Weekly Poker Roundup: October 8, 2017
Art Papazyan Wins Second WPT Title This Season
Art Papazyan won the World Poker Tour (WPT) Maryland Live! Main Event this past week, a significant accomplishment in its own right, but made even more so considering he also won the WPT Legends of Poker just a few weeks ago. With the victory, Papazyan became just the eighth person to win two WPT titles in the same season.
Papazyan isn’t even a tournament player; he is known more for playing in high stakes cash games in California. Before the two WPT wins, he only had eight live tournament cashes, the richest of which was for barely more than $16,000. To say that this run was unexpected would probably be an understatement.
“I feel like this is not even real,” Papazyan told WPT.com after the tournament. “Who would have thought I play my first WPT and I win against Phil Hellmuth? Then I play my second WPT, I come to Maryland across the country, and I win again? I would never have thought in my wildest dreams that this would ever happen. I’m so happy it did.”
Boyd Gaming Reaching Out to Families of Las Vegas Shooting Victims
The United States is still reeling from the devastating shooting massacre that took the lives of 58 people and injured around 500 others in Las Vegas. Boyd Gaming, which owns a dozen casinos in the area – not including the Mandalay Bay, which is where the shooter holed up – is doing its part to try to ease the burden on family members of victims, offering free hotel rooms to those traveling to Las Vegas to attend to loved ones.
On its website and social media, Boyd Gaming wrote, “The thoughts, prayers, and condolences of the entire Boyd Gaming family are with the victims, their families, and the people of Las Vegas. If you are a relative or victim and need accommodations in Las Vegas, please call 888-582-6278 and mention offer code ZSTRIP for a complimentary room.”
Some of the more well-known casinos under the Boyd Gaming umbrella are Gold Cast, Suncoast, the Orleans, the Fremont, and Main Street Station.
PokerGO Adds Dating Show
Poker Central has begun airing a new original show on its PokerGO streaming service, a “reality” show called “Chasing Hearts.” All six episodes were released on October 2nd.
Though PokerGO is a poker streaming channel, “Chasing Hearts” is not a poker program, but rather a dating show. In each episode, couples go on blind dates while hidden cameras follow how everything goes. Two “experts” then analyze the participants focusing on their “tells.”
The expert hosts are Hayley Bright, “a relationship and lifestyle expert,” and Blake Eastman, a poker coach as well as the founder of the poker training site, Beyond Tells.
“’Chasing Hearts’ combines unpredictable blind dates and poker-themed analysis to present a clever twist on the traditional dating show,” said Joe Kakaty, president of Poker Central, in a press release. Ok.
Absolute Poker, UltimateBet Payments Sent to Bank Accounts
Refunds to former Absolute Poker and UltimateBet players have begun hitting bank accounts, as the first wave of payments authorized by the Garden City Group and the Department of Justice have been sent out. Those who have been waiting for their money that had been lost since April 15th, 2011, should check their accounts and look for line items that read, “DOJ ABSOLUTE FD ABSFUNDPAY.”
Both the Absolute Poker and UltimateBet reimbursements will look the same except for the dollar amounts.
The claims process began in mid-April, when the Department of Justice announced that it would use funds leftover from Full Tilt Poker refunds to pay AP and UB players. Players had to fill out some basic information, verify that their account balances were correct (or seemed correct, as many of us didn’t remember exactly how much money we had in those accounts), and then wait for approval. Once approved (this step for the first wave was in August), players could then submit their bank account information.
Even though the claims deadline has passed, Garden City Group is still accepting petitions, but approvals of late arrivals will be delayed as other claims are evaluated.
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