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Splashing the Pot - “Isildur1” Back, Gus Hansen Blinds Out at EPT, Matusow and Forrest Prop Bet…

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Michael Karnjanaprakorn to Donate All WSOP Main Event Winnings, IF He Wins

At the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, New York poker player Michale Karnjanprakorn and Rafe Furst made a vow to donate every single penny to charity should they win the 2010 WSOP Main Event.  Furst, along with Phil Gordon, have made numerous donations with their poker winnings, including putting on the fun Rock Paper Scissors Championships just prior to the start of the WSOP Main Event.

Karnjanprakorn isn’t as well off as Furst, so he is busy attempting to raise the $10,000 buy-in, naming his effort “World Series of Good.”  The effort has caught the attention of many in the poker world, including Annie Duke and “Poker After Dark” host Ali Nejad, who have offered to train Karnjanprakorn in his attempt to win it all this year.  
The charities Karnjanprakorn will donate to, should he win, are the Langston Hughes Academy and the Bad Beat on Cancer charity started by Furst and Gordon in 2003.

“Isiludur1” Makes Return to High Stakes Action on Full Tilt, Plus Other High Stakes News


After a brief hiatus away from the tables, presumably to play in live tournaments as reported, “Isildur1” has returned to the High Stakes tables on Full Tilt.  His session started at $50/$100 with “jungleman12” but in short order the two agreed to move up to $100/$200.  At first his opponent didn’t seem eager to join “Isiludur1” at those stakes, but then they agreed to play five tables at once, and run each board twice.  The session started poorly, and “Isildur1” could never get any momentum going.

At the end
of the 2,642 hand session, in which “Isildur1” bounced around playing others in addition to “jungleman12,” he lost $192,979.  In the last 24 hours, that was the most money lost by any player online.  Coming in second with an un-“Durrrr” like performance was Tom Dwan, who lost $160,890 in just 530 hands.  The biggest winner over this same period was Gus Hansen, who won $269,651 in 1,115 hands.  That’s a lot of money for Backgammon (more on that shortly).  Patrik Antonius also enjoyed a winning session, winning $173,359 in 426 hands, most of that against his “Durrrr Challenge” opponent Tom Dwan. 

Gus Hansen Blinds Out of EPT Monte Carlo Because of Backgammon?


Rumors are abounding as to why Gus Hansen blinded out of the 25,000 buy-in European Poker Tour’s High Roller Event.  One widely accepted reason Hansen opted out of his chance to win over a million Euros was because he was invested in another game, playing for two million Euros.  Only the game was backgammon, not poker. 

Hansen, who was a well known backgammon player before he became a poker player, was apparently playing a very high stakes backgammon game against an unknown, but wealthy, Russian businessman.  The story also holds some water, as some people have reported seeing Hansen playing backgammon in the hotel lobby of the Monte Carlo.

The top prize for winning the EPT High Roller Event was €956,000, and that’s if Hansen was lucky enough to win it.
 
Mike Matusow and Ted Forrest Make Weight Loss Prop Bet; Also Matusow Threatens to Run Naked Down Strip

Mike Matusow is no stranger to weight loss prop bets with Ted Forrest, having won $100,000 from him just a few years ago by losing a significant amount of weight.  This time it will be Matusow being the one putting up the significant amount of money, while he sits back and waits to see if Forrest can lose 49 pounds between now and July 15.

Forrest, who is not a terribly large man, currently weighs 188 pounds and will have to weigh in at 139 on July 15 to win $2,000,000 from “The Mouth.”  If he comes above that weight he will have a chance to win $1,000,000, if he can get to 139 lbs. before September 15.  If Forrest is unable to reach the target weight he will owe Matusow $150,000.  Matusow must feel very confident in the bet, giving nearly 20-to-1 on his money.  

Justin Smith, another professional, is also reported to have a sizable amount of income riding on this, but it’s uncertain what side he is favoring.  For Forrest to complete this task, he will have to lose virtually 25 pounds a month, leaving many to think Forrest will look like a twig if he does succeed.

In other Matusow news, he has threatened to run naked down the Las Vegas strip if three woman win bracelets at this year’s WSOP. That’s what “The Mouth” proclaimed on the television show “Poker2Nite” after hearing the WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart predicted that at least three women will win gold this year.

Matusow went as far as saying he will have a cameraman follow him as well to document the occasion.  Good luck finding a cameraman to do that.  In any event, it looks like it will be an eventful summer for Matusow one way or another.

Phil Hellmuth Wins “Good Morning America’s” Poker Showdown

On the show “Good Morning America” each anchor is partaking in a “Living the Dream” series where they cross things off their “bucket list.”  Political advisor and “GMA” reporter George Stephanopoulos decided that one of the things he wanted to do was play poker with professionals

Stephanopoulos had no easy task, sitting at the felt with Phil Hellmuth, Annie Duke, Jason “Jaspuduf” Lee and 2009 WSOP Final Table member Steven Begleiter.  Despite getting pointers from Duke beforehand, Stephanopoulos was unable to win what he called his own personal World Series of Poker.  Walking away with the victory was 11-time WSOP bracelet winner Hellmuth.
 
Stephanopoulos’s regular poker crew was fairly impressed with their peer’s performance against the pros, giving him an A for effort and B for Poker Skill.  Despite not winning his personal showdown, Stephanopoulos was awarded with a “Spirit Award” from his co-workers.

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