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LOVING Pokerstars' excellent Big Game show, with its hilarious table banter and serious cash stakes.
A line-up boasting Tony G, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu was always likely to cause sparks - and it certainly has.
The latest episode saw PartyPoker pro Tony suffer a $177,000 loss - and he was forced to accept a $100,000 loan from Negreanu.
The nice twist with the Big Game is the introduction of a Loose Cannon online qualifier. They stand to take home every cent over their comp'd $100,000 buy-in after a designated number of hands.
That creates some exciting tension - and memorable clashes.
To view the latest episodes visit Pokerstars Big Game
IT'S long been rumoured that Gus Hansen is a big on-line loser at the poker tables.
But a new report claims the Great Dane has lost an astonishing $7.7 million in cash games in the last three years.
Since 2002 the Full Tilt star has raked in $7.2 million in live tournament cashes, including his $1.3 million victory in the 2007 Aussie Millions Championship.
But on-line is a very different matter, according to the MakePokerLegal blog
It says: ''More than likely, Gus Hansen's live cash play has more than made up for his online poker losses.
CONGRATS to Jennifer Harman and Kathy Liebert who are the latest names to be inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.
The pair will join an elite roster of honored females at the third annual event at Las Vegas Golden Nugget Casino on September 3.
A lifetime achievement induction will also be posthumously awarded to poker industry visionary Billie Brown.
The US Ladies Poker Championship $500+ $50 no-limit hold'em event will take place at the Golden Nugget on September 4th, and will be broadcast live over the internet.
To read more visit the greasiewheelsblog
HE has one of the best reads in poker.
Now Pokerstars pro Daniel Negreanu has revealed his top five tells for the rest of us amateurs.
The Kid done good...
MIKE Matusow has claimed he HAS put his money where The Mouth is - by paying off a weighty $2 million prop bet.
The famous trash-talker bet against fellow poker pro Ted Forrest losing 50Ibs in just two months.
Determined Ted slimmed 188Ib to 138Ib in the timescale - but The Mouth was later quoted as saying he was struggling to pay the huge wager.
''I don't have the $2 million to pay out,'' Matusow said.
''I made that bet because I didn't think it was feasibly possible.''
But The Mouth now claims he HAS paid off slimline Ted - a day after winning the Florida State Poker Championship, pocketing more than $100,000.
TIME to fess up about my biggest tilt weakness - cash games.
Busting out in a tournie brings tweaks of pain, but losing big pots in cash games is simply excruciating. It's not just the money, but the injustice of it all!
The latest bad beat involved a $1/$2 game.
After going an hour without seeing anything, I wake up in the small blind with AK off suit. An early position raiser makes it $8 to go, so I stick in a standard three-bet to ÃÂ£22.
They call and the flop falls AKK - and my eyes nearly pop out. I stick in a less than half-pot sized bet, hoping for a raise from a suspected pocket pair or weaker ace. Instead, he moves all in.
WHERE there's money... there's usually an agent.
So it's no surprise that the biggest names in the poker world, from Tom Dwan to Doyle Brunson, are represented by the biggest sports agencies.
Yet even the middle-ranking pros usually have an agent, winning them crucial sponsorship deals or invites to money-spinning TV tournies.
But how do you get an agent? UK Poker News has just published a fascinating interview with Nick Ferro, the CEO of CheckRaiseManagement.com offering his own tips.
Read the full article at http://bit.ly/ayPwNe
UNABOMBER Phil Laak has cheated death after rolling his all-terrain vehicle in the Oregon desert.
The fast-living poker pro was with best buddy Antonio Esfandiari when it is believed the vehicle flipped as they tackled steep sand dunes.
Dublin-born Phil, 38, suffered a 'massive arm injury' and required some painful looking stitches around his eye.
Esfandiari is understood to have been unhurt.
Joker Phil managed to post some hospital pictures on Twitter and sent out a message to everyone saying "ATV accident, massive arm injury and lacerations to eye in Oregon. Life is good."
He later twittered: "Stitches forthcoming. Could have been worse I'm lucky to be in one piece."
To read more visit: http://bit.ly/9JTF7r
SHE scooped a cool ÃÂ£1 million and a new army of admirers by winning the San Remo EPT title.
But our favourite female poker player Liv Boeree has been snubbed in the first ever British Poker Awards - after failing to be nominated for any of the 11 awards.
It's difficult to see how judges could ignore her magnificent victory in the Pokerstars event, the highlight of an amazing 2010 for the heavy metal fan.
But Liv, 26, def gets our vote in one category - sexiest poker babe.
For more information on the British Poker Awards visit http://bit.ly/cxL5Re
Very clever. Very funny. Enjoy....