October 27th, 2007

Professional poker player Barry Greenstein discusses gives his barry greensteinlatest trip report via an audio blog. Barry starts off the audio blog explaining how Chris Ferguson and himself were ambushed in an interview by FoxNews. He was being asked profound questions like, “Can someone lose their house playing online poker?” He goes on talking about who is involved with working with the lobbyist and all the poker players that is currently in Washington, D.C.

Greenstien gives props to the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) in regards to being “organized” thats one of the first good things about the PPA that we have heard in a while. Anyways, at the very end of the audio blog Barry says, that he believes that online poker will be legalized and no restrictions will be put on players and can deposit with normal methods. This is solid progress on the issues with the USA government and online poker. Listen for yourself by visiting Pokerroad.com

October 23rd, 2007

gillian leburnPoker Players Alliance Invades Washington, D.C. : The PPA is finally doing something useful, they are making some new strides to fight against the UIGEA (the thing that banned online poker in the USA). Throughout this week the PPA will be hosting a series of policy conferences which will engage in ctizens lobbying with members of congress in D.C. Several big name players are expected to attend including, Howard Lederer, Chad Brown Victor Ramind and Poker Babe Vanessa Rousso. For more complete information please visit PokerNews.com

Unibet CEO is Arrested: Dutch authorities have arrested Petter Nylander from his home on this past Monday. He was sent to France where he is currently being detained. The European Union is pissed and demanding answers. For more information please visit Gambling911. Speaking about the French read our French Guy Backs Down article.

Calvin Ayre Continues to Call on Scott Lewis: A few days ago Calvin Ayre offered to fight Scott Lewis of 1st Technology LLC for $1 Million, (the guy who took his domain, bodog.com) and Scott looks like he will turn down this match. Calvin is now calling him a chicken… anyways, makes for a good read, check out Calvin’s Blog here

WCOOP Main Event Tournament Winnings Confiscated: Mark Teltscher is about as dumb as Bryan Micon, his “sister” apparently signed up to PokerStars under the name “TheV0id” days before the Main Event and played in the $2600 tournament. Mark Teltscher His sister ended up winning the event, however, PokerStars deemed that Mark and his sister have violated Terms of Agreements and the funds to be confiscated. For Mark’s brillant reactions and comments please visit Poker-King

Well since there was mention of a Frenchy in this post why not show a hot chick with a French name. Gillian LeBrun is absolutely money! Visit Maxim to see all the pictures of this babe.

October 23rd, 2007

If you haven’t read the intense stories about Bryan Micon getting rolled for 12k we recommend you start reading this article, Give me $12k, and I’ll give you $100k tomorrow then read Bryan Micon Gets $2.5k Back and finally read The Micon and Justin Smith Story Heating Up.

After all of those you should be caught up with the brilliant scam Justin Smith pulled on Bryan Micon, or you could just watch the video that Raw Vegas has put online. The Toke sits down with Bryan and interviews him about how he got rolled and how Bryan turned on “fuck you machine.”

Here is the link to watch the video Raw Vegas The Toke with Bryan Micon

October 21st, 2007

With poker players making millions from the increase of fish and endorsements each year theyhigh stakes golf can easily afford to make crazy expensive prop bets. ESPN came up with an idea to host a High Stakes Golf Tournament where each team of three poker players had to put up $3 million to compete in the tournaments.

The tournament took place a few months ago but will finally be aired tonight on ESPN. The tournament will host 2 events, the first one being a 3 person scramble competing for $9 million. The teams include of Phil Hellmuth, Billy Walters and Russ Hamilton. The next team is the old timers, Dewey Tomko, Vince Van Patten and Doyle Brunson. The last team that will be competing is Canada poker player Daniel Negreanu, Josh Arieh and Erick Lindgren.

The second event will be the $250,000 buy-in best ball tournament with 2 players per team. Every player noted above took place allong with Phil Ivey and David Oppenheim and others.

The show will air at 12 PM eastern on ESPN.

October 20th, 2007

Everyone seems to be getting sick of the no limit freeze out Texas Hold’em tournaments, this is why you see so many new weird tournaments that just put a spin on hold’em. The newest one is the inaugural PokerBowl, which will start in Las Vegas.

This format will have 25 6-player teams that will compete for the USPL National League Title and a $1 million prize. Sounds dumb already eh? Well it gets better… There will be 5 teams in each tournament, the last person standing will advance to the final along with the rest of his team.

One would have to think the collusion level will be high, but apparently they will be referring the players so collusion won’t be an issue. Players are allowed to chip dump but not allowed to make signals to their team mates.

There are several big players already committed to the event. Attention starved boyfriends Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari are down along with Scott Fischman, Mike Matusow, thought you had quad kings Jennifer Tilly, Paul Wasicka, Poker Babe Vanessa Rousso, Doyle Bruson, Todd Brunson, Greg Raymer, Gavin Griffin and many other big name players.

The tournament is running from Oct 20th to the 23rd in Las Vegas. Fox Sports will be broadcasting the event in 7 one hour episodes. Tom Schneider will provide commentary and the episodes start January 26th 2008.

October 19th, 2007

Ricahrd LeePoker Pro Richard Lee finished 6th in the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event, which earned him $2.8 million. Nearly two weeks after the tournament Lee’s house was raided in San Antonio, Texas and his $2.8 million was confiscated.

Lee and his two cronies were arrested for running an illegal gambling and sportsbook operation from Lee’s house. If they were convicted they would have to pay a hefty fine and may also receive jail time.

Lee and his partners were running a larger then suspected operation. His house and operation was being investigated for several months as it was processing millions of dollars in bets and wagers. There was also an online gambling site set up to make it appear that the operation was being operated offshore.

Just last week Lee entered a no contest plea to charges of keeping a place for illegal gambling. Under Texas law this a misdemeanor, which means that Lee’s $2.5 million will not be returned, which was seized during the raid. However, Lee will now be able to avoid jail time by entering the plea bargain.

After the plea was finalized Richard Lee was asked what his plans include for the future. His response was, “I guess I just got to get out to Las Vegas and win a poker tournament.”

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October 14th, 2007

PokerStars player Belragazo, who went out of his way to trash talk , has surrendered to the pressure and has apologized to Greg Raymer. During the World Championship of Online Poker, Belragazo made aggressive statements such as “Kill Him!” and “yes!!!!” when Raymer was eliminated. He actually succeeded in upsetting the Fossilman, as Raymer responded to the taunts with “bel, you’re a jerk, jerks always lose in the end” in the PokerStars chat. However, his once-ballsy demeanor evaporated as the atmosphere of his home country of France seeped into him and resulted in him backing down and apologizing. In a post on the PokerListings forum, he states his apology:

“First of all, I would like to apologize to all of you. I think my behavior was excessive and I did not want to hurt anybody. It was very early in the morning at 8 am and I was extremely tired when the controversy happened about my ‘kill him‘” writes Belragazo.

Contrary to his previous assessments, he claims that he has a lot of respect for the Fossilman as a poker player. He further justifies his comments by degrading himself and admitting that he was shaking in fear like a French soldier: “I did say that I was happy that Greg was out because I felt that I was scared of him and that it made me hesitate to play in situations I would usually win the hands.”

He further states that he became frustrated when Raymer got lucky in a few pots. Rather than apologizing in the chat, he saw fit to wait and post it in a forum for fear of “losing his concentration”. All of this was for naught, however, as he was eliminated, as Frenchman always are.

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October 11th, 2007

The incredibly hot blond Sabina Gadecki was let go before Season VI of the World Poker Toursabina gadecki began, only to be placed by new hottie, Layla Kayleigh. Sabina only lasted one season with the WPT and was let go for ‘not fitting in’ Hey Sabina, if you are looking for a low playing job we would be more then happy to hire you ;) The WPT seems to be very picky with their choice of ladies, maybe they got going on what Bob Barker had with the Barker Beauties on the Price is Right.

After hiring Layla Kayleigh she became the forth World Poker Tour Babe. She has been doing a great job of living up to the Shana Hiatt expectation. Shana is the smoking hot girl next door that even appeared in Playboy Magazine. She has been highly missed by many WPT fans and there were a lot of complaints when they let Shana go. Check out our dedicated Shana Hiatt bio and pic page.

So what is Sabina Gadecki doing now after getting the boot from the WPT boys? Well according to the video below she is working out for youtube videos with Bryan Winston. We even checked out Sabina’s blog to only be disappointed. However, there can be good news coming out of this, since her career is falling faster then the Maimi Dolphins record, she is more likely to enter the porn industry. All we can say about that, is we would support your decision Sabina!

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October 5th, 2007

NBC’s Poker After Dark will be increasing the stakes in a special high limit episode with a buy-in for a $50k. This is an increase of $30k from the normal Poker After Dark buy-in. The show will begin airing on Monday, October 8th. The line up includes, David Benyamine, Allen Cunnningham, Jennifer Harman, Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein and Eli Elezra.

Jeff Madsen is ahead of the pack at the US Poker Championship after Day 3. There are currently 27 of the 164 entrants left. Day 4 will begin early tomorrow. Madsen’s good buddy Gavin Smith is right behind in 2nd place. However, Jeff has a huge 300k chip lead on Gavin. First place prize at this event is over $600k. Other notable remaining players are Bill Gazes, Allen Kessler and Victor Ramdin.

The Bart Simpson charity poker event was a huge success yesterday at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. The tournament brought out over a 145 players and celebrities to the re-buy event. A few big names that were in attendance were, Jennifer Harman, Jamie Gold, Sammy Farha, Men Nguyen and Marco Traniello. Jamie Gold finally placed in a tournament since the 2006 WSOP Main Event! He finished 5th and was awarded a satellite seat at next years WSOP. More info at Pokernews.com

October 3rd, 2007

wsop-ladiesOn January 25-26, 2008, the World Series of Poker Academy will host a Ladies Only event at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Participants will be given handbooks, shown live hand demonstrations, and have the opportunity to attend in-depth seminars and interactive workshops.

Experts who will be on hand to help guide the ladies will include poker tells expert Joe Navarro, poker instructor Alex “The Insider” Outhred, and WSOP bracelet winner Annie Duke. As only the second event of its kind held by the WSOP Academy, they hope it will surpass the results of its predecessor which produced Sally Anne Boyer, won the Ladies World Championship at the 2007 World Series.

Brandon Rosen of Post Oak Productions (the company that produces the WSOPA) states that he expects more graduates from the Academy to win bracelets in 2008 and chalks up last year’s success to the level of instruction provided by the teaching crew. However, we still refuse to accept that producing the 2007 Women’s World Champion should be considered true success, as it is obviously not a true WSOP event. Women only??? We’ll let one Jose Canseco piss on that picnic, as he no doubt will continue to do.

We sincerely hope he shows up to this Academy event, if for no other reason than it will provide great material to re-write a couple of our previous articles. For you, Jose, or anyone else to enter this event it will cost $1,699 and will be capped at 100 participants.

Related Links: Jose Canseco Enters Womens Only Event

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