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Gossip Column: Arlie Shaban Accepts The Poker Gods’ Challenge & Luke Schwartz’s Tough PLO Sessions

Arlie Shaban and Luke Schwartz
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  • PG News September 11, 2018
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You are having a drab and dreary day? Let us spice it with a little bit of salacious gossip with yet another edition of the PokerGuru Gossip Column.

Do you believe in gods and demons? Fairies and gremlins? Whether you’re a believer or an atheist, it is unwise for anyone to deny a direct letter from the Gods. And live streamer and poker pro Arlie Shaban is truly a wise man as he not only listened to ‘The Poker Gods’, he has also accepted their epic challenge.

Nevertheless, whether you have god or your side or not, tough luck and ‘bad beats’ are unavoidable in the mind sport, and high stakes specialist Luke Schwartz took it upon himself to bring this reality to the forefront. Let’s find out more!

Arlie Shaban Receives Herculean Challenge From the Poker Gods

Arlie Shaban is no stranger to challenges, in fact the poker pro even challenged himself to stream for 50 days straight and extended his goal to 1,000 hours, eventually reaching the mark after 125 consecutive days of streaming on the live streaming platform Twitch. After being appointed as the streaming ambassador for Team Run It Up, Shaban has now been challenged by The Poker Gods themselves!

Arlie Shaban
Arlie Shaban

On September 10th, a letter appeared on the PokerStars Blog addressed to Shaban and signed by an anonymous body claiming to be‘The Poker Gods’.

According to the letter, Shaban was issued a challenge titled as the ’12 Labours of Arlie’. Taking inspiration from the Greek mythology of the ’12 Labours of Hercules’, Shaban’s challenge will be of epic proportions. Similar to the Greek demi-god Hercules who was tasked by King Eurystheus of Mycenae to complete 12 impossible labours, Shaban will have to complete 12 challenges, many of which will require more than just streaming or poker skills.

Regarding the tasks, the letter cautions “Some of them will be easy. Some will be difficult. And while some might seem obvious, be warned… some will be so complex you won’t even know where to start.”

The letter explained that the motive behind the challenge is to determine whether Shaban belongs amongst the ranks of the ‘streaming Gods’ or is he is ‘just a mere mortal’.

Shaban received the challenge through a popup message from PokerStars Support while he was in midst of streaming his World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) runs. The message read that he may be due for another challenge and then directed him to the letter from the Poker Gods, which he read aloud on his Twitch channel. Shaban enthusiastically accepted the challenge. “F****** right I wanna do this! Challenge accepted. Bring it on,” he said.

His 12-task journey will be documented on the PokerStars blog and his Twitch channel. Let’s wait and see what The Poker Gods have in store for Shaban!

Luke Schwartz Has Tough PLO Sessions on HighStakes

HighStakes.com pro Luke ‘_fullflush1_’ Schwartz has been going up against some of the best players online throughout the summer, and doing fairly well, but his recent Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) sessions over the weekend saw him sweating it out real bad!

Luke Schwartz
Luke Schwartz

Schwartz took to Twitter to share some PLO variance with his followers and it gave a very realistic view of how poker is a ‘great leveller’.

While the tweets shared by Schwartz does display the wonderful graphics that the site offers, it also showed that ‘bad beats’ are a part and parcel of every poker players game. The high stakes specialist revealed a number of 5-figure pots which went against him, which included the run it thrice losses.

With the PokerStars WCOOP and partypoker’s POWERFEST providing an onslaught of online poker action, it’s refreshing to see some cash games getting a bit of airtime too.

And with that we come to the end of this edition of the PokerGuru Gossip Column. But keep following us as we’ll be back soon with more news and updates from the world of poker!

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