The week started off with us hearing Brad had been very Bad. News about Brad Booth not paying back fellow poker players was speculation - until he apologized on camera. And in Vegas this week, the WSOP was played under a full moon, but that wasn’t the only moon out in Vegas this week. Darvin Moon was caught on tape - playing in an event other than the Main one!
We like the Ladies, which is why we wanted to know how the girls will kick off the High Heels Poker Tour’s debut in Erie, Pennsylvania this weekend. As the National Championship horses approach the gate…. Keep reading for more of the latest poker news.
An Erie Kick Off for the High Heels Poker Tour
For the first time, the only “all ladies” poker tour, The High Heels Poker Tour (HHPT) will stop at Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, PA. On June 10th, the ladies No-Limit Holdem event will kick off at 4PM, which is the first in a pair of events to be held as part of the HHPT Red Stiletto Series. In addition, one lucky lady will win a seat in the Ladies Event at the WSOP! In August, the tour heads to the Mountaineer Casino in Chester, West Virginia. For tournament details and the full HHPT schedule, visit their website.
Bad Brad Apologizes
On Monday, if you had heard the name Brad Booth, you probably remembered him as being a victim of the infamous Ultimate Bet super-user scandal where he claims to have lost over $2 million. Or maybe you saw him on GSN’s High Stakes Poker, or you may have read that he was once called one of the best cash game poker players on the planet.
As of Tuesday however, Brad was becoming known for being very bad when PokerNews reported that he had “allegedly” stole $28,000 from poker pro Douglas “WCGrider” Polk. A day later, Brad used his webcam to plead his case, make promises and apologize in this video he posted on You Tube.
Picking the Next National Champion
Every year anticipation builds as bets are made on who will be the next WSOP National Champion. In case you don’t know about this event, here is a short run down:
Over the last year, 100 players have qualified for a $1 million National Championship freeroll seat by earning points at WSOP Circuit events. Another 100 of the top WSOP point earners from the past 2 years can also free-roll, if they pony up the $10,000 Buy-in. If all 200 potential qualifiers participate, the prize pool could reach a cool $2 million.
While there are several big names on the contenders list such as Ben Lamb, Phil Hellmuth and Byran Devonshire, an unknown could just as easily come out of Somewhere, USA to take home the title and nice chunk of cash. Go here to read more picks and pans on players vying for the National Champ title.
Pick your favorite to win and tune in when ESPN films the National Championship event live on July 6th.
The Moon in Vegas
Darvin Moon, the self-employed logger from Maryland who was runner-up in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event was recently spotted playing Event#9, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em at the WSOP. Why is this surprising? Because after winning his 2009 Main Event seat in a $130 satellite in a West Virginia casino (and almost not using it to win nearly $5.2 million in the Main Event), Darvin has largely dodged the limelight and shied away from the media. In 2010 he made his second trip to Vegas, but shunned the preliminary events opting to play only the Main Event. One of the few times Moon showed up was in 2010, at the National Heads-Up Championship, where he was knocked out by Annie Duke. In 2011 however, Moon’s spotlight will be brighter as he becomes a Tour Ambassador for the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT).
Ever wondered what to wear while attending the WSOP? Ask Darvin and he will tell you that wearing his Saints hat turned out to be another stoke of good luck. After Darvin’s appearance on TV in 2009 where he said he wore the hat because "I like cheering for the underdog," the New Orleans Saints invited him to be their special guest at the Saints games for their entire playoff run. Not only that, he was also invited to Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, where he watched the Saints defeat the Indianapolis Colts.
See what Darvin Moon has to say about all of this - and find out why he was in a $1,500 event at the WSOP in this interview with PokerNews’ Sarah Grant.