Monday March 26, 2018 at 6:13 pm
Breaking News

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.

Weigh IN

What a difference a year makes. The Staples brothers shipped a dual prop bet in the most unusual way with one brother gaining weight while the other dropping it. The Staples brothers, Matt and Jamie, had a specific goal to weigh within a single pound of each other. If they could achieve that feat, which was considered a 50 to 1 shot by professional prop bet monger Bill Perkins, then they would walk away $150,000 richer. The Staples brothers only had to lay $1,500 each on the line to win the wager, but they had one crazy year trying to win it. The only problem was the massive differential between the brothers, with one seriously overweight and the other seriously underweight.

Last year, poker pro Jamie Staples topped 300 pounds, while his brother Matt was barely 135 pounds soaking wet. They were 170 pounds apart when they accepted the ager, which seemed insane, but they figured out a target weight and went for it. Both brothers adhered to a detailed food and workout regime with experts in nutrition and exercise. However, it all came down to discipline and execution. There's one thing I've learned... if a poker pro is determined to win a prop bet, they'll legit risk their lives to win a buck. Shedding pounds is a good thing, but extreme weight loss can put you at a health risk if you're not getting the proper diet.

On Sunday, the Staples brothers had their weigh in live via Jamie's popular Twitch channel. The finale was hosted at Peppermill Casino in Reno, Nevada during the popular Run It Up Reno event. Special guest judge Jeff Gross supervised the weigh in. Jamie dropped 117 pounds overall, while Matt added 53 pounds. They had only one pound of wiggle room, but it was not necessary. Both brothers weighed in the same amount of 188.3 pounds. Perkins coughed up $150,000, but it was money well spent.

Bill Perkins likes to make people squirm. He's not afraid to put his money where his mouth is. The energy trader and crypto sage turned high-stakes poker pro has been giving and getting insane action in the poker community for the last few years. As the adage goes, "You gotta give action to get action." And boy of boy, that Bill Perkins loves to give action. He'll gladly get involved in redonkulous wagers and pay out extreme amounts almost put of personal amusement. Perkins only lost money, while his opponents often torture themselves. Just ask Dan Bilzerian and Brian Rast. And of course, the Staples brothers will also back that up.

If you're not familiar with the name Bill Perkins, I'm sure you're heard of some of the crazy wagers he bankrolled. Remember when Dan Bilzerian tried to ride a bicycle thru the desert from Las Vegas to Los Angeles for $300K? Yeah, Bilzerian won that dangerous, hellacious prop bet against Bill Perkins. To prove it was no fluke, Brian Rast took a shot as well while jacked up on Vicodin to dull the excruciating pain.

Exactly one year and a day ago, Bill Perkins and Jamie Staples agreed upon a weight loss wager. Staples admittedly struggled with his weight over the years. The famous Twitch personality sought a financial incentive to force him to shed the pounds. But this one wager had a caveat... his brother, a much leaner member of the Staples clan, had to add pounds. Over 50. Yikes. It's one thing to go on a crash diet and shed 100 pounds in a year, but it's difficult to put on tons of weight. That's the sort of craziness only Hollywood stars and method actors undertake for a role of a lifetime.

Everyone knows the story behind Robert DeNiro's rollercoaster weight during the filming of Raging Bull in 1980. It's the most notable because DeNiro was the first one to do it and achieve a bunch of fanfare about his commitment to the role. DeNiro portrayed Jake LaMotta at constasting time in his career and needed to add/drop weight for those specific timelines in Martin Scorsese's classic film. DeNiro needed to look lean and mean for the ring scenes, but also needed to add 60 pounds to portray a self-destructive man whose physical appearance had been weathered through the decades during a post-fighting life of sloth and gluttony. As the legend goes, Scorsese shut down production of the film for a couple of months while DeNiro went to Italy and crushed nonstop pasta.

Since Raging Bull, there's no shortage of thespians who starved themselves and pigged out including Charlize Theron, Rene Zellweger, George Clooney, Hillary Swank, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey, and Jared Leto. Oh and how could we forget about Batman?! Christian Bale, who has been notorious about his contrasting physical choices in roles. But it's not all donuts, pizza, and milkshakes. In some instances, they're gaining weight and muscle to play athletes or superheroes so a lot of their off-screen regime also included twice-a-day workouts.

Poker pros have been gambling about their weight since the first degens gathered to roll the bones in ancient times. At the 2007 WSOP, Mike Matusow and Ted Forrest settled up their first weight loss wager. Matusow had to drop 54 pounds in a year to win $100,000... and he pulled it off with vinegar and cayenne pepper. Barely. Matusow looked like a tweaker version of himself. He sounded as loud and boisterous as ever, but he was 54 pounds lighter and go from 235 to 181. And yes, the two had to have a provision in which they could not amputate any limbs, nor could he get special surgery.

A couple years later, the two were at it again for $2 million. That time, Forrest had 2.5 months to lose 45 pounds... and he pulled it off. Of course, there's still an issue whether or not the pro bet was paid out. Degens being degens.

And here's some Phish with appropriate music...

Latest news
Tuesday April 24, 2018 at 3:14 pm
Daenarys T wins Sunday Million Take 2 for $1 million

An online player from the Netherlands and Game of Thrones fan outlasted 56,310 players to win the Sunday Million 12th Anniversary: Take 2. Yes, ship it to the Mother of Dragons. Daenarys T earned a first-place payday worth $1 million for two days of work. Daenarys T defeated the U.K.'s ThEcLaiMEer heads-up for the victory. ThEcLaiMEer banked $715K for second-place. No overlay this time around. The Take 2 had a $10 million guarantee, which did not kick in because the total prize pool topped $11.2 million.

Monday April 23, 2018 at 4:31 pm
Johnny Chan documentary film

PokerCentral produced a mini-documentary on the legendary Johnny Chan. Hear the 10-time WSOP bracelet winner give the Cliff Notes behind his storied life from working in his family's restaurant in Houston to his entry into the world of high-stakes poker. Chan won the WSOP Main Event twice and was the last person to win it in consecutive years (1987-88).

Sunday April 22, 2018 at 5:08 pm
Sunday Million pays $1 million to first place tonight

Reminder and potential overlay alert! Cards go in the air at 14:00 ET for the Sunday Million 12th Anniversary: Take 2. First place pays $1 million with a total guaranteed prize pool worth $10 million. Platinum Passes are up for grabs too! When PokerStars ran this original 12th birthday promotion in February, the guarantee kicked in with a $1.2M overlay. Will there be another seven-figure overlay for the Take 2? The buy-in for the Sunday Milly is $215. You can re-entry up to three times and late registration lasts 4.5 hours.

Friday April 20, 2018 at 6:59 pm
Breaking News
partypoker POWERFEST schedule released

The second edition of partypoker's POWERFEST kicks off on May 6 and runs for two weeks through May 20. The schedule has been released. POWERFEST features 366 events with $40,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools. At least 13 events will have a guarantee worth $1 million, while the $25,500 Super High Roller boasts a $5M guarantee. POWERFEST events have four different buy-in levels: MICRO, LOW, MEDIUM, and HIGH. Satellites are running now at partypoker for as little as $1.10.

Friday April 20, 2018 at 6:14 pm
Reminder! Sunday Million 12th Anniversary: Take 2

In February, the Sunday Million 12th Anniversary on PokerStars missed its $10 million guarantee. The overlay was a juicy $1.2 million, with first-place banking a cool million. PokerStars will run a similar promotion for the Sunday Million on Sunday, April 22 at 14:00. The Sunday Million 12th Anniversary: Take 2 will have a $10M guaranteed prize pool, including a first-place price worth $1 million. To sweeten the reprise of the 12th anniversary, PokerStars added Platinum Passes to the mix. Participants will have multiple shots at winning a package to the $25K PSPC at the 2019 PCA.

Thursday April 19, 2018 at 3:05 am
Brandon Adams ships SHR $25K HR

Chalk up another win for Brandon Adams. The Seminole Hard Rock Casino hosted their Poker Showdown series. Brandon Adams won the $25K High Roller event for a $370,000 score. Adams finished in third place in the same $25K event last year and he got his revenge by winning it all this year. Adams banked approximately $1.2M since he won an event at the Poker Masters last autumn.

Tuesday April 17, 2018 at 10:42 pm
Shared player pool starting May 1 at

Big day for online poker players in the USA. A shared player pool between Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware arrives on May 1, 2018. Caesars Interactive Entertainment, which owns the, will be the first site to open doors to the three-state pool. The three states only represent 13 million people, but it's the first step in a long road to get online poker back to its heyday in the pre-Black Friday era.

Monday April 16, 2018 at 4:47 pm
Breaking News
ElkY signs with partypoker

Bertrand Grospellier, otherwise known as "ElkY", signed with partypoker last week. The addition of Triple Crown winner ElkY as an ambassador is another bold marketing move by partypoker, who have been bolstering their roster of sponsored players over the last 18 months. ElkY will be an ambassador for, which will launch later this month and become the virtual poker home for players in France and Spain.

Monday April 16, 2018 at 1:04 am
Pascal Lefrancois wins partypoker LIVE Millions Barcelona for €1.7 million

It wasn't an ordinary Sunday in Barcelona with millions in Euros on the line for eight hopefuls. The 2018 partypoker LIVE Millions Barcelona Main Event was awarding at least three payouts worth seven-figures. The 10,300 buy-in affair attracted 1,175 players. The total prize pool nearly passed €11.4 million. Canadian pro Pascal Lefrancois defeated Adam Owen heads-up to win the title and €1.7 million. Owen banked €1.3 million as the consolation prize.

Sunday April 15, 2018 at 8:51 pm
Watch live stream - partypoker LIVE Millions Barcelona final table

The partypoker LIVE Millions Main Event in Barcelona, Spain attracted 1,175 runners and the action is down to its final table. The final eight included Dominik Nitsche, Stevie Chidwick, Adam Owen, Pascal Lefrancois, Davidi Kitai, Diogo Veiga, Thomas Boivin and Jan-Eric Schwippert. Canada's Pascal Lefrancois is the chip leader. Who is going to win the first-place prize worth €1.7 million? Watch the final table stream here.

Thursday April 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm
Jake Schindler, Davidi Kitai, and Sam Greenwood win high rollers in Barcelona

Barcelona has been the hotspot of poker for the last week or so. partypoker LIVE hosted three high roller events at their MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona. Over the weekend, Belgian pro Davidi Kitai shipped the €25K High Roller for €700,000. Canada's Sam Greenwood won the €50K for a cool million. And yesterday, American pro Jake Schindler sniffed out Stevie Chidwick's bluff to win the €100K Super High Roller for a score worth €1,750,000. Schindler is now closing in on $18 million in career tournament earnings.

Wednesday April 11, 2018 at 4:02 pm
Watch final table for partypoker LIVE €100K Super High Roller in Barcelona

The €100,000 buy-in SHR in Barcelona attracted 48 runners and a pool in excess of €4.6 million. Going into today ten remained and Jake Schindler held the lead. Also advancing to day two Erik Seidel, Brynn Kenney, Keith Tilston, Jason Koon, Stevie Chidwick, Koray Aldemir, Steffen Sontheimer, Dominik Nitsche, Jean-Noel Thorel, Mikita Badziakouski. Only top six get paid. First pays out €1,750,000. Watch the live stream here.

Tuesday April 10, 2018 at 5:11 pm
partypoker LIVE announces MILLIONS World $25K SHR for Caribbean Poker Party

The Caribbean is always a festive atmosphere, but there's $10 million more reasons to take a holiday down to the Islands. partypoker LIVE announced a special MILLIONS World super high roller event to take place in November 2018 at this year's Caribbean Poker Party (CPP) at Baha Mar in the Bahamas. The $25K SHR will have a $10 million guarantee. partypoker will be giving away at least 100 seats online. Prize packages will be worth $32,500 and satellites will cost as little as $22.

Monday April 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm
Gus Hansen ships $270K pot with a Royal Flush

Gus Hansen appeared on Joey Ingram's Poker Life podcast last week. The Great Dane gave a frank and candid interview about being Gus Hansen and playing in the high-stakes world. The next day, Ingram railed Hansen playing high-stakes PLO on partypoker with Sam Trickett and Leon Tsoukernik. Hansen shipped a pot worth $270K with a Royal Flush against Leon.

Thursday April 5, 2018 at 4:24 pm
Women Poker Hall of Fame nominations announced

Eleven women were nominated this year for induction into the Women Poker Hall of Fame. The nominees include Shirley Rosario, Jennifer Tilly, Kara Scott, Maria Ho, Haley Hintze, Angelica Hael, Terry King, Karina Jett, Lupe Soto, Hermance Blum, and Mandy Glogow. The current Women Poker Hall of Fame has 19 members.

Monday April 2, 2018 at 7:15 pm
Jamie Staples weighs in on the weigh in

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.

Thursday March 29, 2018 at 4:06 pm
Fedor Holz and Dominik Nitsche interviews

Here come the Germans! Joe Ingram interviewed two of the top tournament players in the world for his Poker Life Podcast. Dominik Nitsche appeared on Tuesday, while Fedor Holz joined Ingram yesterday. The two German shared their thoughts on all things poker including delusional tournament players, lazy strategy, and playing big cash games in Macau.

Free tournaments and added prizes

The Club Poker organizes freerolls and special tournaments with added prizes.
To qualify for free, register on our poker partners websites:

Tournaments Club Poker
Height of the 8's
Tuesday May 1, 2018 at 8:00 pm
$100 guaranteed
Height of the 8's
Tuesday May 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm
$100 guaranteed
Height of the 8's
Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm
$100 guaranteed
Height of the 8's
Tuesday May 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm
$100 guaranteed
Height of the 8's
Tuesday May 29, 2018 at 8:00 pm
$100 guaranteed