Back in late 2015, 24 year old Canadian Boulderer André DiFelice took time out from climbing after suffering an arm injury and rediscovered his love for poker.
With his 2016 earnings already in six figures he is clearly doing well for himself.
“Poker has been amazing this year,” he said in a recent interview with Vice Sports.
“You can become injured when you climb too much” continued DiFelice. “Or when you play too much poker, maybe you start not playing so well and that can go downhill very fast. So now that I have two and I’m focused on both, they both seem to be going very well,” he explained.
“Basically I’m always motivated to do both. I don’t burn out.”
^^ Watch DiFelice bouldering in New Mexico.
Bouldering doesn’t come cheap with estimated annual costs between $10,000 to $20,000 to be paid by the climber—as the sport receives zero funding in North America.
Before playing in the Super High Roller tournament (which he didn’t win) at the European Poker Tour in Monte Carlo last week, Bonomo made his intentions clear.
1/2 Playing the EPT MC 100k Super High Roller. I will be refusing all media requests from Pokerstars and the EPT. Pokernews, GPL etc. are ok— Justin Bonomo (@JustinBonomo) April 28, 2016
2/2: At this point in time, I see no reason to do unpaid promotional work from a company that has defrauded many thousands of players— Justin Bonomo (@JustinBonomo) April 28, 2016
But after winning a side event it looked like he was under the impression PokerStars wouldn’t pay out if he didn’t pose for a photo—so he made this.
This sign I made is why they’re not making me take a winner’s photo: https://t.co/v81Fw37kCq— Justin Bonomo (@JustinBonomo) May 04, 2016
Thought it turned out to be that wasn’t the case, he reported that PokerStars would hold over his head the threat of banning him from all live PokerStars events if he didn’t comply.
Update on winner’s photo situation: They say they would never not-pay, but I am banned from all PS Live events if I don’t take the photo — Justin Bonomo (@JustinBonomo) May 05, 2016
Feeling for Bonomo on this, as it doesn’t really look like he had much of a choice if he wants to continue playing live. It must have hurt all the more considering he had been banned from PokerStars live events in the past for “multi-accounting.”
It has now been announced that Idris Elba of The Wire and Luther has been cast as Bloom’s lawyer in the film.
For those unfamiliar with Bloom’s story, she is famous for running illegal high-stakes poker games with alleged celebrity players such as Toby Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon taking part in her games.
Elba joins Jessica Chastain (last seen in The Martian playing opposite Matt Damon) who will play “poker princess” Bloom.
You can read the full story about the casting over on The Guardian.
Last week on the special edition of the Pokerfuse Podcast, our host Michael Gentile sat down with former Head of Corporate Communications and Global Poker Marketing for PokerStars, Eric Hollreiser, to discuss various topics covering everything from Black Friday to Supernova Elite, PSPC and what’s the future of online poker may look like, and much more!
PokerStars gave away 320 free entries to the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) over the course of the previous year via Platinum Passes that after accomodations and spending money were valued at $30,000.