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The poker fraternity certainly is a close knit one, spreading its familial bonding across the continents. So when Run It Once founder Phil Galfond was blessed with a baby boy on NewYear’s eve, it wasn’t just Galfond and his actress wife Farah Fath who were celebrating, the entire poker circuit dawned on social media to rejoice and congratulate the couple! And while this was going on, we spotted our favorite cash game expert, Gus Hansen in the good ‘ol Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio. Hansen was in the midst of pretty high stakes cash action we hear. Now that reminds us, didn’t the Green Valley Ranch Resort Casino in Nevada find itself in midst of a dangerous situation when an armed man was spotted and eventually shot down by the security guards? Well the casino management certainly didn’t waste any time in resuming with the routine activities, as the casino is back in action.
PokerStars has been all over the headlines this week and why not. The gaming major has meticulously planned and organized the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), and also the PokerStars Players NLHE Championship (PSPC) that is currently underway at the Bahamas. But while this is on, PokerStars seems to be going all guns blazing to dole out hefty winnings for low-stake players in its Spin & Go Jackpots. Yes, more than $200,000 has already been won in these jackpots these last few days and that just started the year with a bang for a couple of poker players!
It’s an important time for three-time WSOP bracelet winner and Run It Once founder Phil Galfond and actress wife Farah Fath as the couple were blessed with a baby boy recently.
The little bundle of joy arrived at 10:01PM right on New Year’s Eve. The power couple named their first born as Spencer Keith Galfond. The couple who had tied the knot in 2015 announced the news on social media.
Having a baby is like rivering the nuts in a tournament.
It’s very exciting, and you get in trouble if you don’t raise it!!!!!
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) January 2, 2019
Farah shared the image of the newborn on her Instagram handle.
The overjoyed poker pro shared an image of the mother and the son on Instagram with the caption “Our son, Spencer Keith Galfond, was born 10:01 PM on New Year’s Eve. I cant find the words to express my love, awe and appreciation for my wife, @farah_galfond. Nine months of pregnancy, delivery, and everything that comes after… all the moms out there, wow – I don’t know how you do it. ❤️”
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Our son, Spencer Keith Galfond, was born 10:01pm on New Year’s Eve. I cant find the words to express my love, awe and appreciation for my wife, @farah_galfond. Nine months of pregnancy, delivery, and everything that comes after… all the moms out there, wow – I don’t know how you do it. ❤️
One of our favorite cash game players, Gus Hansen is back in the news as the Great Dane was recently spotted at one of his favorite poker rooms in Las Vegas i.e. the Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio Casino on December 27.
The Great Dane was seen at the high stakes cash game tables with other regulars of Bobby’s Room including Scott Seiver, online cash game phenomTimofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov, high stakes pro Dan “Jungleman” Cates and American businessman/high-stakes mixed game specialist Aaron Katz.
Hansen uploaded a short video of the table on his Instagram handle.
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Hansen then straightaway jumped on a plane for the Bahamas after a long 10-year hiatus to play the ongoing PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC).
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The Green Valley Ranch Resort located in Henderson, Nevada has been in news a lot lately. On New Year’s Day, patrons of the casino frantically alerted casino employees that a man was wandering about the property with a handgun in possession.
All hell broke loose then, as the man in question drew his weapon on being confronted by the security personnel in the Resort’s East Tower lobby. The security guards opened fire, fatally wounding the unidentified man. Later, Police Lieutenant Kirk Moore said that witnesses reported six shots being fired but it wasn’t clear if the man retaliated by discharging his weapon. Though the man was rushed to a nearby hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.
Clark County coroner later identified the man as Shannon Howell. Howell was 53 years old and was reportedly carrying a suicide note, with one bullet in the chamber of his gun. He also had an empty magazine in possession.
Several locals have claimed that Howell did not open fire at all. Considering the fact that Nevada is an open-carry state, so anyone can carry their firearm as long as it’s visible, the shootout certainly raised eyebrows.
The surprising fact is that the casino wasted no time to return to its usual humdrum of activities. Within a couple of hours after the incident, the casino was crowed with gamblers and reporters could be seen talking with them. This had several poker players talking on social media.
Henderson Police units outside Green Valley Ranch in Henderson where a reported shooting occurred. Patrons still inside gambling and eating at restaurants like nothing happened. #vegas#shootingpic.twitter.com/ZFSsAGoGN8
— Mick Akers (@mickakers) January 2, 2019
In midst of conflicting reports that Howell did not fire his weapon, vice-president of Corporate Communications at Station Casinos, Lori Nelson issued the statement,
“We’re grateful that our security team responded to this situation in a way which ensured the safety of our guests and team members. We’re very appreciative of Henderson Police Department’s assistance immediately after the incident and, as always, we will work cooperatively with them as part of any ongoing investigation.”
The New Year bash doesn’t seem to end on international poker platform, PokerStars. Running alongside, the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) and the mini- PSPC on the site are the Spin & Go Jackpots that have already doled out winnings of more than $200,000 to low-stake players.
Brazilian player ‘jmacieI157’ won the first of the PokerStars’ lottery-style games. Paying up $15 to play in a PLO Spin & Go, ‘jmacieI157’ was initially looking at a 4x jackpot. A second Spin & Go activated the $15 jackpot. After stopping on the 12,000X multiplies, ‘jmacieI157’ and his two tablemates were on their way to win a share from $180,000. Under the terms of play, two of the three players were guaranteed $15,000 each, and the winner was to bank $150,000. ‘jmacieI157’ was in control within the first seven hands and later turned an unbeatable flush, to win $150,000.
Just a day later, ‘Gy.Tomi’ from Hungary, who was playing a $7 Spin & Go, banked a big win. ‘Gy.Tomi’ who held ace-king and saw the board open seven-queen-ten-eight, saw a jack land on the river and scooped $70,000!