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Kitty Rounders FINAL

We've all been waiting a long time for a sequel to the seminal masterpiece Rounders. This isn't it.

Apparently it's a recut of the original poker film, but with cats playing the parts of the two principal characters.

They were lucky to find two cat actors with such hilariously coincidental names.

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New Full Tilt Poker: Leaked Ad Campaign*

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10 August 2012
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, Unsubstantiated Rumors
Full Tilt Poker Mike2

It's no secret that PokerStars will be launching its newly acquired sister site Full Tilt Poker sometime in the next 90 days. What is a secret is how Stars plans to repackage FTP's tarnished image.

With the poker world awash in "Secret Sources" feeding sites insider info about the inner workings of companies like PokerStars, we counted ourselves lucky when presented with these leaked ads for the New Full Tilt Poker.*

Sure, we first met our source at a taco truck downtown and he prefaced his revelation with a request for spare change. He also handed us the sensitive files on a road-weary 5-inch floppy disc. But we had a good feeling about him.

Something about the way he handled his bindle-on-a-stick just screamed credibility.

So without further ado, we present the latest drafts of Full Tilt Poker's new ad campaign, courtesy of a source who shall remain nameless.

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Phil Ivey

The US Department of Justice rocked the poker world once again yesterday, releasing an amendment to its civil complaint against Full Tilt Poker, this time adding Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson and Rafe Furst.

The complaint makes reference to "other approximately 19 owners of Tiltware LLC" and even goes into detail on one individual (Player 1) who received roughly the same payout as Lederer and Bitar, as well as a number of "loans" that were partially repaid.

So who are these other owners? And why weren't they named in the civil complaint?

The generally accepted idea is that the original members of Team Full Tilt were in fact the primary investors in the online poker room. That theory was bolstered when Clonie Gowen sued Full Tilt and named Ray Bitar, Howard Lederer, Andy Bloch, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, John Juanda, Phil Gordon, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Jennifer Harman, Mike Matusow, Allen Cunningham, Gus Hansen and Patrik Antonius.

While it was mentioned in a motion that not all of these names were in fact owners, it was never clarified who should have been omitted from that list.

Join us for a dig through our photo database to see for yourself who might be on that list of FTP owners.

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Phil Ivey

The Aussie Millions Million Dollar Cash Game took over the TV studio upstairs at Crown for the second day in in row Tuesday, only this time it did so without the Malaysian businessmen poker's biggest sharks came to feed on 24-hours earlier.

But while the action on the felt appeared tame compared to Monday, there was still tons of it off the table.

The first group to buy in for the minimum $100k included Patrik Antonius, Tom Dwan, Mike Matusow, David Benyamine, David Oppenheim, Andrew Feldman, Justin Smith and Erik Cajelais.

And while the pots stayed relatively small in the $400/$800/$100 game, this group proved they would talk about just about anything and bet on even more.

Antonius spent the early part of the session attempting to convince Dwan to play props for some pretty lofty stakes.

Although Dwan made it pretty clear that he felt Antonius was about the luckiest prop player on the planet and wanted no part of it, the Finn kept trying.

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Tom Dwan

By all accounts this last week has been one to remember for Tom Dwan.

Last Thursday we gave you a few highlights from the cash games he was playing in Macau but, as it turns out, that was just the beginning.

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It's true. Mats Sundin is Isildur1 and we've got the video evidence to prove it.

Another blog somehow scooped us on this completely made-up absolutely true story and in the world of internet reporting two sources reporting the same thing is about as close to corroboration as you're going to get.

But the good news is we can finally put this whole Isildur1 thing to rest. It's Mats Sundin, get over it.

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Erick Lindgren and Erica Schoenberg

We're not the types to publish stuff about other people's private matters. We're above that sort of thing.

So it looks like Erick Lindgren and Erica Schoenberg are dating. The evidence is pretty strong. They were spotted together having an intimate dinner in Las Vegas last week and Lindgren was railing Erica as she played deep in the LAPC main event.

When Schoenberg busted out his was the shoulder she (figuratively) cried on. And they were kissing in front of the media table so it's a pretty good bet.

As we know Erica used to date Frenchman David Benyamine. Without going too far we will say Erick and Erica look like a better match.

So that's pretty much it. Like we said, we don't publish stuff about people's personal business.

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Cyril the Suspect

A few days ago reports arose in French publications about a vast scam involving one Cyril Mouly, one of the biggest whales to play in the big game at Bellagio.

The details are hazy but it seems like this is a legitimate story. Mouly, and others, are wanted in connection to some sort of advertising telemarketing scam.

In addition to lining the pockets of the players in Bobby's Room, Mouly also appeared on Full Tilt's Million Dollar Cash game filmed in London at the end of last year.

First of all we have to give some pretty serious props to Cyril if all this is true. Instead of taking his millions of euros and fleeing to a non-extradition country he decided to become a high-profile, high-stakes poker players.

Well played sir. It sure looked like you were playing with someone else's money. Now we know why.

Cyril also gained international fame in a long series of threads on the Two Plus Two forums. Funnily enough if you google him you're going to get a lot of photoshopped stuff from the threads.

We'll just have to wait and see what becomes of this whole thing, whether it's for real, whether he's innocent or what.

One thing is for sure, the players in the big game can't be happy about it.

For the French speakers out there here are the links to the news stories.

*Credit for the photoshop above goes to Conz of the 2p2 forums.

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Luke Schwartz

Luke "Full Flush" Schwartz has always had a big mouth but when it comes down to it he's usually backing up his smack-talk with success at the poker table.

The Party Poker Premier League playdown is coming up in about a week in Las Vegas and, as we should have expected, Schwartz is ready with some choice words for his opponents.

This ran in the Party Poker blog today.

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K.I.S.S.I... alright that's plenty.

But you know what they say, it's good to be the champ.

And from everything we can gather 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Cada and 2008 Playboy Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole have been getting pretty close during the PokerStars PCA.

When asked about it Cada neither confirmed nor denied the rumors, though he did seem agitated by the question.

A Swedish blog ran this picture today that seems to tell the story pretty well.

Cada's last year can be summed up with three simple letters. MBN.

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Bad Moon Raising

Another classic WSOP Photoshop. Darvin Moon and Creedence, a match made in heaven.

The 2009 WSOP Main Event final table is just days away and will be in Vegas to bring you all the action live.

Check out our Live 2009 WSOP Coverage starting November 7th to follow it all.

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He didn't think anyone was looking but, as always, we were hidden with the sniper-zoom camera ready to catch it. This was taken during Event 1 at the 2009 World Series of Poker presented by Betfair where Chris "Jesus" Ferguson has made it to the final 27.

It appears that Jesus has remote access to the Full Tilt Poker boomswitch* and, even more surprisingly, that boomswitch somehow works in a live Betfair Poker tournament.

We always knew he was a nit and now we know how he got his superb live tournament track record.

* There is not and never was a boomswitch. If you believed us when we said it please make an appointment with some sort of brain doctor.

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Coach Begleiter

It's time for the next prediction. Let's go straight to the tape. His name is Steven Begleiter and he goes into the final table 3rd in chips with a healthy stack just under 30 million.

He's humorous and humble. He has no qualms about discussing his many poker failures. That's my kind of player. I can root for that.

Poker is something he does for fun with his "many" friends when he's not coaching soccer or dancing between raindrops in a minefield.

Raindrops? Dancing? Minefield? What? I hope for his sake that he can put aside this odd hobby for at least the next few months. Then, after, when he's making it rain with his millions of dollars he can dance between the drops to his heart's content.

Not sure about the minefield thing though but to each his own. Check out the video we shot with him as things were wrapping up a few weeks ago.

My crystal ball appears confused and sends ambiguous messages. 'Victory' repeats and echoes relentlessly. With confidence it tells me that Steven Begleiter will soon become a Champion.

However, since I took it in to get fixed, this crystal ball has difficulty distinguishing between sporting events. Steven Begleiter will soon be a champion; state regional junior ladies soccer coaching champion. Commendable indeed but lacking the $8.5M payday.

On the felt he's already won, he said so himself. The rest is gravy. He will have fun but will be nervous.

The final table will be a humungous freeroll for Begleiter. It seems he'll be more concerned with performing well for his friends who have a piece of his action rather than for himself - a team player in an individualistic game.

He will play well throughout the session but the lights, the cameras, the glitz, the glam, it will prove too much. One big mistake will cost him but he will go far.

Prediction: He enters 3rd and that is where I predict he finishes.

Steven Begleiter Main Event WSOP 3rd place finisher!

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Maria Ho Tiffany Michelle

We'll put this one in the unsubstantiated rumor folder but if there's anything we've learned it's that poker and reality TV go together like Phil Ivey and gambling.

Earlier this week a poster on published a photograph of what appears to be poker players Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle at LAX during an Amazing Race event.

Ho was the last woman to be eliminated in the 2007 WSOP Main Event while Michelle managed the same feat in 2008. Both players are close friends and both have television experience, which might be seen as a bonus by Amazing Race casting directors.

The rumor seems viable considering both players were absent from this year's Main Event and 15th Season of The Amazing Race was scheduled to be filmed over the summer.

Michelle's own Twitter mentioned that she would be gone for at least a month, "filming a big project." The only thing that doesn't seem to add up is that in her most recent Tweet Michelle mentioned that she was enjoying being on a set again. The Amazing Race, it has to be assumed, would not have a set.

We contacted poker agency Suited Connections, of which Michelle is affiliated, but they were unable to comment on the situation.

When contestants compete in The Amazing Race they are sequestered, meaning they have no contact with the outside world until filming is complete.

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John Kabbaj

Every day at around 2 p.m., play stops at the 2009 World Series of Poker for a special bracelet presentation to honor those who've won events the night before.

The winner is brought up on stage, the bracelet is handed over and his or her national anthem is played.

Typically, the anthem is a staid instrumental arrangement played with very little personality.

For John Kabbaj's ceremony, however, it was the Sex Pistols'"God Save the Queen."

At first, reaction was mostly positive to this refreshing change of pace. Kabbaj and WSOP Commish Jeffrey Pollack were both seen to be rocking out on stage, fist-pumping and head-banging and generally enjoying the moment.

But then the grumbling started. People started muttering about the ceremony being disrespectful. Kabbaj thought it over and decided he was infuriated.

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Phil Ivey

The poker world is buzzing with stories and rumors concerning just how much money was on the line when Phil Ivey won his two WSOP bracelets this year.

It's common knowledge he had a standing $200k per bracelet bet with Daniel Negreanu, but other figures much bigger than this have been thrown about.

Finally it seems the actual extent of money on the line may have been revealed! (If you believe Vegas cab drivers.)

Apparently, Phil Ivey spoke to one of Vegas' ubiquitous cabbies and let slip just how much he had riding on that second bracelet.

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Iceman on a boat

We know what you're thinking. Where's Teddy "The Iceman" Monroe been so far this WSOP?

Short answer: He's got his flippy-floppys, and he's on the mother****in' cash-game boat.

Monroe - self-proclaimed no. 1 live tournament player in the world, no. 1 short-stack player in the world and renowned people freezer - said he had some big plans for the WSOP coming in.

But it seems he's been too busy freezin' people at the cash-game tables to make it into many tournaments so far.

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Seth: Schwartz, where have you been, man? You almost gave me a goddamn heart attack. Let me see it. Did you pussy out or what?

Schwartz: No noooo, man. Just been running good in the $10k PLO, taking a massive chip lead into Day 3. But I got it; it is flawless. Check it!

Evan: [examining the fake ID] Hawaii. All right, that's good. That's hard to trace, I guess. Wait ... you changed your name to ... McSchwartz?

Schwartz: Yeah.

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Phil Ivey: The Cristal Balla

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20 June 2009
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Unsubstantiated Rumors
Phil Ivey

Hang around Vegas a while and you'll hear many tales of luxurious excess, though few can rival this Phil Ivey anecdote we heard moments ago.

Allegedly a group of businessmen were enjoying dinner at the Wynn when they looked over at one of the nearby tables to see none other than Phil Ivey.

Big fans of the poker superstar, they summoned the waiter and asked him to send Ivey a bottle of Cristal champagne, compliments of their table.

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Goldfish technique 2

In the movie The Devil's Advocate, there's a scene early on where Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves are negotiating a contract on a roof top.

Pacino, as it's revealed, is Satan personified in the form of a successful lawyer named John Milton.

Reeves is a hotshot, undefeated defense attorney from Florida. He doesn't know it, but he's the Devil's son.

No wonder he never lost a case. Yikes.

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