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Splashing the Pot – Doyle Brunson News, Cake Poker Malfunctions, Jeff Madsen Wins Borgata Winter Poker Open, Phil Ivey Loses Two Million

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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.

Doyle Brunson Withdraws From Tournament, Plans Break after Dental Surgery, and Considering Retirement?

Doyle Brunson has decided to withdraw from the PartyPoker Premier League IV, following six hours of dental surgery this week.  On top of that news, Brunson also said that he has been feeling more tired than usual, and said he is looking into an extended break even after he has fully recovered from dental surgery.

On his blog, Brunson has said that he’s going to conserve his energy for the time being, and most likely the next time you see him at a poker table will be on May 28th at the $50,000 Players Championship at the World Series of Poker.

Finally, many people are wondering if the leave of absence could result in permanent retirement in the not so distant future.  In a recent blog, Brunson himself questioned his time remaining in the poker world, ending his entry with, “Could it be my age is finally catching up to me?"
The poker community as a whole hopes the ten time WSOP Champion Brunson recovers quickly, and is back at the poker table where he belongs in no time.

Cake Poker Awards Pot to Wrong Player

For those who have been skeptical of online poker since the start of it, here is more reason for them to remain skeptical.  In a February 3rd No Limit Hold’em ring game on Cake Poker, with blinds of 0.02/0.04 all the money got in pre-flop.  Pocket Kings were up against A-Qo, and at the end A-Qo hit an Ace high flush on the river.  Surprising the entire table, the $5.72 pot was shipped to the pocket kings, which only had a king high flush. 

Minutes after this hand, it appeared on the TwoPlusTwo forums.  Some posts suggested that the post was a fake one or that there was another reason the hand was awarded to the second best hand, as maybe the A-Q hand was disconnected.  However, when Cake Poker Manager himself, Lee Jones, replied to the allegations, it turns out they are indeed true.  On February 3rd at 4:37 P.M., Jones wrote:

“Hi folks -

Unfortunately, at the moment, this appears to be real. What's bizarre is how it happened this one time out of the tens of millions of hands we've dealt. Needless to say, our software people have dropped everything else to track this down. I'll update you as soon as we understand what happened.

Best regards,
Lee Jones
Cake Poker Cardroom Manager”

Approximately four hours later Cake Poker paused their servers for 30 minutes while they checked into the problem.  On February 4th at 4:36 P.M. Jones gave a reason for the error.  In short, it turns out that the system may have gave the player with the kings an unwilling “fold” button, which he most likely would not have seen.  Jones went on to say that the chances of this are rare, saying they could very well go another four years without seeing this again, but they fixed the code regardless.  Jones went on to say that if anyone else believes that they were losers of a hand they believed they won they would be in line for $500 compensation with proof; however, he believes that he doesn’t think anyone will come forward with this claim, and also believes that this shouldn’t happen again. 

Finally, Jones said he’s going to treat the hand in question as a bad beat jackpot.  He said they are going to send $500 to the A-Q hand that should have won and $250 to the person who started the thread in TwoPlusTwo and spread $250 among the rest of the players that were in the hand.

Jeff Madsen Takes Down 2010 Borgata Winter Poker Open

Jeff Madsen once again has proved he can do more than rap by winning the 2010 Borgata Winter Poker Open.  Madsen entered the final table in the middle of the pack with chips, but as the day wore on he proved he was the man to beat.  He showed he was the most experienced player at the table time and time again, and when he entered heads-up play with Sirous Jamshidi, he held over a two to one chip advantage.

Madsen was in control the entire time, and finally a desperate Jamshidi pushed what was left of his stack to the middle, holding {Q-Spades}{2-Spades}.  Madsen called with K-T offsuit, and when he turned a king, it was all over.  With the win Madsen picked up $625,006.  In addition he also went over the $3,000,000 mark for his tournament career.

Phil Ivey Loses Two Million Dollar Super Bowl Bet

About two weeks ago, right after the Indianapolis Colts – New Orleans Saints Super Bowl match-up was determined, a rumor was circulated that Phil Ivey had bet $2M on the Colts to win the game.
In was rumored that Ivey collaborated with well known sports gambling Billy Walters on making the bet.  Additionally MGM Sports Book Manager Jay Rood did confirm that his property had taken a seven-figure bet on the game.  The Saints of course beat the Colts 31-17.

Amazingly, this would be the second time he has lost $2M in a sports bet.  A few years ago he bet on the L.A. Lakers, his favorite basketball team, to win the NBA title.  They did not.  It was also reported last year he bet $1M on the Super Bowl, but it was not revealed who he bet on. 

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