Your ‘November Nine’ – who will take the WSOP main event?

Hey High Rollers, very excited for UFC 201 tonight from Atlanta, as Robbie Lawlor puts his title on the line against the imposing and hard hitting Tyron Woodley. Can you say SLUGFEST? Another fight to watch is Jake Ellenburger versus Matt Brown, wow! Follow us on twitter @highrollerradio for updates throughout the evening.

2016 WSOP Final Table The 'November Nine'

2016 WSOP Final Table
The ‘November Nine’

Meet Your 2016 November Nine
Cliff Josephy, known online as ‘JohnnyBaxPoker,’ has the chip lead heading into the world championship final table. November Niners, representing five nations, will return to the Rio’s Penn & Teller theatre October 30th to play for poker bragging rights worldwide, the $8 million dollar first prize and of course that very expensive bracelet.
The main event attracted 6,737 players from around the globe. Close to seven thousand high rollers, low rollers, amateurs, pros, sharks & fish ponied up the 10-grand to play, some just to say they were there, some for the thrill of it all and many with full intention on winning. Now, just nine remain. Each has already received ninth place money of $1 million but there is still a staggering $25 million to play for. 
It’s a final table featuring five nations, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Spain and the United States. Canada, Spain and the US have all produced world champions before. Belgium and the Czech Republic are hoping for their first. And, by all accounts, the media reports and the updates on, this seems to be one of the more talkative and animated final tables in years.
Alright, let’s meet your players…
In Seat 1, we have the short-stacked Jerry Wong, with slightly more tun 10 million. He is one of two New Yorkers at the table, Josephy being the other, he’s 34, a poker pro with 19 previous WSOP cashes, more than a million dollars in live tournament earnings and his previous biggest score, more than 700k, came in 2013 when he finished 3rd at the PCA in the Bahamas.
Seat 2, Griffin Benger, a previous guest of the show and our favourite to win, despite being 7th in chips with 26 million. Benger, of course, a Canadian who does play-by-play for the newly formed Global Poker League. He’s a bonafied big league poker star, $2.4 million in lifetime live tourneys, more than $5 million won online under the banner of ‘Flush_Entity,’ winner of a couple major titles, including his $1 million payday for taking down Shark Cage. This guy is good, be sure to visit for our dynamite chat with Griffin Benger.
On his left, Seat 3, is the Czech Republic’s Vojtech Ruzicka, who is ranked 6th in chips with 27.3 million. Good player, a professional with 17 WSOP cashes and $1.5 million won on the live circuit. The closest the Czech Republic has ever come to a poker world champ? Martin Staszko, who finished 2nd in 2011. 
Beside him, Seat 4, is Fernando Pons of Palma, Spain. A guy with much work to do! He is last in chips with only 6 million. His biggest live cash before this main event? $4,000 from a limit hold’em event a few years ago. He is an account executive for a retail chain, so you have to believe he knows the numbers. Will he be the first one all-in? Will he make a push for the title? Or, will he sit back hoping to move up a few spots to pocket some more cash? We’ll see.
Qui Nguyen occupies Seat 5, second in chips with 68 million. This39 year old Vegas resident calls himself a professional gambler. Poker is not his main game, so expect those chips to be active.
Seat 6, the man to beat Cliff Josephy, a 51 year old long time professional shark and the oldest November Niner this year. Josephy has two WSOP bracelets, a 3k No Limit Hold’em title and a $1,500 Seven Card Stud title, and more than $2.6 million in live winnings. He was a main backer of 2009 world champ Joe Cada, so the main event has been very good to him. Can he cap a terrific poker career with a world championship? Can he take JohnnyBax to the max? He’s very good and he’s got the chips to play with.
Good spot to be, directly on Josephy’s left…and that’s where you’ll find Michael Ruane perched with his 31.6 million chips in Seat 7. His previous best cash? $17,000, so this is a massive payday for the New Jersey native. He is a poker pro, cash games, and you have to believe he’s riding high with a ton of confidence.
Next to him, Seat 8, San Fransisco’s Gordon Vayo with 49 million in chips. He’s 27 years old and has come close to WSOP gold, finishing 2nd in a $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event two years ago for $314k. This is his first main event cash but he’s had a great summer, 21 events, 8 cashes and, yes, this million dollar payday, how much more will it be, $7 million? We’ll see.
and in Seat 9, Kenny Hallaert, who is 4th in chips with 43 million. Will he be Belgium’s first ever World Series of Poker main event champion? He is an accomplished tournament director and player, 22 previous WSOP cashes and in last year’s Colossus, with 22,374 entries, he finished 5th, turning his 565 bucks into more than $180,000. Is he your sleeper?
October 30th play resumes to a packed and boisterous crowd at the Rio. It’s poker’s marquis event, the showcase, and the winner will forever be immortalized in poker lore. A gold bracelet, a title and bragging rights are on the line. Can’t wait!
By the way, your ‘bubble boy’ was California’s Josh Weiss who will receive a free entry into next year’s main event for his troubles.
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Archived Poker Interviews, Now on Youtube!

Hey High Rollers, sorry it’s been a while for any blog posts but we have been busy uploading our interview library to youtube and the video making process is taking aome time. Of course, we are trying to make each video of high quality, with interesting facts about our guests, some of their achievements ecetera. Congrats to Michael Bisping of the UFC, completes his destiny by knowcking out Luke Rockhold…wow.  Are you playing the World Series of Poker? It’s now underway at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino…good luck to all those playing.

The Colossus drew more than 21,000 runners, less than last year but still massive. Yours truly will be playing one event, Number 57, PLO8 July 1st weekend. Send me some mojo baby! We are now on youtube baby! HERE

Below, please enjoy some of the recent interviews we’s put on youtube, from the archives: 

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Dr. Jaclynn Moskow and her claims of sexual harrassment and racism at Poker Night in America.

Robbie Strazynski, founder of Cardplayer Lifestyle, one of the best poker blogs in the world. Right up there with ours, right?

Mike Leah discusses the WSOP, his recent success at SCOOP and his goal to smash the all-time WSOP cash record.

Darren Elias, a back-to-back winner on the World Poker Tour. History maker!

Douglas Smith, president of the Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club, about their big show in Las Vegas. Rare poker chips anyone?

Chad Holloway, former managing editor, about his WSOP bracelet win in the Casino Employees Championship a few years ago.

The Blackjack Ball? A secret gathering of the best blackjack players on the planet and Nicholas Colon was there! Great chat!

And, the Sensei of Poker Neil Channing! Funny guy. He can play too.



How to Win Those Elusive Online Progressive Jackpots

How to Win those Elusive Online Progressive Jackpots

There are many people wanting to win that big jackpot.
Every time you hear a player win £10,000, you expect to win just as much in the next game you play. But what are the chances? Well, online bingo sites gives out plenty of jackpots in their various games, everyday!

Play Bingo Online and Try to Win Those Progressive Jackpots!

Play Bingo Online and Try to Win Those Progressive Jackpots!

Anyone who has played online bingo will know that are many prizes that can be won other than the jackpot as well. Bonuses are among the easiest perks as players get rewarded with bonuses of their choice on every deposit they make. Another perk of playing online bingo is that you can play no deposit free bingo.

Here, players can access free bingo games and win real cash prizes. One of the sites where you can expect to win prizes of up to £1,500 for FREE each month is GameVillage Bingo. This site has 2 free bingo rooms- Chip Van Bingo and Unplugged.

The player who makes a full house win within a specified number of calls, wins the jackpot amount which is displayed. Each room will have a different jackpot and once the jackpot has been won, players will have a new jackpot to look forward to which will be comparatively lesser but grows as the games progresses.

Another interesting type of jackpot that online bingo sites offer is a community jackpot where a percentage of the overall prize is rewarded to the full house winner and the rest of it is distributed among the rest of the participating players.

Jackpots add a lot of excitement to the game other than the game prizes that are already allotted. So, wherever you choose to play, look out for the jackpots and make your bets. After all, everyone deserves to win a jackpot someday!

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It’s widely Bingo originated with the French game ‘Le Lotto,’ which was brought to United States and standardized at carnivals in the 1920’s.

Nice Bet!
Stable boy turned millionaire.  In March 2012, 29-year-old Irishman Conor Murphy placed the luckiest bet of his life at Cheltenham.  He wagered $75 on all five of his boss’s horses to win and, guess what, they did.  Murphy scooped a stunning pot of $1.5 million in the accumulator.

Gambling Joke
Two bored dealers are waiting around for someone to walk up and try their luck at the craps table. A very attractive lady comes in and wants to bet twenty-thousand dollars on a single roll of the dice. The dealers agree. She says, “I hope you don’t mind, but I feel much luckier when I’m half naked.” With that she strips naked from the waist down, and rolls the dice while yelling, “Momma needs a new pair of pants!” She then begins jumping up and down and hugging each of the dealers.
“YES! I WIN! I WIN!” With that she picks up her money and clothes and quickly leaves.The dealers just stare at each other dumbfounded. Finally one of them asks, “What did she roll anyway?” The other answers, “I don’t know. I thought YOU were watching the dice!”

Global Poker League Team Selection = Draft Day

Hey High Rollers, a bit of poker history today as the Global Poker League held its first ever player draft and it was broadcast live on twitch poker with Joe Stapleton, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu as your commentators. The GPL will feature 12 teams and some of the best poker talent on the planet. Some picks were surprising and that left a number of top ranked players, from the pool of 200 available, off the final roster. Make no mistake about it, everyone wants to be involved in this. Here is a look at the teams, the captains and the players.

Mustapha Kanit

Mustapha Kanit       #1 Pick Overall

Rome Emperors
Captain: Max Pescatori
1st Pick: Mustapha Kanit
2nd Pick: Dario Sammartino
3rd Pick: Timothy Adams
4th Pick: Walter Treccharichi

Montreal Nationals
Captain: Marc-Andre Ladouceur
1st Pick: Mike McDonald
2nd Pick: Martin Jacobsen
3rd Pick: Pascal LaFrancois
4th Pick: Xuan Liu

New York Rounders
Captain: Bryn Kenney
1st Pick: Jason Mercier
2nd Pick: Tom Marchese
3rd Pick: Kevin Macphee
4th Pick: Jason Weiler

San Fransisco Rush
Captain: Faraz Jaka
1st Pick: Phil Galfond
2nd Pick: Anthony Gregg
3rd Pick: Kitty Kuo
4th Pick: Anton Wigg

Las Vegas Moneymakers
Captain: Chris Moneymaker
1st Pick: Anthony Zinno
2nd Pick: Jonathan Duhamel
3rd Pick: Jake Cody
4th Pick:
 Jonathan Little

Sao Paulo Mets
Captain: Andre Akkari
1st Pick: Darren Elias
2nd Pick: Byron Kaverman
3rd Pick: Thiago Nishijima
4th Pick:
 Joao Pires Simau

London Royals
Captain: Liv Boeree
1st Pick: Igor Kurganov
2nd Pick: Vanessa Selbst
3rd Pick: Chris Moorman
4th Pick: Justin Bonomo

Moscow Wolverines
Captain: Anotoly Filatov
1st Pick: Dzmitry Urbanovich
2nd Pick: Vladimir Troyanovskiy
3rd Pick: Andrey Pateychuk
4th Pick: Sergey Lebedev

LA Sunsets
Captain: Maria Ho
1st Pick: Fedor Holz
2nd Pick: Olivier Busquet
3rd Pick: Eugene Katchalov
4th Pick: Chance Kornuth

Berlin Bears
Captain: Philipp Gruissem
1st Pick: Brian Rast
2nd Pick: Sorel Mizzi
3rd Pick: Dominik Nitsche
4th Pick: Jeff Gross

Paris Aviators
Captain: Fabrice Soullier
1st Pick: Bertrand Grospellier
2nd Pick: Davidi Kitai
3rd Pick: George Danzer
4th Pick: Mike Leah

Hong Kong Stars
Captain: Celina Lin
1st Pick: Weiyi Zhang
2nd Pick: Raiden Kan
3rd Pick: Dong Guo
4th Pick: Bryan Huang

Did you know? Pascal LeFrancoisSelected by fellow Canadian Marc-Andre Ladoceur, this Montreal Canadiens fan appeared topless in his WSOP bracelet photo – a first!

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Gambling Prop Bets, Gambling and Poker Legends

Hey High Rollers, crazy famous prop bets today. Why? well, because we just heard of the $1.2 million dollar wager between Bill Perkins and Dan Bilzerian. Enjoy.

High Stakes Prop Bet
High stakes poker players Dan Bilzerian and Bill Perkins have shaken hands on a major wager, one that involves Bilzerian riding a bicycle from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in a 48-hour span. If the playboy Instagram star does he’ll collect on the $1.2 million bet. Perkins, a wealthy hedge fund manager, is known for making huge prop bets (most recently a bet with Antonio Esfandiari that resulted in ‘The Magician’ peeing at the table and getting DQ’d from there PCA in the Bahamas), against Bilzerian, who spent $100,000 on Powerball tickets for a $1.5 billion draw. Crazy stuff. Bilzerian tweeted that he hasn’t been on a bike in 15 years and he’ll now have to cover the roughly 300 miles in just two days. What do you think?

Bill Perkins
An avid poker player, who cashed for $1.9 million in the Big One for One Drop at the WSOP, Perkins focusses on venture capital and energy markets. He founded Small Ventures USA, L.P. in 1997 and later joined Centaurus Energy in 2002. He now manages Skylar Capital.

‘The Mouth’ Lost in the Forrest
In 2007, Mike Matusow got down from 241 pounds to 181 pounds and collected on a $100,000 weight loss bet with fellow multiple bracelet winner Ted Forrest. A few years later the two made another famous wager with Forrest dropping wight this time, And, he did. Forrest shed 48 pounds in three months to pocket a whopping $2 million.

The Johnny Moss Sucker Punch
Johnny Moss, legendary poker world champ and member of the Hall of Fame, once bet a guy who had never lost a bar fight that he could beat him. His price? 15-to-1. The stipulation? That he got to throw the first punch. So, Moss hit the guy from behind, in the head, but failed to knock him out and, as a result, suffered broken bones and a night in the hospital.
“Fifteen-to-one was too good to pass up,” he said.

Eat a Burger Baby!
Controversial poker great Howard Lederer, a known vegetarian on the poker circuit (when he was welcome), accepted a $10,000 wager to eat a hamburger, which he easily downed. Lederer gave his rival, David Grey, who hates olives, a chance to double up by eating a few. Apparently Grey hates olives more than he hates losing five figures because he gave up the cash.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name!
The first of two bets between fictional characters to make the list is one of my favorite episodes of Cheers and involves the gang growing beards for a month. Sam, Norm, Cliff and Frasier each throw in $20, agreeing to let Carla judge the entries on “length, body, fullness, luster, sheen and bounce.” All of them do pretty well, but Cliff has a little bit of trouble until he finds some “industrial adhesive products.”

Hilarious clip from ‘The Nuts’ by ESPN. Love Billy Gazes.

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“If you’re committed to being a professional gambler, and you want to be the best you can be, you spend every waking moment trying to figure out a way to beat the game.”
– Billy Walters, Legendary Gambler (from Richard Munchkin’s book, Gambling Wizards)

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WSOP Bracelet Winner Analyzes a Hand of Omaha Hi Low

Hey High Rollers, very happy to bring this post with the aid of my buddy Calen ‘Big Wheel’ McNeil, a Canadian, who in 2013 won WSOP gold in Event #20, $1,500 Omaha Hi Low 8 or Better. The following year he finished 4th in the very same event. The guy can play! Here, he responds to a listener question about a hand in a $5 NLO8 tourney on Full Tilt Poker.

Listener Question:

I was in the hijack seat, with the blinds at 120/240 in a game of No Limit Omaha Eight or Better, and I raised to 720 with AK36 (3 clubs, including the Ace). The button calls. The small blind ships it all-in for my entire stack. I decided to fold, leaving myself just 15 big blinds. Should I be calling there?
Calen McNeil Answer:
I think in that spot when you raise your committing yourself to the hand. You have two low cards and a big suited ace. That is good enough to go with when you’re short stacked and under 20bb. In the future, perhaps limp the hijack or make it 480. That makes folding more of an option. In this spot folding shouldn’t be an option with that hand and when you make it 3x. If you had only one low card, in this case a 3 and, say a 9 instead of a 6, you might open fold. If you had a 3 and a 10 I would go with it. The 3 and the 6 definitely make it a raise ‘to get it in’ hand. If you had a 5 or a 4, or obviously a 2, to go with the three it’s the same thing. Raise to get it in.

Listener Reply: 
Thanks. I feel I’m playing too tight in certain spots. Especially when there is a caller behind and then an all-in, my gut tells me I’m always crushed there.


Calen McNeil:

When raising from steal spots (button) people can raise you all-in with any A2 hand or double suits and the like. Your hand plays well against a wide range of hands your opponent could be doing this with. You are crushed against ACES with a Deuce. That’s a pretty tight range to be crushed by in my opinion, especially in this spot. I like to raise smaller amounts which allows me not to get too pot committed.

Editor’s Note:
A day after submitting that question to Calen McNeil, our High Roller sent us a note saying he won his daily $5 NLO8 event for $96. Sweet.

Called McNeil’s bracelet in 2013 was one of 10 won by Canadians and another, Marc Etienne McLaughlin, finished 6th in the main event.
2015 World Champion Joseph McKeehan is a pretty good player. The North Wales, Pennsylvania, native took a lot of criticism on social media for ‘running good’ during the 2015 November Nine. But, since that main event final table McKeehan has already amassed close to $1.8 million in earnings. His run includes a win at the Fall Wynn Classic, a 2nd place finish at the PCA $100k High Roller event for $1.2 million and a 4th at the Borgata Winter Open for $249,267. The guy can play.
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Nevada Regulators give approval for off-strip casino

Nevada Regulators give approval for off-strip casino

Off-Strip Casino Finally Approved!
     The Nevada Gaming Commission and the Gaming Control Board have approved the public offering plan of the off-strip chain, Red Rock Resorts, the name the new company will operate under, after successful completion of its IPO. The news seems to have stirred some much needed attention in Casino Games that Station Casino has been aiming to pout in  place since the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the license.

     This new venture will be headed up by the major shareholders, in brothers Frank and Lorenzo Ferttita, which own 43 per cent and have occupied two of the five seats on the Red Rock Resorts executive board ever since the company went private in 2007. 

     There is some opposition. The local Union of Culinary has indicated its intention to oppose the move through its research director Maya Holmes, who’s cited that the bank has manipulated the interest rate, among her many reasons for campaigning against the IPO.  This, despite talk the union has a closer link to the Deutche Bank, which is believed to be the main funder of the company.

     Despite all the issues, the Station has assured regulators that is has no undue influence and the company is in good financial standing. And, the regulator have verified the claims. The massive $460 million entertainment complex acquisition went ahead as it was approved by regulators.

Hockey in Vegas?
“I just don’t see it not happening. We have a solid owner, an arena and we sold 13,000 season tickets. Vegas has 2.2 million people. It’s a sports town. We’ve been starving for a professional franchise of any kind for many years.”
– Daniel Negreanu, on Las Vegas getting an NHL team.

Poker Quotes

“The night before I left Las Vegas I walked out in the desert to look at the moon. There was a jeweled city on the horizon, spires rising in the night, but the jewels were diadems of electric and the spires were the neon of signs ten stories high.” 
 Norman Mailer

“In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number.”
– Steven Wright

“In Vegas, everybody’s gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I’m watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all.”
Ace Rothstein: (voice-over), Casino

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Slot Machine History & Betting Tips

Slot Machine History

     Since their invention in 1899 by Charles Fey, slot machines have been a source of excitement and entertainment for gamblers worldwide. They come in all shapes and forms and occupy most of the space at brick and mortar casinos. The bells and whistles are highly attractive and a proven source of fun for patrons of all kinds.
     In 1964, the slot machine industry was changed forever when electronic processors were added to the mix, a function to determine the outcome of games. This made machines more secure and, because it allowed the reels to stop reliably where they were supposed to, it also meant operators could offer larger prizes and jackpots.
     The next logical step unfolded in the mid 1970’s when Walt Freely introduced the first video-based slot machine called the “Fortune Coin,” which consisted only of the computer unit, the coin hopper and a TV screen. Things were simplified greatly, but despite the benefits for the casinos and better odds, highly controlled payout’s and jackpots, players were at first slow to trust the new technology. Then, video poker came along and, although the two games have few similarities, when players realized video poker games were fair the public perception slowly started to change with respect to video slot games as well. From there things exploded as the three-reeled machine grew to five, seven and nine reel games, massive symbol variations, pay lines, bet sizes, side games and jackpot amounts. Slot machines were added to the roster of online casino offerings. Click here to visit Netbet.  Think about it – 100 years of research has been crafted into each and every slot machine you’ll play at either a brick and mortar casino or online casino.

Tips for Slot Machine Play
     Be sure to check and read any information relating to your online casino or individual slot machine you’d like to play. Look for things like payout information, percentages, and if you can’t afford the maximum bet on any one machine switch to one with fewer reels or lower denominations to ensure yourself in the mix for jackpots.
     Be sure to set your limits with the ultimate goal of managing your bankroll in a bid to keep play entertaining, exciting and affordable. Think about it like an evening of fun and always consider playing with a set, comfortable amount.
     When you play consider which machines offer the highest progressive jackpots, a signal they haven’t been ‘hit’ in a while.  Look for machines and online casinos that offer the best bonuses and highest player rewards. Also, consider playing machines that offer higher prizes than one that pays out more often but also pays out less.
     Most importantly, if your machine is hot and hitting stay there until the luck turns. Sometimes swapping machines and games can pay-off. And, always remember slot machine pay-out’s are still random. Sometimes it’s just not your night. Take a break and you’ll have better luck next time.


Did you know?
In 1899, Charles Fey produced the first ever slot machine, one resembling the machines we know today. It was called “The Liberty Bell” and featured three reels with various symbols, the major one being a cracked Liberty Bell. It had a coin acceptor, a payout table and a large handle on the side. Fey placed it in a San Francisco saloon to see how the public would react and it became such a hit he quit his job to focus on this new technology. He monopolized the market and became very successful.

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Gambling in a Canadian Chinatown – Fun Gambling Facts

Hey High Rollers, absolutely love it when we get follower submissions…and we thank a young 12 year old fan of High Roller Radio for these pics from Victoria, British Columbia. He was there, visiting Chinatown on his older sister’s birthday. Thank-you young man!

Vintage Gambling Games from Victoria, BC, Canada circa early 1900’s:

(Apparently gambling was huge in Victoria, BC, in Chinatown…can you imagine the action and cigarette smoke back in the day?)

Classic dice games enjoyed by those living in Chinatown many years ago.

Classic dice games enjoyed by those living in Chinatown many years ago.

Craps Anyone? Dice games in Chinatown.

Craps Anyone? Dice games in Chinatown.


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Mike Watson Wins PCA, Super High Roller Bowl & Gambling Fun Facts

Hey High Rollers, hope all is well. NFL Play-off weekend…some crazy games so far. Did you see Green Bay v Arizona…wow, what an ending. Are you betting? If so click the banners on this page (along right side) and bet with us at Bet Online…great odds, great action, great fun. Good luck.

Sir Watts Strikes Again

We star with Canadian poker sensation Mike Watson. Can this guy play or what? He always seems to be in the mix, usually at High Roller events, and this time at the very prestigious PCA 2016 main event. ‘Sir Watts’ topped  a stacked field of 928 players to take down his 1st EPT title and $728,325. The 31 year old now has more than $9 million in lifetime earnings and boy would we love to have him on the show. What do you say Mike?

“It means a lot to win a main event with a big field and especially the PCA being one of the flagship events of the EPT, and really a premiere event in the whole poker calendar. It has special meaning to me that Steve Paul-Ambrose won it ten years ago. He was a mentor to me and that makes it extra sweet.”

Anthony Gregg finished 2nd.

Special mention to Marty McCormick of Scotland, who qualified for the PCA thru a $27 satellite on PokerStars, finished 13th or smooth g for 50k. Well done sir…and thanks for the drunken entertainment on twitch poker. We’d love to have you on  the show as well Marty.

Super High Roller Bowl

Poker Central, the world’s first 24/7 poker TV network, has announced plans for its second SHB, this time a $300k buy-in with a 49 seat cap. 

“There are few poker events that can change the landscape of the game overnight — the Super High Roller Bowl is one of them. The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl will be even more exciting than last year’s!”

  • Clint Stintcomb

By the way, Brian Rast defeated Scott Seiver last year to claim the whopping $7.5 million first prize.

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Did you know? 

Writer Damon Runyon allegedly based the character Sky Masterson, the gambler-hero of The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown (on which the musical Guys and Dolls is based), on legendary gambler Titanic Thompson, who is thought to have taught all of his pro-bet, hustling tricks to Amarillo Slim.

Action Man: One of Titanic Thompson’s partners in “the hustling game” included pool player Mnnesota Fats, who considered Titanic a genius, “the greatest action man of all time”.

Pay Cut?
In an era when top pro golfers were lucky to earn $30,000 a year, Thomas (who, after a misprint in a New York newspaper, let people think his name was Thompson) could make that much in a week hustling rich country club hackers. He was once asked if he would ever turn pro? He replied, “I could not afford the cut in pay”.

A Putt for his Life?
Once, during a discussion about golf, Doyle Brunson said that if he had to pick one guy to make a 10-foot putt for his life it would be Puggy Pearson. Not Nicklaus, nor Palmer, nor Watson. Puggy Pearson!
“He’s the greatest pressure putter I’ve ever seen,” Brunson said.

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Walk of Fame
In 2004, the World Poker Tour created a Walk of Fame, inducting poker legends Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen, as well as actor James Garner.