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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Many of our faithful followers know that we have been longtime Daniel Negreanu fans. We love watching him play, with that uncanny ability he has for “knowing” what cards his opponents are holding. We loved his documentary, “Kid Poker” which revealed everything we wanted to know about the man and the legend he became. I always enjoyed his video blogs (Vlogs) during the World Series, when he would invite us all into his life as he explained various poker moves he had made that day, or showed us his exercise routine or how much he  loved playing with his adorable doggies.

Daniel Negreanu with Jim ParisWe were mesmerized watching as his romance with Amanda Leatherman blossomed into marriage in 2019 and of course, we loved it when Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris, aka my husband, met DNegs at the WSOP and, after chatting with him for a while gave him a signed copy of his memoir, “Them Changes.”

 

With poker news being a bit slim during the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been blogging a little less often. But since Kid Poker decided to try to draw some attention to it, we decided to go along for the ride. In a Tweet on Friday, the Poker Hall of Famer put a challenge out that he would win a bracelet in 2020. He also stated that it didn’t matter if it were the online version of the event or, if it happens, the physical version in Las Vegas.

He spelled out the rules: “I’ll take 2.5 to 1 that I win a WSOP bracelet in 2020,” he stated.  This includes the upcoming “online” WSOP in Nevada and New Jersey or during the run that will be held on GGPoker. Negreanu also includes a caveat that, if there are tournaments held this fall in Las Vegas under the WSOP banner (still a possibility), that those too would be included in the bet. “Tough to win against huge online fields,” Negreanu teased as he looked for action.”Will bet up to $1 million. There have already been a bunch of takers, although at first glance it might seem foolish to bet against Negreanu, considering he just missed winning the 2019 Player of the Year and won it in 2018. However, the Kid hasn’t won a bracelet since 2013. Would you bet against him? We wouldn’t.

Lumen Poker Table

Just think about it, if you make the right bet with him you might win enough to get yourself a poker table like this one with your winnings. Good luck.

 

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Not surprisingly, all Nevada casinos were ordered closed more than two months ago, turning the Las Vegas strip into a wide, empty road. But many states are beginning to re-open, at least in part and with strict CDC guidelines to follow. Nevada’s governor, Steve Sisolak, has begun permitting casino restaurants to reopen while keeping clubs, shows and gaming shut down. And let’s face it: you all don’t go to Vegas for the restaurants!

The Nevada Gaming Control Board recently laid out its health/safety guidelines for casinos to follow when they reopen. One guideline that poker players have already been reluctantly anticipating is that poker rooms must limit poker tables to a maximum of four players. 

But there is more. UNLV epidemiologist, Brian Labus, has said that Vegas is not ready to open the casinos. And when they do, he says, he’s worried that many of the planned safety features won’t be a match for the virus. Limiting card room capacity, adding hand sanitizer stations, and aggressive cleaning of poker chips and chairs can help reduce some risk, Labus says, but the nature of coronavirus won’t allow it to be contained. Poker during Covid-19Players sit together for an extended period of time, coughing and breathing in the same shared air, and there’s nothing you can do about that.

Labus also didn’t think the new plexiglass dividers that some poker rooms around the country are trying out, would be effective from a public health standpoint, beyond giving players an artificial sense of security.

Texas Poker Store - Nighthawk Poker TableWhen the Vegas strip opens, there will be a limited amount of casinos to visit for slots, roulette etc. and even fewer poker rooms, if any. So if you want to play poker in the foreseeable future, Stay Home. You’re either going to be playing online or, after sanitizing everything and making sure no one has a fever, you and a few socially-distanced friends will be playing at your own poker table

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

As most poker fans assumed, The 51st Annual World Series of Poker, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 26 from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, has officially announced its postponement as a result of COVID-19. It is among the last of the major sporting events to do so, hoping to make up the event in the fall of 2020. Of course, the exact dates are to be determined.

2020 WSOP Postponed

“We are committed to running the World Series of Poker this year but need additional time to proceed on our traditional scale while prioritizing guest and staff well-being,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “In the interim, official WSOP competitions are expected to be played online this summer, and we will soon announce details of an expanded series of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes.”

Changes are anticipated in the length of the 2020 WSOP schedule as a result of the postponement. Once details are finalized the revised schedule will be announced.

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