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A pair of robbers used pepper spray to attack casino employees in Macau before making off with HK$3.1 million (US$395,000) in cash and chips.

While the robbery was initially successful, the getaway was not, as four alleged suspects tied to the crime were arrested within 24 hours. All four are said to reside in mainland China.

The incident took place at the Four Seasons Hotel casino in the gambling mecca. Two men were nabbed by Zhuhai police during an attempt to flee at the Gongbei border, with another man and woman taken into custody in a Taipa hotel.

The stolen loot was recovered, according to the South China Morning Post.

A Gaming Crimes Division honcho of the Macau Judiciary Police stated that a security guard and croupier were pepper sprayed by two of the suspects. The miscreants fled the casino and apparently turned over the money and chips to a woman accomplice before going their separate way.

The woman later connected with another man who was interested in making a deal for the casino chips. The deal never went down successfully as all four landed in a jail cell, each charged with various crimes that included assault, robbery, and possession of an offensive weapon.

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Tony Miles, runner-up in the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, has competed on the American TV show American Ninja. The Utah native made a prop bet with last year’s WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb after collecting $5 million for his impressive run. Deeb gave Miles 25-1 odds on a $5,000 bet that he could not complete the qualifying course.

This is no mean feat to even attempt, let alone consider yourself a favourite to triumph. There is a long list of seriously high-level athletes waiting for their turn on the course. In the run up to the show, Miles dedicated an incredible amount of time to get himself into serious shape. 

Sadly though, it wasn’t to be. Miles made it straight through the first two challenges but faltered on the third section called Block Run. There was a lot of support on the sidelines willing him on after he managed to get sideline reporter Zuri Hall to waft $5,000 in the air. There was no mentioned of Shaun Deeb, but it was hinted at that $125,000 sat close by in a suitcase should Miles be successful.

Failure this year is only the first bite of the cherry. Although the odds will worsen to 20-1 next year and 15-1 in 2021 Miles has plenty of time to make best use of this experience. Even if he doesn’t make it, this is definitely one of the most interesting side bets that we have seen in recent years. And if he has to pay out $5,000, so what. It’s not like it’ll make much of a dent in his $5 million stash from last year.

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The glory days are returning to online poker courtesy of HighStakes who have just announced a €40,000 Freeroll leaderboard – the Jack of HighStakes TLB offering everyone a chance to build a bankroll for free!

The game-changing approach from the fastest-growing, player-friendly site will see 10 freerolls running every day – with the aim being to gain leaderboard points to launch you into the big buy-in Special Sunday tournaments on August 18th.

With €150,000 in guaranteed prizemoney, that massive day of action could see you join the pros and regs for free – literally the best promo ever awarded to freerollers.

Jack Of HighStakes €40,000 TLB - YouTube

How does it work?
  • You simply sign up and enter the freerolls for, well, free! If you want to, you have the option to rebuy or add-on for €0.50c, but that’s entirely up to you.
  • You gain points based on a simple formula – 10xField Size/Finishing Position. So, for example, if you win a 1000 player freeroll, you gain 10x1000/1 = 10000 points.
  • The July 1st to August 15th Leaderboard race final position gains you entries into the big money Special Sunday tournaments – first place is a massive €3500 worth of buy-ins.
  • You MUST register for the Sunday 18th tournaments the day before and you MUST play them. (This is to prevent freeloaders abusing the system – the HighStakes approach is aimed at genuine players looking for that chance to join the big league! Check out the rules for what happens to the bad apples.)

 The €40,000 Jack of HighStakes Freeroll TLB is a risk-free way to turn literally nothing into huge scores, with great tournaments and a fun leaderboard race sweat along the way!

Check out all the details here.

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Former PokerStars legend Daniel Negreanu revealed this week that fellow players owe him $millions in loans, stating they amounted to ‘closer to 8 figures’ when the number $1million was thrown out there on Twitter…


The shocking number didn’t come with any names just yet, of course, but 51% of the almost 30,000 who responded believed that the Canadian should ‘out’ the dishonest ones who owe.

The poker world, particularly at higher stakes, has always relied on loans to keep the games running smoothly, but there have also always been those who take advantage of others.

Earlier this year we reported on the Eli Elezra saga, the Israeli legend of High Stakes Poker running into some serious trouble after claiming in an AMA on the 2 plus2 forum to promote his book:

“I always pay my debts”.

That, it transpired, was far from the truth – Cole South and Abe Mosseri both going public with claims that Elezra owed them massive sums, $100k and $853k respectively.

It’s not clear what Negreanu plans to do with the results of his Twitter poll – some suggesting it’s a way to scare his debtors into coughing up what they owe.

One Twitter fan came up with a very interesting idea….


…and the majority, thankfully, in favour of outing the dishonest among them, with Barry Carter asking the (rather more than) $64,000 question…


In a curious twist of irony, the most notorious loan scammer in poker over the past few years, David Chino Rheem, doesn’t get a mention, although he has regularly been defended in the past by Negreanu…

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It has been a busy week for the partypoker crew if their latest newsletter is anything to go by, with the focus on Rob Yong and his Fairplay commitment to players, as well as a massive $1million SPINS win and the upcoming POWERFEST series to whet the appetite…

FAIRPLAY to Rob Yong

Let’s kick things off with Rob Yong, the Dusk Till Dawn casino supremo and partypoker partner detailing all the recent software changes…

A (very) brief rundown looks a bit like this:

  • The use of HUDS and Hand History downloads banned
  • Players told to choose a new partypoker alias/nickname
  • MyGame introduced to allow players to review and improve
  • New and improved security measures in place
  • Many more improvements on the way!
First partypoker SPINS Millionaire Crowned

James James23C Carmichael landed the golden ticket to poker fortune when his $5 SPINS game saw that buy-in hit the 240,000 multiplier – a $1million jackpot to play for!

Englishman James’ victory over Mexico's elielalbiter and Peruvian player nilverlobo brought him instant millionaire status, his two tablemates landing $100,000 apiece.

POWERFEST X on the horizon

Live poker may be top of the agenda for many just now with the WSOP halfway through, but partypoker’s POWERFEST X is waiting in the wings – July 28th ‘til August 11th the dates for your diaries.

The 10th edition of the massively-popular online festival will have details released soon, but safe to say there will be huge guarantees and tournaments for every size of bankroll across a host of game types.

Bots on the run as crackdown continues

The partypoker battle against the bots continues apace, May seeing 42 account closures and close to $50,000 seized across the entire network.

One in six of the bot finds was due to player vigilance, the rest thanks to partypoker’s specialist Poker Fraud Team – the site keeping its promise to ‘investigate all incidents reported’. 

partypoker LIVE experiment with online Main Event format

In a bid to make playing live events much cheaper and easier for those with day jobs, Rob Yong recently revealed a trial format that lets players play day one and two of the LIVE ME’s either live or online.

Survivors of the opening two days – already guaranteed a cash - would then meet to play the rest of the event out live at the host venue. Details of the PP LIVE ‘masterplan’ can be found here.

partypoker’s big boys and girls at the WSOP

With the 2019 WSOP well underway, fans of the partypoker Team pros and Team Online have had plenty of opportunities to sweat their heroes.

Anatoly Filatov has secured six cashes so far, with Kristen Bicknell, Ludovic Geilich, ElkY, Patrick Leonard and Joao Simao all hot on his heels.

For those who love to read the latest thoughts and finest stories on the WSOP from the stars, both Ike Haxton and Padraig Parkinson have put pen to paper - links in the names.

MILLIONS Vegas set to kick off on June 28th

What happens in Vegas…probably won’t stay there! The Team partypoker squad of Kristen Bicknell, Ludovic Geilich, Sam Trickett, Anatoly Filatov, Joao Simao, Roberto Romanello and Richard Dubini will all be hoping for some winning reports to escape at least.

That’s because the $5million guaranteed MILLIONS Vegas Main Event is all set for a June 28th start, the $10k buy-in tournament mirroring the other MILLIONS LIVE ME’s and running until July 2nd.

We’ll have all the best stories from the partypoker visit to the Aria as soon as they happen, and you can find out more about the event here.

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A last longer contest of a different sort will be attempted at this year's WSOP when Zach Gensler tries to break Phil Laak's record for the longest continuous poker session.

Laak endured 115 hours of virtually non-stop cash game poker in 2010 and attained the Guinness World Record for doing so. Gensler has set a target of 120 hours and has spent plenty of time training in order to accomplish the feat.


Those of you who have played marathon poker sessions are likely well aware of how difficult it is to play long stretches of poker without getting the rest and sleep that a body surely needs. Extended sleep deprivation can result in any number of problems - paranoia, delusions and psychosis among them.

Add to that the constant focus required in playing poker and we're talking very real mental strain and fatigue. Trying to stay awake may be one thing and aiming to turn a profit while playing at less than full capacity mentally is another.

Gensler will be playing $1/$2 No Limit Hold'em at the Rio cash game tables beginning on June 27, according to previous reports. His endeavor has a charitable flavor to it, including donating a portion of his winnings to a fund on behalf of the kids of recently departed poker pro Gavin Smith.

The Guinness rules allow for a 5-minute break per hour and the time can be accumulated to make for a longer break at some point. In other words, play for eight hours straight and use 40 minutes to make a restroom pit stop and take a quick nap, would be one example.


That's hardly enough break time as 120 hours is five straight days of poker. Best of luck to Zach Gensler on breaking the record. Lots of people are rooting for you!

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Record-breaking Jeopardy! Star James Holzhauer will kick off his WSOP debut today courtesy of partypoker chairman Mike Sexton, the legendary poker pro sponsoring two events for the quiz show genius

Holzhauer won $2.46 million for his 32-game winning streak on the classic game show and today the former ‘semi-pro’ online poker player will try his hand at the live game, joining Sexton in the $1,000 Tag Team tournament.

First up for James, however, will be the $1,500 NLHE Super Turbo Bounty, the Vegas man explaining:

"I decided to enter because Mike Sexton contacted me and offered to sponsor my buy-ins. I don't have any plans to enter another WSOP event beyond those two”.

Holzhauer’s phenomenal Jeopardy! Streak ended earlier this month, with viewing figures through the roof – James’ efforts posting the 16 highest one-day scores in the show's history.

A professional sportsbettor by ‘trade’, James explained to PokerNews earlier this week:

“I played online poker semi-professionally in the early 2000s, but I don't intend to make a career of it now, as I'm sure I wouldn't be good enough at it to justify forgoing other opportunities."

Three-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Ben Yu, a close friend, has long been impressed by Holzhauer’s abilities, stating:

“He has a phenomenal gambling mind. We do a lot of sports betting work together, share a lot of information. He’s definitely someone I look up to.”

Should the Jeopardy! Champ find his way into the money at the Rio, he has promised 50% of it to charity – James and wife Melissa having already donated around $300,000 to good causes.

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Every tournament poker player's dream is to win a coveted gold bracelet at the World Series of Poker.

That dream became a reality for 30 players who captured their first WSOP title at the 2019 WSOP within the first 40 events. Here's a look at all of the winners and their prize money so far, with an asterisk beside the names of players who have won multiple bracelets:

#1 Nicholas Haynes / $500 Casino Employees / $62,248       

#2 Brian Green / $10K Super Turbo Bounty / $345,669       

#3 Femi Fashakin / $500 "Big Fofty" / $1,147,449       

#4 Derek McMaster / $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo8 / $228,228       

#5 Benjamin Heath / $50K High Roller / $1,484,085       

#6 Daniel Zack / $2,500 Limit Mix Triple Draw / $160,447       

#7 Yong Keun Kwon / $400 ONLINE NLHE / $165,263       

#8 Alex Epstein / $10K Short Deck / $296,227       

#9 Jeremy Pekarek / $600 Deepstack / $398,281       

#10 Scott Clements* / $1,500 Dealers Choice / $144,957       

#11 Daniel Strelitz / $5K NLHE / $442,385       

#12 Daniel Park / $1K Super Turbo Bounty / $226,243       

#13  Yuval Bronshtein / $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw / $96,278       

#14  Murilo Souza / $1,500 HORSE / $207,003       

#15  Sean Swingruber / $10K Heads-Up NLHE / $186,356        

#16 Isaac Baron / $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed / $407,739       

#17 Brett Apter / $1,500 NLHE Shootout / $238,824       

#18 Frankie O'Dell* / $10K Omaha Hi-Lo8 / $443,641       

#19  John Gorsuch / $1,500 Millionaire Maker / $1,344,930       

#20 Eli Elezra* / $1,500 Seven-Card Stud / $93,766       

#21 Jim Bechtel* / $10K NL 2-7 Lowball Draw / $253,817       

#22  Jorden Fox / $1,000 Double Stack / $420,693       

#23 Rami Boukai* / $1,500 Eight Game Mix / $177,294       

#24 Josh Pollock* / $600 ONLINE PLO 6-Handed / $139,470       

#25 Andrew Donabedian / $600 PLO Deepstack / $205,605       

#26 Roman Korenev / $2,620 Marathon / $477,401

#27  Michael Mizrachi* / $1,500 7-Stud Hi/Lo8 / $142,801       

#28 Stephen Song / $1,000 NLHE / $341,854       

#29 Greg Mueller* / $10,000 HORSE / $425,347

#30 Luis Zedan / $1,000 PLO / $236,673

#31 Thomas Cazayous / $3,000 NLHE 6-Handed / $414,766

#32 Howard Mash / $1,000 Seniors / $662,594

#33 Robert Campbell / $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball 3-Draw / $144,027

#34 Joseph Cheong / $1,000 Double Stack / $687,782

#35 Adam Friedman* / $10K Dealer's Choice / $312,417

#36 David Lambard / $3,000 NLHE Shootout / $207,193

#37 Robert Mitchell / $800 NLHE Deepstack / $297,537

#38 Upeshka De Silva* / $600 ONLINE KO Bounty / $98,263

#39 Michael Blake / $1,000 Super Seniors / $359,863

#40 Ismael Bojang / $1,500 PLO / $298,507

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Daniel Negreanu’s new wife, Amanda (nee Leatherman), has jumped to her husband’s defence after a highly-critical essay was posted on Twitter – Negreanu described in the piece as ‘The Leader of Stupid Inc.’


Negreanu’s wedding to Amanda Leatherman was front-page poker news recently, as was his parting of ways with long-time paymasters PokerStars, Daniel the world-famous ambassadorial face of the poker industry giant. His behaviour over the years, however, has made him plenty of enemies.

Public fallouts and disputes with Doug Polk, Shaun Deeb, Irish ChipRace podcaster David Lappin and many, many others have seen numerous would-be/should-be colleagues of DNegs blocked on Twitter.

That’s what happened to the pseudonymous Twitter account of ‘Rachel Lees’, the person behind it clearly familiar with both the poker community and the business world.

With Negreanu extremely unhappy at being called a ‘hypocrite’ for his ‘More Rake is Better’- type arguments, and the ‘Rachel Lees’ byname claiming to say the things others “can’t due to fear of imbecile poker mobs, trolls and virtue signallers” the fallout is unsurprising.

Lees’ criticism picks apart Negreanu’s entire career, with sub-heading such as;

  • DANIEL DOES NOT EXHIBIT ANY NON-STUPID QUALITIES
  • WHAT CAUSED THE STUPIDITY
  • USE YOUR PLATFORM WISELY YOUNG MAN
  • HYPOCRISY AND HYPOCRITIC and
  • WHY DO I UPSET KID POKER?

The hard-hitting 5600-word opinion piece has received the same divided response seen in most of Negreanu’s spats.

There were those opposed to Lees’…



…while others were grateful for a well-constructed argument against DNegs, and on poker in general…


It was Negreanu’s other half Amanda, however, who was most forceful in her denunciation of the essay, calling out one user for agreeing with it…


… leading to allegations of bullying and ‘cult-behaviour’…


…and then a fiery response and hardly-unexpected block from the new Mrs Negreanu


With the ‘Rachel Lees’ account planning to leave poker Twitter at the end of the month it could well be the end of this particular spat, but what are the odds on another Negreanu fallout appearing before long?

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For those of you out there who thought partypoker was only a poker site, think again – their most recent slots promo seeing the winners wined and dined in Vegas, with ringside seats to the Tyson Fury – Tom Schwarz heavyweight fight thrown in!


The three winners plus guests were also treated to producers’ seats at The Cirque Du Soleil show – best-known to poker players for co-founder, the amateur nosebleed and One Drop impresario Guy Laliberte.


Throw in the full NASCAR driving experience and $2,000 apiece spending money – all while soaking up a free five star, five nights Cosmopolitan resort stay, and it was a Vegas trip to remember.


Two of the three lucky winners were recreational players, the partypoker casino and sportsbook offerings mirroring the poker offerings and developing a uniquely innovative and rec friendly ‘partypoker’ approach.


This, according to the site, has seen a spike in their poker players taking up the offerings across the board – the chance to win ‘experience of a lifetime’ trips adding to the allure and keeping players within the partypoker network.

In line with this, future events will see a poker/sportsbook SuperBowl promotion with superb packages to Miami up for grabs starting in August.

To add to the international travel flavour, the recent Diamond Club Elite poker winners will be having a Bahamas meet-up to celebrate their amazing grinding success on the virtual green felt.

If you fancy trying out any or all of partypoker’s poker, sportsbetting or casino offerings, check out the latest offers here.

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