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Poker News | The Inside Shuffle

The Inside Shuffle - This Week at the Rio; Negreanu Camps, Ivey Returns, Schaefer Soars and One Drop Fills-up.

Brandon Schaefer Event 14 WSOP 2012
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Most of the news this time of year revolves around what is happening at the Rio in Las Vegas. While we will always tell you the juicy tidbits like why Brandon Schaefer will be flying since he won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet and $311,174 in Event #14, we will also tell you fun facts like what famous pro likes being ‘trailer trash’ in the Rio parking lot.

What do you do when your One Drop cup runneth over? According to the folks at the WSOP, you get a bigger cup. Read about all this and more…

Phil Ivey – Rising from the Ashes Returns to the Rio

A couple of years ago, the mention of Phil Ivey’s name conjured up thoughts of him being one of the best cash game players in the world, a Full Tilt Poker Pro and winner of 8 World Series of Poker gold bracelets. Not to mention being so famous that the private poker room at Aria was named after him.

But that was back when he took home $1.4 million in 2010 for his seventh place finish in the WSOP Main Event. After Black Friday (the April 2011 crackdown on Internet poker by the U.S. Department of Justice) Ivey fell off the poker radar, boycotted the 2011 WSOP, and in general had a really crappy year or so it appeared to those trolling him.

Although Ivey has not been charged or convicted of any crime, the Full Tilt Poker mess angered players to the point that they felt anyone associated with the one-time powerhouse poker room was guilty of deceit if nothing else. As a result, Phil Ivey, once one of the most popular and well liked players in the world, lost thousands of fans and fell from grace. Ivey’s once adoring public was pissed, and they let him and other former Full Tilt pros like Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson know it - every time they dared to show their famous poker faces in public.

Hoping to put the past year behind him, (which includes a high profile divorce that is headed for the Nevada Supreme Court) Ivey is back at the WSOP this year. The Las Vegas Review-Journal talks about his return to the Rio and which event was his 44th WSOP career cash.

How Many Millions Can One Drop Take?

This week the World Series of Poker press people that announce such things, said there were a dozen more players who said they would be playing the world’s biggest buy-in charity event - The Big One for One Drop.

According to; The 46 millionaire’s who are lined-up to play the One Drop event includes poker pros Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchalov, David “Viffer” Peat, Vivek Rajkumar, Andrew Robl, Nick Schulman, Sam Trickett, and Noah Schwartz. Joining them will be Roger Teska, Jens Kyllönen, John Morgan (CEO of Winmark Corporation), and an anonymous hedge fund manager.

But the big question is not Who is in Whoville, but how many Whos? What if the event exceeds the 48 player cap? If indeed the cap is reached when the event starts on July 1st, but there are still players with the $1 million buy-in who want to play - what will happen? Well, much like the US debt limit, the ceiling could be raised. Read more about how the WSOP would accommodate more One Drop players here.

Brandon Schaefer Flying High at WSOP

Brandon Schaefer is flying high after winning his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet and $311,174 for taking down Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout. Since 2005, when he won the EPT Deauville, Brandon has racked up career earnings of more than $1 million, but he is giving it all up – to fly even higher.

While other pros are sweating it out at the Rio, entering every 2012 WSOP event they can afford, Schaefer will be heading to Fort Rucker in Alabama where on June 15th, he will enroll in flight school. has more about Brandon’s WSOP victory and why he decided give up playing with donkeys to go fly helicopters with the eagles.

Trailer Trash? Daniel Negreanu Camps Out at the WSOP

In most parts of the world, ‘RV’ is used to describe a recreational vehicle, which can encompass everything from a 14’ tent trailer to a 60’ million dollar motor home. So what is it that Daniel Negreanu has parked outside of the Rio? According to Daniel and his interview in this PokerStars blog it is a trailer. If you ask anyone who owns, rents, or has been RVing however, they will tell you Daniel has rented a Motor Home, not a trailer – and a very nice Motor Home at that.

Yes there is a difference, one being that you can jump in and drive a motor home, but you have to hitch up and tow a trailer. Another big difference is price, like the several $100k kind of difference, which adds up to a big difference in both prestige and luxury.

If Daniel wants to think of his temporary digs at the Rio as a mere trailer, instead of a class A Fleetwood motor home, it is fine with us. To find out who started this ‘trailer’ trend, what other famous players are parking lot camping, and why Daniel evidently doesn’t think air-conditioning is a must have in his ‘trailer’ read the blog.

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