Earlier this week, Stacy Matuson challenged Mr CoconutsWilliam Kassouf to a heads up match at 888Live Poker Festival at King’s Casino Rozvadov in February.
Matuson folded queens to Kassouf’s 9 High like a boss during last summer’s World Series of Poker that resulted in her eventually leaving the tournament and a shit ton of exposure for Kassouf as he progressed through the Main Event.
Matuson also alludes to the fact that this time, Kassouf won’t be able to buy the trophy referencing his recent EPT High Roller Win.
Here is Kassouf’s response. Looks like the heads up match is on!
It’s on. One of the most prestigious events in poker is going down right now, and you can watch all the action thanks to the fab PokerStars stream coming at you live from the Bahamas.
We’re already deep in the money: At the time of writing just 37 players remain of over 700 players who ponied up $5000 to enter the Main. They’re fighting for a prize pool of over $3 million, and the winner is going to take home a cool $480k.
To get up to speed, check out the PokerStars blog which is posting live chip counts and has a blow-by-blow of all the action of the day.
Malaysian businessman, Paul Phua, who frequents some of the biggest cash game in the world, has now officially launched his poker training site: PaulPhuaPoker and seems to have none other than the reclusive Tom “Durrrr” Dwan as a poster boy for the site.
Dwan who has not been seen on the regular poker circuit for some years now, despite being spotted at the WSOP in Vegas back in the summer, has been keeping his head down — especially since things are not resolved between him and Jungleman — so it comes as a bit of a surprise that he is so prominent on Phua’s site.
There is even an “In Conversation” YouTube series that Dwan is part of.
Dwan has even given a testimonial to the site saying: “Paul Phua has a desire to learn and improve. He’s focused on actually playing better, and doesn’t mind admitting mistakes if he makes them. So now he is always one of the best poker players in almost any poker game he sits down in (and he often doesn’t pick easy games).”
Phil Ivey, who had a shockingly bad 2016 thanks to his edge sorting scandal, has also said of the site: “Paul Phua is probably the best non-pro I’ve ever played poker against. And you can call him a “non-pro” only because he’s such a successful businessman too. He’s certainly better — maybe much better — than a large percentage of professional players.”
For those of us not lucky enough to be at the Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas for the first-ever PokerStars Championship Bahamas, we will just have to keep ourselves occupied by watching videos from those that are.
Here we found a vlog from DNegs and PokerNews catches up with Jason Somerville and all round GOATBill Perkins to help us feel like we are in on all the action.
To see the results of the drive and where the money will be donated you can check out Smith’s blog post here.
To remind yourself of Smith and the Crowleys’ efforts you can check out what he had to say to Joe Ingram when he was on the Poker Life Podcast over the Christmas break.
Tweeted about “@DanSmithHolla”:https://twitter.com/DanSmithHolla’s worthwhile charity drive before. Can hear more about it & how Jack Doyle is related: https://t.co/SDZcWa1OdX— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) December 28, 2016
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.
Here you can read some hot takes as to what really happened, and if it can be defined as collusion.
Doug Polk sums up what has happened over on YouTube.
Justin Bonomo has much to say on the matter—definitely read his post right to the end. “I do not think they intended to cheat or collude. I do however think some ethical lines were crossed in very egregious ways.”
New information (30% swap), a new hand to look at (KQ vs 22) and my personal thoughts on the Kristen Bicknell + Ale… https://t.co/yLyirBQTOC— Justin Bonomo (@JustinBonomo) July 01, 2018
Mike Watson’s thoughts which are spoken about in Bonomo’s post are here —with Watson suggesting a 6 month ban for the couple.
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.
In this great interview with CardPlayer Lifestyle, Robbie Strazynski goes one-on-one with Phil Hellmuth ahead of the launch of his new autobiography “The Poker Brat”—which Hellmuth hopes will become a New York Times Bestseller—to really find out the man behind the famous name.
Thanks to pokernyhederne and some cryptic tweets from Doyle Brunson it was revealed that the two men who lost their shit in the Bellagio’s high stakes Bobby’s Room were none other than Gus Hansen and David Oppenhiem.
We are bit late to the party on this, but back in late November Fedor Holz challenged his twitter followers to read or listen to 40 new books before the end of the year. All in the name of bettering yourself. I think.
Branching out into the world of YouTube beyond his usual poker shows, Polk is now reaching for heights of internet stardom by trying to recreate the success of renowned YouTubers such as PewDiePie, Markiplier, and jacksepticeye.
The Atlantic Ballroom at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City New Jersey is the scene of the all new StarsFun Skills Zone. Those attending the new PokerStars Festival event in New Jersey can not only blow off steam while taking a break from the poker tables, but they can take the opportunity to even get in a little extra action.