear Factor, his role on News Radio, his redux version of The Man Show, his standup and, perhaps most notably, his color commentating over at the UFC. What you may not know is that Rogan hosts one of the most popular podcasts currently being recorded.
This week, good guy Isaac Haxton and his fantastic glasses, join Joe in studio for a conversation about poker and everything else under the sun. Sit back, relax and kill some time with Joe and Ike.
Looking for a little midweek poker programming? We found some for you. For some reason, we haven’t been posting the action of partypoker's Premiere League 7. We’re happy that it’s now on our radar, even if it’s a little late. So join Jesse May, Kara Scott and some of your favorite arm-folding poker pros as they jockey for position in the $125,000 buy-in tournament.
You probably know all you need to know about 2005 World Series of Poker champion Joe Hachem, but just in case you didn’t, Calvin Ayre put together this little artsy montage of his life and poker career accomplishments.
Whether you call him “Diamond Joe” for his accomplishments or “Salty Joe” for his sometimes “rough” table demeanor, Hachem has made a massive impression on the game of poker, especially lately with his candid talk about the up and coming wave of young pros and his views on ambassadorship.
In addition, of course, partypoker and the World Poker Tour will be town to feature their $3M guaranteed Main Event. In total, during the course of the schedule over $6,500,000 worth of guaranteed prize pools will be offered. Pretty nice way to cure those post WSOP blues.
The buy-ins start at right around $200 and cap at the $3300 + $200 Main Event. Sound good? Check the schedule, count those chickens (pre-hatching) and make your way to the Borgata on Sept. 2.
A daring early morning robbery took place at Caesars Atlantic City yesterday as two masked thieves stole a pair of plastic cash boxes which, according to reports, contained more than $180,000.
The USA Today reports that around 6:00am on Monday morning the two suspects entered, at least one of them carrying a firearm, where they swiped the cash boxes and fled in a car. Police have yet to reveal more information on the suspects, but that could be available later today.
The New Jersey State Police Gaming Bureau is on the hunt for the pair of suspects and ask that if anyone has any info on the heist, please call the Casino Gaming Bureau at 609-441-7464.
[ Note: This is a post of poker interest, not an endorsement to get you to go crazy and spend money, so don’t do it and don’t put that on us. ]
So, while it’s not always newsworthy when some poker player sells action, when Timex unloads shares on the public, it’s something people may want to know about. This week, McDonald took to the Two Plus Two forums to sell off 50% of his upcoming buy-in for the EPT Barcelona $50K Super High Roller.
In the last year I’ve been running insanely well and have final tabled all 7 super high rollers I’ve played(Barcelona, London, St Kitts, PCA, 2 in Aussie Million and Monte Carlo) as well finished 2nd place in the PCA main event, and had my biggest career online scores on both Stars and FTP.
Selling shares at $750 for 1%, Mike was able to get rid of 33% in 72 hours.
Mike calls the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller “one of the softer super high rollers” and why wouldn’t he. Timex has cashed in this event in the past two years. Back in 2012, Mike took 5th for $264,283 and then last year he moved up a spot and bnked 4th place for over $360K. Not a bad track record.
Just playing the odds here, we’re going to guess that you – in general – are a No Limit Hold’em player.
Just about everyone, when they think of poker, thinks about NLHE. But if you want to win a WSOP bracelet in 2015 (or beyond) your best bet may be by playing (and playing well) in a different discipline – like Stud 8.
Stud 8 is Daniel Negreanu's “favorite poker game” and so, in order to help encourage others to take a shot at learning (and potentially find new fish to feed on) he’s posted a “How To” guide for Stud 8 as well as some basic strategy tips.
Stud 8 is a game of inches, making the slightly better decisions in tight spots then your opponent. When to squeeze value with a raise, when to force a player out, when to get a hand heads up, when to lay down a hand against dangerous boards.
So, cool it with the pre-flop aggression for a moment and see how it feels to make it to 6th street and beyond with these helpful tips from a guy who’s made over $7M this year alone.
NY Daily News editor Chris Baud recounts his profitable trip to the WSOP.
Looking for a read to fuel your fire? Check out this recently published trip report from NY Daily News features editor and self-described “hardcore, degenerate, and quite successful gambler,” Chris Baud.
While not being new to poker, he’s a Vegas virgin and as soon as he touches down in Sin City, Baud is ready to get it in the middle. From hanging out with his pal, history-making Melissa Burr, to running it up in the WPT500, Chris’ report of his week in Vegas will make just about any grinder both jealous and eager to get back at it.
[Note: this article resides on Titan Poker, which is looking to sign you up, so if you hate that, don’t click]
Three of the most well-known poker scribes – the bracelet-winning lead reporter for PokerNews, Chad Holloway, the ballsy Lee Davy and the straight-shooting Jennifer Newell – about what it really means to break into the “thankless” job of keeping you up-to-date on the business and bullshit of poker.
Carbon Sports taking (legal) wagers on the next World Champion.
If you don’t have a percentage of your favorite November Niner, there’s always another way to sweat the World Series of Poker Main Event – place a wager. If you are located in the part of the world where this is allowed, Carbon Sports will be happy to take your action.
Last week, the initial odds for the November Nine came out and there are not too many surprises. Chipleader Jorryt Van Hoof leads the way with his +250 line (meaning that if you bet $100 on the Hoofster to win and he does, you collect $250) and, for the most part the odds decrease right along with the stack sizes. Here’s a full list of the player and the line being given them:
Jorryt van Hoof – +250 Felix Stephensen – +350 Mark Newhouse – +400 Andoni Larrabe – +700 Dan Sindelar – +700 William Pappaconstantinou – +1000 William Tonking – +1200 Martin Jacobson – +750 Bruno Politano – +1500
The Brat went toe-to-toe (or shin to mouth rather) with the pup and got a puncture wound for his troubles so the next time you see Hellmuth foaming at the mouth over some random bad beat, now you’ll know why.
Masked men take over a private high-stakes poker night.
Two masked gunmen, armed with rifles, infiltrated an invite only Houston area private game this past Thursday night, endng in the shooting death of participating player, 45-year old business man Donald Leonetti.
The high-stakes game was robbed for somewhere between $7,000-$8,000 and, in addition to the tragic death of Leonetti, 56-year old organizer of the game, Charles Olsen was also wounded by a bullet.
According to KHOU.com, there were somewhere between 14-19 people playing in the unmarked office location. Police have not yet ruled out this crime being an “inside job.”
Currently, police do not have any suspects in custody.
This isn’t the most exciting thing you’ll see today, but it’s a small glimpse into what it means to be tight bros with the current #2 ranked tennis pro, Rafa Nadal.
In addition to being a top tier tennis god, Nadal is also an amateur poker player sponsored by PokerStars and, as we’ve seen in the past, he loves to prey upon his non poker playing pals. In this short clip, Rafa grills by the pool and then challenges his crew to some NLHE where if you bust first – you gotta flop in the pool with your clothes on.
Is guaranteed money enough reason to play the Main Event?
“Getting new people into the game at a $10,000 buy-in level is harder than it’s ever been.” – Seth Palansky
There’s a good chance you’re officially “over” the 2014 World Series of Poker. It’s a long summer and once the November Nine has been set and the industry takes a week breather, most players and fans are ready for something different.
Registration was up at this year’s Main Event, but whether the $10 million guarantee can generate consistent growth is an open question.
The Main Event fields are too strong and too competitive for an amateur player to plunk down a few bucks in a satellite and win $10 million. And everyone knows it. The last time we had a “true” amateur at the final table was Darvin Moon in 2009.
So, if it’s not the promise of hitting the motherload, how can the WSOP get people from watching the Main Event on the couch to participating in it in person? Vin thinks that we tell it like it is – the Main Event is the ultimate poker experience, win or lose and it is something you just have to do before you die.
Not only is it a compelling article which talks about the longevity of the Main Event, there’s some pretty interesting information on why there’s probably NOT a new poker boom coming right around the corner to save it.