Three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier is definitely psyched for the WSOP this year, so much so, that he is looking to get 3 to 1 odds that he will capture another bracelet this year.
He is no stranger to running public WSOP bracelet bets, last year loosing a ton of dough to Brian Hastings even though he won his third bracelet.
Looking to get 3 to 1 on winning a bracelet this Wsop (Vegas only) any takers? Lmk, will need escrow / post if I don’t know u well etc— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) May 31, 2016
Oh I’ll also do myself vs any player to win a bracelet … Will cap the action on certain players, but everyone is avail at 1st
#ComeNgetIt— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) May 31, 2016
Although Mercier’s bet is definitely appealing, the biggest bracelet bet of the year is the one between Dzmitry Urbanovich and Vanessa Selbst—Urbanovich will win $2 million from Selbst if he walks away with three bracelets in his 2016 WSOP debut. Check out Vanessa announcing it here!
Representing PokerStars Team Pro since 2011, Eugene Katchalov made a statement via twitter a few days ago that he and PokerStars are parting ways. Katchalov will focus on become an entrepreneur. His contract ended on June 1, five years after first joined Stars.
Some news about me … https://t.co/cWFlf8Rt38— Eugene Katchalov (@EugeneKatchalov) May 31, 2016
“While this chapter in my life closes, I am truly excited for what lie ahead” said Katchalov in his statement. “I really want to try and apply what I have learnt in poker to entrepreneurship and see if I can help improve and grow the game from the business side.”
And then boom—out of nowhere—your favorite online poker news and entertainment site fills the screen. That’s right, F5Poker has a cameo in the new PokerStars documentary, KidPoker.
Which one of the many thousands of candidate articles got featured, I hear your ask? The article that got its starring role was this hard hitting piece by the one and only original F5 Editor and all-round superstar Jeff Walsh.
The in-depth article—a Walsh classic—takes you on a journey of intrigue and discovery as he uncovers Negreanu’s plot to take over the high stakes world.
It includes six embedded tweets. Six.
We’re not surprised it was featured. Honestly the whole documentary could have been better if it had just been a selection of F5 staffers reading out each F5 post about Negreanu in chronological order. There’s enough of them, after all.
Last year it was revealed that Daniel Negreanu was starring in Kid Poker—a documentary that chronicles Negreanu’s life story from his early days in card rooms and pool halls of Toronto to the present day as a six-time WSOP bracelet winner and poker’s highest money winner.
Kid Poker is now showing on Netflix after originally airing on Canadian Channel TSN4 back in late 2015.
You’ve waited long enough! #KidPoker officially on @netflix right now. Enjoy, and let me know what you think! https://t.co/HbWyQ1VttA— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 01, 2016
The documentary is produced by Francine Watson and PokerStars and features contributions from Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst and European Poker Tour creator John Duthie.
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.