Hey High Rollers, some programming note; we have just interviewed JC Alvarado, a who who just finished 3rd in the 2015 WSOPE main event for $347,000. He’s won more than $3 million playing tournaments, and scored for $969,000 in the 2012 EPT Super High Roller vent in Barcelona. Plus, he’s made news for agreeing to a 6-figure MMA fight prop-bet with fellow pro Olivier Busquet. That fight games place in April and has the poker world, and UFC fans alike, abuzz.
Listen to that great Q&A HERE
The Man Alvarado is Fighting
* Earned $2 million in Sit n Go’s before any other player earned $1 million.
* 2009 Borgata WPT Poker Open champion.
* Owner of 2 EPT titles
* More than $6 million won playing live tournaments.
Flashback: Remember the fight between poker pros Lex Veldhuis and Bertrand Grospellier?
“I’m giving him odds because I’ve been training for a while and he never has. I think my experience gives me a slight edge coming into this.”
– JC Alvarado on his fight with Olivier Busquet
Ronda Pounded, Sports Books Too
Rough day for sports books in Nevada when Holly Holm nailed Ronda Rousey with that vicious head kick at UFC 193. According to reports, it was a disaster. Most of the action was on Holm. According to a report from USA Today, the consensus line: $900 on Rousey to win $100, while a $100 bet on Holm would win $600. And the odds were much worse for Holm the further back you go from the fight. She was once 14-1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. It was reportedly the most heavily bet Ronda Rousey fight to date.
Did you know?
The UFC’s held over 300 events and counting. Dana White is president, while brothers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta control the parent company Luffa, LLC. The first UFC event was held on November 12, 1993 at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.
Bruce Buffer, the ring announcer for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is an avid poker player and is a regular entry into the Main Event of the WSOP.
George St.Pierre, the UFC Middleweight Champion of the World, represents the online poker website 888.com, one of the most respected poker sites in the world.
The Grand Casino in Barcelona sits right on the Mediterranean Ocean and directly across from Port Olympic, which was one of the main stages for the 1992 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad.
Odds & Ends
“I love gambling and that’s another bad financial decision I’ve made; to play cards for money.”
– Macy Gray, Singer
Did you know? Mike “Timex” McDonald, a 26-year-old poker pro from Canada who has accumulated more than $12.4 million in tournament earnings. He has 10 huge titles to his name and five seven-figure tournaments scores under his belt. One word – WOW! Timex has also worked with some of the November Nine in recent years, including 2011 champion Pius Heinz.
(would love to have him on)
Lastly: Do you play on PokerStars? Check out this Two Plus Two thread where some players are talking about a strike:
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