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Splashing the Pot – TOC Votes Are In, “Year of The Woman” Questioned

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Phil Ivey Gets Most Votes in “Tournament of Champions”

Voting for the World Series of Poker “Tournament of Champions” ended on Wednesday, with Phil Ivey barely outkicking Daniel Negreanu for most votes.  Ivey finished with 16,267 votes while Negreanu finished with 16,239.  The way the voting worked is that the top 20 finishers earned a seat into the “TOC” to be held on June 27th.  Additional big names heading to the “TOC” thanks to the public’s vote include Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Jennifer Harman, and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson.  Perhaps the most surprising name that ended up on the outside looking in is Chris Moneymaker.  The entire list, and additional details about the event, can be viewed here.

PokerStars “Big Game” Debuts, Tony G. Big Winner

The debut episode of the PokerStars “Big Game” aired this past Monday on Fox Channel Affiliates.  The big winner in the 32-hand debut episode was Tony G.  Thanks to the new screen graphics, viewers were able to see that Tony G had an “Aggression Factor” of 15, which made him far and away the leader in that category.  Doyle Brunson was never able to get anything going, dropping $110,000, which was the most for any player in the episode.  The highlight of the debut came when the “Loose Cannon,” Ernest Wiggins, sucked out on Phil Hellmuth three times after they agreed to run the board four times.  

Media Outlets Questioning: “Where Are the Women?”

At the start of the WSOP many outlets, including the WSOP themselves, questioned if the 2010 series would be the “Year of the Woman.”  It is now three weeks into the WSOP and no woman has won a bracelet, despite coming close with Jennifer Harman finishing 3rd in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 event and JJ Liu finishing 3rd in Pot Limit Holdem.  This slower than expected start for women has caused a number of media outlets to point out the “Year of the Woman” hasn’t materialized.  However, this article did point out that women generally only make up 2-3 percent of “open-field” events, and only 12 percent of the field makes the money, so the odds are low to begin with.  

Busy Day 20 of WSOP Sees Three Players Win Gold

Three players won gold bracelets on day 20 and in the early morning of day 21 of the World Series of Poker.  Jeff Tebben and William Haydon each won their first bracelet while David Warga won his second.  Tebben won his gold in the $1,000 No Limit Holdem event, after reaching the final table with just a few big blinds remaining.  William Hayden was able to parlay a day 1 chip lead into a bracelet, winning the $2,500 No Limit Holdem/Six Handed event.  Warga, who won his first bracelet in the Casino Employees event in 2002, won his first open field bracelet, defeating all comers in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better event.  This particular event had some extra drama because Karina Jett made a serious run at taking it down, as she was the chip leader for the early and mid-stages of the final table, but was eliminated in fourth place.  Jennifer Harman and JJ Liu, with a third place finish, currently have the best finishes by a woman in an open field event in the 2010 WSOP.

Sammy Farha Captures Third Career WSOP Bracelet

Sammy Farha
won his third career bracelet this week when he won the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better World Championship.  For the victory, Farha claimed $488,237.  Farha has long been considered one of the best Omaha players in the world and further solidified that statement, as all of his bracelets have come in that game.  Runner-up James Dempsey walked away with $301,790.

Poker Player and Robber Killed in Home Poker Game Invasion

A man in Mesquite, Texas was killed after murdering another man in an attempt to rob a home poker game.    Twenty-eight-year-old Darvis Young stormed into the apartment hosting the game, shooting and killing 35-year-old Tracy Moore.  Young was then shot and killed by another player in the game, 34-year-old Jerome Johnson.  Police say Johnson, who has a concealed handgun permit, will not be charged.   
Swiss Casino Stormed by 10 Men, Robbed of “Hundreds of Thousands” of Francs

A robbery that has eerie similarities to the EPT Berlin heist has taken place in a casino in Basle, Switzerland.    A gang of around 10 men armed with handguns and machine guns raided the casino early Sunday morning.  The thieves were able to get away with what is being reported as “hundreds of thousands” of francs, though no official number is known at this time.  Nobody was hurt in the robbery, but this latest robbery adds more question to the level of security in European casinos.  

Joy Miller and Dan Bilzerian Give Their Side of Twitter Drama

On the last edition of “Splashing the Pot” it was reported that WSOP reporter Joy Miller and Dan Bilzerian were in a battle of words because of a controversial quote from the movie “Gran Torino” posted on Dan’s Twitter account. Bilzerian says that Miller told him via voicemail that neither he nor any other sponsored pro of Victory Poker would get any ESPN coverage despite how far they make it.  ESPN then made a statement saying that Miller didn’t work for the company, so she had no control over what was aired.  Now, Miller is stating that she never said that to Bilzerian, and that she thinks Bilzerian did it simply for publicity for Victory Poker.  Additionally, Miller says that Phil Ivey has been supportive of her response to the posted quote, saying Ivey told her, “Let Dan Bilzerian come tell me the joke.”   

WPT Names Matt Savage “Executive Tour Director”

Matt Savage has recently been announced as Executive Tour Director of the World Poker Tour.  Savage, who has won multiple awards for his tournament directing expertise, will not be a tournament director for every stop.  Instead, Savage will work in a number of areas for the WPT.  Savage hopes to “make the WPT consistent and promote more player, fan and poker media friendly events.”

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