To summarise the shit storm without getting too bogged down: Phil Hellmuth tweeted that he and Cantu where on a trip and that Cantu had a big chip lead in the HORSE event he was in.
Then, Weinman outed Cantu saying he owed him a $50K debt from 5 years ago that he still hasn’t paid.
Following that, Deeb got in the mix with Cantu which ended up in them sparring over whether Deeb also had a history of slow paying his debtors.
Whilst this is happening, Mercier also gets involved, saying to Cantu that he also needs to pay back his debt to him — Cantu sees red, and then starts slating Mercier, creating a series of hashtags, @ mentions PokerStars and basically calls for Stars to fire Mercier over the fact he was threatening.
Boris Becker, one of the latest additions to the partypoker Ambassador Team, is set to play a one-off Sit and Go event in Rozvadov on Saturday February 18 at Kings Casino for children’s charity Herz Für Kinder.
Becker will be joined by partypoker pros Sam Trickett, Jan Jachtmann, Beata Jambrik, Natalia Breviglieri and Patrick Leonard.
You’ll be able to follow along on Twitch if you want to catch all the action.
Herz Für Kinder is an international organisation which “aims to improve young lives across the globe”.
In a fantastic interview over on PokerNews the guys shine a light on the incredible story of Chris Torina who went from undercover narcotics cop to launching a live poker training course called WPTDeepStacks.
Torina launched WPTDeepStacks back in 2009 after 10 years of “high-stakes drug busts,” and it eventually morphed into a full blown poker tour. Now after years of hard work and determination, WPTDeepStacks has been acquired by The WPT.
PokerStars Team pro and live streamer extraordinaire Jaime Staples joins James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton on the Poker in the Ears podcast.
He talks about his PokerStars Championship Bahamas run, his recent move to Europe and the planned Stream Boat 2017 which will see Staples, Jeff Gross and others on billionaire Bill Perkins’ yatch live streaming.
For $999 the course promises to take players through “all of the different branches of the game tree, break down combinations across all actions, cover common lines & strategies, with deep theory and combination work” and also includes access to a private Facebook group.
Check out the this interview from the WPT —the first and second parts in a three part series — as Mike Sexton reminisces about his epic, come-back tournament win of the WPT Montreal Main Event last November.
Ahead of launching his new Heads Up No Limit course on Upswing Poker today —which is being billed as the “best Heads-Up NLHE material ever released” — everybody’s favourite poker YouTuber Doug Polk took to Reddit to take part in an Ask Me Anything.
Questions varied from asking about his biggest downswing of all time (he admitted to a $1.7m losing year), who he would want on a dream final table and there was even an epic Rick Roll.
However, now being on the inside will allow Kurganov to help shape change.
“Love or hate PokerStars, it’s going to be the major force in poker over the years to come and has been for the last years,” Kurganov said in an interview with PokerNews last week.
“What matters is the margin, if I can have any impact on the way in which poker develops. To achieve that, an involvement with PokerStars is simply the most impactful thing I can do. If I have no impact at all, well, then so be it. But if I have any, that’s great and I’m definitely happy to take that option and see where it goes.”
In the latest training video from Phil Galfond’s site Run It Once Galfond recaps the action from a heads up PLO session against Daniel “Jungleman” Cates — sharing his thoughts along the way on how to battle tough regs.
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.