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From Russia to Austria to the Premier League in London

March 07, 2013

Tags: Phil Hellmuth, Poker in Russia, Minsk poker, PartyPoker, German High Roller Cash Game.

I'm on my way to the PartyPoker Premier League VI in London after I leave Austria. I'm in the mountains now, working at getting fit to go wage a full attack on the 'Elite Group' at the Premier League VI. So far the line-up looks extremely juicy: Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak, Dan "Jungleman" Cates, Scott Seiver, Marvin Rettenmaier, Dan Shak, and Luke Schwartz. Come on little fishies, swim, swim, swim.

I've been to Minsk and played the German High Roller cash game in Rozvadov since my last post. Even though I lost the biggest pot ever, I still clipped their fins and beat the German High Roller cash game by simply playing great. If Phil Hellmuth can brag about his poker skills, so can I and that's how the German High Roller came down - The G came, The G played, and The G conquered.

The game in Minsk smiled on me and I left with just under a 500K USD win. I am going to organize a massive tournament and cash game series in Minsk in August. The tournament series will be open to everyone. Please bring lots of cash and I'll supply the fish food. It's going to be held in Casino XO. Belarus is an amazing place and the perfect place to have a tournament series. It's clean and safe and the very best poker action in the whole world pulls it all together in one big explosion of chips and cards.

I am hoping to partner up with 888poker to launch the poker tournament series in Minsk. Yes, that means I am looking for an online partner - but no matter how it comes down, this tournament will run.

I'll be in the Premier League on March 16th but you might find me playing on newly re-launched PoolStars while I'm getting ready for London. Get ready for the tournament and cash games in August in Minsk, I'll keep you posted.

Goodbye Australia and the Twister Panda competition

February 02, 2012

Tags: Aussie Millions, Crown Poker, Phil Hellmuth, Max Pescatori, WPT Venice, PartyPoker, Melanie Weisner, The Professor.

The Aussie Millions was a great time. It always is one of my favorite tournaments and The Crown knows how to take care of their players. But it's over for another year and I have other places to be. The WPT Vienna starts on April 10th at the Montesino Casino. I'll be there! I may even take the Australian Pandas with me to play Twister while I'm waiting to take everyone's money at the tables.

Isn't it amazing how much fun I have? I do have more fun than anyone else on the planet! Life can blow your mind out into the universe if you let all the steam build up from bad beats and the donkeys you send to the rail that don't know how to ride a bike.

Bike riding apparently isn't one of Melanie Weisner's strong points. I tempted her with a $10,000 unicycle challenge while we were at the Aussie Millions. She has a lot of heart and commitment but can she ride a unicycle? Find out!

The Pandas were at the $100,000 Scrabble challenge at the Aussie Millions too. Scrabble for $100K? I was looking for the Professor - I scoured the golf courses, I searched the poker tables, yachts, everywhere a professor would hide. He is hiding, right? No one can find him! But I finally found The Real Professor from Harvard.

The scrabble game had more...I set up bonus words that were worth 50 points - 'lion' and 'open' - ZASKO was a big part of the equation. The Real Professor won $100,000 and then he was going off to gamble on the Tennis games. The Pandas sat, pondering the whole scene. I took the microphone to get a statement from the Real Professor.

The Pandas were standing by as I was decked out in my incredibly mismatched outfit.

Am I a fashion statement?

I plan on throwing all the pirates overboard when I hit Venice. I have my eye on one in particular - the pretend pirate Max Pescatori. Get ready Max, the Pandas are coming, I'm coming to send you to feed the Piranhas!

The pretend pirate found out I'm going to make him walk the plank when we get to Venice for the World Poker Tour. He's fighting back, with words. I'm still laughing. No one can outword me! Not Phil Hellmuth, certainly not a pretend pirate. Rave on Max!

I'm teaching the Pandas to play at PartyPoker because that's where I play; look for me there and around the world in different places while I search for the Professor and taste the next adventure life has to offer.

P.S. I believe the Pandas can become world class players!