August 11th – Daily Deal
Topics: Foxwoods Mega Stacks, WPT in Florida, Big Game on GSN and a new poker movie.
Hello, I’m Sean Gibson and welcome to the Daily Deal by Poker News Daily.
The World Poker Tour will head to Florida next April for a $10,000 buy-in event at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood. WPT officials inked a five-year deal with the Seminole tribe to host events in Hollywood and the casino’s sister property in Tampa. The state of Florida opened up its cash game and tournament restrictions on July first, paving the way for a vast expansion of poker. Ironically, not one, not two, but three members of this year’s World Series of Poker November Nine call the Sunshine State home: John Dolan, John Racener, and Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi.
This week, the PokerStars-sponsored Big Game returned to Fox with all new episodes. The nightly cash game program rivals GSN’s “High Stakes Poker” and features a “Loose Cannon” qualifier staked with one-hundred thousand dollars. He or she can keep any amount made over that amount and each Loose Cannon plays one-hundred fifty hands. This week’s opponents for Loose Cannon Troy Howard include Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Greenstein, David Peat, Chau Giang, and millionaire entrepreneur Rick Rahim. Catch the Big Game nightly on Fox. It airs at 1am or 2am in most markets.
Intro: As we reported yesterday on the Daily Deal, the Foxwoods Mega Stacks Series is coming this month and we welcome back official spokesperson for the foxwoods casino and ESPN.com’s very own Bernard Lee. [Bernard Lee Interview]
Our last bit of news involves actor Christian Slater who will star in a movie entitled “Guns, Girls and Gambling” that is, in part, about a game of poker gone wrong. According to the Internet Movie Database, or IMDB, “The story throws Elvis impersonators, Indians, modern cowboys, a six-foot-tall blond assassin, a frat boy, a corrupt sheriff and a prostitute into a chase for a priceless American Indian artifact stolen during a poker game at an Indian casino.” The flick is set to come out in two-thousand eleven.
Also appearing in “Guns, Girls and Gambling” are “The Secret Life of the American Teenager’s” Megan Park, “The Dark Night’s” Gary Oldman, and funny man Dane Cook. Riiiiiiiight.
That does it for today’s edition of the Daily Deal and be sure to check back with us every week day for a new episode. This has been Sean Gibson, reporting for Poker News Daily.