PN Podcast: PokerNews Cup, Hellmuth Wins, & Bekavac Talks Midway Poker Payout Debacle
In the latest edition of the PokerNews Podcast, Chad Holloway and Jesse Fullen discuss Phil Hellmuth's victory over Scott Seiver in Round 4 of High Stakes Duel III, announce the upcoming PokerNews Cup June 24-28 at Golden Nugget Las Vegas, and preview the WPT Choctaw final table, which includes Chance Kornuth.
Speaking of Kornuth, he pledged 1% of his winnings to Randy Gordon, a poker dealer battling cancer, and he is also selling Las Vegas mansion for $3.5 million, two stories also discussed in this episode. Chad and Jesse then talk about Jaret Villarreal winning a WSOP Main Event seat on ClubGG for the second year in a row, remember noted poker author and columnist Bob Ciaffone, and preview this weekend's CSOP St. Jude “Against All Odds” charity event.
Finally, Chad sits down with Midway Poker Tour co-founder Dan Bekavac, who 19 months after a controversial payout debacle made affected players whole. Bekavac, a controversial figure himself who recently captured a record fourth MSPT title, talks openly about the situation for the first time.
Listen to those stories and more on the latest PokerNews Podcast!
|00:30||Welcome to the show|
|00:45||Two guys talking about poker|
|01:28||Teasing guest Dan Bekavac – here’s the plan|
|06:30||PokerNews Cup coming to Golden Nugget June 24-28|
|10:56||Phil Hellmuth defeats Scott Seiver in High Stakes Duel III Round 4|
|16:13||Midway Poker Tour players made whole|
|19:33||Dan Bekavac joins the show|
|21:00||Genesis of the Midway Poker Tour|
|23:20||What was the payout situation?|
|25:44||Was it a scam from the get go?|
|27:20||Operating during the pandemic|
|29:05||Where was Bekavac when things went south?|
|31:00||The charity – 4 KIDS Sake, Inc.|
|32:35||Who is Jason Trezak?|
|34:07||Have you had any contact with the charity?|
|35:40||Were the hotels and dealers paid?|
|36:48||We’re you going to pay back players from PokerBros proceeds?|
|38:06||Showing up to play – what were you thinking?|
|48:23||Not being on-site was not a good look|
|40:54||What would you do differently?|
|41:44||Where did the tournament fees go?|
|42:45||Changing your social media to distance yourself from Midway Poker Tour|
|43:40||Issuing a statement after the debacle|
|44:44||Are you a degenerate?|
|45:30||Dealing with the stigma|
|50:02||Winning a 4th MSPT title|
|51:45||Is MSPT Player of the Year on your mind?|
|52:25||How do you want the poker world to regard you?|
|54:05||Did the state or any authority look into the Midway Poker Tour debacle?|
|56:36||Previewing the WPT Choctaw final table|
|58:43||Beloved dealer Randy Gordon wins free seat before impending cancer battle|
|1:00:27||Chance Kornuth selling Las Vegas mansion for $3.5 million|
|1:02:43||Jaret Villarreal wins WSOP Main Event seat on ClubGG for 2nd year in a row|
|1:06:10||Noted poker author & columnist Bob Ciaffone passes away|
|1:07:05||Chad & Jesse headed to St. Jude “Against All Odds”|
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