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June 10, 2007 - June 16, 2007

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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