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While Daniel Negreanu was getting ready to play the $500,000 buy-in Aria Super High Roller Bowl this week in Las Vegas his pal Phil Kessel was getting traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins. We spoke to Negreanu as he put half-a-million dollars on the line and he told us he's talked to Kessel and that Kessel is upset about the trade. Negreanu says Kessel really wanted to win in Toronto but that the move will give him opportunities in the future. Negreanu also said he's now a Penguins fan since his buddy Kessel is playing for them. Negreanu goes on to talk about plans for an NHL team to come to Las Vegas. Negreanu is confident a team will be in Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season, and that going to games will catch on in a big way in the poker world. Check out the video interview for the whole story.
We've seen over the last few years kind of an influx in these high roller events and this is going to be a tough field of course. A lot of players you're going to know at the table and it's going to create a different kind of leveling war than a typical tournament.
It's the same with anything. You watch the NBA because it's the best basketball players in the world. You watch the NHL because it's the best hockey players in the world. You're going to watch this because it's a collection of the best poker players in the world and you're going to learn a thing or two.
Some of it may be over your head. I might put a little viewer discretion is advised sticker on the bottom because some of these moves are going to be crazy.
But it's the best and who wouldn't want to watch that? I spoke to Kessel and he's obviously sad because he really loves Toronto. But I look at it for him as a great opportunity. He's going to be able to play with Crosby and Malkin. I've just become a Pens fan because he's my buddy so I'm going to rooting for them. And the Leafs are like years away from every winning and Las Vegas is not here yet.
I think it'll be a great opportunity for him you know? That part hasn't sunk in for him yet. It still just hurts for him because he wanted to win in Toronto and it just didn't work out.
Great news. The board of Governors recently announced that they've formally opened the expansion process. We have sold 13,500 tickets I believe. There's 90 per cent of the upper bowl sold in terms of deposits without a team even being granted so I would be a large amount of money that we're going to have a hockey team here for the 2017-18 season.
I think for a lot of people who live here in Las Vegas, especially the poker players, they're sports fans and they're going to love this.
We'll be going to the games, supporting the teams. I think for people who don't know hockey, when they go to an actual live game they're going to see a very different experience.
The difference between how hockey translates to television and every other sport, is more vast.
Being there in the action, hearing those hits, seeing the speed, I think it's going to win over a lot of people.