Many thought poker player Ronald Fanelli had a temper and some personal issues, but shock waves hit some in the industry when he confessed to murdering Thailand bar hostess Wanphen Pienjai in June. Fanelli was a poker player as well as a former U.S. Navy lieutenant, though in recent years he lived in Thailand. After a breakup with his wife and estrangement from his child, he became disturbed, and the encounter with Pienjai left her stabbed, dismembered, stuffed in a suitcase, and discarded on the side of a road.
PokerStars already has Macau on its list of stops for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour each year, but a new event has been announced independent of the APPT. The special event is the Macau Millions, a set of tournaments that looks to set records for tournament fields and prize pools. With a $1,000,000 HKD guarantee for a mere $2,200 HKD buy-in, players can enter on any of the first five days of the tournament. The festivities will take place from August 4-8 at the Casino Grand Lisboa.
Joe Navarro has become a well-known figure in the poker industry for his books and seminars about poker tells. His years as an FBI profiler offered him a smooth transition to poker, and the Huffington Post recently took a look at the man who now teaches at the WSOP Academy. His long history as an observer of others is examined, as are some of his tips that can be used in poker as well as relationships and life in general.
After months of repeated shows, ESPN is finally ready to begin airing episodes filmed at this year’s World Series of Poker. Poker fans have been waiting, as they followed along with coverage for two months of the summer, to see some of the action on television. Beginning on July 27 with the $50K Poker Players Championship, new episodes are scheduled to run through the November Nine. Check your local listings for times and set your DVRs and TiVos!