Monday Headlines: Amarillo Slim passes, 2+2 news and more

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Apr 30, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Poker News BoyThere was plenty going on this weekend in the poker world, and while a lot of people may have been busy watching the NFL Draft, there is likely a lot of information that slipped by; hopefully this article will get you back up to speed on what transpired this weekend.

Amarillo Slim passes away at age 83

On Sunday morning Thomas Austin Preston Jr. passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer and heart disease. Preston, better known as “Amarillo Slim” is considered one of the most famous players in poker history, but in his later years Slim was in poker purgatory after pleading no-contest to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a grand jury indictment on several counts of indecency with a child.

You can read more about the life and legacy of Amarillo Slim on, where I’ve written a lengthy article on the poker legend –which in all honesty could have been far longer.

The life and legacy of Amarillo Slim 1928-2012

2+2 poker forum still down

Right now there are likely numerous young men walking out into the bright sunlight for the first time in years, as the 2+2 poker forum remains offline for the fourth straight day. The forum was hacked on Thursday and apparently this was a major cyber-attack, considering the world’s largest poker forum has been offline for 4 days with no end in sight.

We’ll be keeping you updated as more details on the initial attack come to light, precisely what information was compromised, and what the fallout will be.

EPT Grand Final

There was a lot of action at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, with the Main Event in full swing, and playing down to the final table, and the €25,000 High-Roller tournament which got started on Sunday. We’ve seen Justin Bonomo win the Super-High-Roller; Mohsin Charania reach the final table of the Main Event; and some of the biggest names in poker make day 2 of the High-Roller tournament.

We’ve been keeping track of all the EPT action which you can see on our homepage.

WPT Bestbet Jacksonville Open

The World Poker Tour (WPT) was playing its second consecutive stop in Florida, with 257 players entering the tournament, including 63 re-entries, bringing the total number of entries to 320 players. The winner of the tournament will be awarded $400,600.

After two full days of play the tournament is down to 55 players: Here is a look at the Top 10 chip-counts:

1. Farid Jattin – 718,000

2. Darren Elias – 636,000

3. Shawn Cunix – 411,000

4. James Dempsey – 404,500

5. David Tuthill – 381,000

6. Peter Campo – 341,500

7. Will Failla – 335,000

8. Byron Kaverman – 292,000

9. Barry Hutter – 275,000

10. Matt Giannetti – 274,500

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