In this column, we deliver you the latest and most interesting news and gossip from our favourite poker people.
Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay join ACR’s Team Pro
Two more big names signed under Americas Cardroom’s roster of pros to start the month of November, joining the likes of Chris Moneymaker, Jon Van Fleet, Ebony Kenney, and Vanessa Kade amongst others. The first husband and wife duo, British pro Chris Moorman and female crusher Katie Lindsay announced their newfound partnership with the global brand on social media earlier this week and shared with fans what they’re bringing to the table.
“Thrilled to announce that @acr_poker has asked @moorman1 and I to join their team of pros. I’ve been playing and working in poker for 17 years and this is such an exciting and unexpected opportunity“, wrote Lindsay.
“ACR offers its customers well-structured large prize pool tournaments at an affordable price point. I really like what it has done to establish a strong foothold in the market and want to help it continue to grow.”, said Moorman.
Two-time bracelet winner Moorman has been an industry staple for over a decade with his online achievements alone surpassing the $19 million mark. One of the scene’s most accomplished players, the British pro also locked in his biggest live score to date after coming in second at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for a sweet seven-figure payday. American pro Lindsay likewise holds her own with over $2 million in career earnings throughout her 17-year poker career. The duo whilst partners in life, enjoy competitiveness against each other giving fans an exciting experience to witness what’s ahead.
“The competitiveness in our house is already at 110% to be honest. When we are at the same table in a tournament Katie is always going after me and calling me a nit if I fold to her. I’m sure we’ll have some kind of a side bet for who wins the first ACR tournament as a team pro.”, cited Moorman.
Poker Brat Hellmuth complains about WSOP PoY scoring
Renowned as the best tournament player of all-time, the iconic Phil Hellmuth once again showed an impressive performance in this year’s WSOP festivities. The top bracelet winner added his sixteenth career bracelet along with four other final table finishes to his already historic record of achievements. In spite of these, Hellmuth remains to be third in this year’s WSOP Player of the Year race with American pro Anthony Zinno currently in the top spot with two bracelet wins in the series alone and followed by five-time final table finisher Jake Schwartz in close second.
2 another player has one Final Table (3rd in online tourn) and 2,000 pts! Who cares about 10th- and 14th- and 300th place?!? Who wrote @WSOP POY 2021 rules? It’s not right. POY isn’t about cashes! I’m calling on WSOP to make it right in 2022. We need new voices to be heard…
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) November 1, 2021
Sitting just a spot above 2018 WSOP PoY winner Shaun Deeb, Hellmuth could not help but publicly rant on how ‘absurd’ he thinks the scoring system is. In the tweets, the Poker Brat highlighted how final tables and wins should be given more weight and min cashes possibly disregarded. Deeb however, was quick to contradict Hellmuth’s statement while also putting out equally good points.
“Phil poy should always be about the overall grind I have 7 more cashes than you you know how much people love to have a big name in their table in the atm buyin tourneys Wsop should do whatever they can to get the biggest names in every event it’s great for brand and Rec exp”, replied Deeb.
While these top name pros may have varying opinions, the race remains to be anyone’s game at this point with 18 days of fun-filled action left on schedule.
Current WSOP PoY Leaderboard
Zach Gensler records longest poker session in history
After eleven years since Irish–American pro Phil Laak broke the world record, Minnesota local Zach Gensler finally clinched the feat after several tries. Gensler, who is a huge fan of the game, recorded a total of 124 hours of continuous gameplay at the new Resorts World poker room in Las Vegas.
The Guiness World Record-breaking achievement was held to be an official attempt and is expected to be certified and commemorated by the society in a few months time following the review of the proper evidence submitted. Although the 49-year old claimed the longest poker session in history, the recreational player ended with a $1,200 deficit after losing his profits at the last quarter of the marathon.
— TimeTravelerPoker (@TimeTraveler524) November 5, 2021
From October 27th, 3 p.m. to November 1st, 7 p.m, Gensler played through five days straight, surpassing Laak’s record of a 110-hour grind back in June 2010 at the Bellagio poker room. A few years ago, Gensler also locked in an 80-hour session at the Aria poker room as practice prior to taking charge of a 120 hour goal in mind. With that said, Gensler’s dedication, support and perseverance definitely paid off as he now holds a world record that almost seems impossible to beat.