The man who jumped to his death from the 29th floor of the Borgata Hotel and Casino last week was named as 25-year old beach volleyball pro Eric Zaun…
Police were called to the Atlantic City casino early on Tuesday evening after a body was discovered in the parking lot, the Atlantic City Police Department stating:
‘An investigation by detectives determined the man jumped from the window of his hotel room’.
It is believed that Zaun smashed the window of his upper floor hotel room before plunging to his death, a bystander tweeting:
“OMG. Was at Borgata today for film meeting and witnessed a guy jump from 29th floor to his death”.
The talented young Cherry Hills, New Jersey man moved to California to pursue his beach volleyball career and was named AVP’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 2017.
Tributes and messages of condolences have poured into social media platforms for the popular player, nicknamed RoadDog. Those close to Zaun and the volleyball community have been urging anyone struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts to reach out for help…
PokerTube passes on its condolences to the family and friends of Eric at this truly sad time.
Every year the WSOP throws up some weird and wonderful hands - some that win massive titles, some that result in players losing their minds, and some, well, just plain controversial...
We have already had the massive stramash that ensued when Sam Soverel folded out of turn at the $50k High Roller final table, and this week saw Maria Ho involved in a strange hand that still has your writer confused – a big raise that wasn’t an all-in but was ruled as an all-in!
Ho was sitting pretty in the $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em day one when she made a big raise from middle position, 105,000 from her 130k stack, and her opponent in the small blind called after asking for a count of Ho’s bet.
Standard so far, but then… both players tabled their hands! Ho had barely a BB and ante behind, but they were definitely still there.
A sweet turn card paired her ace to win the hand against her opponent’s pocket queens, and here’s where it gets tricky.
The floor ruled that not only was Ho due the 105k from her bet, but also payment for the extra 25k she had behind – the tabling of cards an assumption of all-in, her opponent under the impression she had shoved anyway.
The controversy? Well, had Ho lost the hand, she could have argued she still had 25k to play with – the argument perhaps being she thought she had her opponent covered, for example. It could be a good angleshoot at the right time.
Well, this time round it didn’t amount to a big problem – but answers on a postcard if you think this should have been an ‘all-in’ ruling, or just a ‘checked to the river’ hand for 105k?
David Haye, a former heavyweight boxing world champion, has joined the party at this year’s World Series of Poker. The Londoner has been looking for a new challenge since bowing out of boxing and seems to have found a new love.
Haye is a character naturally full of confidence but he freely admits that poker is much tougher than he expected. To be fair though, most of us who have put some effort into learning the game have been down a similar path.
PokerNews.com caught up with the man himself in Las Vegas, during a break in play.
Former Heavyweight World Champion Boxer David Haye Looking for Knockouts at 2019 WSOP - YouTube
Haye spoke to the media a few days ago where he revealed that his old foe Audley Harrison has been taking some time to teach him some basic strategy. The pair used to be sworn enemies, with Haye besting Harrison with a third round knockout back in 2010. Now though, it seems the pair are seeking knockouts of a different kind.
If you are the type of poker player who just loves the ideas of bounty-hunting your way to riches, then partypoker’s Gladiator tournaments are the perfect arena for you – with prizepools of up to $200,000 every Sunday with buy-ins from as low as $0.22.
The PKO (Progressive KnockOut) format has been upgraded recently with a fairer payout structure and reduced rake, making the Gladiator tournaments some of the most popular events on the partypoker schedule.
For those who are Monday to Friday grinders, or evening specialists, the Gladiator prizepools can reach $100,000 – tournaments running daily from 19:00 (GMT) / 20:00 (CET).
The Sunday grind is, of course, the most talked-about day of the week for poker players, and on partypoker the Sunday Gladiator prizepools can hit the $200k mark.
Last Sunday saw Paraguay’s zpok86 take down the $150k GTD version of the Gladiator, a $330 buy-in leading to a $28,000 scoop.
With buy-ins ranging from as little as $0.22 all the way up to the $2100 highroller version, there’s a tournament to suit every players pocket.
This week, for example, as part of the POWERFEST Series there will be an $11 buy-in Sunday Gladiator with a $100,000 guarantee…
For those tempted to take to the GLADIATOR arena, here’s the key information at a glance:
19:00 (GMT) / 20:00 (CET) every night
Buy-ins from $0.22 - $2100
Midweek tournament prize pools up to $100K GTD
A $200K GTD Sunday event
It’s also worth remembering that next week sees the Alias Race kicking off on partypoker…
…a $500k promo designed to promote the name-change you’ll be required to make on the site. So, if you fancy the nickname ‘Gladiator1’ you’d best be quick off the mark!
partypoker crowned their first-ever SPINS millionaire this week as British player James James23C Carmichael landed the monster $1million jackpot from his $5 SPINS buy-in!
Then Holy Grail of the fast-paced, three-handed partypoker spin and go game appeared on Tuesday evening, James looking on in shock as the 240,000x SPINS multiplier was triggered.
That meant that he would be fighting it out for the biggest jackpot in online poker - $1million - with tablemates nilverlobo of Peru and elielalbiter from Mexico, with $100,000 guaranteed for the two ‘unlucky’ ones!
A hyped-up Carmichael vaguely recalls busting nilverlobo while holding pocket aces, at which point he thought:
“I might actually do this!”
A few quick phone calls to friends for support on his amazing poker SPINS journey, and it was heads-up against Mexico’s elielalbiter for the win.
What happened next would change his life – change all the players’ lives in fact, the $100k each for second and third a huge amount for anyone.
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Nineteen hands into the mano-a-mano battle for the $1million and a classic race appeared, elielalbiter at risk…
James23C: K♦ 9♦
Elielalbiter: 6♥ 6♠
What came next was a brutal blow for the Brit…
Flop: 6♦ T♥ 4♦
…but that flush draw gave him hope…
Now all he had to do was dodge the board pairing, or that case six…
…and Carmichael’s flush had somehow held up, securing him the $1,000,000 windfall!
“My life will never be the same again”, said James of his massive SPINS scoop, adding: “When I realised I was playing for the million I thought, what is going on?!”
For the partypoker SPINS reg who learned how to play poker properly at his university poker society in £5 and £10 games, and who sticks to predominantly low stakes tournaments on his favourite red diamond site, it was a momentous moment.
His phone has been “off the hook” with congratulatory messages from friends and family, and a Camp America holiday scheme trip due to last two months starting next week may well be extended now that money is no longer an issue.
First item on the new SPINS millionaire’s schedule is, naturally, celebrations with his nearest and dearest – and the future? Investing his windfall and continuing to play on partypoker of course!
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If you haven’t played partypoker’s SPINS yet, they are quickfire, three-handed Sit & Go jackpot-style tournaments, featuring partypoker’s random multiplier that determines the prize pool before a card has been dealt. The multiplier ranges from 2x the buy-in, all the way up to 240,000x as seen in James’ $1million game. See here for more info on SPINS $1M jackpot games.
Dusk Till Dawn casino supremo Rob Yong has taken to social media to explain partypoker’s new Main Event experiment, a unique and exciting initiative to combine both live and online entries to their MILLIONS Live flagship tournaments…
The basic premise of the newly-devised dual entry system for the partypoker MILLIONS Live Main Events across the globe is that the qualifying routes are split into two branches:
Online route: Online day 1 and day 2 are played on partypoker
Live route: Live day 1 and day 2 are played in the venue
A simple enough system, and the big plus point is that those who survive the day 1 and day 2 sessions from both routes are already in the money when they reach day 3 – combining to play the event out live.
Yong explains the reasons behind the experiment thus:
“What I’m trying to do here is:
a) Allow people to play the tournament who can’t take 4 or 5 days off work
b) Cut down on player’s expenses and, c) Allow people to be in then money when they arrive at the venue"
“I’m hoping that by experimenting with the change we can start to bring more people into the Main Event – and therefore win titles”.
The plan has already been met with praise from players…
…and although partypoker pros Bertrand ElkY Grospelier and Patrick Leonard can’t exactly be classed as neutral, they clearly like the sound of the initiative…
For those wondering how much time they’ll have between the online day 1 and 2 and the live Main Event day 3, the answer was quick to appear…
As with all of partypoker’s recent eco-changes, Yong explains:
“We’ll experiment with this and, like all things, if it doesn’t work – players don’t like it – then we won’t do it”.
Dan Bilzerian was apparently unthroned from his social media accounts yesterday – the self-styled King of Instagram claiming he was hacked as racist messages and other brutally offensive material were posted on his Twitter, Snapchat and other platforms…
Blitz is renowned for some pretty crazy social media posts, his millionaire baller lifestyle regularly featuring scores of scantily-clad models, guns and weed – so quite what is from Bilzerian, and what from the alleged hacker is hard to tell…
That one is Dan’s usual kind of tweet, but look a little closer! Photoshop much? There were quite a few others to go with it, with DramaAlert Bilzerian-lookalike Keemstar featuring in many of them…
Threats to release Dan’s apparent treasure trove of nude pics were also doing the rounds…
Maurice Hawkins and Matt Stout have caused a bit of a ruckus during the $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack event. The pair repeatedly escalated their argument several times to the point where they were shouting at the top of their voices across the table and staff had to intervene. The reason for the disturbance is still unknown.
Both players are well-known and have several million dollars in live tournament winnings. Hawkins even holds the record for the most WSOPC rings, although the 39-year-old is still chasing that first WSOP gold bracelet. Stout, on the other hand, claims a record approaching $4.2 million with only three cashes in excess of a quarter of a million dollars.
Both of these guys are known to speak their mind and continued their feud heading into the break with the floor staff being forced to keep them apart. We await news on what the fallout was all about.
This is the second WSOP in a row that Hawkins has hit the headlines over a quarrel. Last year he claimed he was racially abused which surprisingly didn’t end in a disqualification for the other player.
Hawkins and Stout will no doubt have had their day brightened up in the end after the both made the money for a minor cash. Nothing to write home about but it’s better than a kick in the teeth.
KanyeTrump2020 may be coming to a casino near you soon, but don’t worry, it’s not a political campaign – rather the Global Poker Tournament of Champions winner, looking at spending his $5000 live tournament package prize!
The huge Rattlesnake Open II ToC victory for Fernando ‘KanyeTrump2020’ Guerra last weekend was a result of some very impressive play, a touch of luck and sheer determination that had seen him play and cash in a host of events on the US-facing site.
The Texan online grinder explained:
“It was a fun tournament. I've been playing a lot of tournaments, trying to win one of those trophies, or at least place in the top two. I set out on a goal to do that and sure enough I won the SC$4,500 Guaranteed. The Tournament of Champions came by and I won that too. I feel super blessed and lucky!”
Of the grand finale Tournament of Champions itself, which lasted over four hours, Guerra stated:
“I was on fire the whole tournament; I did get lucky in a lot of spots. I threw in some skill, but you can’t win without luck too”.
Going into some detail on his epic win, the new Global Poker champ enthusiastically explained:
“The Tournament of Champions seemed surreal; I couldn’t believe it when it happened. I was getting amped up, psyched about it and very excited." He added: “My strategy was to build up a huge stack lead straight off the bat in order to have a chance, and you have to play aggressive and a little loose (maybe a lot loose!) make a run for first place as much as you can. It worked. Sometimes you have to loosen up a little and play as well as you can with the cards you’re dealt.”
Guerra fought off the heads-up challenge of fellow Texan Logan08 to secure the victory, and with it the $5000 live tournament package, an amazing opportunity to represent Global Poker in a live poker tournament of his choice, the prize including travel and accommodation expenses.
Previous Tournament of Champions winners have gone on to play and cash in some of the biggest tournaments and locations in the poker world, and with the WSOP in Vegas right now it could be that Fernando joins the legends of the game via his prize package.
In a twist to his online poker beginnings, however, there was almost no KanyeTrump2020 account at all, Fernando revealing:
“I kept on seeing Facebook ads and I was a little confused because there was a local poker club here in town with a similar logo and name, so was thinking, ‘No, I don’t want to go to a bar tonight’."
“Oh wow, I need to check this out. I went to the website, I created my account and screen name, made a purchase and checked it out,” says Fernando – and the rest is now Global Poker history.
He was hooked from the first moment, stating:
“I just love Global Poker. It’s the only place I play right now. Yes, I live in Texas and I have a couple of other options, but I choose Global Poker because so far my experience has been great and the customer service is literally the best I’ve ever seen".
He adds, just to make it clear:
“I should point out that I am in no way affiliated with Global Poker. I’m getting paid through my win, but I have no affiliation with Global Poker other than my willingness to spend my own money on their site”.
When Fernando dons the Global Poker colours and attempts to turn his big win into an even bigger prize, we’ll be sure to let you know. For now, it’s congratulations and good luck to the new champ!
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With promotions, tournaments, Championships and special offers, there are stacks of reasons to visit GlobalPoker.com and get playing now.