Poker media news & stories you won’t want to miss in August 2017.
Following weeks of anticipation, the Poker Night King of The Hill heads-up competition is finally here. Starting today, our very own Doug Polk along with Phil Hellmuth, Dan Cates and Frank Kassela will take to the Rivers Casino Schenectady felts and conduct real money battle in front of a live stream audience expected to be in the thousands. While we’re preparing to watch the action on the @PokerNightTV Twitch channel, here is a look at some of the most interesting poker media news stories that are trending this month.
Elton Tsang, Nosebleed Stakes & Leon Tsoukernik
For the second time in as many months, King’s Casino operator and 2014 GPI Industry Person of The Year Leon Tsoukernik is being accused by a high stakes poker player of ignoring a multi-million dollar gambling debt.
This time, the accusations have been made by young poker phenom and 2016 “Big One for One Drop Extravaganza” winner Elton Tsang via CalvinAyre.com.
In a revealing interview with CA’s poker writer and consultant Lee Davy, Tsang claims that he is owed roughly $2,000,000 USD by Tsoukernik dating back to a nosebleed private game which took place during last year’s Barcelona showcase tournament series hosted by PokerStars.
The interview-style article is a captivating read, and serves as additional material for poker news junkies who have been keeping up with a separate $2 million dispute between Tsoukernik and “Aussie” Matt Kirk which could play out in the Clark County (Las Vegas) court system.
More Record-Setting at PokerStars Championship Barcelona
Speaking of Barcelona, the PokerStars LIVE brand is enjoying its share of success this month as the PokerStars Championship Barcelona breaks its own attendance records.
Dirk Oetzmann of PokerListings reports that the growing popularity of the poker tournament series formerly known as EPT Barcelona could be “proof that PokerStars is edging further away from the competition in the live arena.”
Team GrindNation live streaming personality and Pot Limit Omaha expert Fernando Habegger is pumped for his first-ever PSCB Main Event, and is giving away 10% of his Net Profit in the €5,000 + €300 buy-in Main Event.
Tomorrow is my 1st day of the PSC Barcelona Main Event and I´m giving away 10% of my net profit 💸💸
Sign up ➡ https://t.co/f0xuTqKYGH
— gN JNandez (@JNandezPoker) August 21, 2017
Will the PokerStars LIVE momentum carry into next year’s PCA event in the Bahamas? Only time will tell, but Barcelona’s ability to attract such a large group of poker tournament enthusiasts serves as an endorsement for the company whose online poker offering has come under continuous fire since late 2015.
Kim Yuhl Featured on Cardplayer Lifestyle
What more can you say about an avid poker blogger and fan who talks nonstop about showcasing poker media, its corresponding talent, and then proceeds to back it up year after year?
Cardplayer Lifestyle publisher Robbie Strazynski has far-and-away the most extensive “Get To Know Poker Media” library on the Internet, and his latest feature on PokerNews writer Kim Yuhl adds to dozens of in-depth articles that shine a spotlight on the individuals who bring poker media news stories to the public around the world.
Yuhl, who relocated to Thailand in 2013 after her husband accepted a position at Bangkok University, has written approximately 40 articles for PokerNews this summer, including this Gem-Mint Ten feature article on the ‘Queen of Poker Twitter’ Jamie Kerstetter.
Will Kassouf Speech Play Gains Another Fan
The debate on whether Will Kassouf’s live poker table antics are good or bad for poker rages on, but regardless of where you stand on the issue, it’s good to know the affable Englishman has convinced yet another for-profit player.
PartTimePoker contributor and “White Magic” believer Keith Woernle recently published an op-ed on How Will Kassouf’s Style Made Me a Better Player that drives home the former World Poker Tour producer’s thoughts on using “live reads” to increase profit at the brick & mortar felts.
Kassouf, who debuted this week on Poker After Dark, has amassed a large community following thanks to his multiple TV appearances during the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event.
Poker Night King of The Hill Live Stream
After weeks on anticipation, the inaugural Poker Night King of The Hill heads-up contest is finally upon us.
— PNIA (@PokerNightTV) August 22, 2017
Will Doug Polk, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Cates and Frank Kassela bring a bonafide winner into the homes and workplaces of poker fans worldwide?
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Who will capture the coveted KOTH championship belt and take home $200,000 USD cash?
The poker community gets its answer starting today at 3:30pm Eastern Time on the official @PokerNightTV Twitch Channel.
David Huber (known as “dhubermex” online) has been involved in the poker industry for more than a decade. He currently assists several poker and gaming entities as a researcher, writer, and consultant. Former Editor-in-Chief & Head Moderator of online tournament rankings site PocketFives (2006-2011).