James Holzhauer took the Jeopardy! world by storm by passing $1 million in winnings in only 14 episodes. Holzhauer, a pro sportsbettor from Las Vegas, won 15 matches in a row and counting. Ken Jennings won 74 matches back in 2004, but no one has come close to Jennings' mastery until Holzhauer's arrival three weeks ago. The Vegas sportsbettor has been destroying the competition and averaging twice as much as Jennings did during his record-setting run.
James Holzhauer set the single-game record on Jeopardy! this week with a score worth $110,914. Holzhauer, a professional sportsbettor from Las Vegas, plays an unorthodox style. He bounced around the board to effectively hunt Daily Doubles and went all-in to double up whenever he had the opportunity. Purists might loathe his aggressive hunting methods, but he's made quite the name for himself in a short time. Holzhauer banked over $244,000 in only four matches and he rocketed into the Top 10 in all-time Jeopardy! winnings.
Phil Hellmuth, who won more WSOP bracelets than anyone else in history, will be taking on Dusk till Dawn owner Rob Yong in a heads-up challenge. The two will be playing five heads-up battles with $100,000 on the line in each match. Yong is also a high-stakes player who thinks that the 15-time bracelet winner has no chance against him.
Several former NBA players, including Chris Bosh, helped raise $500,000 for the After-School All-Stars South Florida during special poker tournament over the weekend in Miami. The fifth annual event, All-In for All-Stars, included ex-Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning and UFC champ Suga Evans were among the attendees. Loni Harwood won the tournament.
Things got out of hand at the Arena Poker Room at Talking Stick Casino in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sunday. Pro Justin Pechie captured the incident on his phone when two poker players were involved in fisticuffs. As expected, chips went flying everywhere before security stepped in.
It was a crazy wager, but American poker pro Rich Altai won the $100,000 prop bet where he had to live in complete isolation and seclusion for 30 days. After 20 days, Australian poker pro Rory Young realized Altai was going to all the way for the win, so he negotiated a buy-out worth $62,000. Altai agreed, and he exited the sequestered room where he lived in total darkness and silence for 20 days.
Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies are hitting lows for the year. Current prices are similar to August 2017 levels, shortly after the 2017 World Series of Poker ended and numerous poker pros were heavily vested in crypto. Will the drastic drop see a significant number of crypto-vested poker players return to the daily grind? Which notables will come out of retirement after stepping away? Or is it time to borrow money from Timex or Johnny Bax and buy as much BTC as you can?
Some prop bets are funny. Others are weird. And then there's the dangerous ones. Two poker players met each other playing in a cash game at the Bellagio and hammered out the terms of a $100,000 prop bet. Aussie pro Rory Young bet American grinder Rich Alati that Alati could not live inside a bathroom in total darkness for 30 days with no electronic devices and zero interaction with people. There were some finer details ironed out between the two and a private live stream was set up to keep tabs on Alati. The entire event is being recorded for a potential reality series. At the present moment, Alati has been in the dark for ten days and counting.
Former sports bettor and high-stakes poker pro Haralabos Voulgaris is joining the Dallas Mavericks according to a report by ESPN. Voulgaris, also known as Bob or by his Twitter handle @Haralabob, is finally getting his dream job: running the analytics department of an actual NBA team. Since the early 2000s, Voulgaris was known in gambling circles as the premier bettor in the NBA. Haralabob utlized his proprietary algorithm, Ewing, nicknamed after former NBA star Patrick Ewing, to predict game totals. Haralabob wagered up to a $1 million on the over/under of a single game.
Timur Margolin won his first bracelet, avenged a heads-up loss, and denied Jesus Ferguson another bracelet... all in one swoop. Timur Margolin won Event #43 $2,500 NL for a score worth $507,274 and he knocked Jesus out in fourth place. Jesus would have to wait another day to win a seventh bracelet.
Jamie Staples posted a video discussing his Ultimate Sweat victory. Jamie and his brother Matt won $150,000 from Bill Perkins for weighing in within a pound of each other during an epic weight loss/gain prop bet. After dedicating a year of his life to getting into shape, Jamie is moving on and focusing on poker. Watch his updated video here.
Ship it to Matt and Jamie Staples! The brothers earned $150,000 for winning a wild proposition wager with Bill Perkins. A year ago, Perkins offered the Staples brothers 50-1 odds on a $3,000 bet that Matt and Jamie could not weigh within a single pound of each other. The oversized Jamie and undersized Matt were 170+ pounds apart and accepted the wager. The brothers worked on their bodies for a full year. Matt added 50+ pounds, while Jamie dropped 117 pounds. At the weigh in on Sunday in Reno, bother brothers weighed the same... 188.3 pounds.
Always bet on black! Wesley Snipes gave that bit of sagely advice in the film Passenger 57. Moments after Jake Cody chopped the high roller event at the partypoker UK Poker Championships in Nottingham, he took his entire winnings (approximately $60K USD) and bet it all on a single spin of roulette. Cody got the approval from the Dusk Till Dawn Cardroom and Casino owner Rob Yong. Much to the delight of his rail, Cody won his wager and doubled up when the ball landed on Black 22. Cody banked $120K for 30 seconds of work.
In July 2017, the first recreational marijuana stores opened for business in the state of Nevada and it's been a cash cow ever since. According to the Department of Taxation in Nevada, in six months of operation in 2017, cannabis dispensaries sold over $200 million in products and the state netted $30 million in overall tax revenue and fees. The 10% retail sales tax generated $9.5 million in revenue. At the present rate, Nevada will exceed $420 million in overall cannabis sales in 2018.
What happens when you match the fastest man in the world against one of the funniest comedians in Hollywood? Usain Bolt and Kevin Hart battled it out the #GameOn series of contests in the Bahamas including a 100-meter sprint, heads-up poker bout, and chicken nuggets. Find out who wins the ultimate beach race and who crushed nuggets in under ten seconds.
From all of us at Club Poker, here's to a happy and healthy holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy belated Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa. We hope you have a fantastic end to 2017. Best wishes to a healthy and flop-heavy 2018. And to our 420-friendly readers... blaze on and happy holidaze!
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.