Hit and Run: WSOPC Ring Race Heats Up; Lost Poker Winnings Lead to Fine; The Threat of Poker Bots

Steve Ruddock : March 20th, 2016


A look at the threat of poker bots. If you leave poker winnings a cab keep your mouth shut. Chris Reslock closing in on Alex Masek for career WSOPC wins. And more.

The race for 10

Phil Hellmuth may have a solid cushion when it comes to career World Series of Poker bracelets (14 to 10), but over on the WSOP Circuit the race for the most gold rings is extremely close, and just got quite a bit closer.

The current leader is Alex Masek who has nine career WSOPC wins. But with his most recent victory, poker veteran Chris Reslock is once again within one ring of tying Masek.

Reslock’s latest victory came in the $365 No Limit Holdem event at the Harrah’s Atlantic City WSOPC stop where the long time staple on the New Jersey poker scene added another $16,500 to his career tournament earnings, which are now fast-approaching $2 million. Reslock also has a WSOP gold bracelet on his resume, which he won in 2007.

Quick Hitters

- Professional footballer Max Kruse apparently left a substantial amount of poker winnings in a cab. As big of a mistake as this seems, it was Kruse’s reaction to forgetting the money that may actually be the bigger mistake, as his team was none too pleased with the way he’s been spending his time off the pitch.

- If you missed the debut of the Part Time Poker podcast (hosted by PTP’s Alex Weldon and WSOP bracelet winner Andrew Barber) you should give it a listen, the two discuss several important poker topics from their own unique perspectives.

- The threat of poker bots is a hot topic after a computer bested one of the world’s best Go players, but how concerned should the poker world be when it comes to the threat of bots? I tackled this in a column posted earlier today.

- The tournament schedule PokerStars is using in New Jersey closely resembles the model partypoker brought to the market (with great success) according to PokerFuse.com’s Nick Jones.

- In a column from Friday I argued that PokerStars late arrival in New Jersey was a blessing in disguise, allowing the site to avoid all of the early technical and regulatory hiccups that plagued the first movers and soured many potential poker players on the options available in the New Jersey market.

- David Vamplew spoke to PocketFives.com’s Dan Cypra about his desire to be consistent, even if it means less marketing possibilities. Although, the part of the story receiving the most attention seems to be what was left out.

Nice write up but shame that my views on @pokerstars @pokernews media coverage were censored https://t.co/6d5MEXtyB9 pic.twitter.com/S0U4N0G3q1

— David Vamplew (@davidv1213) March 20, 2016

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