More poker markup controversy stirred up by Shaun Deeb. Charlie Carrel with a deep run in the PokerStars Monte Carlo EPT €10,300. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.
Debate on poker markups continues
Two weeks ago, poker vlogger JohnnieVibes stirred up controversy about markups in poker when he tried to attempted pieces of himself in the World Series of Poker for 1.4x, with some questioning the rationale of high markup with only $72,244 in recorded live tournament wins. Shaun Deeb, one of the vocal critics of JohnnieVibes — he changed his Twitter handle to “Markup Police” — has now raised controversy for his comments on Allen Kessler’s 1.05 to 1.2 markup.
For those not familiar with mark-ups in poker, players frequently sell pieces of themselves in tournaments to lower variance and the cost of playing in the tournament, popularly known as “staking.” In selling pieces of themselves, a player will often “mark-up” the pieces they sell by a certain percentage — such as 1.1 — to offset expenses or further improve their value in a tournament.
Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler, a player with nearly $4 million in live tournament winnings, is getting some defenders with Daniel Negreanu among those weighing in to the matter.
That is correct. Allen isn’t doing anything unethical trying to sell a package to play lots of WSOP events which is a dream for most.
He is being bullied unfairly just because some people enjoy being mean and hateful.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 25, 2019
– The 2019 PokerStars and Monte Carlo Casino EPT entered its second day on Friday as two events entered a second day. At the time of this writing, Marius Kudzmanas and Oskar Jonsson battle for win in the €1,100 No Limit Hold’em, which will pay €42,590 to the winner. Meanwhile, the €10,300 No Limit Hold’em event is down to 11 players out of 70 entries with Charlie Carrel holding a lead over some well-known names that include Seth Davies and Erik Seidel. The winner of this event will receive €198,610.
The big event of the weekend is set to be the €100,000 EPT Super High Roller, running from April 27th-30th.
– The PokerStars SCOOP is still more than two weeks away, but anticipation continues to build for this spring online poker institution.
– Alex Weldon today released the latest poker rankings update, which chronicles the most well-known player leaderboards across the internet. In the reporter, Weldon discusses Alex Foxen continued dominance in the GPI 10 Top 10 while a brand new face shows up in the 2019 Player of the Year standings.
– Friday’s featured Grinderschool poker training video is a continuation of Colossus’ micro stakes cash game series. The 13th episode is part of the Colossus’ live poker training videos featuring his play at $0.05/$0.10.
– With PA sports betting just a week or two away, a look at some of the most frequently asked questions from sports bettors about where to go once apps become available.
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– Daniel Strelitz was the latest guest on the Poker Life Podcast with Joey Ingram as the pair sat down for two hours to discuss a variety of poker topics including his second place in this year’s PCA Main Event.
– Members of The Thirst Lounge question they have what it takes to be poker players: