A.M. SCRAMBLE: New Circuit Record, BOOM, Hall Calls Two and Jackets

You’re probably a little bit hungover this morning after staying up all night celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Not to worry. BluffMagazine.com will get you caught up on the poker news you might have missed, so grab a coffee, get comfy and enjoy the A.M. Scramble.

Hammond, Indiana Draws Largest WSOP Circuit Event in History

The first ring event of the World Series of Poker Circuit in Hammond, Indiana, a $350 No Limit Hold’em event, drew the largest field in WSOPC history on October 15 with 1,611 players. Hammond held the previous record for WSOPC field size with 1,412 players in the first ring event in 2009.

The size of the field meant the scheduled two-day event had to be extended to a third day of action before Brett Schwertley took down his first career ring, along with $77,438. The 100 points earned for the victory also moved Schwertley to the top of the WSOPC National Leaderboard with 165 points. The top 36 point earners receive a seat into the $1,000,000 National Championship, held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in May 2011.

The National Championship field of 100 players will be filled with the 14 winners of the $1,600 Circuit Main Events, the 14 players who earn the most points at each Circuit stop, and the nine players that reach the final table of the four $10,000 Regional Championships, the first taking place October 25 – 28 in Hammond.

Final table results:

  1. Brett Schwertley – $77,438
  2. Edward Corrado – $47,975
  3. Jack Ranallo – $36,203
  4. Jacob Glanton – $27,511
  5. Daniel Whalen – $20,945
  6. Daniel Pyszynski – $16,090
  7. Jason Schroeder – $12,530
  8. Michael Gassner – $9,848
  9. Alex Smith – $7,860

BOOM, Goes The Dynamite! New Online Poker Documentary Coming from Krantz & Caby

Taylor Caby, the creator of CardRunners.com, and Jay Rosenkrantz, the creator of DeucesCracked.com, are teaming up for a new project they’ve entitled BOOM. The pair are hoping to produce a documentary that tells the story of the online poker boom. Krantz wrote on his blog Monday that they’d be working with Ryan Firpo – director of From Busto to Robusto – to develop the feature length project.

Don’t think that this is just another behind-the-scenes poker movie that glorifies online poker players. Krantz promises it’ll be anything but:

“We are getting ambitious — it’s going to be a film about the pursuit of true freedom through the highs and lows of professional gambling, and the rare opportunity awarded to a generation of poker players: the opportunity to actually achieve it.”

The duo have set up a Twitter account to make it easy to get updates on the project and potentially pitch subjects or topics for BOOM. Follow them @boomdocumentary.

Poker Hall of Fame Announcement Coming Tuesday?

It would appear that the waiting is over for the two newest members of the Poker Hall of Fame. Sometime Tuesday morning Harrah’s will announce the two newest inductees into the Hall.

A panel of 33 – 16 current living inductees and 17 media – voted on the 10 nominees with the top two vote getters finding themselves enshrined. The ten nominees for 2010 were Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman, Dan Harrington, Phil Ivey, Linda Johnson, Tom McEvoy, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen and Erik Seidel.

Voters were asked to consider the following criteria when making their selection:

  1. The player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition.
  2. The player must have played for high stakes.
  3. The player must have played consistently well, gaining the respect of their peers.
  4. The player must have stood the test of time.
  5. If the nominee was not a player, they must have contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

Tune in to BluffMagazine.com at 10 am ET to learn who the 2010 Poker Hall of Fame inductees are.

If You Can’t Get a Bracelet, Maybe You’d Like to Buy a WSOP Jacket?

Nice Jacket
Nice Jacket
In 2008 Harrah’s brought an old Binion’s Horseshoe tradition back to the World Series of Poker by awarding jackets to anybody who made a final table. Now you can be the coolest kid at your home game by buying one of these collector’s items off of eBay for only $85.

The seller “capital1goat” wrote, “a few of these jackets remain from vendor overstock and has found it’s way to you.  Nylon shell with a thin fleece like polyester lining. Sized Medium, Large, and XL still in the package, and never worn.” He also says he’s open to offers, though he did list $85 as the price. Check out the listing here.

If that jacket isn’t quite your taste then maybe you’d like to check out this 20-year-old jacket from the Binion’s era. Granted, the price is $995, but it is a piece of poker history and it’s leather!

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Lance Bradley

Editor in Chief at BLUFF.com
Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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