Chess, Poker and Tetris
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!
Only 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!