Short Stacks: Celebrating Doyle’s Life, PokerStars Drops Fox Bet, WPT has a New Partner

Doyle Brunson’s celebration of life tribute, PokerStars no longer a portal to sports betting, and the World Poker Tour’s new partner are some of the short stacks CardsChat picked up during its latest orbit of poker news.

Doyle Brunson (Image: WPT)

Dolye’s celebration of life video

The World Series of Poker hosted a memorial tribute to Brunson that featured a long, heart-felt tribute and testimony from those closest to him. Thanks goes to Steve Piper for recording and sharing Doyle Brunson’s celebration of life ceremony. It’s one that fans won’t want to miss.

Brunson passed away at the age of 89 on May 14.

No more sports betting through PokerStars in U.S.

Flutter, the parent company of PokerStars, FanDuel, Paddypower, and many others, pulled Fox Sports Bets from its U.S. markets. PokerStars users in Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Jersey had access through the sport’s book via the client, but Flutter stopped taking bets at the end of July.

(Image: Pajich)

Flutter also ran Fox Sports Bets in Colorado, where it also shut down. Players have until Aug. 31 to settle their accounts.

Man hits jackpot the size of a Rolls Royce

A man from South Dakota won a $203,000 jackpot after hitting a Royal flush while playing the floor game Mississippi Stud poker Caesars Palace last Friday. According to Caesars Entertainment (via Fox 5 Vegas), Ashwin Patel of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was in Las Vegas with his wife to purchase a 2018 Rolls Royce Ghost and hit the jackpot after two hours of playing at the poker table.

Coincidently, the jackpot was worth about the same amount a 2018 Rolls Royce Ghost can be had for in Las Vegas.

World Poker Tour partners with Whip Media

The World Poker Tour announced a partnership with Whip Media in to help increase viewship numbers and revenue earned from episodes, its TV show, and livestreams.

According to a press release, “Whip Media FASTrack’s Track Only package will help WPT manage its viewership and revenue data stemming from multiple distribution partners – allowing WPT to accurately and efficiently gauge content performance.”

Basically, Whip Media will audit and clarify exactly who is watching what so they can better direct their resources and make more money through targeted ads.

“World Poker Tour has been at the forefront of poker content and coverage for more than two decades now, and its reach and influence continues to grow by the day,” said Ben Widger, Whip Media Account Executive. “By leveraging the platform’s trailblazing tracking capabilities, WPT will gain crucial insights into what content is truly connecting with its viewers – allowing the brand to continue developing and refining its first-rate poker programming. Our team couldn’t be more thrilled to have WPT as a partner.”

And here’s what the WPT has to say about the new partnership.

“Whip Media has taken on the challenge of marrying disparate data sources from FAST and AVOD into actionable insights,” said Marc Dion, WPT’s Director of Distribution and Ad Sales. “WPT appreciates Whip Media’s collaborative approach to develop FASTrack, making sure to capture details and KPIs that are most meaningful to our business.”

WPT is aired in 150 countries and is currently producing its 21st season. The show is available for streaming on Pluto TV, Samsung TV Plus, Vizio, WatchFree Plus, Xumo, Amazon Freevee, and Fubo.

Just Because it’s pretty

While drinking my coffee Monday morning and messing around with some small-stakes Pot-limit Omaha on PokerStars in Pennsylvania, I watched as these two (possible) yinzers went to battle.

All the money went in pre-flop, and BIP!

royal flush

A lovely Royal. (Image: Pajich)

That’s a quick and easy $57 to the winner. According to the Internets, the odds are 1 in 649,740.

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Bob Pajich
Bob Pajich is a poker news reporter, creative writer, and poker player who never met suited connectors he didn't like. Tips, corrections, complaints and kudos should go to

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