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Splashing the Pot – EPT Berlin Case, Canadian Poker Tour, Gavin Smith Gives Up Drinking…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.

Two Arrested in EPT Berlin Robbery With Other Arrests Expected Soon

In our last edition of “Splashing the Pot” we mentioned how one suspect had been arrested, then hours later, let go.  Just hours after that report a man turned himself into Berlin police, admitting he took place in the heist.  In addition to turning himself in, the man gave the name of his three accomplices, with one of them being arrested shortly after. 

The officers in Berlin are familiar with all four faces, as the group had been suspected in a slew of other crimes around Germany, including some crimes that included “bodily harm.”  The 21-year-old man who turned himself in has not been identified yet, but the police released the names of the remaining three.

None of the money that was stolen ($332,000) has been recovered, but the man who turned himself in said he will return his portion of the money through his lawyer as soon as possible, but it was currently with a “third party.”  The police also said the unidentified man said the four had seen the casino wasn’t heavily guarded, noting the security guards did not have weapons on them, and thought they had a chance to get away with it.

Canadian Poker Tour Reportedly Ready to be Bought Out by Major Online Poker Room

Over the last few years the Canadian Poker Tour has gained in popularity and apparently some of the big boys in the online poker world have taken notice, as it’s reportedly getting ready to be sold for “well over seven figures.

The CPT has steadily grown over the years, and events have grown to over 50 casinos in Canada.  The CPT has also held events in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and on a number of cruise ships.  The CPT is currently responsible for over 600 yearly events, so has been quickly becoming one of the more recognizable brand names the world over.

Kelly Kellner who is the CEO of Heads Up Entertainment International, who in turn runs the CPT, has told a writer for CNN Money Magazine that for “competitive reasons” he chooses not to reveal the name of the online poker room who is set to buy, but it is ensured that it is a big name in the industry.
Rumors are circulating that the buyer could indeed be Party Gaming, who owns Party Poker, as they have already made a number of big moves lately, including the purchase of the World Poker Tour brand name.

Gavin Smith Announces Via Twitter He Has Quit Drinking

While on the subject of Canadian Poker, Gavin Smith announced last week via his Twitter account that he has decided to give up drinking.  Smith is known for loving life, and up until a week ago, alcohol was a big part of that life.  On March 11, Gavin Smith tweeted “today is day 5 on the wagon, have decided to quit drinking indefinitely.” 

Immediately support from Smith’s friends in the poker world chimed in on their friend’s life changing decision.  Tournament director Matt Savage was happy for Smith, and also had a suggestion for a new vice, tweeting, “That is Awesome GavMasterJam!, golf should be your new vice!” replied tournament director Matt Savage.  Fellow Canadian Brad “Yukon” Booth, showed his excitement for his friend’s healthy lifestyle change, tweeting, “I love Gsmith either way!! drunk or sober.”

Smith has continued to stay true to his word, tweeting on March 14, “1 week no drinking, so far not a problem.”
Despite Losing $200,000 in One Hand, Mercier Willing to give “High-Stakes Poker” Another Chance

When Jason Mercier sat down at the Game Show Network’s “High-Stakes Poker” table this season, he was easily one of the most inexperienced cash game players on the line-up, but that didn’t mean Mercier came to be scared money.  Despite losing his buy-in in the second episode of the season he appeared in, he said he felt he is just as good as the top cash game players in the world, and that he is ready to come back next season if the opportunity arises.

The hand in which Mercier was felted was against one of the many legends at the table that night, Phil Ivey.  Mercier had {A-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and after a three-bet squeeze play forced Gus Hansen and Eli Elizera to fold their hands, and it was Mercier and Ivey to the flop.  The flop came 7-3-2 with one heart, giving Mercier an inside straight draw, with a backdoor flush possibility.  Mercier definitely showed he wasn’t scared, eventually three-betting Ivey all in.  Ivey called somewhat reluctantly, and showed pocket 9’s, which held on to win the $400,000 pot.
Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt Newest Member of Team PokerStars

On Wednesday, Dusty Schmidt, who is known in the online world as “Leatherass,” announced that he was the newest member of the online PokerStars team. Schmidt, one of the original founders of the poker training website DragTheBar, is a long time online winner.  Over the course of his five-year career he has won over $3,000,000, and achieved Super Nova Elite Status in just eight months in 2007.  It is again his goal this year to achieve that same status.

Schmidt goes by the handle “Leatherass9” on PokerStars.

$3,000 Worth of Freerolls This Weekend

This weekend PokerWorks, in partnership with poker rooms PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, brings you two freerolls with prize pools totaling $3,000.  The action kicks off on Saturday, March 20 at 5:30 pm ET on PokerStars with a $2,000 freeroll.  On Sunday, the action continues on Full Tilt at 8:05 pm ET in the form of a $1,000 freeroll.  To find out how to qualify for the tournaments this weekend, and all the other great freerolls and tournaments coming up, please visit the PokerWorks tournament schedule.

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