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World Champion Joe McKeehen Speaks Up On Tournament Start Times

 World Champion Joe McKeehen Speaks Up On Tournament Start Times

When a player wins the World Series of Poker Championship Event and becomes the de facto World Champion of the game of poker, he (or perhaps one day she) also becomes an ambassador of sorts for the sport. Not only for the year following but pretty much for the rest of their involvement in the world of poker, former World Champions are sought out for their opinion on pertinent issues that come up within the game. Sometimes they offer up their own opinions, as it appears our reigning World Champion has done in this case.

The defending Championship Event titleholder, Joe McKeehen, took to the stream of Twitter last week to rant about the start times for tournaments at this year’s WSOP. Stating that “poker players have been getting shit on because of the media ever since I started playing poker,” McKeehen blamed the in-house media team from the WSOP for the early (for poker players) start time, rather than more logical thoughts like getting a day’s play in before 3AM or something along those lines.

“The fact that the media has ANY say or impact on the players and how the tournament is ran is a fucking joke,” McKeehen wrote to his followers over Twitter. Comparing poker players to slaves and commenting that the 11AM start time might force players to miss tournaments, McKeehen’s rant finished off by saying, “They (the media) have nothing to do with how the tournament is played, they just report it, and 90% of them clearly don’t even try. The players have been getting shit on because of media ever since I started playing live poker so I guess it’s not a surprise.”

Never one to shy away from a debate, Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu (who has been intimately involved in many areas of WSOP scheduling in the past) stepped up to the plate. “I can tell you with absolute certainty the media had nothing to do with (the time change),” Negreanu chirped on Twitter, which drew a remark from McKeehen that he was being “obscene.” “What do you claim to know that I don’t?” Negreanu asked. “I was involved internally and am telling you media had nothing at all to do with it.”

This isn’t the first time that McKeehen has been involved in some spirited interaction across the internet. Just a couple of weeks ago, McKeehen engaged in a Twitter war with Mike Dentale, first accusing the fellow professional of being a cheat (“PSA to anyone playing with (Dentale): protect your cards at all times as he is a known and proven cheater on the tables”) but backed off the comments after other players such as Paul Volpe challenged McKeehen to prove his accusations. Add in his rather surly demeanor en route to his victory last November and McKeehen isn’t exactly painting the picture of a “good” ambassador for the game.

The problem is McKeehen has been an active “playing” World Champion, going anywhere for the game. After winning poker’s World Championship, McKeehen has pulled in more than $ 1.8 million, with two wins and seven final tables among his 12 cashes since his victory. That may pale in comparison to the $ 7.6 million-plus McKeehen won in November, but it does show that he has some talent at the game.

The resulting uproar has brought some derisive attention to McKeehen. A photo-shopped meme has appeared:

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As have parody Twitter accounts:

Twitter is a great way to reach people, but it isn’t a great way to put out a fully cohesive thought. There is only so much you can say in 140 characters, something that McKeehen might take into consideration before his next Tweet.

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L.A. Times Editorial Board Supports Legalizing Online Poker

 L.A. Times Editorial Board Supports Legalizing Online Poker

The Los Angeles Times is fully aboard the online gambling train, publishing an editorial Saturday in which the Times Editorial Board calls for the regulation and licensing of all internet gaming sites. Daily fantasy sports are the hot topic nowadays in the online gambling (or skill game, depending on your position) arena and several state attorneys general, including those in New York, Texas, and Illinois, have declared the popular games illegal. The Times believes that blanket bans, though, are an ass-backwards way of dealing with the industry, DFS, poker, or otherwise.

Much of the editorial details what has been going on lately with daily fantasy sports, but eventually gets to the major point:

The smart approach is to regulate the leagues, ideally within the context of a comprehensive approach to online gaming. That way the state can protect consumers against fly-by-night sites while requiring companies to use sophisticated technology to block minors and problem gamblers, pay fees that can be used for oversight and enforcement, and guard consumers against insiders competing unfairly for jackpots, as both FanDuel and DraftKings were accused of allowing last year. None of those protections is assured online today.

It continues:

California lawmakers have been trying for years to create this sort of framework for online poker, only to be thwarted by internecine battles among the state’s licensed gaming businesses. Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) is now championing a bill to license and regulate just the daily fantasy sports operators, but his bill is likely to run the same gantlet of resistance from Indian tribes, racetracks and card clubs. The argument for setting up a safer environment for fantasy sports games applies in spades to online poker. It’s time for the Legislature to stand up to the competing gambling interest groups and adopt safeguards that apply across the online gaming boards.

“Resistance” from tribes, racetracks, and card clubs may be putting it lightly. No matter how reasonable and compromising online gambling bills have been in California, there are always factions that dig their heels in and refuse to budge on certain regulations. Most notable is the “Cali 7” group, which includes, in alphabetical order, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Barona Band of Mission Indians, the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. This group of tribes is very politically active and wants to include a “bad actor” clause in any online gambling legislation (a not-so-subtle attempt to keep PokerStars out of the market and reduce competition) as well as prevent pari-mutuel facilities from being able to apply for a license.

Earlier this month, the “Cali 7” was able to influence the California House’s Governmental Organization (GO) Committee, getting it to take both GO Committee Chairman Gray’s AB 147, an online poker bill, and AB 1441, a sports betting bill, off of a hearing’s agenda. The only bill that was voted upon at the hearing was Gray’s AB 1437, the “Internet Fantasy Sports Game Protection Act.” That one easily passed through the committee by a 18-1 vote.

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Third Time’s A Charm as Bryn Kenney Wins 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller

 Third Time’s A Charm as Bryn Kenney Wins 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller

After making the final table of this same event twice previously (in 2011 and last year), Bryn Kenney finally found “third time lucky” as he maintained his lead he brought in to the final table to the end of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure’s $ 100,000 Super High Roller event.

Kenney had a minimal lead, his 3.82 million stack over Ankush Mandavia’s 3.36 million in play, but many eyes were on the player who held the third place slot. Defending World Champion Joe McKeehen continued to show the same skills that had brought him World Series of Poker gold in bagging up 2.805 million in chips, while David Peters attempted to keep pace with him with his 2.085 million. Isaac Haxton, fresh off of his split with Team PokerStars Pro Online (1.395 million) and Mustapha Kanit (1.03 million) both were looking to get something going as the cards hit the air.

For the first 50 hands or so, the players were content to shift the chips around the table. This also would lead to a change atop the leaderboard as Mandavia took over following a clash with Peters. The first knockout would come rather quickly and, once it occurred, opened the floodgates for the tournament to come to a close.

After running his pocket sevens into Kanit’s A-5 – and seeing the Italian pro hit an Ace on the flop – Haxton was the first to go. Left short-stacked after that clash with Kanit, his 10-9 was no match for McKeehen’s Big Slick to eliminate Haxton in sixth place for $ 360,060. That may sound like a nice payday, but Haxton was in for at least two buy-ins (of $ 100,000 each, remind you) that reduced his overall ROI to only about $ 160K or so. If he only had pieces of himself, then his actual overall profit probably didn’t crack six figures.

Kanit seemed to continue to find the right moments to get his chips to the center. Against Mandavia, Kanit’s A-9 was able to walk through Mandavia’s A-6 for another double up and, about 20 hands later, Kanit would pull off the trick for the third time against Peters. Pushing pre-flop with a 10-9 in an effort to get Peters off his hand, Kanit would instead see Peters call with Big Slick. The board gave Kanit an unbeatable straight on the turn and another key addition of chips while Peters would depart at the hands of Kenney in fifth place soon afterwards.

Kanit’s fortunes had to run out at some point, however, and they would in fourth place. He actually had a hand when the chips hit the center this time, pocket sevens, and they looked pretty racy against Mandavia’s A-J. By the time the five cards constituting the board were displayed, though, Mandavia sat on a straight to send Kanit out of the tournament and Mandavia into the lead.

Now down to three players, the trio decided to shuffle around chips for a bit before deciding a champion. After Kenney cut some chips off him, Mandavia would try to garner some revenge on Kenney but came out on the losing end. His K-4 didn’t have enough power to eclipse Kenney’s K-9 with both players in the blinds and, after trying to make a steal, Mandavia instead found himself without chips and out in third place.

Kenney was a slight leader (7.945 million) over McKeehen (6.55 million) at the start of heads up play and the duo would entertain the rail with the heads up action. Kenney jumped up to 10 million quickly but the World Champion fought back to take a lead of his own. In fact, McKeehen actually had Kenney knocked down to only 10 big blinds at one point before Kenney started a rally that would lead him to the championship.

On the final hand of the tournament, McKeehen raised his button and Kenney moved all in. McKeehen was just as quick with his call as Kenney had been with his all-in move and with good reason:  his pocket fives were in good shape against the K-7 that Kenney put on display. The flop couldn’t have come any worse for McKeehen, with a Boeing (7-4-7) landing the flop. Now looking for one of two fives to save him, McKeehen could only see a trey and a Jack come on the turn and river, ensuring the victory and the million-dollar payday for Bryn Kenney.

1. Bryn Kenney, $ 1,687,800
2. Joe McKeehen, $ 1,220,480
3. Ankush Mandavia, $ 787,640
4. Mustapha Kanit, $ 596,360
5. David Peters, $ 461,340
6. Isaac Haxton, $ 360,060
7. Daniel Dvoress, $ 286,920*
8. Kathy Lehne, $ 225,040*

(* – eliminated Thursday, official final table finish)

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Full Tilt Average Cashout Check Times [Canada]

 Full Tilt Average Cashout Check Times [Canada]

Was just asking yourself if anybody realized how long it took on typical to get cashout checks in Toronto, Canada.


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