Now that Burning Man is over for another year (it finished on the 5th September), Black Rock Desert is back as it was with no trace that 70,000 people where once there partying hard and rubbing shoulders with A list celebrities and a handful of poker pros.
Now that everyone is back in the land of the living, the poker pros who attended are back on social media—which is great for living vicariously through them — as we all know, pics or it didn’t happen.
This word sums up #burningman – so many great pictures; I will post all on my facebook page sometime this week! https://t.co/BXU02selUO— Jeff Gross (@JeffGrossPoker) September 04, 2016
During the WSOP, Remko caught up with Kara Scott to talk about her story in and out of the poker world.
They touch on Scott, which she reveals is actually a stage name, growing up in rural Canada, adopting a fake British accent upon moving to the UK as a teacher, dealing with grief and how she got to where she is today in the poker industry.
You can listen to the interview in it’s entirety below. But be sure to check out her Tweets below as she has some important words on the topic of dealing with tough times and mental health.
Clarifying her stance on throwing herself into work whilst dealing with grief, Scott took to twitter.
I felt pretty nervous about this coming out as I’m not used to being so open & honest, but I think it came out well. I owe poker a lot.— Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) August 31, 2016
One thing I want to say about the podcast at the start of this thread. In the last 30 min I talk about/around the worst year of my life.— Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) August 31, 2016
I say that poker 'saved’ me in many ways, by giving me an anchor & a focus during a time when I was in a lot of pain. Grief, trauma, ptsd…— Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) August 31, 2016
And it really did. It’s one of the reasons I love this game & this industry. But I also sought out professional help & that’s important.— Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) August 31, 2016
Working with a professional & focusing on my mental health when I needed to, that was key. Life can be painful. If you need help, get it — Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) August 31, 2016
That’s all. I just didn’t want to give the impression that burying oneself in work was any kind of alternative to real mental health help.— Kara Scott (@KaraOTR) August 31, 2016
From there Polk took to his YouTube channel to post a 32 minute video talking about how 2.5 years ago the guys struck a deal to coach each other: Polk to help Tollerene in NLH strategy and Tollerene to help Polk with PLO. But the relationship soon turned sour when Tollerene reneged on his side of the deal.
“This is a video I have debated making for some time now, mainly because of how upsetting the event was for me” Polk has said on YouTube.
“I have now decided that I want to get this off of my chest. With both my personal and business dealings with Ben Tollerene, I have had issues and want to bring those to light.”
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.