Isai Scheinberg Wins UKIPT Title; Dan Smith and a Heartwarming Reconnection

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Isai Scheinberg Wins UKIPT Isle of Man High Roller, But Don’t Tell Anybody

The UKIPT wraps up its second series of the year on the Isle of Man Monday, but a side event held Saturday afternoon became suddenly more newsworthy because of its winner. It’s hard to find much mention of it on social media or on any PokerStars website, but former owner Isai Scheinberg won the High Roller event – with a single Tweet also confirming the field size and payouts.

The tournament featured a £2,200 buy-in, but with the Main Event running simultaneously the field failed to grow beyond three tables. It was a rare sighting of the reclusive Scheinberg, who sold his interest in PokerStars’ parent company The Rational Group earlier this year in a deal worth $4.9 billion. PokerStars commentator James Hartigan was also present for Scheinberg’s victory.

Dan Smith Shares Bittersweet Story Written by His Dad’s Best Friend

On Sunday afternoon, Dan Smith sent out a Tweet linking to a story in the Houston Chronicle.

Without delving too deeply into the story’s details, the Chronicle’s Ken Hoffman discovers the younger Smith on a WSOP on ESPN broadcast and doesn’t immediately realize that it’s his best friend’s son. Hoffman goes on to recall the elder Smith’s penchant for gambling and games, his memories of Smith’s father in college and beyond, and finally losing touch almost a decade ago after his untimely death. It’s certainly a tearjerker, but a worthwile read to kick off your week.

Don’t forget to keep it on all week for continuing coverage of the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific, live from the floor of the Crown Casino in Melbourne.

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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