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Movers and Shakers in Poker This Week

There has been plenty of moving and shaking in the poker world this week. Nosebleed high-stakes action, WSOP Player of the Year, and poker rooms making moves. It’s all been happening.

Daniel Negreanu – Up  Up Arrow

The biggest mover this week, and well, year, has got to be Daniel Negreanu. He’s had a year that’s nothing short of unbelievable. He binked the €25,000 No-Limit High Roller for €725,000 and ultimately sealed his second WSOP POY title. He is the only player ever to be named POY twice, since winning his first such title in 2004. He later tweeted…

Daniel Negreanu Tweet

I don’t think anybody on this planet can argue the fact that Daniel is one of the best poker players in the world right now. Jason Mercier certainly thinks so.

Jason Mercier Tweet

Betfair – Up  Up Arrow

Betfair Logo

Betfair Poker has really been on the poker radar in the last few weeks. It is currently the largest Internet betting exchange in the world and the Betfair Poker Room is now located on the top tier of the iPoker network. It shares the same player pool as other huge rooms, such as Paddy Power, William Hill, and Titan.

PokerUpdate caught up with Poker Pro Jonathan Driscoll, as he spoke about grinding on Betfair and why he thought Betfair was the place to be for value and security. Check out what he had to say here – 

Doug ‘WCGRider’ Polk – Up  Up Arrow

Doug ‘WCGRider’ Polk is very much used to being on the up, as he’s been crushing Ben ‘Sauce1234’ Sulsky in their High-Stakes NL HU Challenge lately. This week marked the end of their challenge with Polk taking a cool $740,000 from Sulsky over the duration.

Rumours are circulating that Polk wants to play Isaac Haxton next, but will Haxton accept? Who would your money be on if it happened? You certainly couldn’t look too far past Polk after his stellar performance against a very talented opponent in ‘Sauce1234.’

Daniel ‘jungleman12’ Cates recently participated in a PokerVIP Q&A Session, where he had this to say about Sulksy when asked who he thought was the best player in the world right now:

Daniel Jungleman12 Cates quote

We have some very exciting high-stakes action to look forward to if Polk takes on Haxton, and  

Tom Dwan – Down  Down Arrow

It has been reported this week that Tom Dwan had his ‘biggest losing session ever’ in a 24-hour period in Macau. That location has become the go-to place for super high rollers to take on extremely wealthy businessmen, and each other, of course. You’d think it would turn out to be easy pickings for a player of Dwan’s calibre, but unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case. Dwan tweeted:

Tom Dwan Tweet

Later, the figure surrounding the loss was $4m. In 24 hours. It’s an absolutely sickening amount of money, but we’re sure ‘durrrr’ has plenty more where that came from. It also begs the question – How many pros are staked in the nosebleed cash games in Macau? Maybe more than we are led to believe.

Gus Hansen – Down  Down Arrow

The Great Dane is not enjoying his time playing online at the moment, as he dropped another $700k in the last month. This brings his lifetime losses on Full Tilt Poker to over $11m. Ouch, that must really hurt. Our favourite Danish player is well-known for his heart-wrenching losses on FTP, but he has won over $11m in tournaments lifetime. It can’t be all bad, right?

Gus Hansen Losses… OUCH!

The latest players to tangle with Hansen online have been the likes of Daniel ‘jungleman12’ Cates, Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom, and Sam ‘S3 TRX’ Trickett. 

Lock Poker – Down  Down Arrow

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Lock Poker is still on a downward spiral, as it was reported by 2+2 member ‘IhasTehNutz’ recently that:

  • The number of pending cashouts has increased.
  • The average withdrawal time has increased.
  • The total amount owed to players is now almost $300,000.

The latest Lock Pro to leave the roster is Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi. While being interviewed at the WSOPE, Mizrachi confirmed that he has left Lock and that there will be an official statement regarding the end of his endorsement deal.

Will the situation keep getting worse and worse for Lock players? The Lock Pros are in a very tricky situation, as many of them still haven’t come out publicly and given their opinion on the matter.

We hope the issues at Lock can be resolved for the sake of their players.

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