There’s so much out there today, I thought it best to get a jump on it. I posted a ton of news from the weekend and more in yesterday’s gssp, so don’t forget to just scroll down and check that out. But since today looks to be a banner day, and in addition to all of the latest WSOP news (today’s recap from RISE Poker’s Change100), there’s SO MUCH out there today - here’s a special super sized edition GSSP to get you going.
It’s Tues. PKRGSSP! (part 1?)
* Federated Sports and Gaming purchase the Heartland Poker Tour, interview with FS+G’s Jeffrey Pollack & HPT’s Todd Anderson. PokerNews’ Chad Holloway gets to break the news that the Duke and Pollack “pro-centric” league just purchased the “everyman’s” poker tour. In this interview, both sides talk about the merger furthering both companies as well as poker entertainment as a whole. What it didn’t mention is why FS+G would have any interest in HPT. It’s not to create feeder satellites and it’s not for their charismatic spokesperson, Darvin Moon…maybe, it’s for the TV contract?? Now, I’m just guessing but in all other respects the Heartland Poker Tour is everything that FS+G was trying NOT to be. It’s for anyone, it’s low buy-in and quite often “no-names” make it on TV, which is what FS+G think people DON’T want to see…but the fact is, HPT is on TV - as the article states in over 100 million homes and, now this is just a guess, this is a likely suspect to be the primary reason for the purchase. Maybe FS+G’s original TV plans just didn’t work out, maybe Black Friday scared away their biggest of plans and sponsors bolted…not sure. That said, there’s no hard journalism going on here, it’s really a press release in interview format, but there’s no big hardhitting story here either - unless FS+G see the HPT as competition and bought it to snuff it out, which I just couldn’t see as a valid reason. No idea how much it was bought for yet, it wasn’t asked or answered. Read the PokerNews interview here.
* Subject Poker reports that Cereus has only roughly 10% of the cash they owe. Late last night, Noah S-D reported on Subject Poker that they have found that AP/UB owe $53.7mm to a variety of entities and have only about 5-6mm on hand. Citing two anonymous sources from within the organization, Subject: Poker opted to publish and should their story be true, which as of yet there’s no reason to think they haven’t done their due dilligence, this only means bad things for the likes of Ike Haxton and every other US player who had…I mean “has”…money on AP/UB. Here’s the findings of Subject: Poker.
CHECK IT: Speaking of Subject: Poker, I don’t know how I missed it but if you’ve read part one of Noah S-D’s interview with the PPA’s John Pappas then you should definately check out part two, which is now available here.
EVEN MORE: To accent the Black Friday story and if you are REALLY into it, here’s an online document that started floating around Twitter (I’m sorry, I’m not sure who to credit…if someone wants to let me know I’ll edit this) which shows SOME of the bank accounts seized and the amounts therein. While it doesn’t say much to me…it’s an interesting view.
DON’T FORGET: PokerNews reaches out and asks those still serving the US: How safe are US funds on their sites? The vocal and open Chuck Kidd doesn’t mind answering, and his words are what you want to hear, but the PokerNews team is also met with a lot of silence and non-answers. It’s worth a quick read if you are one of the few still putting your money at risk in the U.S.
News and Notes
Just tons of goodness out there today, let’s consume as much as we can…
- Bellagio Biker Bandit pleads “guilty”. Nothing really to see here, so no need to really click…but just know that Anthony Carleo, the MORON who robbed the Bellagio and then WENT ON 2+2 to try and fence the chips, did the first smart thing in his life and pled guilty. Kid gets sentenced 8/23 and faces a polarized range of years in the pokey (pun intended! word.). 3-54 years. Here’s a link to what I just said.
- EGaming Review Magazine reports the PokerNewsDaily.com is up for sale. It looks like PND, the affiliate site, as well as one other are on the block and if not purchased soon they are going up on the REAL auction block: ebay.com. Note to anyone out there - if you are loaded and want to purchase PND and turn it into a REAL site, give me a call. You front the cash, I’ll help with the compelling content and we’ll make a run at it. No? No, takers? Oh well. Maybe next time. Check it out as there’s more news than just this over at EGaming.
- WSOP By The Numbers by Jess Welman. Undoubtedly, one of the media’s favorite reoccurring articles of the WSOP and it should be one of yours as well. Poker nuts are probably number junkies and little factoids backed by stats always make for interesting trivia. Welman continues to hit it out of the park in her daily column. One of my daily faves for sure.
- A REAL Baller checks in to the WSOP. Paul Pierce, heard of him? Yea, kid’s got game on the basketball court and sure he’s got a fancy ring to go with his adoring fans but this ain’t Boston Garden and the green felt ain’t the hardwood. Nevertheless the popular basketball star made an appearance at the 2011 WSOP and PokerListing’s Matthew Showell has him covered. Check out pics of the gamer here and check out the article from the weekend right here. Nothing earth shattering, but like John Hawkes yesterday, it’s always fun to see how far the reach of poker goes, and that’s the truth.
- Victoria Coren continues to give out advice in her column for the Guardian. Can you bluff in non-NLHE games?? Of course you can! Victoria Coren’s poker column, a bit of a dear Vicci for beginning poker players, can tell you how. Short, cute and British - it had been a while since I mentioned it. So if you happen to be a beginner and like some short form advice, check out her column.
- Barry Carter’s latest blog theorizes on how and why the Brits have up’d their bracelet game. The rap on the UK was that they were behind the US in, well, just about all things poker. With more and more poker hooliganism coming to the forefront in the U.S. it looks like the British are indeed coming on strong. The Mental Game of Poker author ups his line on how many the UK will take home and why that number is only going up. *Internal note: Insert either dentist or revolutionary war joke here - don’t bloody forget to take this out*
- Do you care how hands are reported? Shamus addresses a small Twitter war among poker media in his blog today. I find myself checking in with Shamus almost everyday, and just about everyday, I recommend his blog as solid reading. I’ve never met him, don’t know him, we’re not BFF’s or anything (not yet anyway) but I have a feeling we have some sensibilities in common. He seems to be a level headed guy who enjoys himself some poker media. Unlike me though, he’s actually and factually a part of it having reported, let’s guess, hundreds upon hundreds of hand in his day. Anyway, being honest here, today’s Hard-Boiled Poker may not appeal to the general audience because who really, truly cares HOW you read the flop in a hand breakdown so long as it IS the flop and not all 5 community cards in some random order. But he always does such a good job of drawing an analogy to either literature or cinema which I find both endearing and compelling. So, you know, if you’ve got the time go show Shamus some love. You’ll never be sorry.
- ABC News highlights Phil Ivey’s lawsuit in the midst of a potential record attendence for the WSOP. Now if yr brand new and have the following questions: “What is the WSOP?”, “Who is Phil Ivey and who is he suing and why?” Read this article. If not, just know that poker, once again, clipped the big time newsies and got a spot on ABC News. If you’d like to check it out, here you go.
- PokerNews’ Rich Ryan maks 5 observations from week 2 of the WSOP. While a few of these are comedic and lighthearted, Ryan flat out states that Hellmuth will “never win a non-Hold’em bracelet.” “Never” is a mighty long time and with Phil planning on playing for the next X# of years, I think that’s a pretty bold statement. But hey, it’s all in fun I don’t think he knows or cares too terribly much about what Phil’s future plans are in terms of what he wants to learn, play or buy-in to is…he’s just sayin’ for now, Hellmuth don’t got it. Anyway, they also cite the Sam Grizzle video we highlighted yesterday and since it will take you literally 3 minutes to consume, you probably should.
Wow. Right? It’s almost too much and if you weren’t reading it in this format, I’m going to guess you’d have missed something…hell, I bet I missed something. If so, and you know it, hit me up. I’d love to check it out. If not, I’m still happy to have you hit me up with your overwhelming praise or polite, yet constructive, criticism. It’s easy, just do one of the following:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or I’m a Twitter addict and would love to have you follow along during the day: @pkrgssp
It’s only Tues.? Seriously? See you tomorrow.