In this column, we deliver you the latest and most interesting news and gossip from our favourite poker people.
Galfond Challenge Update
This means that the host of this challenge won six buy-ins and reduced his loss so far to “only” 220k.
Roughly a third of all 35k hands has been played and it’s a back and forth between the two players and next week they scheduled five matches to be played.
Tough day today -124k. Nice to have a couple days off before we play 5 days again next week
— Chance Kornuth (@ChancesCards) November 14, 2020
You can watch highlights of the matches on the Run It Once YouTube channel. Yesterday’s match hasn’t been published yet, but here are the highlights of Friday:
Further updates are available on the Run It Once website.
Bryn Kenney leaves GGPoker
Recently GGNetwork has been working on quite a few changes around their ambassador teams. The GGSquad was created, including Kevin Martin and other streamers. Two other sections were created: GGHeroes and GGCrew.
GGHeroes include Daniel Negreanu, ElkY and Fedor Holz. And this is also where Bryn had been moved to. Bryn’s face had disappeared from most communications of the sire a short while ago and there hasn’t been any official comments on Kenney leaving.
Kenney is the number one in the poker tournament world with over $54 million in winnings. So what could be the reason for GGPoker to let him go. It is being rumoured that Bryn Kenney might have retired from poker altogether and that’s why it doesn’t make sense for him to represent a poker platform. He did not even partake in the WSOP Online on the GGNetwork this year.
Nothing has been seen or read from Kenny on the social media platforms for six months either. The only clue on what might be up with the poker star was given in an interview on partypokerTV, where he states:
“I would say my next plan is more involved on the business side of things because you know I have a lot of interest in doing a lot of good in the world so you know just with money that you make from poker, that’s why I’ve always seen it as like a stepping stone kind of. Now I’ve hit the plateau of where I wanted to go in poker and now, I want to compete in the next level.”
This wouldn’t be a surprise as several poker pros make the transition to business after a successful poker career. Most famously Fedor Holz.
We wish Bryn Kenney all the best and hope to hear about his adventures soon.
Lewis Hamilton plays poker
More GGPoker news, not about a sponsored pro, but a guest appearance of the Formula One star Lewis Hamilton.
LADIES & GENTLEMEN…
Please give a warm welcome, on his debut at the @GGPokerOfficial tables, to 🥁 🥁 🥁…
— GGPoker – HOME OF ONLINE POKER'S LARGEST PRIZEPOOL (@GGPoker) November 10, 2020
It has been stated by GGPoker that Hamilton was just a guest, so it sounds like no sponsorship is planned. But it might be a tactical move to get racing fans’ eyes on the poker site as the main competitor PokerStars is working to place CGI advertisements on F1 racing feeds.
Selected markets have received CGI treatment in the #BelgianGP broadcast, with virtual PokerStars signage being featured on the feed.@PokerStars @f1broadcasting#F1 #PokerStars pic.twitter.com/gVrGvcWrOg
— Decalspotters (@decalspotters) August 28, 2020
Antonio Esfandiari buys $5.3 million mansion
“The Magician” Antonio Esfandiari is also being called the “18 million dollar man” after having won the Big One for One Drop in 2012.
He recently lost a bit of wealth in the Heads-Up “High Stakes Duel” against Phil Helmuth, handing over a total of $350k to the “Poker Brat”, but this should not have made too much of a dent. His lifetime earnings are $27 million total, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he recently splurged out in the purchase of a $5.3 million mansion in Los Angeles.
Some impressions of the beautiful estate can be found on the website Dirt.