Gossip Column: Pseudonyms For Molly’s Game, Poker Players On Panama Papers List, Dan Colman Revealed & Busquet Wins MMA Fight

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  • PG News April 24, 2016
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It’s sweltering outside, and inside poker world it’s getting as hot as it always does with crazy antics and more from those unique denizens that have been touched by poker madness. In this edition of PokerGuru Gossip Column, we bring news of upcoming movie on Molly Bloom’s book, where the director now intends to hide true identities taking away all the fun!

Then we have the infamous Panama Papers list, which also has the names of some poker players and Dan Colman, who hates the media revealing all. We end it with a report on the MMA prop-bet fight between Olivier Busquet and JC Alvarado.

Sit back, relax with a tall cool drink to beat the heat and get set to enjoy the sizzle of the gossiping kind!


Pseudonyms In “Molly’s Game” Declares Director Aaron Sorkin

Wow! Talk about closing the door after the chicken has fled the coop! Aaron Sorkin, Director of “Molly’s Game” the film based on the book by Molly Bloom, has now announced that he will not use ‘real names’ that made the book so scandalous in the first place.

The “Princess of Poker” had written her memoirs while in jail for conducting illegal high stakes poker games that were attended by stars, such as Leonardo Di Caprio, Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire.

The book related some amazing anecdotes and episodes involving several celebrities.

Now Sorkin, who is debuting as a director with this film has admitted that, “A number of people in the game are bold face names, they’re people who you would know.”

However, according to Hollywood Reporter, Sorkin believes another more important story lies beneath the scandal and he states, “You can Google this and see the sort of tabloid version of the story, but there’s a much better story under the tabloid version of the story.”

Sorkin goes on to declare, “I don’t want the movie to be about gossip!”

He has instead decided to focus on Molly Bloom instead and claims, “the reason why she is a movie hero, the reason why she’s worth writing about in the first place, is that by the end of the whole thing – even if it meant saving her life, guaranteeing her own freedom, she wouldn’t have to go to jail for four years, even if it meant the restoration of all the money the government took away from her- she would not name a single [person], she wouldn’t tell a story. She could have. She wrote a book for which she could have gotten a $2 million advance. She got a $35,000 advance instead.”

Sorkin goes on to say that he will go to any lengths to hide celebrity identities in the film. But, looking at the book, it is quite clear that the only star to be mentioned in detail is Maguire. The book details the ludicrous interaction between Maguire, who had millions in chips at the table, but asked Molly ‘bark like a dog’ to earn a meager tip of $100.

What exactly is the truth? Is Sorkin all of a sudden truly enamored by the former Olympic-caliber skier turned poker-hostess, or has been turned by star-power in an industry where futures can be destroyed with just whispers?

In the meantime, it is being speculated that Jessica Chastain will play Bloom in the film and that no studio has come forward to back the production.


Poker Players In Panama Papers List

Aishwarya Rai may have kept mum when questioned about the Panama Papers, but we wonder how the handful of poker players mentioned in the leak will react when questioned similarly!

Yes, you heard that right, the voluminous 11.5 millio documents that were leaked had revealed names of 12 national leaders, 143 politicians, as well as those of Swedish poker players.

Among those players are three men, who have already served three-year terms in jail for fraud in 2011.

After the leak, Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter brought public focus to these men and related that they had operated a firm in Sweden, which was also registered in the British Virgin Islands, with Mossack Fonseca as their agent. The secretive documents have Fonseca calling shy clients by code names, such as Winnie Pooh or Harry Potter.

This brought the spotlight onto many other parties, which are now being scrutinized by the authorities. These include Swedish individuals, businesses, and even the famous Scandinavian bank, Nordea.

In all, about 400 Swedish entities that have been named in the Panama Papers are being investigated by the Swedish tax authority.

Reacting to the news, Magdalena Andersson, Sweden’s Finance Minister stated,

“It is a crime – tax evasion – it is totally unacceptable. I mean, the whole of the Swedish model is based on the fact that you accept and pay taxes.”

The Panama Papers were disclosed to a German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung in August 2015, with journalists from 80 countries working to decipher the information. For those wondering, Panama is a tax haven for hiding income to escape taxes in the country earned.

The complete list of names is expected to be made public by May.


Dan Colman Reveals it All

No, no, its not what you are thinking. All we are referring to is the poker life of the 2014 Big One for One Drop winner Dan Colman. Dan Colman hates the media as was evidenced at his win, but recently a podcast emerged that has the young arrogant pro talking about several issues that reveal his innate intelligence and observational powers, especially in regard to poker.

Joe “ChicagoJoey” Ingram managed to get the HU Sit & Go legend on his Poker Life podcast this month and the result was a thoroughly interesting glimpse of Colman. Some of course are truly amazing.

Check out these tidbits from Colman during the podcast here –

· When he started playing poker Colman was more interested in the competition than the money. He wanted to play the best of the best. He went broke a lot.

· Colman was actually disappointed after winning One Drop because he liked the heads-up against Daniel Negreanu so much.

· Believes Viktor “Isildur1” Blom has the most raw talent in poker. Also mentioned he thinks Blom was taken advantage of because he has a gambling problem.

· Colman says he used to troll people in chat as a way to vent when he was tilting.

· He had no success initially when playing live tournaments.

· Colman had the biggest piece of his $1m Big One for One Drop buy-in but Olivier Busquet, Haralabos Voulgaris and several German high rollers all had percentages.


Olivier Busquet Wins MMA Fight With JC Alvarado In Three Rounds

After months of preparation, the MMA fight between poker pros JC Alvarado and Olivier Busquet took place at the Syndicate MMA Gym in Las Vegas to settle a six-figure prop bet!

The fight began at 7.00pm local time and lasted just three visceral bloodied bouts of two-minutes each, before Busquet was declared the winner.

After winning, Busquet told Card Player, “The journey itself was just about testing myself.” “Finding out what I was made of and if I could handle something like this. I owe everything to the people who helped me, especially [coach] Tito Hartz and everybody at ECU (East Coast United BJJ and MMA)… I would have just gotten my ass kicked without them.”

The bet had Alvarado, with experience in mixed martial arts (Brazilian Jiu jitsu) betting $150,000 that he would beat the heavier Busquet, who had no fight training. Busquet put up $120,000.

The terms of the bet included that Busquet weigh 187.5 pounds, with Alvarado weighing at least 165 pounds for the fight and both were scaled a day before the fight.

Praising the much smaller Alvarado, Busquet continued,

I have so much respect for JC. He is so tough. If the situation was reversed I might have given up way before he did.”

I came in bigger and stronger, and he knew I would be and he still went through with it and still lasted three rounds. On the bottom most of the time, taking tough shots. I just have a lot of respect for him.”

The three rounds saw Alvarado with a bloodied face and a swollen shut eye. It was not clear if the medical staff or the players themselves ended the fight, but Busquet was announced the winner by technical knockout. The duo hugged each other at the verdict.

Busquet, who was equally battered concluded, “I’m so relieved and thrilled. I can’t believe it’s over and that it ended like this.”

Alvarado had to visit the hospital post the fight, which was around midnight and was unable to even smile. He later tweeted, “My biggest fear was not having heart. I couldn’t execute what I know I can do, but I’m out of the hospital with a big smile on my ugly face.”

Earlier, Elky had fought against Lex Veldhuis and Sorel Mizzi versus Brian Rast in separate prop-bet fights. But none ended as bloody as this one!

The real wagering though occurred at the side bets. Betting website Pinnacle lined Alvarado at about -115, while Busquet was at about -105, giving Alvarado’s win a probable chance of about 54 percent.

That sums up this edition of our gossip column and we bid you adieu, until next time! Because it won’t be long before our poker citizens get up to more nutty stuff, bringing us back to relate it all.

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