Aug 24, 2010

Some poker celebrities naked in the new ESPN magazine

The first edition of the magazine Body Issue of ESPN: The Magazine has been distributed across the United States last Friday. The concept behind the project is the presentation of profiles of athletes and their bodies. The inaugural edition includes photos of Jennifer Harman, Phil Hellmuth, Scotty Nguyen and Daniel Negreanu playing poker ... naked!
Other than poker magazine discuss sports such as boxing, golf, baseball, auto racing, basketball, hockey, football, soccer, swimming, tennis, MMA and more yet.
A journalist Poker News Daily spoke with the editor of Sarah Turcotte. Here is a translation of the interview:

Reporter: Tell us behind the scenes of the Body Issue of ESPN magazine.
Turcotte: This is the first time we try the experiment and we will clearly repeat. My boss was trying to find a way to profile an athlete's body. You see them in the locker room, but you never know really what enters! Not only do we have players of poker and soccer, we also include sumo wrestlers and triathletes. It is a great mix. There are over 80 and 40 athletes involved in different stages of undress. Poker is a great sport. The players work hard, earn lots of money and have a mental toughness yours. We believe it is a legitimate sport.
Reporter: What was the reaction so far?
Turcotte: We are surprised how the reaction is positive, although there have been some negative comments with some of the sports most conservative. For example, fans of the LPGA have heard about our project and have an opinion-based. [...] This is not the playboy magazine and it is a celebration of a natural athlete. Until now, I'm surprised by the positive reception. I think I could never conceive how the idea would be popular.
Reporter: Tell me pictures showing Harman, Nguyen, Hellmuth and Negreanu.
Turcotte: It was an amazing picture to. Hats off to each of them. This was our only photo sex because usually cross in other sports, it does not compete against athletes of the opposite sex. The experience was fantastic.
Reporter: What can you tell us the photo shoot?
Turcotte: The shooting was great for poker. We had two hours and have made Las Vegas. Anyone who is surrounded by Negreanu and Nguyen tombebait in love with them. Their interaction was great and I started calling everyone "baby" myself for days. Jen has such a big heart. I was pleasantly surprised by the great respect that the guys had for her.
Reporter:What do you think readers get from this magazine from ESPN?
Turcotte: My position as editor in chief is to be present and play the lawyer for the athletes. We have created a collaborative process and I wish that athletes are proud. With regard to the readers, I think what's best is that it is great to see someone like Serena Williams is so beautiful, but people familiar with the athlete. By cons, not everyone who knows Scotty Nguyen and Jennifer Harman, so we hope they give them respect.
Reporter: Can we nominate other athletes that readers can expect to see in this edition?
Turcotte: Adrian Paterson Minnesota Vikings, the tennis star Serena Williams, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers, Sarah Reinertsen (the only female amputee participating in Ironman), Andrew Cogliano Oilers' Edmonton, Christina Kim of the LPGA and six guys from the soccer team DC United.

Aug 18, 2010

Phil Laak played poker for 115 hours - Guinness Record !!

The poker pro Phil Laak has done its best to secure a place in the Guinness Book of Records and he has indeed succeeded. Laak has set the record for "the poker game the longest, which was officially in the hands of Larry Olmsted. The official time of it is 72 hours and 22 minutes, record set in 2004 at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. The unofficial record was held by Paul Zimbler, who has played poker non-stop for 78 hours and 25 minutes.

Phil Laak was not content to simply ahead of its nearest competitor, and decided to completely annihilate the previous record. In a Herculean effort that probably will not be matched by a severe insomniac, it has led to play for 115 hours ...!

This corresponds to less than 5 days 5 hours and even Jack Bauer, the fictional hero of the hit television show "24" will be astonished at this feat. Since January, Phil Laak follows a strict diet, low in fat and no sugar. All this, for this attempt. His nutritionist was on hand to provide meals every 5 hours to keep his mind alert and maintain good health as possible.

His choice of setting was $ 10 / $ 20 and he finished the race with a profit of $ 6.766. These gains will be donated to a charity for children with life threatening diseases, so Phil Laak shows he also has a big heart.

For a guy who has won during his career more than $ 2,500,000, the stakes are very small. But it turned out really good because if he had chosen to play his usual stakes, it would most likely bankrupt.

For the record is recognized, everything has been recorded on videotape and witnesses were present to ensure it has not had a nap or a malfunctioning device had left a few minutes away mysteriously. Representatives of the Guinness Book of Records will still check all the evidence and the videotape, which means that the record will be certified in a few months.

Aug 10, 2010

Great poker players

They are many and we can not list them all, but here is a small list with some biographical information on players well known professional poker circuit. These are not necessarily the best known (Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim is not in the list) or older, but it seemed interesting to say a few words.
Chris Ferguso

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He was given the nickname "Jesus" because of his looks a bit peculiar. He was enrolled at the University of Los Angeles for 18 years! Five as an undergraduate, and thirteen as a student in secondary school. After a moment he was forced to leave, but not before being finally awarded a diploma (PhD) in Computer Science.

Eric Seidel
Eric Seidel has always been a big fan of games. He used to play backgammon with a group of people, including Howard Lederer, when he discovered poker. Eric has also been a stockbroker on Wall Street, but it has definitely turned to poker after the 1987 crash.


Howard Lederer
Howard is known as "professor" of poker. It is also the world champion of chess. He is not alone in his family to have become a professional poker player. His sister, Annie Duke is also a professional player.


Jennifer Harman
Known particularly for its holdings for table stakes poker, Jennifer Harman is one of the few female poker players to have gone professional. In the book of Doyle Brunson's Super System 2 ", it has a separate section devoted to Limit Texas Hold'em.


 Phil Gordon
Phil Gordon has become a famous poker player after finishing fourth at the worlds of poker (WSOP) 2001, earning $ 400,000. He was an expert in analysis of poker hands at Binion's Horseshoe and has written several books.


After royally ignored the warnings of his grandfather about the dangers of playing poker and gambling in general, Phil Ivey became the youngest poker player to acquire professional status. Phil already has several WSOP bracelets, and his career is far from over.

Highly respected professional players in the world of poker is also a businessman who has a financial interest in a virtual poker room. He won his first WSOP bracelet at the age of 24 years and has thrived since.