Poker players like to make bets on everything under the sun. We've recently caught wind of two that are fairly interesting and we've got Daniel Negreanu's take on sunglasses at the poker tables. If you keep reading, you'll find those two stories and more.
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On a recent episode of High Stakes Poker, the subject of sunglasses at the poker table came up. The general consensus was that sunglasses should not be allowed at the poker table. Well, Negreanu has blogged about it and said the new PokerStars television show "The Big Game" has banned them.
"One thing I love about our show, is that FINALLY there is a rule in place where you can't hide like a chicken behind sunglasses! I swear every TV producer should ban sunglasses entirely from any televised event. They are so bad for poker on so many levels. Poker wouldn't be on TV if everyone wore hoodies and sunglasses to hide their eyes."
Read Negreanu's blog for more on sunglasses in poker and some other things.
Let's Bet On...
We all know poker players are notorious for making ridiculous prop bets for ridiculous amounts of money, from jumping into shark tanks to trying to become a vegetarian for a year with a million dollars on the line. Well, two new prop bets have come to light — one involving Ted Forrest and Mike Matusow, and one involving Antonio Esfandiari and Brian Rast.
Phil Hellmuth tweeted today about the Matusow/Forrest bet. Apparently, Forrest, who weighs in at 188 pounds, will get $2 million off Matusow if he weighs 139 pounds by July 15. If it takes him longer, he has till September 15 to make weight — and he'll get $1 million. If he doesn't shed the pounds, Matusow will get $150,000. Justin "Boosted J" Smith also has a sizable piece of the action according to this post on TwoPlusTwo.
In other prop bet news, Antonio Esfandiari and Brian Rast are in a three-month "no drinking" prop bet for $10,000. There is a clause in the bet, however, granting each one six drinking passes. We think it would be more interesting without those six passes, but knowing the partiers they are, it would almost be impossible for that to happen.
Lights, Camera, Action
The television production sets are busy this week at the Golden Nugget and the South Pointe in Las Vegas. Two new poker TV shows are being taped in Las Vegas this week — the PokerStars Big Game and Full Tilt's Doubles Poker Championship.
In the lineup for The Big Game being filmed at South Pointe are Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, Joe Cada, and Jason Mercier, just to name a few. In case you don't know very much about the show's structure, there will be a "loose cannon" seat. That seat will be occupied by an online qualifier whom PokerStars will buy into the event, any profit made in the game will be kept by the qualifier, which could lead to some interesting play.
As for the Doubles Poker Championship being filmed at the Golden Nugget, 32 players will take part in the $50,000 buy-in event and have been paired randomly. We've got the first table pairings for you — Annette Obrestad and Phil Galfond, Phil Ivey and Jennifer Harman, Phil Hellmuth/ Phil Gordon, and Phil Laak and David Benyamine.
We can't wait to catch these shows when they air. Want to play some poker of your own? Sign up for an online poker account today.
Bounty on Tony's Head
PartyPoker is hosting a bounty tournament this Sunday and five Team PartyPoker pros will have a $100 bounty placed on their heads. The only way into the $10 + $1 buy-in tournament is with a password that will be released on PartyPoker's Facebook page. The five pros you'll get a shot at are Tony G, Ian Frazer, Felipe Ramos, Bodo Sbrzesny, and Dragan Galic. The tournament takes place this Sunday, May 9 at 9 p.m. CET.
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