Poker eyes and ears are on Las Vegas as the World Series of Poker forges ahead, creating champions, excitement, disappointment – and hundreds of stories from both sides of the tables. Read on to see how Vanessa Rousso’s Four Queens are making a Full House; Why Mike Sexton will play the One Drop Charity Event; How Doyle Brunson was framed and what Daniel Negreanu is angry about now…
Fun in the Sun for Rousso’s Rowdy Friends
It is no secret that the hundreds of poker players who land in Sin City for the WSOP have to find a place to stay. Most of them will be in the desert for the duration and go in on sharing a rental. But how nice for Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree, and Maria Ho that they don’t have to hunt for temporary digs - because they were invited to stay at Vanessa Rousso’s new McMansion.
Take a tour of her new playhouse here in a video by PokerNews' Lynn Gilmarten:
To show off her new digs, Rousso threw a housewarming/WSOP kick-off bash the first week-end in June and invited her poker playing buddies for drinking, eating and playing. The playing was offered up as beach volleyball, pool, basketball, air hockey, ping pong, tennis, swimming, hot tubbing, puttering on the golf green and of course – more libations.
If injuries suffered while partying are any indication of a great bash, then Tiffany Michelle (with a partially severed finger), Ryan “Golfa” D’Angelo (with a broken arm) and Liv Boeree (with a broken ankle) were the life of the party.
Is that why the video shows a duct taped “play at your own risk sign” posted?
We have no idea how the injuries happened, but you can watch the party action with some of Vanessa’s rowdy friends including Jason Koon, Scott Seiver, Faraz Jaka, Michael "Timex" McDonald, Justin Bonomo, Jennifer Harman, and Jonathan Duhamel courtesy of PokerStrategy and CardPlayer.
Read about it at PokerStars Blog.
WSOP Happenings; Sexton Steps Up for One Drop
In case you missed it, THE biggest news this year at the WSOP is the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop Charity event due to kick off the first week of July. The buzz isn’t so much about the event, as it is about keeping up with the Who’s. Who will play? Who actually has the buy-in? And who needs to sell their action to get in? While we don’t know all the answers, we do know the latest player to get on board is famed World Poker Tour host and Team PartyPoker pro Mike Sexton. Read his blog announcement and why he thinks this will be a historical tournament.
If you want to see just who will be laying down $1 million to play The Big One for Drop, here is PokerNews.com's list.
Picture This: The Godfather of Poker
The buzz at the Rio is that Doyle Brunson has been picking and choosing his spots at the WSOP, scaling back on how many events he is playing. The 78 year-old poker icon was first spotted in the 2012 WSOP Event #15; the $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. He didn’t take his seat until the 5th level, and was out in 40th place.
On a more fun note, has Doyle been framed? He has - and he likes it! The Godfather tweeted that he is pleased with the large-scale portrait of himself that Barry Jazz Finnegan painted using only a piece of charcoal at the April Irish Open in Dublin.
TexDolly Doyle Brunson
This is really cool. Thanks Barry. What a talent you are! RT @BarryJazz 2012-06-10
Pretty amazing likeness considering it was done from a picture of Brunson on Finnegan’s iPod touch. See Doyle’s portrait being created here:
Negreanu’s Recent Rants
If you care what super ranter Daniel Negreanu is mad and whining about now, or what he thinks about the Pacquiao vs. Bradley boxing match, the Electric Daisy Carnival, and Phil Ivey; find out courtesy of PokerNews.com:
Image courtesy of Barry Jazz Finnegan Facebook.