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Gossip Column: Daniel Negreanu Makes Incredible Fold in Super High Roller Bowl V, Denise Pratt Calls Out Dan Shak & Poker Massage Therapists Sue Intu

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis December 19, 2018
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Daniel Negreanu is truly a unique individual both on and off the felts. While the poker superstar’s vlogs have become very popular, his antics on the felts are sometime even more amusing. He recently gave us a glimpse of his uncanny poker abilities at the Super High Roller Bowl V where he made an exceptional fold against Belarusian pro Mikita Badziakouski which proved yet again why he is such a celebrated poker player.

While we are on the subject of on and off the felts poker action, let’s talk about the recent surge in popularity of Denise Pratt. All the hullaballoo seems to have been caused by a video that was posted by Sam DeSilva in which Pratt discusses an encounter with Dan Shak after she had cracked his pocket kings. But it seems like the two pros have since resolved their differences and its water under the bridge now.

While, Pratt and Shak have reached an amicable resolution, things aren`t going too well at the Bellagio. The poker message therapists who are common fixture at the casino are presently involved in a legal battle against third party company Intu after losing their jobs at the Bellagio. How did that happen you ask? Well, why don’t you read ahead and find out!

Daniel Negreanu Makes Incredible Fold in Super High Roller Bowl V

Six-time WOSP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu is truly a master of the game and we have evidenced this many times over the years. The latest instance occurred on December 18 at the Super High Roller Bowl V when Negreanu made an incredible fold against rising tournament star Mikita Badziakouski.

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

With the flop open , Negreanu began to animatedly discuss the possible hands that Badziakouski could have before he bet. Badziakouski raised, Negreanu called and the turn revealed giving Negreanu a jack-high straight with his . Both players checked to see the river which put Badziakouski in the lead with his which had improved to a full house. Badziakouski bet 60,000, putting Negreanu to a tough decision.

‘Kid Poker’ exhausted two time-extension chips to discuss all the possible options that Budzianowski could have and finally came to the conclusion that he had a ‘boat’. In a truly incredible display of his poker skills, Negreanu folded his hand.

While Negreanu conceded the pot to Badziakouski, he still managed to curtail the damage and even ended the night with the third-biggest stack among the 27 survivors. Badziakouski finished somewhere in the middle of the pack.

PokerGO shared the moment on Twitter.

Denise Pratt Calls Out Dan Shak

CEO of a Pharmacy-related company in Tennessee, Denise Pratt has become quite the social media sensation in the poker circuit. While she may be a newbie who posted her first recorded cash in the $600 NLHE Seniors event at the 2016 Goliath Phamous Poker Series, Las Vegas, she has been unstoppable since and has managed to accumulate an impressive $165,086 in tournament earnings.

Denise Pratt & Dan Shak
Denise Pratt & Dan Shak

However, the highlight of her still young poker career was when poker player Sam DeSilva posted a video on Twitter showing Pratt recounting Dan Shak‘s reaction to losing a big pot to her in the Caribbean Poker Party $5,300 Main Event.

Pratt’s fanbase has grown leaps and bounds since then and now even includes Daniel Negreanu, who has been pleading PokerGO to get Pratt on their streamed Friday Night Poker game.

And the man who was the cause of Pratt`s new-found fame, also joined in the conversation. Shak admitted that his reaction after Pratt cracked his pocket kings was uncalled for and welcomed a PokerGO grudge match.

Negreanu praised Shak for being a good sport, and others, including Danielle “dmoongirl” Andersen seconded Negreanu’s request for more roasts from Pratt.

And now its seems like the players have finally made up. Sorel Mizzi posted a video of the duo interacting with each other like old friends.

Shak also posted a picture of Pratt and himself proving that all is well between the two pros.

Poker Massage Therapists Sue Intu After Losing Work at the Bellagio

Just before the WPT Five Diamond series was slated to be held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the casino seemed to be bereft of its usual legion of poker massage therapists.

Poker Massage Therapists

This lack of presence of poker massage therapists at perhaps one of the busiest times of the year for the casino, was not by choice. More than ten massage therapists working for third party company Intu lost their regular gigs at Bellagio when the company’s contract with the casino ended on December 7, 2018.

But that’s not the end of the story. These therapists were also blacklisted from working for the new third-party company taking over massage services, Professional Massage Inc. (PMI).

It has been brought to light that Intu treated the contractors as employees in actions such as dictating precise hours of work and vacation time, location of work, nature of services rendered, as well as rate and method of collecting revenue. However, Intu did not provide the physical therapists an hourly minimum wage, overtime wages, or other benefits that would be expected in an employer-employee relationship, hence alleged violation of the labour law.

According to a complaint filed by Mac Verstandig on behalf of The Verstandig Lawfirm that represents the massage therapists Krystal Johnson and Shannon DeLelle, “Intu is in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. According to the class action lawsuit, the employment agreements between Intu and the massage therapists included a non-compete clause that would keep the therapists from working for the same venue for another company in the period of one year following the termination of the agreement. This clause has resulted in the masseuses being prevented from providing services at Bellagio for PMI.”

Furthermore, while the employment agreements that plaintiffs Krystal Johnson and Shannon DeLelle had with Intu were “putatively styled as an independent contractor agreement, [the plaintiffs’] work with [Intu] has been in the nature of an employee/employer relationship at all times relevant,” the complaint reads.

The complaint further elaborated, “the Covenant Not to Compete is null and void as a matter of law, and has been at all times relevant, as it is greater than is required for the protection of [Intu] and imposes an undue hardship upon [the plaintiffs],” largely because the massage therapists pose no “competitive threat” to the defendant, Intu.

The complaint is currently under consideration with a decision still pending in the case.

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