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Splashing the Pot – Annette Obrestad Sunday 500, Ivey’s Room, Prop Bet News…

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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.

One Week Prior to the WSOP Debut, Annette Obrestad Wins PokerStars “Sunday 500,” Other Big Sunday Winners

One of the main storylines surrounding this year’s World Series of Poker revolves around a player who has never even played in the event before.  While Annette “Annette_15”  Obrestad was likely packing her bags for her first trip to the WSOP, which starts this Friday, she was also finding time to win the PokerStars “Sunday 500” tournament.  The win will certainly pay travel expenses, as it netted her $87,400.  The win wasn’t easy, as she went heads up against well known professional Christian “charder30” Harder to take down the title.

Because many are preparing to head to Las Vegas for the start of the WSOP many of the online tournaments had smaller than average prize pools.  However, that didn’t keep a number of players from enjoying their Sundays in a big way.  A few of the bigger winners include “Zwuerbs” who won the Sunday Millions for $230,852.32, “Kirbynator” who won the Full Tilt $750k Guarantee netting $132,757.50, and “Poutsokefalos” collected $74,965 for winning the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl.

Ivey Room Opens at Aria with “$1 Million VIP” Tournament

This past Saturday at the Aria, a brand new high stakes poker room was opened in honor of Phil Ivey, simply called the “Ivey Room.”  To commemorate the event and bring a bunch of whales in to their new room, the Aria put on a “1 Million VIP” tournament, which entry to was invite only. 

Despite the likes of Vanessa Rousso, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and many other top names in the game, it was Larry Litton who won the tournament, winning $250,000.  Litton wasn’t the only one who brought home good money Saturday night, as David “Chino” Rheem earned $100,000 for knocking Ivey out of his own tournament. 

For winning the tournament, Linton earned the chance to win an additional $250,000 by playing the man of the evening, Phil Ivey, in a winner take all heads-up match.  However, Ivey took care of business in short order, promptly returning to his room to take on his big money opponents. 

Many in the poker world have wondered if this spell is the end, or at least a big decrease in action at “Bobby’s Room” at the Bellagio, which has been the home for the highest stakes game for years.  “Bobby” himself, Bobby Baldwin, who attended opening day of Ivey’s Room, doesn’t seem too concerned with the competition.  He said, “We already had our own ‘Bobby’s Room’ high-limit spot in the Bellagio, so I didn’t need two of them. So it’s great Phil signed on for this one. This is a room where we expect to see regular $100,000 buy-ins. You will see $2 million won or lost in a night here. Poker is a great game because when you win, it’s like stealing, but when you lose, it’s like being robbed!”

Still, with the WSOP just days away it will be interesting to see which of these two high stakes room will grab the majority of the high stakes action.

Victorino Torres Wins APPT Championship

Victorino Torres is the newest winner on the PokerStars Asian Pacific Poker Tour, winning the Macau event. The victory wasn’t easy, as Torres had to survive the likes of JC Tran, Terrance Phan, and John Phan. 

In addition to competing against a very tough field, Torres had to overcome coming to the final table second to last in chips.  Torres helped his chip stack early on when he knocked out Keith Hawkins, who was the only one with fewer chips than him.  That was all the momentum Torres would need.  From there on out he took down one massive pot after another, taking a 4.8 million to 1.9 million chip lead into heads-up play versus Chong Cheong.  Cheong survived for a while, but was never to make any headway into his chip deficiency.  Torres closed the deal, winning 3,246,200 HKD which is close to the equivalent of $400,000.

Senator Jon Kyl Unlikely to Compromise with Poker Players Alliance’s Petition Requests

Since the United States Government announced that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act would come into effect starting June 1, the Poker Players Alliance has questioned many parts of the bills.  One of the main questions, of which there are many, surrounding the UIGEA is what exactly the bill is enforcing.   Many parts of the legislation are hard to understand, leaving people at the PPA, along with poker players everywhere wondering how “we” could enforce a rule that the majority of people don’t even understand. Additionally, the bill rolls all gambling games into one (online casinos, sports betting, bingo, etc.) and PPA supporters were hoping that because poker is a skill game it could avoid this legislature. That has been the basis of a petition the PPA has been circulating, in hope of at the very least getting the June 1st date delayed.

Those hopes have been all but dashed, when it was recently announced that Republican Senator Jon Kyl has pretty much refused any compromise.  Executive Director of the PPA John Pappas pointed out that supporters of online poker shouldn’t give up all hope, as they were recently able to secure a letter from 22 democratic supporters to go along with the petition.

Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo Hoping to Win Big in “Panorama Prop Bet”

For roughly the next six weeks it’s a pretty fair bet to expect some crazy prop bets to be made in correlation with the World Series of Poker.  One of those bets making news comes from online poker legend Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo.  Bonomo is ready to lay 10 to 1 odds that one person living or staying at the Panorama Towers condominium building will win a WSOP Bracelet this summer.

On paper, the odds of Bonomo making a little money seem pretty good.  A ton of good poker players already live at the Panorama Towers, or will be staying there for the WSOP.  Some of those names include Phil Laak, Sorel Mizzi, David “Viffer” Peat, Isaac Haxton, and many more recognizable names in the poker world.

Bonomo is currently accepting bets through the Twoplustwo poker forums.  The finalized list of players staying at the Panorama Towers will be listed at midnight on May 28th, the start of the WSOP.

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