Weekly Poker Roundup: July 23, 2017
2017 WSOP Bracelet Auctioned for Charity
Through a charitable organization that they founded with fellow poker pros Philipp Gruissem and Stefan Huber, poker couple Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov auctioned off a bracelet from the 2017 World Series of Poker $10,000 Tag Team event on eBay this week, raising $10,200.
Boeree and Kurganov won the Tag Team event, but contrary to what one might initially think, this was not one of their bracelets (and obviously, since we’ve already said the money was charity, they weren’t selling it to pay their bills). Since the event allowed for teams up to four players, there were two extra bracelets that weren’t awarded; the WSOP donated one of them for the auction.
The organization benefiting from the auction is Raising for Effective Giving (REG), which is not a charity in the traditional sense, but rather an organization that distributes funds to charities that are as efficient with that money as possible. REG aims to help as many people per dollar as it can, currently focusing on poverty alleviation, animal welfare, and risks from emerging technologies.
2017-2018 WSOP International Circuit Schedule Announced
The World Series of Poker has issued the schedule for the 2017-2018 WSOP International Circuit, a schedule that features 13 events spread across almost every continent on the planet. The season kicks off in the first week of August in Iguazu, Argentina and ends sometime next Spring or Summer (the date is TBA) in Tblisi, Georgia.
“Our partner casinos have done a terrific job bringing the WSOP brand and experience to their properties,” said WSOP Director Gregory Chochon in a press release. “The WSOP International Circuit is here to stay and we look forward to continually improving the experience and prize pools for the players.”
Next summer, following the end of both the WSOP International Circuit and the U.S.-based WSOP Circuit, those who qualify will be able to compete in the WSOP Global Casino Championship. On the International Circuit, the tour stop Main Event winners will receive free seats into the Championship, as will the “casino winners,” those players who earn the most points on each tour stop. This follows the same system as the U.S. Circuit. The one difference is that there will be no “at-large” qualifiers from the International Circuit.
Phil Ivey, David “Devilfish” Ulliott Elected to Poker Hall of Fame
During a break at the 2017 WSOP Main Event final table Friday night, the WSOP announced the two newest inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame: Phil Ivey and David “Devilfish” Ulliott.
Ivey as a Hall of Famer has been a foregone conclusion for years; it wasn’t until now, after he turned 40 this year, that he was finally eligible. As far as statistics that we can actually track, Ivey is fifth on the all-time live tournament money list with nearly $24 million in winnings. He has won 10 World Series of Poker bracelets (didn’t even play this year), tied with legends Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan for second place behind Phil Hellmuth’s 14 bracelets. Online, Ivey was a must-watch cash game player for those who liked to rail at Full Tilt. He is also one of the most feared live high-stakes cash game players, playing all over the world, able to play any game variation out there.
On ESPN’s final table telecast, Daniel Negreanu said that Ivey is the one player he has seen that should have gotten 100 percent of the vote (we do not know what the vote tallies were).
David “Devilfish” Ulliott is, unfortunately, a posthumous inductee, as he passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 61 in 2015. Ulliott was one of the ultimate characters of the game, often considered one of the “godfathers” of UK poker for his role in spreading the games popularity in his home country.
In live tournaments, he earned more than $6.2 million, winning one WSOP title and one World Poker Tour title.
Ulliott was one of those rare players who combined fantastic poker ability with personality and a talent for being a true ambassador for poker.
Google to Lift Google Player Store Real Money Gambling Ban
Google has sent out e-mails to gambling companies in the UK, Ireland, and France, informing them that starting next week, it will begin accepting submissions for real-money gambling apps to be put in the Google Play store. Since 2013, Google has not permitted such apps, though they could always be downloaded directly from the gambling site and side-loaded.
Andrew Daniels, the managing director of UK-based tech firm Degree 53, was the first to make this news public, revealing that he received one of the e-mails; Degree has companies like BetFred and 888 Holdings as clients.
“From the beginning of August 2017,” Daniels said, “Google will accept applications for the distribution of gambling apps within the Play store in the UK, France and the Republic of Ireland. At a later date, this policy change may be expanded to new regions and countries.”
Google has made one big exception to the “no gambling” rule: just before the 2015 NFL season, it allowed DraftKings and FanDuel, the two dominant players in the daily fantasy sports (DFS) space, to offer their real-money DFS apps in the Google Play store.
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