The Poker Brat is finally publishing his memoir tentatively titled: “The Poker Brat.” The long-awaited autobiography by Phil Hellmuth will hit bookshelves and virtual stores next year. The 1989 WSOP Main Event champion and 14-time WSOP bracelet winner originally had a contract with literary giant Harper Collins, but that deal got squashed in the wake of Black Friday 2011. Five years later, Hellmuth found a new publisher and D&B Publishing will release the book in February 2017. Hellmuth's autobiography will spill the beans about how the Poker Brat transformed himself from a high school loser into a world class poker pro. But wait, there's more! Hellmuth is currently in the process of writing another manuscript and motivational book about “how to achieve great things in life.”
Aaron Sorkin is set to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of the memoir Molly's Game, which is a tell-all about secret high-stakes games featuring celebrities and other elite one-percenters. Strong rumors rattling around in Hollywood right now that Academy Award winner Kevin Costner will join the cast that already includes Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba. In addition, Michael Cera from Arrested Development fame is also rumored to be interested in a role in Molly's Game as well.
The $6 billion merger between two gambling giants that is not going to happen. Those red-hot rumors about a merger with British bookmaker William Hill and PokerStars' parent company Amaya? Well apparently the negotiations fell apart after Parvus Assent Management, one of the primary investors in William Hill, balked at any merger ideas. Eric Hollreiser from PokerStars responded with a blog post about the inaccuracies in Parvus' claims. Meanwhile, will GVC swoop in to buy PokerStars, or will former CEO David Baazov figure out a way to buy PokerStars?
Elton Tsang from Hong Kong banked €11,111,111 for winning the 2016 One Drop Extravaganza in Monte Carlo. The €1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop attracted 26 players and 28 total entries. Only the top six paid out. Tsang edged out Russian businessman Anatoly Gurtovoy after 45 hands of heads-up action. Rick Salomon, most famous for being actress Shannen Doherty's ex-husband and his solid performance in the tawdry Paris Hilton sex tape, finished in third place.
The 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza final table is here! 28 runners bought in to this special €1,000,000 buy-in event. Andrew Pantling leads the final eight with nearly 32M in chips. Rick Salomon, the (free) baller in the Paris Hilton sex tape, is second overall with 27M. Also still alive... big-time NBA bettor Haralabos Voulgaris, Brandon Steven, James Bord, Anatoly Gurtovoy, Elton Tsang, and Cary Katz. Only the top 6 places get paid out with €11,111,111 for the champion. Follow the final table live updates over at PokerNews.
Dan Bilzerian appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience this week. In a three-hour episode, Bilzerian revealed stories about how he got kicked out of the Navy Seals, his infamous bender-induced heart attacks, getting stem cell injections in Mexico, the details behind his $1.2 million prop bet when he drove a bicycle from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in under 48 hours, and trying DMT at Burning Man.
The votes have been tallied for this year's class into the Poker Hall of Fame. Out of ten initial nominees, only two made the cut: 2001WSOP Main Event Champion Carlos Mortensen and Todd Brunson. They will officially be inducted on October 26th at Binions in downtown Las Vegas. Brunson's father, the legendary Texas Dolly, is already in the HOF.
Photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark, the director of the controversial film Kids, admitted on the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron that he once shot a man during a poker game. Sounds like a Johnnie Cash lyric, but it was real life for the Tulsa-based artist who documented the dark lives of himself and his friends, who were low-life junkies and speed freaks. In 1976, Clark was jailed for 19 months for shooting a man during a poker game after an opposing player refused to pay him. A stunned Clark revealed that he was shocked that the guy ratted on him to the police.
Donald Trump's Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City has officially closed its doors after 26 years of operation on the Boardwalk. Once dubbed the “8th Wonder of the World,” the Taj had gone into deep financial despair. Donald Trump sold the Taj casino in 2009. Despite attempts to revitalized the bankrupt Taj, the decision was finally made by owner Carl Ichan to shut it down. The Taj marks the fifth casino to close in Atlantic City, New Jersey since 2014.
We are only four weeks away until Election Day in America. Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton is an overwhelming favorite to win the election and become the next President of the United States. The Presidential Race, between Clinton and Republican contender Donald Trump, devolved into a mudslinging street brawl as we head into the final stretch. Depending on which form of slanted media you're reading, Donald Trump is either way behind or dead-even with Hillary Clinton. The pundits and media spin doctors are in overtime mode trying to make sense of this election, but the bookies always have a sober read on the future. At present moment, the bookies have spoken: Hillary Clinton is the heavy favorite to become the next President.
PokerStars has been up for sale the moment Amaya acquired them in 2014, but we might finally have a legit contender. Have you heard the latest rumor that PokerStars and William Hill will merge? According to a Reuters article, Amaya and William Hill are discussing a potential merger. The union of the U.K. sports betting giant with PokerStars could be worth over £5 billion or $6.1 billion.
The 2016 WSOP Main Event might have been an afterthought with the U.S. Presidential Debates airing at the same time. However, if you got your politics fix last night and missed the WSOP, then here's your chance to catch up on the action with episode 9 and episode 10 as the WSOP Main Event Day 6 field is thinned from 51 to 27.
The inaugural PokerStars Festival is coming to Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the end of October. Running from October 29 through November 6, the PokerStars Festival will boast 50 gaming events including a Main Event championship, High Roller event, and the PokerStars Cup. In addition, Jason Somerville will be hosting a special Run It Up event. There will also be a StarsFun skill zone with lots of hijinks.
The WPT Maryland Live main event attracted 554 players and the final table included Cate Hall, Ben Zamani, Darren Elias, Mario Silvestri, Zack Smiley, and Ryan Belz. Cate Hall final tabled this event last year with a fifth-place finish that put her on the poker map. The lawyer-turned-poker pro made another final table, but she was could not jumpstart her short stack and busted in sixth place. WPT POY leader Ben Zamani made another final table, but he went out in fifth place. Former medical student Zachary Smiley edged out Ryan Belz heads-up to win $356K and a seat into the Tournament of Champions.
The largest storm in over a decade, since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, is set to hit mainland America. Hurricane Matthew is predicted due to reach the Florida coast on Thursday morning and the Carolinas by Friday. Governor Rick Scott of Florida, urged residents of South Florida to evacuate. Several casinos in Florida are shutting down and/or cancelling events including the bestbet WPT Festival in Jacksonville, Seminole Hardrock Hollywood, Seminole Coconut Creek, Palm Beach Kennel Club, Daytona Beach Kennel Club, Gulfstream Park, and the Isle Casino Casino Pompano Park.
The 2016 WSOP Main Event has been airing on Sunday nights on ESPN. Sure, we all know who is still alive and advanced to the November Nine, but the coverage lets us see the highlights of how each member got there and how Johnny Bax built up his massive stack. Plus, other hijinks along the way.
So you want to be a poker pro...but what does that really mean? Kara Scott sat down to chat with Rupert ‘ruperte' Elder and figure out the nuts and bolts on what it really takes to be a legit professional poker player.
Did PokerStars just bail out the Global Poker League? The GPL got off to a fast start this year, but something strange happened over the summer when the GPL migrated to Las Vegas. The GPL were low on funds and had to borrow cash from deep-pocketed poker pros like Fedor Holz. The funds were paid back late (with interest) but the details sounded a bit shady. During the summer, the GPL canceled the finals at Wembley Stadium in London. Plus, they nixed an appearance at TwitchCon and insiders began to wonder if the GPL was imploding. The second half of the inaugural season kicked off this past week, but we got word this morning from a press release that PokerStars and Mediarex (the GPL's parent company) have entered a sponsorship deal. The details are still fuzzy, but safe to say that any cash flow problems have been nipped in the bud.
Matt Showell wrote and directed a short documentary film on Stu Ungar titled Last Chance Gone Wrong. Several of the biggest names in poker appear in this film to discuss Stu Ungar's fall from grace leading up to his comeback victory at the 1997 WSOP Main Event. Among those interviewed: Billy Baxter, Phil Hellmuth, Mike Sexton, Scotty Nguyen, and Andy Black.
Joe Ingram sat down with a lengthy interview with David Williams, who was fresh off of his runner-up finish on the reality show MasterChef. Ingram gets Williams to open up on a multitude of subjects including some behind-the-scenes intel on MasterChef, an insane story about how he dropped $1 million playing PLO, Spacecamp, a stolen car from a valet, and other hijinks living in Las Vegas during the height of the poker boom. In addition, Williams debunked the urban myth that he was a partipant in a foot fetish porn video.
Germany's llJaYJaYll took down the 2016 WCOOP Main Event championship last night for a $1.5 million score. The $5K buy-in event attracted 2,091 total entries and a prize pool of a shade over $10M. Two different money chops fell apart, so there was no deal at the final table. 0409479 from the United Kingdom was the runner-up and earned $1.1M. Fabrizio 'Sixth SeSen16' Gonzalez won the Player of the Series after making four final tables and cashing 24 times. Over the weekend, Daniel Negreanu won the WCOOP HORSE Championship by defeating Viktor ‘Isildur1' Blom heads-up for the win.
Online poker pro Prahlad Friedman released a hip hop video and he's in the process of recording an album. No longer known by his online screen names SpiritRock or Prefontaine, Friedman's stage name is Pragress. He recently collaborated with Brazilian singer Aida Magalhaes on a marijuana-inspired track titled Hazy Eyez. The two are working on an album for Pragress Records.
Good news and bad news. The EPT decided to amend their payout structure in some of their events. Any events that are €10,000 or more will retain its 12% to 15% payout structure. However, other events will payout 17% to 20% of the field, but with a min-cash of 1.5 the buy-in. For more details, read Neil Johnson's blog post about the payout breakdown that will be installed for upcoming events at the EPT Malta and EPT Prague.