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Splashing the Pot –Jeff Pollack’s New Gig, Phil Hellmuth vs. Sasquatch, WSOP 2010…

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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.

Four Bracelet Winners Crowned in First Week of WSOP

It’s been one week since thousands of poker players have descended on Las Vegas with the hopes of winning a World Series of Poker Bracelet or two.  So far only four have been lucky enough to do just that. Hoai Pham became the first bracelet winner, collecting $71,424 for defeating all comers in the $500 Casino Employees Event.
The biggest winner so far is Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, who defeated a very tough field (including his brother!) to win the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.  Mizrachi not only earned his first career WSOP Bracelet, but also was awarded the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, as it is given to the winner of this event every year.

Other bracelet winners in the first week of the WSOP include Aadam Daya ($625,872) for winning Event #3, the $1,000 no limit holdem tournament, Michael Chow ($237,140) winning Event #4, the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or Better, and Praz Bansi earning his second career bracelet, winning Event #5 the $1,500 No Limit Holdem Championship.

Player Banned for Life from World Series of Poker

One unnamed poker player won’t be winning a World Series of Poker Bracelet this year, or any other year, for that matter.  A man who appeared to be in his fifties, wearing a baseball cap, was escorted from the Amazon room by three security officers after it was determined he stole chips from the player seated next to him. 

The offending culprit had just won a hand as the $1,000 No Limit Holdem event was set to go on break.  As the pot was pushed to him, a video recording confirmed that he dragged his pot in with one hand, as he placed his other hand on the stack of the person seated next to him, grabbing some chips and raking them in with his pot.
 
Phil Laak 25 Hours into Record Breaking Attempt

Phil “The Unabomber” Laak, as of this writing, is 25 hours into a World Record Attempt at the longest poker session ever recorded.  The current record is 78 hours and 20 minutes, but Laak doesn’t want to just barely beat it, as his goal is to get to 80 hours straight.  The setting for the record breaking attempt is the poker room at the Bellagio.  Laak has been keeping his fans updated on his progress via his Twitter page. This task will most likely cause negative health effects and it seems it could hurt him financially, as he is currently down $1,000.  Laak’s fans shouldn’t worry, as his latest Tweet reveals that he is “Officially on 2nd wind.”

Jeffery Pollack Becomes Executive Chairman for Professional Bull Riders Tour (PBR)

Jeffery Pollack surprised the poker world when he stepped down as WSOP Commissioner last November.  He surprised even more people when it was recently announced he is the new Executive Chairman for the Professional Bull Riders Tour.  In theory, it shouldn’t come as too big of a shock as Pollack has held a number of positions all over the sports map, including the NBA and NASCAR.  Pollack has no previous experience with bull riding, but he didn’t have any experience in poker either and was instrumental in bringing a number of non-poker advertisers to the WSOP.  The PBR is hoping for similar results from Pollack.

Phil Hellmuth Films Jack Links Beef Jerky Commercial with Sasquatch

Phil Hellmuth will do it all: rap videos, sports cars, roman gladiator outfits, and now Sasquatch.  While competing in a number of WSOP events, Hellmuth has found the time to film a commercial for WSOP sponsor Jack Links Beef Jerky alongside their mascot, Sasquatch.  Hellmuth has posted some behind the scenes video of the commercial shoot on his Twitvid account.  In one video Sasquatch is seen rising from the table going after Hellmuth’s camera, and in the other Sasquatch “attacks” Hellmuth after he put a bad beat on Sasquatch.

Study Shows 80 Percent of Poker Players Use Legal and Illicit Drugs to Stay Sharp

Researchers from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, released study results on Thursday saying that 80 percent of poker players use “any one of a number of illegal or illicit drugs to improve their game.”  The study says that instead of poker players using caffeine, energy drinks/shots, they are turning to “marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, Valium and a host of other prescription medications.”
 
Most of the participants of the study were in their mid-20’s and play mostly no limit holdem.  The study followed these players as they played WSOP events, as well as other tournaments and cash games around the United States.  A more detailed explanation of the study can be found here

Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act Becomes Official Yet Hardly Noticed

In the eyes of the Poker Players Alliance, June 1, the day the UIGEA became official was “just another day.”   Most online poker rooms, including the two giants in the industry, PokerStars and Full Tilt, didn’t even make an announcement, showing it was business as usual.  PPA executive John Pappas truly feels that the worst is already behind us saying, “Many people believe that any ill effect of the UIGEA has already been felt over the last four years. While I can’t make any guarantees, I do have a sense that this will be more of a blip on the radar screen than a catastrophic event, as some may have predicted.”

New Jersey Senate Committee Approves Bill That Would Allow Online Casinos Through Atlantic City Casinos

New Jersey is the latest state that has considered allowing intrastate online casinos to become legal.  This week a New Jersey senate committee approved a bill that would allow online gambling to take place through the casinos in Atlantic City.  Opposing the bill is the state’s horse racing industry.  Horse racing has seen a significant drop in profits in recent years and many feel allowing online gambling in the state would shut them down for good.  

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