This is the edge-sorting case that Phil Ivey just cannot get away from.
Back in 2012 Ivey was accused of edge sorting while playing Punto Banco (a form of Baccarat) with his playing partner Cheung Yin Sun, and he was consequently found guilty of cheating.
It has since been announced via FlushDraw that the Borgata have been given the go-ahed to seek their funds (that’s over $10 million) in the State of Nevada as Ivey has no money or assets in the state of New Jersey, where the edge-sorting took place.
As per the motion filed by Borgata attorney Jeremy M. Klausner back in October 2018, “Defendant Ivey has substantial assets in Nevada. That is where he lives and that is where his businesses are based. In contrast, he has no identifiable assets in New Jersey. Given the foregoing, Borgata satisfies the ‘mere showing that the defendant has substantial property in the other district and insufficient [property] in the rendering district.’ As a result, good cause is shown and Borgata should be permitted to register this Court’s December 15, 2016 [ruling] in the District of Nevada.”
This means that the New Jersey based Borgata can actively pursue getting their money back in Nevada—seven years after the cheating took place.
Ivey was also required to pay back £7.7 million over in the UK—it is not clear if he has yet cleared his debt at this time.
The poker Twitterati soon waded in with the likes of Doug Polk saying he’d go vegan for a year for $200k; Dan Smith would do it for $365k (giving it all to charity, natch), Terrance Chan would do it for $10M, Adam Schwartz $20k and Jamie Kerstetter for $10k.
After all that, it seems Jamie is the only one to undertake the challenge. Can she go vegan for a year?
Kerstetter will have to live a vegan lifestyle for one year and will need to check in/ post two blog posts a month to keep people up to speed with her progress. If she fails, Bill Perkins gets to choose a place where Kerstetter has to volunteer 100 hours of her time. If she doesn’t complete the 100 hours of community service in one year she will owe $10k.
It looks like Daniel Negreanu will be on hand to give her some vegan advice along the way.
Staples had been with the company for 4 years and Gross, 18 months.
As part of Gross’ statement about leaving PokerStars, he said “I have really valued my time with PokerStars and appreciate the opportunity and experience. I wanted to thank the entire PokerStars family.”
Both failed to go into any of the actual reasons surrounding their departure.
It looks like the Poker Flow Show will continue into 2019 with Gross seeming to be focusing his attentions on YouTube.
Despite entering the final table as the shortest stack, US Pro Bryn Kenney emerged victorious as he took down the Aussie Millions Main Event for AUD $1,272,598 (~ USD $918,657) after a three-way deal.
The AUD $10,600 buy-in Main Event was a special one as it drew a record turnout for the second successive year, pulling in 822 players to build a prize pool of $8,220,000 (~ USD $6 million).
After five days of action, Bryn along with six more players entered the Final Table. Among the Final Tablists, Mike Del Vecchio who finished as a runner up this year had also made a Final Table appearance in 2018.
With this win, the 32-year-old Kenny has racked up over $26.6 million in tournament earnings to take him to ninth place on the all-time money list.
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.