Playing what he describes as “the best poker” of his life, Phil Hellmuth was the last man standing in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event (a starting field of over 400 players). Hellmuth held the chip lead for most of the final table thanks in part to adopting a more aggressive playing style than most fans of the “Poker Brat” are used to. Antonio Esfandiari covered the live stream of the final table and was taken aback by Hellmuth’s performance: ” I was shocked, impressed and completely confused by Phil Hellmuth today.” Esfandiari stated. By defeating Ukranian businessman Sergii Baranov, Hellmuth won 1.02 million euros and took the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year standings (which he will win unless Greg Merson can win the WSOP Main Event set to resume later this month). Phil became the first player to win the Main Event of both the WSOP and WSOPE and seemed to appreciate the history he was making, ” I know people don’t expect me to use this word, but I’m humbled,” he said. “I’m trying to figure out if this is real or not.” Hellmuth also joins Esfandiari as the only other player to win more than one bracelet in 2012 and extends his own record of most bracelets won, widening the gap between himself and Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan who are tied for second with 10 bracelets apiece.
A collection of odds and ends from around the poker world…
*Fresh off interviews for the Lederer Files and the 2+2 Pokercast, Howard Lederer decided the stress has been too great to conduct a scheduled interview with Diamond Flush. As DF tweeted over the weekend:
Diamond mentioned a Plan B though and yesterday released the first part of her commentary on the Lederer interviews “The Distortion of Truth in the Lederer Files.” Upcoming parts will be released this week and will feature DF using her unique insight to dissect the claims Howard made in his interviews.
*French pro Arnaud Mattern is no longer a PokerStars Team Pro. He is looking for “new adventures” according to a tweet sent out early this morning:
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*Greg “Fossilman” Raymer won the main event at the Heartlnad Poker Tour stop at the River City Casino in St. Louis, Missouri. The 2004 WSOP Main Event champ’s victory is even more impressive considering it is his second this year (Raymer also won the event in Albuquerque) and his record in HPT events is now 2 out of 3! Dennis Phillips also made the final table and finished in 7th place.
*PokerStars announced the schedule for the upcoming Caribbean Adventure. The 40 tournament event starts January 5 next year. Read more here.
*And finally, Brandon Cantu took to Twitter to voice his displeasure after losing to John Aguiar in a WSOPE event. Cantu claimed he was “robbed” by the decision to delay his heads up match with Aguiar do to the start time of the WSOPE Main Event which Aguiar was registered for.
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PokerStars Pro and GoDaddy girl Vanessa Rousso is apparently working on a heads up no limit poker book with none other than Annie Duke.
Perhaps jealous of all the negative publicity that her ne’er-do-well brother Howard Lederer is receiving this week, Annie dropped the news that no one in the poker world was waiting to hear earlier yesterday on her Twitter account.
The book appears to be the result of a poker themed Mad Lib hastily filled out by a drunkard.
When last we saw Annie Duke she was fleeing the sinking ship that was UB.com to
bankrupt promote the travesty that was the Epic Poker League. At least one pro was quick to call out Duke’s latest attempt to cash in on the poker community:
(Referring to the failures of what has to be one of the worst named poker leagues ever)
Despite winning the 2010 National Heads-Up Poker Championship (somehow besting both Darvin Moon and Jerry Yang) Duke is not considered a strong heads up player, and neither is Rousso. If nothing else we can hope the book will inspire some new players to take up the game, or give bad advice and make the games a little juicier. But maybe, just maybe, we’re all being a little too cynical here. This book might revolutionize the way we think about HUNL. I man it’s not like Duke just shamelessly promotes anything to make a quick buck.
In part 4 of the exclusive interview with Howard Lederer on PokerNews.com, Lederer opens up about the first few months after Black Friday, and how the company reacted to finding out about the massive shortfall.
Here’s Antonio Esfandiari on Howard Stern from yesterday. Enjoy.
U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein ruled a few weeks ago that POKER does NOT qualify as gambling.
Judge Weinstein (NOT pictured above) correctly concluded that the skill needed to consistently win at poker differentiates it from other games of chance.
The case could end up being a landmark decision for online poker in the U.S.
Currently the U.S. poker playing population is largely cut off from the rest of the world, but there are still some sites Americans (and the rest of the world) can play at and receive great rewards. Check out sites like Carbon Poker (Merge), Lock Poker (Revolution), or America’s Cardroom (Yatahay) for the best first deposit and rakeback deals.