Young Leading at SHR, Borgata Smashes Guarantee, McDonald Stares in TBT

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Justin Young On Top of WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

Mike Sexton and the Royal Flush Girls on hand at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. (WPT photo)

Mike Sexton and the Royal Flush Girls on hand at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. (WPT photo)

The first of three starting days at the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown wrapped up late Thursday night with Justin Young storming to the Day 1A chip lead. A total of 479 players entered on Thursday with 175 of them surviving to see Day 2. Young finished the night with 313,200 and will now wait until Sunday for Day 1B and 1C to wrap up.

The $3,500 buy-in event features unlimited re-entry on each starting day and a $5 million guaranteed prizepool. Action resumes Friday at Noon with live updates available at

Top 5 Chip Counts

  1. Justin Young – 313,200
  2. Ryan D’Angelo – 271,300
  3. Mark Darner – 238,700
  4. Francois Gagne – 211,500
  5. Kyle Keranen – 210,400

Sheldon Adelson Giving Up on Bethlehem?

Could giving political candidates blank checks be catching up with Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson? Probably not, but reports out of Pennsylvania indicate Adelson, who is spending big bucks to fight the regulation and legalization of online gaming, is considering selling their casino in Bethlehem, PA, possibly to Carl Icahn, owner of Tropicana Entertainment.

Tropicana Entertainment currently owns nine properties including Tropicana Atlantic Cit and most recently purchased Lumiere Place in St. Louis, Missouri from Pinnacle Entertainment (owners of the Heartland Poker Tour) for $260 million.

Event #1 at Borgata Spring Poker Open Smashes Guarantee

With new chips in play, the Borgata Spring Poker Open is underway in Atlantic City and if the first event is any indication the next two weeks could be huge. The opening event, with a $560 buy-in, came with a $1 million guarantee. The last starting day was Thursday with another 770 players entering to push the total field to 2,483 players, putting the total prizepool at $1,241,500 – well past the guarantee.

The Spring Poker Open schedule includes 17 events over the next 15 days  including the $15,400 buy-in WPT Championship.

Even Teenaged Mike McDonald Had a Stare

Lots has been made about the stare – glare maybe? – that Mike McDonald employs at the table to get a read on, and possibly intimidate, his opponents. On Thursday McDonald took part in Throwback Thursday by Tweeting out a picture from his pre-poker days where it appears the stare was already in place.


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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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