A royal escape and a casino strike are approaching in Atlantic City

A strike by hospitality workers in Atlantic City, Stapes rises on the Strip and a charity poker tournament to help support a Las Vegas food bank are some of the short stacks CardsChat has picked up in our latest orbit of poker news.

Joey Weissman

This is what a poker player looks like when he knows he will be a runner-runner on a real ladder. Joey Weissman won the event. (Image: PokerGO)


Somehow, the word “cooler” doesn’t describe a hand that passed between Joey Weissman and Michael Wang at the final table of the $ 3,500 BetMGM Poker Championship main event on Monday.

With four players left and with a 4-1 deficit with chip leader Weissman, Wang looked down and found pocket queens. He bet 300K on his 2.5 million stack. Weissman shut down for a dozen seconds before moving his 10.2 million all-in with A ♦ J ♦.

Wang called, the cards were exposed and the remaining four players watched as Weissman’s life ended.

The failure was 7 K ♦ 10 ♥. He 10 ♦ in turn he made the four remaining players cheer and move. Wang was still a 73% favorite to win the pot and survive, even though he was fading in color, straight, and an ace. But Wang couldn’t dodge the bullet, girl, and even the Q ♦ gave him a full house by the river, gave Weissman a real ladder.

Wang took it easy, walking away with a bad-paced story for the ages and $ 66,000 to help relieve his pain.

“Welcome to GGPoker,” said German poker professional Paul Hoefer, as he spun back and forth in his chair in a bright yellow hooded sweatshirt. He finished second for $ 159,000.

“What a life you lead,” Noel Rodriguez joked to Weissman after the hand. Shortly afterwards, Rodriguez was eliminated in third place for $ 104,000.

Weissman, meanwhile, looked at the board after the river fell, encouraging his teammates to enjoy the wonder of the 1 on 30,940 opportunities. “Let’s just look at it,” Weissman said like everyone else though Wang leaned in. Weissman did not waste his good fortune, won the tournament and took home $ 224,000 for his victory.


Stapes towers above the Strip

Poker announcer and comedian Joe Stapleton will appear at Brad Garrett’s comedy club at the MGM Grand from now until July 1st. Shows begin at 8 p.m., with tickets starting at $ 59.95.

Stapes, who has seen – and said – many outrageous things during his time at the stand and on stage, was speechless when he saw his name rise above the Las Vegas Strip in early this week.

Joe Stapleton

(Image: Facebook)

Stapleton is half of the PokerStars commentary team and the co-host of the “Poker in the Ears” podcast for which he and James Hartigan won a Global Poker Index Award this year.


The Charity Series of Poker tournament will be played at the Palms on July 3rd

The Charity Series of Poker, a non-profit organization that organizes poker tournaments for, yes, charities, is hosting its next event on July 3, at the Moon Nightclub at Palms Casino.

The beneficiary of the tournament for the “Full House for Food” event is the Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas.

In addition to a $ 10,000 prize poker tournament, the event will also feature a silent auction and a 50/50 prize. The cost is $ 300 for the tournament and reception, or $ 100 just for the reception. Repurchases and add-ons also cost $ 100. The reception starts at 4.30pm, and the tournament will start at 6pm

The Charity Series of Poker features many players as partners, including Danielle Andersen, Neil Blumenfield, Melanie Weisner and CardsChat’s own Chris Wallace.

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Workers at Atlantic City casinos went on strike

A union representing more than 6,000 hospitality employees in Atlantic City is preparing strike against four casinos starting Friday. The casinos include three properties owned by Caesars Entertainment: Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and Tropicana Atlantic City, as well as the Borgata.

Workers include waiters, cocktail waitresses, house cleaners and valet drivers who are members of Local Here of the Unite Here union.

The union, which negotiates primarily with Caesars Entertainment and Borgata, also authorized a strike against Hard Rock that will begin Sunday. The other Atlantic City casinos that contract with Unite Here have said they will follow any deal that is negotiated.

Workers are looking for higher wages to offset rising inflation.

The union’s last strike was in 2016 at the Taj Mahal, which was owned by former President Donald Trump at the time. This strike forced the casino to close before the property was finally sold, and Hard Rock reopened in 2018.

Trade unionists have been working without a contract since their previous agreement expired on May 31.

According to the union, Borgata could lose more than $ 1.6 million a day, while Ceasars properties are facing a collective loss of $ 1 million a day. Negotiations are ongoing.

Written by

Bob Pajich

Bob Pajich is a poker news reporter, creative writer, and poker player who never knew proper plugins he didn’t like. If you liked what he was writing, follow him on Twitter: @ PondHockey2.

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