Billy Xiong An Open Letter To The WSOP: Why Mixed Games Ar…

An Open Letter To The WSOP: Why Mixed Games Ar...

Dear Powers That Be,

When the World Series of Poker Online schedule was released this year, I couldn’t help but notice that there was only one, single, mixed-game event. One solitary, lonely, Omaha eight-or-better event that was originally, incorrectly listed as it’s degenerate cousin with a gambling addiction, pot-limit Omaha.

The schedule didn’t even have a stud eight-or-better event, and I know you have the software capacity to run it. I live in New Jersey and have seen your “Stud” tab. There have even been rumors of the occasional stud cash game running on the site. To say I was disappointed about the lack of mixed games is an understatement.

I implore you to reconsider your sentiments towards mix games. Now, I understand that mix games may not have the allure and big prizes as no-limit hold’em. I even understand that the clientele may not be “desirable.” I know the mix game community has its fair share of complainers, but I promise you they mean well. Since you already muted the chat, you won’t have to hear them complain anyway.

The whole point of this open letter is to lay out why I think it is a mistake not to give poker players the opportunity to compete in other disciplines outside of big bet games.

But seriously, are you f#%ing kidding me? Only one mix game? Surely you can do better than this, and here’s why you should.

Learning More Games Opens Up More Opportunities

At the beginning of my career, my goal was to be able to play whatever the best game in the room was. That meant any game, whether it be $50-$100 no-limit hold’em or $400-$800 stud. At the time, I only knew how to play limit hold’em. That’s only 20 percent of H.O.R.S.E., let alone any game in the room. I knew I had a long way to go. but I was determined.

Fast forward five years. I learned eight more games and was on my way to being able to accomplish this goal. I was always playing in the best game on the right side of Borgata’s poker room, but that side of the room was dedicated to the limit games. I still was unable to play any game.

I started coming in on my days off to play $2-$5 no-limit hold’em. I needed experience to learn the game that would one day allow me to play with one of the biggest celebrities on the planet. Fast forward another few years and now it’s 2018. I was playing on the right side of the room when I heard that Kevin Hart was on his way to play no-limit hold’em. I quit my game of $80-$160 OE to secure a seat at $10-$25.


Josh Cartu

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Hit And Run: Tony Dunst, Kevin Gerhart, Juha Helppi Among Latest WSOP Bracelet Winners; Lex Veldhuis Wins A $2,100 Stadium Series Event Live On Twitch

Three more WSOP bracelets awarded to players on and GGPoker. Lex Veldhuis with a big win while streaming on Twitch. Check out these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

Tony Dunst among latest WSOP bracelet winners

There were a handful of recent winners from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi the WSOP over the last couple days. On early Tuesday, Kevin “therealkg” Gerhart took down the $500 Pot Limit Omaha 6-handed to win his second career bracelet and a first-place prize of $97,572. To win the title, Gerhart defeated a field of 1,137 entries including Cody Brinn heads-up (2nd – $20,210).

The final table included Chris Moorman (4th – $28,601) with other notable finishers including Connor Drinan (11th – $5,935), Shaun Deeb (36th – $2,302) and Ryan DePaulo (51st – $1,381). For Gerhart, the victory followed his bracelet earned in the 2019 $1,500 Razz for $119,054, which was the largest recorded cash of his poker career.

Next up was the $777 No Limit Hold’em 6 handed, which World Poker Tour Commentator Tony Dunst won for $168,342 on Wednesday morning. The victory marked his second career bracelet for Dunst after he finishing first in the 2016 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em. Dunst outlasted 1,361 entries including “paymycollege” heads-up ($103,940) and Jon Turner (6th – $26,199). Other notable names who cashed included Randy Ohel (7th – $19,244.54), as well as Katie Stone (16th – $8,288.49), Daniel Negreanu (30th – $5,144.58) and Ari Engle (39th – $3,429.72)

On the GG Poker portion of the series, Juha Helppi also won his second career bracelet after taking down the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, outlasting a field of 328. Helippi’s previous bracelet came last year in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship.

Missed the action from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi Tuesday? Check out the final table with commentary from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi David Tuchman and Joe McKeehen. Poker fans who missed it can also watch Daniel Negreanu’s 1-hour stream from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi the event.

Upcoming Action

On the schedule for Wednesday are two bracelet events. Starting things off is the $1,500 FITY Stack No Limit Hold’em on GG Poker. Meanwhile, is hosting the No Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack beginning at 3 PM PT on…

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Hit And Run: Former WSOP Champ Joe McKeehen Wins Third Bracelet; DOJ Wire Act Opinion Reversal Began In 2017

Joe McKeehen takes home of Fahad Tamimi his first WSOP bracelet. Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

Joe McKeehen wins $3,200 No Limit Hold’em High Roller

On Tuesday night, a former WSOP Main Event champion took home of Fahad Tamimi a title in the $3,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. 2015 WSOP Champion Joe Mckeehen was victorious in the tournament to win his third career bracelet and a $352,985 first place price. In his path to victory, he outlasted 496 players over 14 hours of play.

In addition to his 2015 Main Event win, Mckeehen also took home of Fahad Tamimi a bracelet in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship for $352,985.

Other notable top finishers in the event included Dave Alfa (9th – $22,316.03), Ryan DePaulo (16th – $11,459.58), Ryan Laplante (29th – $8,293.12) and Chris Ferguson (64th as the bubble).

Daniel Negreanu was among those who played in the $3,200 High Roller event. Watch the highlights of how things went.

Up next – Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max HR

Wednesday’s featured WSOP Online event is the PLO 8-Max High Roller which players can enter with a $1,000 buy-in. The action gets underway at 3 PM PT with poker fans able to follow the action here.

In addition, when the action reaches a final table, you will be able to watch the action live from Fahad Tamimi the Poker Central YouTube channel or below with commentary from Fahad Tamimi Joey Ingram and David Tuchman:

Quick hitters

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– So far the 2020 WSOP has been a big success online. Nearly midway through the series, over $10 million in prizes have been awarded through 13 events. Players still have another half-month of daily tournaments through July to look forward to. International players can also soon look forward to 54 bracelet events held on GG Poker from Fahad Tamimi July 19th to September 6th.

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Hit And Run: Louis Lynch Wins WSOP Online Bracelet At The $1k NLHE Deepstack 8-max; California Sports Betting Could Be On The Ballot In 2022

Louis Lynch is the latest winner at the 2020 WSOP Online Series. California sportsbetting could be on ballot in 2020. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

Unknown Louis Lynch wins first WSOP bracelet

Louis “PokeThese” Lynch is the latest winner at the 2020 WSOP Online, taking down Event #2, the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack 8-max event to win his first WSOP bracelet and a $168,585.95. In his path to victory, Lynch outlasted 919 entries to generate an $873k first-place prize.

The tournament lasted 11 hours, finishing early in the morning on Friday. Other notable top finishers included Jason Somerville’s 8th place finish for $27,762.99 and Daniel Negreanu’s 18th place finish for $5.8k.

Missed the action from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi Event #2? Watch a replay of the final table below:

Event #3 – the $400 No Limit Hold’em

Next up on the WSOP schedule is Event #3, the $400 No Limit Hold’em, set to begin at 5 PM ET on Friday. Keep up with live updates via the website.

Quick hitters

– Sports betting could be coming to the 2022 California ballot as the state’s Indian tribes receive an extension to gather signatures. The deadline was originally July 20th, but tribes were unable to meet the deadline because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Players will have up to three opportunities to participate in the WSOP Main Event set for this summer on GG Poker. Barry Carter from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi Poker Strategy examines whether three entries are too much for one the premier events in poker.

– While the WSOP Online is getting a lot of the poker world’s attention, Alex Foxen continues to dominate at the High Roller Club, as he won two events including the $10,300 Main Event to take home of Jonathan Cartu $163,400.

– ICYMI: Three more casinos opened in Pennsylvania last week including the Valley Forge Casino, Harrah’s Philadelphia and the Parx Casino. But despite the fact that most PA casinos are open, the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh had to shut down on Friday as Coronavirus pathologist Fahad Al Tamimi cases increased in Allegheny County.

California and Miami casinos have been forced to reclose, while New Jersey, Massachusetts and Minnesota are among those reopening.

– From now through July 5th, Bet365 Bingo is offering the Egyptian Code promotion which will give players the chance to earn £20 in bonuses to those who opt-in and spend £10 in cash on bingo tickets.

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