The World Poker Tour's Bellagio Cup VI is rolling right along and some of the late entrants yesterday didn't let a shorter chip stack hinder the situation, Ted Forrest, Mike Matusow, and Justin Smith were involved in a prop bet that started in May and one of them came out a huge winner, oh yea and Gloria Balding caught up with Johnny Chan to discuss his 2010 World Series of Poker run.
In Case You Missed It
You were probably too busy to watch the Aussie Millions on GSN, what with all the poker you've been playing. Well, don't worry, we caught it and recapped it for you.
The 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event is another day closer to the November Nine. What happened on Day 4 and who ended the day as the chip leader? Read this to find out.
With the 2010 WSOP coming closer to a close, the high-stakes games on Full Tilt will be getting back to normal shortly. A few players whose Main Event hopes have been dashed, are already hitting the virtual felt. The Online Railbird Report has the giant ups and downs of the nosebleeds.
Bellagio Cup VI Update
At the end of Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Bellagio Cup VI, 31 players were left. Yesterday, with late registrants, the total number of players came to 353, creating a prize pool of $3.4 million. Play for Day 4 will see the field shrink to the final six.
Even after registering late, Phil Ivey ended the day with a stack of 568,000. Players who registered late but didn't get beyond Day 3 included Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, and Tom Dwan. It was Eric Panayiotou who went into the fourth day of play with the largest stack, however. He started with a whopping 1,335,000, the only player.
At the time of writing this, there were 20 players left in the field with Moritz Kranich leading the way, sitting behind a chip stack of 1,680,000. The chip leader beginning the day, Panayiotou is just behind him with 1,500,000. Jeffrey Lisandro and Phil Ivey have above average chip stacks and are in the top six and Justin "Boosted J" Smith is just below average with 700,000.
Follow all the updates as they work their way to six at WPT.com.
The stage was set at the Commerce Casino in May for a prop bet between Ted Forrest, Mike Matusow and Justin Smith. There was a huge chunk of money on the line for Forrest in this weight bet. Forrest needed to weigh 50 pounds less than he did that night he jumped on the scale at the Commerce Casino by July 13. He did just that, and $2 million was his after he weighed in at 130 pounds.
The Full Tilt Blog has the whole story.
Detox at the Hard Rock
If the 2010 World Series of Poker gave you the blues, there's only one way to cure it - the Detox Poker Series at the Hard Rock Hotel, hosted by everyone's favorite tournament director, Matt Savage.
The Series runs from August 13 through the 22 and features 15 events with buy-ins ranging from $230 to $350 with the Main Event featuring a $550 buy-in.
PokerNews is also hosting its weekly $4/$8 limit game tonight at 8 p.m. so if you're feet are tired from railing the WSOP, then head on over and take a seat in our game.
You can find out more about the Detox Poker Series here.
Full Tilt Changes
If you've logged on to Full Tilt Poker recently, you may have noticed some changes. Classic View has been replaced by Mini View. If players select Mini View, they will notice a smaller lobby, but everything else will remain the same.
A Ring Game Table Finder has also been implemented, which will put players on the waiting list for a type of table, rather than a specific table. Players will also notice Achievement badges, that are displayed around the user name of a player, that is, if the player wants to brag a little and turn on the feature.
WSOP Preview Show
It's that time again. The 2010 World Series of Poker is winding down, which can only mean that the time has come for those of you who haven't been in the Amazon and Pavilion Rooms at the Rio to catch up on the action on ESPN.
On July 20 at 8 p.m. EST, ESPN will air a one-hour season preview that will feature memorable moments from last year, as well as a glance at what's to come from this year's WSOP. Lon McEachern and Norman Chad are back hosting the preview show and all the Main Event coverage.
Coverage of the WSOP on ESPN starts July 27 at 8 p.m. EST with the beginning of the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship.
So set your DVRs, you don't want to miss a minute of it. For more, head on over to ESPN.com.
Johnny Freaking Chan
Gloria Balding caught up with Johnny Chan at the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event to discuss his run in the Main Event, what it would mean to make the Final Table, and what he's playing for in side bets.