Bunch of interesting news items over the past couple of days, so here they are .. also, Kevin Garnett vs "Young Jeezy" in an epic high-stakes poker battle..
1. High Stakes Leaders in December. There has been some great high-stakes action to start the month of December, as many of the regulars have returned to Full Tilt.
Tom "durrrr" Dwan is currently leading the way with a total profit of $1.29 million dollars over 8,238 hands. Dwan is now the second most profitable player on Full Tilt in 2008, having made just over $4.5 million dollars. Still $3 million dollars behind Phil Ivey, but a great year nonetheless.
Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, Di "Urindanger" Dang, Patrik Antonius and Phil Ivey round out the top five in December.
Galfond ran up a stack of over $1.3 million dollars in one of the $500/$1000 NLHE games a few days ago, which I believe is the largest ever stack in such a game. Galfond has cleared over $1.07 million dollars in December, further adding to his impressive totals for the year.
"elmariachimacho" is again the biggest loser this month, dropping another $1.22 million dollars. Gus Hansen's red-hot streak has finally come to an end, as he has lost $1.044 million dollars on the month.
"Ziigmund", after dropping over $1.5 million dollars in one day in NLHE, is down $911k on the month. He blamed his bad session on a hangover and the fact that he "didn't care".
Cole South and "mastrblastr" have both given some money back after having strong months in November.
As the Doyle Brunson Classic approaches, I would expect the high-stakes action to continue on Full Tilt Poker.
2. "Young Jeezy" vs Kevin Garnett. No words are needed, just watch the clip below. Quad Queens, and then the epic slowroll. "I don't wait on queens, they come to me."
3. LAPT Nuevo Vallarta. In case you didn't hear, the LAPT Nuevo Vallarta was suspended and eventually cancelled after gaming officials rescinded the tournament's license. Apparently the license was revoked due to an "indefinite suspension on one of the LAPT's local partners."
The tournament was shut down, and the remaining 89 players divvied up the prize pool.
All in all, an unfortunate event that will likely have the LAPT thinking twice about returning to Mexico.