Shaniac’s Kathy Liebert Auction, Merson ‘Outplayed’ at Maryland Live

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Shane Schleger Auctions Kathy Liebert Bounty Button for Charity

Over the last couple of months, Shane Schleger has taken to Twitter to auction off a few items for charity. He managed to outdo himself Wednesday afternoon, with a piece of poker history emblazoned with Kathy Liebert’s face. Schleger’s post inspired others to show off bounty buttons that they had, with Mohsin Charania proudly displaying his Hasan Habib button and @change100 offering her Vanessa Selbst button as a trade piece.

The winning bid was made by @killahmcgillah, who donated $41 to the Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis and suicide prevention services to young people in the LGBTQ community.

Greg Merson Plays Villain, Gets ‘Outplayed’ in the Pages of The Atlantic

In an article set to appear in the May issue of The Atlantic, David Samuels looks at where the poker action has gone in the three years since Black Friday. Samuels’ story “Where the Card Sharks Feed” focuses on Maryland Live and a mid-stakes grinder who’s given the alias of “John Calvin”. Merson plays the part of villain to Calvin at various points in the story, and he even gets accused of jumping the waitlist to immediately get into the game. The climax of the story sees Calvin turn a flush and ‘outplay’ Merson when a fourth flush card hits on the river and both players check.

Calvin immediately texts his wife to say, “I just outplayed Greg Merson the 2012 WSOP Champ.” There are a lot of other standard mainstream poker coverage pitfalls in the article, including abstract and seemingly exaggerated numbers. Our bespectacled middle-aged protaganist is also, at one point, called out by tablemate Tom Wang. “It’s a very formulaic way of playing, unimaginative and uncreative. It’s common among grinders like Calvin.”

There are also some strong elements in the story, to be fair, mostly residing in the telling of parts of poker history ranging from Amarillo Slim to online poker and the description of the various characters in the story.

WPT Championship Winner to Receive Hublot King Power Unico Watch

The winner of the upcoming WPT Championship was already guaranteed to take home at least $1.35 million and a pair of 24k Monster headphones, but the pot got a little sweeter with the announcement of another big prize. The champion will now get a Hublot King Power Unico Chronograph watch, with the titanium Swiss timepiece retailing well into the five-figure range.

David Diaz Gets Caesars Ban Dropped, Will Play 2014 WSOP

After missing out on the 2013 World Series of Poker following an incident at the Harrahs Carnival Court in Las Vegas that got him banned from all Caesars properties, bracelet-winner David Diaz is set to make his return this summer.


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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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