Poker’s In and Out List: Galfond Checks In, Hellmuth Cells Out

Phil Galfond
Phil Galfond finds a spot on this week's In List.

2012 is in full swing and we’re back with a brand new set of snap judgments about the past week in poker.

This week on the list we feature Jon Duhamel’s PCA prowess, a Great Dane in China, Phil Galfond’s new blog and Phil Hellmuth’s cellular misadventures in the Bahamas.

Buckle up. This is the In and Out List.

Poker’s In List: January 8-15, 2011

Jon Duhamel: IN

Jonathan Duhamel is in this week thanks to strength of character and true grit.

Flying to the Bahamas just a few weeks after being the victim of a home invasion-style robbery to spend roughly $250k on buy-ins takes some heart and Duhamel reaped the reward for having such gumption.

Duhamel performed exceptionally well, winning an event and making three other final tables. In total he earned $1,206,350 in less than two weeks.

Here are his results:

1st - $5k No-Limit Hold'em 8 Max - $239,830
5th - $5k No-Limit Hold'em Turbo 8-Max - $17,990
4th - $100k Super High Roller - $313,600
5th - $25k High Roller - $634,930

Phil Galfond: IN

Phil Galfond is In this week for making good, at least so far, on his promise to be more accessible to fans via his blog.

Galfond, who has relocated to Vancouver in order to keep playing online poker, just released a 15-minute video Q&A and a new post outlining his thoughts on potential improvements to how online poker rooms work.

Phil Galfond represents everything that’s good and right in poker.

Gus Hansen: IN

The Great Dane is In this week for keeping us updated, albeit sparingly, on his high-stakes play and the big game in Macau.

Hansen has played three 24-hour sessions, according to his blog, and has nothing but great things to say about the players, atmosphere and casino staff.

Gus Hansen macau
Gus Hansen might be grinding more than the cash games in Macau.

Here’s an excerpt:

This session was more up and down than the previous 2 sessions and at one point I found myself on the good end of a cold deck in a 3-way all-in where I was holding Aces – unfortunately as the old expression says ‘Easy comes, easy goes’ I was also holding Jacks vs. Queens in another huge all-in hand. At first it looked like I was going away with both as a Jack hit the flop, but a Queen came sailing in on the river making it a fair 1 win, 1 loss outcome.

Poker’s Out List: January 8-15, 2011

Montreal: OUT

Brandon Adams recently released his list of the top 30 poker cities in the world and coming in dead last was Montreal.

For that failure to rank higher, we're putting Montreal Out for one week.

Choices that interest us include Vienna/Baden in Austria, where PokerListings once visited for an EPT event in 2007, Marrakech in Morocco and Goa in India.

Las Vegas sits expectedly at the top of the list while Los Angeles edges out Macau for the number two spot.

Phil Hellmuth’s Cell Phone: OUT

Jeff Madsen tweeted this old video of Phil Hellmuth, himself and Liv Boeree on the streets of London, England talking about how Hellmuth lost his phone at some party.

This just goes to show that even in the middle of the night, in a deserted street Phil Hellmuth will find a way to get himself in front of a camera.

On the bright side, according to Phil, this wasn’t the phone with the “celebrity numbers” in it, going to show that there’s really no premise into which Hellmuth is unable to work in a reference to how he knows celebrities.

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