Love him or hate him, the outspoken Daniel Negreanu and subject of the documentary film "Kid Poker" has been one of the most magnanimous characters in poker for almost twenty years. But what can we learn from a new doc film that we don't already know already from the oversaturation of Negreanu coverage in the poker media, or from Negreanu's voluminous contributions through Twitter, video blogs, blogs, and forum posts?
Who said knowledge of useless trivia doesn't pay? Poker pro Alex Jacob earned in excess of $400,000 on the TV game show Jeopardy. Last week, Jacob took down $250,000 for winning Jeopardy's Tournament of Champions. Earlier this year, Jacob binked 6 straight matches on Jeopardy and earned $150,000, which placed him at the Top 20 on the all-time money list.
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier recently signed with Team Liquid and will be a member on their Hearthstone team. Way before the poker world was introduced to ElkY, the TeamPokerStars Pro from France was one of the best gamers in the world. ElkY held rock star status in South Korea for his prowess in StarCraft and he was quickly recognized as one of the legends of the gaming universe. During the glorious online poker boom, ElkY successfully transitioned into a premier player and amassed $10 million in tournament earnings. But, now it's time for ElkY to return to the gaming world.
In 2015, the fine art market continues to flourish. Paintings by Picasso and Modigliani sold for record-setting prices of $179 million and $170 million respectively. Most recently, a painting in the kitschy "Dogs Playing Poker" series by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge fetched $658,000 at a Sotheby's auction.
The tagline reads: “When a poker player hits rock bottom he enlists his best friend to pull off a high-stakes heist.” The next poker movie, Cold Deck, is headed straight to video. Is it really a poker movie? Or just another second-rate knockoff of a heist-gone-wrong film? Cold Deck, featuring Paul Sorvino, will be released on December 1, 2015 at various Video-On-Demand outlets. Cold Deck was written by Jason Lapeyre, the same guy who penned the script for The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story.
The state of Pennsylvania, roughly 1/5 the size of France in size and population, is trying to become the fourth state in the USA to offer online poker following Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. Pennsylvania, known as the “Keystone State,” will truly be a keystone for the future of online poker in America because Pennsylvania is the sixth largest state in the country and its population is close to 13 million, or more than the population of Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware combined.
John Oliver, British comedian and host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, unleashed a hysterical take down of the daily fantasy sports industry in an enthralling 19-minute segment that included a DFS parody commercial starring Seth Rogen.
Club Poker Radio's Gaëlle Jaudon snagged a rare interview with Kevin MacPhee shortly after he won the WSOP Europe Main Event in Berlin. MacPhee, the winningest pro to ever come out of the state of Idaho, spoke about his new-found quest for a Triple Crown, why he stepped out of the limelight, and why he often encourages amateurs NOT to become poker pros.
Full Tilt Poker will become the first major online poker brand to be featured on the Steam gaming platform. Steam has over 6,420 games and a thriving community of over 125 million players. By tapping into the gaming community, Full Tilt is opening up the floodgates which will inevitably usher in the next wave of online poker players.
The third and final day of the November Nine action at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas began with three players remaining in the 2015 WSOP Main Event Chanpionship. Joe McKeehen held a daunting lead over Josh Beckley and Neil Blumenfield. Neither could get a crack at McKeehen. He picked off Blumenfield in third place with Q-Q vs. 2-2. Then 13 hands later, McKeehen won a coin flip with A-10 against Beckley's 4-4 to knock out Beckley in second place. Joe McKeehen, a 24-year old pro and ex-ice cream truck driver from the Philadelphia suburbs, collected his first bracelet and won $7.7 million for first place in the 2015 WSOP Main Event.
NOVEMBER NINE BUSTOUT... On the 13th hand of heads-up play and down to his last 19M in chips, Josh Beckley made a final stand with 4c-4d against Joe McKeehen's Ah-10d. McKeehen flopped a pair of tens and took the lead. The final board was Qs-10c-5s-5d-Jc and McKeehen won the pot and binked the Main Event. For second place, Josh Beckley from Marlton, NJ took home $4,470,896. For taking down the WSOP Main Event, Joe McKeehen from North Wales, Pennsylvania won his first bracelet and $7,680,021. For list of WSOP Main Event money winners, visit the WSOP.com. Stay tuned for a November Nine Day 3 recap.
NOVEMBER NINE BUSTOUT... Approximately 90 minutes into Day 3, short-stacked Neil Blumenfield moved all-in with 2-2 but Joe McKeehen woke up with Q-Q. Pocket Queens held up for McKeehen. Blumenfield busted in third place, which paid out $3,398,298. It's now heads-up. Joe McKeehen has 158M and Josh Beckley has 35M. Watch on ESPN (with 30-minute delay) or go to WSOP.com for live updates.
Six players returned for the second day of the 2015 WSOP November Nine, which commenced with another quick bustout on the second hand when Thomas Cannuli had pocket Aces snapped off by Max Steinberg's pocket tens. Ace-Jack was an unlucky hand at the final table. Israel's Zvi Stern busted in fifth place with A-J against A-K, and Max Steinberg was picked off in fourth place with A-J versus A-Q. With three to go play was suspended. Chip leader Joe McKeehen holds a monster stack that is more than 2/3 of all chips in play.
NOVEMBER NINE BUSTOUT… Max Steinberg failed to double up with A-J against Joe McKeehen's A-Q. Steinberg turned a gutshot draw and had a chance for potential river chop, but he couldn't get there. Steinberg was knocked out in fourth place and took home $2,615,361. With three to go, play is suspended and will resume tomorrow. Stay tuned for a Day 2 recap.
NOVEMBER NINE BUSTOUT… Zvi Stern, playing at a much faster pace today, busted in fifth place when his A-J lost to Neil Blumenfield's A-K. Israel's Stern earned $1,911,423 for fifth place. With four to go Joe McKeehen leads with 92M, followed by surging Josh Beckley 46M, Neil Blumenfield 31M, and Max Steinberg 23.5M. For live updates, head over to WSOP.com.
NOVEMBER NINE BUSTOUT… On the second hand of Day 2, the WSOP Main Event final table was thinned from six to five players. Bad Beat Alert too. Thomas Cannuli got it all in with A-A against Max Steinberg's pocket tens. A ten on the flop whacked Cannuli's Aces. Although Cannuli picked up a glimmer of hope on the turn with a Broadway straight draw, he whiffed on the river. Cape May, New Jersey's Thomas Cannuli was eliminated in sixth place, which paid out $1,426,283. Down to five. Watch the action on ESPN2 with 30-minute delays. For real-time live updates, head over to the WSOP.com.
Jason Mercier is one of the top players in the world. Doesn't matter if it's online or live poker, Mercier is regarded as one of the best. Despite the success, he's never in the same place for too long. Mercier is constantly on the road playing the international circuit, but Club Poker Radio's Gaëlle Jaudon finally tracked him down for an interview. Mercier reveals how he regained focused playing tournaments and what he recently did to stop a downswing during a horrendous start to the summer of 2015.
On the opening day of the November Nine, the two short stacks busted early. Patrick Chan went out in 9th place on the second hand and Italy's Fedrico Butteroni was dunzo in 8th place. After several plodding hours, Belgium's Pierre Neuville was knocked out in 7th place. Joe McKeehen started the final table as the chip leader and he ended the day with almost 50% of the chips in play.
NOVEMBER NINE ELIMINATION… On Hand #72, super-short stacked Pierre Neuville made a final stand with Ac-Jc against Joe McKeehen's Jh-6h. McKeehen turned a flush draw and got there on the river to knock out Neuville. Belgium's Pierre Neuville won $1,203,293 for seventh place. With that pot, McKeehen surged to over 91M and holds almost half the chips in play. With six to go, play is suspended until Monday at 5pm PT or 8pm ET. For chip counts, head over to WSOP.com. Stay tuned for a Day 1 November Nine recap.
NOVEMBER NINE ELIMINATION… On Hand #35, short-stacked Federico Butteroni got it all-in with A-J against McKeehen's Big Slick. Butteroni could not double up and busted out in 8th place. The Italian earned $1,097,056. CHIP COUNTS: Joe MeKeehen - 71M, Zvi Stern - 31.5M, Neil Blumenfield - 26.5M, Max Steinberg -18.2M, Pierre Neuville - 17.2M, Tom Cannuli -13.9M, and Josh Beckley - 13.7M. The final table is currently being televised on ESPN2 (with a 30-minute delay) in the US. For real-time live updates, head over to WSOP.com.
The 2015 WSOP Main Event Final Table begins at 5:00pm PT in Las Vegas. You can watch the November Nine different ways. In the US, you can view the final table on ESPN at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT with a 30-minute delay and hole cards. If you live outside the US, here are your viewing options.
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Notorious pothead Willie Nelson revealed that he gets friends like Woody Harrelson really baked before taking advantage of them in high-high-stakes poker hijinks. Be on the lookout for the 420 Poker Bandit…
Although his POY overall lead going into the WSOP Europe was vulnerable, Mike Gorodinsky held off Brian Hastings and Shaun Deeb in Berlin, then edged out Jonathan Duhamel to win the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year.