Posts Tagged ‘Phil Hellmuth’

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Are you still crying over the last bad beat that took your stack? Maybe watching this video of the top five worst poker bad beats will make you feel a little bit better to know that you’re not alone. Bad beats happen to the best poker players around.

From Chris Moneymaker vs Jason Mercier; Mikel Habb vs Samantha Abernathy; Vannessa Selbst vs Dan Shak; Olivier Busquet vs. Sven Reichardt; and last, but by no means least, there’s the infamous time when Phil Hellmuth got three bad beats in one hand from Ernest Wiggins when, at Hellmuth’s request, they ran the turn and the river four times and Wiggins got unbelievably lucky and handed Hellmuth the bad beat with a full house of kings over nines.

So, at the end of the day, if you have suffered any bad beats, take heart and know that you are not alone in your misery.

Click here to send us your experiences with bad beats at the poker tables.

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Last week we featured four more celebrities that always capture our attention when they are sitting at a poker table. Sometimes you’ll catch them laser- focused on their hand; you can almost see the wheels turning in their heads as they hesitatingly splash their chips in.

Christian Slater - Phil Hellmuth - SlashOther times you may catch any one of them goofing around with some superstar POKER PLAYERS like in this picture with film star Christian Slater on the left, superstar poker player Phil Hellmuth in the middle, and Rock n Roll superstar Slash.

Celebrity poker lovers come in all sizes, varying skill levels, and various degrees of taking the games they enter into seriously. Most celebrities I have witnessed seem to be very seriously committed to the game.

Michael PhelpsTake one of the most beloved Olympic legends of all time, Michael Phelps. Although he hasn’t quite broken through yet, he has cashed about a half dozen times and if he keeps practicing and enters more tourneys, he just might push through and win more. After all, he’s Michael Phelps!

 

Paris HiltonWhen or where was the last time you saw or heard that Paris Hilton was in the house? Well, if the house happens to be a poker room then you may have seen her up close and personal. She loves poker so much that it has been reported she once bet away her Bentley Continental GT and she still runs to the tables to play her favorite game.

MiniMe Verne TroyerThen there was Mini Me, Verne Troyer, of the Austin Powers movies, who unfortunately passed away this past April. He will be missed by fans of his films and by many who remember this 2′ 8″ giant at poker tables around the world.

 

Pamela AndersonHow many of you lusted after Pamela Anderson  in the “Baywatch” television series? She still has a huge fan base worldwide and over the last several years she’s added a whole new fan base through her appearances at poker tables everywhere. If you play often enough, you might get lucky and spot her pushing chips across the felt.

There are a lot more television, film, and sports personalities who love to hit the poker tables at their closest casinos in hopes of making a deep run . . .  and maybe even reach a final table at their favorite tournament.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

I would have thought that some of the more well known players would have lasted through the perils and pains of battling a field of 7,874 hungry participants at the Main Event of the 49th Annual World Series of Poker. However, most of the participants weren’t poker stars or big money-makers prior to the Main Event, with the exception of Joe Cada, of course, who won the Championship in 2009.  We watched anxiously as the field was whittled down to ten players. After Yueqi Zhu was eliminated in 10th place, the final nine players were set, and when all the congratulatory slaps on the back were done, it was time  to begin the race to grab the much-coveted Main Event Championship title, the Gold Bracelet, and $8,800,000 to party with. Here is your Final Nine:

Seat Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Artem Metalidi Ukraine 15,475,000 26
2 John Cynn United States 37,075,000 62
3 Alex Lynskey Australia 25,925,000 43
4 Tony Miles United States 42,750,000 71
5 Nicolas Manion United States 112,775,000 188
6 Aram Zobian United States 18,875,000 31
7 Michael Dyer United States 109,175,000 182
8 Joe Cada United States 23,675,000 39
9 Antoine Labat France 8,050,000 13

….and here is a quick video of how a wild three-way hand decided the final nine….

Phil HellmuthWe will keep you all posted as the nine get eliminated one by one until the final player is crowned. In the meantime, we thought it only right to tell you that good ol’ Phil Hellmuth, has done it again. He secured his 15th Gold WSOP Bracelet in Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em and took home another $485,082 to add to his ever-expanding net worth. He may be “the brat,” but he sure can play poker!

There were also a couple other events that were completed in the last couple of days:

Ronald KeijzerEvent #69: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed was taken down by Ronald Keijzer for his very first bracelet and $475,033 to ease the pain of such hard work over three days of battling 900 other players.

 

Event #70: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed after three days of play,  Yaser Al-Keliddar emerged victorious with pocket 4s and took home his first bracelet and $154,338 bucks to play with.

Until next time, the battle for the Championship will be on ESPN tonight, Friday night and Saturday, so I know what we’ll be doing. And I’m sure we’ll all keep practicing at our favorite poker tables; maybe next year we’ll see you at the 50th World Series of Poker.

Send us your comments or thoughts!

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*(The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that made sports betting illegal)

The big question following the US Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision is; now that PAPSA is dead, will online poker reap the benefits? The answer is; it depends on who you ask.

Phil HellmuthMany who learned of the new ruling were highly optimistic, among them “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth. In fact, he quickly tweeted: Every Major sport (NBA, NFL, MLB) is behind the legalization of sports betting, and all of them will profit by it. But how can Sports Betting online be legalized w/out online poker being legalized (clearly more skill than sports betting)? The time is NOW to legalize online poker!”

PokerStars ambassador Jason Somerville also joined in the tweetfest: Great news to wake up to! we’ll see just how much this helps US online poker but the financial incentives for states to pass gaming legislation just got a whole lot more attractive. let’s go!

Mark CubanAnd Mark Cuban, billionaire investor and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks  seemed confident that the Supreme Court decision will help the game of poker. In an interview with CNBC, Cuban predicted that the gaming industry at large will be able to capitalize on new business opportunities thanks to the ruling. According to Cuban, online poker could be a beneficiary.“I’m not a constitutional lawyer,” Cuban said in a phone call, “but, you can see online poker all of a sudden…Someone is going to start up online poker again.”

Kevin Iacofano, a 2018 WSOP Circuit Main Event winner, understands that the two aren’t necessarily linked, so he’s urging fans and players alike to push lawmakers into introducing legislation that would combine online poker with sports wagering. He stated, “If you are a poker player and you haven’t made a call or email to your representative, especially now your state representative, make your voice heard. Tag online poker along with the sports betting wave and this Black Friday to now nightmare will be over.”

The brilliant poker reporter, Lee Davy, writing for CalvinAyre.com, had a very different take on the court ruling, asking, “How is this whole PASPA deal going to affect online poker?”

According to Davy, the short answer is that it probably won’t, at least in the short term. He explains that PASPA is a sports betting law that has nothing to do with poker, online or otherwise. Therefore, PASPA’s death is not going to launch online poker industries in dozens of states. Besides, he reasons, if states were going to legalize online poker, they would have done so already.

Davy also reminds his readers that despite the enthusiastic tweets from members of the poker elite, he doesn’t really buy the notion that they are dying to see online poker legalized. He points out the fact that the PPA (Poker Players Alliance), the supposed conduit between the players and the politicians, was unable to raise a paltry $25,000 to support their efforts.

Nevertheless, the Poker Players Alliance issued the following press release from PPA president Rich Muny:

This is a great decision for consumers who for years have had no alternative to wager on sports other than the black market. It presents states with the perfect opportunity to establish sensible policies not only to regulate sports wagering, but also other forms of gaming, including internet poker. Whether you are betting on sports or playing poker, lawmakers must make it a priority to protect consumers. The states that have already regulated internet poker have proven that it can be done in a way that benefits consumers and governments. It makes sense for states that are eyeing sports betting to also realize the benefit of regulated iPoker and iGaming.

“Today marks an important date for the future of gaming in the United States,” Muny added. “The future of sports betting will continue to rely on internet and mobile technologies, and this is also true for all gaming. Now more than ever, states should take control of unregulated internet poker and sports betting and create systems that protect adult consumers and provide governments with new streams of revenue.”

So the bottom line is that we’ll see. What do you think? Send me your thoughts or comments!