Cate Hall Wins Grudge Match
Sunday's "Grudge Match" between 2016 GPI Female Player of the Year Cate Hall and Mike Dentale had everything leading up to the event.
They had drama with a heated rivalry between the two players. It had fans on both sides of the issue. It had a popular venue and two well-known faces of the game doing play-by-play.
What it didn't have was great poker. The much-anticipated grudge match ultimately proved to be a dud poker wise as Hall easily dispatched Dentale 2-0.
Part of the problem was that Dentale was not playing his best poker, a fact commented on by commentators Doug Polk and Sean Deeb.
However, the major reason behind the sweep was that Hall was being hit over the head with the deck.
The match started with Hall flopping a set and taking a nice pot. It then continued over the course of two matches as she outclassed and out flopped Dentale at every turn.
It got so bad for Dentale that he was looking to just catch top pair in a hand towards the end of the second match in order to attempt a double-up.
He finally caught top pair with a weak ace. However, Hall woke up with pocket kings and flopped a set of kings. After Dentale went all-in, Hall proceeded to river quads to put the exclamation point on her easy win.
Dentale was noticeably frustrated after the win and berated the commentators for bashing his play. Polk admitted that Dentale had no chance to win that day with the cards that Hall was catching.
The pair played heads-up sit and gos with a $15,000 buy-in and donations were raised for two charities. Following the event Hall posted on Twitter asking "Who Wants Next?"
One preferred opponent is Instagram superstar and poker player Dan Bilzerian.
In the leadup to the grudge match, he stated that he would be betting against Hall because "women can't play poker." This makes him an instant villain and poker fans will line up to see such an event.
Australia Outlaws Online Poker - PokerStars Pulling Out
Doomsday arrived on Tuesday for online poker players in Australia.
Parliament voted on and approved the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016, effecting making online poker illegal in the country.
Under the bill, online poker may only be offered to Aussie citizens if the organization is licensed. This is a meaningless statute as there's no regulatory body in Australia to issue online poker licenses.
888Poker has already pulled out of the country but PokerStars has remained. Earlier this year they issued a statement notifying the Australian poker community that if an interactive gambling ban was passed, they would be forced to leave as well.
Australia was considered a legal gray market until the passage of this bill. That ambiguity has been cleared up now but that doesn't mean that online poker players are happy.
Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm told the Huffington Post Australia, “It’s stupid. If you want to play poker, there are lots of opportunities in Australia, at casinos and tournaments.
“It's not as if there isn't a great deal of poker playing already, but they're just stopping it online. The whole world is online now.”
Some lawmakers earlier this year came out in favor of using a VPN for online poker to get around such a legislative ban.
Of course, most online poker sites actively monitor for VPN users and ban any that they determine are using the technology.
Tom Dwan Notches First Tournament Score in 3 Years
Other than hearing various conspiracy theories as to his whereabouts, chances are you haven't heard much about Tom "durrrr" Dwan in the last three years.
There's good reason for that as he has not cashed in a live tournament since February 2014. That changed last week as he made the final table of the HK$500,000 Super High Roller Event at the 2017 Macau Billionaire Poker Spring Challenge.
Dwan ultimately finished 2nd in the event, earning $252,153.
The event drew 12 players and with three re-buys had 15 total entries. Only three players cashed and ultimately it was down to Dwan and high stakes regular Mikita Badziakouski for the title.
Dwan couldn't quite pull out the victory but still managed a nice consolation prize in the effort. This is the first time since the 2014 Aussie Millions that Dwan has cashed in a live poker tournament.
Over the last couple of years Dwan has been largely incognito and rumored to have been grinding high stakes in Macau.
Dwan was a bit of a celebrity in this event with staff taking photos with the online prodigy and posting copies of photos to their Facebook event page.
It's unknown if this is a one-off for Dwan or a return to regular tournament play. Dwan has $2.91 million in live earnings but has yet to win a major poker title.