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Splashing the Pot – Watt A Hero, Phil Laak Poker Record, Annette Obrestad Sounds Off…

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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.

Simon Watt Saves High-Stakes Poker Pro Community Millions


It’s been well documented that Tom “Durrrr” Dwan has a number of bets against him saying he won’t win one WSOP bracelet this year.  Some reported that the number Dwan stood to earn with a bracelet win was $2,000,000, but others say the number was much higher, like $15,000,000.  Either way, Simon Watt prompted Mike “The Mouth” Matusow to ask Watt, “How does it feel to be every high stakes gambler's hero?” shortly after Watt defeated Dwan in heads-up play in event #11:  $1,500 No Limit holdem at the WSOP. 

Dwan is believed to be taking 3.25 to 1 odds that he will win a bracelet this summer, with the minimum bet being $5,000.

Phil “The Unabomber” Laak is New “World’s Longest Poker Session” Record Holder


The previous longest poker session of 78 hours and 20 minutes was shattered this week by Phil “The Unabomber” Laak.  When he first set out to break the record he was hoping for 80 hours, but as he got there he felt in much better shape than he expected at that point, so he continued.  Eventually, after 115 hours Laak decided to call it a session, announcing to his Twitter followers, “115 hours later... Bedtime... ahhhh!”

Phil kept his fans entertained throughout, by updating his Twitter account a few times per hour.  Some things his followers got to learn is that he really likes sweet potatoes, hates bison burgers, and wonders if we’ll be able to sleep with just half our brain at a time like dolphins do.  On top of shattering the old record, Laak was able to make money for his charity CampSunshine.org, by selling his hoodie sweatshirts, and by contributions from people who played with him, and some say he donated any amount he won during the session. 

Annette Obrestad Bashes Female Poker Players and Doyle Brunson

In an interview that recently appeared on ESPN, Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad stated in a matter of fact way that “girls suck at poker.”  She feels that women are “easy money” and that they “don’t try to learn from their mistakes.”  Women weren’t the only ones getting a raw deal from Obrestad.  She also said she that she could beat the “Godfather of Poker” Doyle Brunson with ease, stating that he has an “ego” problem. 

Neither Brunson nor any of the recognized top female players in the world have responded.

Praz Bansi Wins Second Career WSOP Bracelet


Praz Bansi became the first previous WSOP Bracelet winner to add another to his resume at the 2010 series.   Bansi, who won his first bracelet in 2006, earned his second career bracelet at event #5: $1,500 No Limit holdem tournament earlier this week.  The win earned him $515,501, which was the second biggest cash in his career.  His biggest cash came when he finished 3rd at the World Series of Poker Europe main event, collecting $594,963.

Many Question if California Poker Bill is Actually a Good Thing

Recently it has been announced that the state of California is in the process of legalizing online gaming.  On the surface this seemed like a good thing for online poker as a whole, finally making it legal in some capacity in the United States.  However, many have wondered aloud if this is really a good thing at all for online poker.  The bill only makes it legal to play in online poker rooms designed specifically for California, making it illegal to play in any other online poker room.  Those that wish to play on other sites, like PokerStars or Full Tilt, could be arrested according to wording in the new law.  Additionally a state run poker website is said to go against World Trade Organization policies, meaning the law would actually make things even more complicated for online poker players.

California passed the bill largely to cut into a budget deficit that is expected to reach $20 billion by 2011.

“Roothlus” Among Big Winners on Slower Than Average Sunday

Because most of the big name poker players are all in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, the big Super Sunday poker tournaments continue to see a decline.  However, a number of poker players have been able to take advantage of the softer than usual fields en route to having big scores.

The biggest win on the virtual felt this weekend went to “Bear4rms” for winning the PokerStars Sunday Million, banking $204,342.02.  Over on Full Tilt, “MrsNights” won $111,018.75 for his/her victory in the $750,000 Guarantee, beating Adam “Roothlus” Levy, winner of $102,018.75, heads-up.  Other big winners include “bullyon” winning $114,120.08 in the PokerStars Warm-Up, “Troster” winning $90,000 in the PokerStars Sunday 500, and “arxigos” who collected “99,935.50 for winning the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl.

Jose “Nacho” Barbero Makes History, Wins Consecutive LAPT Main Events

Jose “Nacho” Barbero showed this week that there’s more to poker right now than just the WSOP.  Barbero made history, winning his second consecutive Latin American Poker Tour main event championship.  Barbero won the Punta del Este event in February winning $279,000, and followed that up with a victory this week in Lima, winning $250,000. 

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