And now for something completely different! Doug Polk posted a hysterical video breaking down the truth on how different countries played poker differently. The American pro (with a British mother) explained how Americans were super nitty and how they played differently from Brits, Scandis, Russians, French, Germans, and Brazilians. A nice light-hearted take on the varied styles in the poker universe.
Everyone at PokerStars HQ is having a field day over the viral video that Daniel Negreanu posted on his Facebook page. Negreanu has been tutoring the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt and comedian Kevin Hart for their heads-up showdown in the Bahamas at the 2018 PCA in January. A video captured their hijinks that included an ice bath challenge. The viral video passed 1M view and both Hart and Bolt. You can view the video over on Negreanu's FB page.
Colorado is one of the most popular tourist destination in the western United States. The Rocky Mountains attract visitors from all over the world, whether its hiking and rafting in the summers, or skiing and snowboarding in the winter. With the legalization of marijuana, the Rocky Mountain high has a whole new meaning. The cannabis industry in Colorado is booming, which is why Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in America. If you didn't know, an old mining town in Black Hawk, Colorado has become a hub of poker in the Rockies. If you desire cash games or tournaments, the Ameristar and Golden Gates in Black Hawk has your fix. Black Hawk is less than an hour drive from Denver, nestled in a canyon with a postcard-like scenic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
Montreal, Bad Beat City! The bad beat jackpot at the Playground Poker Club had ballooned to over $1.2 million last week before it finally hit on Thursday evening. Elphege Delarosbil flopped a set of Jacks and turned quads, but Shane Galle rivered a straight flush with Qs-8s. That river beat trigged the bad beat jackpot worth $1.2 million. Delarosbil walked away with $460K, while Galle banked $230K. The table share was $33K per person. Everyone inside the poker room won $1.2K as part of the bad beat promo. As Elky would say, "So sick!" Watch the jubilation here.
If you are visiting New York City and looking for some poker action, then consider a special side trip to Connecticut. Two amazing casinos -- Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun -- are located only a 2.5 hour drive from NYC. For 25 years, Foxwoods has been the largest poker room in New England with 140+ tables. Foxwoods also spreads Seven-card Stud and have variety of mid-stakes and high-stakes action. Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT has 40+ tables and cater to low-limit players. Both casinos host daily tournaments.
British pro Charlie Carrel embarked on a remarkable career as he quickly ascended the ranks over the last two years and made a splash on the High Roller scene. On the True Gordie Podcast, Charlie recently talked about his rags to riches story and how he turned $15 into $5.5 million. Among the other topics mentioned... bullying, psychedelic exploration, and the polyamorous life juggling multiple girlfriends.
Not looking good for McNoori and his prop bet. Mike McNoori is trying to eat $1,000 worth of McDonalds in 36 hours. According to a tweet this morning, "About $150 ordered with about $55 in the fridge. 21 hours in, $95 consumed. On pace for about $150 worth in 36 hours." For updates, follow @McHamburgler1k on Twitter and @McHamburgler on Instagram.
Doyle Brunson, a.k.a. Texas Dolly, won 10 WSOP bracelet and authored the single greatest strategy book of all time, Super System. The Godfather of Poker played college basketball and was rumored to have been drafted by an NBA team. A gnarly accident derailed his basketball career and he eventually found himself in poker. The rest is history. Brunson recently got inducted into Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame for his prowess as a basketball player at Hardin-Simmons University, where he averaged 15.3 points per game in 1953.
McDonalds. Love it, or hate it…. Mike Noori bet that he could eat $1,000 worth of McDonalds in 36 hours. Noori is getting 5-1 odds from Mike O'Malley and at least $200,000 is on the line. The eating prop bet will go down in Arizona during the annual Matt Savage golf tournament. Noori decided that he's going to eat $500 worth of apple slices, but he cannot eat no more than $200 in salads. So, that's still $300 worth of normal McDs stuff... burgers, McNuggets, and fries... he has to eat within 36 hours. Noori also has to wear a Hamburglar costume while playing two rounds of golf. Noori is about to get McFamous.
The two biggest stars in the athletic world are at it again. Dwyane Wade and Cristiano Ronaldo have been engaging in various trick shot challenges on social media the last couple of months. They have been trying to out duel each other using their athletic prowess. The two have finally ended their #RaiseIt campaign. They topped it off in style using drones.
Two superstar athletes continued their #RaiseIt promo for PokerStars. NBA star Dwyane Wade and footballer Ronaldo have been engaging in various competitions on social media over the last month or so. In the latest #RaiseIt challenge videos, the two attempted to out-raise each other with special fitness tricks involving basketballs and a soccer ball.
It's officially the holiday seasons. To commemorate the Christmas festivities, both Ronaldo and Dywane Wade posted special PokerStars RaiseIt challenges to each other. Both of their #RaiseIt were holiday-themed.
Elky does so much cool stuff and visits so many exotic locations that should have his own 24/7 TV channel because I'd watch it! If you haven't seen the first installment of the Elky Diaries, then check it out. Elky and his girlfriend Jenny video blogged about their recent trip to TwitchCon and they also show footage from trips to Prague and Monte Carlo, where he went to sweat a friend in the Big One for One Drop.
On the eve of one of the most import elections in the history of the entire universe, Hillary Clinton is still a heavy favorite to became the next President of the United States. Paddy Power lists the former First Lady and Secretary of State as a 1-5 favorite. The Democratic candidate has been leading ever since she locked up the nomination, however, her lead had shrunk over the last week with some blowback about the FBI/email scandal. Despite what Donald Trump believes, the bookies do not have much faith in him and the betting market has been hammering Clinton for months. Trump is a 4-1 underdog and some betting shops have him as high as 6-1. Nate Silver from FiveThirtyEight fame currently had Clinton at a 68.3% chance to win.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Poker pro David Williams advanced to the finals for the cooking reality TV show MasterChef hosted by Chef Gordon Ramsay. Williams survived the cut during two more episodes to advance to the three-handed grand finale. The season began with 40 aspiring home cooks, but only two others stand in Williams' way of winning the title of "Master Chef" plus $250,000 in cash. Williams is still alive with Brandi the school teacher from Kentucky and Shaun the DJ from Las Vegas.
With seven home cooks remaining on the reality show MasterChef, poker pro David Williams was looking to advance to the final five. FOX aired back-to-back episodes of MasterChef and David Williams survived the cut on both to secure a spot among the top 5 home cooks. In the first episode, Tag Team, Williams cooked a Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp dish that was recognized among the top 3 for a Mystery Box Challenge. During the elimination challenge, his team with Katie won the overall fancy picnic challenge cooking sliders, lobster rolls, and Scotch eggs. Williams automatically advanced to the final 6. In the other episode, Pop-Up, David Williams captained the blue team in a challenge in which the final six cooked at a pop-up restaurant in an abandoned hotel. Williams blue team won the challenge cooking a combo of scallops, filet mignon, lobster tails, and Oysters Rockefeller. The win clinched an automatic bid for Williams in the final five. Only four other home cooks stand in the way of David Williams becoming the next Master Chef!
MasterChef aired two episodes last night and David Williams survived the cut on both episodes of the popular cooking reality series. In the first episode, David Williams impressed Chef Gordon Ramsay with two standout dishes: Tandoori Black Cod with Red Quinoa and Chickpea Puree and Salmon Risotto with Asparagus, Peas, Fresh Tarragon, and Creme Fraiche. Williams survived the cut to advance to the Elite 8 home cooks. On the second episode, Williams passed a skills challenge and cooked an excellent batch of French Fries, which automatically got him into the final seven. Yes, only six other contestants stand in David Williams' way of becoming the next Master Chef!
Is Donald Trump's race for President of the United States losing steam? The betting markets indicate that's the case. When we started tracking the odds for U.S. President, Trump's numbers have been shrinking while Hillary Clinton's odds have been sharply rising. Donald Trump hit a low peak in the market according to a recent report. He's now 3-1 to win the U.S. Presidency. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is as high as 1-5 to win in some betting shops. The bookies clearly think Clinton will become the next President.
Poker Pro David Williams advanced to the top 10 home cooks on the reality TV show MasterChef hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. This past week, two episodes were aired back-to-back and David Williams survived the cut on both episodes. On the last episode, Williams cooked a Nutella breakfast Mystery Box Challenge and he barely survived the elimination challenge when he gambled with a near-disastrous bibimbap rice bowl. Despite the near miss, David Williams is still alive and among final nine home cooks competing for the title of Master Chef.
During Episode 9 of the cooking reality show MasterChef, the remaining field was thinned from 12 home cooks to 11. Poker Pro David Williams survived another week and made the cut for the final 11. During a team challenge, Williams was in charge of grilling shrimp for a special Sweet 16 party. His team won the challenge when the Sweet 16 attendees voted for the shrimp as the best dish of the party. Williams and his team all automatically advanced to next week. If Williams' team lost the heads-up battle, then they'd square off in a Pressure Challenge which involved cooking a three-layer birthday cake. With 11 remaining, David Williams is still alive and seeking the title of Master Chef.
David Williams is now among the final 12 contestants on the cooking reality show MasterChef. The poker pro from Vegas faded a secret double-elimination, which was not revealed until the last moment. Despite the fact that two players were up for elimination, David Williams made the cut. Williams cooked sweetbreads (cow pancreas)for his elimination challenge. Williams did not get any face time this week. Although he was not selected among the top dishes, his sweetbreads dish was good enough to avoid the bottom three. Williams advanced and he's currently among the final 12 home cooks competing for the title of "Master Chef."
David Williams finally got some face time on the cooking reality series MasterChef. The Las Vegas poker pro captained one of two teams that were tasked to cook a steak meal for military veterans. His team lost the challenge and everyone on David Williams' team was up for possible elimination. He shook off tilt from his teammates and avoided an elimination and managed to save face by surviving with a batch of spicy fried chicken. David Williams advanced to the next round and is now among the final 14 home chefs seeking the title of Master Chef.