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Splashing the Pot – Peter Eastgate M.I.A. at WSOP, Carter Phillips Scores…

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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.

Paul “Smalls” Kitsos Dies on Flight to World Series of Poker

Paul “Smalls” Kitsos died
of an apparent heart attack not long after taking off from JFK in New York City en route to the World Series of Poker.  Kitsos, who was 5’11” and 350 pounds, may be best known for his 320th place finish at the 2008 WSOP.  He began feeling ill and having breathing problems just after liftoff.  From there he lost consciousness and a doctor on board was unable to detect a pulse, declaring him dead.  Kitsos, who owned a clothing store in New York, leaves behind a wife and an 18-year-old son.

Peter Eastgate Opts for World Cup instead of World Series


Many poker players and fans have wondered where Peter Eastgate has been, as he hadn’t been spotted in the first two weeks of the WSOP.  Never fear, Eastgate has decided to pass up most of the WSOP in favor of heading to South Africa for the World Cup. Eastgate, an avid soccer fan, has said that he has no desire to play smaller events after winning the Main Event in 2008, which earned him $8,000,000.  Additionally, he said he has low tolerance for the heat in Las Vegas, as he enjoys outside activities from time to time.  Eastgate originally planned to play in the $25,000 six-max event, but the call of the World Cup was too much.  Eastgate does plan to play in the WSOP Main Event.

Tentative Dates for World Championship of World Team Poker Announced

Tentative dates for the World Championship of the World Team Poker have been announced.  World Team Poker organizers believe the event will be held from October 11th to October 17th and it’s believed it will be held at the Golden Nugget, although the casino has yet to announce it will be the host venue. The Golden Nugget hosted the inaugural World Team Poker last month, which was won by Team China.  The World Team Poker World Championships is expected to draw 24-32 teams.

Carter Phillips is Poker’s Newest Young Gun


At just 20 years old Carter Phillips won the European Poker Tour’s Barcelona main event, putting him on the radar of poker players to watch.  Less than one year later the now 21 year old has added a gold bracelet to his resume.  Phillips’s victory in the $1,500 No Limit Holdem event has drawn the attention of the media press, most specifically because this is the very first WSOP he was eligible for, and he’s already won gold.  The bar will be set high, as people are pointing out that he is already two-thirds of the way to poker’s “Triple Crown” which is a victory in an EPT, WSOP, and World Poker Tour event.  If he can win a WPT title he will join Gavin Griffin and Roland de Wolfe as the only “Triple Crown” winners.

France Opens Gambling Market, Grants 17 licenses to 11 Operators

The government of France has recently released a list of 11 online gambling operators, making it legal for their citizens to gamble.  The timing of this announcement isn’t coincidental, as it was planned to coincide with the start of the World Cup.  France is expected to make millions of dollars from wagers taken on the World Cup soccer championships.  Additionally, the regulated names that appear on the list are allowed to offer online poker, but are not allowed to offer “games of chance” such on online roulette and online craps.
 
Joran Van Der Sloot at PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour Before Confessing

Joran Van Der Sloot, who confessed to the death of Stephany Flores and is the number one suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, was in Peru for the start of the PokerStars LAPT event before he was arrested.  Part of the evidence against Van Der Sloot in addition to his confession was that he was seen playing a cash poker game next to the Flores just hours before the murder.  After the murder Van Der Sloot fled the hotel and headed to Chile, where he was later arrested and then reportedly confessed to the murder. 

Van Der Sloot has been deemed a “successful poker player” by a number of media outlets, but that might be a fabrication.  He did win $12,000 in a tournament on Party Poker, but was a lifetime loser on other websites, including PokerStars and Full Tilt.  

Phil Hellmuth Deciding on WSOP Main Event Entrance Costume


Oddly enough, a large number of people look forward to Phil Hellmuth’s entrance costume every year for the start of the WSOP main event.  He’s dressed as a race car driver, General Patton, and Caesar.  Those years he kept his costume a surprise, but this year he is asking for help from his Twitter followers to help him decide what color costume to wear.  The link takes you to UB.com, which shows Hellmuth bobbing and weaving in a black colored robe like that a boxer or fighter wears.  It’s unlike Hellmuth to give away his costume so early, but when you see that one of the things UB sponsors is the Bellator Fighting Championships it’s pretty clear why Hellmuth is deciding to come as a fighter this year.  Hellmuth may have given away the costume, but many believe there will still be a surprise or two regarding his introduction.
 
$6,000 in Winner Poker Freerolls up for Grabs

Over the next couple of days Winner Poker offers two freerolls that amount to a total prize pool of $6,000.  On June 13 at 7:35pm ET, Winner Poker puts on the first of these two events with a $5,000 prize pool.  Then, just two days later, on June 15 at 7:35pm ET Winner Poker offers a $1,000 freeroll.  The minimum requirements to play in these events are easy.  After you sign up through PokerWorks, and make the minimum deposit of just $20, all you have to do is earn a single Winner Poker Point to be able to sign up for either event.  

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