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Next up in our series of the World Series of Poker Champions we take a quick look at the life of one of pokers more colorful characters that’s right Thomas Austin ‘Amarillo Slim’ Preston, Jr.
He became the 2nd person to win the World Series Of Poker Main Event in 1972, beating Walter “Puggy” Pearson and taking home $ 80,000 for his troubles.
The event was held again at the infamous Binion’s Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas which was the very same venue founded by his best friend Benny Binion.
A Real Star On Both The Small And Big Screen
It’s noted that soon after the win, his now celebrity status transcended from the tables to television with guest appearances on shows like Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, and even a cameo in Hollywood Gambling Movies like Robert Altman’s ‘California Split’ alongside the likes of George Segal and Elliot Gould.
An Original Rounder
What we would call a true rounder back in the day, Amarillo Slim toured the United States seeking out gambling action with future WSOP winners Doyle Brunson and Sailor Roberts. All of this is of course very well documented in the books Brunson’s ‘Super System’ and Slim’s own autobiography.
Amarillo Slim won a total of 4 WSOP bracelets in his time, and it’s claimed that Slim also beat both country legend Willie Nelson at dominoes and Hustler boss Larry Flint in poker, taking home a massive $ 300,000 and $ 2 million respectively. Which you have to say was a long way from that 1972 WSOP payday!
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We’re back with Episode 5 of the PartyPoker Premier League! Watch Group A battle it out again on the felt with – Daniel Negreanu, Scott Seiver, Jonathan Duhamel, Antonio Esfandiari, Sam Trickett, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Jungleman Cates, Marvin Rettenmaier for a spot at the final table and of course that $ 450,000 prize!
Don’t worry if you missed anything:
Episode 1 is here
Episode 2 is here
Episode 3 is here
Episode 4 is here
Now sit back as it’s time for Episode 5:
Episode 5 – Part 1
And Phil Hellmuth is already trying to put people on tilt here…
Episode 5 – Part 2
Things are looking pretty serious on the table now…
Episode 5 – Part 3
Oh dear Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates leaves to goto the bathroom right before his big blind, what?…
Episode 5 – Part 4
Looks like some grudges are starting to show here now!
Guest post by Robbie Strazynski.
The 2013 WSOP is running strong right now and they’re about one-third of the way through their 62-event schedule. Though there haven’t yet been any women bracelet winners, women have actually been performing just as well as, if not better than, their male counterparts – at least according to one measure: number of cashes.
Some of this year’s top women poker performers thus far include Vanessa Rousso and Xuan Liu, while the likes of bracelet winners Vanessa Selbst, Katja Thater, and Kathy Liebert, as well as top performers like Mario Ho and Liv Boeree are always threats to make deep runs in almost any event they enter.
As a matter of fact, according to a couple of recent Tweets by WSOP Communications Director Seth Palansky,
Women outdoing men @wsop thus far! Cashing at 9% rate vs. events entered, better than men’s 8.9% rate. Thru 13 WSOP events.
— Seth Palansky (@SethPalansky) June 8, 2013
Women have cashed 71 times in 789 entries, while men are 1,744 times in 19,397 entries @wsop thru 13 events. #ladieseventJune28
— Seth Palansky (@SethPalansky) June 8, 2013
Who’s the Next Big Woman Poker Starlet?
One of the main storylines of last year’s WSOP Main Event were the performances of Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann, who bubbled the final table in 11th and 10th place, respectively. Previously unknown to the mainstream poker world outside of their home countries, both Hille and Baumann are now considered legitimate forces at the poker table.
Once can only wonder which women poker players we haven’t yet heard of who will top the charts this year. Perhaps they’ll replicate the efforts of previous breakout stars like Annette Obrestad, who memorably won a bracelet taking down the inaugural WSOP Europe back in 2007.
One Woman 2013 WSOP Bracelet Winner is Almost Guaranteed
In just under 3 weeks’ time, on Friday June 28th, the WSOP will stage its annual Ladies event, which is practically guaranteed to have a winner who is a woman. That’s only “practically guaranteed” because there’s technically the chance that a man may actually enter the event. By law, men cannot be prevented from playing in any WSOP event, so organizers have made the buy-in a whopping $ 10,000 and offered women participants a $ 9,000 discount.
Time will tell if anyone has the bal… ahem, guts, to pony up $ 10K and try his hand against a field full of women.
A History of the World Series Of Poker: Johnny “The Grand Old Man of Poker” Moss – Winner of the Main Event 1970, 1971 & 1974
With the 2013 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event less than a month a way I thought it’d be fun to take a trip down the memory lane of poker. In 1970 Benny Binion invited who he considered to be the world’s seven best poker players to his legendary Horseshoe casino in Las Vegas to determine which of them should be considered the greatest living poker player. The strange thing about the first WSOP championship was that it was awarded without a single hand of poker being played.
So The Story Goes…
All of the seven assembled players were simply asked by Benny to cast a vote on who they thought was the best poker player. Poker players naturally tend to believe they are the best and so the first ballot proved inconclusive as each man voted for himself. With a bit of head scratching later Benny decided the players should cast a new ballot. With each of the players asked to now vote for who they thought was the world’s second best poker player, so who won? That’s right Johnny Moss.
The Grand Old Man of Poker
Born in 1907, Johnny was introduced to poker as a teenager when he got a job observing poker games in a Dallas saloon. Johnny Moss probably had one of the strangest jobs you’ll ever hear of, he was actually employed to spot the cheats, however he used his time well to develop his own skills as a poker player. Shortly after Johnny hit the road becoming what’s known as a ’rounder’ and never looked back.
Have To Let You Go
Much of Johnny’s reputation prior to the advent of the WSOP is staked on a legendary high stakes poker game that he played with Nick ‘The Greek’ Dandalos in 1949. The marathon game lasted around five months during which time Johnny and ‘The Greek’ played their way through a wide range of poker games. Johnny took around an estimated $ 4 million before the ‘The Greek’ uttered the famous phrase, “Mr. Moss, I have to let you go.”
If anyone doubted Johnny’s abilities after the first WSOP title was awarded by ballot, those doubts were laid well to rest one year later in 1971 when Johnny won the first competitive WSOP Main Event where he beat ‘Puggy’ Pearson heads up. And he didnt stop there Johnny went on to win again in 1974 to become one of only two people to have won the Main Event three times. Can you name the other?
Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for,Episode 4 of the PartyPoker.com Premier League! and what a show this week! Watch the Second Heat of Group B with stars like Tobias Reinkemeier, Tony G, Igor Kurganov, Phil Laak, Dan Shak, Jason Mercier, Jennifer Tilly, Talal Shakerchi. You won’t believe how this one ends!
Don’t worry if you missed anything Episode 1 is here and Episode 2 is right here and Episode 3 is here. Now sit back as it’s time for Episode 4:
Episode 4 – Part 1
Phil Laak up to his mind tricks again…
Episode 4 – Part 2
Whats the joke Jason Mercier?
Episode 4 – Part 3
Tilly in deep thought…
Episode 4 – Part 4
Tobias Reinkemeier playing it cool…
Have you voted in the hunt for The Greatest Ever Poker Hand in the History PokerStars?
As part of our the upcoming 100 billion hand party we’re taking a look at some of the best, funniest, memorable and strategically sound clips of PokerStars history. Not only is it a great way to while away a few minutes during your lunch break (or minutes 55 to 59 of each hour if you’re an online tournament grinder), but will also dictate the hand that plays out in a ZOOM and BOOM promotion that can pocket you extra dollars!
Check out the the ZOOM and BOOM page for more details. It runs 24-30 June. If you don’t know about the $ 5,000,000 100 Billion Hand celebration then you should find out how you can win here.
We’re picking out a couple more today, including the absolute beasting talent of Benny Spindler at EPT8 London. He went on to win the event, which you can read about here.
Watch all the videos here at the Greatest Hand site.
When Scott Tom, a student at the University of Montana in the late 1990s, first saw an online poker game he said, “This poker website. It’s awesome. I mean, the software really sucks and the graphics are horrible… Even though it’s crap, there are like fifty people playing. And they’re taking a rake from every table, all night long. They’re minting money.”
The newly published book Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich relates the “true” story of how Scott Tom and five of his fraternity brothers turned their weekly poker game into an improved version of that rudimental online poker room. Their Absolute Poker room became, at its height, an online empire bringing in revenues of nearly a million dollars a day.
But before the team could stage an IPO to cash in on their good fortune, their empire came crashing down. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 made Absolute Poker take a gamble by leaving its doors open to American players. A cheating scandal in 2007 revealed that someone behind the scenes at the poker room was taking advantage of a super user’s ability to see opponents’ hole cards. And finally, the U.S. Department of Justice seized control of Absolute Poker’s website domain on the infamous Black Friday.
All of that was far ahead in the future in the opening chapters of Straight Flush, which was written by the bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires (Mezrich’s 2009 book which was adapted by Columbia Pictures for the film “The Social Network”) and Bringing Down the House (which was adapted into the movie “21″).
In the beginning, everything they were doing, the founders believed, was totally legal. “Even though every lawyer they met with continued to assure them that there was nothing inherently illegal about running an online poker website, it seemed that all of the companies were being run overseas… If they were going to run an international business, there was no reason not to think internationally.”
Yet, Scott Tom apparently didn’t fully consider the legal implications of what he was doing. “It’s a new era. The Internet changes everything… This is the Wild West. And I don’t see any sheriff knocking at our door.”
The team hired Korean software programmers and set up operations in Costa Rica, launching their room in 2003. Within a short time they took advantage of online poker’s booming popularity, following Chris Moneymaker’s win at the World Series of Poker. “Scott was starting to catch on. For the first time in history, the two-hundred-year-old game of poker was being beamed into living rooms across America. All over the world too.”
With an increased marketing effort, the room’s revenues skyrocketed. Behind the scenes, things were a little bit shady, but “the results didn’t seem to hurt anybody… The banks made money. Absolute Poker made money. The players got to play poker.”
It’s only late in the book when we finally learn about the cheating scandal. One of the team says, “I’ve been hoping it would just go away, as these things often do. Just people griping because they lost. But, well, it hasn’t gone away; it’s actually just getting bigger.”
An anonymous employee publicizes hand history and a suspicious IP address, which is the origin of the cheating scandal. A blogger sleuth connects the address of this super user to an email account, and the account links directly to the founder of Absolute Poker, Scott Tom.
The book offers a quick explanation for this connection, which may or may not be true. According to the book, one of the original programmers in Korea kept a back door in the software open for management supervision. An unnamed Costa Rican operations manager took advantage of the ability to see opponents’ cards, pocketed huge profits from this advantage, and acted to frame Scott Tom in the process.
Or so the story goes. Today Scott Tom remains “at large” according to the U.S. government, living in a gilded cage on the island of Antigua out of reach of federal indictments.
Mezrich’s tale is fast-paced, highlighting a lifestyle of girls, drugs, and money more than the technical day to day operations of an online poker room. Straight Flush, based on the full cooperation of the Absolute Poker founders, is a quick read and a high budget Hollywood movie is sure to follow.
What a week it’s been for you poker fans! Up next it’s Episode 3 of the PartyPoker.com Premier League. And here you’ll see the First Heat of Group B with stars like Tobias Reinkemeier, Tony G, Igor Kurganov, Phil Laak, Dan Shak, Jason Mercier, Jennifer Tilly, Talal Shakerchi. If you missed it Episode 1 is here and Episode 2 is right here as well.
We’ll of course be hosting all of the Premier League VI episodes in a “work-safe” and served up in “bite-size” portions for you to enjoy. Now it’s time for Episode 3 in 4 delicious parts:
Episode 3 – Part 1
Group B get ready for action!
Episode 3 – Part 2
What’s Tobias thinking here?
Episode 3 – Part 3
Uh oh Laak doesn’t look happy or?
Episode 3 – Part 4
Down to seven players now, so who’s next?
All The PartyPoker News – All The Time
The 44th annual World Series of Poker is now underway in Las Vegas and the first prestigious WSOP bracelets have been awarded. There’s still time to win your way to the WSOP at Titan Poker. Two mega Super Satellites next week will award nearly $ 200,000 in guaranteed WSOP prizes, including 10 packages to the $ 10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event.
As is the custom for all World Series of Poker schedules, the first event was the Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em, a tournament that was also open to the poker media.
Chad Holloway, the senior news editor for PokerNews.com, won this event, capturing the $ 84,915 first prize and his first WSOP bracelet. “The bracelet means the world,” Holloway tweeted. “Money comes and goes, but I’ll always have today.
Many well-known poker celebrities took to the felt to participate in Event #2, the $ 5,000 No-Limit Hold’em / Eight Handed. The bracelet was won by American poker player Trevor Pope, who also took home the first place paycheck of $ 553,806, his biggest win ever.
Second place was claimed by David Vamplew from the United Kingdom, for a prize of $ 342,450. Vamplew’s biggest win to date remains the £5,000 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event (UKIPT Grand Final) in September 2010 when he won £900,000.
The third tournament in this year’s schedule was Event #3: No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry, a $ 1,000 buy-in that attracted 3,164 entries, including re-buys. The tournament was won by Canadian Charles Sylvestre, who pocketed $ 491,360. This was his third ever tournament cash, the previous two having been in events at the 2010 World Series of Poker.
Christopher Walken, Jude Law and Benedict Cumberbatch All Show Us Their Poker Faces And It’s Not Pretty.
Once again we’re back looking for some Classical YouTube Best Poker Clips. This week’s one just happened to fall in to place by sheer chance no thanks some of you maybe thinking. Yep it’s Poker Face by Lady Gaga turn. Now you either love it or loath it, you either think it’s the best thing since sliced bread or feel it scrapes your eardrums like a dull razor blade.
The horror … the horror …
No matter what you think though as old Ben Kenobi commented it’s “not dead, not yet” well it ain’t dead on YouTube at least. Now I was kinda taken back when I did my weekly Classical YouTube search for this, some are great, some are bizare, some are funny.
Best Get At It Then
First up we’ve got Jude Law reading the song, talking of Jude Law we found a Sherlock Holmes inspired mash-up, then a very odd a capella version, but the best is for last with Christopher Walken of Pulp Fiction reading his spooky Halloween version of Poker Face.
You see I thought I despised all things Poker Face too but its seems in the words of a wise man I really should say “never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let… lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may” Enjoy:
From the new Sherlock Holmes movies here’s Jude Law.
Someone clearly has too much time on their hands or?
Over 5 Million views can’t be wrong, can they?
The best till last Christopher Walken with his creepy Halloween version.