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Poker2Nite - Season 2, Episode 7

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This week’s episode of Poker2Nite was a lot heavier on the poker information and lighter on the cheesecake.  With WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart visiting in studio, and lots of discussion of the upcoming World Series, which is now less than six weeks away, co-hosts Joe Sebok and Scott Huff were clearly in poker mode, although they did observe a moment of silence to mourn the passing of the “Dunk a Stripper” booth at the Gaming Expo this year.

In the news of the week, the main focus was on Vanessa Selbst’s almost wire-to-wire win at the NAPT Mohegan Sun, where she cashed in for over $750,000.  It turns out that Selbst had taken a year off from the poker scene to attend Yale Law School, but this victory suggests that she is back with a vengeance.  In an interview with Kristy Arnett, Selbst talked about successfully using her big stack with a series of selectively aggressive re-raises, particularly with hands such as middle pairs, forcing players with smaller stacks to make the hard decisions.  When asked about Selbst, Sebok clearly showed his admiration, saying she is an incredible player.  With her 3rd place finish at the WSOP heads-up event and an Omaha bracelet as notches on her belt already, Sebok predicts that we will be hearing a lot more from her in a variety of different games in the years to come.

The other major news story covered was the new Full Tilt Poker commercial featuring Tom “durrrr” Dwan, which is the first one that doesn’t focus on an already established “star,” such as Ivey, Ferguson or Lederer.  Huff asked the question, “Has Dwan become a top-tier poker celebrity?” to which Sebok replied that he is just about there, and has the charisma to really capture the public’s attention.  When asked if anyone else can join him in that rarified atmosphere among players not already considered celebrities, Sebok surprisingly tabbed two players virtually unknown outside the online community, Ryan D’Angelo and Tristan Wade.  Sebok said that the key for anyone making that leap is to be able to connect to an audience, something Dwan has clearly done in his appearances on High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark.

Finally, Sebok dismissed as relevant the fact that Isildur1 bailed on playing the Party Poker Big Game, despite having promised Tony G that he would play.  The online phenom only sent a message to Tony G saying “Sorry for not coming.  Take care bud.”  Sebok called this action weak, and said, “I am so over it.”  Clearly, Sebok was offended by this obvious breach of etiquette from someone who had been promised backing to make this live appearance.

In their first preview of the upcoming WSOP, Huff and Sebok focused on the format for the 50K HORSE event, which is going back to a no limit hold’em final table (as in its first year), thereby ensuring some coverage on ESPN, as well as the 40K no limit hold’em event, which has been changed to a six-handed tourney!  Sebok’s take is that this new format insures that the top online players will definitely play the 40K, because of not only their greater familiarity with that format, but also their proclivity for the higher action of the shorter-handed game.

Dana Workman’s review of the goings-on online this week featured news that Scotty Nguyen has taken to phoning up Twitter followers of his at random, which led Todd Brunson to tweet “I decided to try cold calling people like my buddy @sjnguyen does.  Didn’t seem to work as well for me.  2 misdemeanors and a restraining order.”

In this week’s mailbag segment, the question asked was: “At what point in a session do you call it quits after getting hit with bad beats before you hit tilt?”  Tony G gave this week’s response- “It gets down to the type of game I am playing.  If it’s a really good game and it’s not going to be on all the time, I will tough it out and do my best.  If it’s an average game, I will pull the plug and save my strength for the battles ahead if things are not going well.”

Ty Stewart’s segment was next.  The vice president of Harrah’s Interactive as well as WSOP vice president stated that their goal every year is to make the World Series better and more comfortable for the players.  An interesting prediction he made is that he believes this will be the year of the ladies, and that he feels that women will win at least three bracelets this year.  He is convinced that poker is only getting bigger and bigger, and that, with the increased capacity, there will be even more players in the Main Event this year.  With the ability to scale up to 400 tables (there was only room for 290 last year), a repeat of last year’s Day 1D, when players were shut out of the tournament, should not happen.  They’ve also moved the tournament off of July 4th, which is a day that hardly anyone wanted to either play or travel.  Strangely enough, when he participated in the “On the Clock” segment, he didn’t know whom the player was who had won the most Main Event titles (Stu Ungar).

The show ended with this week’s Girls of Poker segment, featuring Erica Schoenberg.  We found out that she absolutely loves golf, since it combines all of her favorite things:  nature, sports, drinking and gambling!  She also revealed that she is playing more poker than she used to, both online and in tourneys, and is heading to Europe to play some EPT events.  She intends to play 15-20 WSOP events, especially what she called the “full field $1,500 donkaments”, which she said she particularly loves.  Not surprisingly, when asked which players’ games she especially respects, she singled out David Benyamine (former boyfriend) and Erick Lindgren (current flame), as well as Jennifer Harman.

The interview with Schoenberg brought an end to this week’s proceedings.  See you next week for more Poker2Nite!

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