Weekly Poker Roundup: September 9, 2017
Fedor Holz Signs with partypoker
“Retired” poker pro Fedor Holz has signed with partypoker, as announced on the partypoker blog this week. Holz, who actually said he retired from poker last year in order to focus on his new company, Primed Mind, has still been one of the hottest players on the live tournament circuit the last two years. Since the start of 2016, he has made $16.5 million in live tournaments, including four cashes in the seven-figure range in 2016. Only two of his cashes this year have been for less than a quarter million dollars.
“I would never partner with a company that was not committed to looking after or listening to the players,” said Holz. “I have discussed partypoker’s plans with my good friend, Patrick Leonard, who is heavily involved in improving partypoker’s software and customer services. I hope to be playing in some of the Trickett’s Room online high stakes cash games, if Sam gives me an invite! I am looking forward to playing the $25K Super High Roller on the 19th September and some of the other $35 million guaranteed Powerfest starting this Sunday.”
Clearly Holz still plays poker and plans on continuing to play, so his retirement likely means he is simply not playing poker full time anymore.
Golden Nugget Owner Buys Houston Rockets
Tilman Fertitta, owner of the Golden Nugget casinos, has agreed to purchase the Houston Rockets from Leslie Alexander for $2.2 billion. That price is the largest ever paid for an NBA franchise, besting Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the L.A. Clippers in 2014.
Fertitta has deep roots in Houston. He grew up in nearby Galveston, attended the University of Houston, and established businesses in the area. Fertitta was also an advisory director of the Rockets during the 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 seasons, the seasons in which the team won back-to-back NBA championships. Part of the reason Alexander sold the franchise to Fertitta is because there is no risk that Fertitta will move the team.
“I am truly honored to have been chosen as the next owner of the Houston Rockets,” said Fertitta in a statement released by the team. “This is a life-long dream come true. Leslie Alexander has been one of the best owners in all of sports, and I thank him immensely for this opportunity. He has the heart of a champion. Lastly, out of respect for the NBA’s approval process, I can say no more other than I am overwhelmed with emotion to have this opportunity in my beloved city of Houston.”
The deal must still be approved by the league’s Board of Governors. Assuming it goes through, the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas will not be allowed to offer betting on the Rockets.
Charity Poker Tournament to Benefit LAPD Families Scheduled for Sunday Night
The Third Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament and Casino Night will be hosted by Avalon Hollywood Sunday night. Funds will go to benefit the LAPD employees – and their families – who have had to leave the LAPD early because of unfortunate circumstances such as injury or death in the line of duty or debilitating illness.
PokerStars Helping Hands is the tournament’s sponsor; PokerStars and its parent company, The Stars Group, are pitching in the grand prize for the tourney, a 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure prize package.
Poker Central is also a sponsor this year, which may mean that the tournament will be live streamed on the company’s PokerGO service, though this has not been confirmed.
Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda will be honored for his years of support for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation. Other celebrities expected to attend include actors Carl Weathers and Lou Diamond Phillips, NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West, Larry King, and UFC mega-stars Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
Tickets for the tournament cost $250, while tickets for just the party cost $100.
Winning Poker Network Victimized by DDoS Attack
In the middle of a major tournament event prior to Labor Day weekend, the Winning Poker Network (WPN), one of the few networks that gladly accepts U.S. customers, was hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. The attack was launched the evening of Thursday, August 31st, and extended all the way through about noon on Saturday.
The attack, as things are wont to do, created all sorts of freezes, slow downs, and connection problems for players, interrupting the Online Super Series (OSS) Cub3d, as well as the BOSS and MOSS series. WPN suspended games a number of times for hours at a time while technicians tried to mitigate the attack, but it still took nearly two days for things to settle down for good.
WPN CEO Phil Nagy went on Twitch to discuss the situation and revealed that the attacker not only requested a ransom to stop the attack (which Nagy refused to pay), but also that a WPN competitor had paid him to do it.
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