We didn't do a full update yesterday from the WSOP, mostly because one development truly left us horrified. We didn't know how to report it. Because it surely had to have been made up. Seriously, who does what we are about to report? What kind of a person would do this? Definitely not anybody we know, that's for sure.
:: Event #14 ($10,000 Seven Card Stud) - We spent a good portion of the day yesterday trying to verify this story because it seemed like something out of a Jerry Bruckheimer movie. A very bad Jerry Bruckheimer movie with no explosions. But apparently it's true. Eric Brooks won his first WSOP bracelet (and making his first cash too) in Event #14, the Seven Card Stud World Championship. He subsequently then GAVE ALL OF THE PRIZE MONEY--$415,856 TO BE EXACT--TO CHARITY. Read that last sentence again. Is he flipping crazy? Aren't there laws that prevent mentally deranged people from doing shit like this? We're not sure what this country is coming to, but we are sure it's a place we don't want to be. Full results here.
:: Event #15 ($1,000 Ladies Only) - Read about Glum Girl Svetlana Gromenkova and her thrilling victory here.
:: Event #16 ($2,000 Limit Omaha Hi-Low) - Chalk up yet another Omaha final table to The Intense Stare of Scott Clements. However, do not chalk up another bracelet. He finished seventh, banking $36,232. Instead, the tourney was taken down by
Justin Guarini Andrew Brown. This is Brown's first WSOP bracelet, banking $226,483 and denying Ted Forrest, who finished second, his sixth. Get full results here.
:: Event #17 ($1,500 NLH Shoot-Out) - "Friends and family" final table won by Jason Young. Full results here.
:: Event #18 ($10,000 2-7 Lowball w/ Rebuys) - Always a "who's who" event with big names galore. Full Tilt Poker pro Erick Lindgren, who could easily run away with 2008 World Series of Poker Player of the Year honors, takes a massive chip to the final table, stacked at 1,104,000. He's followed by Barry Greenstein (541,000), super skinny Mike Matusow (520,000), Jeffrey Lisandro (461,000), David Benyamine (410,000), Tony G (394,000), and last year's POY, Tom Schneider (162,000). First place pays $537,682. Get final table updates starting at 3pm PST here.
:: Event #19 ($1,500 Pot Limit Omaha) - Fast play in this one, as 759 entered and only 46 remain. Vanessa Selbst, a woma--, a woma--, ugh, a woman, is big stacked with 203,600. Other big name big stacks include Nam Le (59,500) and Chau Giang (58,300). Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #20 ($2,000 Limit Hold'em) - The last tourney of the day saw 479 enter. Play concluded with 125 remaining. The chip leader is Daniel Makowsky, stacked at 49,200. World renown cougar and WCP guest blogger Michele Lewis was eliminated towards the end of the day, but gave us some "big ups" (her words) in this interview with hottie Tiffany Michelle. Also in the event but eliminated was NWP's Bryan Micon. Watch his latest Degenerate Update below. Get full Event #20 chip counts here.
2008 WSOP Band of Bloggers: Get full recaps and payouts from WorldSeriesofPoker.com here. Get Dr. Pauly's take on WSOP happenings here. Gary Wise has some thoughts here. Please please don't forget Pokerati here. And get Poker Prof's recap and more photos here.
Listen, just because we disavowed the concept of "charity" years ago/never avowed it in the first place, that doesn't mean that "charity" and its less attractive sister, "philanthropy," aren't good things for the world. Especially when charities involve helping Russian orphanages.
Everyone knows Russia is home to some of the world's hottest models and mail-order brides. So anything we can do to provide a better life for these future hotties is of critical importance, right up there with fighting global warming and eradicating starvation.
Enter emerging health nut Tony G.
Taking a (much sexier) page from the Barry Greenstein philanthropy book, G has decided to donate all of his winnings from the first ever Moscow Millions poker tournament to Russian orphanages picked by poker professionals. In our opinion, this puts G past Keeley Hazell on any potential Nobel Prize awards list, because what G is doing could help produce many, many Keeley Hazells. Bravo.
In related news, Tony G won the first Moscow Millions poker tournament. Read more here. In further related news, more pictures of Russian model Adriana Sklenarikova (i.e. Exhibit A on why we need to donate to Russian orphanages) here.
Not to say that a lot of poker players are fat from sitting around on their asses playing poker with their sausage fingers eating KFC all day but let's just say that there are a lot of them who could lose a few lbs, and by few we mean a lot. Like shed the weight of small child. Or three.
And we won't name names. That ain't cool . . . to Erica Schoenberg's boyfriend.
So it's good to hear that self-proclaimed plus-size poker pro Tony G is planning on taking a break from live tournaments to focus on getting fit by swimming, lifting weights, playing tennis and the newest fitness craze, betting on pari-mutuels. In his latest video blog, the PokerNews.com and now HealthNews.com guru even filmed himself doing all these things, which you can watch here and which we first read about here.
In related news, we learned today that the term "fitness model" doesn't always mean "stripper" or "girl who gets naked in magazines." Amazingly, sometimes it actually does mean fitness model. Case in point the athletically hot Kim Strothers, who you can watch do her Swiss ball workout here or her squats, lunges and push up video here or her jump rope video here or her triceps dip video here. And all of her other videos. You really could make a day out of watching her videos. We did.
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We sort of have this thing for Keeley Hazell and ...
We're kind of digging the snorgtees girls. You should buy their shirts. Check 'em out.