Online Star Dale Philip Adjusting to Post Poker Boom

January 16, 2017

Dale Phillips FTP main event Sat., day2 Galway Aug 2013Dale ‘Daleroxxu’ Philip, one of the better-known online poker grinders, had a sick life that saw him travel the world and make upwards of £10,000 per month. Unfortunately, the poker boom is long gone, and Philip is finding life afterward to be difficult.

Previously making as much as £10,000 a month or more, the Edinburgh, Scotland native is now earning just £2,000.

So what’s changed?

According to what he told the Independent, Philip says that a combination of more regulated online poker environments and better players has made his job more difficult.

“The online poker boom is well and truly over,” he explained. “There’s now far fewer players playing online and the ones that are there have a much higher level of ability than in the past, so they’re tougher to beat.”

It also doesn’t help matters that PokerStars — the world’s largest poker site — slashed rewards for high-volume players.

This has cut down on a lifestyle that used to see Philip regularly travel to countries all over the world. He especially enjoyed Thailand, which he used as a home base for a while.

In these days, he wasn’t worried about money, but rather finding a good internet connection that made sure his online poker games didn’t get interrupted.

“Hotels were the worst,” said Philip. “In the evenings the internet would slow down because so many people were using it at once. Shockingly, I mainly had internet problems in rich countries like Australia and Spain, but amazing connections in Vietnam and Cambodia.”

Now, with regulation increasing along with the competition, Philip is back in Edinburgh trying to figure out his next move. He was an IT professional before poker, but he’s not so keen on going back.

“It would be hard for me to adjust to a normal life after the way I’ve been living for the last six years,” Philip said. “I feel physically ill just at the thought of waking up at 7am each day, putting on a suit and spending most of the day sitting in an office.”

It’s clear that Philip can still make money from poker. But as for whether he can still travel like he wants to, that’s where the decision becomes more muddled.

Jamie Gold, Michael Phelps Hosting Poker After Party

January 14, 2017

jamie-gold-michael-phelpsVoted the top Super Bowl party by ESPN Magazine last year, the “Big Game Big Give” fundraiser is back again in Houston, Texas. And one note of interest to poker players is that 2006 WSOP Main Event champ Jamie Gold and 23-time gold medalist Michael Phelps will co-host a poker after party.

Dubbed the VIP Celebrity Poker After Party, this event will charge a $2,000 buy-in to enter the tournament. Only the first 160 players to buy into the event will receive a seat.

Awards include autographed, custom BBO poker tables and chips for the top 20 players, and coaching from Jamie Gold, who’ll reveal the “Million Dollar Secrets of the Pros.”

The jury is out on what secrets Gold has beyond his miracle run through the 2006 Main Event, where he collected $12 million. But the charity organizers are convinced that he knows something.

Truth be told, Phelps might even better than Gold at this point. After all, the 23-time gold medalist frequently plays poker, even competing against pro friends like Jeff Gross and Chad Power.

But Gold is also being promoted as the “Poker Philanthropist” for raising over $400 million worldwide and hosting or helping 254 organizations.

TV and movie star James Brolin will host the Big Game Big Give event, which will benefit a number of organizations, including Lemonade Day, the International Rescue Committee, the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, The Giving Back Fund. Previous hosts have included Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay, Hillary Swank, Alec Baldwin, Joe Montana, and Jay Leno.

The event is billed as one that “brings together philanthropists, celebrities, sports legends and world leaders.”

Given the stars involved, and Phelps as his co-host, Gold seems to be in good company here.

Gus Hansen, David Oppenheim Poker Fight – Doyle Spills Beans

January 6, 2017

Earlier this week, Doyle Brunson revealed that tensions were running high inside Bobby’s Room. He explained that one player threw $150k worth of chips because they were so angry:

Obviously this tweet doesn’t tell us much about what happened. But Pokernyhederne put some context behind this by discussing the event. It turns out that Gus Hansen and David Oppenheim were the two heated players.

Hansen also gave some insight into the matter through a December 27 Facebook post:

“Another update from the ins and outs of highstakes poker in Bobby’s room – tensions got high, voices got loud and chips literally went flying when David Oppenheim and yours truly Gus Hansen got into a serious argument – no punches were thrown – but I think it is safe to say that both of us thought about pulling the trigger!”

The only things we don’t know about this ordeal is what sparked the argument, and who threw $150k worth of chips.

gus-hansen-david-oppenheimWhat is known, though, is that both Hansen and Oppenheim were pissed enough to throw punches. Luckily, cooler heads seemed to have prevailed…besides an enormous amount of chips being thrown.

The Great Dane had great tournament success, earning over $10.2 million before going off the tourney circuit. But he’s had a rough run in online poker, losing over $20.7 million from 2007-14.

Luckily, he quit playing high stakes online poker and has gone back to the live scene, where he made most of his money. We only hope that he wasn’t the one throwing $150k, though, after the considerable losses that he’s taken in recent years.

The good news for Hansen is that he made enough off his old Full Tilt Poker sponsorship deal and other business ventures to avoid going broke.

Antonio Brown Beats Marshall in Porsche Prop Bet

December 29, 2016

antonio-brown-porsche-betWe frequently discuss the big prop bets that poker pros make. In fact, it was just a month ago when we covered how Tom Hall won $950,000 through a weight loss bet. But did you know that NFL players also enjoy prop betting action?

Prior to the 2016 season, New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall issued a bet to Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown. As you can see in the video below, the deal was that Brown would give Marshall a Rolls Royce if he had more receiving yards, and Marshall would give Brown a Porsche if he had the most yardage.

Well, with just one game left in the regular season, Brown has 1,284 yards while Marshall has just 788 yards.

CBS Sports points out how, with a 496-yard lead, it’s a guarantee that Brown is in line to win the Porsche bet.

As you can see in Brown’s tweet to the video above, he’s fully aware of where he stands in the wager, noting “You could send me the pink slip, or donate the car to @Project375!”

Neither player reached their totals from the 2015 season. Brown caught 136 passes for 1,834 yards last season, while Marshall grabbed 109 passes for 1,502 yards.

Given these numbers, it’s easy to see why Marshall thought that with an even better season, he could compete with Brown. The unfortunate thing for Marshall is that the Jets suffered from inconsistent QB play this year, causing his numbers to take a hit.

As for Brown, the Steelers had Le’Veon Bell back from injury this season, who’s a huge weapon on offense. The running back got the ball a lot, causing Brown to see fewer targets than the year before. Nevertheless, he doesn’t seem phased and was happy to win the bet.

Pizza Boy Keeping Job after $1m Poker Payout

December 23, 2016

patrick-serda-pokerPatrick Serda just achieved every poker player’s wildest dream – winning a $1 million payout. But the strange thing is that he’s keeping his job, which involves working at a Winnipeg pizza restaurant.

Serda entered the 2016 EPT Prague €10,000 High Roller, battling through a 400-plus player field to win €719,000, or $1.01 million in Canadian dollars.

“[It was] pretty surreal for the most part,” he told CBC News. “I mean, it hasn’t hit a bank account yet, it’s just in my online account. I haven’t made any plans, but it’s pretty nice in the end.”

Another interesting element to this story is that Serda faced off against the infamous William Kassouf heads-up. Serda had a big chip lead, so the outspoken Kassouf was willing to take a humble €532,500 portion of the chop.

Despite the C$1 million payout, Serda won’t be going pro any time soon, and he doesn’t want to quit his job at Winnipeg’s Pizzeria Gusto either.

“I’m super happy to go back,” he said. “I love it there — great people and great regulars — and I’d be happy to go back.”

But while he’ll still be working at the pizzeria, Serda also has his eyes on more big tournament scores in the future.

“Obviously there’s some confidence,” he explained. “I don’t think I would be playing any tournaments that I didn’t think I could win.”

Next up will be trips to the Bahamas (PCA) and Australia (Aussie Millions), where he’ll put his boosted bankroll towards some buy-ins.

But for now, he’ll be catching up with friends before heading out next month.

“I’ve got a good group of friends that were in a group chat with me,” said Serda, “and everyone was recalling stories the other day about different situations where it all started, six, seven, eight years ago, when we were all playing for nickels and dimes.”

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