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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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William Kassouf Interview: “Victimized & Singled-Out” in WSOP Main Event!

Hey High Rollers, one of the most polarizing players in poker folks, William Kassouf put on quite a show at the 2016 World Series of Poker and we spoke to him about his run in the main event, his opponents reaction o him, Cliff Josephy, Gordon Vayo, Griffin Benger, Jack Effel and poker’s new world champ Qui Nguyen. Enjoy!

Poker/Gambling Quotes

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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


Kara Scott Parts w/ PartyPoker, Odds & Ends, Poker Quotes


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Kara Scott Parts Ways With Party Poker

The Canadian pro will not rep the company in 2015 according to her blog post below:

I’d like to announce that as of the end of this year, I will no longer be an ambassador for PartyPoker or their associated brands. When I first started with the company in January 2010, I was recruited in large part for my on-camera work. Over the past five years, I’ve had the opportunity to host a variety of projects for the company, including the Premier League, the Big Game, the World Open, the European Open and the World Women’s Open. PartyPoker has gone through many changes and unfortunately as their focus shifted, there were fewer and fewer TV projects. As those shows disappeared, so did one of my favourite parts of the job and now my association with Party is ending. However, I’m not going anywhere. I still love playing poker and have made a lot of great friends in the industry. The last five years with Party were a real learning experience for me. I made incredible memories and will always be glad for the time I spent there. I wish all of my former colleagues the best and I look forward to buying them a drink the next time we bump into each other at a poker event. Although I’m no longer wearing an orange patch, you’ll still be seeing me as a sideline reporter on your TVs or sitting with a chip stack of my own in tournaments around the world. I’ve already booked a flight to Malta and reserved a seat at my favourite reggae bar there, just in time for the big poker festival in March. I love poker. Here’s to a 2015 spent pursuing projects that excite and inspire me. It’s been way too long since I jumped into the unknown and I’m both relieved and exhilarated to be doing it again. I always do my best dancing when I’m not exactly sure where to put my feet.


Poker Quotes

“I love gambling and that’s another bad financial decision I’ve made; to play cards for money. The most I’ve won in one night is $28,000 playing blackjack and when I’m in Vegas I love playing poker and I just lose my mind but not to the point where I think I’ve got a problem. I don’t get up in the middle of the night and go every day, nothing like that.”
– Macy Gray, Singer

Mega Powerball Jackpot
Call it one of the largest jackpots’ in Powerball history – a whopping $425 million. A 2013 draw won by a single ticket sold in Northern California. Still no word on who the winner is but do know the gas station will receive $1 million and we do know the winning numbers; 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and the Powerball of 34. What’s the largest jackpot in lottery history? The Mega-Millions in 2012, a prize worth $656 million. The odds of winning the Powerball, matching all six numbers, is about 1 in 175 million.

Did you know?
In Act I of Guys and Dolls, three small-time gamblers, Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Benny Southstreet, and Rusty Charlie, argue over which horse will win a big race (“Fugue for Tinhorns”).

Guys & Dolls
The Sky Masterson character is based on Titanic Thomson. Damon Runyan was a protege of Bat Masterson when they wrote for the New York Telegraph. A whore’s breakfast was a cup of coffee, a cigarette, and a copy of the Telegraph. Bat sent a young Runyan to pawn shops to buy old six guns. He’d carve notches in them and sell them as historical items used in famous gunfights.

Did you know?
The odds of being dealt Ace-King suited are 331-1.

The Big Player
Ken Uston, who wrote The Big Player exposing secrets into Team Play blackjack, beat the casinos in the courts. New Jersey ruled in his favour, stating casinos could not ban players for simply counting cards. The casinos fought back with their own rule changes, like 10 deck shoes, to increase the house edge.
NOTE:  Uston, a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame, also penned, in just four days, Mastering PAC-MAN, which hit the New York Times Best Seller list.

William Harding
The late US president, the country’s 29th, Harding, really like to gamble, although it seems he wasn’t very good at it. In one poker game, he bet the White House china collection and lost it all in one hand.
Who is the only player to ever appear topless in his WSOP bracelet photo?
Answer HERE
Fun Facts
ICM, also known as the Independent Chip Model, is a mathematical formula used by poker players to calculate the equity of their chip stack in a tournament. Players often use these calculations to make better decisions in subsequent hands or even to determine a fair and equitable deal when chopping up remaining prize money. Tournament chips hold a non-linear value, meaning one big blind is worth more to a short stack than one big blind for the chip leader.

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.

NOTE:  Old Spice Giveaway….simply visit our website and tell us a poker/gambling story.  Draw is November 15th!  Good luck.

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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 Update/Bracelet Winners

Hey High Rollers, very excited about UFC 174 tonight in Vancouver…BIG CARD…f/ the title bout between ‘Mighty Mouse’ Demetrious Johnson and Ali Bagautinov…plus, the co-main event f/ Rory MacDonald and Tyrone Woodley…wow.  Want to wager on the fights?  Click the banner below and you’ll betting on your favourite MMA star in minutes.  First though listen to Chris de Beer, the ‘Don’ of sports betting, as he picks 4 of the fights, FREE WINNERS on HRR.



Ted Forrest

Beat Phil Hellmuth heads-up to win his 6th bracelet at the WSOP.  Hellmuth, who was gunning for a record 14th bracelet, and Forrest exchanged the chip lead 12 times. Forrest, a future Hall-of-Famer, won this same event back in 1993, his first bracelet.

Did you know?
Phil Hellmuth has a record 103 cashes at the WSOP and nearly half of them, 49, have been final tables.  Another remarkable stat?  He’s finished first 13 times and second 10 times.

Hellmuth Hype
Hellmuth Blow-Ups

Vanessa Selbst

The proud owner of three World Series of Poker bracelets, Selbst is the #1 female player in the world. She is one of the best period. Selbst ties Barbara Enright for the bracelet lead among women, all of Selbst’s coming in ‘open’ events.

Selbst is the only player to wi the same North American Poker Tour event twice.

2008: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha $227,933
2012:  $2,500 10-Game Six Handed $244,259
2014: $25,000 Mixed Max NLHE $871,148

Fun Facts
Davidi Kitai is one of only five players to win poker’s ‘triple crown’, joining Gavin Griffin, Bertrand Grospellier, Jake Cody and Roland de Wolfe.  The triple crown consists of a WSOP, WPT and EPT title.

World Poker Tour

Buying in for the Big One!

Jean Robert Bellande, one of the original ‘Bad Boys’ of professional poker, proudly standing at the cage with his $1 million entry fee for Event #57, the Big One for One Drop.  JRB, one of 56 players vying for the championship and the largest prize in sports history – more than $20 million.

Listen to our Q&A w/ Jean-Robert Bellande
The Millionaire Maker

The 2014 Millionaire Maker produced one of the largest fields in poker history with 7,997 runners.  Wow.  Jonathan Dimmig, proudly wearing a Buffalo Sabres jersey, took it down and is now $1.3 million richer.  
  Dimmig turned his intial investment, a $1500 entry fee, into 867 future buy-ins of the same value.  That’s what you call a fantastic ROI.

45th Annual World Series of Poker

Bracelet winners so far:

Event #1:  Roland Reparejo ($82,835)
$500 buy-in Casino Employees Championship
Event #2:  Vanessa Selbst ($871,148)
$25,000 Mix Max
Event #3:  Brandon Shack-Harris (205,634)
$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Event #4:  Kyle Cartwright ($360,435)
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Event #5:  Tuan Le ($335,324)
$10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Event #6:  Alex Bolotin ($255,211)
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
Event #7:  Ted Forrest ($121,196)
$1,500 Razz
Event #8:  Jonathan Dimmig ($1,319,587)
Millionaire Maker
Event #9:  Jeff Smith ($323,125)
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Event #10:  Brock Parker ($443,407)
$10,000 Limit Omaha Split 8 or Better
Event #11:  Justin Bonomo ($449,980)
$1,500 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em
Event #12:  Gregory Kolo ($169,225)
$1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em
Event #13:  Paul Volpe ($253,524)
$10,000 2-7 Single Draw Lowball
Event #14:  Nick Kost ($283,275)
$1,500 Limit Omaha Hi/Low
Event #15:  Davidi Kitai ($508,640)
$3,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em
Event #16:  Todd Bui ($124,510)
$1,500 Limit 2-to-7 Draw
Event #17:  Dan Heimiller ($627,462)
$1,000 Seniors Championship
Event #18:  George Danzer ($294,792)
$10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship
Event #19:  Ted Gillis ($514,027)
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em
Event #20:  Kory Kilpatrick ($254,891)
$3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
Event #21:  Dominik Nietsche ($335,659)
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Event #22:  Christopher Wallace ($507,614)
$10,000 HORSE Championship
Event #23:  Doug Polk (251,969)
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo
Event #24:  Kevin Eyster ($622,998)
$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed
Event #25:  John Kabbaj ($267,327)
$2,500 Seven Card Stud/Omaha Hi Low
Event #26:  Andrew Rennhack ($408,993)
$1,500 No Limit Holdem



WSOP Starts Tomorrow! WSOP Highlights.

Hey High Rollers, we’re on the eve of the World Series of Poker…where good players become great players and great players become legends.  To get you in the mood, we have some WSOP Did you know?’s for you.  Enjoy.



Johnny Chan

In 1987, the ‘Oriental Express’ became the first forign born player to win the world championship, proving the WSOP was a global affair.  He beat 152 players and pocketed $625,000 for his efforts.

In 1988, Johnny Chan went back-to-back in the main event defeating 167 players.  All the while, Chan kept an orange on his chips to combat the smell of smoke in the room.  He would bite into the orange to release its fresh aroma.

The late Jerry Buss, a poker fanatic and owner of the LA Lakers, promised Johnny Chan an NBA championship ring if he could win three in a row.  Incredibly, in 1989, Chan navigated a field of 178 players to find himself heads-up with Phil Hellmuth, a 24 year old from Wisconsin.  Hellmuth won!  While Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson and Stu Ungar have also won two world champions in a row, Chan is the last person to do it.  The Hall of Famer has won 10 bracelets, tied for seond on the all-time list with Doyle Brunson.

Hellmuth Hype
True legend.  On June 11th, 2007 “The Poker Brat” became the only player to win 11 WSOP bracelets, topping a huge field of 2,628 in a $1500 buy-in event.  Five years later Hellmuth beat Don Zewin, who finished third in the main event the year the ‘Poker Brat’ won, to capture barcelet #12 in a $2,500 razz event.  Then, in the fall that same year, 2012, Hellmuth secured his dominance by taking down the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe main event for #13.  He is the only player to win both the flagship WSOP championship in Las Vegas and the WSOP Europe main event.

1972 world champion Amarillo Slim Preston parlayed his title and charismatic personality into national publicity tour that led to 11 appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  Slim was also featured on 60 Minutes.  Thanks to Preston CBS ensured a camera would be at the main event the following year to a total of 11 appearances on The Tonight Show and also a feature on 60 Minutes.  In 1973, a CBS camera crew was on hand to film a documentary about poker’s marquis event.

Tom McEvoy

In 1983, McEvoy became the first to parlay a satellite entry into a world championship.  It was also the first year amateurs outnumbered professionals in mian event.

Tom McEvoy Q&A

The idea of a ‘satellite’ was dreamed up by WSOP poker manager Eric Drache, who spied a group of players in a cash game playing with just about $1,000 each. He suggested they play a single-table freezeout for a main event buy-in. So, they did and just like that one of them was in the big dance and the satellite was born.

Annette Obrestad

To this day, she is still the youngest bracelet winnerat 18 years and 364 days old, despite a total of 38 bracelets being awarded at the WSOP Europe and five more at the WSOP Asia Pacific, with all 43 events being open to players 18 or older.  She won
£1,000,000 and a place in WSOP history as the first player under the age of 21 to win a gold bracelet.


1998 Main Event – Year of Dreams

Susie Isaacs – Ladies Legend

The 1998 WSOP – The Year of Dreams

By: Derrick Oliver-Dewan

The World Series of Poker has produced a number of remarkable stories of fate over the years and two of the best ever come from the 1998 main event.   Perhaps, the most famous anecdote comes from Mike Matusow and his book Checkraising the Devil, when he opted not to play the world championship that year because he had a dream ‘The Prince of Poker’ Scotty Nguyen would win the event and the $1 million that went with it.  Confident his vision was accurate, Matusow gave half his buy-in, $5000, to Nguyen so that he could play instead.  His friends and family thought he was ‘Nuts’ but ‘The Mouth’ was confident, maintaining to this day he never doubted his decision for a second, not once, because he had a dream and saw the outcome vividly.   The rest, as they say, is history; Nguyen defeated Florida’s Kevin McBride heads-up to win, uttering one of the most famous quotes in poker in the process, “You call, it’s gonna be all over baby.”  McBride did call and it was over and Matusow collected $333,333, his agreed to share for helping Nguyen enter the tournament.

Well, 1998 produced another phenomenal story involving one of the most recognizable names in women’s poker, ladies legend Susie Isaacs.  Isaacs, from Nashville, Tennessee, started battling the boys at the World Series of Poker in 1986 and has certainly left her mark; 15 money finishes including back-to-back Ladies Champinships in 1996 and 1997.  A year later, she would come oh so close to joining Poker Hall of Famer Barbara Enright as the only woman to ever reach the main event final table.  Enright finished 5th three years earlier and might have won the thing if her pocket 8’s weren’t outdrawn by an opponent’s 6,3 offsuit.  Isaacs bubbled the final table in ’98 finishing 10th but she wasn’t even supposed to be playing, as she told us on High Roller Radio:

“I had been studying No Limit Hold’em for a number of years and felt like I was ready for the main event.  Back in those days, they had a number of super satellites where a number of players would qualify for the tournament.  I had been struggling to qualify and I had just enough money left for a single-table satellite and I had to win that just to get into the super satellite.  Well, I came up against this yahoo fella who was riding a rush and on a winning streak.  You can avoid guys like that but not when you’re heads-up against them and sure enough he ran an under quality hand against my Ace Queen and busted me.

“So, I was headed to the parking lot, resigned to the fact I wouldn’t be playing the main event, when out of nowhere I heard my name being called.  Low and behold it was the guy who just busted me and I was a bit annoyed because he just took my last buy-in.  His name was Bill Story and he asked me if I was playng that night’s super-satellite.  I, of course, said ‘No’ and pointed out that he had ruined my chances.  Then he says, ‘I had a dream last week that you made the money n the main event and I want to put you into tonight’s super and give you another bullet as well.’  Sure enough I won the seat!  Mr. Story said he wasn’t surprised and, in fact, he and his wife flew in from Oklahoma to cheer me on the final day of the world championship in 1998.”

An incredible story from an incredible player.  “I am a student of the game and I try to never stop learning ,” says Isaacs, who admits things have changed drastically from her heyday.   “Compared to today, poker was minute back then.  When I finished 10th there were just 376 entries.”

Regarding her back-to-back WSOP Ladies titles, she shrugs off any comaprisons to Johnny Moss, Stu Ungar or Doyle Brunson, who all captured world championships back-to-back.  “I have made it in the poker world, however your comparison is way off base;  my two bracelets are in the Ladies event and, much like the seniors event, that doesn’t really factor into the bracelet race because not everyone can play them.”

Isaacs is still a regular at the RIO come June and July and still plays at a high calibre.  She’s  cashed a few times in recent years but admits the older she gets the tougher it gets.  “The events nowadays are three or four days long and on Day 1 and Day 2 I fare well.  I am very tired by Day 3.”

Watch out for Susie Isaacs in 2014!


Here is the article as it appeared in Poker Player Newspaper





Did you know? Poker & Gambling Anecdotes

Hey High Rollers, watching the NCAA intently and t’s been extremely exciting; how about the Mercer Bears?  Wow….big match-up with Tennessee on Sunday.  Warren Buffet’s Billin Dollar bracket is DONE….no winners…everyone’s busted on just the 2nd day.  9.5 quintillin to one or something like that….you gotta believe if someone’s offering that kind of money they had to be SURE no one would claim the prize.  Great marketing!  It got a ton of play, heck even the President filled oput some picks.

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Did you know?  At first, WSOP bracelets did not have much prestige. Ten-time bracelet winner Doyle Brunson said that his first bracelet “didn’t mean anything” to him and that he did not even pick up two of them.

Bracelets have not always been awarded for winning events.  In 1970, the first WSOP Champion received nothing but a silver cup and whatever cash he won during the event. From 1971–1974, the winner received a somewhat “corny trophy”.  In 1975, the winners received a sterling plate.  The following year, 1976, the WSOP started the tradition of issuing bracelets to the event winners.

Cigars, Women & Poker
Paul “Cigar” McKinney is an American poker player who won a World Series of Poker bracelet at the age of 80.  McKinney won the 2005 World Series of Poker Seniors World Poker Championship No Limit Hold’em became the oldest person to win a WSOP event at the age of 80.  On his bio sheet for the World Series of Poker he listed his hobbies as “moonshine, cigars and young women.”

‘Poker Alice’
Alice Ivers Tubbs; aka: Poker Alice (1851-1930)  was perhaps the best known female poker player in the Old West.  At the age of 79 she underwent a gall bladder operation in Rapid City, but died of complications on February 27, 1930.   In her later years, Alice claimed to have won more than $250,000 at the gaming tables and never once cheated. In fact, one of her favorite sayings was: “Praise the Lord and place your bets. I’ll take your money with no regrets.” 

Greatest Trick of them All!
Antonio Esfandiari pocketed a whopping $18,346,673 after claiming the largest buy-in tournament in poker history. In total, 48 players ponied up the astounding $1 million buy-in to play in the The Big One for One Drop, at the 2012 World Series of Poker. It was largest prize ever awards in sports history.

Can you say Ganjifa?
Archaeology Ganjifa Playing Cards come from Iran.  Ganjifa and Aas-Naas are traditional Iranian card games whose history goes back to the 15th century Safavid period. Apparently Ganjifa was similar to Hokm and Aas-Naas to Poker. These hand-painted playing cards are all from the late Qajar period and are made of lacquered papier-mâché.

Playing like the Boys
In 1941, the Young Women’s Republican Club of Milford, CT held a night like no other; they indulged in traditionally male pastimes like cigar smoking, poker playing, and wrestling. The night confused the majority of Milford’s male population but made quite a splash none-the-less.

The Ace of Clubs House Museum

What a great historical landmark in Texarkana, TX. (1885) This 22- sided house is built in the shape of a “Club” playing card. The local legend is that entrepreneur James H. Draughon built the house with the winnings from a poker game. The winning card was the Ace of Clubs. Each room represents a specific period in the history of the house. The house is located at 420 Pine Street and is part of The Texarkana Museums System.

“It’s impossible to overstate the value of a World Series of Poker gold bracelet to anyone who takes the game seriously. It is the equivalent of winning the Stanley Cup in hockey or the Lombardi Trophy in football.”
– Jeffrey Pollack
2006 WSOP bracelet ceremony

Legend has it, the longest poker game in history was played in this town, Thurmond, WV, circa 1915.

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Viktor Blom ‘Winning’
The man known as Isildur1 online has added a smooth $400k to his bankroll after another successful week on the virtual felt.  Blom is now up $2.2 million for the year.

Who played the largest pot in televised poker history? 

New Jersey brought in $9.46 in online gaming revenue in January, up 28% from the previous month.  The Division of Gaming Enforcement says there are 197,782 online accounts in that state.

Glitch Costs Woman $29 Million
Jennifer Carmen thought she hit a $29 million jackpot at a casino in Indiana but she left empty handed because of an apparent software glitch.  Management offered her a steak dinner as consolation.  “I don’t even like steak!” she says.  Carmen is fighting for the money she believes she deserves.  “They’re always taking my money and I don’t say: ‘Umm is that computer wrong or did you overcharge me?’”

Venetian Maccau

The Venetian Macao in China is the world’s largest casino and the third largest building in the world.  It has more than 1000 slot machines,more than 600 gaming tables and is open 24/7.   The Venetian is a huge complex with the central building standing over 40 stories high.  The price tag, a cool $1,8 billion.

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