A new poker room coming to Toronto, a naked man at Harrah’s Las Vegas, and the Mayor of Flavortown at the World Series of Poker Main Event are some of the short stacks CardsChat picked up in its latest orbit of poker news.
What’s round, gaudy, covered in jewels and showed up at the Main Event on Friday? Why none other than the Mayor of Flavortown himself, Guy Fieri, who was given the task of presenting the championship bracelet.
Can you guess why the WSOP gave the honor to a man who has no real ties to poker? Yep, Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Sports Kitchen at The Horseshoe Las Vegas opened the same day. How convenient. It’s one of more than 80 he owns across the globe.
“It’s been a long time comin’ but we’re finally here and ready for ya. Welcome to Flavortown!” Guy Fieri exclaimed at the Grand Opening, according to a press release that tried to capture the restauranteur and TV host of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” goofy inflection.
A walking ad for all his business ventures, he was even chomping a cigar from another company he owns, Knuckle Sandwich, as he posed with a pile of money and the equally round, gaudy and jewel-covered bracelet.
Custom-made by Jostens, it features about 500 grams of 10-karat gold, 2,352 various precious gemstones, including 42 carats of round genuine diamonds, 425 black and red stones for the card suits, and a removable golden card protector shaped like a big poker chip tat sits in the middle of the bracelet.
A horseshoe was also incorporated in this year’s design to commemorate the WSOP’s return to the Horseshoe. Although it took place in the same building last year, Caesars turned the Bally’s into Horseshoe Las Vegas as part of a rebranding push in casinos around America.
New poker room coming to Toronto
The Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto announced it will open a 30-table poker room sometime in August. The $1 billion resort-casino just opened its doors June 20 as part of it’s first phase of operations.
The poker room will sit on its own floor and will include four tables in a semi-private area for high rollers and VIPs. The casino also plans to offer “larger poker tournaments,” according to a press release.
We couldn't keep our poker face any longer. Poker is coming!
♠️ 30 tables on a private floor
♦️ 'No limit' and 'limit' stakes at varying levels
♣️ Large poker tournaments
♥️ Bad Beat Jackpot
— Great Canadian Toronto (@GreatCanadianTO) July 6, 2023
The casino may be brand-new, but gambling has gone on at the property for quite some time as Casino Woodbine at Woodbine Racetrack. A 400 room hotel is expected to open later this year.
The poker room will be Toronto’s fourth, joining the rooms at Canadian National Exhibition Casino, Casino Rama, and Great Blue Heron Charity Casino.
Naked man apprehended at Harrah’s Las Vegas
Someone flopped the nuts at Harrah’s Las Vegas Monday night, and he did it without involving a single playing card. A man strolled into Harrah’s Las Vegas Monday night totally naked, jumped up on some gaming tables, and spread them wide.
From TMZ (warning — nudity has been edited out):
With beans and frank on full display, he hops up onto a gaming table and starts gyrating on the felt. Patrons were clearly shocked, but casino workers just seemed pissed and reviled — one woman was dry-heaving after getting an eyeful.
Police say the unnamed nudist was wanted for assaulting someone at The Flamingo before running to The Linq, where he stripped down. He winded up naked under three unlucky Harrah’s security guards.
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