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Stacy Matuson Interview: WSOP, Women in Poker & More!

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Recently on High Roller Radio we interviewed Stacy Matuson, of WSOP fame at that classic ‘9 high like a boss’ bluff by William Kassouf. “Never be intimidated at the poker table,’ Matuson said, referring to false reports that hand made her cry. “I have never cried at the poker table!”

The interview was so good we transcribed it:



Stacy Matuson Interview

Poker Player, Entrepreneur

Full audio of this Q&A  HERE

Alright High Rollers, big fan of our guest today, not only  for her outstanding poker abilities but for the way she handles herself at the table as well. She won the hearts of many following that infamous William Kassouf ‘nine high like a boss’ hand at the 2016 WSOP where she finished 169th in the main event. She got her revenge on the ‘Speech Play’ king in Rozvadov and, this year, she went very deep in the WSOP Colossus. She can play folks! @StacyAcey on both twitter and instagram and definitely one of the empowered women of poker. Stacy Matuson welcome to the show, thanks for being our high roller today.

SM: Thank-you, thanks for having me.

Q: I know you get asked all the time about William Kassouf, of course the 9 high hand, and then the subsequent grudge match in the Check Republic at Kings Casino. Wondering if I can ask about William Kassouf immitators? I’m sure you’ve faced a few since that infamous hand, guys trying to bully you, trying to bluff you, and maybe even with 9 high. What’s that been like for you and how do you handle these guys at the poker table?
SM: It’s interesting, I mean I haven’t had anybody quite like William testing me or talking my ear off. I think they realize that it’s kind of passé. I have had, in the last few tournaments I’ve played, people seriously put me to the test and, more times than not, I have made the call and won some really huge pots off of them. It’s really just been advantageous for me.
Q: It was a very exciting hand and you were were dead centre in the middle of it.  There’s so much talk about the lack of women in poker, that perhaps the game is too intimidating for most. But, I  gotta say, I love how you handled that whole situation. I think your twitter quote was something to the effect of, “Nobody has ever made me cry at the poker table.” You beat him in the grudge match sponsored by 888 Poker in Rozvodov and, even he says, there’s no animosity between the two of you. I think it was a fine example of how to handle yourself at the table. You don’t seem to be intimidated at all?
SM: Ah, thank-you. No, I’m not! I think it has to do with the type of person I am. I’m a little bit fearless and I don’t think people should intimidate you at anything. I think if you have a strong belief in your talents and yourself then you shouldn’t be scared of doing anything. I happen to like playing against men; sports, pool, gin and poker, because it’s not physical prowess that’s going to win. It’s usually the person who has the most clever mind or makes the smartest play and I’m always up for the challenge. 
Q: You are very empowered at the table. When we talk intimidation it’s not just women affected but amateurs as well? I mean it’s just cards right?
SM:  Right. Here’s the thing, I’ve been playing for over 20 years and I’ve learned a lot about myself. You learn a lot about human nature by playing poker as well. When you can make very good reads and spot tells on poker tables it will also help you in life, in terms of business and personal relationships as well. I find it a challenge to study human nature. I get excited to play. I never get intimidated.

Women in Poker

Women in Poker

Q: You have cashed all over the world. Where are some of your favourite places to play cards?
SM: This is the first year ever that I ventured out into Europe. I’ve been wanting to go for so long and I was just travelling everywhere this year thanks to 888 Poker, which invited me and sponsored me for these events. 888 Poker enabled these trips to happen. Costa Rica was actually the first ever no-limit tournament I ever played, in the year 2000, when I went with a group of my poker playing friends. I was just going for the trip and I read the book The Zen of Poker on the plane on the way there. So, I decided to take a shot at my first no-limit tournament. I finished second. I remember when I got heads-up because I was so inexperienced at the time at no limit that I was breathing heavy. My opponent, who won the tourney, said, “Seriously, just relax your breathing.” He actually said that to me heads-up because I was playing a really good game but I had no experience whatsoever on keeping calm. I have done quite a 180 since then. I really enjoy Barcelona. Playing at Kings Casino n Rozvodov was amazing and I had a blast because I got to venture out to Prague. I don’t think I have a specific favourite but I always say Las Vegas is my go to place. The WSOP is probably my favourite place to play because it’s so life changing and there are so many different events you can play. If you travel to Europe, play the main event and don’t win then it’s over and done with. At the WSOP there’s more than 70 events that can change your life. 
Q: You make an interesting point about the WSOP and how it can be so life changing, how one tournament can make a career. I don’t want to belabour the William Kassouf hand but that one hand got a lot of headlines worldwide, a lot of publicity. How did that one hand change you, in terms of your poker career? You’ve got 888 Poker on board, a lot of exposure, and I assume it’s been a good thing even though you lost the hand?

Patrik Antonius, Stacy Matuson & Michael Mizrachi

Patrik Antonius, Stacy Matuson & Michael Mizrachi

SM: It’s interesting because I’ve been in the business a long time. I grew up in the ranks of Michael and Robert Mizrachi. Obviously they play a heck of a lot more than I do but we’ve travelled together a lot. We grew up together. People in the business or people who have been playing a long time knew of me but I was never in the limelight nor did I ever seek fame of any kind. So when this whole thing happened with Will Kassouf, all of a sudden I had everybody contacting me, talking to me. I kind of felt exposed. It was mostly positive but there was a lot of negative attention as well. His fans were blaming me for his penalty, which was not my fault. I felt sort of exposed and yet there’s good and bad when you are on the ESPN broadcasts. It was interesting because I’ve met so many wonderful people who have come up to me, who’vewatched me on television and they say they’re big fans. That’s very humbling. For me, I was trying to change my life financially and reaching a personal goal by making the final table of the World Series of Poker. That was really important to me. As far as all the exposure we got on ESPN? It’s been quite flattering. Yes, it has gotten me free trips to Europe so I can’t complain.
Q: When all the ESPN cameras showed up you must have been like, “Here we go!”
SM: It’s funny too because I’ve done so much media in the past. We used to run the WSOP Dealer Academy, we had a poker dealer school and I was around a lot of the media all the time. I was always doing things like that, short clips on television and things like that, so I feel really comfortable talking to the media; print, radio and television. So when the camera crews came to film us I just banked them out. They don’t make me nervous. I don’t act a different way. It was a little overwhelming because when those hands were happening with William there were ten cameras around us. I wasn’t really paying so much attention to that, just more so the circus that was happening on the table.
Q: You definitely have fans all over the world.
SM: I’ve gotten messages from Germany, all over the world. It’s like, “Wow, I can’t believe it.” Here’s the thing; anything we can do to keep poker continuing on the rise, the upswing, is important. If we can bring mainstream media into poker and keep it thriving it’s great for everybody.
Q: I’m so happy you smashed Kassouf in the grudge match. When you were sitting there across from him you must have been thinking that this is pretty surreal?
SM: Before we sat down to actually play the grudge match we were doing photo-ops, all the good natured back-and-forths, we were posing as boxers next to each other. You know, he was coming to the WSOP from Britain and I think he was unaware of some of the differences of playing tournaments, in terms of rules and restrictions. When you’re in a cash game you can talk to someone heads-up incessantly. At the WSOP main event, when the action is not on you, you’re not supposed to do that. You’re not supposed to talk about the contents of the pot etcetera. He and I have spoken a few times since and that’s his spiel. That’s the way he creates attention for himself and business deals because he’s creating a personality. That’s just not my thing. I’d rather be a quiet ninja and trap you. Everybody’s got a different style of play and that just happens to be his. I do speak when I’m in tournaments sometimes, there’s needles there to, which I don’t mind doing sometimes, to get information from players. Someone can aggravate you at the poker table but it should never affect the way you play. I’m able to separate the two. I wasn’t able to show that on that particular hand but there was a lot more to the story which I’ve gone over numerous times. When you are playing you are trying to get information because you can’t see a person’s cards. Sometimes bets are not enough information. You want to speak to your opponent. I get a lot of information that way. There’s a limit though and you should always have respect for your opponent. I think that should never go away in poker regardless of how bad you want to win. Those people are just trying to get under your skin, hoping you’ll blow a bunch of chips in future hands. You always have to try and keep your composure and a little bit of zen about you. Poker is a wonderful thing. so when he and I were playing heads-up and he had those glasses on I just realized that’s his schtick. I could see right through it. The times he did talk I was able to pick up on all of his reads. It was pretty much an easy heads-up. I know he says he doesn’t have a lot of experience playing heads-up but he’s much better in a full ring game than he is as a heads-up player. I have nothing against him. I saw him in Barcelona because we played a main event together there. We had a drink together. People just like to create a lot of drama.
Q: Your twitter profile reads, “Ninja. A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath ~ Never fear competition, they only make you look better. Poker pro life enthusiast. It also says HDFmagazine.com. Can you tell us about that?
SM: Ever since I started playing poker my close friends, Mike, Rob, Chino, they always called me the poker ninja. It’s just my style of play, waiting, hiding, and then trapping you and grabbing your chips. It’s kind of been a moniker that’s followed me forever. And I like that because that’s how I see my style of play. HDF Magazine is an entrepreneurial magazine that did an article on my life story. I opened the WSOP Dealer Academy, how I became a poker player, the story is unusual and inspiring to them. I am a life enthusiast. I think every day that you wake you should be grateful to be alive and make the most of it.
Stacy Matuson Thank-you!


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Poker Pro Jonathan Little Q&A

Hey High Rolllers, just trasncribed one of our favourite interviews from the archives (2012, just before the WSOP). He was one of our first guests, WPT superstar Jonathan Little, an author, coach, two-time winner on the World Poker Tour and WPT ‘Player of the Year.’ The guy is great!

We have transcribed the interview and it was worth the time and effort. Little is one of the best poker instructors in the world and one of the most successful players. He’s won more than $8 million playing cards folks.

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Two-time WPT Champion

Two-time WPT Champion

Jonathan Little Interview Notes
Q: The WSOP is fast approaching. You know, if this were a marathon runners would be out jogging, stretching, gearing up and getting their bodies ready. Is it like that for you, a poker player? How do you prepare for this poker extravaganza?
JL: Well, it’s kind of similar too that. I’ve been studying a lot of poker. I’ve been playing online more recently trying to get ready. I just got set-up to play online poker in Canada and that went pretty well. Before the World Series each year, I like to take a week off and that’s exactly what I’m doing this year. One of my friends is getting married, so I’m gonna go to that and then go play the WSOP.
Q: What is that week off about? Is it about relaxation to get your mind right? I know it’s a long haul.
JL: I know I’m gonna be out there the entire time, playing poker 12 hours a day, everyday, for the duration of the series, so I always make a point to take some time off before and then take some time off afterward. Otherwise you burn out. You can’t afford to burn out. You realize, ‘okay, I’m gonna take it easy before, so I’m ready to work.’ Then after I’m done, I know I’m going to take it easy again, so I can go out there and put in a solid two months of good work.
Q: This is your profession obviously, but for amateurs who don’t play the amount you do, can you describe for them what that 12-hour work day over two months can do to your body and mind? What toll does it take?
JL: Well, I think it does whatever you let it do to you. I think I’ve gotten to the point now where I know what to expect. I’m gonna go out there and do my thing and be perfectly happy with it. You see a lot of players who go out there who aren’t mentally prepared. They go out partying all night and then try to play poker the next day. They don’t go to the gym, they don’t eat right and they end up being pretty exhausted, basically worn out and tired of the game by the end of it. If you go in there with an open mind and you’re ready to observe everything that’s going on and you want to be there, then you can go into it happy and leave happy. That’s what I do. I try to prepare myself to want to be there and that’s why I don’t play that much poker before, because if I don’t play poker for a week or two I want to go and play poker. I think it’s all mental. If you make a point to stay in shape physically then you can go out there mentally sound and not have too much of a problem.
Q: You haven’t won a bracelet yet. You’ve come close and had success at the WSOP but certainly not the same success you’ve had on the WPT. What is your plan this year in Vegas?
JL: I’m just gonna do the same thing I did last year. I’m gonna play a lot of tournaments, basically one tournament a day, whatever is running. I’m gonna stick to No Limit Hold’em, Limit Hold’em and PLO, those are my best games. Basically, play a tournament a day. I don’t have a schedule where I’m gonna play Event #2 or Event #7, or anything like that, I just show up the day of and play whatever is running.
Q: Before we talk about your new book, let’s revisit the Mirage Poker Showdown, a million dollar score for you. Phil Ivey was at that final table. What are your thoughts on him and his play?
JL: I think he play’s very good. He’s widely regarded as one the best and I think he is. I mean, he’s tough to play against. He definitely applies pressure. I’ve kinda figured out that every time he re-raises, you just need to go all-in and you’re probably going to win most of the time. That was strategy way back then.
Q: Is that a pattern you’ve recognized in his game? He’s re-raising a lot.
JL: It’s the strategy you notice in a lot of good players. People who are being very aggressive, the way to fix that is to just go all-in and make them fold.
Q: And they just stop bullying you?
JL: Well, either they do or they don’t. Sometimes they don’t. When they don’t, you can just run them over by going all-in but, theory-wise, that’s a high risk game and you are going to go broke often.
Q: This has been a big week in poker; Ivey versus Crockford’s, Russ Hamilton versus the world, Phil Hellmuth releases an official statement on the UltimateBet cheating scandal, there’s talk of increased security at this year’s WSOP. Do you get wrapped up in these stories?
JL: I think some people get wrapped in them and some people don’t. I mean, can Phil Ivey read the back of cards at the casino? I don’t really care, it’s none of my business. The Russ Hamilton thing? I think if people get caught cheating we should put them in jail, that seems pretty obvious.  More security at the WSOP? If they want more security, that’s fine with me as long as it does’t slow down everything. No, I don’t get wrapped up in too many things. I just sit back, observe and make adjustments where I think necessary.
Q: Tell us about your new book, Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker Volume III?
JL: Well, Volume I & II were basically a guide on how I play poker. They were meant to be read as one giant book, where I talk about how to play a solid fundamental game in Volume I and then about how to deviate from that, and also how to live the poker life, in Volume II. Volume III is completely different than those two books. It’s basically 150 poker hand quizzes, where I go through hands I played in the $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tournament main event and a $1,500 buy-in and a $2,500 buy-in at the World Series of Poker. So, I have a deep stack, shallow stack and medium stack tournament in the book, that way you can get a pretty good idea of how I play tournaments with the varying stack sizes. 
Q: So basically, you’re giving them hand descriptions and then asking them questions?
JL: Right. So, I lay out a hand; what happens pre-flop and everybody’s stacks sizes, because obviously that’s important. So, you’re in middle position with AK pre flop, what do you do? Then, I’ll lay out four options; limp raise, a two big blinds raise, a three big blinds raise or go all-in? The player will ideally write that in the book what they did, then I’ll go on to the next question. After you’re done with all the questions in the hand, I’ll go through all the possible answers, basically grade the student, let them know what I thought of each play and let them know why I thought a particular play is better or worse than the other plays. I use a point system so students can tell which play I think is the best or the second best. You’ll find in No Limit Hold’em, as long as you’re picking the first or the second best play it’s probably not that bad. But, if you’re picking the 3rd, 4th, or 5th best play it’s probably bad.
Q: That’s important to note, on any given hand there are a few of ways to play it?
JL: Right. there are many ways to play a hand and I recognize that. I think a lot of poker players try to say they have a definitively right answer for every situation but that’s not how poker works. You can go either way a lot of the times. And, if ‘Play A’ is slightly better than ‘Play B’, it’s gonna add value to mix things up to make your play more profitable.
Q: Did you find yourself writing more about the hands you played well or the hands you played bad?
JL: I basically include every hand I played. So, if I raised pre flop and there was any additional action, if someone re-raised me or if someone called me and took a flop. You know, I’m including basically every hand. I didn’t win the tournament so obviously there are hands I lost in there. Whenever I play poker, I carry a notebook with me and write down every hand I play. I use that for myself, to go back and review my play and make sure I’m not doing anything dumb. When I play, I tend to forget what’s going on. I’m super in the zone and have no clue what’s going on, if that makes any sense. If I look at it afterward, I have no clue what happened throughout the whole day. Even though I’m sitting there completely with it, if you ask me how I got my chips I have no clue. So, I started writing down all my hands and I go back through them. Maybe once every three or four tournaments I do something that is really dumb and I have to figure out why and fix it.
Q: So the writing helps you, I mean you obviously like it?
JL: I think it’s an extension of coaching in general. I found that when I started coaching people more, I started to think about the game in other ways. I think that’s made me a better poker player in general because it makes me think about everything I’m doing and to figure out if it’s actually good or if it’s something I do because I think I should be doing it. If you’re just doing something because you think you should be doing it, it’s not necessarily correct. I feel like writing, and writing down my general game plan, has made me think about my game and challenge the way I think about poker. You know, some of the things I do may not be accurate. Writing it down and thinking about it has certainly helped me flush things out and figure out whether they are good or bad.
Q: Tonight you’re teaching a class on holding top pair?
JL: Yes, I think it’s something people mess up frequently. I have a lot more of these classes where I go into specific concepts. People seem to like them a lot. I’m always trying to find new and innovative ways to discuss the game, and give the people who follow me information in the most clean and easy to digest way.
Q: Can you give us a sneak peak on how to play top pair?
JL: Unfortunately, I have a two-hour class lined up for it, so its hard for me to discuss. Essentially, you have to figure out what hand your opponent is likely to have A lot of those hands have you beat and you have to play it like a bluff catcher. Many of those hands are unlikely to have you beat, so you have to play it for value. It’s really thinking about the range of hands your opponent has and then playing your hand accordingly.
Q: Your website is FloatTheTurn.com. Do people need to be floating the turn more often?
JL: No, you don’t need to be floating the turn that much unless you know your opponent bets the flop, then bets the turn and then gives up a lot of rivers. I mean, I float the flop a lot. Someone bets the flop and you call with all sorts of stuff, planning to take t away on the turn either by betting when they check of by raising when they bet. But no, floating the turn is usually not the good because when players fire that second barrel they usually have it.
Q: Anyone to look out for at the year’s WSOP?
JL: Poker is a funny thing because it seems like players go on swings where they run really hot for a while and then run really bad for a while. It’s some kind of weird confidence issue where people trust their reads a little more often when they’re doing well. A good player who has good reads, is trusting those reads or anyone who has a good work ethic and realizes they’re not going to the World Series to party, they’re going there to make money. That’s someone to look out for.
Jonathan Little thank-you!
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November Nine History, Fun Facts & Poker Tidbits

Qui Nguyen: 2016 World Champion
Fun November Nine Facts
It’s poker’s marquis showcase, the World Series of Poker main event final table. The much heralded November Nine today on High Roller Radio.  Since 2008, in a bid to generate publicity and worldwide excitement, the WSOP has paused play in July, when the tournament gets down to 9 players, taken a 3-and-a-half month break, and reconvened in November to decide the winner, hence the phrase November Nine.

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Players have used that time off to hire coaches, study, play more poker or simply go on vacation. Not everyone is a fan of the extended break. ”it ruins the integrity of the tournament,” said Ylon Schwartz, one of the first ever November Niners, Class of 2008.
ESPN isn’t complaining. That 2008 version got great ratings and an Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Live Turnaround’.
In 2009, November Niner Jeff Schulman, president of Card Player magazine, openly stated that if he won the bracelet he would throw it in the trash. “Everything to do with how the tournament is run,” Shulman said. “It used to be run by people who loved and really cared about poker. That mission has been derailed by executives.”
He later recanted, saying he wouldn’t toss the bracelet but instead pursue one of four options; hold an auction for charity, give it away as part of a magazine promotion, hold a tourney and give it to the winner, or give it to tv personality Stephen Colbert. Schulman finished 4th that year. Joe Cada won it at the tender age of 21, making him the youngest ever to do so.
Phil Ivey was there in 2009, but was ousted in 7th when his ace king lost to Darwin Moon’s ace queen, when a queen hit the flop. Moon, the amateur logger from Maryland finished 2nd. Did you know he gaimed entry into the main through a $130 satellite tourney in Wheeling, West Virginia, and briefly considered re-investing that 10k score into his business instead of taking his seat in Vegas. Well, 2nd  got him $5 million so good decision and great parlay Darvin Moon.
Herer’s a quirky fact – 2010 main event champ Jonathan Duhamel and 2013 November Niner Marc Etienne McLaughlin, who finished 6th, play on the same dodgeball team. Also, for just the second time ever, 2010 featured a final table without someone who resides in Las Vegas.
In 2011, Irishman Eoghan O’Dea made the November Nine. His legendary, poker playng father, Donnacha, reached the main event final table in 1983, then again in 1991, so they become the first father-son duo to ever accomplish that feat.
In 2012, thanks the US presidential election, the final table was held early, so it was the ‘October Nine’. 2012 was also the year the women got close; Gaelle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille, finsihed 10th and 11th respectively, effectively bubbling the Octo 9. The only woman to ever reach the main event final table? Hall of Famer Barbara Enright in 1995.
Then there’s the MarK Newhouse story! In 2013, the American made the final table but was first one out in 9th. Fast forward one year, 2014, and he sent out a tweet:
“Just bought into the main event day 1c. Not f’ing finishing 9th again!’ he wrote. Incredibky, Newhuse outlasted another monster field to make the final table again. Think about that; he survived more than 13,000 runners over a two year period. This time, he had good chips, one of the leaders heading in, but nothing seemed to work that night, just couldn’t get anything going. After losing a few big pots heeventually shoved with pocket 10’s on the river only to be called by pocket Queens. Guess what? Ninth again!
Now let’s break this down:
The odds of being struck by lightning in any two-year period are 1 in 480,000, according to the National Weather Service. Bowling a 300 game? 11,500-to-1. A hole-in-one is 6,000-to-1. Winning an Olympic medal? 650,000-to-1. Well, finishing 9th at the WSOP two years running can be calculated at roughly 4 million-to-1, the experts suggest.
Also in 2014, The November Nine featured Builly Pappas, who between the time of the tounrey getting down to 9 and the actual final table playing out, went out and won a World Foosball Championship, his 4th since 2005, nobody has won more. More fun facts; Britain has had two November Niner’s, both James Akenhead in 2009, and Sam Holden in 2011, started from ninth position and both lasted just a few hands.
Oldest November Niner? Pierre Nueville of Balgium. Second oldest? Neil Blumenfield of San Fransisco. And, they were at the same final table – 2015. Average age of all November Niners since 2008? 31. 2015 was also the first time in history that all players had previously cashed in a WSOP event.
The player entering in 2nd chip position had never won (until this year and Qui Nguyen).

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

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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 WSOP.com, 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 www.highrollerradio.net 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.
– for more visit wsop.com

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WSOP Main Event Final Table – Tonight! Betting Odds.

Hey High Rollers, biggest night in poker as the November Nine resumes, fans will be watching with bated breath, one of the biggest spectacles and richest prizes in sport. Is poker a sport? We’ll save that for another day, but it is the World Series Of Poker final table, nine players vying for the world championship – and the money doesn’t lie, a whopping $7.7 million to the winner.

Nine players left for the world championship and $7.7 million

Nine players left for the world championship and $7.7 million

These nine have outlasted more than 6400 others, each have already been paid ninth place money, more than a million dollars. The cards fly in just a few hours, 8pm at the Penn and Teller theatre at the RIO in Las Vegas. And yes, you can wager on it! Chip leader Joseph McKeehan is the overwhelming 7-5 favourite, massive chip lead with  more than 63 million to play with. His chip count, more than double that of 2nd place Zvi Stern, from isreal, who’s listed at 7-2. McKeehen, by the way, a native of North Wales, Pa, is a two-time WSOP circuit winner, he almost captured a bracelet last year finishing runner-up in the inaugural Monster Stack event. Tidbit: McKeehan won the world Risk championship in 2010. Third in chips, is San Fransisco’s Neil Blumenfield, 61, who has 22 million chips and is pegged at 6-to-1. Same odds for the oldest player left, 72 year old Belgian Pierre Neuville and what a story that would be. Neuville will unbag 21 million chips in 4th Place. And then there’s Max Steinberg, a little more than 20 million, listed at 7-to-1, and this is our betting favourite. Great story too; he won his $10,000 seat into the main event through an NBA satellite on DraftKings. Yes, this guy used to play poker for a living, he owns a WSOP bracelet already, and what a parlay! He tturned that $27 satellite, into a $10,000 entry fee, now has a $1 million and a chance at the whole enchilada. This guy’s good, he’s underrated and you know he’s riding high, so watch out – Max J Steinberg at 7-to-1…that’s where our money’s going. The remaining 4 players, all between the tender ages of 23 and 25, are long shots. Young gun’s Thomas Cannuli and Joshua Beckley, both from New Jersey, and both listed at (12/1).  Brooklyn’s Patrick Chan and Italy’s Federico Butteroni are (25/1) dogs. Chan and Butteroni have less than 1/10 the amount of chips as McKeehen, the leader. Watch for it folks, live ESPN tonight, when they’ll play down from 9 players to 4, then tomorrow November 9th, from four players down to 2, and poker’s world champ will be crowned Tuesday November 10th.

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Did you know? The $7.7 million first place prize money is more than Wimbledon, The Masters, and the Indianapolis 500 awards to its winners – combined! The largest ever prize at the WSOP ME was 2006 when Jamie Gold collected $12 million for winning the main event. The richest first place prize in poker history was the Big One for One Drop – $18 million – won by Antonio Esfandiari.

Have fun watching tonight…good luck to all…let’s hope for drama folks.




46th Annual World Series of Poker Highlights, Bracelet Winners, Poker History

Hey High Rollers, sorry it’s been a while….busy summer with the World Series of Poker, watching the WSOP Live Streams. Congrats to David Tuchman and all of his co-hosts, another fantastic offering of poker variety, thrills and spills, great action with bad beats and remarkable feats. Below you’ll find all the bracelet winners and some highlights from the 46th annual WSOP.

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Mississippi Grind Trailer

Be sure to check out the new trailer for the gambling road movie Mississippi Grind, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendohlson…looks great, and got awesome reviews at the film festivals. The greatest since Rounders? We’ll see.

Dogs Playing Poker

A Bold Bluff

This is just one of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s 16 pieces in his famous American Classic painting series. Did you know they were originally painted to sell cigars?

Dogs Playing Poker

John Reading Interview

This Minnesota Native cashed 7 times at the WSOP, made two final tables and won a bracelet in the first ever Hyper Hold’em event that saw 20 minute blind levels. It took just 11 hours to reach a final table.

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46th Annual WSOP

– The first ever WSOP.com online bracelet event drew 909 runners. Players had to be competing from an IP address in Nevada. Once the final table of six was reached play was suspended for a day so that the contestants could meet at the Rio and battle it out live for the bracelet. One of our former guests, Hunter Cichy finished runner-up. Another former guest Dutch Boyd cashed.

– Event #60, the 25k High Roller, won by former lawyer turned poker pro Anthony Zinno, was the richest PLO tournameny in history, generating a prize pool of more than $4 million.

2010 World Champion Jonathan Duhamel topped a stacked field in the $111,111 buy-in Big One for One Drop. He defeated businessman Bill Klein heads-up for the title and his 2nd bracelet. Bill Klein donated his entre 2nd place winnings, $2,465,522, to charity.

Trivia: Who finished 6th in the main event and plays on the same dodgeball team as Jonathan Duhamel?

– Christian Pham, a Minnesota poker pro, accidentally signed up for the wrong event ($1,500 No Limit Deuce-to-7) and ended up winning it. Pham previously won a the WSOP circuit main event at Caesars Palace in 2013. Thinking he was signing up for the next day’s NLHE event, Pham was stunned to learn he was playing Kansas City Lowball, a form of poker he had never played before:

“They had started dealing already, so I couldn’t do anything. If they had not started dealing, I would have told the floorman and asked to be unregistered.”
– Christian Pham

– Jeffrey Tomlinson, a 51 year old football coach from Florida, upset a stacked field in Event #25.
“I don’t have any fear. I mean, I’m here to play my game. It doesn’t mean I’ll win ten gold bracelets, but from the moment I sat down I knew I could win.”

– Seven years after his first gold bracelet, Phil Galfond picked up his 2nd in the world championship of Kansas City lowball single draw defeating Nick Schulman, a two-time winner of this very event, heads-up. It was his 15th career cash, bringing is WSOP earnings above the $2 million mark.

– Max Pescatori became the first Italian to win three gold bracelets, taking down the $1,500 Razz for $156,000.

– Keith Lehr needed just 24 hands to beat Paul Volpe in the final of the $10k heads-up world championship. It’s his 2nd bracelet. His first? Twelve years ago in pot limit hold’em.

– After min-cashing in the Colossus, Germany’s Paul Michaelis took down Event #8 for his first bracelet and close to $200,000.

“I was running insane basically. I had a straight flush against a nut flush, I had a couple sets. My bluffs worked out. Everything worked perfectly actually,”
– Paul Michaelis

– The Colossus was exactly that! It broke the record for the biggest live poker tournament ever by more than 150%! The prize pool? More than $11 million, more than double the advertised guarantee. Nolan Dalla, longtime poker writer and unofficial WSOP historian, compared it to Cal Ripken breaking Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games, Barry Bonds eclipsing Hank Aaron for career home runs, and Joe DiMaggio setting the record for consecutive games with a hit.

WSOP Bracelet Winners 2015
Event #1: Casino Employees Championship, Brandon Barnette ($74,704)
Event #2: $5,000 NLHE, Michael Wang ($466,120)
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better, Robert Mizrachi ($251,022)
Event #4: $3,000 NLHE Shootout, Nick Petrangelo ($201,812)
Event #5: The Colossus, Cord Garcia ($638,880)
Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Turbo, John Reading ($252,028)
Event #7: Deuce to 7 World Championship, Taun Le ($322,756)
Event #8: $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em, Paul Michaelis ($189,818)
Event #9: $1,500 Razz, Max Pescatori ($155,947)
Event #10: Heads-Up World Championship, Keith Lehr ($334,430)
Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold’em, William Kakon ($196,055)
Event #12: $1,500 6-Handed NLHE, Idan Raviv ($455,057)
Event #13: $2,500 7-Card Stud/Omaha 8 or Better, Konstanin Maslak ($269,612)
Event #14: $1,500 NLHE Shootout, Barry Hutter ($283,546)
Event #15: Pot Limit Hold’em World Championship, Shaun Deeb ($318,857)
Event #16: Millionaire Maker
Event #17: Razz World Championship, Phil Hellmuth ($271,105)
Event #18: $1,000 Turbo NLHE, John Gale ($298,290)
Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, Matt Elsby ($230,799)
Event #20: $1,500 NLHE, Benjamin Zamani ($460,640)
Event #21: $10,000 World Championship of Omaha 8 or Better, Daniel Alaei ($391,037)
Event #22: $1,000 NLHE, Sam Greenwood ($318,977)
Event #23: $1,500 No Limit Deuce-to-7 Lowball, Christian Pham ($81,314)
Event #24: $1,500 HORSE, Arash Ghaneian ($239,750)
Event #25: $5,000 8-Handed NLHE, Jeffrey Tomlinson ($567,724)
Event #26: $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha, Aaron Wallace ($226,985)
Event #27: $10k World Championship 7-Card Stud, Brian Hastings ($239,518)
Event #28: Monster Stack,
Event #29: $10k World Championship Deuce-to-7 Single Draw, Phil Galfond ($224,383)
Event #30: $1,000 NLHE, Franco Ivan Luca ($353,391)
Event #31: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better, Jeff Madsen ($301,314)
Event #32: $5,000 NLHE 6-Handed, Jason Mercier ($633,357)
Event #33: $1,500 Limit Deuce-to-7 Lowball, Benny Glaser ($136,215)
Event #34: $1,500 Split Format Hold’em, Andre Boyer ($250,243)
Event #35: $3,000 HORSE, Dan Idema ($261,774)
Event #36: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, Corrie Wunstel ($266,874)
Event #37: $10,000 World Championship 6-Handed NLHE, Byron Kaverman ($657,331)
Event #38: $3,000 NLHE, Thiago Nishijima ($546,843)
Event #39: $1,500 10-Game Mix, Brian Hastings ($133,403)
Event #40: $1,000 Seniors Championship, Travis Baker ($613,466)
Event #41: $10,000 World Championship 7-Card Stud Hi Lo, Max Pescatori ($292,158)
Event #42: $1,500 Extended Play NLHE, Adrian Apmann ($478,102)
Event #43: Super Seniors Championship, Jon Andlovic ($262,220)
Event #44: The Poker Players Championship, Mie Gorodinsky ($1,270,086)
Event #45: $1,500 NLHE, Upeshka De Silva ($424,577)
Event #46: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha, Vasili Firsau ($437,575)
Event #47: $2,500 NLHE, Matt O’Donnell (551,941)
Event #48: $1,500 7-Card Stud, Eli Elezra ($112,591)
Event #49: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better, Young Ji ($231,102)
Event #50: $10,000 World Championship Limit Holdem, Ben Yu ($291,456)
Event #51: $3,000 NLHE 6-Handed, Justin Liberto (640,711)
Event #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice, Carol Fuchs ($127,735)
Event #53: Ladies Championship, Jacquelyn Scott ($153,876)
Event #54: $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha, Alexander Petersen ($927,655)
Event #55: $1,500 Draft Kings, Brandon Wittmeyer ($200,618)
Event #56: $5,000 Turbo, Kevin MacPhee ($490,800)
Event %57: $1,000 NLHE, Takahiro Nakai ($399,039)
Event #58: $111,1111 Big One for One Drop, Jonathan Duhamel ($3,989,985)
Event #59: $1,500 NLHE, Alex Lindop ($531,037)
Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha, Anthony Zinno ($1,122,196)
Event #61: $1,111 Little One for One Drop, Paul Hoefer ($645,969)
Event #62: $1,500 Bounty, Jack Duong ($333,351)
Event #63: $10,000 World Championship of HORSE, Andrew Barber ($517,566)
Event #64: Online Bracelet Event, Anthony Spinella ($197,743)
Event #65: $1,500 7-Card Stud 8 or Better, Gerald Ringe ($180,943)
Event #66: Lucky 7’s NLHE, Connor Berkowitz ($487,784)
Event #67: $10,000 World Championship Dealers Choice, Quin Do ($319,792)
Event #68: World Championshp Main Event????

Who’s your November 9?

Seat 1:  Zvi Stern — 29,800,000
Seat 2:  Pierre Neuville — 21,075,000
Seat 3:  Joshua Beckley — 11,800,000
Seat 4:  Max Steinberg — 20,200,000
Seat 5:  Thomas Cannuli — 12,250,000
Seat 6:  Joe McKeehen — 63,100,000
Seat 7:  Patrick Chan — 6,225,000
Seat 8:  Federico Butteroni — 6,200,000
Seat 9:  Neil Blumenfield — 22,000,000

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WSOP Schedule 2015, Brad Pitt Freeroll & Albert Einstein Quote

Hey High Rollers, big week in the news…Erick Lindgren is being sued by PokerStars, Brad Pitt loses  a 25k freeroll to his chauffeur and the WSOP schedule is released. Which event are you playing? Hey, you want to bet with us on sports? Just click the banner below and you’ll be wagering on your favourite team in minutes. Good luck and good gambling.

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2015 WSOP Schedule

Wed, May 27th
12:00 PM
Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em

4:00 PM
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Thu, May 28th

12:00 PM
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Thu, May 28th
4:00 PM
Event #4: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout

Fri, May 29th
10:00 AM
Event #5A: THE COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold’em ($5,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool)

Fri, May 29th
6:00 PM
Event #5B: THE COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold’em ($5,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool)
Sat, May 30th

10:00 AM
4-Day EventEvent #5C: THE COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold’em ($5,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool)

Sat, May 30th
6:00 PM
Event #5D: THE COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold’em ($5,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool)

Sun, May 31st
11:00 AM
Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Hold’em

Sun, May 31st
4:00 PM
Event #7: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship

Mon, Jun 1st
12:00 PM
Event #8: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em

Mon, Jun 1st
4:00 PM
Event #9: $1,500 Razz
Tue, Jun 2nd

12:00 PM
Event #10: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship

Tue, Jun 2nd
4:00 PM
Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold’em

Wed, Jun 3rd
12:00 PM
Event #12: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

Wed, Jun 3rd
4:00 PM
Event #13: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Thu, Jun 4th
12:00 PM
Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout

Thu, Jun 4th
4:00 PM
Event #15: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship

Fri, Jun 5th
10:00 AM
Event #16A: MILLIONAIRE MAKER $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Sat, Jun 6th
10:00 AM
Event #16B: MILLIONAIRE MAKER $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Sat, Jun 6th
4:00 PM
Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship

Sun, Jun 7th
12:00 PM
Event #18: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em

Sun, Jun 7th
4:00 PM
Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

Mon, Jun 8th
12:00 PM
Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Mon, Jun 8th
4:00 PM
Event #21: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

Tue, Jun 9th
12:00 PM
Event #22: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Tue, Jun 9th
4:00 PM
Event #23: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball

Wed, Jun 10th
12:00 PM
Event #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

Wed, Jun 10th
4:00 PM
Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed

Thu, Jun 11th
12:00 PM
Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

Thu, Jun 11th
4:00 PM
Event #27: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

Fri, Jun 12th
10:00 AM
Event #28A: MONSTER STACK $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Sat, Jun 13th
10:00 AM
Event #28B: MONSTER STACK $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Sat, Jun 13th
4:00 PM
Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship

Sun, Jun 14th
12:00 PM
Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Sun, Jun 14th
4:00 PM
Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Mon, Jun 15th
12:00 PM
Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed

Mon, Jun 15th
4:00 PM
Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball

Tue, Jun 16th
12:00 PM
Event #34: $1,500 Split Format Hold’em

Tue, Jun 16th
4:00 PM
Event #35: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.

Wed, Jun 17th
12:00 PM
Event #36: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

Wed, Jun 17th
4:00 PM
Event #37: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship

Thu, Jun 18th
12:00 PM
Event #38: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Thu, Jun 18th

4:00 PM
Event #39: $1,500 Ten-Game Mix

Fri, Jun 19th
10:00 AM
Event #40: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship

Fri, Jun 19th
4:00 PM
Event #41: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

Sat, Jun 20th
12:00 PM
Event #42: $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em

Sun, Jun 21st
10:00 AM
Event #43: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em

Sun, Jun 21st
4:00 PM

Mon, Jun 22nd
12:00 PM
Event #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Mon, Jun 22nd
4:00 PM

Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed

Tue, Jun 23rd
12:00 PM
Event #47: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Tue, Jun 23rd
4:00 PM
Event #48: $1,500 Seven Card Stud

Wed, Jun 24th
12:00 PM
Event #49: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Wed, Jun 24th
4:00 PM
Event #50: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship

Thu, Jun 25th
12:00 PM
Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed
Thu, Jun 25th

4:00 PM
Event #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice

Fri, Jun 26th
12:00 PM

Event #53: $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship
Fri, Jun 26th
4:00 PM
Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship

Sat, Jun 27th
12:00 PM

Event #55: $1,500 Draftkings 50/50 No-Limit Hold’em
Sat, Jun 27th
4:00 PM

Event #56: $5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em

Sun, Jun 28th
12:00 PM
Event #57: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Sun, Jun 28th
1:00 PM

Event #58: $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP
Mon, Jun 29th
12:00 PM

Event #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Mon, Jun 29th
4:00 PM

Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha
Tue, Jun 30th
10:00 AM

Event #61A: $1,111 The Little One for One Drop

Tue, Jun 30th
4:00 PM
Event #61B: $1,111 The Little One for One Drop

Wed, Jul 1st
12:00 PM

Event #62: $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em
Wed, Jul 1st
4:00 PM

Event #63: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship
Thu, Jul 2nd
12:00 PM

Event #64: WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em

Thu, Jul 2nd
4:00 PM
Event #65: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Fri, Jul 3rd

10:00 AM
Event #66A: $777 LUCKY SEVENS No-Limit Hold’em
Fri, Jul 3rd
4:00 PM

Event #67: $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship
Fri, Jul 3rd
6:00 PM

Event #66B: $777 LUCKY SEVENS No-Limit Hold’em

Sun, Jul 5th
12:00 PM

Event #68A: No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT
Mon, Jul 6th
12:00 PM
Event #68B: No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT

Tue, Jul 7th

12:00 PM
Event #68C: No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT

Erick Lindgren is being Sued

Yes, in federal court for $2.5 million. The debt dates back to Lindgren’s days as a Full Tilt Poker sponsored player when the company. PokerStars has since acquired FTP and its assets. Most of the $2.5 million comes from FTP erroneously wiring an extra $2 million into Lindgren’s bank account, on top of the $2 million he was taking as compensation from the company. The rest comes in the form of a loan to Lindgren.

Brad Pitt Freeroll

The actor hosted a very short poker game where he gave his chauffeur, and others, a $25,000 freeroll. If Pitt lost, he would fork over $25,000 to the winner, but if he won, he could make his opponents perform a task of his choosing. Seems they were playing flips, which involves everyone being dealt two cards and then just running out the flop, turn and river without any betting.
After the hand played out, Pitt “shrugged his shoulders and mucked his hand.” His driver won. It’s believed Pitt didn’t even bother seeing if he had won.

Phil Ivey is Good, Right?

The American poker superstar has won his 3rd Aussie Millions Super High Roller event in four years. Wow. Ivey wins $2.2 million AUD, ($1,713,285 USD), records his 26th tournament title, and pushes his career earnings to a whopping $22.7 million.

Did you know? Ivey’s top three poker tournament paydays have now all come from wins in this event, with over $7.3 million in earnings coming from his 2012, 2014 and 2015 title runs.

“I can’t believe that God plays dice with the universe.”
     – Albert Einstein

Poker in Mainstream?

1972 world champion, Amarillo Slim, parlayed his title and personality into national publicity tour that led to 11 appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Slim was also featured on 60 Minutes.

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Poker/Gambling Quotes

Hey High Rollers, great UFC Fight Night on Fox as the Irish phenom Conor McGregor backed up all his talk with an impressive, dominating, one-sided knock-out over the German Denis Seiver.  McGregor hopped the fence and charged at the champ Jose Aldo…we learn afterward that he will get a title shot.  Wow…McGregor v Aldo, a guy who hasn’t lost in 9 years.  Can’t wait.

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Poker Quotes

“It’s hard work, gambling. Playing poker. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Think about what it’s like sitting at a poker table with people whose only goal is to cut your throat, take your money and leave you out the back talking to yourself about what went wrong inside. That probably sounds harsh. But that’s the way it is at the poker table. If you don’t believe me, then you’re the lamb that’s going off to the slaughter.”

– Stu Ungar

“You can’t let it get you down when somebody knocks you out of a tournament playing a hand they shouldn’t have played. Without these types of players, nobody would win any amount of money, so sometimes you just have to take your medicine.”

– TJ Cloutier

“No Limit Hold’em. Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror.”

– Tom McEvoy

Dr. Robert Chase: “Gambling doesn’t take away his pain.”
Dr. Gregory House: “It does if I win.”

– House

“I believe in poker the way I believe in the American Dream. Poker is good for you. It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit, and — when played well, nourishes the wallet.”

– Lou Krieger

“Poker is the game closest to the western conception of life, where life and thought are recognized as intimately combined, where free will prevails over philosophies of fate or of chance, where men are considered moral agents and where — at least in the short run — the important thing is not what happens but what people think happens.”

– John Luckacs

“Is it a reasonable thing, I ask you, for a grown man to run about and hit a ball? Poker’s the only game fit for a grown man. Then, your hand is against every man’s, and every man’s is against yours. Teamwork? Who ever made a fortune by teamwork? There’s only one way to make a fortune, and that’s to down the fellow who’s up against you.”

– W. Somerset Maugham

“The poker player learns that sometimes both science and common sense are wrong; that the bumblebee can fly; that, perhaps, one should never trust an expert; that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of by those with an academic bent.”

– David Mamet

“Hold’em — like life itself — has its defining moment. It’s the flop. When you see the flop, you’re looking at 71 percent of your hand, and the cost is only a single round of betting.”

– Lou Krieger

“I’ve often thought, if I got really hungry for a good milk shake, how much would I pay for one? People will pay a hundred dollars for a bottle of wine; to me that’s not worth it. But I’m not going to say it is foolish or wrong to spend that kind of money, if that’s what you want. So if a guy wants to bet twenty or thirty thousand dollars in a poker game, that is his privilege.”

– Jack Binion

“Industry executives and analysts often mistakenly talk about strategy as if it were some kind of chess match. But in chess, you have just two opponents, each with identical resources, and with luck playing a minimal role. The real world is much more like a poker game, with multiple players trying to make the best of whatever hand fortune has dealt them. In our industry, Bill Gates owns the table until someone proves otherwise.”

– David Moschella

“A Smith & Wesson beats four aces.”

– American Proverb

“God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e., everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.”

– Terry Pratchett and Nei Gaiham, Good Omens, 1991

“Comedy isn’t necessarily all dialogue. Think of Buster Keaton: the poker face and all this chaos going on all around him. Sometimes it’s a question of timing, of the proper rhythm.”

– Clint Eastwood


Sammy Farha, UIGEA, Commerce Casino


Hey High Rollers, couple of new pages on the site www.highrollerradio.net – including The Gamblers Fallacy, Howard Schwartz and Golden Nuggets (page 5).  You’ll find great quotes, notes and anecdotes from the world of poker/gambling.  This week a player profile of the legendary Sammy Farha, we’ll ask the question is poker a sport? & and we’ll outline the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, introduced in 2006.

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Sammy Farha

Ihsan “Sam” Farha, born in Beirut, Lebanon, is a high-stakes professional poker player best known for his heads-clash with Chris Moneymaker at the 2003 World Series of Poker. Farha lost a major pot on Day 2, leaving him with only 10% of his starting stack, and considered leaving but was talked into staying by Barry Greenstein.  The rest is history!

PokerStars organized a rematch of their main event showdown a few months later and Farha won. They then played a special ‘grudge’ match at the 2011 WSOP and Moneymaker proved victorius in the best-of-three format.

After winning the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo (8 or better) event in 2006, Farha skipped the event the next three years. He then played it again in 2010 when it was increased to a $10,000 buy-in – and won!  So, while not winning the event consecutively, Farha did claim the bracelet both times he played in the event.

Sammy co-authored a book, Farha on Omaha, which is a detailed guide on Omaha poker strategy. He intersperses basic strategies with his own personal style of play.


1996: $2500 Pot Limit Omaha ($145,000)
2006: $5000 Omaha Hi/Low $398,560
2010: $10,000 Omaha Hi/Low, $488,241


The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is a piece of United States legislation, introduced in 2006 to regulate online gambling.  It was added as Title VIII to the SAFE Port Act, which otherwise regulated port security.  It “prohibits gambling businesses from knowingly accepting payments in connection with the participation of another person in a bet or wager that involves the use of the internet and that is unlawful under any federal or state law.”

When the act was passed, all online gambling sites listed on the London Stock Exchange (or similar markets) stopped taking U.S. players. PartyGaming, which runs PartyPoker.com, had its publicly traded stock drop by almost 60% in 24 hours as a result of the bill’s passage. The company was moved from the FTSE 100 Index to the FTSE 250 Index on October 11, 2006.

The founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, the three largest online poker sites in the world, were among those indicted in April 2011 for violations of the UIGEA.  According to the U.S State Attorney in New York, the companies allegedly tried to circumvent UIGEA rules with the help of others who acted as “payment processors”, which allowed the companies to disguise gambling revenue as payments for non-existent goods like jewellry or golf balls.

The Commerce Casino
The legendary home of the LAPC is a poker player’s dream; you might say a card playing heaven. High Roller Radio spoke to actor Eric Bruskotter, star of the movies Major League 2 & 3, about the electric atmosphere at the Commerce:
Full Interview

Best Poker Commercials 
From Old Spice to Phil Ivey, High Roller Radio has compiled our list of top gambling commercials. Can you say Poker Face?

Good luck & good gambling!

WSOP History & Ryan Laplante Interview

Hey High Rollers, sorry it’s been a while since we’ve blogged….but we’ve got a ton of great stuff for you tonight; interview with ‘young gun’ Ryan Laplante, who had 6 cashes and a final table (his 3rd) at the World Series of Poker this summer.  He’s cashes more than 3300 times online and has won more than a million dollars.

Ryan Laplante Q&A HERE

During the month of September, Laplante expects to play some 1,500 tournaments at the World Championship of Online Poker over the course of three weeks. His buy-ins will total between $70,000 and $100,000.  The life of a dedicated pro!

Laplante says playing a 1¢/2¢ cash game online is the equivalent to sitting down in a $1/$2 game at the casino.  He says a 2¢/5¢ game is about the same as a $2/$5 game live.  Online poker is tough!

Visit Ryan’s website for coaching:

2014 WSOP Cashes
Event #49: 56th, No Limit Hold’em, ($10,794)
Event #45: 106th, No Limit Hold’em, ($2,253)
Event #39: 5th, No Limit Hold’em ($113,796)
Event #29: 38th, No Limit Hold’em ($11,449)
Event #23: 23rd, No Limit Hold’em ($7,370)
Event #8: 636th, Millionaire Maker, ($3,446)


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WSOP History

Aces get cracked against Aces in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop:


This is what they’re palying for…

It is considered the most coveted non-monetary prize in poker – the bracelet!  Since 1976, a bracelet has been awarded to the winner of every event at the annual World Series of Poker.  In the early years only a few bracelets were awarded each year.  In 1990, 14 bracelets were handed out.  By 2000, that number jumped to 24.  In 2014, there were 65 bracelet events at the RIO.  Bracelets are also handed out at the World Series of Poker Europe, the WSOP National Championship and the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific.

Tidbit:  As of the 2013 WSOP APAC, there have been 1008 bracelets awarded in the torunament’s 45 year history, 462 of which were won by 140 players who have won at least two bracelets.

Bracelet Design

Jason Arasheben, famed jewelry designer and owner of Jason of Beverly Hills, was chosen as the official bracelet manufacturer in 2012.  Arasheben has designed championship rings for the 2009 & 2010 Los Angeles Lakers and the 2011 Green Bay Packers, among others. The 2012 main event bracelet featured each suit in the deck in either rubies of black diamonds.  It featured 160 grams of 14 karat gold and 35 karats of flawless diamonds.

* At first, the WSOP bracelet didn’t have much prestige. 10-time bracelet winner Doyle Brunson says his first one “didn’t mean anything” to him and admits he didn’t even pick two of them up.

* “Better than an Oscar,” Jennifer Tilly, on winning her WSOP bracelet in the 2005 Ladies Championship.

“Not too many players try to bluff me. If there’s going to be bluffing or stealing going on, I’m  going to be the one doing to it.” – Johnny Chan

“Look honey, I was supposed to go broke on that hand.  But, they forgot one thing; I can dodge bullets baby.” – Phil Hellmuth



Moneymaker & Gamble?

Chris Moneymaker sold a 20% stake of himself for the 2003 World Series of Poker main event to his friend, David Gamble.  Moneymaker and Gamble?  Really?  A tidbit that got lost in the shuffle.


Sammy Farha played a big hand at the end of Day 2 at the 2003 main event, losing to Barry Greenstein when he hit a straight on the river.  Farha was crippled with only 5000 chips left.  He played and won every remaining hand of the evening, seven of them, including the first two ‘in the dark’, boosting his stack to 54,000.  He eventually finished 2nd losing to Chris Moneymaker in their classic heads-up duel.

Did you know?
In a bid to prevent men from playing in the WSOP Ladies Championship, and men have in the past played it on principle, organizers charge men $10,000 to play.  Women only have to play $1,000.  Some men believe it’s unfair women have their own event, where a bracelet is awarded. 

* Nolan Dalla has presided over EVERY bracelet ceremony at the World Series of Poker since 2002. Every single one!

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a series of poker tournaments held each year in Las Vegas.  Its origins date back to 1970, when Benny Binion invited seven of the best-known poker players to the Horseshoe Casino for a single tournament, with a set start and stop time. The winner, Johnny Moss, was determined by secret ballot.

Legend has it…
The modern day World Series of Poker originated from a two-person poker match between Nicholas Andreas “Nick the Greek” Dandolos and Johnny Moss between January 1951 and May 1951. Set-up as a tourist attraction, the two played nearly every variation of poker in existence. Both were inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979.

Ladies Night

In 2012, Gaelle Baumann of France and Elisabeth Hille finished 10th and 11th respectively, what is known in poker circles as ‘Bubbling’ the final table.

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