Short Stacks: Electric City Poker Series Premieres, ‘Rampage’ Joins WPT Global as Ambassador

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A nice mid-stakes poker tourney comes to the Electric City, WPT Global adds a new ambassador, and two lucky players hit jackpots worth nearly $2 million total are some of the short stacks CardsChat picked up in its latest orbit of poker news.

Ethan “Rampage” Yau was named WPT Global ambassador. (Image: WPT)

The first Electric City Poker Series at Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, N.Y., starts today. Running until April 23, the 11 tournament series features a good mix of events that’s headlined by a $800 buy-in $150,000 guaranteed main.

Other highlights include a $160 Ladies event on Sunday, April 16, a $160 SHOE event on Monday, April 17, and a mystery bounty event, the first of two starting flights beginning Friday. April 14.

Satellites for the ECPS Main run throughout the series.

Schenectady, located in mid-east New York, carries the Electric City nickname because it was the headquarters of General Electric.

(Image: Rivers)

Big hit at the Flamingo

A man playing Three Card Poker at the Flaming in Las Vegas on Sunday hit a $499,171 jackpot after only 30 minutes of play.

Caesars told Las Vegas TV station KTNV the California man was in town for a birthday party.

Giant jackpot hit in Pennsylvania

An online slots player from Pennsylvania hit a $1 million jackpot on BetMGM. According to the online casino, the player said they’ll donate a portion to St. Jude’s and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The player was from West Mifflin, Penn., home to the Blood-Sucking Monkeys:

Rampage joins WPT Global Poker

Ethan “Rampage” Yau, a Global Poker Index Award winner, and popular poker vlogger, has been named as an ambassador of WPT Global Poker.

Yau has vaulted to the top of the poker world last year, an “overnight success” story that took hime nearly a decade after he started playing — and streaming — the lowest stakes. Now, he’s a high-stakes banger with the skill to call down maniacs with ace-high for thousands and thousands and thousands or dollars.

Yau joins Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen in WPT’s stable.

Yau won the WPT $25,000 High Roller Event in December for $894,240.

Rammstein frontman stars in poker commercial

Till Lindemann, actor and frontman for the German goth metal band Rammstein, is the star in a GGPoker ad that one publication calls unsettling. Here’s what Heavy Consequence wrote about the commercial:

“In the unsettling four-minute clip, Lindemann plays the role of multiple participants in a high-stakes poker game. There’s Cowboy Till with his prominent ‘stache and stetson; the mohawk’d Punk Till; suave Till, accompanied by a lady; nerdy Till wearing a sweater vest; and the ominous dealer Till, donning samurai attire.

From there, the poker game is depicted through symbolic sequences. When Suave Till loses a large bet, he’s suddenly engaged in a fencing match with his opponent, where he takes a slash to the cheek. The weirdest of these cutaways involves dark religious imagery, in which Nerdy Till — counting cards in his head — appears to take communion from an angelic figure spewing blood.”

They aren’t exaggerating. View the commercial for yourself.

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