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First up: a long overdue cast with the HPT‘s Fred Bevill. In between talking about the Season 9 changes to HPT, Fred discusses his stint on Saved by the Bell (go to 1:22 in the above clip), the shitshow that was Federated Sports+Gaming, and more.
Listen below or download on iTunes.
Working on a few more podcasts for later in the week and next week as well.
Maria Ho and the Heartland Poker Tour made history of sorts on Monday. Ho has joined the HPT team to become the first female commentator in poker broadcast history (apologies to whatever potentially show did this first that we don’t remember).
“Broadcast journalism was an interest for me before poker, but it wasn’t something I thought I could segue into from poker. I have a good idea what the general poker viewing audience wants. I can bridge that gap between people who are recreational players looking to get better and the poker professional that wants to watch programming that has a little more substance to it.”
From our perspective, the real intrigue here is that Ho technically becomes the most exposed poker player if not in in the world, then definitely U.S. America. HPT is broadcast about 24/7/365 in the U.S., so the “brand impressions” she’s getting are pretty significant.
Greg Raymer can afford to buy everyone who played the HPT Championship Open a lifetime supply of turduckens after taking down his fourth event of the year.
You can hate the player, but don’t hate the game. Greg Raymer is absolutely crushing the mid-stakes scene this year.
Raymer won his FOURTH Heartland Poker Tour title of the year (and fourth in last five events) on Monday, bagging the HPT Championship Open.
Raymer entered final table play as the short-stack. Within nine hands, he was chip leader and never looked back.
For the win, Raymer banks $106,030. He’s now over $7.2M in lifetime earnings. Raymer previously won the HPT Route 66 July event ($71,875), September River City Casino event ($121,973), and Prairie Meadows Iowa event ($72,089).
Jacob Bazeley finished second for $59,706.
Other notable event finishers include and are certainly limited to Iverson Cotton Snuffer (real name) (4th - $32,941), Nick Phillips (14th – $7,000), and Darvin Moon (28th - $2,306).
We’re not big fans of open borders, but we’ll take a few more Alona Sushynina’s immigrating to the U.S. any day.
Greg Raymer defeated a final table that contained not one but two women (somewhere Ty Stewart is balling) to capture his second Heartland Poker Tour title of 2012.
Back in July, Raymer won HPT’s Route 66 event. Just math math math two months later, he came and conquered a field of 336 to capture the HPT River City Casino tournament in St. Louis. For the win, the ex-WSOP Main Event champ banks $121,973.
Also final table-ing were 21-year-old hottie Alona Sushynina (above), a woman, and 121 year-old Penelope Banhidy, a woman. The two women finished third ($43,908) and fifth ($29,272) respectively.
St. Louis resident, salt-of-the-earth, regular working stiff and all-around good guy Dennis Phillips just missed the TV final table, finishing 7th.
After some technical difficulties,* Part I of the Wicked Chops & Gavin podcast is now up. We recorded this one at the Casa de Gavin, so it’s possible that you’ll hear some crying children in the background for the first 15 minutes. In related news, Gavin Smith is a father. In this one, we cover [...]
Here’s Part 2 of the latest Wicked Chops & GavinTM podcast. What happened to Part 1? Some back-end technical difficulties that we’re blaming on Falcon Heene. Little fucker is at it again. Part 1 should be up later today. So Part 2 of the podcast was based on a brilliant Gavin Smith idea: the Awesome [...]