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Splashing the Pot – Jeremy “ChipSteela” Menard Wins Big, EPT Heist, The Eyes Have it…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.

Menard Books $180,000 Win

PokerWorks own Jeremy “ChipSteela” Menard booked one of the biggest wins in his career when he took down the Full Tilt Sunday Million tournament for $180,000.  Menard writes the “Poker Pundit” section for Pokerworks, and will be blogging about his big victory soon.

As mentioned, Jeremy is no stranger to big and impressive feats in the world of poker.  He has accomplished the poker “Triple Crown,” winning 3 times over 3 sites in just one week, an amazing five times.  
Many congratulations to Jeremy, and here’s to his continued to success!

“Mastermind” Arrested in EPT Berlin Robbery

Shortly after the last edition of “Splashing the Pot” was posted on Pokerworks, a fifth man was arrested in connection of the European Poker Tour Berlin robbery that took place two weeks ago.  Throughout the last week, four suspects were arrested or turned themselves in.  Presumably these four men were the ones videotaped by members of the media and caught on surveillance cameras, but now it is reported that there was a fifth “mastermind” behind the heist. 

In addition to being the person to organize the crime, police believe he also drove the getaway car. The only information given about the man is that he is 28 years old.  Berlin police officially believe that these were the people involved in the actual robbery, but that the cash that was stolen is with “third parties,” who would of course be in trouble if they are identified.
EPT Snowfest and WPT Hollywood Poker Open Updates

After three days of play at the European Poker Tour’s Snowfest taking place live from the Alps, they are down to just 24 players, after starting with 546.  Leading the way is PokerStars Pro Allan Bakke.  Bakke holds a huge chip advantage, holding 2,687,000 with the next closest competitor Brent Wheeler, also a PokerStars Pro, holding 1,361,000.  The winner of this event will walk away with € 445,000.

The World Poker Tour is also in the middle of a big tournament, with the Hollywood Poker Open taking place.  A fairly surprising name, Carlos Mortensen, has the biggest chip stack as they prepare for the final table.  Mortensen is the 2001 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion, but has been able to solidify himself with the more popular names in poker despite that impressive accomplishment.  He will go a lot closer to doing that if he can take down this popular tournament.
A well known internet player, and a popular member of the Pocketfives poker community, Frank “Frank1The1Tank” Calo, is second in chips.  The winner of the tournament will win walk away with a cool $393,000. *Editor’s Note: This tournament finished – Mortensen sets new records, read about it here.

Tony G Invites Isildur1 to Play the Party Big Game IV

The G has offered to pay for all of Isildur1's airfare and lodging, and stake him if he will come out to play.  Isildur can wear a mask - The G offers his Kermit the Frog costume - or any outfit and even though the event will be televised, Isildur1 does not have to show his face.  The G also wants to beat Isildur1, even if he stakes him.

New Study Suggests that Eyes “Tell All”

A new poker study suggests that the eyes indeed do give information that can determine the strength of your poker face.  It is already proven that when you are nervous or in some cases lying that your pupils can enlarge, but this study suggests that your eyes may move in a different direction when thinking about different things, which means that it may be even more important to wear dark shades at a poker table for more reasons than just trying to look cool.

A team from the University of Melbourne and University Hospital of Zurich asked subjects to read a random series of numbers between 1 and 30.  If the numbers were going up, it showed that the eyes move one way.  If they were going down, they moved the other.  The way this is thought to relate to poker is that we may give movement clues in our eyes when contemplating making a raise, or deciding if we are going to call a raise, just by thinking about the number (or cash) we have to put on the line.  Additionally, for very keen observers, it could mean that they could read their opponents’ eyes as they look at their cards.

Things like this have always been assumed in poker, but this is one of the first studies to actually suggest that it’s true.  

$4,000 Worth of Freerolls This Weekend

This weekend PokerWorks and PokerStars will combine to bring their players $4,000 dollars of freerolls.  The first PokerStars freeroll will take place on Saturday at 5:30 PM ET, with an amazing $2,000 in prize money at stake.  If you are unfortunate and don’t cash in that one, you will have another chance just 24 hours later.  That’s right, on Sunday at 5:30 PM ET, PokerWorks and PokerStars bring you another chance to take down your share of a $2,000 prize pool.  To learn how to qualify for these events and other great freerolls, please visit our tournament page.

*Read Billy Monroe's Blog*

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