The Nightly Turbo: Ladbrokes Chief Steps Down, Smith Wins, and More
Tonight we're bringing you news on Ladbrokes' chief stepping down, Gavin Smith winning the Fallsview Classic, and more.
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According to a tweet from Pokerati (@pokerati), The Situation is a member of the TwoPlusTwo community and posts in the forums. So, we did a little research.
From the little digging we did, and we mean little, we found he likes to play $2/$5 in Atlantic City and is looking for tips on multitabling. Our question is, does he have enough time for poker in between tanning, the gym and laundry?
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Ladbrokes Chief Exec Steps Down
The Chief Executive for Ladbrokes, Chris Bell, will be stepping down this summer after he and the company mutually agreed that it was time for the company to seek new leadership.
Bell began as a marketing director in 1991 and in 2000 became the company's chief executive. In the past 12 months, however, Bell has come under fire for several reasons, including unimpressive trading figures and investor concerns.
“Our key issue with the management has been a lack of international growth in its online division, while Bell has probably become more famous for his arrogance surrounding his decision to ban Ladbrokes staff from using British Airways following a personal dispute with the airline," James Hollins said .
Ladbrokes' finance director Brian Wallace and Ladbrokes Internet gambling operations head John O'Reilly are said to both be in the running for the position.
Read more at Onlinepoker.net.
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Gavin Smith recently took down the Fallsview Classic Poker Invitational. The $2,500 buy-in event attracted a field of 267 players. Smith is taking $188,743 to the bank for his win. Smith certainly showed stamina — his final table took more than 19 hours to complete.
Gavin, don't use all your run-good. You'll need it for the LAPC or you'll have Joe Sebok's and/or Jeff Madsen's mugs permanently etched on your body. Congratulations on your win!
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