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Splashing the Pot – WSOP Bracelets Redesigned, Jean-Robert Bellande Tweets Busto…

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WSOP to Unveil New Bracelets to Tournament Winners

For those lucky enough to win a World Series of Poker tournament this year you will be looking at an all new design of the gold bracelet, which is traditionally handed out to the winner of each event.  Last year jewelry designer Steve Soffa created a one-of-a-kind watch for 2009 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Cada.  WSOP executives must have liked his design so much because it is Mr. Soffa who is the designer and creator of the brand new bracelet.  In order to get the best look at the new design you’re just going to have to go ahead and win one this year.

Theo Jorgensen Captures First WPT Title in Paris, Freddy Deeb Captures High Roller Event

Theo Jorgensen may have taken a massive chip lead to the final table, but after losing it he had to show his competitors he wasn’t ready to call it a day.  After losing his chip lead he was later able to double up against Antoine Amourette, who was coincidently the man Jorgensen beat heads-up to capture his first career WPT title.   Jorgensen takes home €633,902 for his efforts.

Following the WPT Paris Main Event, Freddy Deeb captured the High Roller Event, with a buy-in of €20,000.  In route to winning the event, Deeb had to do a heads-up battle with Sorel Mizzi, who is arguably one of the hottest players on the tournament circuit right now.  The two sparred back and forth throughout the entire final table, and met heads-up for the title. 

Mizzi took a huge chip lead to the heads-up match, but after a little luck, Deeb was able to take the chip lead for good, eventually securing the first place prize of €290,000.
Last Day of SCOOP = Big Winners + Final 27 Set For Shot at SCOOP Main Event

A dozen people walked away six figures richer thanks to the final day of PokerStars Spring Championships of Online Poker.  The biggest winner of the day was Michael “Skammes” Tureniec who outdueled Scott “gunning4you” Seiver in the $25,000 no limit hold’em heads-up tournament (Event 35) to win $320,000.

Jason “Taknapotin” Somerville won event 37, the $2100 buy-in no limit hold’em event, winning $234,333.66, but it was James “jcamby33” Campbell who walked away with $276,333.33 for his second place finish because of a very favorable chop determined when three players were left.

“Shuriken555” won $215,000 for winning event 37 with the medium buy-in of $215.  “Jord4n” also won big money for taking first in the heads-up medium buy-in event ($2,500), earning $172,800.

The second day of the $10,000 SCOOP Main Event is scheduled to resume Monday at 5 p.m. with 27 players left.  Leading the pack is Greg “DuckU” Hobson with 607,196 chips.  A number of big names are left, hoping to overtake Hobson in route to winning the $1,162,350 first place prize.  Among those remaining are Aaron “AJinOK” Ruppert (2nd in chips – 539,241), Brad “BradL” Libson (10th, 271,727), and Sam “KingKobeMVP” Stein (13th, 193,525) who has had great success on the North American Poker Tour, as of late.  

The medium and low buy-in versions of this event will also conclude on Monday.

Jean-Robert Bellande Chronicles “Busto” Life via Tweet

For months it’s been reported that Jean-Robert Bellande has been having bankroll issues, and now it’s been confirmed from JRB himself.  Fans of his twitter account get to live a life in the day of a broke poker professional, as he tries to find ways to scrape up some money for a poker game, to the latest of how his maid just found $1900 in his back pocket.

Many of his followers are quick to point out that he must not be hurting too bad if he still has a maid, but this just goes to show that being “poker broke” and really broke are two separate things.  

Comments on his Twitter page range from giving Bellande advice: @ebhizzle tweeted, “Get rid of your maid, pick up after yourself, and pick up an extra blind or two;” to the not so kind comment by @mcbilliard, “your whole adventures are a sham for attention just like when you were on survivor.You are NOT a poker or pool player U SUCK.”

Regardless of your personal opinion on him he is still proving a form of entertainment to many, as he is approaching 5,000 followers on his Twitter account.

Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi Owes IRS $339,000

Despite winning nearly $7,000,000 in tournament prizes and millions more in high stakes cash games, it seems Michael Mizrachi finds himself in some deep water with the IRS for failure to pay $339,000 of income tax.

Mizrachi says this is a result of his accountant doing a “bad job,” and that he is on his way to settling the bill.  The way he is believed to be settling the bill is from selling two of his homes, one in Florida and one in Miramar, both of which have been foreclosed.  His home from Florida is currently up for sale via an online auction, while his home in Miramar is expected to hit the market this week.  

Mizrachi is sponsored by UB, where he plays as one of their “Team Pros.”

ESPN Reveals “The Nuts” List for May

Every Month ESPN reveals “The Nuts,” a list of the top 10 poker players in the world as determined by a select panel of media in the poker industry.  Each month the list causes quite a stir in the poker world, and this month’s is no different.  No surprise here, as Phil Ivey once again showed up as number one.  He has held that spot since the invention of the list.  Holding on to the number two spot, and also earning one first place vote was Jason Mercier.  Tom Dwan remained at the number three spot.  

Jumping all the way to number four, after not being in April’s top 10 was Eric Baldwin, mostly because of his runner-up finish in the $25,000 World Poker Tour, earning him one million dollars.  Patrik Antonius continues to climb up to 5th this month, up from eight last month.  It seems Patrik’s year is finally turning around.
Dropping all the way to sixth from third was Daniel Negreanu, who hasn’t had many positive tournament results this year.
Scott Seiver, Carlos Mortensen, and Sorel Mizzi make up the 7,8, and 9 positions, while Faraz Jaka makes his first ever appearance on the list in 10th.

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