Posts Tagged ‘Phil Ivey’

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Daniel Negreanu’s VlogDaniel Negreanu with Marissa Rachelle (video/blog) is back which means it’s WSOP time again! With Bazanji’s “The Life I Chose” setting the hot hip hop beat for the vlog , @realkidpoker tells his fans he’s ready for action. He’s definitely displaying some high energy as he makes his green smoothie, teases his super-hot girlfriend Marisa, and heads off to the gym to sweat – after four days playing the Super High Roller Bowl at the Aria he says he definitely needs a workout. According to Dnegs, he lost six pounds during the SHR, but it sounds to me like he came out ahead anyway (actually, he came in 2nd and added another $3 million to his bank account).

Negreanu’s Vlogs are fun to watch, and I always look forward to them. His enthusiasm and love of the game are infectious, and his walks through the casino can be highly entertaining as we pick up the Rio atmosphere and try to spot who’s at the different poker tables. Nevertheless, there are times when his high voltage personality can be somewhat grating (like when he spots a very mellow Phil Ivey at the poker table and shines his spotlight on him). Clearly, the attention was not welcome.Daniel Negreanu's Vlog

The engaging parts are when he takes us behind-the-scenes, which during the first three Vlogs included watching him be “Pool Daddy” as he cleaned his swimming pool before his viewing party for the third game of the Stanley Cup Finals (his beloved Vegas Knights are in the finals in their first year!). Daniel knows how to throw a party; his house is perfectly set up for partying and watching sports and he seems so comfortable just hanging out with Marisa, his friends, family, and 20 pizzas, cuddling with his two adorable dogs, and even taking on a buddy to play chess.

But then, after the Knight’s loss (they were down 2-1 as of this writing) he “has to go to work,” which is not a bad gig if you’re a superstar poker player. During breaks in the action, Daniel walks the corridors of the Rio and explains why he is currently down $212,500 K after three days at the tables. So far he’s played in the $2500 Mixed Draw, the $10K Omaha 8 Championship and the $100K NLE High Roller. He’s pretty casual talking about hands he lost, misplayed or just didn’t get the cards and takes us through several of the more interesting ones.  I find it refreshing to hear him be so open when’s not playing well, or when he bluffs or how his mind works against better players vs. unknowns.

He didn’t do anything in the Omaha 8, which happens to be one of his favorite poker variations. Still, Negreanu is ready and eager for more action. As he put it at the end of Vlog 3, “There’s plenty of poker left kids. Don’t get discouraged; I’m not.”

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Has anyone seen Phil Ivey lately? If you have, it certainly wasn’t in the U.S. where he’d been embroiled in legal battles that finally ended in 2017. Instead, Ivey has played mostly in Asia, including frequenting casinos in Macau and attending the Triton Super High Roller tournament in Manila last year.

But, you can expect to see Ivey, the ten-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, back in the spotlight very soon. He recently won the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro short deck ante-only event*. Ivey outlasted a field of 61 total entries, including finally going head-to-head with poker star Dan “Jungleman” Cates, to win $617,396, bringing his career live earnings to $24,083,744. It was his first live tournament cash in more than two years!

When asked by pokernews.com about what his plans were, Ivey said, “I plan on playing the in the 2018 WSOP in Vegas this year.” That should make a lot of poker fans extremely happy!

Since Ivey has always been one of our favorites we can’t wait to see him at the 2018 WSOP poker tables.

* For those of you who have never heard of Short Deck Hold’em, it is similar to the traditional no-limit hold’em known around the world, with the exception that it’s played with just 36 instead of 52 cards. The deuces, threes, fours, and fives are omitted, making for rankings that are rare in traditional hold’em, now a lot more common. The game is incredibly popular in the Asian high stakes poker scene.

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Sometimes there is way too much action to pay attention to all of it at once. Yesterday was one of those times. I was pumped up for the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao Fight of the Century at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and the European Poker Tour Grand Final High Roller Poker Championship at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

As a betting man, my money was on Floyd Mayweather and although the fight seemed to be a dance off more than the brutal and blood thirsty event that everyone seemed to anticipate, at the end Mayweather won by a unanimous decision.  Dance moves at the Fight of the CenturyThe purse for the fight was set at $300 million to be split between the two fighters at a 60/40; that gave Mayweather a bit over $179 million or approximately five million dollars per minute of the dance. While Pacquiao, whose dancing was not quite as impressive as the moves put on by Mayweather, and therefore was the designated loser of the Fight of The Century, still makes out like a champ, taking home right around $120 million, or about three and a half million per minute of dancing … errr … fighting.

Erik Seidel After the fight I had to find out what was going on in Monaco at the Final Table of the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller event. I was rooting for either Erik Seidel or Scott Seiver, both from the U.S., to take all the chips and walk off with the title and, albeit measly by comparison to the fight purse, two and a quarter million dollars. After many, many hands and much shuffling of chips, one by one of these champions  got knocked out, with Seiver being one of the first final nine out in quick order. Heads up between Dzmitry Urbanovich and Erik Seidel began just after the dinner break. Seidel played very patiently for a couple of hours waiting for just the right moment. Urbanovich shoved all in with theking-diamonds-9-spades and Seidel snap called with a dominating 10-clubs-10-hearts. The dealer flipped  a board of theboard and gave Seidel the win. That win pushed Seidel from fifth to third on the poker’s all-time money list, surpassing Phil Ivey, with more than $22 million in career tournament cashes.

I for one would rather win $22 million playing poker than chance getting the crap beat out of me for 120 million, but I would take the latter if all I really had to do was throw a bunch of punches and dance around for 36 minutes. What about you?

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One of our regular customers just reminded me about the 2015 Super High Roller Series taking place at ARIA Resort & Casino beginning on June 27 and ending on the 4th of July. The event starts off with a Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout, followed by a Super High Roller Cash Game and finally the Super High Roller Bowl as the grand finale.

It sure sounds like one helluva party. The Super High Roller Bowl (or Super Bowl as it might just end up being called) has an incredible $500,000 buy-in! And, although the whole event sounds like something restricted to the superstars of poker, along with the rich and famous, there’s an amazing prize package, sponsored by Poker Central, that could just get you and a friend into the middle of all the action. It’s a one-of-a-kind poker vacation that includes a flight to Las Vegas, a stay at the luxurious ARIA Resort & Casino, $5,000 in cash, front row seats at the Super High Roller Bowl final table, and a possible television appearance.

Of course, the biggest thrill for most poker fans, aside from the $25 million prize pool, is the opportunity to spend time around superstars like Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Erik Seidel, and Phil Ivey as they compete for the $8 million top prize and the Super High Roller Bowl championship ring.

If the chance to win this special VIP package to this high-end summer poker event turns you on, click here.

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