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Splashing the Pot – April Fools Jokes, Full Tilt New Poker Show, Jerry Buss Poker Pro at 77

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“News” On or Around April Fools Truth Coming Out

As was expected, a slew of “news” and rumors came out in correlation with April Fool’s Day.  In fact, the April 1st edition of “Splashing the Pot” went along with one of the fibs, in which a blog had posted that Tom Dwan had earned a “key role” in the recently announced “Rounders 2” Film. While it was quickly made clear that this was little more than a joke, a few more things that popped up in internet land weren’t so easy to determine if they were a joke or not.

One of the rumors that seemed to hold a little bit of truth to it has to do with the identity of “Isildur1.”  Cake Poker Blog made an entry on March 31st that “Isildur1” was indeed former NHL Player Mats Sundin.  While it rang of a joke right off the bat, there had actually been guesses that Sundin was indeed the mysterious high stakes poker player from members in the poker community.  However, Cake Poker came clean just 24 hours later with a blog titled “Isildur1 is (Probably) Not Mats Sundin.”

One story that was surely thought to be an April fool’s Joke actually seems real.  Jeff Madsen has reportedly accepted a prop bet that has him moving to Israel in two weeks until the start of the World Series of Poker.  In addition to living in Israel, he is not allowed to have any contact with family members, via cell phone or internet.  If he is able to complete this task, he will win $50,000.  Little is known about the person Madsen took the bet with, other than he is a business man and Madsen met him at a charity fundraiser for autism.

“The Poker Lounge” to Debut This Summer in the UK

Full Tilt Poker is in the planning stages to bring a new poker show called “The Poker Lounge” to the United Kingdom.  The show is going to be done in a similar style to NBC’s “Poker After Dark.”  Six players will compete for the winner take all prize of $120,000.  One major difference between “The Poker Lounge” and “Poker After Dark” is that on this new show it will be five Full Tilt professionals matched up against an online qualifier.

Online qualifiers will begin running on April 11, with a buy-in of $640.  Those lucky enough to win a seat on “The Poker Lounge” will be winning a $22,000 dollar seat.  Filming for the show begins shortly.

James Mitchell Wins the 2010 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open

On Monday afternoon, Poker professional James Mitchell took down the 2010 edition of the Paddy Poker Irish Open.  Mitchell’s best score before today was a respectable $88,992 in 2008, but he blew away that score with a win today, bringing home the winning check of €600,000.
The second place finisher Paul Carr could have walked away with the title if it wasn’t for some bad luck, particularly during heads-up play, where a couple of times he got his money in good, only to lose on the turn or river.  Instead Carr will have to settle for the €312,000 second place finish.

Additionally, fourth place finisher Rob Sherwood won a combined €263,000 for his performance.  He won €163,000 for finishing fourth and he won an additional €100,000 for being the “Paddy Poker Sole Survivor,” having outlasted all the other people who won their ticket to the Open via satellite.

Lakers Owner Jerry Buss now a Professional Poker Player

Jerry Buss, the iconic owner of the Las Angeles Lakers is closer to moving away from the negotiating tables of the NBA to sit at the green felt of a poker table.  Buss, now 77, has said that a lot of the work that goes into running a successful NBA franchise has left him tired and drained at his advanced age.  Luckily for him he has a son and daughter who now run most of the day-to-day operations for the Lakers.

Buss, who was previously no stranger to the poker tables, having played in many WSOP tournaments, has said that he’s in it because of his ego, not because he is trying to make money.  Buss also said that he is doing it for the individual achievement.  He said when he wins a title with the Lakers he can’t call that an individual achievement, but when he wins a poker tournament he gets that satisfaction.

Buss is attempting to leave his mark at a “young man’s game” at an advanced age, but competing with younger people is nothing new to Buss.  Buss, in addition to being maybe the greatest owner in NBA history, is also very well known for chasing woman about a quarter of his age.

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