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June 2007

The Aftermath: Takes on Lindgren's Prop Bet

One day after winning a ridiculous golfing prop bet, Erick Lindgren was feeling it. Bad.

Watch his perspective below, as well as opinions from Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Gavin Smith, John Caldwell from Poker News, and Dr. Pauly.

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Erick Lindgren's Golfing Prop Bet Video

"That was the sickest day of my life." - Erick Lindgren, July 27, 2007

Erick Lindgren's $340k prop bet is now up on RawVegas.tv. Or just watch it below. "Part II - The Aftermath" airs tomorrow.

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Audition in Vegas for Your Chance to Get Stupid Rich On Poker Reality TV Show

Heading to Las Vegas next week to play the 2007 WSOP Main Event in hopes of striking it rich? Great. So what's your backup plan when you go out on Day 1 because your flopped top set gets the smack down by a nut flush draw or say you're one of the crazies we inevitably see on the first day who think TPTK is flopping the nuts?

Bdgirlssamira11_2Well, if you're one of the latter get the hell out of Dodge, you suck, but for everyone else, Bodog is holding an open casting call for all poker players at Planet Ho-llywood/Aladdin, July 5-8, for the second season of "Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker," which will be nothing like the first season because this time it's just 12 amateur poker players (no pros or celebs) living in a mansion and going at it in a Big Brother-meets-World Poker Tour competition for a $2 million grand prize, the largest in reality TV history (speaking of Big Brother check out Emily Parr from the British version over at Gorillamask.net).

Yep, as we've said before, get on the show and you have a 1 and 12 chance to win a $2 million grand prize, which is about 100 times better than Phil Ivey's chance of winning the Main Event and you're not Phil Ivey, so you have that not going for you.

Here are the details on the auditions:

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South
MEETING ROOM: "Sapphire 2"

Thursday, July 5th: Noon to 5:00pm
Friday, July 6th: Noon to 5:00pm
Saturday, July 7th: Noon to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 8th: Noon to 5:00pm

Bring Photo I.D. (must be 21)

Ok, as quid pro quo for our Bodog huckstering we're trying to decide on what Bodog Girl we want Calvin to mail us this month. We were thinking Samira (in pic above) but this month's girl, the ironically named Jamie, has us intrigued, except replace "us intrigued" with "our pants down" and that's somewhat closer to the truth.

More of Jamie after the jump:

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Half Man, Half Amazing: Freddy Deeb Wins 2007 WSOP $50K H.O.R.S.E. Event

Ad Rock once said, "I see you lookin' at me sayin'/How can he be so skinny and live *so phat?"

FreddydeebIf Freddy Deeb (artist rendition at right) were a rapper like Prahlad "They shoulda practiced avoidance" Friedman (thankfully he's not), he might be "spitting" this lyrics today, "I see you lookin' at me sayin'/How can he be so little and play *so big?"

What we are clunky-ly getting at here is that Freddy Deeb is short, but he has HUGE game.

Deeb took down the prestigious $50k H.O.R.S.E. event, banking a whopping $2,276,832 for the win. He defeated Bruno Fitoussi ($1,278,720) for the win.

The chip leader going into final table play, Amnon Filippi, finished fourth ($586,080). David Singer ($337,440) placed sixth for the second straight year. Barry Greenstein ($259,296) was seventh, Thor Hansen ($188,256) was eighth, and Gabe Kaplan ($131,424) placed ninth.

Get full payouts here.

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Amnon Filippi Chip Leader at $50k H.O.R.S.E. Final Table

Bert_sesame_street_beautiful_day_2While the participants overall are nowhere near the...dare we say...cachet...of last year's final table, the 2007 WSOP $50k H.O.R.S.E. event is not lacking star power.

Big gamer Barry Greenstein (750,000), last year's sixth place finisher David Singer (1,330,000), Lord of the Rings extra Freddy Deeb (3,500,000), now three-time 2007 WSOP final table-ist Thor Hansen (40,000) are all there.

Leading everyone is Amnon Filippi (at right, earlier this year with Eskimo Clark), stacked at 4,015,000.

Final table play begins at 2pm. Check worldseriesofpoker.com or Poker News for full chip counts.

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EXCLUSIVE: Erick Lindgren Wins $340k Prop Bet

Diorabairdgolf72 holes. 14 hours. 100 degree heat. 1 winner.

Erick Lindgren took down his $340k golf prop bet at Bear's Best golf course.

After starting the day at 5:45am ("I had to run to catch up with him on the first hole. I wasn't even ready yet." said his caddy), Lindgren made it through his first two rounds with relative ease. However, he started grinding towards the end of his third round. But after shooting a 48 on his final front nine and being at 69 after 13, the buy-outs began. Gavin Smith, who was originally in for $100k, bought out for $60k. Chris Bell and others bought out as well. Ivey remained on the hook for his full amount.

Catch a brief recap of the action on The TOKE on RawVegas.tv below and coverage of the entire day's play tomorrow afternoon.

Photo of Diora Baird because she is not Erick Lindgren after 72 holes of golf.

Watch the teaser video to hear Erick and others on the course talk about the bet.

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BREAKING: Erick Lindgren Risking Over $300k on Golfing Prop Bet

Kendra golfWe got a call from Gavin Smith late last night informing us that Erick Lindgren just accepted a $100,000 prop bet with the following rules:

:: He had to play four rounds of golf at Bear's Best in one day.

:: He had to walk all four rounds back-to-back-to-back-to-back.

:: He'd be shooting from the pro tees.

:: He had to shoot under 100 on all rounds.

Within 15 minutes, Phil Ivey added another $200k to the bet, pushing the total near $350k.

As with most great prop bets, this one came from nowhere. Lindgren, Gavin and a few others were out drinking. Lindgren mentioned how unhappy he was with his performance in the H.O.R.S.E. event and to punish himself, he was just going to play golf all day. The bet ensued. Lindgren accepted.

We asked E-Dog for a quote on the bet. His reply: "My quote is...oops."

We'll be there with cameras to cover for our new show on RawVegas.tv, The TOKE. Developing...

UPDATE: Lindgren aced the first 18, on to round 2.

UPDATE II: To answer some questions, the bet is 1:1 and Erick got underway this morning bright and early before 6 am. Bear's Best measures 7194. It's rating/slope is 74.0/147. Temperatures today are just over 100 degrees with winds around 15 mph but they're gusting more as the day goes on. Phil Ivey showed up to the course a little while ago to check in on Erick's status. Supposedly he's on fire right now . . . think the priest in Caddy Shack but without the thunder and lightning. Stay tuned for video of his outing some day some time soon on RawVegas.tv's The TOKE with Wicked Chops Poker.

UPDATE III: Video of Erick Lindgren's $350K golf prop bet to go up on RawVegas.tv tomorrow.

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WCP Exclusive with Vinnie Vinh's Chair (We Have a Show on RawVegas.tv)

Sure, Poker News just dropped an exclusive about Vinnie Vinh today. And typically, this would be the biggest news of the day.

But today isn't a typical day.

Cause we are breaking an exclusive with Vinnie Vinh's chair. No...freaking...comparison.

Wicked Chops Poker has a show coming soon to RawVegas.tv. On it, you'll get poker news you won't find anywhere else. Our first teaser vid explores the search for Vinnie Vinh, followed by an exclusive with twice-over 2007 WSOP casher, Vinnie Vinh's chair.

More to come in the next few days...

Watch Vinnie Vinh's chair interview on RawVegas.tv.
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Erica Schoenberg, a Woman, Does Not Win Event #38

Strip pokering, mail opening Erica Schoenberg, a woman, just missed her first WSOP bracelet, finishing third in Event #38 ($1,500 NLH) and banking $261,646.

Robert Cheung took the bracelet, earning $673,628.

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Gollum Wins $2,000 Buy-in Pot Limit Hold'em Event at 2007 WSOP

Hopkins_38_2The winner of the $2,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold'em championship at the 2007 World Series of Poker was a guy named Gollum, a river folk poker pro from Middle Earth whose given name was Sméagol but was called Gollum because of the noise he made in his throat, or at least that's what we read on Wikipedia.

For the win, Gollum takes home $269,707, a gold champion's bracelet and a Corum watch but said his one desire is still to possess some Ring he calls "Precious."


Photo courtesy of IMAGEMASTERS

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Erica Schoenberg, a Woman, Leads Event #38 With Only Six Remaining

With only six players remaining, Erica Schoenberg, a woman (pictured below in a dream we had last night strip poker video she did with Carmen Elektra), is chip leader at the Event #38 ($1,500 NLH) final table.

If Schoenberg, who is a woman and is nice to look at, were to hold on like Wilson Phillips and win this tournament, she'd not only be the most attractive woman to ever capture a bracelet, but she may also force the Entities who comprise Wicked Chops Poker to rethink some things. Examine our world view in a different light. Look at people in a different way.

For example, maybe we will stop referring to Starbucks baristas as "peons" and hotel check-in reps as "losers with badges."

Or maybe not. In fact, we're not even sure how these things relate. What were we talking about? Oh yeah, Erica Schoenberg is hot.


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Erica Schoenberg, a Woman, Eliminates Dr. Pauly From Event #38

MilwaukeebestlightericaFamed and acclaimed poker blogger Paul "Dr. Pauly" McGuire was just eliminated from Event #38 ($1,500) at the 2007 WSOP by Erica Schoenberg, a woman (seen somewhere in that photo to the left).

Pauly was knocked out (by a woman) in 119th place. Before being knocked out by a woman, Pauly outlasted over 2,300 runners, banking $4,740. An impressive as hell run...halted...by a woman.

Regardless, congrats Pauly.

In other Event #38 news, Justin Henry is still alive and kicking, like that song, from the '80's.

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$50,000 H.O.R.S.E: (Sort of) Handicapping the Field

Doylebrunson2007wsophorseArguably the most prestigious event in poker, the $50,000 WSOP H.O.R.S.E. tournament, has just gotten underway.

Who do we like? Well, we figure Phil Ivey is a lock for second place. And we figure strong performances again from all of the Big Gamers like Doyle, Barry, Patrik Antonius, and of course, Chip Reese. Some "dark horses" to keep an eye on this year include Gavin Smith, who finished 11th last year and cashed in an earlier 2007 WSOP H.O.R.S.E. event, Josh Arieh, who has been playing consistently great poker at this year's WSOP and is due for a breakthrough, just a gut on this one, but Howard Lederer, and Huck Seed, because we've been picking this guy to win something for over a year now.

As for a winner, watch out for T.J. Cloutier. With so many Main Event close-calls, and with a final table finish in last year's H.O.R.S.E. event, this could be his year.

Stay tuned...

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Justin Henry Plays Poker

16candles485_2"What the hell are you bitchin' about? I gotta sleep under some Chinaman named after a duck's dork."

There's very few people in the world we'd be more excited to find out played poker than Justin Henry.

Maybe Billy Zabka. Perhaps Adrian Zmed. Possibly Stiles from Teen Wolf.

Justin Henry is right up there on the top of the list, on par with the likes of John Parr.

Henry is playing in Event #38 ($1,500 NLH) today (photos coming shortly). The same Justin Henry you loved in Sixteen Candles. Or cried with in Kramer vs. Kramer. Or were shocked to find out after an IMDB search was in Lost.

UPDATE: After much thought, we've come up with our dream WSOP table of '80's stars: Justin Henry, Billy Zabka, Adrian Zmed, Stiles from Teen Wolf, John Parr, The Road Warriors (when they came into the ring to Iron Man, that was fucking awesome), Koko B. Ware, and, what the hell, Ed Meese.

UPDATE II: Henry has made it to Day 2 with over 47,000 in chips.

UPDATE III: We have a pic of Justin Henry at the 2007 WSOP:

UPDATE IV: Justin Henry finished 50th out of 2,778 players and earned $12,893 in his WSOP debut.


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2007 WSOP Tournament Updates

Smurf:: Alan Smurfit took down Event #33 ($1,500 PLO w/ rebuys), smurfing the competition. For the win, Smurfit smurfed $464,867. Chau Giang smurfed in fifth ($96,005), Brandon Adams was sixth ($75,794), and Erick Lindgren smurfed in tenth ($21,054).

:: Tony Soprano Jeffrey Lisandro ($118,426) defeated...dare we say...a star-studded Seven Card Stud final table (Event #32, $2,000 7CS) that included Nick Frangos (second, $65,902), Davidson Matthew Club member Nesbitt Coburn (third, $42,643), Daniel Negreanu (fifth, $21,321). Howard Lederer finished tenth ($6,203), as did Mel Judah.

:: Save "Viet" Nam Le, a bunch of dudes you've probably never heard of make up the Event #35 final table ($1,500 NLH).

:: Alexander Borteh captured Event #34 ($3,000 Limit Hold'em), banking $225,483.

:: And Massimo Reynaud leads the Event #36 ($5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo) final table, stacked at 529,000. Randy "Dreamcrusher" Jensen is fifth at 283,000.

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Friday Night Parting Shot: Keeley Hazell Does Audrey Hepburn

Keeleyhazellaudreyhepburn1aThis post doesn't really require any set up except to tell you that after the jump are photos from Keeley Hazell's latest shoot where she does her best impression of classic beauty Audrey Hepburn, that is, if Audrey Hepburn had 32Es, an aversion to clothing and liked to pose in the nude for about $200k a pop.

For Keeley Hazell photos of her posing like Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, and other girls we may or may not pull our pants down for even if a bottle of penicillin wasn't nearby, go here, here, here and here.

Meanwhile in poker news, some events are going on, bad beat stories are being told and bracelets are being won at the 2007 World Series of Poker.

Or so we heard.

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Mike Matusow Doing the Costanza at the 2007 WSOP

Costanzaposing_2You don't want to watch the Raw Vegas video below. Seriously, you don't. It's awful, and we're actually pretty sure you could sue us for intentional infliction of emotional distress if you do and we don't need to pay our lawyers any more money. Those shysters are living the good life already thanks to the recent surge of paternity suits being filed against us by villager girls off the coast of New Zealand. Shit, we haven't even been near there in like 8 or 9 months.

If you do watch the video, let this be fair warning to do so with your eyes closed. Because you see that pic of George Costanza? Well, think that but instead Mike Matusow laying down with his shirt off in the Poker Royalty lounge at the 2007 World Series of Poker. And then throw up in your mouth. And that's pretty much what you can expect.

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Joanna Krupa to Play Main Event Thanks to Tony G

We just got the inside word that TonyGPoker has signed the flagrantly sexy Joanna Krupa as its official spokesmodel and will be sending her to play in this year's Main Event at the 2007 World Series of Poker.


Krupa, who was our OWCPG of 2006 until we discovered Keeley Hazell, was a major attraction at last year's WSOP Main Event, where she rep'd Titan Poker and gave each of the nine guys at her table more than their $10,000 worth as she lasted past Day 1. Her official website has been teasing her return to the WSOP for some time now, saying "it looks like you will see her and her poker face again at the WSOP this year." And now, straight from the man himself, Tony G, it has been confirmed she'll be back.

To refresh your memory why we once called Joanna Krupa the hottest girl in Christendom, check out some past Wicked Chops Poker posts.

:: Joanna Krupa Photos from 2006 World Series of Poker

:: Friday Night Parting Shot: Joanna Krupa (Again)

:: Friday Night Parting Shot: Joanna Krupa

:: Joanna Krupa Loves Poker

:: Joanna Krupa Does the Leopard Print + Look from Behind Pose Like a Champ

:: 200 People We Hope Look More Like Joanna Krupa than Joe Stillman Will Compete for Strip Poker Title in London

:: Calvin Ayre Tip Sheet: Meet Joanna Krupa

:: Joanna Krupa's "Go Naked" Posters Make for a Good Post

:: For the Hump, Joanna Krupa

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Phil Hellmuth is Still Humble

Just moments after his WSOP record-tying 39th final table, poker pro Phil Hellmuth displayed absolute humility on camera as he talked candidly about his disappointment in not winning a 12th bracelet. It's touching, to say the least, to see the once-immature, boastful Hellmuth continue to grow, overcome his character defects and become a better person.

OK, now replace everything we just said above with "Phil Hellmuth is still an arrogant chump."

Watch the Phil Hellmuth video below on RawVegas.tv, if you can withstand the pain.

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Terrence Chan Makes a Name for Himself at 2007 WSOP

TerrencenotjohnnychanTerrence Chan, the 26-year-old, Vancouver poker pro who famously is not Johnny Chan, finished second yesterday in the $2500 No Limit Hold 'em short-handed event (the same event that saw Vinnie Vinh's chair finish 22nd). The former PokerStars customer support manager found himself heads-up for the bracelet against Hoyt Corkins, the Alabama cowboy whose last name sounds like something that happens to pretty boys like us in prison. After about 20 hands, Chan got all his chips in with Ad-4d against Corkins' Kd-10s. The turn paired Corkins' king, and Chan had to settle for runner-up and a $287,345 cash. Corkins earned his second WSOP bracelet and $515,065.

Afterwards, Chan commented on his blog:

“So as you probably saw online, I finished 2nd in the tournament. Disappointed, but of course I can't be too disappointed, like, I got lucky threehanded for most of my chips. So, it's a downer, but... it's still a good thing. Really really really really wanted to win and get that bracelet and all of that, but wasn't in the cards this time. Still a few weeks left in the World Series, still enough time to get that first one this year."

This is Terrence Chan's biggest tournament cash, surpassing the $74,175 he banked for his 8th place finish in the $2500 NLHE event at last year's WSOP.

For those who don't recall, Chan was at the center of a somewhat benign-at-first-turned-ugly-incident during a Playboy charity poker event that involved Annie Duke, Shannon Elizabeth and FOWCP Steve Dannenmann. For the back story, check out Chan's blog post on the fiasco here and Up for Poker's recap here. While Duke, Elizabeth and Dannenananmemaman diplomatically settled the situation with Chan, the same can't be said for Joy Miller, a poker photog who was in charge of the event and who deserves a Wicked Chops Poker "Monkey Fucking a Football PR Award" for losing her shit on the phone with Chan after he aired his grief, saying, among other things, "Remember one thing, Terrence, you're not Johnny Chan, you're Terrence Chan."

For more on the Terrence Chan-Joy Miller crap, check the following links:

::Joy Miller's Response

:: A Response to Joy Miller

For what happens when you lose 400 pounds go here.

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Jessica Biel in GQ Makes for a Good Post

The distractingly hot Jessica Biel recently did a photo spread for GQ magazine, and we have to say, we're quite impressed. It just might be her best body of work yet, even better than the Esquire shoot that led to her being named "sexiest woman alive," except for maybe that photo of her in the sink that indirectly led to one of us incurring a $2,350 plumbing bill.

Don't ask.

Sample a few of the shots below and see all of Jessica Biel's GQ spread here. Also check out a revealing video clip from her new movie with Adam Sandler after the jump. If you're not into any of that, we recommend reading Jeffrey Pollack's blog.


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Vinnie Vinh's Chair Finishes 22nd in the $2,500 Short-Handed Event at the 2007 WSOP

Wsopchair_2Due to prior commitments that likely involved foaming at the mouth and delusions of insects crawling on his skin, Vinnie Vinh was unable to make Day 2 of Event 30 yesterday at the 2007 WSOP.

But his chair was there in his place, starting the day with 73,800 in chips with 42 players remaining. Saddled with a tight table image and unable to really get anything going throughout the day, Vinh's chair still managed to outlast 20 other players to finish 22nd, good enough for a cash of $12,468.

This is Vinh's chair's second cash in the 2007 WSOP (it finished 20th in Event 8), establishing a new WSOP record for a chair in a non-chair-only event.

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Goodbye, Cruel World and Humanity As We Know It + Phil Hellmuth Does Not Win Bracelet #12

World, it's been nice knowing you.

Katjathaterwsop5In a development on par with Robert Varkonyi having a threesome with two Victoria's Secret super models in the "world is coming to an end" hierarchy, Katja Thater, a woman, has won a non-women-only poker tournament.

The woman Thater (at right, next to a banana), captured Event #29 ($1,500 Razz), banking $132,653.

Thater, who is a woman, defeated the highly disappointing and disgrace to men across the world Larry St. Jean for the win. Honorary member of the "Davidson Matthew Club," O'Neil Longson, finished third.

If there's anything here to temper the apocalyptic significance of Thater's win it would be that it was in a measly $1,500 buy-in event in a game where the worst hand wins.

In other equi-horrifying news, Beth Shak, a woman, almost won Event #28 ($3,000 NLH). She lost heads-up to someone who is not a disgrace to men across the world, Shankar Pillai, who's not to be confused with K. Shankar Pillai, who is dead. For the win, Pillai banks $527,829. The woman Shak takes home $328,683.

Lost in all of the apocalyptic developments is that Phil Hellmuth failed to capture bracelet #12. Hellmuth finished sixth in Event #28, banking $76,464.

After the jump a brief photo essay about a champ and her banana. Plus her right and left side profiles.

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WSOP Update: Vinnie Vinh Missing Again, Hellmuth Ties Cloutier's Final Table Record


The Vinh has gone missin' again, this time on Day 2 of the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em short-handed event. We don't want to speculate but we're guessing Vinh has found God, paid off all his debts, got clean and sober and is in a A.A. meeting right now saying, "My name is Vinnie Vinh!!! And I'm fucked up!!!"

We could be wrong on this though.

Meanwhile, Phil Hellmuth's ego can be easily found at the ESPN featured final table as it celebrates matching T.J. Cloutier's record 39 WSOP final tables. Hellmuth and his ego have now completed the triple crown of WSOP records with the most bracelets, most cashes and now (tied for the) most final tables.

In related news, Katharine McPhee looks good.

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Paul "Eskimo" Clark is Super Human

Eskimowsop2After collapsing in the Poker Sauna last week and being rushed to the hospital, then twice being laid out on the ground yesterday during Day 2 of the $1500 Razz event, Paul "Eskimo" Clark has managed to overcome all obstacles before him to forge ahead and make his way to a final table today in Event #29 at the 2007 WSOP.

It's been an incredible display of Dean Karnazes-like super human endurance as Eskimo fights through seizure-like symptoms with no substantive nutritional sustenance, other than an occasional banana, Bayer aspirin and cigarettes, and sits on his ass at a poker table, pushes his chips forward, with occasional assistance, and lifts the .004 of an ounce cards up an inch off the table hand after hand for many hours.

To say we're not impressed would be a lie. The man is a hero to us and surely to Eskimos both big and small everywhere.

Other players left in the Razz event include the legendary O'Neil Longson (385,500), who we think was born during the Fillmore administration, Men "The Master" Nguyen (35,000), who's here endorsing Corona Energy Drink, and Katja Thater (117,000), a more-than-marginally attractive woman who comes off as really intense and uptight and we kind of find her sexy because of this.

After the jump, more pics of Eskimo taking a break next to his table yesterday.

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Vinnie Vinh is Alive and Twitching at the 2007 WSOP

VinnyvinhwsopVinnie Vinh, the all-but-dead poker player who went missing after being among the chipleaders on Day 1 of the $1000 Rebuy NLHE event, was seen yesterday playing the $2,500 short-handed NLHE event at the 2007 WSOP. Looking like a Vietnamese meth-jacked Shane MacGowan on a very, very bad day but with better teeth, Vinh has managed to outlast more than 800 players to make it into Day 2 with 73,800 in chips. Hoyt Corkin, at 270,800, is the chip leader with 42 players left. Other big names still in include Steve Wong (233,300), Mimi Tran (121,500), Erick Lindgren (101,400), Terrence "You're Not Johnny" Chan (80,100) and Erik Seidel (43,900).

We didn't get to see much of Vinnie Vinh playing yesterday until the end of the day but we heard he was in top form. PokerListings.com's Martin Derbyshire reported the following about Vinh after officials told him to remove his iPod when play was down to 15 tables:

Vinh spent the entire night arguing with the dealers, WSOP staff and other players around him every chance he had about anything he could think of at the time. Players from other tables even got up to ask him to shut up, but nothing worked. Many felt the best decision might be to give Vinh an exception to the no electronic devices under 15 tables rule and give him his iPod back. At one point he picked up a hand and was screaming "Shoot it up," grabbing his arm, making a needle like motion and pumping chips into the pot.

When we saw Vinh, he looked pathetically frail, about Nicole Richie size at her thinnest. And while nothing that remarkable happened as he sat in his seat shaking his leg 100 miles an hour and occasionally twitching, he did seem irritable and restless at times, occasionally getting up and walking around the table nervously.

While we don't want to suggest that Vinnie Vinh is a meth head we will say that the symptoms for a meth head include increased alertness, paranoia, decreased appetite, increased physical activity, writhing jerky, irritability, aggression, anger, panic, paranoia, and repetitive behavior patterns.

And this pretty much sums up what Vinh was displaying yesterday.

So yeh, he probably is a meth head.

UPDATE: And he likely smokes it . . . based on what he told Gutshot.com late last night (Go here and scroll down to just above the photo of Vinh with Stu Ungar in the background).

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Phil Hellmuth: A (Long) Shot At Winning 12th WSOP Bracelet Today

Last night while our super-sized egos partied it up at Jet and took turns behind the curtain sniffing the gak off a couple of former pageant girls' backsides, Phil Hellmuth's gargantuan-sized ego stopped by to inform us that the 11-time bracelet winner had made his 39th final table, sort of, and is in position to capture his 12th bracelet, sort of.

Philhellmuthbethshak_2The reality is that although Hellmuth and his ego will be seated at the ESPN-televised table today, they are still one player away from an official final table of nine players. Turns out that when play had gotten down to 10 last night, officials stopped the event to ensure that Hellmuth, whose stack was dwindling down to about 13 times the big blind, would be there in front of the ESPN cameras on the final day.

"This is because they want me on TV," said Hellmuth, reported PokerListings.com.

Yes, this isn't a poker tournament folks. It's good TV and Hellmuth, his ego and antics boost TV ratings, which in turn helps boost his ego and antics, which in turn boost . . . well, you get the point.

Hellmuth has his work cut out for him today though if he is to complete his WSOP records trifecta of most bracelets (he owns with 11), most cashes (his with 60) and most final tables (he hopes to tie TJ Cloutier today with 39). Stacked at 213,000 in chips, Hellmuth sits down barely in 9th position (10th place, Daniel Corbin, has 210,000) and blinds are running big at 8,000/16,000 with 3,000 antes. Arguably the most skillful tournament hold'em player in poker history, Hellmuth must now first rely on luck to lift him up from his chip deficit to reach numbers 39 and 12. If karma exists as some sort of measure against self-pride (and we personally hope it doesn't), expect to see Hellmuth flame out early today when his blig blind is attacked and he has a hand, likely the best.

With the chip lead going into today is last year's Main Event 19th place finisher, Dustin Holmes, who's stacked at 1,076,000. Beth Shak, a woman (seen to Phil's right in pic), is stacked in 2nd place with 740,000, and Tiltboy Perry Friedman is 4th with 723,000.

Stay tuned here for updates on Phil Hellmuth's quest for a 39th final table appearance and 12th WSOP bracelet as well as links to some wonderfully hot girl named Sarita Stella.

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Paul "Eskimo" Clark is Unhealthy

Pauleskimoclark_2As we were walking out of the Amazon Room about an hour ago, some hotel security flunkies rushed passed us towards the Razz tables. Apparently a medical situation had arisen which we gave 3-5 odds it had to do with Paul "Eskimo" Clark.

Indeed it did.

The 60-year-old Louisiana native who just days ago collapsed in the Poker Sauna (the Tent outside the Rio), had made it to Day 2 of Event #29 and was seated at his table looking confused, his head slumped forward, his hands and arms appearing to convulse, albeit mildy, and players at his table, including Mickey Appleman, trying to get his attention. One by one, more security guards came rushing up to Eskimo's table, all looking confused themselves, as the Tournament Director called for an impromptu 15 minute break to clear the area.

As Eskimo continued to stare aimlessly, looking like he was having petit mal seizures, we told the Harrah's rep on the floor to call for a doctor or paramedics, and he claimed the security guards were all EMTs and were handling the situation. Sure they were, if five security guys standing around looking clueless as one tries to get Eskimo to stand, then lay on the floor, then get back into his seat while administering him water--something a real doctor nearby said wasn't a good thing to do--constitutes handling the situation. To us, it looked like five hotel security guards doing more harm than good and who we wouldn't want treating us for a stubbed toe, let alone something more serious.

Back in his chair, Eskimo argued that he was OK to continue, which Harrah's obliged. Appleman thought outherwise, complaining to the Harrah's reps on the floor that the security guards there were "self-righteous" and that real doctors should be called in. Appleman also said that they shouldn't listen to Eskimo as he'd continue to play even if he was minutes from dying, which he may be, and if not minutes, perhaps days, weeks or maybe a month at best. The man looks like total crap, even when he isn't convulsing, and Harrah's has to realize that there is some serious liability brewing, should the worst happen. Regardless, Eskimo is still seated and among the final 48 left in the tournament.

In related news, Kenny Crumpton of Fox 8 News plays the skin flute.

UPDATE: It just happened again. Same exact thing but a bit worse. The right side of his body stopped functioning more or less and players at the table had to help him muck his cards and stack his chips, which are many right now as he looks to be at or near the top of the chip count with 40 or so players left in the tournament. This time the Clark County paramedics were called in and checked his blood pressure (170 over 100). They also asked him what was the last thing he ate. "A banana," he said. "And a Bayer aspirin." All players are on dinner break now, and from all reports, Eskimo plans to come back to play.

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2007 WSOP Update: While We Were Out Over the Weekend

We'd be lying if we said we were anywhere near the Rio this past weekend. Actually we'd be lying if we said we remember where we were this weekend or how we ended up in the back of a Coupe de Ville off Hwy 376 outside Carvers, Nevada, or let alone, what happened to our kidneys. But nonetheless we're back in Las Vegas today and to get you, and us, back to speed, below are some quick updates on what's happened with some links to jump to.

Joannakruparalph:: Kid Who Looks 12 Wins $5,000 NLHE Event - James Mackey, who looks exactly like Opie Taylor and could pass as Burt Boutin's great, great, great grandson, won event #22, the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event. The no-way-he's-old-enough-to-drink-let-alone-drive 21-year-old banked $730,740 and a WSOP bracelet for the win. Word has it that after his win Mackey headed to Chuck E. Cheese and got drunk on Shirley Temples with Jasper T. Jowls and the rest of the gang in Munch's Make Believe Band to celebrate. ThePokerBiz.com.

:: Elezra Takes Nguyen in Drunken Stud Fest - Everyone knows that seven card stud hi-lo is a drunk man's game and so it's no suprprise that Event #24, the $3,000 7CS Hi-Lo event, came down to a beer-soused bettor's brawl between high stakes card tosser Eli Elezra and the mullet prince of poker Scotty Nguyen. Elezra, who by all accounts got the drunkest, ended up winning the event to take home his first WSOP bracelet. - Bodog Beat

:: From Bust to Win, D-Dub Rolls to Victory in $5K Bellagio Event - David Williams busted out of a WSOP event last Thursday faster than a Bangkok hooker hooked on Adderall, then rolled on over to the Bellago in his new Bentley Coupe to play their $5,000 event. A day later the WSOP bracelet winner beat out a final table that included Roland de Wolfe, David Dicken and John Gale for the first place prize of $130,000 and $25K seat to the next WPT Championship. - PokerListings.com

:: Scott Clement Stares Down Victory in $1500 PLO Event - Scott Clements is scary, stare-y good at poker, dominating the final table in the $1500 PLO event at the 2007 WSOP just like he did last year when he won his first WSOP bracelet in Omaha Hi/Lo and his first WPT title at the Canadian Open Championship. The 25-year-old, who could kill you with a cold hard stare, or at least creep you out, walked with $194,206 for the win. It was Clements second final table and third cash at this year's WSOP. - PokerNews.com

Joannakruparalph1:: Ralph Schwartz Runaways With Win In $5,000 HORSE Event - High-stakes poker player Ralph Schwartz bested a final table that included Phil Ivey, Robert Mizrachi and Bill Gazes to take down the $5,000 HORSE event at the 2007 WSOP. The 28-year-old, who shunned requests for interviews after the win in favor of a smoke, cashed $275,683 alongside his first WSOP bracelet. - PokerNews.com

:: Nice Guy Ben Ponzio Wins Event #25, the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event - Not much else to say besides Ben Ponzio, a really nice guy, won event #25, the $2,000 No Limit Hold'em Event at the 2007 WSOP. He won $599,467 in addition to the gold bracelet. - CardPlayer.com

:: Phil Hellmuth's Ego Celebrates Record 60th Cash, Seeks 12th Bracelet - Phil Hellmuth, who's ego is on loan from God, is near the top of the chip count on Day 2 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Event and has secured his 60th WSOP cash. Hellmuth is also 100% guaranteed to win his 12th bracelet, that is unless luck gets involved. - PokerNews.com

Photos of Joanna Krupa in the latest issue of RALPH because unlike all of the above players, she is Joanna Krupa.

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NYC Poker Club Gets Robbed. Again.

RobberAs we've said before, fool us once, then shame on you. Fool us 147 times, shame on us.

So we'll give the NYC underground poker club that got robbed by gunpoint last night and had been robbed once before another 145 more times to finally get it right and realize it needs a new location.

As reported in The Observer today:

"[T]he establishment, located on the third floor of the building, had been operating for about six months. Prior to that, another poker room had existed at the same location for approximately a year and a half. It had been robbed as well."

Last night, the robbers walked with $50,000 from the club, which by the way is located at 328 East 61st Street in case you want to rob it once it reopens.

Responding to the incident, New York City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin, who unfortunately may be someone's mother, had the following to say:

"I told the NYPD about the existence of this illegal gambling hall weeks ago . . . We're lucky that no one was hurt, but a bust could have prevented this dangerous armed robbery from happening. At least now this den of inequity is closed for good."

Den of inequity? Who the fuck talks like this? Perhaps she meant Den of Iniquity, which if you're ever there we recommend the "That's 70's Dungeon." Good times.

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Johnny Chan Comes Up Short of 11th Bracelet


Somewhere Phil Hellmuth's gargantuan size ego is breathing a sigh of relief.

Starting today third in chips in the $1,500 PLO event at the 2007 WSOP, Johnny Chan was in good position to stand tall with Hellmuth atop the all-time bracelet count. But after showing up two-hands late at the start of the day and by the look of the live reports, making a few poor judgment calls, Chan stood fell short of winning his 11th bracelet and was elimated in 20th place.

Scott Clements is the event's current chipleader with 445,000 and Andy Black is stacked fifth with 152,000.

In related news, Clement's girlfriend is nice to look at. She's a Vegas kind of hottie you'd expect to have her own website, if that helps paint a picture and we mean that totally respectfully. Kind of. Better yet, think this chick. Again, respectfully.

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Absolute-ly Disappointing

SerindaswanpokerOnline poker site AbsolutePoker.com dropped a press release today announcing that its fantastically hot spokesmodel Serinda Swan has a new website -- www.SerindaSwan.com -- featuring exclusive WSOP news and "personal photographs, a blog and other enticing gems."

The release states, in part:

"Serinda Swan is on the ground in Las Vegas for the 2007 World Series of Poker. She'll spend the next few weeks relaying photographs, interesting stories, breaking news and other exciting WSOP-related content to the entire online poker community through her new site."

While it is true that Serinda is here at the WSOP in all her glory, at the time the press release first appeared this morning the URL above bearing her name brought you to some shit-ass-done version of ChipLeader.com, the affiliate hawking site for AbsolutePoker.com and UltimateBet.com. Other times we checked, it did actually bring us to a page featuring the GUESS Watch model but it looked like something a marginally tech savvy 5th grader kid did in about half an hour. Type in the URL without the "www" and it redirects you to the actual ChipLeader.com site with zilch about Serinda. Finally it looks like they're updating the site as they go today, many hours after they distributed their press release on the wire hyping the site and Serinda's WSOP coverage. Looks better, although the WSOP coverage page still says "Coming Soon".

All very disappointing, which seems to be something AbsolutePoker.com is good at doing. From reportedly dropping FOWCP/poker player fave Lacey Jones without advance notice to sucking ass in responding to the hijacking of Tao of Poker by one of their affiliates, the Costa Rican-wived gang at Absolute Poker seem content with sucking when it comes to this kind of stuff, which is fine we suppose, because you can make a lot of money from sucking, if that's your thing.

After the jump are screen shots from the URL today at various times illustrating the sucking above.

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Phil Hellmuth Likes Rap Music

In his latest vlog, Phil Hellmuth reveals that he's lost two iPods at the 2007 WSOP so far, but he got a new one that's loaded with tracks from Lil Flip.

Damn, we thought we knew what kids liked these days (candy, video games, hot oil massages) but now we feel a little more out of touch than Hall & Oates, cause we've never freaking heard of Lil Flip.

Later Phil talks about a poker rap video he's shooting today. Hopefully it's a little better than Prahlad Friedman's epic "Poker is Fun":

Poker is fun/for everyone/Except my opponents/they shoulda practiced avoidance.


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2007 WSOP Tournament Updates: Chan Goes for 11, Gracz Makes Another Final Table

Scottclements:: 23 remain in Event #23 ($1,500 PLO), with Scott Clements (at right, a man capable of killing you with just a cold hard stare) as the big stack at 295,000. In third overall, vying to tie Phil Hellmuth for a record 11th WSOP bracelet, is Johnny Chan with 131,000.

:: Sort of like the movie "Die Hard with a Vengeance," Mike Gracz is back with a vengeance, making his second final table of the 2007 WSOP. He's sixth overall in chips in Event #22 ($5,000 NLH), stacked at 534,000. The final table chip leader is Karga Holt with 1,211,000. Nick "The Takeover" Schulman and Tex Barch join them for final table play today at 2pm (PST).

:: And in Event #24 ($3,000 7CS Hi/Lo), 118 runners return today with John Richardson as the chip leader, stacked at 30,000. Other big stacks include Marcel Luske (29,400), Hasan Habib (23,150), Mike Matusow (23,000), David Chiu (21,000), and Kirk Morrison (20,900).

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Watch the WSOP Final Table Live

Ftl_online_logo_copyLike last year, you can watch the 2007 WSOP Main Event final table live on ESPN PPV.

The final table will take place on Tuesday, July 17th at 3pm EST.

There is a graphic with a link to it on your right. It has some more information about the PPV offering.

Carry on.

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(Not Quite) Penelope Cruz at the 2007 World Series of Poker

The other day during the Ladies Event at the 2007 World Series of Poker--which not to go off on a tangent but we fully support the concept of a Ladies Event, unlike Annie Duke who considers it discriminatory and degrading, which we don't, we just think it's the best way to ensure a woman can win a bracelet each year--we noticed that the name of one of the players was none other than Penelope Cruz and we wondered for half a second if it was the same Penelope Cruz who once creepily dated Tom Cruise for a number of years and who we once ran into on Melrose Ave. after almost stepping on her N.A.R.D.

Apparently based on searches and emails to Wicked Chops Poker, a number of people have been wondering the same thing.

To answer, we offer a few photos of the Penelope Cruz who played the WSOP and some of Penelope Cruz the actress. We're not experts here, shit we walked up to JC Tran the other day and said "Vinny Vinh!!!", but we're guessing the Penelopes below are not one in the same.


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Spotted Today...

Richard Lee 6th Place 2006 WSOPLeif Force

At a single table satellite today in the Amazon Room at the 2007 WSOP, the Chinaman Richard Lee, Leif Force, Daniel Baldev, and a guy we like to call "Miserable Fuck" (in the 10 seat in white hat) cause we see him at every major tournament trying to qualify, and he always looks miserable.

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Daniel Negreanu Does Not Win Bracelet

Negreanuwsoppoker At today's most highly anticipated final table at the 2007 WSOP (Event #21 $1,500 NLH Shoot-Out), highly popular pros Daniel Negreanu and Erick Lindgren both walked away without a bracelet.

Lindgren went out in 8th place, banking $12,899. Negreanu went out in third, netting $101,351. At "press time" (i.e. now) Don Baruch currently leads Jared Davis for the title.

In other final table news, Greg Raymer did not win Event #20 ($2,000 7CS Hi/Lo), and neither John Phan nor Humberto Brenes won Event #19 ($2,500 NLH).

Afte the jump, Daniel Negreanu vents on his latest vlog about coming up short of a WSOP bracelet today.

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Things Not to Do While in Vegas for The WSOP

In the latest edition of BLUFF Magazine, we provided our 2007 WSOP Surivival Tips (included in them: don't suck, and eat at The Coffee Shop at TI).

Get the issue at newstands today!

Now RawVegas.tv has put up its top Vegas misconceptions. From things not to do (like saying "Vegas, baby," which is just as bad as shouting "that's what I'm talking about!" after sucking out) to why all chicks in Sin City are not hookers...sort of...it's a must watch for WSOP travelers.

Since this video stars the gorgeously dangerous Denise Pernula, after the jump is one of her latest model shots . . .

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2007 WSOP Fantasy League Updates

In a follow-up story to the wildly anticipated ESPN and RawVegas.tv/"ThePokerBiz" 2007 WSOP fantasy leagues, Chops, of Wicked Chops Poker, leads both leagues almost halfway through the competition.

In the RawVegas.tv/"ThePokerBiz" league, here are the standings:

Chops 148, Gavin Smith 73, Andrew Feldman 50, Michele Lewis 49.5, Lance Bradley 27.5, Peter Feldman 25, Daniel Negreanu 6

These standings do not include Thor Hansen's final table finish for Chops. We're not saying Bodog got the odds wrong, but we're ARE saying that Bodog got the odds wrong. So I guess we're saying Bodog got the odds wrong.

In the ESPN league, the standings as of Monday morning were:

RawVegas/WickedChops (Chops): 97 points, Kwick and easy (Paul Wasicka): 96, Better than OJ (Peter Feldman): 92, WiseHandPoker (Gary Wise): 85, Win One For the Kids (Bernard Lee): 70, Don't steal my blinds (Andrew Feldman): 65, Full Contact Fantasy Poker (Daniel Negreanu): 55, The Pier 32 Zuckers (Jordan Morgan): 43, Oh Canada! (Gavin Smith): 35, New Cut Crew (Steve Dannenmann): 13, No Twenty Somethings Please (Mark Seif): 10

More updates to follow so long as Chops is winning. For making you read this, a pic of this week's upcoming Parting Shot girl from Argentina, Carolina Pampita Ardohain, after the jump.

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2007 WSOP Tournament Updates: Negreanu, E-Dog, Hellmuth, Boyer, Phan + Brenes

Danielnegreanuwsoppoker:: One of the big stories today is Event #21 ($1,500 NLH Shoot-Out), where Erick Lindgren and Daniel Negreanu (seen in pic pulling his) face off for a bracelet. The two good friends compete against seven other runners, all stacked at 300,000. Lindgren is looking for his first bracelet. Yesterday, he told Lance at thepokerbiz.com that he plans to, "Stay in the moment, focus, and with this frickin’ bracelet man."

:: A woman actually did win the Ladies Only Event, as Sally Boyer of Midway, Utah, banked over $260k. Congrats to our good friends over at the WSOP Academy, the best damn poker camp that has ever bought us dinner, as Boyer went from being one of their students just a day before this event to a World Champion bracelet holder, besting the largest ladies only field in tournament poker history.

:: The final table is set for Event #19 ($2,500 NLH). Lars Bonding is the chip leader, stacked at 882,000. Also at the final table, stacked at 445,000, is John "The Razor" Phan (click here for his interview in the RawVegas.tv Daily News) and the insufferably annoying (yet...dare we say...amazingly consistent) Humberto Brenes (343,000).

:: After plowing through 11 bottles of Dom (at a cost of nearly $10k), Phil Hellmuth was back to talk about his WSOP record 11th bracelet. Watch his vlog below.

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Phil Hellmuth Wins His 11th Bracelet

Philhellmuth_2After working his way through a field of over 2,700 participants, Phil Hellmuth (at right, photo by Flipchip at lasvegasvegas.com.) masterfully dominated final table play to win his 11th WSOP bracelet yesterday.

The win moves Hellmuth out of his three-way tie with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan for most all-time WSOP bracelets.

Love him or hate him, there's no denying Hellmuth is the best tournament hold'em player ever in the history of the world, possibly the universe. And he'll be the first to tell you that too.

For the win, Hellmuth banks $637,254. Hellmuth defeated Andy Philacheck ($394,594) heads-up for the title. Rick Fuller, who used to bang date Clonie Gowen, finished third ($247,518). Morgan Machina, whose inability to finish in the top two denied us the opportunity to run with the headline "Man vs. Machina," landed in fourth ($161,425). Scott Clements came in fifth ($112,997), and Fabrice Soulier finished seventh ($64,570).

Get a full recap of tournament action here.

See Phil's reaction after his win on his RawVegas.tv reality vlog.

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Daniel Negreanu Vlogs About Joining Team PokerStars

In his video diary today at RawVegas.tv, Daniel Negreanu talks candidly about becoming the newest member of Team PokerStars.

We'd tell you that at 3:21 in the video, a hot Venezuelan chick walks in the room in a soaking wet Catholic school girl outfit asking if this is where detention is and then begins stripping saying she's been a bad, bad girl but we don't want to give it away.

That we're lying.

If that wasn't enough steamy, hot action from Daniel Negreanu for you, be sure to watch the video of his PokerStars announcement starring the doctor of love himself, Barry Greenstein.

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Daniel Negreanu Joins Team PokerStars, FullContactPoker.com Merges with PokerStars.com

DanielnegreanuwsopIt's official. After much chatter for several weeks on online forums and poker news sites, Daniel Negreanu and PokerStars.com have finally reached an agreement on terms and announced today that the three-time WSOP bracelet winner, two-time WPT champion and one-time Canadian has joined Team PokerStars. One of poker's most successful tournament pros, Negreanu joins the online poker site's already impressive stable of players that includes Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, Chris Moneymaker, Barry Greenstein, Isabelle Mercier, Vanessa Ruosso, Victor Ramdin and Humberto Brenes, who if we failed to mention it before is insufferably annoying.

As part of the deal, Negreanu's online poker site FullContactPoker.com has transfered all of its players' balances to PokerStars.com and announced that it will cease its poker and casino operations and return to its roots as a forum-based poker community (for the message sent to all Full Contact Poker players about the merger, continue after the jump below).

Negreanu, who is huge in Belgium thanks to his almost-daily video diaries from the 2007 WSOP on RawVegas.tv, will hold a press conference today at the Rio Pavillion to make the announcement about the announcement that has already been made.

Expect to see an exclusive video from Daniel Negreanu on the PokerStars announcement later today at RawVegas.tv.

In related news, Wicked Chops Poker announced today that Amanda Braun is the latest Russian hottie we'd like to совокупляться the crap out of.

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2007 WSOP Tournament Updates

:: 2005 WSOP POY and 2006 WSOP ME final table-ist Allen Cunningham took down Event #13 ($5,000 NLH), banking $487,287 and netting his fifth bracelet. The win makes Cunningham only the fifth person to win a bracelet in three consecutive years and the third youngest player, behind Ivey and Hellmuth, to win five WSOP bracelets. Cunningham had to defeat a star-studded final table, including Tony Soprano look-alike Jeffrey Lisandro (second, $294,260), insufferably annoying Humberto Brenes (third, $197,348), Al Krux look-alike Jason Lester (fourth, $132,813), EPT Grand Final winner and WSOP bracelet holder Gavin Griffin (seventh, $58,924), and newcomer Allan Jaffray (ninth, $31,800), who's name is suspiciously similar to CardPlayer's resident shyster Allyn Jaffrey Shulman.

:: Phil Hellmuth guns for bracelet #11 in Event #15 ($1,500 NLH). Phil is stacked second overall with 1,482,000, trailing only Rick Fuller (1,779,000). Also at the final table are Scott Clements (1,232,000), who he battled with for bracelet #10 last year, Morgan Machina (834,000), and Fabrice Soulier (344,000).

:: FOWCP and Pokerati hottie Michele Lewis (in pic below sandwiched between Hellmuth and a napping Brunson), who just this Friday and Saturday attended the WSOP Academy's first ever Ladies Event poker camp, is among the 80+ remaining in the $1,000 NLH Ladies Only Event. She's stacked at 33,000, we think. The chip leader is Kathleen Gliva at 131,000. Defending champ Mary Jones is still strong, sitting with 42,000.

:: And Doyle Brunson (47,100... in chips, not years) looks to make a run at bracelet #11 as well, as he's second in chips in the $5,000 Limit Hold'em Event. Leading everyone is Brandon Wong (56,000). Andrew Prock is third overall at 45,000.

Get full reports at worldseriesofpoker.com and pokernews.com.

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Rags to Riches, A Woman, Wins Belmont Stakes...Can a Woman Win the WSOP Ladies Event Next?

It was ingenius. Jockey John Velazquez, seconds before the Belmont Stakes began, whispered, "Rags, there's a shoe sale at Nordstrom's I promise I'll take you to as soon as you finish this race."

And like that, history was made, as Rags to Riches became the first female anything to ever win a competition against men.

LesbiansAnd in an ironic twist, FOWCP Michele Lewis and a few other beauties look to become the first female to do the same, but this time, the competition is poker. At the Rio. In the Ladies Only $1,000 NLH Event.

Now some of you might be thinking, "Heeeeeey, wait a minute. By nature, isn't a 'Ladies Only' event mean that only a woman could possibly win the event?"

While in most cases that might be true, in this case, not so much. Lotta dikes walking around the Rio today. Lotta dikes. Not the hot kind (like at right) either. No, they're all the kind that look like dudes.

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2007 WSOP Updates: Brandi Hawbaker Isn't a Slut; Vinnie Vinh Isn't Dead

Brandihawbakerwsop2:: During a WSOP break, WCP fave Brandi Hawbaker issued a statement on 2+2 pulling a Peter Cetera and defending her honor. In it, Brandi says:

"What troubles me the most is that very few people know me, yet I am continually referred to as being a 'theif' and a 'whore'. This could not be further from the truth."

This is somewhat disappointing to us, cause we kind of dig morally casual thiefy chicks. Probably explains the 147 times one of us has woken up in a Vegas hotel, handcuffed to the bed, with our wallets missing after some girl told us she wanted to knock boots and listen to us talk about ourselves for a few hours. As we've said before, fool us once, shame on you...fool us 147 times, shame on us. Read the full 2+2 thread here.

:: The Vinnie Vinh rumor mill continues to swirl, with the latest grill for the mist (or whatever that fucking phrase is) coming from Shane "Shaniac" Schlegler. In a 2+2 post, Shaniac says:

"I heard from his backer that he's alive and that he's done this before. If I had to guess, I would say his current substance problem is meth not crack. Crack doesn't hasten the physical changes that were evident in Vinnie the way I understand meth does."

We've spoken with numerous pros about this (off the record), all who've lamented they think Vinh is currently "on meth." They all noted how thin Vinh appeared at the start of the WSOP, some not even recognizing him until he referred to himself in third person. Trust us*, meth is bad. And by "bad" we mean "fucking rad."

Read the full 2+2 thread here and view photos of her at the 2007 WSOP here.

* Never trust us.

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Jeffrey Pollack is a Blogger

JeffreypollackWhile the Entities that comprise Wicked Chops Poker don't consider ourselves "bloggers" so much as "tree-trunk endowed fashion model bangers," one person who has jumped into the blogosphere is none other than WSOP head honcho Jeffrey Pollack.

In his first ever blog (tee-hee!) Jeffrey is, if nothing else, honest, admitting to "really long lines last weekend, card faces that folks hated, and a wind storm that forced us to evacuate the tent."

He then went on to list about 5 trajillion things that have been great about the 2007 WSOP (or 13, we're no fucking math majors).

Read WSOP commish Jeffrey Pollack's blog here.

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Why Phil Hellmuth Didn't Win His 11th Bracelet

At the end of his latest RawVegas.tv video diary (below), FORMER World Champion Phil Hellmuth chucks the microphone as he walks away in disgust, obviously still reeling from the bad beat he took in the $2,000 No Limit Hold'em event at the 2007 WSOP. We must say, we feel his pain. Even want to give him a hug, tell him its gonna be ok. That life can be tough sometimes and you have to take the good with the bad and keep hoping for the best and know that tomorrow is another day to go try our best. Or at least do what we do after a bad beat, which is head over to our Bellagio suite, strip down to nothing but our socks and favorite pirate hats, pop some pills, dial up the midget hookers and break out the body oil and plastic sheets, hoping that when we wake up three days later it was all a bad dream.

It was all a bad dream, right?

Link to Phil Hellmuth Video explaining why he didn't win his 11th WSOP bracelet.

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2007 WSOP Tournament Updates: "You are loser! Get out of my way! I make it somehow!"

Tommy Vu:: In Event #8 ($1,000 NLH w/ rebuys), Michael Chu beat Tommy Vu, goo goo g'joob! And yes, this is the same Tommy Vu who was a big time infomercial personality in the '90's (a video sample after the jump). Some classic Tommy Vu quotes:

"Are you man enough to get off your lazy American ass and go to Vu’s seminars?"
And let's not forget:
"At first I got lots of discouragement from friends and stranger who are loser! You know what these people kept telling me? They kept saying, 'Well Tom Vu, you a crazy nut, here you are, a poor immigrant, poor minority, speak no English, no contact, on and on, and you trying to be rich in America! You crazy, man! Look at people out there! They smarter than you are, they not even rich! Who are you to try?' And you know what? I have to keep telling these people every time, I kept saying, 'You are loser! Get out of my way! I make it somehow!'"

That is fucking hilarious and not the slightest bit stereotyped at all. For the win, Chu banks $585,774. Vu brings home $364,761. Shane Schlegler finished fifth, Michael Gracz sixth, and Amir Vahedi seventh.

:: Alex Kravchenko took down Event #9 ($1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo), banking $228,446.

:: Justin Bonomo looks to make his big breakthrough as he takes a commanding chip lead to the Event #10 ($2,000 NLH) final table. Bonomo is stacked at 2,036,000...his closest competitor is Hunter Frey at 852,000.

:: Phil Ivey is gunning for his sixth bracelet in Event #11 ($5,000 7CS). Ivey is stacked at 322,000. David Oppenheim brings the chip lead to final table play with 609,000. Marco Traniello sits at his second final table of the week as short-stack with 30,000. And the insufferably annoying and cheesy Ted Lawson joins them with 90,000 in chips.

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