In this column we deliver you the latest and most interesting news and gossip from our favourite poker people.
Kristen Bicknell wins third bracelet, faces sexism
It’s hard enough in this poker world for females to succeed, but when we actually do succeed hate and doubt are as prevalent as praise and happiness amongst fellow poker players.
Kristen Bicknell has been a force to reckon with for years, not just as a female poker player, but as a POKER PLAYER. With over $5 million in earnings she has nothing to prove, but still the haters come out and ask about Alex Foxen’s, Kristin’s boyfriend, involvement in that most recent bracelet win.
Danielle Andersen tweeted her disbelief about how people reacted to Kristen’s win last week at the $2500 No Limit Hold’em 6 Handed:
Alex Foxen chimes in himself pointing out plain sexism and clarifying that he was unknown when they started dating and Kristen was the one crushing.
Kristen then replied on the tweet saying that it’s not even the average haters that bother her, but people from the poker industry and media
Can deal with haters, what's awful is seeing this misogyny exsist within our industry.
Media happily questions me about how Alex has 'helped me', yet I don't think anyone ever had the nerve to ask Alex how a FEMALE might have helped him…
— Kristen Bicknell (@krissyb24poker) August 5, 2020
Kristen will continue to prove the haters that she doesn’t need a man to be an exceptional poker player. She’s one of the most inspiring rising stars in poker over the past years and we can only hope that her example will open doors for many more female and male players to follow.
WPT Champions Cup renamed in honour of Mike Sexton
Mike Sexton and the WPT are going hand in hand for 15 years now. Sexton has not just represented the brand through all those years, he himself managed to cash 15 times in WPT events and even pocketed a win at the 2016 WPT Montreal Main Event for $317,896. His TV commentary of WPT events together with Vince van Patten is legendary.
All the above were probably the reasons for the WPT to rename the famous Champions Cup that bears the names of WPT Champions Club members from all 18 seasons, to the “Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup”.
Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour, said: “The WPT Family is proud to bestow this tribute and privilege to the greatest poker ambassador the world has ever known.”
There are now 288 unique WPT Champions listed alongside Mike Sexton, Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Ivey on the WPT Champions Cup, Five more names will be added to the trophy from the ongoing WPTWOC on partypoker.
German streamer ‘Knossi’ breaks Twitch Record
German poker and gambling fans know who Jens ‘Knossi’ Knossalla is. The rest of the world probably does not.
Joey Ingram broke the video to the international Poker Twitter community of ‘King Knossi’ cheering for his buddy, fellow streamer and legendary poker Twitch mod “Knueppel” while he was heads-up in a PokerStars Stadium Series $1.050 event for a top prize of $164.730.
This 2nd hand might be the most thrilling moment on Twitch poker I've ever seen lmaoooooo HU FOR THE TITLE pic.twitter.com/UI3JdBlIjT
— Joey Ingram #passion (@Joeingram1) August 3, 2020
The video is not just epic because of Knossi’s famous high volume online behaviour and the fact that a Queen on the river in the second hand was one of the worst beats you can image in this spot, but also because Knossi’s Twitch stream reached an incredible 92,000 viewers on this and so broke Lex Veldhuis’ record of 65,000.
Lex, being the fair sport that he is, made a great tweet congratulating Knossi and in fact the whole poker community for this success.
Knueppel came second in the event for $117.000 and he had also received a $25k PSPC Platinum Pass from PokerStars for breaking Lex’ record.
As we say in Germany: Schmeckt!