Cate Hall and Mike Dentale get into an old-school pissing contest. Complete unknown James Romero wins biggest WPT $10k to date. Casino stocks tank due to new Macau regulation. And more.

Romero Scores Upset in WPT Five Diamond Classic

The WPT Five Diamond Classic managed to tie the record for most-ever entries in a WPT $10,000 buy-in event at 792. As one would expect for an event of that significance, the field was quite star-studded, and the final table included the likes of Jake Schindler, Justin Bonomo, Igor Yaroshevsky, Chris Klodnicki and Taylor Paur.

And yet, the guy who came out on top was one James Romero, an unknown whose previous best cash was a mere $3,803, barely a third of the buy-in for the Five Diamond. Not only did Romero win, he dominated; he was the chip leader coming into the final table, and at one point held over half the chips in play with five opponents remaining.

Cate Hall vs. Mike Dentale – Fight, Fight, Fight!

Earlier in the same event, Cate Hall got the ball rolling on an interesting story by calling off a huge preflop shove from Barry Hutter while holding only Ace-Ten offsuit, based on a read she felt she had. The read proved to be wrong, and Hall warned those following the stream in advance that they’d see something which looked terrible.

That didn’t stop the extremely outspoken Mike Dentale from laying into her for the play, which in turn led to Hall challenging him to play her heads-up for high stakes. Dentale became enraged – as he is wont to do – and said a number of things which we won’t publish here. Ultimately, though, the outcome – facilitated by Matt Glantz – is that the two have agreed to play out their grudge match live on Twitch in conjunction with Poker Night in America.

Reactions have been mixed, but I personally feel that these high-profile call-outs and grudge matches are something that’s been missing from poker for a while.

Quick Hitters

– In a week, the European Poker Tour will be no more. After its final stop, the EPT Prague season 13, it will become part of PokerStars’s new unified global Championship and Festival tours. PokerNews has leapt to be the first to eulogize the EPT, with a series of retrospectives by Jason Glatzer, the first of which went on up Friday.

– Macau ATMs will now cap daily withdrawals at 5,000 patacas (USD 626) for the most commonly-used payment option, limiting the flow of cash out of the country as well as the downside for the wealthy gamblers the Macau casino industry thrives on. Publicly traded casino stocks, including Sands, MGM and Melco have plunged as a result.