Posts Tagged ‘Liv Boeree’

Doyle Brunson Has Twitter Spat with Vanessa Selbst

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

doyle-brunson-vs-vanessa-selbstIt’s amazing how the U.S. Presidential Race can get tempers flaring. Such was the case recently as Doyle Brunson got into a Twitter spat with Vanessa Selbst over Hillary Clinton, which eventually drew Liv Boeree into the argument.

Brunson, an ardent Republican and Donald Trump supporter, tweeted a comment about how many times Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has lied during her campaign.

“I’ll bet a lot of money I can name (and prove) twice that many lies Hillary has said. Maybe 10 times?” he tweeted.

This incensed Selbst and sparked the following comment.

“@TexDolly You’re just like the rest of the ignorant masses. Recycling talking points, making assertions, avoiding actual facts and logic.”

This prompted Brunson to not only ask Selbst to unfollow him, but also bash her for allegedly not paying Jason Somerville back on a poker debt.

“@VanessaSelbst Don’t know if you follow me but if you do, please unfollow me. You showed me your character when u welshed on Jason.#triedto”

“@TexDolly I haven’t followed you for a long time. And yeah, paying 100k = welching. I doubt u want to start a debate about ethics in poker.”

Boeree, who is Selbst’s friend, was quick to jump into this debate with the following comments:

“@TexDolly @Erik_Seidel Doyle, you are missing the point. Those were clear proven lies said by trump in just ONE DAY. Not over a lifetime.”

“@TexDolly @Erik_Seidel yup, thats fucking despicable. how hypocritical of you to shit on Vanessa about ethics.”

Eventually the trio stopped arguing on Twitter, but it’s clear that this will be another chapter added to the biggest poker feuds.

Perhaps none will ever top the feud that Daniel Negreanu had with Annie Duke. But it’s unlikely that Brunson will share hugs with Selbst and Boeree next time he sees them in a poker room.

Lex Veldhuis bashes Antonio Esfandiari

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

lex-veldhuis-pokerDutch poker pro Lex Veldhuis doesn’t like Antonio Esfandiari, and he’s not afraid to let everybody know. During an episode of ChicagoJoey’s Poker Life podcast, Veldhuis used the word “worthless” to describe Esfandiari. So what’s at the root of his very strong dislike for ‘The Magician?’

According to Veldhuis, it all began during his first live tournament trip to Vegas. He played next to Esfandiari during one tournament and initially befriended him. However, things went sour when Esfandiari invited Veldhuis to dinner, but told him that his four friends couldn’t come along because he wanted to keep it small. “I’m not going to ditch my friends because you think you’re fucking Antonio, (like) I should be grateful that you’re asking me to dinner,” Veldhuis said.

After several years had passed, another dinner-invitation incident like this came up. This time, Daniel Negreanu and Liv Boeree asked if Lex wanted to eat with them. He said sure, but was disappointed to hear that Esfandiari was doing the reservations. Veldhuis tried to give Esfandiari another chance, but was again met with resistance when he wanted to bring a couple friends that he’d previously made plans with. Antonio’s problem with this was that he wanted to “keep it exclusive.”

Another point that Veldhuis doesn’t like about Esfandiari is that “he has no empathy for the situation people are in if he wants attention.” One example he gives is when Antonio was making fun of Bertrand Grospellier (sitting to his left) and his pants to a player at another table.

It’s rare for poker pros to openly discuss their disdain for fellow players like this – or at least to this extent. So it’ll be interesting to see if Esfandiari has any kind of comeback upon hearing the podcast…assuming it’s not too beneath him of course. Check the rant out below, and it begins at about the 1-minute mark.

Joe Cada’s Split with PokerStars foreshadows Grim Future

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The death of the sponsored poker pro is something that’s been discussed frequently over the past few years. But Joe Cada’s recent split with PokerStars has hammered the point home that sites are increasingly moving away from sponsored pros.

In Cada’s case, all he wanted was 100% rakeback from PokerStars to continue representing them. And this seems like a reasonable request from a former Main Event champion. Amazingly, Stars saw this as too high a price, as you can see from Cada’s tweets:

If everyone is wondering what happened with Poker Stars and myself it’s pretty simple. I asked for 100percent rake back, they said no.

I asked for zero money. I just wanted the rake back that I used to get.

Cada added that he’s never heard of a company asking somebody they sponsor to pay for their product. Seeing as how Stars wouldn’t keep the 2009 Main Event winner on their roster, it seems highly likely that they’ll continue dumping more pros over the coming years.

This trend already began weeks ago when Humberto Brenes, Jose “Nacho” Barbero and Angel Guillen didn’t get their contracts renewed. A PokerStars spokesman came out and said that these players were from countries where they don’t hold live tournaments. So Stars felt there was little reason to sponsor these players any longer.

But Cada is arguably more marketable than any of these guys because he has worldwide recognition as a Main Event champ. He is, however, from Michigan, yet another spot where PokerStars had no live presence.

The world’s largest poker site will always have some players representing their brand like Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand Grospellier and Liv Boeree. But it’s becoming obvious that they aren’t interested in having dozens of signed pros from every corner of the world.

Liv Boeree and her Silly Mobile Poker Shoot

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Liv Boeree is no doubt a very smart girl since she graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Astrophysics. So even she should know that a person can’t play mobile poker very well when they’re climbing a rock wall. However, a recent photo shoot she did for PokerStars mobile suggests otherwise.

Expanding on the details, the photos show her running, riding a bike, and rollerblading while playing mobile poker games. As for the bike pictures, she’s riding on the back of a double-seater, which is possible. And you may be able to play poker while running – though it’s not exactly going to be conducive to good results. When it comes to rollerblading and playing poker…don’t even try it! If you’re interested in checking out all of the pics of this gorgeous poker babe and her mobile obsession, you can do so here.

While the photo shoot appears to be in good fun, it might have been more useful for Stars to go with realistic scenarios such as Boeree sitting on the bus or waiting for an appointment. In any case, Stars couldn’t have picked a better person to model since Boeree has worked for Loaded Magazine and Maxim in the past.

But it definitely appears that Boeree won’t be going back to modeling full-time after this shoot. She is firmly entrenched as one of the most popular PokerStars pros and has had a very excellent playing career too. She’s earned around $2.3 million in tournament winnings and has a 2010 EPT San Remo title to her credit as well. With her $2.3m, Boeree is the eighth biggest winner among women in poker history.