Things are looking good for Natasha Mercier as she ends Day 2C of the World Series of Poker Main Event in the money.
Although Mercier has 18 WSOP cashes in her career, including six this summer, she has never been in the money in the Main Event until now — elsewhere her husband Jason Mercier busted the main earlier in the day.
In $ in the main event! Exhausted , hungry and craving my oats and vanilla body wash. 🙈 Day 4 tomorrow with a mini stack &a dream!😍— Natasha Mercier (@natasha_mercier) July 14, 2017
Artan Dedusha – 680,000 Marcin Chmielewski – 564,000 Michael Krasienko – 561,300 Sonny Franco – 546,700 Ryah Hughes – 510,100 Tyson Mao – 506,500 Dennis Timofeev – 498,000 Alexander Yen – 490,000 Nick Petrangelo – 480,300 Natasha Mercier – 476,800
By the looks of it, Mercier is in contention for her first WSOP bracelet.
Tomorrow, 13 July 2017 will see Phil Ivey appear in the UK Supreme Court to contest Crockfords Casino withholding his £7.8m winnings from August 2012 — which may explain why he hasn’t been spotted at this years World Series of Poker currently being held in Las Vegas.
The poker pro has lost his appeal against Genting Casinos UK (who owns Crockfords Club in Mayfair) back in November 2016 due to his use of edge sorting — a technique that exploits a defect in the printing of the cards.
Ivey was appealing the 2014 ruling that he was cheating while playing Punto Banco (a form of Baccarat) with his playing partner Cheung Yin Sun at the Crockfords Casino in August 2012.
At the time, Ivey’s lawyer, Matthew Dowd of Archerfield Partners LLP, went on to say “It is essential that the law is clarified and in light of today’s decision we are seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.”
The point at issue tomorrow is whether or not dishonesty is a necessary element for cheating at gambling.
Commenting on the case, Ivey said in a recent press release:
Last November’s Court of Appeal ruling made no sense to me. The original trial judge ruled that I was not dishonest and none of the three Appeal Court judges disagreed, and yet the decision went against me by a majority of 2 to 1. I am so pleased that the Supreme Court has granted me permission to fight for what I genuinely believe is right. I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will reverse the decision against me and that I will finally receive my winnings which I consider to be the just and proper outcome to this dispute.
Mike Matusow sat down with Poker Listings during the World Series of Poker to talk about how he is getting his life back on track after “the three worst years” of his life.
“I’m the fucking luckiest guy in the world…I was almost paralyzed and I can walk so no one’s luckier than me,” Matusow said. He is also doing well at this year’s WSOP having cashed seven times; so far totaling over $250,000 in prize winnings.
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.