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Google News Nuggets: WSOP Bets and PokerStars Sponsorships

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Looking for poker news can be a tough endeavor, as the simple search produces more search results than most people care to sift through. The goal is to bring you those tidbits, ones that don’t necessarily deserve grand articles in themselves but offer an insight into the wide breadth of the broader news world that includes poker.

Yammer and Mahalo Founders Prop Betting on 2010 WSOP

The World Series of Poker brings out the gambler in many people, so it shouldn’t be surprising that several tech company executives are ready to get in on the action. Yammer founder David Sacks and Mahalo founder Jason Calacanis have decided to not only play the WSOP Main Event that begins on July 5 in Las Vegas, but they’re making a last-longer bet with each other. The bet is that each puts 10,000 shares of their own companies on the line for whoever lasts longer in the Main Event. They made it clear that the shares were personally - not publicly - owned, but they did not divulge what percentage of the respective companies was on the line.

WSOP Prop Bet to Put Bad Beat on Cancer


Another interesting bet taking place around the upcoming 2010 WSOP Main Event is one involving poker players, but it’s not the typical last-longer bet. Rafe Furst, one of the founders of the Bad Beat on Cancer charity, made a rock-paper-scissors (roshambo) bet with Joe Sebok on the now-defunct television program Poker2Nite. Sebok won the match, which meant Furst had to dress in women’s clothing on the first day of the Main Event in July. The outfit of choice is a women’s track suit with the Bad Beat on Cancer logo on the front and Prevent Cancer logo on the rear. Sebok offered to join Furst in his own track suit, as has Phil Gordon and Ace Bailey. All will be encouraging poker players to donate at least one percent of their Main Event winnings to cancer prevention, research, and education.

Harrah’s Still Looking for Rio Buyer

The home of the World Series of Poker has been on the market for months, but no offers have yet been made to Harrah’s for the purchase of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino that are catching much attention. There have been offers, including one from Penn National Gaming for $450 million that involved a deal to keep the WSOP at the Rio, but the Las Vegas Sun reported that the deal fell through, possibly because of the additional money that would’ve been required to restore the Rio and make it a destination resort again. For now, Harrah’s continues to seek a buyer for the property.

Poker Parlors in Portland Surge in Popularity

Live poker in Portland, Oregon is alive and well, and the ever increasing numbers of poker parlors that host Texas holdem tournaments are a testament to that. The Portland Tribune reported that three new ones opened in the past 13 months, and that hundreds - possibly thousands - of poker players are entering tournaments every day. Despite casinos being banned in the state, the parlors practice “social gambling” and thereby skirt the laws by not taking a rake on the game itself, though entry fees into the club are allowed. With 30 clubs currently holding licenses and more pending approval, Portland’s poker scene is thriving.

Poker Game Robbery Leaves Two Dead in Texas


A poker game held in a Mesquite apartment was interrupted by a would-be robber, who was armed, demanded money, and shot 35-year old Tracy Moore, who died from the wound. Another player, who happened to be local CBS news photographer Jerome Johnson, shot the robber, Dervon Young, who died as well. Johnson’s handgun was reportedly licensed and he was said to have acted in self-defense.

Shannon Elizabeth Accused of Taking High Rake at Home Game

In a report that reeks of hearsay, noted gossip columnist Perez Hilton printed a letter from a reader that accused Shannon Elizabeth, to whom Hilton referred as a “z-lister,” of taking illegal and seriously blown inflated rake in her home game. Her Los Feliz house was allegedly the place where this accuser attended a game and noted that she wasn’t even playing the game but charged the likes of $25 in rake on a $70 pot. This person, who remained anonymous, also accused her of “childish hissy fits” and throwing cards and chips.

Guns, Girls & Gambling Movie to Premiere July 6

The movie comes up in the poker category of Google because of its logline (description) that reads: Elvis impersonators, Indians, modern cowboys, a 6-foot-tall blond assassin, a frat boy, a corrupt sheriff and a prostitute come into a chase for a priceless American Indian artifact stolen during a poker game at an Indian casino. Though no mention has been made of any poker pros being consulted for the film or appearing in it, the movie is garnering interest for its cast of Dane Cook, Christian Slater, and Gary Oldman.

Madoff’s Victims to Benefit from Poker Tables in Auction

The repercussions of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme can be felt long after the man himself was convicted of numerous crimes and sentenced to 150 years in prison. Victims are still suffering the losses, and to help ease those situations, the U.S. Marshals Service will be hosting a June 24th auction to sell property and assets of Madoff Investment Securities top lieutenant Frank DiPascali, who pled guilty to ten charges of his own. Among the items to be sold are poker tables, pinball machines, gym equipment, and paintings. Proceeds will be distributed to victims by the Department of Justice.

PokerStars Sponsors Spanish Basketball Federation

It is not uncommon these days for an online poker company to sponsor a major sports star or part of an event, but the sponsorships are becoming more frequent. With the Basketball World Championship preparing to begin in August in Turkey, PokerStars recently announced it will sponsor the Spanish Basketball Federation (Federacion Espanola de Baloncesto), which will play Lebanon, Lithuania, France, Canada, and New Zealand.

Football Star Juan Sebastian Veron to be Ambassador for PokerStars

With the World Cup in full swing in South Africa, eyes from around the world have been on soccer (or football, as many would call it). And one of the stars of the Argentinean team, Juan Sebastian “Brujita” Veron will now be sporting a PokerStars patch as he represents the site on an international basis. Veron has already filmed a commercial for PokerStars, and those ads will appear during broadcasts of the World Cup.

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