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PokerStars Big Game qualifier pockets big cash

ps_news_thn.jpgSo, here's the deal.

I'm going to give you some cash. You can go play poker. Lose whatever you like. If you win more than I gave you, give me back what I gave you and keep the gravy (gravy rules).

Doesn't sound like a bad deal for you, and frankly, I'm just happy to see you get to play. What's say you find some friends and have at it? Maybe some folks like Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, and Phil Hellmuth? Sounds great. Here's a hundred grand. Have fun, you crazy kid.

Of course, I barely know you and the biggest you'll see me playing is $2/$5 at the Palms during the World Series. So maybe you should just do what Ernest Wiggins did and get the cash from PokerStars.

If you're just catching up, PokerStars has been running this little promotion that puts some of the biggest names in poker together to play some high stakes poker on television. The twist to the PokerStars Big Game goes like this: the world's biggest online poker site lets its players qualify online for a seat, then stakes the qualifier for $100,000. The qualifier keeps the gravy (again, gravy is fantastic).

So, back to Wiggins, who was the first so-called "Loose Cannon" on the show. If you haven't heard about it by now, he played a hand against Phil Hellmuth that will be talked about for years to come. Just watch the whole episode below. You might actually find yourself feeling sorry for Hellmuth for the first time in your life.

Now that you have made your way through that, you should know that by the time that week was over, Wiggins--a mere homegame player from the Washington D.C. area--had pocketed $50,000 worth of gravy (see above for the positive attributes of gravy).

Week 1 of the show has passed and we're now in the middle of week 2. We're not about to spoil it for you, but Negreanu and Brunson are now looking across the table at David Williams, Jason Calacanis, Abe Mosseri, and Loose Cannon William Davis.

Davis, the 29-year-old aspiring poker pro from Ohio, began the week admitting that his wife is no big fan of Daniel Negreanu. Why? Kid Poker apparently talks too much.

"Gulity," Negreanu confessed.

Meanwhile, wife or not, Davis had some work to do.

"There is a lot of money on that table," Davis said before he sat down. "I could win or lose a pot worth more than my house."

That's not to mention the gravy, of course.


Davis, sniffing the gravy

If you're not somewhere you can pick up the FOX network and watch the show every night, have no fear. You can always check out the Big Game website for a full schedule, full episodes, big hands, player profiles, and more.

With that, I'm going to check and see if there is a blogger seat available in next week's episode.

I need something to pour over my biscuits.

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