The WSOP has announced its short list of Hall of Fame nominees for 2016. Jason Mercier will be streaming the WCOOP Super High-Roller live on the PokerStars Twitch channel. Poker is booming in Asia. Shaun Deeb has reproduced. And more.
The World Series of Poker has announced the ten names that will be on the ballot for this year’s Hall of Fame inductions. It’s a list full of talent, personality and popularity, so it should be a close race. Unfortunately, the operative word is should, because with the way the voting system is structured, what will almost inevitably happen is what has happened in previous years, namely that the current Hall of Famers, led by Daniel Negreanu, will vote in people close to them, further tightening their lock on the voting in the process.
Out of this year’s nominees, then, by far the most likely contenders to make it in are Chris Moneymaker and Carlos Mortensen. If you don’t believe that’s a foregone conclusion, or wish to pretend it isn’t, here is the full list:
- Tomorrow will be the first day of the World Championship of Online Poker $102,000 Super High-Roller, the highest buy-in event ever played online. PokerStars has managed to convince its sponsored pro (and this summer’s big WSOP story) Jason Mercier to steam online with his hole cards up (on a delay, of course). Twitch sensation Jason Sommerville will be on the stream to provide commentary.
- Tournament pro Shaun Deeb has won yet another WCOOP title in Event #12, $1,050 Five-Card Draw. Meanwhile, his wife Ashley was giving birth to their second child, whom they’ve named Chance. Even in his moment of glory, Deeb was unable to avoid the tendency to put his foot in his mouth on any matter related to women:
@shaundeeb don't you fucking dare say 5 min of labor- I labored at home the past 2 days
— Ashley Deeb (@crashleyonfire) September 8, 2016
- According to Card Player, the upcoming Molly’s Game movie may begin shooting as early as November. The movie is based on the memoirs by the same name, covering Molly Bloom’s underground poker games, which were attended by an assortment of Hollywood celebrities before being broken up by a government crackdown.
- Last week, we reported that an arrest warrant had been issued for six-time WSOP bracelet winner Ted Forrest. Thursday was his first court appearance on those charges, which relate to his writing of bad checks.
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