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Splashing the Pot – Durrrr Challenge Stalls, Pair of Hachems, Poker a Sport, Cantu Can Too…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.

“Durrrr Challenge” Contest Slowing Down

The “Durrrr Challenge” started off on fire, with Tom Dwan and Patrik Antonius playing a session seemingly every day.  However, over the last few months railbirds have been lucky if the two sit down at the same table at all.  When they have sat down, most of the time it’s been a tease, as they even had one session that lasted a total of about three minutes before the players left. 

There have been rumors that one of the reasons the challenge has grinded to a halt is because Antonius is off to a bad start in high stakes games this year, including being down almost $2,000,000 to Dwan over the course of the Challenge.

In recent weeks the Challenge has seen a couple mini-sessions, but both of them have been pretty explosive, especially the last one.  In another session that could be considered a “tease,” the duo sat down for only nine minutes.  But in those nine minutes Antonius lost the equivalent of what amounts to a nice middle class house, losing $230,710.  The thought in the poker world seems to be how much longer Antonius will even be able to stick around in the challenge. On top of being $2,000,000 down, he would owe Dwan an additional $500,000 if he were to lose the challenge, which still has upwards of 27,000 hands to go.

All Four EPT Berlin Heist Suspects Now Under Arrest

The last edition of “Splashing the Pot” reported that two of the suspected four EPT Berlin Robbery suspects were arrested, and now all four are behind bars.  The police had reported that they believed the last two suspects were “on the run” and had even been alleged to be overseas, making it seem that they may get away for the crime for the time being.  The police were right, the two were in different countries, but were arrested at Berlin’s Tegel Airport on Saturday, when they were returning to the country.  One of them was returning from Beirut and the other from Istanbul.

Police think that the four who robbed the casino may not even be the masterminds behind the crime.  The four may have came from an Arab crime family, and police believe this because they found out that two days before the heist two members of a well known crime family stayed at the hotel two days before the heist.
None of the money, a reported €242,000, has been recovered yet.  The first man arrested told police that it was with a “third party,” but that third party has yet to step forward.
A New Hachem Star in the Making, Tony wins ANZPT Perth

When you hear the name Hachem associated with a poker tournament in Australia, it’s usually World Series of Poker champion Joe Hachem.  However, another Hachem is making a name for himself out of Australia.  Tony Hachem, brother of Joe, cashed in four of five Australian and New Zealand Poker Tour Events last year, but finally got a big win this past week.  Hachem outlasted a field of 221, the most entries ever in a poker tournament in Perth, to win $132,750 at the most recent ANZPT poker tournament.

In addition to booking the biggest win of his career, he is also atop the standings for player of the year on the ANZPT tour with five events to go.  If Tony keeps making runs like this, and can find some success on an international level, there is a good chance that the poker playing public will be talking about the great success of the Hachem brothers, and not just Joe.
Lithuania Makes Poker Official Sport

For the most part, poker has been lumped in a group of events such as golf, car racing, and bowling as if it is actual sport, or just a form of competition.  At least one group of people sitting around the water cooler arguing this now have an official answer, as the country of Lithuania has officially made poker a sport. 

On March 20 the Lithuanian Department of Physical Education and Sports issued an “official decree” recognizing the Lithuanian Poker Federation as a sport.  One of the most important aspects of poker becoming a sport in Lithuanian is that it will allow organizations to hold poker events outside of casinos.  This is believed to make the sport skyrocket in popularity.

One of the main proponents of making a poker a sport was the most popular poker player to come from Lithuania, Tony G.  Tony G. offered a huge endorsement to the committee, and it’s no doubt that went a long way in making poker a sport.

The popularity of this new ruling could be seen as soon as April 24, as that’s when the first “Lithuania Sports and Poker Federation will take place.  The president of the federation, Andrius Tapinas, expects it to be the biggest tournament in the history of Lithuania.

Brandon Cantu “Wynn’s” Poker Classic

Brandon Cantu took down the Wynn Poker Classic in impressive fashion late last week.  Cantu finished day two of the three day tournament, and never lost the lead on the final day, taking down the $5,160 buy-in event.  

The victory, which netted the 29 year old $363,844, was the by far the biggest of his career, and came as a perfect warm-up for the World Series of Poker which is now just a month and a half away.  It’s not that the two-time WSOP bracelet winner was hurting for a big score, as he has had multiple huge paydays over the years, but confidence heading into the biggest series of the year is huge.

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