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Splashing the Pot – Mercier’s Lucky Shirt, Viffer PartyPoker “Big Game,”…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.

Jason Mercier Wins NAPT Mohegan Sun High Roller Bounty Shootout

Jason Mercier continues to prove why he’s one of the most feared tournament players by taking down yet another event.  Mercier outlasted all the competition in the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars.net North American Poker Tour High Roller Bounty Shootout to become $450,000 richer.  In devastating fashion, Mercier was responsible for 20% of the knockouts, personally eliminating 7 of his 35 opponents.  Finishing second to the one man whirlwind was Sam Stein, who collected $75,000, which included three knockouts.  However, the 3rd and 5th place finishers Faraz Jakah and Shawn Buchanan, respectively, finished with $80,000 because they each eliminated four players.  The final two members of the final table, 4th place finisher Matt Glantz and 6th place finisher Luis “Bachy” Vazquez, finished with $70,000.

Not that Mercier has been considered a lucky player, but members of the rail thought he might have had his lucky shirt to thank after winning a hand in dramatic fashion on which he was all-in for his tournament life.  Mercier happened to be wearing the same shirt he wore when he won the 2008 European Poker Tour San Remo event, his very first live win.  The power of the shirt came through, as Stein had Mercier all-in preflop, with Stein’s A-Q suited up against the K-10 offsuit of Mercier.  The flop brought A-2-7, giving Stein top pair, and Mercier a gutshot straight draw.  The turn was the harmless 5, but the river gave Mercier a queen, and the double up that gave him momentum to take down the rest of the event.

In addition to winning this event, Mercier earned a freeroll into the next NAPT High Roller event.

PartyPoker’s “Big Game IV” Comes to End, Viffer Sets Record

PartyPoker’s “Big Game IV” started with a bit of a disappointment, as it was initially announced “Isildur1” would be making his first ever public appearance, but subsequently backed out just a day before the show started.  However, the 48 hours of action that made up the fourth rendition of PartyPoker’s “Big Game” was hardly disappointing, especially to David “Viffer” Peat.

Poker may have found its next big personality, as Viffer was hyper-aggressive from the very first hand.  In short order he found himself down £40,000, but his aggressive image helped luck turn around in his favor in a big way.  Viffer, along with Neil Channing, were the only two to play the entire 48-hours, and Viffer’s hourly rate ended up being pretty nice.  Despite the choppy start, Viffer ended the session £147,275 up.

It might have been the hope of show producers that the show would end with a bang, but most likely because of sheer exhaustion, the final few orbits featured a lot of folding.  Despite that, it’s pretty convincing that fans will still enjoy the show when it hits television screens later this year.

Another poker player making their impact was Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt, but it wasn’t for his poker playing.  Schmidt, who had expected to commentate for only a few hours, ended up commentating for 24 hours straight.  Despite never being behind a microphone on live television, viewers in the UK left with a respect for Schmidt and his ability to relate what was going on in each hand.  It seems the former golfer turned poker player may have another gig to add to his resume.  Additionally, host Jesse May lasted the entire 48 hours.
 
Antonius and Hansen Trying to Battle Back, While Dwan Continues to Shine

For many railbirds the lack of play in the “Durrrr Challenge” has really upset them, but there is a pretty good reason why it’s grinded to a halt.  Tom Dwan’s first opponent in the challenge, Patrick Antonius, is down $2.4 million for the year online.  As of last week it seemed Antonius’s luck may be turning around, as he had earned $690,000, but this past weekend he gave a chunk of it back, dropping $250,000.
 
Hansen, unlike Antonius, started 2010 hot, winning $1.75 million the first two months of the year, but in March he donated nearly all of it back to the high stakes players.  Since then he is up close to $175,000, with $114,000 of that coming this past weekend.

Dwan, on the other hand can do no wrong.  Last week alone he finished up $916,000.  For the year he is up close to $6 million.
 
Chalk One Up for the Good Guys, Online Poker no Longer Banned in MA

Just days ago it was reported that those looking to play online poker in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts could be met with a punishment of two years in prison and a $25,000 fine.  It’s now being reported that the language in that proposed bill has been crossed out in the revised edition.  The exact wording that has been crossed out is:

“Any person who knowingly transmits or receives a wager of any type by any telecommunication device, including telephone, cellular phone, Internet, local area network, including wireless local networks, or any other similar device or equipment or other medium of communication, or knowingly installs or maintains said device or equipment for the transmission or receipt of wagering information shall be punished by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 2 years, or by a fine of not more than $25,000, or both such fine or imprisonment.”

Poker Players Alliance
executive director John Pappas was very pleased with the news, and attributed the 25,000 members from MA that are members of the PPA for making it happen thanks to their petitions and other efforts.  Pappas called it “Grassroots at its finest.”  

The bill, which would still have to pass through the Senate, also asks for two casinos to be opened in MA, and also adding slot machines to the racetracks throughout the commonwealth.
 
Freerolls on April 17 and April 19 = $4,770 in Free Money

On Saturday, April 17 PokerStars and Pokerworks brings you yet another of their $2,000 freerolls.  This one will take place at 5:30 pm ET (Tournament ID: 239100369).  If you made your first initial deposit of just $10 and earned 150 VPP’s in the month of March, you are eligible to play.

If you are unlucky on the freeroll on Saturday, or you are looking to “let it ride,” you only need to wait until Monday for more freeroll action.  This time Poker770 offers a $2,770 freeroll.  This tournament begins at 7:35 eastern time.  For information about these, and other great freerolls, please visit our tournament page.

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