You may recognize Joe Hachem as the Australian who won the World Series of Poker back in 2005 for over $7 million. Since then he has spent six years as a PokerStars pro, won tons more money in poker tournaments, and likely convinced several people to give up Deal or No Deal online for poker. Now Hachem has become an Ambassador for the Asian Poker Tour.
Some people were surprised when he left Team PokerStars Pro, but Hachem voiced the desire to spend more time with his family. In previous years he was always on the road and traveling for poker, and he felt like it was time for a change. It seemed obvious to some that Hachem would continue playing poker on the best Mac poker sites to keep the money coming it, but it looks like this was incorrect.
Instead, Hachem decided to partner with AsianLogic.…Read More
The world of the online poker pro is like the Wild West. There’s no authority to hold players accountable, so when they slip up it’s their contemporaries who dole out the punishment.
Forumites at TwoPlusTwo began their patented investigative muck-trawling when best euro poker sites sensation José “Girah” Macedo began to post some irregular statistics. In particular, rocketing to the top of the BLUFF Poker Challenge after winning $100,000 in a single session from unknown player SamChauhan. Macedo had previously only played at mid-high stakes, never touching the nosebleeds.
The real Sam Chauhan is a life coach employed by many of the world’s best players, but it has since been revealed that the account bore no connection to him. Online pro Haseeb Qureshi announced in an interview with BLUFF that he was piloting the account as part of a chip dumping plan hatched between Girah and himself.
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Slowly but surely, the Epic Poker League is taking shape. What began as a series of amorphous promises from Federated Sports + Gaming commissioner Annie Duke, has almost become a fully fledged event. The latest cog in the machine is the announcement of a pair of TV partners.
A combined 20 hours of content will be split between CBS and Velocity – the recent re-branded Discovery Channel network. Seven hours is headed in the direction of CBS, who will broadcast on weekends, with the remaining 13 on their way to Velocity.
Getting high profile television coverage will go a long way in contributing to the legitimacy of the League. FS+G have long made grand claims about their plans for the series, but they now look more likely and ever to be fulfilled. Getting nationwide TV coverage helps convince the pros that attending is worth their while. A big buy-in is…Read More
The first table of pros and amateurs gathered together for High Stakes Poker Season 7 continued their adventures this past weekend. After a gamut of high octane action last week, this episode was understandably more measured. Action began as the players were still reeling from the unstoppable force of one particular amateur.
Phil Ruffin, owner of the Treasure Island hotel and casino spent last week running over the table with his constant overbets. Coming off particularly badly was David “Viffer” Peat who failed with a big $100k bluff on the river last week. Peat’s travails continued in Episode 4, with all of his plays being shut down by the loose Ruffin. The only player who can challenge Phil for profits is Antonio Esfandiari, who made all his cash from stacking Barry Greenstein last week.
Although Ruffin continued to play a lot of pots, commentator Norm MacDonald noted that the players…Read More