Weekly Poker Roundup: September 18, 2016
Brian Rast Challenges Sheldon Adelson to a Heads-Up Match
Las Vegas Sands CEO and the force behind the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), Sheldon Adelson, recently said in an interview with Yahoo! Finance that there was no skill involved in poker. He has said this before, though the context of this interview was that of daily fantasy sports. This time, poker pro Brian Rast took up the torch for poker players everywhere, challenging Adelson to a $2 million heads-up poker game.
Rast issued the challenge via Twitter, saying, “Hey Sheldon Adelson, waz up? Poker is a skill game. Don’t believe me? You’re a billionaire, I’m not close. Let’s play HU 4 2 million each. In fact Sheldon my man, I’ll pay you 500$ 2 play 100bb freeze outs for 2mil, so if poker isn’t a skill game u earning and can prove me wrong.”
He added a definition for Adelson’s benefit, as well: “’Game of skill’: optimizing decisions to create an advantage. Inferior & superior strategies. Can involve luck (gammon/poker) or not (chess)”
There’s no way that Adelson will ever accept Rast’s offer, but it’s still fun to dream.
Poker Hall of Fame Finalists Announced
The Poker Hall of Fame has announced the ten finalists for induction this year. They are, in alphabetical order:
- Chris Bjorin
- Humberto Brenes
- Todd Brunson
- Eli Elezra
- Bruno Fitoussi
- Chris Moneymaker
- Carlos Mortensen
- Max Pescatori
- Matt Savage
- David “Devilfish” Ulliott
These ten men were selected via a two-month public nomination process during which anyone could visit the Poker Hall of Fame site via WSOP.com and submit the names of people they feel are deserving for the eternal honor. The Poker HOF’s Governing Council tabulated the votes and issued the above list of finalists.
From here, the living Poker HOF members and a select number of poker media members (NOT ME…grumble) will submit their votes to narrow the list the two people who will be inducted in a ceremony to be held in conjunction with the November Nine. Each voter has ten votes that they can distribute to the nominees as they see fit; the two highest vote-getters will comprise the 2016 Poker Hall of Fame class.
Tain Network to Resurrect Online Poker
Back during the poker boom, before our innocence was destroyed by the UIGEA in late 2006, the Tain Network was a pretty decent place to play online poker. It wasn’t big, but it did its thing fairly well. The competition was terrible, too. Case in point: I was profitable on Tain. But after the UIGEA, the network withdrew from the U.S. market and not long after that, dropped poker altogether. Now, thanks to a deal with an online poker provider, Tain will be returning to the poker business.
This past Monday, Tain and GGNetwork announced that GGNetwork will supply its poker software to Tain’s online gaming licensees. GGNetwork is an Asian-facing company; this is the first European partnership it has made.
In a press release, Tain Network CEO Mathias Larsson said, “We are proud to be the first major European partner for GGNetwork. Poker used to represent a significant sector for Tain operators before its decline. However, we do not believe that the downturn was due to people falling out of love with poker; it was because the poker networks simply were not good enough and allowed certain brands to take over the market. Now, though, Tain will once again be able to offer world-class poker to its operators and I am sure it will be a massive success.”
Neither Tain nor GGNetwork has announced when Tain will re-launch poker games.
Selbst, Negreanu to Host NYC Charity Poker Event
On Tuesday, September 27th, poker pros Vanessa Selbst and Daniel Negreanu will host “Justice is Blinds,” a charity poker event to benefit the Urban Justice Center. More than 30-years old, the New York organization provides “legal services to the city’s most vulnerable.” The event will be held at Capitale.
A number of celebrities will be in attendance, including actors Richard Kind, Hank Azaria, David Costabile, Billy Crudup, Eric Bogosian, Tony Denison, and Tony Yasbeck. Poker pros scheduled to attend include Jonathan Little, Melanie Weisner, Erik Seidel, Andy Frankenberger, Olivier Busquet, and Stephen Chidwick.
The Grand Prize for the evening will be an $11,000 prize package to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Other top prizes include four tickets to the Jets/Dolphins game at MetLife Stadium, eight box seats to a basketball game at Madison Square Garden, hotel and airfare for any destination in the U.S., and a round of golf at the famed Baltusrol.
A single-player buy-in costs $1,000, while non-poker players who still want to attend will still have to pony up $500 for a ticket. Last year, the event raised $160,000. More information can be found at http://poker.urbanjustice.org/.
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