Chess, Poker and Tetris

6 June, 2009 (22:22) in Yada Yada Yada written by James Yates

I actually missed the first follow-up to my Chess and Poker Fridays idea (big surprise)  but at least I have a valid excuse: I was judging a weiner-dog race! I was pulled from the crowd after the regular judge didn’t show and let’s just say….I rocked it. But anyway, let’s get back on track with the content I have pre-promised. The WSOP has started!

phil-iveyOnly a few events have been completed as of this writing, but unquestionably the most talked about recent bracelet winner is the super-talented and hardworking Phil Ivey. Phil took down the 2-7 NL WSOP event and and more notably took home significantly more money in side bets with his fellow pros! In a recent Cardplayer Magazine article Daniel Negreanu stated that he had a standing bet with Ivey that if they both played in any WSOP event and either of them won a bracelet, the other had to cough up a little bit of side bet money ($200k). Well, the 2-7 NL event qualified, and apparently Ivey had placed quite a few other side bets as well. In the same interview Phil is quoted as saying, “I have a lot of big bets on winning a bracelet, so I really don’t have a choice. I have to play every event now….Hopefully, I can win a bracelet in the next couple of weeks, that way, I don’t have to play every event.” That dude rules, to the purported tune of $3-10 MILLION in side bets. Instead of taking it easy, though, Phil is plowing his way through more events as we type.

I also found some more Chess videos that at least kept my attention for a few minutes :)

And last but not least………Happy Birthday TETRIS! Light on graphics but heavy on enjoyment, Tetris has captured the free time of many millions by practically forcing them into turning and twisting the tetrominoes and placing them into row-clearing formations. My wife is practically a pro at this game (no joke, she’s played it since she was a kid and it shows) and while I have my moments I generally suck at it, I still like it enough to give it some much-earned props here on the World stage that is the Chess and Poker Blog. Happy 25th birthday Tetris, you bastard!


Comment from Nicole
Time June 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Happy (late) Birthday Tetris!!! Thanks again for keeping me busy for 11 years or so :)

Comment from Barbara
Time June 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Many a night I stayed up past 3am playing Tetris, knowing I had to get up and go to work the next day. Ah, Tetris! You have such a hold on me. Nicole is an amazing natural, making it look all too easy. I over-think each move and the music is even now still in a constant loop in my head. Happy Birthday, Tetris!
P.S. Happy Father’s Day, James! You are a great Dad!!!!!

Comment from Richard
Time August 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Blimey… I must be getting old if Tetris is 25 years old!

Comment from Julian
Time September 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Very good Fischer docu… Thanks… i watched the others you youtube… shame it seemed to end the story a few years back…

Comment from frank
Time November 9, 2009 at 2:28 pm

gotta love poker and tetris. i’ve been playing a lot of poker on facebook if anyone is looking for something new and good to play at

Comment from Baron
Time August 1, 2010 at 4:05 am

A tragic story in the end. The guy became a weirdo. But another noteworthy thing is the way that top level chess has so often been politically linked

Comment from Michiel Van Kets
Time August 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm

It always fascinates me how poker players maintain a neutral expression in the midst of the storm around them. I for one can never do that. A friend of mine has recently taken up playing professional poker though! Maybe we’ll see him in the WSOP someday too? But for now, I’ll just continue to enjoying watching the WSOP. Awesome stuff.

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