Posts Tagged ‘Vanessa Selbst’

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.

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We’ve written about how generous many poker players are about donating a portion of their earnings to various charities before, but there are some that have a passion for a special cause and create a tournament dedicated to raising money for it. For example, there’s poker super star Vanessa Selbst, who is hosting her “Justice Is Blinds” (see what they did there?) event for the third year in a row, on September 26, in New York City. Tickets are $1,500 to enter and $2,000 for VIP access.

Selbst loves the idea of helping her home town’s most socioeconomically challenged populations by raising money for the Urban Justice Center (UJC) a non-profit that provides legal services to thousands of NY residents, including survivors of domestic violence, international refugees, veterans, the homeless, and more. A huge advocate in the fight for a just and equal society, Selbst feels that she can best support the UJC by hosting this extremely popular annual tournament.

As she said, “There’s actually a great community of poker players [in the city] who don’t get to play very often because poker isn’t legal here, but charity poker is. There are a lot of people who come out just for charity events.”

And a lot of celebrities and poker stars show up, too, which helps make this one of poker’s premier charity events. This year they are expecting Erik Seidel, Andy Frankenberger and Jonathan Little, not to mention co-hosts Daniel Negreanu and Olivier Busquet.

“Justice is Blinds has been a tremendous success the last two years,” said Gretchen Wagner Nealon, director of development at the UJC. “Vanessa knows how to throw a poker tournament! We have heard many people at the tournaments say it’s the best poker tournament they have ever been to. We raised over $180K last year and hope to surpass that this year.”

Top prize will be a $15,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package. Players can also win other tantalizing prizes. The best prize, of course, is helping a worthy cause.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

For any of you who have played poker non-stop through the course of the night and into the wee hours of the morning, this news flash from our favorite poker news source, “PokerNews” itself,  should bring a smile unto your weary, tired, sleepy grinder brains.

Chad Holloway, a 2013 World Series of Poker Bracelet winner, who also happens to be the Managing Editor of PokerNews, has taken his passion for poker, his passion for zombies and his passion for comic books and created the ultimate Zombie Poker Adventure: World Series of ZombiesThe World Series of Zombies (WSOZ). In this bizarre world of Holloway’s, he features some of poker’s greatest names including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Vanessa Selbst, Antonio Esfandiari, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, and Phil Laak.

Personally, I think this is bound to become a classic collectors’ item and I will be picking up our copy at the Rio in Vegas very soon. In the meantime, for all the details just go to the PokerNews website and check it out for yourselves.

Next time you’re grinding at the tables all night remember; there are Poker Zombies walking amongst you.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

I just watched the first-ever all-female poker game for television, a 25-50 no limit holdem cash game presented by Poker Night in America. This was streamed live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. on December 2nd, but with all the holiday preparations I couldn’t watch the live show. However, I got my chance to catch the action last night when CBS Sports Network aired the first episode.

Ladies only Poker at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood FloridaThe first episode featured Danielle Andersen, Natasha Barbour, Lauren Billings, Jessica Dawley, Ebony Kenney, Jamie Kerstetter, Lily Kiletto, Doctor Jaclynn Moskow, and Vanessa Selbst and by the end of the episode all original nine players still remained. That left me with the opinion that the women were simply not as aggressive as their male counterparts, at least not last night. I didn’t see anyone splashing their poker chips and, in fact, only saw one All-In shove when Billings went up against Kiletto and was snap called. So Billings appeared to be the most aggressive, followed closely by Kerstetter and Selbst. It certainly is a whole lot different than when the boys play; they’re far more likely to beat you down with insults to try throwing you off your game. Of course, I’d need to see a lot more to be sure.

I don’t really have a grasp on the game thus far. Nevertheless, my chips are on Selbst to take it all. Hopefully, we’ll see more and won’t miss the broadcast of the final table. If we do then we’ll have to settle on looking back at all the reports. If you already know the results please don’t tell us . . . no spoiler alerts!

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