Hollywood comedian Kevin Hart is PokerStars’s latest ambassador. Bryn Kenny takes down the Super High Roller at the PokerStars Championship Monaco. Commerce Casino’s “Social Experiment” goes over well. And more.
Hart Well-Suited for the Red Spade Club
Having recently pulled the plug on its Team Sports Stars, PokerStars has moved on to another form of entertainer, namely the stand-up comic. At the latest PokerStars Championship in Monaco, Daniel Negreanu and Kevin Hart held a press conference to announce that the latter has signed a partnership deal with the company.
“I love to live, love and laugh,” said Hart, “I want to bring this energy to the game of poker. And when I do this, poker will be elevated.”
The deal has likely been in negotiation for a while, as Hart was also in attendance at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas (formerly the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure) in January, although ostensibly just to play. In Monaco, too, he played the Super High Roller, and fired two bullets. He failed to cash, but did make Day 2 on the second, before running into a boat-over-boat cooler against Byron Kaverman. He made $87.5 million last year and was surely getting paid by PokerStars for his attendance, so I’m sure he’s not sweating the loss too bad.
No word yet on whether they’re going to sign Neil Diamond next in order to complete my headline.
– The Monaco Super High Roller was kinder to Bryn Kenney than it was to Hart. It proved to be Kenney’s fourth win of the year, and at €1.78 million, the biggest score of his career. Kenney is currently the fourth-ranked player in the world according to the Global Poker Index.
– Tournament Director Matt Savage ran a tournament this weekend at Commerce Casino which he called the “Social Experiment.” A $350 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed event, it featured deep starting stacks and a full ban on hoodies, sunglasses, headphones and electronic devices, with the intent of forcing players to interact more with one another. Many younger players passed on the event for that reason, but it still drew over 500 players and beat its guarantee by more than 50%. PokerNews interviewed some of the players who participated – and some who passed – to get a sense for how it went. over.
– WSOP.com Nevada has announced the schedule for its online “Summer Grind” series, to run alongside the live WSOP.
– According to FlushDraw, the days of quasi-legal live poker in Oregon will soon be at an end. Complaints from legal casinos in Washington State forced the shutdown of Oregon’s most successful “private” poker club last year, and the ensuing suicide of its owner, Evgeny “John” Ogai drew negative attention to the business in general, sparking a legislative move to close the loophole which has allowed such businesses to operate.
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