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Splashing the Pot – WSOP, Rapper Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson Beer Pong…

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World Series of Poker Kicks Off Friday with $50,000 Players Championship; Follow the Action with PokerWorks

Even though there are currently a number of satellite tournaments taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino Convention center, the official opening of the World Series of Poker begins on Friday, the 28th, at noon with the $500 Casino Employees NLHE 2-day event.  However, the main attraction of the day will be the $50,000 Player’s Championship 8-Game Mixed event, which will take five days to crown a champion.  This event takes the place of the 50K H.O.R.S.E. event. 

The Tournament of Champions event is right up there with a stacked line-up too, it will feature 27 of the world’s most well-known players, and is by invite only.  Twenty of the players will be determined by a vote (to be decided by the time this story goes to press).   Five of the players – Annie Duke, Mike Matusow, Mike Sexton, Joe Cada, and Barry Schulman earned automatic entries for past WSOP victories.  Two more will earn “wildcard exemptions.”

Make sure to check PokerWorks daily as we will be on hand to offer unique looks into the WSOP from start to finish.

Poker Hall of Fame Announces Enshrinement Requirements

On Wednesday the Poker Hall of Fame released the new requirements one must pass in order to be enshrined.  Last year only Mike Sexton met the 75% percent requirement needed to make it to the Hall.  This year they have decided to drop the requirements to only 50% percent of the votes.  While a select group of 16 Hall of Fame members and a media panel will ultimately decide who to enshrine, the general public will be allowed to submit considerations from July 1 to Aug 31 with the top 10 names being announced on September 1st.
Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act Among Top Stories Heading into WSOP

ESPN recently announced their top stories heading into the 2010 World Series of Poker and for the most part there aren’t too many surprises.  Topping the list is the question affecting poker players everywhere: What will happen when the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act officially becomes a bill on June 1?
Another big topic revolves around a player who has yet to even play in a WSOP event in Las Vegas, Annette Obrestad.  Obrestad will undoubtedly have one of the biggest railbird sections of all players this year.  Other stories to keep an eye on include the number of prop bets going on, the “bracelet chase,” this being the “Year of the Woman,” and a number of other topics.

Phil Hellmuth Makes Cameo in Rap Music Video

Would it honestly surprise anybody to hear that Phil Hellmuth is releasing a rap album?  The man has donned gladiator gear, wrecked $100,000 sports cars, and seemingly finds any way he can to get a little camera time.  Don’t worry, you won’t see a rap album from Hellmuth (not anytime soon, at least) but you do get to see him in Ludacris’s new rap song titled “Sex Room.”  In the video Hellmuth is seen, you guessed it, playing poker.  His scene comes up at around the 2:00 mark, and was shot at the Palms Casino.  In the scene you see Hellmuth winning a big hand, unlike his counterpart Daniel Negreanu who is seen losing a big hand in Katy Perry’s “Waking Up in Vegas” music video.  It seems Hellmuth really can’t stand losing a hand of poker, even if it’s just pretend.

PokerStars Names High Stakes Poker Tables in Honor of Daniel Negreanu

First it was Bobby Baldwin with Bobby’s Room at Bellagio.  Then Phil Ivey had Ivey’s Room at Aria.  Now Daniel Negreanu?  While it’s not a physical room, PokerStars has honored “Kid Poker” by opening a number of high stakes rooms in his honor. 

On top of honoring Negreanu, many people see this in the poker world as PokerStars finally offering some stiff competition to their number one rival Full Tilt Poker, who is currently seen as the leader of high stakes games on the net.  The Negreanu rooms currently offer no limit hold’em games at $20/$40 ($10 ante) $50/$100 ($25 ante) and $100/$200 ($50 ante) levels.  PokerStars is expected to add even higher stakes and a wider variety of games in the near future.

Additional Negreanu news sees him recently lashing out against the Cereus Poker Network in regards to how they handled their latest security issues. It’s been well documented that a watchdog group was able to hack the systems security.  When Cereus was alerted of this, instead of shutting down the network immediately, they decided to keep it up and running, leaving many, including Negreanu, outraged.  Negreanu pointed out that leaving the poker rooms open left all their players open to security threats.  He also asks some tough questions to the faces of the Cereus Poker Network, including Annie Duke and Phil Hellmuth, asking how they justify it, pointing out that he hasn’t heard any answers from the duo.

Tony “Bond18” Dunst and Leo Murphy Crowned Doyle Brunson Beer Pong Invitational Champions

Gearing up for the WSOP with a ton of drinking usually isn’t in the plans for most, but for the third year in a row hundreds of people showed up to the Doyle Brunson Beer Pong Invitational at the Hogs and Heifers bar in Downtown Las Vegas. Tony “Bond18” Dunst and his partner Leo Murphy outlasted the 32-team field to win the event.  During their post-game interviews they both had quotes that surely made their parents proud.  Dunst said, “This is the single greatest moment of my life.  Everything else was just leading up to this.”  While Murphy, a recent college graduate, added, “I’m glad my four years of college were finally worth something.”

Doyle Brunson proved he was more than just a figurehead for the event, when he and his teammate Zach Clark easily won their first round game, just before losing in the second.  Doyle’s son Todd also made the second round with his teammate Brett Jungblutt before succumbing to the eventual champions.

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