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Poker News | The Inside Shuffle

The Inside Shuffle – Campos' Plea Denied, Tony G Finds Jesus, Premier League Kicks-Off and More

Michael Thoms PartyPoker Qualifier
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This week it's all about the Premier League, well not ALL all, but most of it anyway. PartyPoker's Premier League V took off Sunday and the first qualifier for the $125,000 Main Event has already been determined – it's Mathew Frankland. During the Premier League Tony G made an amazing discovery – Chris “Jesus” Ferguson was right there, before everyone's eyes, playing for his own Main Event ticket along with the other contestants. Or was he? Mike Sexton gave his thoughts on the Premier League's Main Event lineup, excluding, of course, the two unknown qualifiers. Daniel Negreanu continues ranting on a weekly basis this time making too much emphasis on his 24-hour ban from the TwoPlusTwo forums. Keep reading for more.

Campos' Guilty Plea Not Accepted by Judge

Although last week one of the Black Friday indictees, a former Utah SunFirst Bank vice-president, John Campos pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan did not accept his plea. The reason: the judge doubts the prosecutors' decision to agree with Campos' guilty plea in exchange for a misdemeanor bank gambling charge instead of a felony. “You're basically walking away from the prosecution?” asked Kaplan and added that he will decide whether to accept the plea at sentencing scheduled for June 27th.

Campos, who was indicted along with a number of other online poker site founders and online payment processors, admitted that SunFirst Bank, which he was part owner of, processed $200 million in online poker payments between 2009 and 2011. In his plea Campos claims that the online poker sites, including PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker also promised to invest $10 million in the bank. However, his lawyer underlined that Campos did not relate the possible investments to the payment processing services.

Read more about this: Judge Refuses to Accept John Campos Guilty Plea.

Tony G Finds Jesus

No, the beloved and behated Tony G did not turn into some religious maniac running around shouting, “Bring more Christians!” He claims to have found the poker Jesus – Chris Ferguson in... Vienna. Tony even busted the televised Premier League table to confront Jesus and demand that he pay back the money Full Tilt Poker owes millions of players worldwide. What was Ferguson's reaction? Or was all this just one of Tony's shenanigans? Watch the video and find out.

As it turns out the guy with the long beard, long hair, and the hat that makes him actually look very much like Chris Ferguson is in fact the PartyPoker Premier League V online qualifier from Germany, Michael Thoms. He did quite well in the Event 2 advancing among the top 6 of the challenge for the last spot at the $125,000 buy-in Main Event.

Follow all the Premier League V action live on the PartyPoker Blog.

Mathew Frankland Qualifies for the Premier League $125K Event

And talking about Party's Premier League V, the $125,000 Main Event lineup was joined by one of the two qualifiers – Mathew Frankland. He won Event #1 after advancing to the six-handed final table from Heat A of Day 1 of the Premier League V action. Frankland outplayed the field of 12 players in total who were first divided into two heats of six – Heat A and Heat B. Three players of both heats then made it to the Event 1 final table to play for the only $125,000 Main Event seat.

Playing Heat A were PartyPoker Team Pros Amatos Gomila, Bodo Szbresny, Erich Kollman, and Andrew Feldman, and online qualifiers Dmitry Tretyakov and Mathew Frankland. Heat B featured Antony Lellouche, Giovanni Rizzo, Peter Muehlbek, Alexander Petersen, Diego Zeiter and Tony “The Enigma” – a player whose identity was kept secret for the entire game.

After the two heats were done and three players who would advance to the final table were determined, the chip counts set out players in the following order:

1. Peter Muehlbek 922,000
2. Mathew Frankland 887,000
3. Antony Lellouche 557,000
4. Dmitry Tretyakov 519,000
5. Amatos Gomila 394,000
6. Giovanni Rizzo 321,000

In fact it was the underdog Giovanni Rizzo who managed to stay in the game until the very end despite his short stack at the start of the final table. However, Frankland did not step down; he outplayed his opponent in the heads-up battle for the $125K ticket.

Check out Frankland's video after the victory:

Sexton's Thoughts on the Premier League Crowd

As Premier League V appears to be the biggest news in the poker world at the moment, we will continue with the topic by giving you Mike Sexton's thoughts on the Main Event lineup. The PartyPoker pro and everyone's favorite tournament announcer, Sexton analyzed 14 players that will play the $125K tournament, giving a little bit of background info on each and every one of the pros as well as some of his own ideas. Check out all the poker stars that will gather at the PartyPoker Premier League V Main Event tables this Wednesday, April 4th, and what Sexton has to say about each of them.

Negreanu's BanHammer Rant

The last time Daniel Negreanu ranted about something this long was when he was cursing Full Tilt Poker executives saying they should burn in hell or suffer some other painful and agonizing punishment for what they did. This time it's TwoPlusTwo and their moderator who banned Kid Poker from the forum for staggering a 24 hours? So in the latest edition of the Weekly Rant Negreanu spent 11 minutes complaining, explaining, and preaching on the issue telling the TwoPlusTwo guys to chillax, take a break, not take things too seriously and give him some slack. Not that he took it too evidenced by ranting about it for 11 minutes.

Apart from TwoPlusTwo, Negreanu also talked a little about the latest Full Tilt rumors and which way the company might be going. He also touched upon the iSeries – the reason he got banned from TwoPlusTwo in the first place, and also shared his impressions about the Huff & Stapes Show, an extract from which he also included in the video and from the looks of it, it's something worth checking out. In the video Negreanu also told a degen story about Phil Ivey and prop betting, not that it would sound too exciting or anything – unless it features an armed robbery. And it does!

See the full Rant:

Isildur Unconquered in the SuperStar Showdown

Third Time's a charm – that's the rule Viktor “Isildur1” Blom can apply to himself in finally beating Isaac “philivey2694” Haxton in the SuperStar Showdown after the two defeats he previously suffered from Haxton. However, this time thing were different – the two played 5,030 hands instead of the regular 2,500 in the course of three days, playing four tables at a time each contributing $500,000 and battling it out until one ends up with nothing. Luckily for Isildur he wasn’t the one biting the bullet.

“It feels good. It was a tough game,” Blom said after the game. “Haxton played good as usual. Maybe he played a bit too passive.”

Read the full Showdown analysis in the PokerStars Blog.

Top 5 Female Poker Players

While poker is considered a manly occupation, in the recent years women have significantly increased their contribution to the game making the difference in gender less and less noticeable when it comes to playing good and winning trophies. A contributor to, Jason Kirk, made a list of the top 5 female poker players who have made the biggest impact in changing women's role in the game of poker by winning big tournaments and cashing big prizes.

The list includes Jennifer Harman, Kathy Liebert, Annette Obrestad, Vanessa Selbst and Vanessa Rousso (which gives you a clear hint of what to name your daughter if you want her to become a professional poker player).

Jennifer Harman – with more than $2.6 million in lifetime tournament earnings Jenifer Harman is a big name on the poker circuit. Even though her primary occupation is playing cash games, Harman's tournament winnings prove she is dangerous at both ends. With two WSOP bracelets and a number of WSOP and WPT final tables and six-figure cash outs on her record, Harman is definitely one of the top poker ladies in the field.

Kathy Liebert – the most winningest female poker player of all time with $5.8 million in tournament cashes, Liebert also became the first woman to win a seven-figure cash prize after her victory at the Party Poker Million's $8,000 Limit Hold'em event where she collected $1 million in cash. Liebert has a total count of 26 live tournament victories including a WSOP bracelet.

Vanessa Selbst – Yale University and Yale Law School graduate, Selbst stepped into the poker arena in 2006 by scoring four cashes in four WSOP events in just two years. She has one WSOP bracelet on her trophy shelf, two North American Poker Tour titles she recorded by winning two back-to-back NAPT Mohegan Sun titles in 2010 and 2011 and the 2011 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event title.

Annette Obrestad – still 23 she's already in the poker Olympus with more than $3.7 million in her tournament winnings sack. The young Norwegian crashed the poker world back in 2007 when she became the youngest-ever WSOP bracelet winner at the age of 18 by coming out victorious of the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event with a $2 million cash prize.

Vanessa Rousso – another poker playing genius who graduated from Duke University in just two and a half years with a major in economics, and moved on to law school at the University of Miami by the age of 21. Rousso counts almost $3.5 million in lifetime tournament winnings with her biggest achievement being the € 25,000 European High Roller Championship title she scored in 2009 for $700,000. Her live circuit record also includes a number of WPT and WSOP final tables as well as a huge number of WSOP, WTP, EPT, NAPT, LAPT and other major live tournament cashes.

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