Thanks to PokerListings we can now reminisce on the short life that was Stu Unger’s in this short documentary.
The tragic tale weaves through the narrative that was Ungers life, touching on his epic highs and rock bottom lows.
Making one of the biggest comebacks in poker history by winning the 1997 World Series of Poker after years of drug abuse and gambling addiction, his win would not be enough to save him from himself. He lost all his winnings from the ’97 WSOP within 3 days.
A tweet made by the much maligned Cate Hall blew up on Friday when she posted a tweet about the WSOP Main Event broadcast and why women only make up 4% of the playing field. Then out came the trolls and naysayers hauling Cate over the coals for her post.
Every year on ME broadcast:
“Women are only 4% of the field. Why not more?”
“It’s a mystery! We’ve tried literally nothing to attract them.” — Cate Hall (@catehall) September 23, 2016
In the end the conversation was derailed into “women belong in the kitchen” jokes and although Hall can hold her own when it comes to a twitter fight, I feel for her. It seems people just love to hate her, or love to hate her views, which seems unfair.
If Halls views are so polarising I’m sure the “unfollow” button on Twitter works and can be used.
The Street, a business news site that specializes in “award-winning stock analysis, market data and stock trading ideas,” commissioned an article from none other than Phil Hellmuth on “how Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should approach Monday’s 'heads up’ debate, from the mind of a poker champion.”
If you’re expecting some heavy-hitting political journalism, you’re going to be disappointed. Indeed, it may be one of most underwhelming reads of your day (this article not included).
In a followup to his article in the same publication on How to Beat Donald Trump, Hellmuth manages to stay on the sidelines, not disclosing his political allegiances, but he goes on to mention the use of playground tactics more than once and how Clinton needs to steer the narrative away from being called Crooked Hillary. We’ll be sure to let her PR team know.
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.