If you were looking for the day's top poker news stories, then you've come to the right place. On the lineup, we've got the results from the World Poker Tour Foxwoods Poker Finals, a look at the WPT Amneville, and much more.
In Case You Missed It
Every week, we like to bring you a new strategy nugget for you to read and marinate on and then implement it in your game. This week is no different. Kristy Arnett caught up with Bodog's newest pro Amanda Musumeci to discuss leveraging.
Tuesday night on ESPN, the world (that hasn't been following anything WSOP related online) was first introduced to this year's November Nine. If you missed the two-hour coverage, you can check out our WSOP on ESPN recap for more.
This weekend, the final nine players of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event will take the stage at the Penn & Teller Theater inside the Rio. One of those players is John Racener. How'd he get there and what can you expect from the 24-year-old? Find out in our latest November Nine profile.
Clearing out the Woods
Tom Marchese began Tuesday as the chip leader of the World Poker Tour World Poker Finals, but he would not hold on to that the entire day. Jeff Forrest, who was playing his first-ever WPT event, was the man with all the chips when the dust settled. He collected $548,752, which includes a $25,000 seat in the WPT World Championship, as well as a WPT bracelet and a Foxwoods trophy.
The first elimination from the six-handed final table came on the 40th hand. Moshin Charania's moved all-in preflop and was called by Marchese, who showed to dominate Charania's . Charania's flopped gutshot straight draw found no help on the turn and river, and he was sent packing in sixth place with $104,741. Keven Stammen was next to go, at the hands of Dave Inselberg. Inselberg can also be credited with the elimination of fourth-place finisher Nikolai Yakovenko whose aces were no match for Inselberg's king-eight.
Marchese was eliminated in third place, good for $211,759, leaving Jeff Forrest and Dave Inselberg heads-up for the title. Forrest held a 2.5-to-1 chip lead over Inselberg. Just ten hands after the elimination of Marchese, the WPT had crowned a winner. All the chips went in the middle after a flop. Forrest showed queens and Inselberg, for top pair and a gutshot straight draw. The turn gave Forrest a set. The on the river was no help to Inselberg, and he was eliminated in second place, earning $325,608.
Foxwoods World Poker Finals Final Table Payouts
1. Jeff Forrest - $548,752
2. Dave Inselberg - $325,608
3. Thomas Marchese - $211,759
4. Nikolai Yakovenko - $170,773
5. Keven Stammen - $128,650
6. Mohsin Charania - $104,741
If you want to check out how it all went down, head on over to WPT.com.
The Amneville stop of the World Poker Tour kicked off Tuesday with the first of two Day 1 starts. Arnaud Mattern, Nicolas Levi, Per Linde, and Jake Cody were among the 260 players who registered for Day 1a. Just 112 survived and will join Wednesday's Day 1b survivors on Thursday for Day 2.
Making their way into the Seven Casino d’Amneville for Day 1b of the €3200+€300 buy-in Main Event were 279 players. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Bodo Sbrzesny, Dragan Galic, and Ludovic Lacay were all part of the field that topped out at 542 from both starting days, making it the biggest World Poker Tour event outside if the United States.
Who will come out on top of the field and claim the €433,000 first-place prize, plus an entry to the $25,000 WPT World Championship? You'll have to stay tuned to the PartyPoker Blog to find out.
Poker on the Go
For those of you that think the screen on your phone is too small to play poker on, but can't imagine yourself walking around with a laptop in your hands everywhere you go, the NAV9 Slate PC is probably the way you should go.
It is the first and only multi-touch enabled 9-inch Windows 7 tablet for the online poker pro who is on the go. It has built in WiFi, Bluetooth, and optional 3G connectivity. The 0.8-inch-thick, two-pound tablet starts at $599.
We were debating the iPad, but since you can play poker on this one, we might just have to change our tune. One thing we can say is that this is a far better gadget than the one we're going to tell you about in a minute.
If you want to learn more check out NetbookNavigator.com.
A Poker-ish Movie
No, the hunk that is Brad Pitt won't be portraying your favorite poker player (read: Patrik Antonius) in a biopic — as far as we know. He is on board, however, to play Jackie Cogan, a mob enforcer who tries to figure out how a heist took place during a mob-protected high-stakes poker game. The movie is titled Cogan's Trade and will be directed by Andrew Dominik and is based on the book by George Higgins.
Casey Affleck, Mark Ruffalo, and Javier Bardem are a few other stars rumored as possible costars.
EOnline.com has more.
Look Ma No Hands!
The TwoPlusTwo thread discussing The Cube has gone from comments like "Not only does it show you your hole cards, but if you give it to someone as a gift, it'll also show you what complete and utter disappointment looks like," from member RML604 to a Photoshop thread. And since we are no masters at Photoshop, we can't help but love the creativity that comes out.
If you're wondering what The Cube is, it's a device that lets players look at their hole cards without picking them up off the table. We're not going to call this "the most ridiculous poker invention ever," because we're sure someone, somewhere will outdo it, but it's pretty silly.
Check out the thread on TwoPlusTwo.
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*Above photo courtesy of WPT.com