The new poker week started with the news of 'Amarillo Slim' Preston's death at the age of 83. The winner of the third World Series of Poker was one of the poker icons of the 20th century bringing that strong cowboy lifestyle flavor to the tables. Another name making headlines may not sound that familiar, still, history was in the making. French poker player Lucille Cailly became the first woman to make it to the European Poker Tour Grand Prix final table. Not only did she make it, she stayed strong and made it to 2nd place. Meanwhile in Monte Carlo PokerStars was showing off its mobile poker app which is now available to most of the site's European players. For this and more keep reading the new Inside Shuffle.
R.I.P. Amarillo Slim
The winner of the third World Series of Poker in 1972 and the holder of four WSOP bracelets, a poker legend, 'Amarillo Slim' Preston, passed away on Sunday night, April 29th, in hospice care in his hometown Amarillo, Texas. He was 83-years old.
“He was a cowboy at heart,” said Amarillo Slim's son Bunky Preston. “He used poker to make money, but he loved chasing cows.”
One of the most recognized poker players of the 20th century, Amarillo Slim played a great part in poker's rise to stardom – he became the first TV poker celebrity and was one of the most notable players on the tournament field for a few decades. Apart from playing poker Amarillo Slim was also known for crazy prop bets, like challenging Minnesota Fats in pool while playing with a broom stick and outplaying Evel Knievel at golf using a hammer for a club.
Find the full story at Amarillo.com
EPT Grand Prix Main Event Finds a Winner
The European Poker Tour Grand Prix Main Event in Monte Carlo found Lucille Cailly to be, by far, the biggest star of the tournament. The local heroine became the first female player to reach the EPT Grand Prix final table and managed to come in second place.
American Mohsin Charania, who had a couple of notable WPT and WSOP finishes in the past with the biggest one so far being the 2010 World Poker Finals in the Mashantucket, $9,700 No-Limit Hold'em Championship event final table took down 1st place.
The EPT Monte Carlo Grand Prix Main Event Chip Counts with four players left:
Charania and Cailly made a deal which was open to the public. The final heads-up lasted five hands and ended in a €200,000 flip. Charania looked down to at the same time that Cailly found the . When the board ran out Charania was crowned the EPT Grand Final champion.
The Grand Final Results:
Check out this short interview with Lucille Cailly.
And the winner’s video:
Read the final play down at PokerNews.com.
Adelson Stands Anti-Poker Strong
It seems that Las Vegas Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson who made his negative feelings towards online poker very clear in the past does not plan to allow internet poker legalization to pass the federal government. Although he's not much into interviews and public statements, Adelson recently spoke to Las Vegas Sun's Jon Ralston and said that he wants to recede from the national spotlight and will begin contributing to organizations that do not have to disclose their donors.
“I’m going to give one more small donation – you might not think it’s that small – to a SuperPAC and then if I give it will be to a c4,” Adelson said.
Ralston explains that by c4 Adelson refers to “501c4 nonprofits, which are tax-exempt and also exempt from disclosures.” Ralston then continues to track Adelson's possible future donations to nonprofit organizations leading him to Crossroads, which would allow Adelson to indirectly fund Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Sen. Dean Heller.
Read more on Adelson's anti-poker donations on LasVegasSun.com.
PokerStars Mobile Launched Across Europe
The PokerStars mobile application is now available to almost all players in the European continent with the latest addition to the mobile network being PokerStars.fr. The app was first launched in the United Kingdom with the success leading the site to other markets including Sweden, Finland, Romania, Poland and Slovenia. Last week the mobile version became available to PokerStars.eu players and finally came to France.
The app which allows Texas Hold'em, Omaha, and Omaha Hi-Lo real money cash games, tournament and S'n'G's is available on both iOS and Android devices with tablets supporting up to five tables played simultaneously. The introduction of the PokerStars mobile app coincided with one of the biggest live poker events in France – the EPT Grand Prix in Monte Carlo which also became the venue for the presentation of the new PokerStars mobile app.
Check out the video of PokerStars Mobile being presented in France.
Find out more about the app on PokerStars Mobile.
Terrence Chan Races up Victoria Peak
Best known in the poker world for making numerous World Series of Poker finale tables, Terrence Chan is also good at “getting punched in the face.” Yes, he literally gets punched in the face since he is also a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter. In his blog Chan shares the latest developments of both his fighting and poker careers, while his most recent challenge featured a 7.5 km race up Victoria Peak in Hong Kong.
In his blog post Chan explains why he decided to enter the race in the first place as running, according to Chan, is not something he has ever really enjoyed. However, Chan claims that running is an incredibly under-appreciated part of MMA conditioning and so he is trying to make an effort to tame it.
Go to Chan's blog to find out more about the race.
Buy a T-Shirt, Support the PPA
The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) – an organization dedicated to defending the rights of American poker players - has launched a T-shirt campaign to help fund its cause. Now every poker player, or just a fan of the game, can purchase these exclusive “Live and Let Grind” T-shirts and support the PPA in its fight for online poker legalization in the United States.
The “Live and Let Grind” T-shirts are available at the Grinder Gear Clothing online shop at $24.95 each with 20 percent of every purchase being donated to the PPA. So if you want to support the PPA, have a cool T-shirt, and let everyone know you support the fight for online poker – go buy one for yourself and another one for your friend.
The T-shirts sell at GrinderGearClothing.com.
PokerStars Counts 80 Billion Hands
PokerStars is on its way to the 100 billionth hand! PokerStars has been counting milestone hands for quite awhile now and rewarding big prizes to those who win millionth and billionth hands along the way. With the 80 billionth hand just a few million away PokerStars is yet again ready to give away more cash on some of the milestone hands than you would normally win in a game.
PokerStars is giving away $1 million to players who win milestone hands from 79,700,000,000 to 80,000,000,000 (e.g. 79,902,000,000) as well as those who play them. The winner of the 80 billionth hand will be rewarded with at least $20,000, however, the prize could increase depending on the amount of VIP points in the winner's account.
Find out more about the Milestone Hand promotion at PokerStars.com.
Bobby's Room at Bellagio
If you're up for high stakes live cash game action, Bobby's Room at Bellagio might be just what you need. The prestigious poker room is named after poker legend Bobby Baldwin and is the place where top poker pros gather to play. The room has a minimum buy-in requirement of $20,000 so you know the crowds at the tables aren’t there to socialize. Bellagio goes even further by boasting that Bobby's Room hosts the highest limit poker action in the world, which is very likely to be true.
The room features two poker tables with four television monitors and DMX overhead music and even an original LeRoy Neiman painting with a few well-known poker players including Lyle Berman, Bobby Baldwin, Doyle Brunson, Chau Giang, and others.
Concerned that you may not have enough cash on hand to play in Bobby’s Room? Fill out a Marker Limit Application before going.
Check out more of the Bobby's Room at Bellagio.com.