PokerStars has exited the Israeli market, leading to speculation in some corners. George Danzer quietly amasses four WSOP bracelets. Nevada approves USFantasy. And more.
Just a single bracelet was won on Monday.
– Event #43, $10k Seven Card Stud 8 or better Championship. Chalk up another WSOP victory for Germany’s George Danzer at the WSOP, as the man known as TrickyScarf picked up his fourth career bracelet after defeating a veritable murderer’s row lineup at the final table, including Justin Bonomo, Todd Brunson, and Eli Elezra.
What to watch for today
– Event #41, $1,500 Monster Stack NLHE tournament. It feels a little bit like pre-boom poker with David Pham, TJ Cloutier and Donnacha O’Dea among the final 26 in the Monster Stack tournament.
– Event #44, $1,000 No Limit Holdem tournament. The latest $1k NKLHE tournament is down to just 19 players heading into Day 3, so expect a bracelet to be won sometime this evening.
– Event #45, $1,500 Mixed Omaha/Holdem tournament. The final 15 players are relatively anonymous (Kyle Bowker is likely the best known player remaining) which is unusual for one of these offshoot format tournaments.
– Event #46, $1,500 No Limit Holdem Bounty tournament. 2,158 players registered for the bounty tournament, and when the dust settled just over 300 remained to bag up their chips for a return to the Rio for Day 2.
– Event #47, $10k 2-7 Triple Draw Championship. The latest $10k Championship event produced a field of 125 players. 38 survived Day 1.
Live updates of today’s action can be found here.
Two tournaments are scheduled to get underway today:
– Event #48, $5,000 No limit Holdem tournament with 30 minute levels.
– Event #49, $1,500 Seven Card Stud tournament.
WSOP News & Notes
– Online poker legend Jared Bleznick (Harrington25) was sent to the penalty box after crumpling/tearing up cards following his elimination from the $10k 2-7 tournament. Bleznick’s somewhat grating personality (Author’s note: I sat next to Jared on an episode of Poker Night in America and found him pleasant and friendly) insured the 2+2 thread was entirely against him.
– PokerStars is no longer servicing Israel, which has led to some speculation that an Israeli buyer might be tendering an offer for the company.
— Alexandre Dreyfus (@alex_dreyfus) June 27, 2016
– Nevada has handed out their first DFS license, and the distinction goes to USFantasy. USFantasy isn’t your dad’s DFS site, as it can best be described as a pari-mutuel version of fantasy sports.
– NYX Gaming is making its presence felt in the legal U.S. online gaming markets, but thus far the company has avoided entering into the online poker fray. Will that change? OPR’s Joss Wood takes a look at the possibilities.