The World Series of Poker Main Event is officially behind us, but that damn Pius Heinz rail song will be stuck in our head for at least the next week. While we all recover from the WSOP hangover, the Nightly Turbo brings you Jen Tilly's recent appearance on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, a look at the upcoming final table of the Partouche Poker Tour, and more.
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The PokerNews Podcast crew got together for one last show at the Rio before the end of the WSOP Main Event. Tournament Director Jack Effel joined the show to preview the final day of the tournament.
Jen Tilly Folding?
Jen Tilly has enjoyed a decent amount of success in poker since winning a ladies event at the World Series of Poker in 2005. However, she says her days at the felt may be coming to an end.
Tilly made an appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Tuesday and said the stress that goes along with being a poker player makes her want to quit the game. "Poker is an ongoing session of never-ending agony," she joked with Ferguson.
Tilly, whose boyfriend is poker pro Phil Laak, has been the subject of a lot of jokes around the poker community, particularly after one interesting play she made against Patrik Antonius on NBC's Poker After Dark. But she's always been a good sport and has never claimed to be the best player in the world. We'd certainly be sad to see her go.
However, something tells us she'll be tagging along with Phil to the Bellagio poker room in the near future.
Watch the full interview with Jen at CBS.com. She begins talking about poker at 23:45.
Partouche Poker Tour Final Table Begins Nov. 12
With that other tournament in Vegas now out of the way, the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event comes to the center of the live tournament spotlight. A final table of nine players was reached back in September but, much like the WSOP Main Event, a champion isn't crowned until November.
When the players reconvene in Cannes on Nov. 12, Sam Trickett will sit down with the chip lead and a shot at another seven-figure payday in 2011. The winner of the Main Event in Cannes will collect €1,000,000 (approximately $1.4 million). You may recall Trickett catching fire in January and taking down two High Roller events at the Aussie Millions for more than $3 million.
Other notables at the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event final table include Mads Wissing, Roger Hairabedian, and 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Oleksii Kovalchuk. Here's a look at the full lineup and chip counts for Saturday's final table:
Get more info at the Partouche Poker Tour's website.
Jamie Gold Reveals His Secrets
While the poker community watched Pius Heinz become the newest world champion on Wednesday morning, another former World Series of Poker Main Event winner is set to reveal his winning secrets to the public.
2006 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Jamie Gold will be hosting a "Secrets of Winning" seminar at the Heartland Poker Tour stop in Reno, Nev. on Dec. 2, 2011. According to the HPT website, Gold will be teaching "the secrets of winning tournament play at every level as well as being a consistent winner in cash games." The seminar will run from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 2, one day before the HTP Reno Main Event begins.
Gold's unorthodox tactics at the poker table helped him earn $12 million for his Main Event victory in 2006. He used tireless table talk to put his opponents in awkward spots, and we imagine that will be a main focus of Gold's teachings.
More information on the seminar can be found at the Heartland Poker Tour's website.
Congress to Discuss Online Poker Again This Month
According to gambling expert Chris Krafcik, there will be a pair of hearings on Internet poker in Congress this month. On Nov. 17, theSenate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing titled Future of Internet Gaming: What's at Stake for Tribes? One day later, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee will supposedly hold another hearing regarding online poker.
Details on both of the hearings are limited, but Kafcik says he learned about the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing from a lobbying source. It would take place less than a month after the same committee discussed online poker on Capitol Hill in front of a panel of expert witnesses. The title of that hearing on Oct. 25 was Internet Gaming: Is There a Safe Bet?
Brief details on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing can be found at www.indian.senate.gov.
Meet Your World Champion
After an exhausting heads-up match, German pro Pius Heinz defeated Martin Staszko to win the 2011 WSOP Main Event. PokerNews' Kristy Arnett spoke with Heinz after his monumental victory.