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Poker News | The Inside Shuffle

The Inside Shuffle – Trickett Robbed, Lock Poker Switches Network, New WSOP Verbal Policy and More

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Sam Trickett is probably the unluckiest poker player in the world (although many bad-beats would argue) at the moment – first he got robbed by a mysterious well known poker player, then he lost his wallet and then went busto on the first hand of the WSOP Event #9. In other news Lock Poker had finally switched to its own Revolution Gaming Network last week leaving Merge Gaming due to a disagreement the two sides had a few months ago. The World Series of Poker decided it was good practice to make players do certain things at the tables without asking the players first if they wanted to. Keep on reading for more of the latest poker news.

Sam Trickett's Out of Luck

It seems that the past few days was a complete nightmare for Sam Trickett. On Thursday he tweeted the following message: “I had money stolen from me by a well known poker pro,that i thought was my friend! If he dont call me soon, I going to expose him 4 what he is.”

It's been four days since the message went out in the open, but Trickett took no other steps to reveal the identity of the player. So one can only assume that either Trickett got his money back and settled things between him and the player, or he's willing to wait a while longer.

However, this was just a start to Trickett's troubles. He tweeted on losing his phone and then getting busted from WSOP Event #9: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry on the first hand... twice. If that's not bad luck, we don't know what is.

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Lock Poker Switches Network

Last month Lock Poker announced the purchase of the Cake Poker Network and plans to leave the Merge Gaming Network in the near future. It's now a done deal – Lock Poker officially left Merge Gaming and joined newly-established Revolution Gaming Network on Thursday, May 31st.

Lock Poker claimed the network switching process did not cause problems to the players and that their accounts, money balances, and VIP points were all transferred from one platform to another without major issues.

However, the loss of one of the leading skins of the network resulted in the loss of player traffic for Merge Gaming. According to online poker tracking authority, Lock Poker generated around 40 percent of the Merge Gaming traffic. The same website reported that the new Revolution Network gathered even more real-money players than Merge Gaming at some point on Friday.

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The 2012 WSOP So Far

Six gold World Series of Poker bracelets have already found their way to the wrists of six new WSOP champions. Chiab Saechao won Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em becoming this year's first World Series champion. He was then followed by Brent Hanks who came out victorious in Event #2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em collecting the biggest cash prize so far – $517,725. The winner list was soon joined by Leif “Junge Boy” Force who won Event #3: $3,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha.

Event #4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better, saw Cory Zeidman beat the living Swedish poker legend Chris Bjorin heads-up for his first WSOP bracelet. Nick Jivkov then collected Event #5: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em honors busting one of poker's best, Daniel Negreanu on his way to the title. And finally Andy Bloch bested the field of 367 players in Event #7: $1,500 Seven Card Stud to take home his long-awaited first WSOP bracelet. Bloch outplayed none other than Mr. Barry Greenstein in the heads-up play for the title.

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WSOP Enforces New Verbal Declaration Policy

Not long after canceling some of the restrictions which were strongly opposed by the players, WSOP executives enforced some new ones instead. Although the new rule is more of an obligation than restriction, the technicality didn't really change the players' reaction. And it wasn't good. Just before the start of the Event 5: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em final table (which was streamed live) the players were informed that they would have to verbally declare all of their actions at the table. In fact the new rule applies to all live-streamed featured and final WSOP tables.

The new regulation received negative reactions from most of the players at the table. “It doesn’t make any sense,” said Jonathan Aguiar who finished third in the event. “They’ve implemented a rule without consulting the players, based on the notion that it will somehow make the live coverage more lively and engaging. It isn’t even a matter of announcing the action, because the dealers, the tournament directors and the commentators are all doing that on their own.”

Many players at the table as well as on the rail shared the same emotions when they found out about the new requirement. “Some players are just very quiet and they’ve been like that for years, so it’s a very hard rule to enforce,” said Daniel Negreanu who finished the event in fifth place. “I just don’t think it adds anything as far as entertainment value. I mean, is it really so important for the players to say the words, bet, check and raise, because that’s all their going to say. It’s really boring.”

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