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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in WSOP: Christopher Sand wins Employees Event #1   
    News WSOP: CJ Sand wins Employees Event #1 The first event of the 2016 WSOP is in the books. Christopher 'CJ' Sand shipped the opening Employees Event #1. The $565 buy-in event was also a single re-entry format. Sand won a bracelet and $75,157.
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in WSOP: Colossus II Donkament underway   
    News WSOP: Colossus II Donkament underway The 2016 WSOP is off and running at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. This year's WSOP kicked off yesterday with the Employee Event. Today will be the first of three opening days of the Event #2 Colossus II, which has a guarantee first-place payout of $1 million. The $565 buy-in event allows players to re-entry up to six times (with two flights daily). Last year's event drew in 22,374 players and this year's event is expected to exceed that figure. Who will take down the first million bucks at the 2016 WSOP?
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi wins SCOOP Main Event   
    Breaking News Talal ‘raidalot' Shakerchi wins SCOOP Main Event on PokerStars Hey, an old guy won a major online poker tournament! There's harmonious balance in the universe after all! Talal ‘raidalot' Shakerchi, a British hedge fund manager, philanthropist, and high-stakes player who has more than paid his dues in the trenches, won the 2016 SCOOP Main Event for a sick $1.4 million score. Not too shabby for a $10K investment. Also, Shaun Deeb won the SCOOP Player of the Series. Even though he did not win a bracelet, he cashed in 41 events an advanced to nine eight tables. The most events won? Shawn ‘buck21' Buchanan shipped 3 bracelets and now has 6, but he trails Calvin Anderson, who has 7. And yes, the Brazilians dominated SCOOP with 21 total bracelets.
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    2016 SCOOP Main Event champion -- Talal ‘raidalot' Shakerchi
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in The Howard Lederer Apology… 5 years too late   
    Breaking News The Howard Lederer Apology… 5 years too late Howard Lederer, one of the principal owners of Full Tilt Poker, issued an apology to the poker community… on Daniel Neagreanu's blog… and five years after the fact. As expected, the community did not take the news very well. There's plenty of bad blood still boiling over from the fallout of Black Friday in April 2011 and the subsequent mishandling of Full Tilt's finances, which had gotten so bad that PokerStars had to step in and bail them out (as part of their deal with the U.S. Department of Justice). At surface level, the passive-aggressive apology is self-serving so Lederer doesn't get harassed or even physically accosted while playing at any WSOP events in Las Vegas.
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    Don't expect to see Howard Lederer posing for many photos this summer
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in 2016 SCOOP: Results Events 1-10   
    News 2016 SCOOP: Results Events 1-10 The first ten events of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on PokerStars are dunzo. Thirty total tournaments are in the books, which means 30 new SCOOP bracelets were awarded. A few notables added more SCOOP bracelets to their collection including Luke "lb6121" Schwartz and Tommy “tcblade” Chen. Schwartz is now tied with Shaun Deeb for second-most bracelets with 5. George Danzer passed the "150 Mark" in career SCOOP cashes. No other player has cashed in more SCOOPs than the German pro.
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    Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz won his 5th SCOOP title
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba to star in high-stakes poker movie Molly’s Game   
    News Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba to star in high-stakes poker movie Molly's Game Molly's Game, a memoir by former Olympic skier and high-stakes poker hostess Molly Bloom, is getting the Hollywood treatment with its own feature film. Aaron Sorkin (creator of The West Wing and writer of Moneyball and A Few Good Men) is making his directorial debut with Molly's Game. The legendary writer and show runner is adapting Bloom's book into a screenplay. Sorkin recently tapped Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba (a.k.a. String Bell from The Wire) to join the cast. Production dates are still TBD.
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    Molly's Game inside the crazy world of celebrity high-stakes underground poker
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in WPT: Cate Hall seeking POY title and chasing history as first-ever female WPT champ   
    Breaking News WPT: Cate Hall seeking POY title and chasing history as first-ever female WPT champ Cate Hall already faded a turbulent field of 1,222 South Florida swampdonks to advance to the final table at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. The $3,500 buy-in event attracted massive crowd and a $3.9 million prize pool. There's $669,161 set aside for the champion. If Cate Hall wins, then she'll also make history as the first-ever female to win a WPT open event. She also needs to finish third place or higher to lock up the WPT Player of the Year award.
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    Cate Hall on the hunt for a POY title and her first-ever WPT win
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in 2016 EPT Grand Final: 80 events in 11 days!   
    News 2016 EPT Grand Final: 80 events in 11 days! The PokerStars EPT Grand Final kicks off in under two weeks. The €5,300 buy-in EPT Grand Final Main Event commences April 30 and runs through May 6. Season 12's season-ending event will have a record number of online qualifiers (302 at press time). Joining forces with the France Poker Series (FPS), this year's EPT Grand Final will include 80 overall events at the swanky Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. This year's action will be spread out over 11 days in one of the largest festivals of poker Europe has ever seen. Brazilian football legend Ronaldo Nazario is schedule to appear in Monte Carlo.
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in GPL Week 2: Alexonmoon goes 2-1 and Paris Aviators still in first place   
    News GPL Week 2: Alexonmoon goes 2-1 and Paris Aviators still in first place The first batch of GPL heads-up matches for week 2 is complete. The Paris Aviators began the day in first place in the EurAsia Conference and ended the day in first place after Alexandre 'Alexonmoon' Luneau won 2 of his heads-up matches and Paris Aviators defeated Rome Emperors 6-3. Paris now has 30 points and a comfortable lead atop of the EurAsia Conference. In other action, London Royals defeated Hong Kong Stars 6-3 when Sam Trickett won 2 of his matches against 'nanonoko.' Meanwhile, Moscow Wovlerines defeated Berlin Bears 6-3 after Vladimir Troyanovsky took down 2 out of 3 matches against Dominik Nitsche.
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in Davidi Kitai wins first GPL match for Paris Aviators   
    Breaking News Davidi Kitai wins first GPL match for Paris Aviators It took roughly an hour before the Global Poker League crowned its first winner in the first-ever match. The opening 6-max tournament featured matches among the Eurasian franchises in Europe and Asia including the Paris Aviators, Berlin Bears, Hong Kong Stars, London Royals, Moscow Wolverines, and the Rome Emperors. When the dust settled on the virtual felt, Davidi Kitai from the Paris Aviators won the first game. If you like poker trivia, file away this nugget: Kitai will officially go down in history as the first-ever winner on the GPL.
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    Davidi Kitai, from the Paris Aviators, wins the first-ever GPL match
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in GPL: Paris and New York shine on Opening Day   
    News GPL: Paris, New York, and Las Vegas shine on Opening Day The opening day for the Global Poker League is in the books. After four 6-max matches, Paris is leading the Eurasian Conference after a 10-point day, while New York and Las Vegas are tied for first with 10 point apiece in the Americas Conference. Matches were won by Davidi Kitai (Paris Aviators), Raiden Kan (Hong Kong Stars), Jason Wheeler (New York Rounders), and Michael ‘Timex' McDonald (Montreal Nationals). Antony Zinno from the Las Vegas Moneymakers posted a pair of runner-up finishes.
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in GPL Wild Cards: Alex Luneau joins Paris Aviators   
    News GPL Wild Cards: Alex Luneau joins Paris Aviators The first batch of “wild card” picks from the Global Poker League were announced this week. Most of the team managers confirmed, as expected, that they will be playing on their team's rosters. The Paris Aviators' team manager, Fabrice Soulier, confirmed he would be one of the wild card picks for the Aviators along with French pro Alex Luneau. Other GPL wild card picks included Todd Brunson (Rome), Igor Yaroshevsky (Moscow), Sam Trickett (London), Jonathan Jaffe (San Francisco), Scott Ball (Las Vegas), and Dan ‘Jungelman' Cates and Bill Perkins (Berlin). The first event is scheduled for April 5th and the we're awaiting for five other teams to submit their final wild card selections.
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in Aspers Casino to host U.K.’s first-ever Cash Game Festival   
    Breaking News Aspers Casino to host U.K.'s first-ever Cash Game Festival Aspers Casino in Westfield Stratford City will be hosting the Cash Game Festival from March 30th through April 3. This five-day carnival of poker will run nonstop cash games for 120 hours with added bonuses and high hand promotions. This London-based event is expect to draw in players from all over Europe and over 30 countries in total. Cash games at Aspers Casino will include NL Hold'em, PLO, DC (9-game), ROE and Sviten Special, Open Face Chinese…plus any other game per request.
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    The Cash Game Festival comes to London starting March 30th at the Aspers Casino in Stratford City
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in Shaun Deeb vs. Eli Elezra   
    News Shaun Deeb vs. Eli Elezra There's a recent trend in the poker world about outing scammers and notorious players who ran up debts without paying them. Shaun Deeb dropped the latest bombshell on the Under the Gun podcast when he mentioned names of people who owed him money and refused to pay him back... three of them in fact... two were Russian and the other was a regular from "High Stakes Poker" TV show.
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    The Eli Elezra and Shaun Deeb saga continues...will Deeb ever collect?
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in ElkY and Davidi Kitai top picks for Paris Aviators in GPL Draft   
    Breaking News ElkY and Davidi Kitai top picks for Paris Aviators in GPL Draft The Paris Aviators picked two local heroes for their team in the inaugural Global Poker League draft. Paris team manager Fabrice Soulier had the #11 and the #14 overall picks in the 12-team GPL. Soulier selected fellow Frenchman ElkY with their first round pick, then picked up Belgian Davidi Kitai with an early second round pick. Paris Aviators still have two more picks, so will they stick with French-speaking players, or will they go for the best available player?
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    ElkY and Davidi Kitai will be playing for the Paris Aviators in the GPL...
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in 2016 WSOP Schedule Announced   
    News 2016 WSOP Schedule Announced It's finally here. The 2016 WSOP schedule has been released. The 47th incarnation of the most-prestigious tournament in all of poker and it kicks off on May 31 at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The 2016 WSOP added 8 events and has now swelled to 69 total bracelet events. The 2016 schedule included a few tweaks and changes along with a couple controversial decisions like a 15% payout percentage. The 2016 WSOP schedule is not even 24 hours old and the news is already stirring up drama among combative forum denizens and the highly-opinionated Twittreverse. One thing is for certain… once again the WSOP is on pace to be the biggest and richest tournament in history.
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    69 events....69 chances for a bracelet at the 2016 WSOP
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in Rome Emperors get #1 pick in GPL draft   
    Breaking News Rome Emperors get #1 pick in GPL draft The Rome Emperors were awarded the first pick in the inaugural Global Poker League draft. Who will team manager Max Pescatori pick as the #1 selection in the upcoming GPL draft (hosted on Feb. 25th)? The Paris Aviators took a tough beat with the 11th overall pick. Luckily the GPL draft adheres to a snake format, so the Aviators head coach Fabrice Souiler also gets the #14th overall pick as well.
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    The draft order is official for the GPL Draft Day and Rome gets #1
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    Jack Eight got a reaction from WebDesigner in WSOP 2016: a Team event?   
    We're still waiting for the complete schedule of events but Sunday night, WSOP exec Gregory Chochon announced some interesting things during the Poker Show on french radio RMC :
    - the WSOP 2016 will feature a Team Event, NLH, 1000$ buy-in. Each team play with a single stack but can have 2, 3 or 4 members. It will be a bracelet event.
    - the WSOP 2016 will have a 565$ PLO event, the cheapest PLO bracelet tournament ever.
    - the WSOP 2016 should pay 15% of players in almost every event.
    - the WSOP 2016 will offer 50k chips as a starting stack in every 10000$ buy-in event, including the Main Event. The Main Event structure should be modified accordingly.
    What do you think? I like those changes! I might try the PLO 565$ and the Team event...  
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in AUSSIE MILLIONS: Ari Engel Wins 2016 Main Event   
    Breaking News AUSSIE MILLIONS: Ari Engel Wins 2016 Main Event Ari Engel took down the Aussie Millions Main Event at the Crown Casino in Melbourne for $1.6 million AUD. Engel beat Tony Dunst heads-up for the victory down under. American Samantha Abernathy was the last woman standing when she finished in third place for her largest career cash to date. Alex Lynskey was the last Aussie standing, but he busted in fourth place.
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    Ari Engel wins the 2016 Main Event (Pic courtesy of PokerStars Blog)
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in 2016 PCA: Mike “SirWatts” Watts Wins Main Event   
    News 2016 PCA: Mike “SirWatts” Watts Wins Main Event Canada's Mike Watts topped over $9 million in career earnings after he shipped the 2016 PCA Main Event championship. After Watts made a heads-up deal with Tony Gregg, he quickly took down his opponent and walked away with $728,325 plus the winner's trophy.
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    Yeah another Canadian ships the PCA Main Event: Mike "SirWatts" (Photo by Neil Stoddart, courtesy of PokerStars Blog)
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    Jack Eight got a reaction from WebDesigner in "KidPoker" premiere in Toronto   
    It's on Canadian TV (TSN4) next Tuesday, and should be on the Pokerstars blog later.  
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    Jack Eight got a reaction from WebDesigner in "KidPoker" premiere in Toronto   
    Hi,
    the "Kid Poker" documentary will be screened Thursday November 26th at the TIFF Lightbox in Toronto (7pm). Daniel Negreanu should be there for a Q&A after the screening. Tickets available through Pokerstars.com VIP store. For those interested, I have one spare ticket (PM if you'd like to attend).
    I'll try to post a quick review this week-end.
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    Jack Eight got a reaction from WebDesigner in "KidPoker" premiere in Toronto   
    A few thoughts about the premiere. As usual Pokerstars did the things right for the public: they rented a part of the nice TIFF Lighbox Cinemas in downtown Toronto, with a red carpet at the entrance, free pop-corn, and a presentation by James Hartigan and the director Francine Watson.
    I might write more later about the movie but I can say it's definitely half-success, half-failure. It's well-crafted, and the cinematography is great (some footage from Vegas is incredible). The music selection (the "sad moment piano") is a bit tilting but that's not a major issue.
    The first part (about Negreanu's childhood, teenage days in Toronto and first trips to Vegas) is nicely documented, with a lot of funny stuff and family footage. It has good rythm and good interviews.
    But the second part (Negreanu's achievements as a poker pro) is way too long!! Of course Daniel has one of the biggest resumes in poker but we don't need to see every trophy or every winning hand! It's totally boring at the end, which is weird considering he's one of the most entertaining players. That part feels like a looooong trailer, or a slide show... without a lot of emotion. 
    To my surprise, the film-makers never ask Negreanu how he managed to stay "himself" after winning millions at a young age, or how a 7/7 passion like poker can affect relationships. I was startled to see some career choices are not discussed (the Wynn contract, the Pokerstars Pro endosement). During the Q&A Francine Watson confirmed she chose not to include some parts of the Daniel story (including his marriage) but did not really explained why.
    The third part is more interesting, with some good interviews (John Duthie, Antonio Esfandiari) about how Negreanu became the ultimate poker ambassador, relentlessly promoting the game and speaking a lot (too much?) about issues, rules, etc... That part is essential, especially when Negreanu talk about many controversies he's been involved in. But again, I think it could have been more relevant to focus on one or two topics (the Full Tilt scandal?). It's a little bit too quick, too superficial to my taste.
    My favorite part of the movie is at the very end : the Daniel's speech at the Poker Hall of Fame. Some will say he's hollywooding, not sincere, but I like to believe he's telling the truth and it's touching. His love of the game, his dedication to it and his friendly attitude at the table are, in my opinion, making him a fascinating character and the n°1 poker player. In many ways Negreanu is now the face of the game, the incarnation, like Mohammed Ali for boxing or Jordan for basket-ball. But every great champion's journey has good sides and bad sides and I feel we miss some in the movie. It's often "very promotional", too clean compared to a documentary like "Nosebleed".
    I was confused at the end of the screening, because I felt the best part is when Daniel is away from the table, reflecting on his career, talking about how he wanted to make his mother proud, how he gave almost everything to his passion. But I don't think the poker footage is very well used here and some interesting topics are not enough covered, or not covered at all. I have mixed feelings about the movie and I would be happy to discuss more about it.
     
     
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in Merry Christmas!   
    News Merry Christmas Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas from the crew at Club Poker!
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    Santa just hanging with the dogs for a simple night of poker and whiskey...
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    Jack Eight reacted to Pauly McGuire in WSOP 2016: The Return of Colossus   
    News WSOP 2016: The Return of Colossus Introducing Colossus II! The WSOP announced that their $565 buy-in Colossus tournament will return to the mix for the 2016 WSOP. Even though the WSOP schedule has yet to be released, the Colossus II will kick off the series witha $7 million guaranteed prize pool. The suits wised up this year and will be awarding $1 million to first place.
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    Colossus II coming soon to the 2016 WSOP!
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