One eagle eyed F5 reader spotted something rather strange at the start of the Final Table of the Colossus II last week at the WSOP.
Sorry, did I read that right? Richard Carr (we are pretty sure it is Carr as he is the only former college tennis player residing in Lake Mary who entered the event) was shot in the head 4 times? WTF?!
It must be one hell of a typo, because it is now not appearing on Carr’s player profile and we can’t substantiate that claim on the world wide web. If anyone else can, let us know!
Google is still picking it up from WSOP.com though.
Carr ended up coming fourth in the Colossus II—the winner being Ben Keeline walked off with $1 million.
Turns out that winning hundreds of thousands of dollars on side bets whilst you are playing in the WSOP isn’t all its cracked up to be (although I am sure Jason Mercier would disagree).
By the end of last summer Brian Hastings had won two WSOP gold bracelets and bagged around $874,000 in event winnings—but that doesn’t account for all the side action he was getting.
When asked about his 2015 WSOP performance Hastings told PokerListings, “I think I played quite well last summer but the amount of risk I was taking on, things still could have really easily gone badly… I think it was a bit overly risky so I wouldn’t do it again.”
This year his plan to focus hard on his game without any side bet distractions.
PokerStars is backing the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) social media campaign to #Fight4Poker as the group doubles its efforts to raise awareness of the importance of legalizing online poker in the United States.
Selbst admitted yesterday that she made an extremely stupid drunken bet against Mercier winning three gold WSOP bracelets this year.
If every1 can stop telling me my stupid bet I made extremely drunk then tried 2 buy out of once sober was extremely stupid, would appreciate— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) June 14, 2016
It looks like she could be on the line for millions as she has confirmed she offered Mercier $100,000 to buy out of the bet, which he declined.
Selbst explains the sequence of events best:
https://t.co/1pAZ5Pacdc— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) June 15, 2016
https://t.co/nF2JgVQ5Dc— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) June 15, 2016
In an attempt to hedge her bets, Selbst is now offering 25-1 odds that Mercier can win two more bracelets.
Wow. If there was ever a lesson of why you shouldn’t get plastered and then make huge prop bets, it’s this!
Watch how she talks about when she gave Dzmitry Urbanovich 200:1 odds on a $10,000 (that’s *$2 million folks!) that he wouldn’t win 3 bracelets at this year’s WSOPhere, where incidentally she refers to herself as “rational” and “risk-adverse.” It starts at about the 18:00 mark.
Following his win of the biggest live Pot-Limit Omaha tournament in history over the weekend at the WSOP, Ryan Laplante had not intended to make a speech as he collected his WSOP gold bracelet. However, due to the tragedy that occurred in the Florida LGBT nightclub Pulse, Laplante felt compelled to speak.
CardPlayer caught the speech on tape. Listen to what he had to say below.
Popping into the Rio in Las Vegas last week, Team PokerStars SportsStar and football legend Neymar Jr was seen playing in a satellite tournament in the Amazon Room in a bid to win a seat to the WSOP Main Event. Which he did!
Speaking about ex Full Tilt Poker exec, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson entering the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship in this year’s World Series of Poker and at the time only commenting to press that he was just there to play poker, it is clear that Daniel Negreanu is pissed.
Not known to keep his opinions to himself, Negreanu spoke candidly to PokerListings about Ferguson’s appearance at the WSOP for the first time since Black Friday.
“I would just assume that any human being with a shred of decency would own some of it and at least have some sort of apology,” Negreanu said.
Bagged chiplead in 10k 2-7 NL… 9 left. Have 1.023 mill going to 8/16k. Coming back tomorrow to hopefully finish the job #BraceletHunting— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) June 13, 2016
Jason Mercier heads into Day 3 of the World Series of Poker Event #16: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit) firmly in the cheap lead and hoping to bag the fourth gold bracelet of his career. He is the only player in the running that has a seven-figure chip count.
Cate Hall posted a picture on her Twitter account of the display of Chris Sand’s winner photo at the WSOP following his win at Event #1 $565 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Casino Employees Championship.
Well known as an advocate for equality for women both on and off the table, it wasn’t Sand’s photo that caused Hall to tweet. Can you guess what it was?
A women in a low cut top was strategically placed next to the photo, because of course, the winners photo, can’t just feature the winner, can it? How will we understand the picture without a buxom lady to help us?
The tweet garnered quite a bit of attention from members of the poker community with Liv Boeree commenting that:
Watch this short video from the GPL as they ask LA Sunset Wild Card and all round superstar Aaron Paul(Breaking Bad anyone?) what he thought of playing in The Cube.
Although he says that it is “was a bit nerve wracking”—he was staring down Paris Aviator Fabrice Soulier after all—it was a great experience due to the mix of the live audience and intense nature of the game.
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.