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Now that the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is finally over, you would think that the drama and controversy-filled gossip will have also dried up. Nope! We bring to you, yet another edition of our PokerGuru Gossip Column filled to the brim with exciting and interesting titbits from the world of poker.
Our first story is about ex-tennis coach Patrik Antonius’s incredible run in a late-night poker session at Bobby’s Room in The Bellagio where he built up of a stack of $1 Million.
Our second is about the slow roll accusation that the angst-ridden Tony Miles made against his WSOP Main Event heads-up rival John Cynn, but with the exhaustion and adrenaline rush of the Main Event out of his system, Miles finally came to his senses and apologised to the World Champion Cynn.
Last but not the least, we report about MGM Resorts suing over 1,000 victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year.
Well, now that we’ve given you an overview of what’s to come, let’s get right to it!
Former tennis coach Patrik Antonius may not have a single WSOP bracelet under his belt but he is a big name in poker, having started playing at the age of 12. And recently, the high regular grabbed the spotlight when he was seen holding a stack of $1 Million at Bobby’s Room. In fact, it was Antonius’s poker buddy Gus Hansen who shared a click of them together on his Instagram handle!’
Not that either of them has had a great summer in Las Vegas. Antonius aka the ‘Flying Finn’ managed to post only one cash at the WSOP, an 814th place finish in the Main Event for $18,340.
The late-night poker sessions at the Bobby’s Room in The Bellagio have always been infamous but Hansen’s posts do allow poker fans to catch glimpses of the action in the popular poker haunt. He also shared an image of Phil Ivey in the thick of action.
The heads-up play at the WSOP Main Event Championship between runner-up Tony Miles and winner John Cynn will be talked about for days to come. Not only did the match last for a gruelling 11 hours but a record number of 199 hands were played between the third-place elimination and the final hand of the event. Even though it is predictable that the WSOP Main Event finale would be much talked about immediately after it is over, but it wasn’t the champion Cynn’s victory that became the topic of conversation, but rather the accusation that Miles made against Cynn of a slow roll during the final hand that took the spotlight.
The hand in question was the 442nd of the event. Cynn raised to 9 Million from the button. Miles 3-bet to 34 Million. Cynn called and the flop came . Miles raised with 32 Million and Cynn called to see the turn . Miles shoved all-in with his last 114 Million, creating a massive pot of 390 Million. Cynn tanked for more than a minute to consider his options and ultimately called and tabled against Miles’ . Even before the river was dealt, it was evident that Cynn had won the pot and the World Championship.
John Cynn is your 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event champion!
After 199 (!!) heads-up hands against Tony Miles, he takes home the $8.8M prize. pic.twitter.com/pQj9BGafdv
— ESPN (@espn) July 15, 2018
But Miles wasn’t happy with the amount of time Cynn took before he called. While many poker pros defended Cynn on Twitter like Phil Galfond and Mike Matusow, there were some who believed that Cynn had indeed been slow rolling.
That wasn’t a slowroll. Yes… it would’ve been better if he immediately said “I have a big hand but want to think this through,” but after 12hrs and 10 days of poker he did the best he could.
It was the biggest poker decision of his life and he wanted to take a minute.
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) July 15, 2018
Miles only made one Bluff the entire final table so when he Barrel barrels first tournament life anybody who thinks it’s a slow roll when he took that much time to call with King Jack is just a f****** idiot he was tired and wanted to make-sure!
— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) July 15, 2018
Def not a slow roll. Just wanted to think everything thru. Exhaustion can play tricks on your mind. Congrats to the champ! What a great ambassador he will be! https://t.co/qhMxvoe2O3
— Ben Lamb (@BenbaLamb) July 15, 2018
This slowroll talk is dumb.
— Chance Kornuth (@ChancesCards) July 16, 2018
I don’t play many tournaments but that last hand felt like a massive slowroll to me. Cynn is never folding in that spot. (Ever) sad ending
— Jared Bleznick (@harrington25) July 15, 2018
He should have done the Johnny Chan vs. Erik Seidel instant Flip the cards over and slide the chips in.
— Ryan D’Angelo (@g0lfa) July 15, 2018
But on July 16, Miles took to Twitter to apologise for his comments and accusation stating, “We were playing for millions of dollars and John had every right to take his time and talk through his decision. My immediate reaction of angst and frustration was unwarranted and I take full responsibility for what I said.”
I just wanted to respond to some of the things that were being said last night after my HU match with Johnny. I appreciate people being understanding and open-minded about a situation where we were both delirious and battling our â¤ï¸’s out! pic.twitter.com/IKz7E0CiED
— Tony Miles (@Storm253) July 15, 2018
According to a suit acquired by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, MGM Resorts International, which owns and operates Mandalay Bay and the Route 91 Harvest venue, claimed that it has no liability towards the victims of October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas. The company sued over 1,000 victims of the shooting.
Last year, Stephen Paddock open fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest music festival killing 58 and injuring over 850 people.
In a lawsuit, MGM argued that its security vendor took all necessary precautions, approved by the Department of Homeland Security, for “protecting against and responding to acts of mass injury and destruction,”
“I’ve never seen a more outrageous thing, where they sue the victims in an effort to find a judge they like,” attorney Robert Eglet, who represents some of the victims said and accused MGM of “judge-shopping” in federal court. “It’s just really sad that they would stoop to this level,” he added, as he believes the lawsuit should be filed in the state court.
That’s all for this edition of the Gossip Column. We’ll be back with more controversy and drama soon! Stay tuned!