Washington State poker player wins first gold bracelet one month after winning event on WSOP CircuitJuly 19, 2006 - 2:53am
Las Vegas, NV - Scott Clements understands Las Vegas. He knows of the various vices and distractions the gambling Mecca presents to visitors. When Clements boarded his flight from his home in Washington State to come and play in the 37th annual World Series of Poker presented by Milwaukee's Best Light, Clements viewed his experience as a business trip.
Las Vegas, July 19, 2006 -- Today, seven of the world's top poker players filed an antitrust Complaint against WPT Enterprises, Inc. ("WPTE") in federal district court in Los Angeles. By this lawsuit, Plaintiffs Chris Ferguson, Andrew Bloch, Annie Duke, Phil Gordon, Joseph Hachem, Howard Lederer, and Greg Raymer seek to enjoin - and seek treble and punitive damages for - WPTE's continuing violations of federal and state antitrust laws.
Las Vegas, NV - Move over Phil Ivey. Move over Daniel Negreanu. Move over Allen Cunningham. There's a new kid in town. Eric Froehlich, aged 22-years and four months, became the youngest player to ever win two WSOP gold bracelets. Last year, "E-Fro" won his first championship and became the youngest WSOP winner ever. However, earlier this week, an even more youthful Jeff Madsen eclipsed Froehlich as the youngest gold bracelet winner (by two months) - making "E-Fro" the forgotten man, at least for a few days.
Las Vegas, NV - It's a peculiar thing that our culture gives far greater attention to the peripheral things than those which are genuine. We bestow our highest adulation on the rich, the famous, and the beautiful. Everywhere you look - be it magazines, newspapers, television, or the Internet - pop idols are the focus. It's one reason why athletes and movie stars make hundreds of times more money than school teachers.
Las Vegas, NV - July 16, 2006 - Bill Chen became the 27th player in World Series of Poker history to win two gold bracelets in a single year. He has won two tournaments so far this year - the $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em event and the $3,000 buy-in Limit Hold'em event.
The WSOP gold bracelet is the most coveted prize in poker - exclusively awarded to each tournament winner. There have been 619 tournaments played in the 37-year history of the WSOP (as of Event #22 in 2006 -- the time of this release).
Las Vegas, NV - Janis Joplin once sang, "freedom is just another word for - nothing left to lose." What the 1969 song lyric meant was that it's far easier to be daring and take chances when there is not so much at stake. Jon Friedberg, winner of the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em championship certainly understands this. He won the second-largest live poker tournament in history at the 2006 World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee's Best Light.
Gibraltar - Poker professional Gavin "Birdguts" Smith has emerged as the winner in the MANSIONPOKER.NET World Pro-Am Challenge, the most innovative twist on televised Texas Hold'em and the world's best value online free-roll.
After a titanic struggle of 149 hands and four hours of intense MANSIONPOKER.NET Speed Poker™ play, Smith was crowned the MANSIONPOKER.NET World Pro-Am Champion, pocketing a $500,000 purse, and watched by a prime time national audience across the United States on FSN.
Las Vegas, NV - In spiritual circles, St. Francis of Assisi is best known as the patron saint of all animals. St. Francis was a 13th century friar who rescued, housed, and protected wounded and needy critters who could not care for themselves. If St. Francis has a modern-day disciple, his name is most certainly "Lee Watkinson." And, if you don't believe it, just ask a chimpanzee.
Las Vegas, NV - The loudest poker personalities may get the fame, but the most skilled players get the money. Allen Cunningham is neither loud, nor famous. In fact, he is usually the quietest poker player in the room. But he is most certainly a skilled consummate poker professional, and he sure gets the money. Lots of money.
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