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Weekly Poker Roundup: December 15, 2018

Two Casino Massage Therapists Sue Former Firm

Walk through any major (or minor, for that matter) poker tournament, and you will see players receiving massages at the table. Walk through the casino and you will see at least one massage station, as well.

Those massage therapists generally work through an agency that contracts with the casino. And now two therapists are suing their former firm.

Krystal Johnson and Shannon DeLelle had worked as independent with INTU Corporation, providing massage services for players at the Bellagio. The Bellagio no longer uses INTU, so the two women began working with Professional Massage, Inc. (PMI) so that they could keep working.

INTU, though, claims that Johnson and DeLelle signed non-compete agreements and has blocked them for working for PMI. The women, in turn, have sued INTU, saying that non-compete is null-and-void because it over-reaches, unfairly barring them from making a living.

Because they provide their services for poker players at casinos, INTU is essentially saying they have no career for a year.

WPT Announces Three Delayed Final Table Dates

The World Poker Tour has announced the schedule for the first three final tables to be held at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas inside Luxor Hotel and Casino.

In late spring the WPT made the decision to delay the final tables of some of its Main Events, similar to how the World Series of Poker did it with the November Nine. When those final tables would be, though, was not revealed until this past week.

The WPT Gardens Poker Championship final table will be held at the HyperX Esports Arena on March 12th, the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open final table will be on March 13th, and the WPT L.A. Poker Classic will be on March 14th.

The final table players will all be flown into Las Vegas (if they need to be) by the World Poker Tour and will have all accommodations taken care of. The WPT is trying to make this a spectacle, trying to make the Esports Arena a premier venue for poker, and hey, it may work. I’m personally not so sure players will like it, but I can’t fault the WPT for giving it a go.

Rich Alati Wins Isolation Chamber Prop Bet

In a previous news article, I gave you an update on Rich’s attempt to win the dark 100,000.

Rich Alati won his solitary confinement prop bet against Rory Young without having to make it the full 30 days. After determining that Alati was likely going to be able to stick it out, Young proposed a buy-out of the bet after 20 days. Alati eventually agreed, winning $62,400.

Alati had been in a pitch-black room for nearly three weeks with no communication with the outside world. He had a toilet, sink, bath, bed, and fridge, but no light at all. Food was delivered every three to six days so as not to tip him off as to how long he had been in isolation.

If he lasted for 30 days, he won $100,000. If not, he paid Young $100,000.

“At the last food drop, he was stronger than ever,”

Young told The Action Network:

“I underestimated his mindset, his resolve. I’m not disappointed I made the bet, I thought I had the better side, but he has exceeded all my expectations.”

Alati did say that he could just barely hear the sounds of landscaping outside, so he did have an idea of the day/night cycles.

Dan Katz

Dan Katz, one of our poker experts here at, is a man with many interests. While he spends the majority of his down time hanging out with his family, he is also a self-proclaimed world-class fisherman who owns several sea vessels. Dan once caught a 70-pound marlin while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. Although he hooks sea creatures on the daily, Dan is a big teddy bear and aims to protect nature at all costs; letting all his catches go at the end of the day.

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