Negreanu and Ivey offer a $1 million bracelet bet

In today's Daily Rewind Daniel Negreanu offers a big bracelet bet and we find out why the WSOP will feature Frisbee catching dogs.

Negreanu's bracelet bet

Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey might be two of the best poker players in the world, but if you fancy betting against them this summer then the former is willing to accept your wager.

In a recent tweet Daniel offered even money odds against either him or Mr. Ivey winning a WSOP bracelet in Las Vegas this year.

Tentatively dubbed the "dream team" by some, the minimum stake for anyone interested in taking up the offer is $5,000 while the maximum the duo will accept is $1 million.

As expected the offer attracted a slew of responses with some ready to risk $20,000 that neither will win a bracelet.

All interested punters are now being told to direct their wagers to:


WSOP to be more "fun" this year

Dogs on display
Ahead of this year's World Series of Poker the organisers held a conference call last night and during the discussion a number of interesting announcements were made.

Intent on injecting some "fun" back into proceedings, the 2014 WSOP will feature a selection of attractions including Frisbee catching dogs, indoor blimps and a zip-line inside the Rio.

On top of that, the poker rooms will be kitted out with new chairs, more cashiers' desks and a selection of food and merchandise stalls.

Besides creating a carnival atmosphere this year, the organisers announced that 32 tournaments will be streamed online and that players will be able to play online via their laptops whilst sat inside the Rio.

PokerStars gets a US licence

Zoom's US legal lock
The Rational Group might be struggling to win over US gaming officials, but it seems as though someone in the country's patent office likes their technology.

According to reports, PokerStars' Zoom Poker will be granted a US patent on May 20th which means other fast-fold variants in the country could in danger. 

Handed out by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) under the title "Computer gaming device and method for computer gaming", the official stamp will give Zoom Poker (and potentially Rush Poker) exclusivity in the US market.

Despite PokerStars not having a platform in the US, the move will certainly cause problems for other operators who are currently offering similar games to residents of Nevada and New Jersey.

Question of the Day

"Do you think Daniel Negreanu's wager at even money is a good bet for him or the poker community?"

ivey and dan

Using his latest bracelet bet as inspiration, Phil Ivey proved last night that he could still mix it up at the virtual felt after scooping $441,381.

Playing against a host of pros at the $1,500/$3,000 Mixed tables, Ivey's biggest pot of the day saw him win $56,250 from Alexander Kostritsyn with 2d3d4s5d7h during a round of 2-7 Triple Draw.

Dropping the most money in the last 24 hours was Viktor Blom after his unsuccessful encounters with Ivey left him with a $257,845 deficit.

Phil Ivey
Hac Dang$346,394
Phil Galfond$243,342
Viktor Blom
Gus Hansen$194,587

Daily Signoff

We know it's not indicative of his poker skills, but if you're thinking about betting against Phil Ivey in his latest bracelet bet then this hand is certainly worth remembering.

Yesterday's Daily Rewind: Gang of Germans join the WSOP's $1 million One Drop

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  • junfandan


    Can't see the bet being a good one for DN and PI tbh
  • ClerkenwellBoi


    "Intent on injecting some "fun" back into proceedings, the 2014 WSOP will feature a selection of attractions including Frisbee catching dogs, indoor blimps and a zip-line inside the Rio."

    Is this poker's version of a jumping the shark moment? ;)
  • junfandan


    @2 - quite possibly lol
  • pokerprons


    If I had $5k laying around I would bet against them. It's super tough to win a bracelet, even in smaller fields.