Aussie Millions, Gaelle Baumann photo shoot and Joe Hachem

  • This has been an astounding week for poker community. Not only one of the biggest live games Aussie Millions has kicked off but Joe Hachem has raises a discussion on whether poker is dying.

  • What a week for poker! Aussie Millions makes it gigantic and it’s not even half what this week had in store. For example, Joe Hachem raised an interesting discussion on whether poker is dying!

    Aussie Millions

    Finally, the action has rolled over to Day 2 after three days of entries. So far, 160 players are left out a total of 668 entries that generated a prizepool of A$ 6.6 million. 72 players will finish in the money sharing A$ 15,000 to A$ 1.6 million cash prizes. And as always, there are some big names in the field pretty high on the leaderboard. At the moment the average chip stack is 125.000.s

    Johnathan Duhamel just tweeted that a massive bluff helped him gain a chunk of chips and now he is second on the leaderboard with 345,000.

    John Juanda and Antonio Esfandiari are currently 6th and 7th consequently with almost 300,000 chips.

    Erik Seidel, 2008 Aussie Millions Main Event winner and 3rd place finisher in 2011 has above the average chip stack of 170,000.

    Just below him is Patrik Antonius. It’s no secret that Aussie Millions is one of the most successful events for finish poker pro with 2nd place finish in 2012 for A$ 1,2 million as well as 3rd place finish last year for A$ 600.000. He also finished 8th here in 2011 and 13th in 2007! Pretty impressive, isn’t it? Do you think he can reach No.1 this year?

    Pokernews's Kristy Arnett talks with Patrik Antonius at Aussie Millions 2014 Day 2:

    You can follow Aussie Millions news here.

    Gaelle Bauman Photo shoot

    One of the most beautiful women in poker, Frenchwoman and Winamax poker pro Gaelle Baumann just had an incredible photo shoot. There is nothing more to say really.

    It hasn’t been officially released yet but just as a preview, here’s Gaelle Baumann in red boots and leather shorts:

    Is poker dying?

    In currently running Aussie Millions Joe Hachem, 2005 WSOP Main Event winner talked about Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer and himself being the last winners of the older generation and that most of the following winners were ruining poker.

    In short, he thinks that young winners are usually bad ambassadors for the game because of their lack of time they spend playing live (and interacting with other players instead of sitting around with their hoodies up and earphones on). Playing only for the money is another reason.

    Think about it from a point of view of a recreational player. Years ago players would talk a lot at the table. About anything. Most of the internet pros that transition to live games now do not talk at all. Or even worse, when they do, it’s always EV this and EV that. Any recreational player fears this kind of talk and is usually very quick to quit.

    And that’s not all. Legendary poker player, commentator and WPT host Mike Sexton today responded to Hachem’s concerns.

    I would agree with Joe Hachem that the World Champion should (or wish they would) be an ambassador for poker, but like he says, “You can’t make them do it. They have to want to do it.”

    I said for years that poker never really grew because the vast majority of past World Champions – just never gave back or promoted the game. They took the money and preferred to stay quiet – which was their right – but it didn’t help promote the game. Joe said the last five champions (all pretty quiet & reserved) were under 25, so time will tell. But so far, it seems like they prefer to stay out if the limelight.

    What we really need is for a bright, nice-looking, young woman to win the main event at the WSOP. When that happens, poker will explode like you won’t believe possible.

    Also, Pokernews Senior News Editor Chad Holloway was quick to talk to another WSOP Main Event champ Johnathan Duhamel. He talks about how did his Day 2 at Aussie Millions go and his thoughts about Joe Hachem’s interview.
    You can find the interview with Duhamel here.

    Well, it seem that Hachem raised some valuable points. Do you think about Mike Sexton’s and Johnathan Duhamel’s responses?