Justice Sotomayor is a big fan of poker

PokerGo enters the NFT game, Phil Hellmuth helps hold a new Chicago poker room and a Supreme Court judge who will get you drunk and take your money are some of the short stacks that CardsChat picked up in the last orbit of the world of poker.

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Phil Hellmuth hit Chicago to open new poker room in Rivers Des Plaines. They were joined by Rivers Casino founder Greg Carlin and Hockey Hall of Fame member Denis Savard. (Image: Phil Hellmuth)


Grand opening of the poker room in Chicagoland

Congratulations to the staff of the Rivers Des Plaines poker room for having a great successful opening this past weekend. Located near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, players arrived early Saturday to see the scene, which included WSOP superstar Phil Hellmuth and NHL royalty Denis Savard.

The two Hall of Fame members were in attendance to celebrate the opening of the 22-table, 5,600-square-foot poker room. This includes Greg’s Room, a private VIP area named after River’s Casino founder and CEO Greg Carlin (pictured above).

The new room is part of a 78,000-square-foot expansion that is nearing completion.


Judge Sotomayor loves poker

Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor spoke again about her love of poker during a talk with students at the University of Washington last week.

“In the last few years, I started playing poker,” he said. “I’ve read books about it. I’ve seen the World Series of Poker on TV. I’ve seen players play better than me and I’ve learned a little bit.”

He told students he is the perfect poker host, providing food and “all the liquor they want.”

She has hosted games since at least 2006, according to a New York profile posted in 2010. “Kyle Wong, a former employee, recalled.” We approached and she drank Scotch and all that wine and beer. We sat down at eight and then she threw the poker, and we played Texas Hold ’em until two in the morning.’ “

He then sent the employees home in taxis while, in my opinion, drank all the Scotch floats they left behind and counted their money.


The founder of PokerStars awarded at the IGA Awards

The iGaming Awards took place last night at the Savoy in London. Sponsored by the gaming industry magazine iGaming Post, the IGAs gave PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg their Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Scheinberg, 75, and his son Mark become billionaires when they founded PokerStars in 2001. In 2014, they sold it to Amaya Gaming for $ 4.9 billion.

Scheinberg pleaded guilty in 2020 to Black Friday charges filed by the Justice Department for running PokerStars, which he described as an illegal betting business. PokerStars is now owned by Flutter.

888Poker online poker giant was also honored, being named Online Poker Operator of the Year. He manages WSOP.com in the US markets of New Jersey / Nevada, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Other categories include Mobile Operator of the Year (Coolbet), Lottery Product of the Year (BBIN) and iGaming Software Provider (Pragmatic Play).


PokerGo and Stadium NFT collaboration

PokerGo and Stadium NFT are minting non-expendable chips from every possible initial hold’em hand in May. That’s 1,326 opportunities for people to buy a piece of this digital art form.

They join the WSOP and Phil Ivey in the NFT madness that allows fans and investors to own a unique work of art. Like all NFT purchases, this is also a bit of a gamble.

Buyers will receive an NFT from a random pair of cards. Then they have the option to sweat their hands and wait a week until they know exactly what they are holding. The more powerful and beautiful a hand is, the more value it will have and possibly maintain.

It is natural for the two companies to work together. Sam Simmons, NFT Stadium’s director of consulting strategy, is the former CEO of PokerGo.

A survey and sale date is approaching. Details will be announced via NFT Stadium’s Twitter channel.

Written by

Bob Pajich

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

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