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Splashing the Pot – News on Haiti Aid, Slow Rolling TLB Winners, and More

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Splashing the Pot captures the foam created by the disturbance and turbulence of action, action, action, and is filled with tidbits above and beyond the victories and beats and adds a little spice to the game of poker.

The Poker Community Rallies Together in Support of the Haitian Earthquake Victims
While rescue workers in Haiti persistently search for survivors of the magnitude 7 earthquake that hit the country last Tuesday, the poker community continues to come together and find ways they can lend a helping hand from afar.
Both PokerStars and Full Tilt have set up “dummy” tournament lobbies where everybody can donate money, where all proceeds will go directly to help the cause.  Both of the rooms are expected to have these lobbies open until at least the end of the month, and probably longer.  Both of these poker rooms have promised to match the donations made.

Additionally a number of poker players have promoted a text message service that allows anybody to donate $10 by texting “HAITI” to 90999.  On last count, this method has already generated over $6,000,000 in donations.

UB and Absolute Poker will host ‘Play for Haiti’ – a dedicated tournament which gives players an opportunity to allocate a portion of the funds they gamble with to help aid Haiti.  Play for Haiti runs Wednesday, January 20th, don't be late! The Tokwiro sites will match the tournament prize pool dollar for dollar.

Also, a number of poker forums, including the popular TwoPlusTwo and Pocket Fives communities have seen charity tournaments pop up in the tournament communities of these websites.

PokerStars Professional “ImDaNuts” Slowrolls Chad Brown During a Freeroll
On Sunday at 2:00 PM eastern time, the heads up match between “ImDaNuts” and Chad Brown started.  By 2:06 PM it was over.  “ImDaNuts” had earned the right to play in the $1,000 freeroll for earning the most Tournament Leaderboard Points for the week, his second week in a row.
When the match first started, “ImDaNuts” was sitting out.  It was unclear if he was sitting out because of connection problems, or because he hadn’t came back from his break yet, which takes place at 55 minutes past every hour for five minutes on PokerStars.  Requests in the chat box to confirm this were unsuccessful.  Regardless, Chad Brown started playing, stealing the blinds, and the reactions from the rail were mixed.  Some railbirds thought he was out of line, calling Brown a “classless PokerStars Pro,” while others suggested “He (Brown) can’t wait around all day.”

After about six hands “ImDaNuts” returned, and gave Brown a sarcastic “nhs” (nice hands).  His first hand back brought fireworks, both players reraised multiple times, until Brown went all-in.  “ImDaNuts” used his entire time bank, and at the very last second possible made the call, revealing, surprise - Aces.  Brown, for some reason flipped over J-2, and lost.  The rail exploded, with many predicting “ImDaNuts” was going to show aces.  Some laughed.  Some were irate.  It’s doubtful this will have any long ranging effects, but does “ImDaNuts” want to garner a reputation as a slowroller as he continues to climb up the ranks?

Thanks to Brown’s head start he was able to hang in there for just a couple more minutes, but “ImDaNuts” took down the $1,000, and continued his successful run over the last few weeks, which included winning a car during the $1 Million Dollar Turbo Takedown on December 28. 

WSOP Rules Announced: Twittering Allowed and “No-Show” Rule Poses Questions
Last week World Series of Poker organizers announced the rules for the 2010 event, and a couple of rule changes have caused quite a stir in the Poker World.  Last year “twittering” became the rage, and in fact, became one of the most popular ways for poker fans to follow the action from afar, as it worked as its own news outlet.  Shortly after major hands, a plethora of “tweets” would be posted even quicker than any website could put it up.  While this worked well for fans following the action, some players took exception to it, mainly getting upset that they were perhaps being twittered about without their knowledge.
The WSOP made their stance on it, saying they will allow “twittering” and text messaging as long as you aren’t involved in a hand.  However, they also say that all cell phones must be turned off during play.  Who knows how they are going to enforce the rule of making sure everyone’s phones are turned off when they are involved in a hand, but the guess is they will be lax on this rule as long as players aren’t breaking the rule of texting during a hand.  Additionally if a player wants to make/take a phone call, they must be at least one table length away from their seat while doing so.

An interesting new rule that has been met with some criticism by the poker world states that players who fail to show up by third level will not be able to enter the tournament.  Their buy-in will be refunded, which means that money would also be taken out of the prize pool.  Immediately people began to speculate that if people show up to the tournament and don’t like their table draw (i.e. it’s too tough) they can simply sit out and get their money back.   It also means that notoriously late professionals, such as Phil Hellmuth Jr., will have to be there on time.  Who wants to be the tournament director that has to tell Hellmuth, or any other well known player for that matter, that they are being taken out of the tournament.  All of the rules can be viewed here.

Aussie Millions Off and Running
The 2010 Aussie Millions has begun, and already three events have ended.  Matthew Ephraums kicked things off by winning the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em event.  It wasn’t easy, as Ephraiums had had to fight both the clock and tough competition to take down the prize of $200,025, but after 17 hours, victory was his.  Andrew Hinrichsen won the second event, the $550 PokerPro No Limit event.  PokerPro is an electronic poker table that is produced by the company Pokertek.  Event 3 ($1,100 Limit Hold’em), and all the glory that goes with it, was captured by Simon Morris.  Finally, event number 4 ($1,100 Pot Limit Omaha) is winding down with just a few tables left as of this writing.   Notable players still vying for the 40,000 AUD top prize include Vanessa Selbst, Annette Obrestad, and Aussie native Joe Hachem.  Follow the updates with live reporting

Didn't make it to the Aussie Millions this year?  You can be part of the action at ChipMeUp.

Check Out the PokerWorks Cash Freeroll Open Series

For those of you looking for fun tournament action at a price you can’t beat (free!), be sure to check out the Poker770 Cash Freeroll Open Series that will be running throughout 2010.   For a complete schedule of freerolls of the Pokerworks online rooms, please visit here.   And to deal yourself in to our weekly freerolls, check this page.

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