June 11th – Daily Deal
On today’s Daily Deal, we catch you up to date with the latest action from the World Series of Poker, the first episode of Poker After Dark’s The Cash Game airs on NBC, and we talk to Chris Rose, the host of the PokerStars.net Big Game.
Hello, I’m Sean Gibson and welcome to the Daily Deal by Poker News Daily.
We start today’s episode with a recap of the latest from the WSOP at the Rio here in Las Vegas. Event thirteen ended after over four days of play and American Steven Gee won the bracelet and four hundred and seventy thousand dollar prize. Event 16, which was a fiften hundred dollar six max hold’em tournament was won by Carter Phillips to the tune of four hundred and eighty two thousand dollars.
Event seventeen had a field that looked like a who’s-who in poker for the five thousand dollar deep stacked no limit holdem tournament. When play ended with eighteen players left there were plenty of big names in the hunt. Jeff Williams lead the pack and Amit “amak315” Makhija is close behind in third. Antonio Esfandiari is in sixth place and David Benefield resided in fourteenth. Williams ended up finishing in third place and pro Jason DeWitt won first place for over eight hundred thousand dollars.
In other news from the W S O P, it was Bertrand Grospellier, known online as Elky, who won the special exemption seat for the Tournament of Champions, besting a star studded final table which saw him beat Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi heads up.
Doyle Brunson may not be making lots of waves in the WSOP, but he made plenty of heads turn in the recently broadcasted first episode of “Poker After Dark: The Cash Game.” The six-handed game saw Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Laak, Eli Elezra, and Gus Hansen buy in for a hundred thousand dollars, while Tom “Durrrr” Dwan put forth a quarter million. By the end of the first episode, Brunson was a hundred and thirty five thousand dollars the richer, while Dwan had lost a hundred and sixty thousand dollars, or two-thirds of his stack. If the nosebleed action is your thing, you can watch “Poker After Dark” nightly at 2:05am ET on NBC.
We are less than a week away from the debut of the PokerStars-sponsored “Big Game” on Fox. This poker shows pitches a “loose cannon” amateur against five seasoned pros, with buy-ins of one hundred thousand dollars for all. The first loose cannon will most likely come undone at the sight of the competition, which includes twelve-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, and all-time stamina champ Phil Laak.
PND spoke with “Big Game” host Chris Rose, who will also be providing live Twitter updates. According to Rose, the show has a lot to say for itself:
“The fact that you have poker pros salivating for the chance to sit at a table with a fish with a hundred thousand dollars in front of them is great. A lot of amateur players have never had that kind of money walking into that situation. We’re all able to put ourselves in that person’s chair. The loose cannon is really the wild card. Some of them get lucky, some of them are very bright players, and some end up limping away.”
He also gave us a tantalizing peek into what will probably be epic table banter: “Tony G and Phil Hellmuth are seated next to one another. There were times when Joe Stapleton and I were voicing the show and laughing because Tony G was digging in and not letting go for hours on end. It was a thing of beauty to listen to.”
Should make for some exciting poker television. Thanks for joining me on The Daily Deal and if you haven’t already be sure to bookmark our site so you can come back for the latest in poker news. Until tomorrow, this is Sean Gibson wishing you deep runs in all your tournaments!