A former NBA player has been busted running an illegal poker room. That’s one of the key stories we’re tracking this week but first, we’ll start with a couple of big winners on the poker circuit.
Imsirovic Wins Ninth Poker Tournament of The Year
One name has stood out far above the rest of the pack in 2021: Ali Imsirovic. He has completely dominated the live tournament circuit throughout the year and it doesn’t look like he will be slowing down anytime soon. Imsirovic leads the field in earnings, final table appearances and titles as the summer winds down.
The poker professional picked up his ninth and latest victory during the $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller event over at The Venetian. He lasted the longest out of the field of 34 entries to claim the top prize of $136,000.
Imsirovic has five titles more than the second-best player in the live tournament circuit and four more final tables. When it comes to earnings, he has amassed more $554,840 than the person in second place with $3,052,460. He also picked up 240 Card Player Player of the Year points for his most recent victory, bringing his point total all the way up to 4,988. He holds a 1,157-point lead over Chad Eveslage, the man in second place in the POY standings.
Morrow Picks Up Win At WSOP Online Six-Max Event
Dean Morrow is one of the latest winners at the 2021 World Series of Poker Online as he picked up the victory at the $400 buy-in no-limit hold’em six-max event. There was a total of 421 entries in this event, but none were able to overcome Morrow as he walked away with the gold bracelet and the largest chunk of the $151,560 prize pool with his $35,480 in earnings.
Overall, the tournament was fairly short but it was a grueling nine-hour battle. Morrow entered the final table with a big chip lead and just wore everyone down. He had more than 2.6 million at the time, with ‘ArnoldSlick’ being the only other competitor to surpass the million mark.
‘ArnoldSlick’ was eventually knocked out right at the end of the event to snag a second-place finish. He earned $22,022 for his placement. ‘Voice2skull’ rounded out the top three with his third-place finish, claiming $14,974 in the event.
Former NBA Player in Legal Trouble After Underground Poker Games
NBA player Antonio Burks is in some hot water and he is now facing multiple legal problems after he was caught running illegal poker games from his house. Burks was hit with aggravated gambling promotion along with possession of a gambling device.
The police had searched his home and found two poker tables, a multitude of card decks, gambling debts and a strong surveillance system. Not to mention the laminated cards they found that had the words “Burks Poker Palace Rules” written on them.
From what the authorities have gathered so far, they believe that poker games were held twice a week. The property they had searched just so happened to be the only specific property of Burks that held these games as well. Burks is currently out of police custody with an $1,000 bond, though he is going to be back in the court room on August 24th.