A.M. SCRAMBLE: Duhamel Gets Hype, Hachem Wins POY, The Maven Returns

If you’re reading this in San Francisco this morning then congratulations are in order. Your San Francisco Giants are World Series Champions! Hoorah! The rest of the nation would like to remind you that your football team still stinks. But yeah, way to go Giants! Tuesday’s A.M. SCRAMBLE awaits you.

November Niner Not Named Mizrachi Gets Mainstream Media Love

If you believe the hype surrounding the November Nine, then it’s Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi‘s tournament to lose. That’s not entirely accurate. The chipleader is actually Canadian Jonathan Duhamel and now the hype machine north of the 49th parallel is starting to get behind him.

TV station CTV Montreal will be airing a special two-part series called “High Stakes Gamble” which was supposed to be about Duhamel and his ride to the final table of poker’s biggest event. The preview unfortunately includes the all-too-cliche “it starts with a friendly game of cards and suddenly it’s a gambling problem” routine. CTV reporter Arpon Basu (name is legit) is also a hockey blogger in Montreal covering the Canadiens. Of course he is.

You can check out the preview for Basu’s two-part expose at CTVMontreal.ca.

Hachem Wins Player of the Year! Tony Hachem

The PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour has been around fortwo seasons now and twice Tony Hachem, brother of 2005 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem, has captured its Player-of-the-Year.

Hachem finished the eight event tour schedule with 252.65 points which put him 18.85 points ahead of runner-up John Maklouf. For winning the award Hachem gets a PokerStars.net sponsorship to four Asia Pacific Poker Tour event and his choice between the Aussie Millions Main Event or the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. As the bridesmaid to Hachem’s bride, Maklouf wins travel, buy-in and lodging to five ANZPT Season 3 events. The third season gets underway in February 2011.

PokerStarsBlog’s Brad Willis caught up with Hachem to talk about his rare feat and true to his top-shelf journalistic roots Willis found the inspiration behind Hachem’s amazing run. That interview’s right here folks.

The Maven Gives His Fans ‘A Day in the Life Redux’

Back in April, in an attempt to get cast on the MTV documentary show Get Jenks, 2008 BLUFF Magazine Online Player of the Year David “the Maven” Chicotsky created and posted a ‘day in the life’ video that showed producers and poker fans alike what a day was like in The Maven’s world.  The video was panned by the posters at TwoPlusTwo and even generated a parody video by Jason “Jaspuduf” Lee.

The Maven is back now with “Day in the Life Redux“. It’s quite a bit shorter and doesn’t include any commentary from Chicotsky and the opening graphics seem be poking fun at the first video.

UB.com’s Bad Beat Jackpot Might Just Stimulate the Economy

Annie Duke calls it life-altering money and she’s probably right. The Bad Beat Jackpot at UB.com is now at over $500,000 and in all likelihood somebody this week is going to walk away very, very rich. All they have to do is lose a poker hand in a brutal way.

The next player to lose with quad eights or better at any of UB’s bad beat jackpot tables will walk away with at least $162,500. The winner of that hand will get $81,250 while the rest of the players at that table each earn a cool $1,000.

“Another life-altering jackpot is about to be hit at UB’s online poker tables, and it’s all for a losing hand of card,”” said Duke, UB’s Cardroom Consultant. “One lucky Texas Hold’em player is about to win in a day more than most people earn in a year at the office. It’s incredible.”

By: Lance Bradley (1313 Posts)

Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.


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