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Splashing the Pot – “Isildur1” Backs Out, NAPT Updates, High Stakes Poker…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.

Isildur1 Tells Tony G. Thanks but No Thanks, Plus Updates of the Action

For the last couple of weeks the PokerWorks staff has been keeping a close eye on the story that the mysterious “Isildur1” would be playing in PartyPoker’s “Big Game IV” high stakes cash game, which is into its second day as of this writing.  The unidentified Swede had apparently been in contact with Tony G., saying that he was ready to make his first television appearance, and maybe even reveal his true identity.  Obviously that didn’t happen, as Tony G. posted on his blog, one day before the event was supposed to start, that “Isildur1” sent him a text message that simply said “Sry for not coming, take care bud.”

Tony G. was understandably upset.  Not only has he been one of the only ones that have ever spoken to the Swede outside of a chat box, but he was also reportedly set to stake him in the “Big Game.”  Tony G. went on to say in his blog that he has staked another player in the game, but didn’t give that player’s name.  As far as his relationship with “Isiludur1” goes, it seems pretty much over.  “As far as I am concerned I am washing my hands with him and moving on.”

Again, the “Big Game” is currently taking place, and as of this writing Neil Channing is one of the big winners, as he is up approximately £22,365.  Sam Trickett is right behind him, sitting up £15,575.  “The Unabomber” Phil Laak hasn’t run well to this point, as he is down £8,350.

NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event Champion Crowned and High Roller Bounty Shootout Update

On the last edition of “Splashing the Pot” PokerStars professional Vanessa Selbst was second in chips, but by the end of the North American Poker Tour stop at the Mohegan Sun she was the last one standing.

David Williams, who held the lead over Selbst in the last update was only able to finish 78th, after suffering some particularly bad luck, mainly running good hands into better hands.  Finishing just out of the final table was Vanessa Rousso, who pocketed $47,000 for her tenth place performance.  Other well knowns that did make the final table included online legend Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy who finished in 7th place, and Jonathan “FatalError” Aguiar who finished in 8th place.  At the end of the day however, there was no stopping Selbst.  Selbst ran over the final table, taking an insurmountable 7-to-1 chip lead over second place finisher Mike Beasley when heads-up play began.  Selbst earned $750,000 for her impressive victory.

Also taking place right now is the NAPT High Roller Bounty Shootout.  Thirty-five players put up a hefty $25,000 to get into the event.  As of right now, 34 players still remain.  The television, or featured table, has focused on Daniel Negreanu’s table.  “Kid Poker” is sitting with Parry Horwich, Brian Lemke, Faraz Jaka, Sorel Mizzi, and Joe Gibbons.  The winning player is expected to pocket upwards of $600,000.

Doyle Brunson Down Big, and Mike “The Mouth” Matusow Quiet on “High Stakes Poker”

Just when you think you know a person, they go and flip the script on you.  During Sunday night’s edition of the Game Show Networks “High Stakes Poker,” many of the players remained true to form, but the man known as “The Mouth” was not his usually talkative self.  While Tom Dwan continued to play any two cards during the course of the episode, Mike Matusow refused to play any two cards, period.  That’s right – Matusow didn’t play a single hand the entire episode, and for the most part was quiet as well.  The other players picked up on that fact, and joked with him throughout the episode.  Despite Matusow playing an uncharacteristically tight game, there were still plenty of fireworks.

Brunson has managed to keep a winning record over the entire course of the entire history of “High Stakes Poker” but unless he has a big run to close off the season, that streak will go by the wayside.  Early in on the episode Brunson showed he might be as close as he comes to tilting, when after limping into a pot in early position with A-10, and losing to the hand of {J-Hearts}{2-Hearts} of Negreanu, he said to himself, “Nice play, Doyle!” while visibly upset.  Despite that hand winning Negreanu a small pot by “HSP” standards (about $50,000), it set the tone for a bad night of poker for “The Godfather of Poker.”  By the end of the episode, Brunson was down $150,000, from his initial $300,000 buy-in.

Former Australian Cricket Player Shane Warne’s Tweet Angers Some

Shane Warne, who is arguably the most famous athlete in the history of Australian sports, has been criticized by some for his decision to advertise free money for signing up to play on the poker site that sponsors him, 

Warne stated through Twitter, "All my followers get free 8 dollars poker money by signing up here," caught the attention of many, but not for the reason Warne wished.  Anti-gambling campaigner Rev Tim Costello pointed out that many of Warne’s 47,000 Twitter followers are children, and that it is a bad influence on them to promote gambling at a young age.  Costello also said that most people forget that when they post something online that anybody can read it, regardless of age.

This is hardly the crime of the century, but the “tweet” has been removed.  In 2008 Warne signed a two year deal with the Pacific Poker/888; in turn, he represents them at live events, including the Aussie Millions and the World Series of Poker.

$2,000 PokerWorks and PokerStars Freeroll This Friday (April 17)

What better way to start off your weekend then the chance to win your share of $2,000 for absolutely nothing?  You can do just that if you qualify for the PokerStars Freeroll, scheduled to take place April 17 at 5:30 pm ET.
You qualify if you signed up for PokerStars through PokerWorks, making the minimum deposit of $10, and earning just 150 VPP’s for the month of March.  You can also earn up to five additional “150 Point Tickets.”  The additional tickets will allow you to sign up for more great freerolls in the future.

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