Laliberte Feels Cheated, Panzica Banned from WSOP, Riess Hyping WSOP

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Guy Laliberte Claims He Was Cheated on Full Tilt Poker

The Big One for One Drop is just a few weeks away now so Guy Laliberte will be out in front of the media lot until then. On Wednesday Laliberte was talking to Le Journal de Montreal, a French newspaper, and the topic of his days on Full Tilt Poker came up. Laliberte talked openly about how he felt he was cheated by the site’s owners. Since the interview is in French and nobody at BLUFF actually paid attention during high school French class, we’re going to rely heavily on Google Translate to help us out.

“The story of Full Tilt is clear: I got scammed, squarely, by people I knew personally who used unfillted bank, paying no money.

“By dint of” All in “all the time, when it’s not your own money, and they printed money to play against me, and they put two, three …; I was stupid. “

Secretive about the amount he admits still losing a lot of money. “I have done as a school kid.”

Laliberte seems to be talking about playing high stakes cash games against some of Full Tilt Poker’s former owners who, at least according to Laliberte here, could reload their account without actually having to deposit to continually beat the Cirque de Soleil founder out of his money.

No 2014 WSOP for Sam Panzica

Sam Panzica won't be playing the WSOP this summer.

Sam Panzica won’t be playing the WSOP this summer.

It seems that WSOP Circuit ring winner Sam Panzica won’t be winning a bracelet this summer. Panzica was apparently banned from all Caesars properties in November 2013 for an undisclosed transgression. With the WSOP just a few weeks away Panzica appealed his case in hopes of being able to play at the Rio. The news wasn’t good. Panzica posted a photo of the letter on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

The key paragraph reads: “After a thorough review your incident and the related reports by our Vice President of Security, Mr. Thomas Flynn is not willing to lift or rescind your Trespass per NRS 207.200. This trespass is inclusive of all Caesars Entertainment properties and does include a ban from the World Series of Poker.”

As we mentioned the ban comes from November 2013 – right when Panzica’s buddy Ryan Riess was winning the WSOP Main Event at the Rio. One of Panzica’s friends, DJ MacKinnon, took to Twitter to offer up some insight as to what happened.

Speaking of Ryan Riess: the WSOP is Coming

Each May the WSOP holds a conference call for media where WSOP suits Ty Stewart, Jack Effel and Seth Palansky talk about what’s new, what’s different and what’s planned for the upcoming seven-week poker orgy at the Rio. Details of this year’s call were announced on Wednesday and there’s a new addition: reigning WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess will also be on the call to “to recollect his victory and describe what life has been like since.”

The conference call takes place Tuesday at 2 pm ET and will have a recap of any major details on Tuesday.

This Could the Summer of Elwood

BLUFF contributor Zach Elwood is setting himself up to have a pretty busy summer. His second book, Verbal Poker Tells, comes out in June (an excerpt is in the May issue of BLUFF) and now he’s announced he’ll be doing some seminar work at the WSOP. Elwood will be joined by Jonathan Little, poker hypnotherapist Elliot Roe and peak performance consultant Dr. Patricia Cardner in seminars being held at the Rio Hotel and at the Gold Coast at key times during the 2014 WSOP. For more info check out




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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, 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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