McCain Plays Poker, Seidel Gets Edged, New WPT Host
Senator John McCain got caught bluffing on Capitol Hill yesterday, poker legend Erik Seidel narrowly missed another big win and the WPT named a new host this week.
Senator John McCain Goes All-In During Senate Hearing
Online poker has garnered extra attention recently on Capitol Hill, but not for the reasons one would hope. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was caught playing online poker on Tuesday during a Senate Hearing on the developing situation in Syria.
Washington Post photographer Melina Mara posted a photo of the Senator playing play-money poker and McCain later admitted he was playing, saying that he sometimes gets bored during hearings.
Lunkin Beats Seidel for EPT Super High Roller Title
Vitaly Lunkin survived a stacked field of 51 players to take down the €50,000 Super High Roller at EPT Barcelona on Sunday. The final table of the event included Steve O'Dwyer, Mike McDonald, David Benefield, Fabian Quoss and High Roller master Erik Seidel.
In the end, Seidel faced off against Lunkin for the title. Seidel actually started the heads-up match with the chip lead but lost it when Lunkin's Ah-7s outdrew Seidel's pocket queens. Seidel would double-up later to regain the chip lead after Ac-9h outran the Q-J of Lunkin.
Lunkin would take a commanding chip lead a bit later when Seidel ran pocket sixes into pocket queens. The final hand came shortly after when Seidel attempted to double-up with K-Q but Lunkin's A-5 would hold to give him the title.
Seidel added €557,100 to his bankroll after his runner-up finish. Vitaly Lunkin took the trophy and €771,300.
Lynn Gilmartin Replaces Kimberly Lansing as WPT Anchor
The World Poker Tour announced back in July that Lynn Gilmartin would anchor its new Alpha8 broadcast. Now it has been revealed that she will be taking over for Kimberly Lansing to become the new anchor for all WPT broadcasts.
Lansing had served as anchor for the World Poker Tour over the past three seasons and now hands the role over to one of the most popular personalities in poker media.
Gilmartin has served as a video host for PokerNews for the past few years covering events all over the world.