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March 28, 2007

WSOP Rules on Gold's Cheating

by Luckbox

Anyone who watched Jamie Gold's disgusting behavior during the 2006 WSOP knows that on at least two occasions, he violated sacred tournament poker rules.

On one occasion, Gold told an opponent whom he was friends with that he had "top-top" while the action was still open. You can watch that video here. On another occasion, while at the final table, Gold flipped one of his hole cards while the action was still open. Both are rules violations that should have resulted in at least a 10-minute penalty had anyone complained. Unfortunately, no one did.

Today, the World Series of Poker released a statement which says, in part, "The WSOP officials determined from the video review and the discussions with Gold that he did not deliberately attempt to violate the rules and that no penalties would be invoked retroactively for the incidents."

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September 8, 2006

Bloggers spank Harrahs

by Otis

A thank you to Amy Calistri & Tim Lavalli for taking the time to apparently figure out where all the extra chips in the WSOP came from. While we will never see definitive proof of the muck-up, Amy and Tim provide the best explanation yet, and it ain't pretty for Harrahs or Jeff Pollack.

Two Million Questions (Part One)
Two Million Questions (Part Two)
Two Million Questions (Part Three)


September 5, 2006

Bloggers on ESPN

by Luckbox

Okay, so it's not like I busted Jesus or something...

But ESPN found it in their collective hearts to include me in tonight's WSOP coverage nonetheless. As many of you know, I closely followed Dmitri Nobles during my time with Team PokerStars Blog (picture from PokerStars Blog). Well, with him on the TV table, I got a little TV time myself.

The first time, Dmitri had just dumped more than 2/3rds of his massive stack on some tough beats and some admittedly bad plays. He took a break to call a friend and steam. I tried to help calm him down and he told me, "I'm tightening up... Next hand I play will be Aces, Kings or Queens."

Well, he lied to me, but he's a poker player, so I forgive him. His next hand was A8, and he ended up massively sucking out on KK after an 8-high flop. And it was after that hand that Dmitri called out, "CJ!!!" and came over to give me a hug. I wasn't sure ESPN would include it, but they did. And it brought a smile to my face.

That's the Dmitri I remember. The fun-loving guy. The guy who wanted the rest of the table to have fun even if he was taking their chips. I feel like ESPN decided to set him up as a bit of a jackass donkey. That wasn't Dmitri. He certainly didn't play like he read Harrington on Hold 'Em, but he played really good big stack poker and he was a really nice guy. I won't forget that no matter what ESPN decided to edit.


August 15, 2006

Escaping Las Vegas

by Otis

The girl had piercings where momma wouldn't have liked them. She sucked on vodka and Red Bulls and stacked ceramic poker chips in front of her. She had seven blue Palms chips and an absent button on the table's racetrack. And she looked like she wanted to ride the spikey-haired kid beside her until the sun rose over the Nevada desert.

"I don't know about you," Wil said to the kid, "but if she were looking at me the way she's looking at you, I wouldn't be playing poker right now."

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August 12, 2006


by G-Rob

Part 2 of the 4... yes 4! ...part series is below. Part 1 and Part 3 are posted on BadBlood on Poker.

Lessie shall we. Where did I leave off? You know, I'm checking online now for some supersavers to Oslo. Does Delta go there? Is it a connection in Atlanta? I could live in Norway for 18 months (that's exactly 1 winter) and then retire in my 30s.


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August 9, 2006


by G-Rob

For part one of our very silly tale, check out BadBlood on Poker.

I was already having a pretty good trip and had just added a fairly nice buzz. I'd done OK at the $500max NL game that afternoon, then busted in a tourney, then bought in for $1000 at the $2/$5NL table. The one good thing about Caesars, the players are just as bad but the buyins are bigger. It's good vibes all around.

I was up about $400 at that table when a very excited Otis sidled up to my left. You can tell when Otis is excited because his eyes go wide. Really wide. At the moment, I had a full 3d panorama of his entire eye sphere. Very good or very bad news coming...

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August 1, 2006

Win This Truck (Hottie Not Included)

by Luckbox

Two lucky Vegas vacationers had a chance to skip their flight home, if they felt like driving instead. Absolute Poker capped off their WSOP 2006 Expo experience by giving away a Dodge Truck and a Dodge Charger. It was simple, apparently. You get your hands on a ping pong ball and they let you try to open the door and start the car. The person with the right key wins. They gathered quite a crowd.

To kick things off, Absolute sent some random guy and a hottie in the back of the truck. I just wish I had gotten a better picture.

Things nearly erupted into a riot, however, when random guy announced there were six no shows and the hottie would toss ping pong balls into the crowd. I thought someone was going to die (I'd like to formally apologize to the elderly woman with the walker).

I wasn't able to stick around until the end, but Jen promised she'd let me know how it turned out. Either way, someone won some new wheels. I think I'd have fought a little harder for the ping pong ball if the hottie would have been part of the prize.


July 29, 2006

Phil Hellmuth Busts

by Luckbox

I'm not sure why Phil decides it's a good idea to miss the first two hours of play, but that's exactly what he did again this year. Perhaps he enjoys the attention more than the chance to chip up early against some terrible dead money players.

When Phil finally arrived at 2:13pm, he had lost a tenth of his stack. The first hand he played he ran his pocket J's into Randy Jensen's pocket Q's. The second hand he played he ran his pocket K's into pocket A's. And at 2:23pm, we got our first, "You've got to be kidding me!!"

He still had chips and started to build back up, until he ran into a few more hands and found himself short stacked right before the second break. In fact, it was the last hand before they stretched their legs for 20 minutes.

Phil got himself all in with AQ and ran into 77. The board never got higher than an 8 and Phil busted. He seemed as calm as can be expected as he shook the hands of the player who busted him and the others at his table. Unfortunately, some jackass in the crowd chose that point to heckle him.

"You got real class, buddy," Phil told him, as he walked toward the bleachers. There he shook more hands before walking out of the room. I guess there's irony in Phil saying that to someone in the crowd, but this WSOP featured a kinder, gentler Phil. Too bad he showed up so late, otherwise he might still be alive.


July 28, 2006

Rockin' the WSoP

by Luckbox

It's day #1 for the Main Event, and it's predictably crazy. The total number of entrants has topped 8500 and it continues to climb. In fact, you'll be able to enter yourself all the way up until the first level on Monday.

I've been doing floor work today for the PokerStars blog. It's been fun. I've found some good stories of players who are a lot like you and me. They were just fortunate enough to win their seat. One table I've been sweating has 5 PokerStars qualifiers in a row. They've developed a bit of a bond. Of course, that doesn't mean they won't felt them if they have a chance.

I don't think there's a whole lot of other "fun" stuff on the schedule tonight, but once I get a chance, I'll do a picture tour of the ladies at all the WSOP expo booths. You're welcome in advance, Drizz.


July 27, 2006

Live-Blogging the Media Event

by Luckbox

URGENT!!!: Otis makes the final table!!!!!!

This is a complete violation of the WSOP rules and could result in my dismissal from the event entirely.

But I've always been known to challenge authority, so here it goes.

Thanks to my untimely exit from the Media Event, you'll get "live" updates of the remaining last-longer participants. Here's how we stand:

Change100: 4700
Otis: 2000
Tuscaoosa Johnny: 1900

Live updates below....

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Day 1: Are you Ozzie?

by Luckbox

Let me start by saying that Change100 is a bit of a wimp. Here was the challenge:

She grabs Phil Gordon's ass (and we were within grabbing distance) and I'll get punched by Jose Canseco.

Her part of the deal was easy, mine would take a little work. The plan was to go up to Jose and say, "Ozzie? Ozzie Canseco??? Man, you must be back on the juice, you look great!" Ozzie is Jose's significantly less talented doppleganger. And that says a lot consider Jose doesn't have much more talent than where to stick the needle.

It never happened. Instead, we got a great show from the Pussycat Dolls. That's right, Drizz, I'm sorry, we saw the Pussycat Dolls without you. And, yes, they were spectacular. Unfortunately, I left my camera in my room, so hopefully I'll get to steal one from Change100.

In case you're wondering, this was all happening at the Full Tilt Poker WSOP Gala at Pure at Ceaser's Palace. I was lucky enough to be the lovely Jen Leo's "+1". The most interesting hello from the evening was a Gavin Smith middle finger 6 inches from my face while having a conversation with Howard Lederer's stepmother. Yesh, he didn't know who it was.

Today is the Media Event and maybe an Absolute Poker party tonight, courtesy of the lovely Jen Tidwell and the great people at Absolute. I've got my Luckbox with me and I'm feeling pretty lucky. More to come...