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.
"Big Red" Takes the Big Money
Bob Chalmers, a.k.a. "Big Red," Wins First-Ever WSOP Gold Bracelet
Canadian businessman takes top prize in Limit Hold'em championship, earns $258,344
Las Vegas, NV - There is no one in the poker world quite like Sammy Farha. Dashing and debonair, Farha is part James Bond, part Humphrey Bogart, part Hugh Hefner -- all wrapped up into a five-foot-nine dynamo of a man with an unrelenting passion for fast living and high-stakes gambling.
Las Vegas, NV - Mark Vos has a plan. And, despite winning over three-quarters of a million dollars tonight, he's sticking to it. You see, Vos - at the tender age of 23 - made a personal decision that he will spend the next five years of his life "working" and the five years immediately after that "relaxing." Vos' plan is to play poker (which he defines as "work") and then take the second-half of a decade off. It's an unconventional career path to say the least.
Las Vegas, NV - "Mathematics" is properly defined as the study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols. Since the game of poker is primarily a game of numbers, symbols, and measurements - it naturally follows that a poker player with a PhD in mathematics might enjoy a few competitive advantages. Fact is, William Chen is usually the most intelligent man inside any room he enters. Not that he would ever tell you so, nor he would exhibit any of the exterior qualities associated with true genius.
There is a long history of businesses sponsoring athletes but until recently the poker community has been almost devoid of such agreements. By making this deal PokerJunkie hopes to help the acceptance of poker as a mainstream business phenomenon.
Las Vegas, NV - Standing on the upper row of the aluminum rafters looking down upon the expansive poker combat zone that is the 2006 World Series of Poker is normally not a very good vantage point. But at 7:38 pm on Sunday, July 2, 2006 - it very well might have been the best seat in the house.
Las Vegas, NV -- June 30, 2006 -- Phil Hellmuth, Jr. is the greatest poker player in the world. And if you don't believe it, just ask him. Hellmuth reached a new milestone today when he became the first player in World Series of Poker history to reach "50" in-the-money finishes. With his 67th-place finish in an colossal field of 2,776 entries in the $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold'em event, Hellmuth eclipsed two longtime poker rivals - Berry Johnston and Men "the Master" Nguyen, each currently with "49" cashes.