Borgata Goes High Tech, Holden Steps Away
Sam Holden has decided to step away from poker to pursue a degree in philosophy while the Borgata takes steps to ensure tournament chip security. In sadder news, a Vegas legend has passed.
Borgata Upgrades Chips Following Cheating Scandal
Some of you will remember that the Borgata Winter Poker Open $2 Million Guarantee was cancelled due to counterfeit chips being introduced into the event by Christian Lusardi.
The Borgata announced on Monday that it has now updated its chips for the Borgata Spring Poker Open, now underway.
The chip are state of the art with enhanced security including marks that show up under blue lights. According to reports these chips are being verified by tournament staff during each break.
Borgata Senior VP Joe Lupo says "This was very expensive, but very necessary. In order to have the biggest tournaments in Atlantic City and as the market leader, we need to ensure the integrity of the games."
Sam Holden Semi-Retires from Poker to Earn Philosophy Degree
2011 WSOP Main Event November Niner Sam Holden announced his "semi-retirement" from poker to begin a three-year degree program in Philosophy at the University of Kent.
Holden revealed in his blog that recently he has "lost a lot of drive to play poker, especially in live tournaments." He plans to still play the odd tournament but for now will not pursue the game on a professional level.
According to Holden " I'll still play a bit online, hopefully ticking over enough money to pay a few bills. I do still enjoy the game, throughout my career I've been lucky enough to only have to play when I want to; this has had the added bonus of ensuring that I play closer to my best.
"I don't want this to change, which is why it is time to move on, to tackle some new challenges and continue to enjoy this great game as a hobby for the rest of my life."
Seven Card Stud Legend Robison Passes Away
Danny Robison, a Las Vegas legend and Seven Card Stud superstar, passed away earlier this week.
Robison moved to Las Vegas with Chip Reese in the 1970s and the pair quickly ran their bankrolls up over $1 million playing Seven Card Stud.
Robison was an old-school pro that still preferred Seven Card Stud despite the shift in the poker world to Texas Hold'em.
He won a WSOP bracelet in Stud in 1995 and is considered by many to be the greatest Stud player of all time.