Shaun Deeb made online poker history by winning his third PokerStars SCOOP title on Sunday. The TwoPlusTwo forums went back online after the two-week long shut down caused by a hacker attack. Titan Poker and its pro team members Sam Trickett and Marvin Rettenmaier have parted ways while Bodog did quite the opposite by extending the sponsorship deal with Tatjana Pasalic. Daniel Negreanu is leaving his home town along with the birds and coming back to Vegas for some real poker action. All this and more in today's Inside Shuffle.
Shaun Deeb Wins Third SCOOP Title
Shaun Deeb has become only the second player in PokerStars history to score three Spring Championship of Online Poker titles. It was also his second 1st place finish in this year's series which put him far in front of Viktor "Isildur1" Blom in the SCOOP 2012 Player of the Series race. On Monday, May 13th, Deeb outplayed the field of 68 players including some big poker names: Nacho Barbero, Ville Wahlbeck, Anders Berg, Martin Staszko, Bertrand Grospellier, and Eugene Katchalov in a $2,100 buy-in Triple Stud event featuring the mixed play of Limit Stud, Stud Hi-Lo, and Razz.
Eugene Katchalov also scored high finishing in third place, however, neither he nor the runner-up stevie444 were good enough to beat Deeb that night. Not only did Deeb collect the $44,200 cash prize along with a huge amount of Player of the Series points, he also tied with cal42688 for the record of the most SCOOP titles. Not bad for someone who announced three years ago that he was leaving the poker tournament circuit forever.
Read the full tournament report on the PokerStars Blog.
TwoPlusTwo is Back
The site has been down since April 26th, when, according to the forum managers, TwoPlusTwo was closed “as a result of a hacker who has displayed the ability to access e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords.” In the announcement made on the day of the attack the forum staff also said that the hacker “indicated the ability to decrypt passwords” and therefore strongly suggested that forum members change any passwords matching those used to log in to TwoPlusTwo. The forum was then closed by the management in order to fix the security breach.
Now TwoPlusTwo is back up and running again greeting returning members with the following message:
“Welcome Back! As most of you know, we had a problem that meant the forums had to be taken down for a little over two weeks. In order to log into the forums you must reset your password. To do this - enter the e-mail address for your forum account into the Password Recovery Form and then follow the instructions that are mailed to you.”
Trickett and Rettenmaier Leave Titan Team Pro
On Friday, May 11th, Titan Poker announced it had parted ways with two members of the site's pro team, Sam Trickett and Marvin Rettenmaier. Both players have left the team after a two year partnership and Titan Poker's decision to switch its focus to “main stream and recreational poker players” instead of poker professionals.
“From our side, we are pursuing a new branding strategy which moves away from focusing on a pro team and emphasizes our appeal to main stream and recreational poker players,” Titan Poker said in the announcement. “Titan Poker wishes Sam Trickett and Marvin Rettenmaier continued success in their professional poker careers and would like to thank them both for a great run.”
Find the full announcement on TitanPoker.com.
Bodog and Pasalic Extend Contract
Unlike their colleagues at Titan Poker, Bodog has no plans of sacking their pro players and has renewed the partnership deal with one of the best-known women players in the field – Tatjana Pasalic. Bodog announced the news in a press release on Monday, May 14th.
“The WSOP is around the corner and I can confirm I will definitely be on that plane,” Tatjana said after signing a new one-year deal with Bodog. “I love working with Bodog and they seem to like me…here’s to another great year.”
Pasalic was born in Bosnia, but grew up in the Croatian capital Zagreb. She then moved to Denmark at the age of 19 where she mastered the game of poker and became a world-famous poker player and presenter.
Go to CalvinAyre.com for a full report.
Weekly Rant's Back to Vegas
Daniel Negreanu's Weekly Rant is getting shorter each time with the latest lasting just 9 minutes. Still, Daniel had some interesting things to share, like his brother's birds talking and having a shower. In a more poker-related part of the video Negreanu discusses the World Series of Poker expansion to Asia-Pacific, Isildur1 winning back-to-back SCOOP titles, the advantages of playing online poker at home with some very entertaining extracts from his own online games and, of course, the degen story of the week featuring Raymond Davis.
Watch it unfold:
Celebrations are Back at the WSOP
Last week the World Series of Poker executives announced they canceled the ban on big celebrations which means players will once again be free to celebrate their victories in the way that big victories should be celebrated. WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart agreed that the poker room is not a church and players should be allowed to express their emotions.
Another change in the World Series' rules is that players will be allowed to discuss their hands while at the table – another restriction that received a lot of negative feedback from the players in the past.
Celebrating the WSOP's decision to bring back the celebrations, the PokerNews staff came up with the Top 10 World Series Celebrations of all time – you can check them all out by visiting PokerNews.com.
Zolotow Explains the Two Bracelet Phenomenon
Having a mathematical mind is a great advantage in poker. And Steve Zolotow, known in the poker world as “The Bald Eagle,” has once again proved it in his recent column on CardPlayer. He did some calculations to prove that winning two or more bracelets during the same World Series is not as unlikely as one may think. Zolotow did the research after a great Seven Card Stud player, David Heyden, expressed his surprise about the same players winning more than one bracelet in just two months.
Read the full explanation on CardPlayer.com.
Let's Talk Poker - WSOP
PokerWorks continues our “Let's Talk Poker” series providing you with simple and straightforward poker tips and instructions on how to become a better poker player. Taking part in freerolls, satellite tournaments and collecting bonuses makes your hunt for poker money easier and faster – if you play a tournament with a decent prize pool as a PokerWorks’ referred player, you significantly increase your chances of getting paid as you know you're going to face a smaller playing field.
The same applies to WSOP promotions – there are a number of PokerWorks’ recommended online poker sites giving away WSOP packages from freerolls or low buy-in satellites. You could be the one, remember the Moneymaker story?
For more tips on how to get into this year's WSOP read Let's Talk Poker - Playing the WSOP.
Barry Greenstein Makes Time
In his latest PokerStars Blog post, Lee Jones talks about one of poker’s flagmen carrying the nickname of “Robin Hood of Poker.”
The thing about Greenstein that amazes Jones the most is that unlike many other poker grinders, Barry makes the time to live his usual life as well. Although, according to Greenstein, he runs 16-hour online grinding sessions he still has time to read his children's school books and even get a PhD in mathematics. Beat that teen grinders! It comes as no surprise that Greenstein is also a great conversationalist which he has proved once again in a recent online chat session with the fans on PokerStars.
Read Lee Jones take on Barry Greenstein by visiting the PokerStars Blog.
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