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Splashing the Pot – Leno-O’Brien Debate, EPT Deauville, Cloutier’s Bracelets Pawned, 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.

Poker Community Weigh in on the Jay Leno-Conan O’Brien Debate

Although it’s sometimes debatable, poker players pay attention to other things outside of poker.  Really.  They do.  It’s no surprise that The Tonight Show controversy has stirred an interest in the poker playing community because with the hours that a lot of poker players keep, they are just getting into the swing of things by the time the late night shows come on TV.  Because the majority of the poker players are young and grew up with him, it makes sense that the majority of them have sided with O’Brien.  O’Brien decided to take his $40 million and leave NBC instead of being demoted behind Jay Leno after hosting since just last summer.  Justin “jurollo” Rollo and Jason “JP OSU” Potter, have both come out as members of “Team Conan.”   Additionally, during the last episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien on Wednesday, the World Poker Tour’s live reporter Amanda Leatherman showed her support by Tweeting “Conan is f***king amazing.#teamconan.”

O’Brien is free to seek new work starting in September, and judging by the outpouring of support in the poker world alone, he won’t have any problems maintaining his loyal fan-base.  In fact, according to outspoken professional Jonathan “Fatal Error” Aguiar in Poker News Daily , Leno is running short on viewers.  “Jay Leno sucks,” claimed Aguiar.  “He's out of material and his only followers are old and dying.”

Numbers Up at PokerStars EPT Deauville, Homecoming For ElkY
With entries in American tournaments hurting due to both the uncertainty of the legality of poker and economic issues, the same can’t be said in other parts of the world, particularly France.  This year’s PokerStars European Poker Tour stop at Deauville has over 100 more entries than last year, with 768 people playing for the top prize of €847,000.

Among the 400 remaining players, the French born and PokerStars sponsored pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier hopes to make a great impression, especially since he doesn’t get to play in front of his hometown much.  “My motivation is very strong to do good here in Deauville,” he said. “I really want to win and play well here in France.”

*The tournament wrapped after the article was written – Jack Cody takes it down*

T.J. Cloutier Pawns Championship and WSOP Bracelets, Pawn Shop Puts Them on eBay
It’s no secret in the poker world that despite six World Series of Poker Championships and multiple other wins in major tournaments, T.J. Cloutier has had his ups and downs with his bankroll throughout his 40-plus year career.  Sadly, Cloutier has had to resort to selling two of his most memorable championship mementos.  His 2005 WSOP bracelet for winning the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event and his bracelet for winning the 2007 Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge IV event has been confirmed pawned from the Plano Pawn Shop.  In turn, the pawn shop put them on eBay, and the WSOP Bracelet has sold for $4,006, or almost $1,000 less than the actual buy-in of the event in which Cloutier won the bracelet.  The winning bid came from an account that is set on private, so it is unknown at this time if the winner bidder will ever be known. The Poker Challenge bracelet sold for the original asking price of $2,499 with only one bid placed.

The poker community seems to be torn by these developments.  Some say that a well known professional with lots of money should have purchased the bracelets and returned them to Cloutier.  Others have suggested that Cloutier would unfortunately probably just pawn or sell them again in order to play craps, as it’s also no secret that he likes to roll the dice.   Cloutier once told an interviewer he has lost over $3 million dollars playing craps. 

PartyPoker Continues to Rise, and Has Big Plans in The Making
As if the news of PartyPoker signing Tony G. wasn’t enough, PartyPoker, continues to make plans to secure their spot as one of the top poker rooms in the world.  Despite not being able to offer American players the chance to play in their room, they have successfully moved their way up the rankings and have became the third most popular online room in America.

After settling with the United States government for $105 million in April of 2009, it turns out by doing that they may be setting themselves up to be one of the first rooms to be licensed in the United States, should online poker become “legal.”  Other ways PartyPoker has helped their image is by their parent company, PartyGaming, acquiring the World Poker Tour .  Of course the WPT is well known by American poker fans, so should PartyPoker be allowed to operate in America again one day (which they believe they will), they should have an easy transition bringing the United States back, and perhaps once again being known as the number one online room in the World.   
Freeroll Fun Continues at PokerWorks
For all you poker players looking for a chance to win some money with no risk of losing your own, PokerWorks is just the place you’re looking for.  PokerWorks has three offerings this week, with prize pools amounting to a cool $5,000.

On January 26 the newest member to the PokerWorks family of poker rooms, Winner Poker, offers a $1,000 freeroll 7:35 PM, Eastern Time (ET).  Just two days later on the 28th at BetFred 8:35 PM, ET, you can compete for a prize pool of $2,500.  Finally on January 31st, PartyPoker and PokerWorks is ending the first month of the year with a bang, offering a freeroll worth $1,500, starting at 7:35 PM, ET.

To make sure you qualify for these free events, download the poker rooms from and follow the requirements.

*Read Billy Monroe's Blog*

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