I think we’ve all had that moment one time or another where someone has told us that we look like so and so. Here’s a list of some of some poker pros and their secret twins. Could they have been separated at birth?
The 2008 WSOP has a couple of changes from last year. There will be seven $10,000 World Championship events in Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em; Seven-Card Stud; Limit Hold’em; Omaha Hi-Low Split Eight or Better; Pot-Limit Omaha; and a new Mixed Event. The dates of the 2008 WSOP are near the same, running from May 30 to July 16. WSOP officials plan a “soft opening” of the tournament room on May 28 for players to register early and play in satellite tournaments and cash games.
The first $1500 no-limit tournament now has two starting days, May 31 and June 1, because of the immense popularity of the event in 2007. Gone are the tents, and Harrahs promises to have everyone inside this year. On July 2, Annie Duke will host the second annual Ante up for Africa Charity Tournament.
David “Chip” Reese, the high-stakes poker player in Las Vegas died in his sleep on Tuesday at his home after suffering symptoms of pneumonia. He was 56.
“I knew him for 35 years, I never saw him get mad or raise his voice,” Poker great Doyle Brunson said. “He had the most even disposition of anyone I’ve ever met. He’s certainly the best poker player that ever lived.”
The immediate success at cash games and his low-key persona won him friends, even among those who wound up passing him their chips.
Reese won three World Series champion’s bracelets over the last four decades, including a $1.8 million HORSE event in 2006 that combines five poker disciplines, Reese focused on high-stakes cash games away from the limelight.
Over the years Brunson and Reese eventually became business partners, investing in everything from oil wells and mining to TV stations and racehorses and becoming sports betting consultants.
“Many consider Chip the greatest cash-game player who ever lived,” said Jeffery Pollack, World Series of Poker Commissioner. “His victory in the inaugural $50,000 buy-in HORSE championship … made him a part of WSOP lore forever.”
Reese is survived by his son, daughter and a stepdaughter, Brunson said. He was recently divorced from his wife.
Drew Carey has become poker’s newest crusader. He is speaking out because the U.S. recently raided a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Dallas because of a poker game. The Post was forced to shut down shortly after from lack of funding.
On his video blog on reason.tv, the new Price is Right host said, “Poker is about as American as baseball and apple pie. It was born here in America. Mark Twain loved it. He’s a great American.
“Until recently, Supreme Court justices had a monthly game,” continued Carey. “They’re great Americans. You’d think playing poker in the VFW hall would be about as American as anything you can do.”
Carey also stated that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is “misguided”. He will not be the last celebrity to bring this issue to the forefront before next year’s election, as Hollywood rallies behind a new Democratic government in America.
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Titan Poker is giving new players a chance at winning a Dream Vacation to the destination of their choosing. Here’s how:
All first-time depositors at Titan Poker are automatically entered into a weekly freeroll. The winner of this freeroll will be awarded with a dream vacation worth up to $3,000. The player is invited to choose the dates and destination of his perfect holiday — and Titan Poker will cover the bill.
(I don’t usually single out certain poker rooms but this promotion seemed too cool not to share. Good luck!)
Joe Hachem was born in Lebanon but grew up in Melbourne Australia. After spending years in a successful chiropractic practice he developed a rare condition that prevented him from using his hands. Lucky for him it gave him the opportunity to take cards more seriously. Now this guy is a top notch pro poker player. Dreams do come true. Joe is most noted for being the 2005 WSOP champion which handed him the prize of $7.5 million. Watch the interview with Joe Hachem here.
Word has come out that the WSOP brand may be making its debut online. The most powerful brand in poker apparently has aimed its ambitions towards the online Togel market, excluding American players of course, for now. This follows the brand’s successful step into the tournament tour market with the WSOP Circuit Events.
The brand that made poker huge will surely make a splash on the online market. The potential in WSOP satellite entries will drive large numbers of players to the site. If Harrah’s does it right, it could become one of the leading sites in a few months.
This news also points to a bright future for online poker. Harrah’s wouldn’t be looking to expand online if they didn’t feel the political stance on the industry wasn’t going to change. The U.S. will eventually be forced to regulate the game, and Harrah’s wants to be there when it does.