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.
It was during day 2 of the history-in-making $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship when a Vietnamese lady by the name of Thi Xua Nguyen stunned everybody by making this incredible laydown versus Athanasios Polychronopoulos, a Greek-American professional poker player with two WSOP bracelets.
220 players remained on the field when Nguyen raised from the button with Ad Qc only to get 3-bet to 37,000 by Polychronopoulos from the big blind who held a pair of Aces.
Nguyen made the call and the flop landed Ks 9s Qd. Both the players checked. The Qh on Turn improved Nguyen’s hand to trips. She bets 17,000 after Polychronopoulos checked for a second time. He made the call and the Ace of Spade gave both the players a full house.
Polychronopoulos once again checked on the river with his Aces full. Nguyen bets 50,000 leaving her 153,000 chips behind but finds herself in a check-raise-all-in situation.
This is where things go crazy!!!
After tanking for a while, Nguyen lays down Ad Qc face up—a freaking Full house!!!. Out of respect for her incredible fold, Polychronopoulos flips out Aces and was himself stunned.
Did she misread her hand? No!!! She knew what she was doing. Nguyen put him on Aces or Kings and she was bang on right!!!
The hand was caught during the live stream and obviously, the viewers glued to the stream went berserk including the commentators James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, and Lex Veldhuis.
Nguyen eventually finished 153rd for $25,450 and Polychronopoulos also made cash but busted against Platinum Pass winner, Jussi Nevanlinna.
What is more crazier is that on day 1 Nguyen won an EPT Monte Carlo package during a random draw table giveaway.
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.
Short Deck Hold’em, AKA 6+ Hold’em, is one of the hottest poker variants being played today, and courtesy of these highlights from the HKD 500k ($64k USD) buy-in Short Deck Event at the Triton Poker SHR Jeju 2018 series, you can learn from one of poker’s all-time masters, Phil Ivey.
OP-Poker, a team of Twitch streamers and official ambassadors of PokerStars’ Power Up, was recently invited to have a look at PokerStars’ brand new upcoming Virtual Reality Product PokerStars VR held at EGX conference at Birmingham.
Unibet has announced that the Poker Princess, Molly Bloom, who’s “Hollywood high stakes poker game was the subject of the Oscar-nominated and critically acclaimed film Molly’s Game“ will be their special guest!
This story still has the poker community talking. Real life poker couple Kristen Bicknell (who is signed by partypoker) and Alex Foxen made the final table of a tournament at The Venetian in Las Vegas last month. Their alleged soft-play and collusion has the poker community riled up with the likes of Doug Polk and Justin Bonomo still talking about it long after play finished up.
Unibet have worked with creative agency FCB Inferno to release a custom deck of cards to accompany the launch of a new poker format where the Queen outranks the King.The project is intended to help draw attention to gender equality and unconscious gender bias in poker.