Online Poker

Goodbye Guy, Hello Obama?

by Poker Team

Guy Laliberte, founder of billion dollar entertainment company Cirque du Soleil has disappeared off the Full Tilt radar. Innovative, entrepreneurial, a doting philanthropist Guy may all be, but a profitable high stakes online player he is not. All Guy’s aliases - lady marmalade, patatino, elmariachimacho and ahtata, all hundreds of thousands of dollars in the red, have vanished.

It’s estimated that Guy’s withdrawal means $10 million LESS going into the pockets of sharks Phil Ivey, Phil Galfond and Tom Dwan. His frightening deficits give a strong indication of the brutality of nosebleed stakes, because based on live performances, Guy doesn’t even seem that bad. This is a man who played solid poker on GSN’s High Stakes Poker season four, and has a handsome $696,220 4th placed cash at the WPT Bellagio. We can only speculate on the reasons for his departure from High Stakes activity - the worrying global economic climate, a hectic schedule, or perhaps the sheer frustration of being unable to beat the games. Or perhaps he’s grinding $0.10/20.

Thanks to for pointing out that Guy is training for his space mission which may explain why he’s not at the tables: Laliberte Begins Training for Space Tourism Flight

Charismatic president Barack Obama has never really hid his passion for poker. But in the midst of all the anti-poker legislature, he has to exercise a degree of subtlety when voicing his like for the game. One incredible rumor flying around forums is that Obama will be participating in the WSOP Main Event, courtesy of a certain Mr Sklar forking out his buy-in. Mr Sklar has some juicy wagers riding on his appearance - $40 at 25,000-1 with Chris Ferguson reportedly, which would see him scoop well over $1 million. It doesn’t seem practical for Mr Obama and his entourage, including security snipers, to hit the hustle and bustle of Harrah’s, but it would symbolize a great moral victory for poker if he did. Let’s hope he’ll be making full houses, not white houses on the 4th July.

Meanwhile the $50K H.O.R.S.E has 19 players remaining going into the final day of play. Vitaly Lunkin is in pole position to claim a brace of highroller event titles, following his victory in the $40K NL event, as he heads the field. Eight times bracelet winner Erik Siedel, great Dane Gus Hansen and the facetious ‘Tony G’ are among the big names remaining.

    blog comments powered by Disqus