Poker pro Phil Galfond provided another update on the progress of his upcoming online poker room, Run It Once, this week. The big news: the poker room will not allow players to use Heads-Up Displays (HUDs). Galfond said he has nothing against HUDs, but he feels that they widen the gap between pros and recreational players, resulting in recreational players losing money faster and having less fun.
Galfond described two of the things his site will do in order to effectively keep HUDs away from Run It Once. First, the tables will be anonymous. Rather that just giving a player a random number as a name at the table, though, everyone will be assigned a first name and middle initial. The name will change upon a later visit, though Galfond did not say how much time would have to go by between logins for this to happen. Changing names makes it impossible to track players while at the same time making it easier to remember players during a single session.
Second, Run It Once will actually provide everyone with player stats, but will do so by having Dynamic Avatars. The expressions of players’ avatars will change depending on how that person plays statistically. So, a tight player will have one expression, while an unpredictable donk will have another. Opponents’ Dynamic Avatars will be based on their stats while seated with the user.
Popular poker pro Tom “3betpanda” Steinbach was shot outside a private poker club called Texas Card House in Austin last week. His injuries were said to initially be life-threatening, but he has since improved and though still hospitalized, is reported to be in stable condition.
Steinbach, who keeps friends and fans updated on his career via Instagram posts, is a Las Vegas local, but was visiting friends in the Austin area. The shooting is reported to be related to a robbery attempt.
There was some confusion at first as to whether or not it was Steinbach who was shot, but once he was in stable condition, his friend, a fellow poker named Jillian who goes by the handle “jillianfades” on Instagram, confirmed it was him. She has since setup a GoFundMe page to help pay for his medical bills. The campaign has raised $3,108 in two days.
The Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF) announced this past week that Lupe Soto and Maria Ho have been elected as the newest members of the Hall. They will be inducted in a ceremony on June 26th at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas.
Lupe Soto’s credentials are impeccable. In 2002, she created the first online poker forum for women and then founded the Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS) in 2004. The Women in Poker Hall of Fame is actually her brainchild and she just recently launched the Women’s Poker Association (WPA). The entire point of her efforts this century has been to advance the standing of women in the world of poker.
Maria Ho has risen quickly in the poker ranks, first gaining attention in 2007, when she finished 38th in the World Series of Poker Main Event, the highest placing woman that year. To date, she has amassed nearly $2.8 million in live tournament earnings. Beyond the tables, though, she has cemented herself as a respected poker personality and ambassador of the game. She was hired by the Heartland Poker Tour as a strategic commenter for their broadcasts, the first woman to nab such a role. Ho has also been a part of WSOP and WPT broadcasts and became known to a broader audience several years ago when she was a cast member on “The Amazing Race.”
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