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Under the heading of too crazy to be true, we recently read in that poker super-star Antonio Esfandiari  was disqualified from the 2016 PCA (PokerStars Caribbean Adventure) Main Event for . . . urinating into a container under the poker table!  That seemed so bizarre that I had to pursue the story.

It seems Esfandiari, a sucker for prop bets, had made a prop bet with poker-playing businessman Bill Perkins that required him to lunge everywhere he went for 48 hours, beginning on January 8th.

Apparently it was a sizable enough wager to keep Esfandiari lunging around his hotel room all day, even tweeting about how painful it was and noting how he’d be in trouble during play the following day because of his aching muscles.

Lunging EsfandiariIn fact, he must have been in considerable pain, because rather than lunging across the casino to get to the restroom when he needed to, Esfandiari chose to stay put and use, in what might be called the latest version of “live streaming,” the aforementioned container.  Social media went nuts and PokerStars made the call to disqualify him from the tournament for a “serious breach of tournament etiquette.” We thought it was, to say the very least, highly inappropriate as well as a bit funny when you think about it. After all, who would do that and think it was okay, even for a second, especially now when everything is caught on camera and tweeted to the world in 30 seconds?

To Esfandiari’s credit, he was deeply embarrassed, noting that “it was a terrible judgment call on my behalf. I am a new father now, and this is not the kind of example I want to set for my son.” He won the prop bet for $50,000, and then made something good come from his mistake in judgment; he donated the entire amount to two of his favorite charities: One Drop, which provides drinking water to impoverished nations and REG, which helps reduce suffering in the world.

As Esfandiari said, “I believe in balance, and my life would not be in balance if I kept this money for myself.”

We’ve all heard of “splashing the pot,” but seriously; we hope no one ever decides to do this at one of our games!

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Anthony GreggThe weekend was jammed with winners, losers and spectators crowding around the rails of the 44th Annual World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The excitement over at the “One Drop” tourney quickly got intense when it looked, for a moment, like Antonio Esfandiari was going to take it again. Then the noise from the rails became deafening when instead of Esfandiari, it was 26-year-old poker pro Anthony Gregg who raked in all the poker chips. Gregg, who is no stranger in the High-Roller world-wide circuits, walked off with the win plus his first WSOP gold bracelet and the crazy payout of $4,830,619 after quickly stomping through the final four players, including Esfandiari who finished 4th.

Brandon WongAt the other end of the spectrum playing out at the Rio on Saturday was Brandon Wong, a 38-year-old poker professional from Fresno, California. Wong has been honing his skills for more than 10 years by making the rounds at cash games throughout California and Nevada. Finally all that grinding has led to his first WSOP title, gold bracelet and a payday of $220,061. He outlasted a field of 372 players in event 50, a $2,200 10-Game Mix Six-Handed tournament.

Barney Boatman58-year-old Barney Boatman finally floats to victory in event 49, a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. Boatman has been around the WSOP for a long time and has cashed more than 20 times, but the championship title and bracelet have always been out of reach. That is until early Sunday morning, when he found himself at the final table heads-up against a considerable opponent, Brian O’Donoghue. Boatman could smell the win but it took 276 hands to finally take O’Donoghue out with trip tens and win his first gold bracelet and $546,080.

Kristen BicknellThe Canadians marked yet another win when Kristen Bicknell, from St. Catherines, Ontario, picked up her first gold bracelet by taking down a field of 954 players in event 51 $10,000 buy-in Ladies No-Limit Hold’em tournament.. 26-year-old Bicknell took home the championship title, the bracelet and a sweet purse of $173,922.

Steve SungAnd finally, in the wee hours this morning, as many of the still-awake players were yawning, 28-year-old Steve Sung was probably singing “We Are The Champions” or something like that. Sung won his second WSOP gold medal a full four years after the first one. This time he held strong and outlasted 173 players to go heads-up with Phil Galfond in event 52, a notable $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event at the 44th Annual World Series of Poker. Sung not only takes home his second gold bracelet and WSOP championship title but he also pockets more than a million bucks . . . $1,205,324 dollars to be exact.

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First and foremost we want to wish each and every one of y’all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Secondly, we want to express our gratitude for all your support in helping the Texas Poker Store succeed. We have had a great year and we want to celebrate by extending our 10% discount-for-the-holidays campaign through to the end of January.

Lastly, we are sure y’all know what a great year it has been for poker. From the great “One Drop” special event at this year’s WSOP that raised 10 million dollars for charity, including 5.3 million for One Drop, and the final table head-to-head excitement between the ultimate winner Greg Merson and Jesse James Sylvia.

It has indeed been a great year for poker and we will continue to splash our poker chips next year. See y’all at the tables.

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Last June, the WSOP announced that it will be hosting “The Big One for One Drop,” a $1,000,000 buy in tournament capped at 48 players to take place during the 2012 WSOP. The WSOP will donate $111,111 from each buy in to Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté’s  ONE DROP, whose mission is to fight poverty by providing access to clean water sources around the world. They had stated that 22 players had to register in order for this to qualify as an official WSOP Bracelet event.

The Big One for Big Drop

A press release was issued on Monday by Caesars Interactive Entertainment that confirmed that the 22 players needed had already committed and registered to play. They released only 14 of those names with the rest choosing to remain anonymous, for now anyway. Among those 14 are some of our favorites; Tom Dwan, Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Johnny Chan, Patrik Antonius, and 2010’s WSOP champion Jonathan Duhamel.

The Big One for One Drop will take place July 1st through the 3rd, 2012, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and will award the first-ever platinum WSOP bracelet to the winner.

If you’re interested in playing, a $50,000 deposit is required to reserve a spot at the table. Final funds are expected to be due 14 days before the event begins on July 1, 2012. Anyone who is 21 or older and has enough to cover the $1 million buy-in is invited to play.

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If you decide to play with this crowd you best hone up on your poker skills, read every Texas hold em poker book you can get your hands on and go for it. We wish you luck, and give the boys our best when you see them.


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