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Actor Burt Reynolds passed away at the age of 82. The renowned actor was a huge Hollywood star in the 1970s with top-billing roles in Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, and the Biggest Little Whorehouse in Texas. Reynolds also appeared in P.T. Anderson's film Boogie Nights and received an Academy Award nomination for his role of porn director Jack Horner. In the poker world, Reynold's is most known from his role in Deal. In the 2008 indie film, Reynolds plays a pro named Tommy Vinson who emerges retirement to tutor a young player.

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Reynolds played a former poker pro in Shade (2008)

RIP Burt Reynolds. Say goodbye to old Smokey. Burt Reynolds, one of the biggest stars in Hollywood in the 1970s passed away at the age of 82. For a five-year stretch, Reynolds was the #1 box office draw in America in a multitude of action films and romantic comedies. That's astonishing considering his competition included some of the greatest thespians of all time. The 1970s was the heyday of cinema. Reynolds' peers included the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Paul Newman, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, and Robert Redford.

Despite being only an "ex-jock" football player and running back from Florida State who did his own stunts (especially the driving), Reynolds' smarmy charm won over audiences worldwide. Reynolds appeared in numerous populist films in the 1970s where he played the underdog going up against the Man, such as his role as a prisoner in The Longest Yard, or an outlaw on the run in Smokey in the Bandit.

Reynolds had a resurgence in the late 1990s due to his outstanding role in Boogie Nights, P.T. Anderson's take on the rise and fall of porn industry in the late 70s and early 1980s. Reynold's got a nod for his standout performance as porno king Jack Horner. It marked his first and only Academy Award nomination.

Boogie Nights put Reynolds back on the map and revitalized his career, much like Quentin Tarrantino did for John Travolta with Pulp Fiction several years earlier.

In 2008, Reynolds appeared a low budget poker film titled Deal. Written and directed by Gil Cates Jr., Reynolds played a retired poker pro who decided to take a young poker player under his wing and tutor him. Several poker players appeared in the film including Mike Sexton, Fossilman Raymer, Isabelle Mercier, Chris Moneymaker, Vince Van Patten, Phil Laak, and Antonio Esfanidairi. Both Jennifer Tilly and Shannon Elizabeth also appeared in the film.

Burt Reynolds was Wooderson before Wooderson was even born. If you're a millennial or new to cinema and a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey, then you must do a deep dive of Reynolds. McConaughey is the current incarnation of Reynolds, but he did it first in an era that included behemoth actors the likes of Redford, Pacino, DeNiro, and Hoffman.

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Reynolds as porno king Jack Horner in Boogie Nights (1997)

Reynolds played running back and halfback at Florida State in the late 1950s. His roommate was the legendary Lee Corso, who would go on to coach college football and become a popular commentator and co-host of ESPN's College Gameday. Reynolds never made it to the pro level, but he parlayed his athleticism into action roles. Reynolds was never shy about doing his own stunts..

At the start of his acting career in the 1960s, Reynolds held his own in b-list westerns and TV shows, but he finally got his break in 1972 during the redneck horror film Deliverance, which many friends of mine in Hollyweird insist was a documentary film because no one can squeal like a pig like Ned Beatty. Deliverance put Reynolds on the map and his career took off shortly after.

One of my favorite Hollywood stories involves Reynolds and Boogie Nights. At the time he was cast, Reynolds was unaware of P.T. Anderson and was suspicious about the material. He initially turned down the role multiple times. By the mid-90s, Reynolds' career had stalled and didn't field many job offers. He reluctantly accepted the gig and finished the shoot like a professional. When Reynolds viewed a final cut of Boogie Nights, he thought was involved in softcore porn, so he fired his agent on the spot. The next day, critics attending the screening hailed the film and praised Reynolds' for his role.

The folks who ran the Oscars agreed and nominated Reynolds for Best Supporting Actor. Reynolds did not win the Oscar (he lost to Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting), but over twenty years later, Boogie Nights is considered P.T. Anderson best film and one of the most influential films of the late 20th Century.

Whether it was blockbuster films in the 1970s, or paycheck films in the 80s, or throwback roles in the 90s, or even a b0list poker flick... Reynolds was always the focal point whenever he appeared on screen. Call it charisma or gravitas. But Burt Reynolds will always be the man.

Here's some of his work from Boogie Nights…

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Friday November 16, 2018 at 4:50 pm
Steffen Sontheimer wins Super High Roller Championship for $3,685,000

The 2018 Caribbean Poker Party is winding down at Baha Mar Resort and the Super High Roller Championships are in the books. The $250,000 buy-in affair attracted 34 of the biggest and baddest SHR gurus, but German pro Steffen Sontheimer was the last player standing. Sontheimer banked $3,685,000 for first place. American pro Sean Winter had another runner-up finish in the Bahamas.

Thursday November 15, 2018 at 8:24 am
Steffen Sontheimer and David Peters lead $250K SHR Championship final table

Crunch time in the Bahamas for the partypoker 2018 Caribbean Poker Party. The $250,000 Super High Roller Championships is down to six players and the final table stream will resume at 1pm local time in the Bahamas. Steffen Sontheimer and David Peters are the two big stacks, while Ike Haxton, Sean Winter, Nick Petrangelo, and Mikita Badziakouski are still left in the hunt. First place pays approximately $3.7 million. Also, the $5,300 buy-in Main Event concluded Day 2B and only 123 players remain out of 1,815 entrants. Senthuran Vijayaratnam is the chip leader and Jason Koon is second overall.

Wednesday November 14, 2018 at 10:08 pm
Roger Teska wins partypoker Caribbean Poker Party MILLIONS World for $2 million

Down in the Bahamas, partypoker has been hosting the 2018 Caribbean Poker Party. The $25,500 MILLIONS World event was part of this year's festivites. American cash game specialist Roger Teska outlasted 394 players to win $2,000,000. Teska defeated Steve O'Dwyer heads-up for the title and outlasted a final table that also included Paul Tedeschi, Ben Tollerene, Rainer Kempe, Niall Farrell and Joao Vieira.

Tuesday November 13, 2018 at 7:12 pm
Giuseppe Iadisernia wins partypoker 2018 Caribbean Poker Party $50,000 Super High Roller for $845K

There's a partypoker Caribbean Poker Party going down right now. The $50,000 Super High Roller at the Baha Mar in the Bahamas attracted 54 runners. Giuseppe Iadisernia outlasted a tough final table that included Ali Imsirovic, Benjamin Pollak, Sean Winter, Sorel Mizzi, Talal Shakerchi, and Markus Prinz to win $845K.

Friday November 9, 2018 at 6:25 pm
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It's finally arrived. The future of poker is here. PokerStars VR has gone live. The combination of live poker and online poker in the virtual reality world is finally a reality. PokerStars VR is up and running.

Wednesday November 7, 2018 at 6:50 pm
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PokerStars introduces Fusion, a mixture of Omaha and Hold'em

Another day, another new game by PokerStars. This week the interwebs are buzzing about Fusion Poker, the latest derivative of poker created by PokerStars. Fusion Poker is a pot-limit cash game that starts out like Texas Hold'em, however, players are dealt a third card on the flop and a fourth hole card on the turn as the game morphs into Omaha. Fusion starts out as PLH and becomes PLO by the river. Fusion is currently available on PokerStars.

Tuesday November 6, 2018 at 7:15 pm
Jack Sinclair Wins 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for €1.1 Million

The 2018 World Series of Poker Europe finished off their tenth and final event for the series at the luxurious King's Casino in RozVegas. British pro Jack Sinclair outlasted 532 runners to win the WSOPE Main Event for a €1.1 million score. Sinclair, who final tabled the 2017 WSOP Main Event and finished in eighth place, won his first bracelet.

Sunday October 28, 2018 at 10:44 pm
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WSOP Europe: Martin Kabrhel wins €100,000 King's Super High Roller for €2.6 million

Martin Kabrhel won his second bracelet at the WSOP Europe when he took down Event #9 €100,000 King's Super High Roller at the King's Casino in RozVegas. Kabrhel outlasted one of the most difficult final tables in recent memory with five bracelet winners, including Michael Addamo, who won Event #9 €25K SHR two days earlier. Kabrhel defeated David Peters heads-up for the win. Kabrhel banked €2.6 million for the win.

Saturday October 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Chris Moneymaker and the Poker Boom on the 30 for 30 Podcast

ESPN released a new episode of their 30 for 30 podcast. This documentary series by ESPN focuses on the oral history of Chris Moneymaker and the 2003 World Series of Poker, which help fueled the poker boom. Several high-profile figures participated in the episode including Chris Moneymaker, Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, tournament director Matt Savage, former WSOP media director Nolan Dalla, TV producer Matt Maranz, and Norman Chad.

Friday October 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm
SECOOP Begins October 28 for players in Spain, Portugal, and France

Get ready Southern Europe. SECOOP is coming! The first-ever 2018 Southern Europe Championship of Poker starts on October 28, There will be a total of 149 events running from October 28 through November 12. There's at least 5 million in guaranteed prize pools with three Platinum Passes up for grabs. The Main Event starts on November 11. It has a modest €250 buy-in and €1 million guaranteed prize pool.

Friday October 26, 2018 at 5:15 am
WSOP Europe: Aussie Michael Addamo wins second bracelet in Event #8 €25,500 Super High Roller

They played all night but the eighth bracelet event is in the books at the 2018 WSOP Europe in RozVegas. Michael Addamo, a pro from Melbourne, Australia, won the Marathon bracelet this summer in Las Vegas. He won his second-career bracelet after he outlasted a treacherous final table at the King's Casino that included Mikita Badziakouski, Dominik Nitsche, Manig Loeser, Winfred Yu, and James Romero. First place in the Event #8 €25,500 Super High Roller paid out €848,702. Addamo has now passed $3 million in career earnings. Mikita Badziakouski finished in fourth place.

Thursday October 25, 2018 at 12:04 am
 WSOP Europe: Anson Tsang wins Event #7 €2,200 PLO

Another first-time winner at the King's Casino in RozVegas! Anson Tsang from Hong Kong cashed in his third WSOP Europe event and took down Event #7 €2,200 PLO. Tsang beat Ilya Bulychev heads up for the bracelet and a score worth €91,730. WSOP POY leader Shaun Deeb multiabled his final table run in Event #6 Mixed and this event, which he cashed in 20th place.

Tuesday October 23, 2018 at 9:46 pm
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WSOP Europe: Norbert Szecsi wins second bracelet with win in Event #6 Mixed

The World Series of Poker Europe crowded another repeat bracelet winner. Hungary's Norbert Szecsi previously won a bracelet at the 2013 WSOP for a $345K score. At the King's Casino in RozVegas, Norbert Szecsi took down WSOP Event #6 €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE. Szecsi denied Shaun Deeb his third bracelet of 2018 when he knocked Deeb out in second place. Szecsi won €86,596 or a shade under $100K USD for the victory.

Saturday October 20, 2018 at 5:48 pm
partypoker ONLINE Millions starts November 25

Set your calendars for November 25. That's the start of the partypoker's MILLIONS Online. The $5,200 buy-in Main Event in the MILLIONS Online will have a $20 million guarantee with $2.5 million set aside to the champion. Last year's winner, Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet, binked the MILLIONS Online for a $1 million payday. partypoker is offering different ways to get into the MILLIONS Online at affordable price points through Feeder Satellites, currently running and starting as low as $0.01.

Friday October 19, 2018 at 12:38 am
WSOP Europe: Hanh Tran wins Event #3 PLO, Second bracelet in 2018

Hanh Tran, a cash-game specialist from Austria, joined a special club of poker players who shipped bracelets at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and the WSOP Europe. During the summer Tran won a Lowball bracelet. At the King's Casino in RozVegas, Tran won Event #3 €550 PLO for a score worth €59,625. French pro Romain Lewis took third place and final tabled his fourth WSOP event of the year.

Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 12:42 am
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WSOPE: Asi Moshe wins second bracelet with win in Event #2 Deep Stack

Back-to-back bracelets for Israel at the King's Casino in RozVegas. The second event of the WSOP Europe was a €1,650 buy-in NL Deep Stack affair. Asi Moshe faded a field of 221 to win €82K and his second-career bracelet. Tamir Segal from Israel won Event #1 Colossus the previous night. Meanwhile, Shaun Deeb padded his Player of the Year lead when he finished in 11th place.

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