Poker’s In and Out List: Booth Mired, Bluff Acquired

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Chruchill Downs has acquired Bluff Magazine, and pledged to keep producing poker content.

Another seven days have passed and we’re back with a brand new set of snap-judgments.

This week on the List we tip our hats to Churchill Downs, Chili Poker and a former world champion while sternly wagging our finger at Brad Booth and an unlucky Alex Fitzgerald.

Poker’s In List: February 6-12, 2012

Churchill Downs for Backing Bluff Magazine: IN

We’ve always liked Bluff Magazine so  we have to tip our hats to Churchill Downs Incorporated for picking it up and pledging to build on the publication’s poker content offering.

Chuchill Downs acquired Bluff’s assets, including the magazine, the website, their poker datebase, all poker content and a number of related URLs.

Current co-Presidents Eric Morris and Eddy Kleid, and VP of online operations Jeff Markley will remain in their current positions.

Click here for the full PR on Reuters.

ChiliGaming and the Golden Nugget as BFFs: IN

Joining the growing list of online poker rooms partnering with land-based US casinos, Chiligaming has hooked up with the Golden Nugget, which has locations in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Laughlin, Nevada.

So expect to see a US-facing version of Chili’s proprietary iGaming platform when online poker gets regulated in the States.

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Jon Duhamel started 2012 with a bang.
 

“Chiligaming is thrilled to partner with Golden Nugget, which has a very strong brand presence across the US," said Alexandre Dreyfus, Chiligaming's CEO and Founder.

"With its Las Vegas, Laughlin and Atlantic City properties, it is ideally and uniquely positioned for all of the online developments that lie ahead,” he continued.

Check the full PR here.

Jon Duhamel for Leading GPI Player of the Year Race: IN

Federated Sports + Gaming announced their own Player of the Year race for 2012 and right now former world champion Jon Duhamel is in the number one spot.

Duhamel crushed the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for a total of $1.2 million over four deep runs, along with a final table in the €2k event at EPT Deauville, and has 465 points.

Duhamel has a stranglehold on first place right now as Jason Koon, his nearest competition, sits with just 284 points.

Click here for the full GPI POY ranking.

Poker’s Out List: February 6-12, 2012

Brad Booth for Holding Back: OUT

“Yukon” Brad Booth is Out this week for teasing the poker community with hints that's he’s got real dirt on Phil Hellmuth.

In Thursday’s Daily 3-Bet we reported Booth’s cryptic text to Hellmuth.

It read:

 @phil_hellmuth i need to talk to you now Mr Hellmuth-- its your last chance to reach out to me- i expect to hear from u with in 24 hours

Yesterday Booth released an even more confusing video post on Two Plus Two. Booth calls out Hellmuth in the most roundabout way humanly possible, the six-minute rambling video monologue.

We’re not 100 percent sure but we think Booth issues an ultimatum to Hellmuth: Participate in an interview with Booth and a reporter, or the information will be made public.

Watch it and decide for yourself.


Alex Fitzgerald for Busting Two Sunday Millions Today: OUT

Poker pro Alex “Assassinato” Fitzgerald is Out this week for busting not one but two Sunday Millions today, both before the end of late registration.

We’d like to make it clear we’re not trying to pick on Fitzgerald but we knew someone would end up busting both these tournaments right off the bat. His just happened to be the first name we noticed out on both lists.

PokerStars is running all their major online tournaments twice today in their so-called Double Vision Sunday promotion.

We’ll have the recaps of who cashes in on that tomorrow morning in our Poker News Section.

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About Matthew Showell

Matt Showell was born and raised in the fair city of Vancouver, Canada. He now spends the bulk of his time traveling the globe, reporting on the world’s biggest poker tournaments. Matt has lived and breathed poker since the end of high school when he learned the most common variants at home games with his friends. In university he made his living playing low-stakes cash games and multi-table tournaments online while following the professional circuit on television and the Internet and in magazines.

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Hank 2012-02-12 22:10:07

That is a perplexing video somewhat. But I've always wondered why Hellmuth and Duke don't take any heat for being affiliated for UB so I'm interested to see the outcome here.

Pete 2012-02-12 16:39:29

Dude, get over it! Or get your lawyer on it.You're a professional, move on. If you're any good, you'll make your money back playing the game you supposedly love and have played every day for how many years??