Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Canucks Goalie, Luongo, Taking Shots for Endorsing Poker Site

The star goalie for the NHL's Vancouver Canucks is also an avid poker player. Last month he started appearing in television commercials for PlayNow.com, an online poker site operated by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. As a role model for kids, he's being hotly criticized for becoming a spokesperson of such a "dangerous" activity.  One critic went so far as to say he might as well be encouraging kids to smoke!

What bothers me about the ad is that it suggests that you can actually play against Luongo on the site. That seems possible but not too likely  ;)

This CBC story includes a video clip that shows the "offensive" ad:  http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2011/10/17/bc-luongo-poker-endorsement-controversy.html

What do you think? Should he have turned down this opportunity?

Punta Cana Poker Classic Makes Marked Improvements

punta-cana.jpgEvent organizers for the Punta Cana Poker Classic announced today the implementation of improvements to this year’s event based upon feedback from their inaugural tournament in 2010 . The improvements will include adding a professional dealing staff with World Series of Poker experience, and opening up the cash game room to run 24 hours a day.

The Punta Cana Poker Classic is an annual land based Texas Hold’em poker tournament held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The event will have a $500,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool and be preceded by a $100,000 Guaranteed High Roller Backgammon Tournament.

“We acted upon the feedback from all of last year’s participants,” commented Punta Cana Poker Classic Tournament Director. “We want to get better every year so we made sure to institute the changes that the player’s wanted. These changes will ensure smoother gameplay and allow our players to play cash games night and day.”

Players from last year’s event felt that the tournament could use a more seasoned dealing staff as well as no closing time for cash games. As a result, the PCPC staff will open cash game room to operate around the clock, and will be flying in a dealing staff from Las Vegas, all of whom have World Series of Poker experience.

“We’re thrilled with the new changes and believe this year’s event will defy expectations,” continued the representative. “The ambience of expectation is very nice since we have a lot of surprises and hope that players and their guests have a ball.”

The 2nd Annual $500,000 Guaranteed Punta Cana Poker Classic will run November 8th to 13th, 2011 at the luxurious five-star Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in the Dominican Republic. The $3,500 package includes a $1,500 + $150 buy-in to the main event, 5 nights stay with all inclusive premium food and beverage, $500 towards airfare and $1,500 hotel credit for spa golf and tours. For more information on the Punta Cana Poker Classic please visit www.puntacanapokerclassic.com