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Top 10 random observations from the WSOP Main Event

18 July 2017
LAS VEGAS -- Spend more than 50 hours over six consecutive days watching the spectacle that is the World Series of Poker Main Event, and you're bound to come away with a notebook bursting with random thoughts and observations. Here are just 10 of the many items that drifted through this poker-overloaded brain over the last week while I was roaming around the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. ... (read more)
 

WSOP Director Jack Effel talks Main Event mayhem

17 July 2017
LAS VEGAS – As Jack Effel instinctively recites the numbers off the top of his head, even he is impressed by the magnitude of it all. 516 poker tables. 2,000 temporary employees. 300,000 transactions at the cage, worth $250 million. Participants from 111 different countries. Nearly 121,000 overall entries and 7,221 Main Event players, the third-largest field in history. ... (read more)
 

Around the WSOP: Hallaert trying to buck astronomical odds; plus, tequila shots and Superman

16 July 2017
LAS VEGAS -- As the number of tables in play and participants in contention continued to plummet rapidly on Saturday night at the World Series of Poker Main Event, Kenny Hallaert sat in the middle of it all, smiling and collecting chips. Just like he has the last three years. In a profession where ... (read more)
 

Around the WSOP Main Event: Money bubble drama; Matusow 'retires'

14 July 2017
LAS VEGAS – The tension created by the World Series of Poker Main Event money bubble is unlike anything else in the world of gaming. It was clearly evident early this morning inside the walls of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Amazon Room, when the countdown to making the money for the 48th annual playing ... (read more)
 

Life coach and poker author Phil Hellmuth aiming to 'change humanity'

14 July 2017
LAS VEGAS -- Love him or hate him, Phil Hellmuth never disappoints. Whether it's sitting at the ESPN featured table under the hot lights or bumping into a reporter in the hallways of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and taking part in an impromptu interview, Hellmuth's bravado gauge is always on full. ... (read more)
 

Scotty Nguyen still a fan favorite, despite WSOP Main Event bustout

14 July 2017
LAS VEGAS – It was early on during Day 4 of the World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino when Scotty Nguyen got his hand caught in the proverbial cookie jar. A bluff gone bad at the ESPN featured table cost him a 500,000 pot, and suddenly his once-healthy chip stack had dwindled from 600,000 all the way down to less than 60,000. ... (read more)
 

Expectant mother Natasha Mercier adjusting and contending at WSOP Main Event

13 July 2017
LAS VEGAS – Twenty-eight weeks into her first pregnancy, Natasha Mercier is battling fatigue, her ever-changing hormones and a fickle appetite, just like any other expectant mother. The difference between Mercier and most other women in her condition? She's not only going through her third trimester while sitting on the biggest stage of her profession, but she's doing it quite well. ... (read more)
 

With Negreanu's backing, KL Cleeton is living a poker dream at the WSOP

12 July 2017
Kenneth Cleeton peels the hole cards over for his son KL to see during Day 2C play at the WSOP Main Event. LAS VEGAS -- Defying the odds is nothing new for KL Cleeton. After he was born with a severe form of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), Cleeton’s parents — Kenneth and Lilly — were told by doctors that it was highly unlikely their newborn son would see his third birthday. ... (read more)
 

Top 10 random thoughts and observations from the casino gaming industry

30 June 2017
Ten random thoughts and observations from the casino/gambling world as here in the U.S. we prepare for Independence Day, the second-best holiday of the year. (The combination of family, food and football on Thanksgiving Day make it the clear-cut No. 1 holiday). 10. Gaming and eSports numbers still on the ... (read more)

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Gary Trask
Gary serves as Casino City's managing editor and has more than 20 years experience as a writer and editor.

A member of the inaugural Poker Hall of Fame Media Committee, Gary enjoys playing poker and blackjack, but spends most of his time sitting in the comfy confines of the sportsbook when in Las Vegas.

The Boston native is also a former PR pro in the golf-casino-resort industry and a fanatical golfer, allowing his two favorite hobbies - gambling and golf - to collide quite naturally.

Contact Gary at gary@casinocity.com and follow him on Twitter at @CasinoCityGT.

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Gary Trask
Gary serves as Casino City's managing editor and has more than 20 years experience as a writer and editor.

A member of the inaugural Poker Hall of Fame Media Committee, Gary enjoys playing poker and blackjack, but spends most of his time sitting in the comfy confines of the sportsbook when in Las Vegas.

The Boston native is also a former PR pro in the golf-casino-resort industry and a fanatical golfer, allowing his two favorite hobbies - gambling and golf - to collide quite naturally.

Contact Gary at gary@casinocity.com and follow him on Twitter at @CasinoCityGT.

Gary Trask Websites:

twitter.com/#!/casinocityGT