The Poker Review: Spin And Go Millionaire, LuckyChewyPoker, And Weeds Writer Goes Up In Smoke

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Welcome to the latest edition of The Poker Review. In poker news this week: a new Spin and Go millionaire is crowned, LuckyChewyPoker outlaunches Phil Galfond’s upcoming Run It Once poker room, and Weeds writer Matthew Salsberg gets inadvertently owned by online-legend Ankush Mandavia. 

A New Spin & Go Millionaire Is Crowned

A 30 year-old (former?) history teacher and recreational Spin & Go player from Bermuda is the latest to hit the largest Spin and Go Jackpot, winning a cool million dollars!

Playing a $100 Spin & Go tournament on PokerStars, eight minutes is all it took to change amateur poker player Jrww86’s life forever. We have no idea what this Spin and Go player will be doing with his winnings, but we bet his classroom’s Christmas party is going to be off the hook!

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LuckyChewyPoker Beats Phil Galfond To The Punch

Popular poker pro Andrew Lichtenberger (aka LuckyChewy) recently rocked the poker world by announcing the launch of his new “low-rake, high-rewards” player-friendly poker site, appropriately named LuckyChewyPoker. Although the site currently remains play-money poker only, Andrew revealed the site will be adding real-money games in the near future. Here is the transcript of Chewy’s 7-part twitter announcement:

Greetings everyone, I am pleased to announce that  is live with play money gaming for you to enjoy at this point in time. Our team will continually be updating artwork, user interface and various system functionalities as we move forward. If anyone has any ideas or input they would like to share please do not hesitate to do so. Our vision is simple – a poker site by the players for the players with low rake and great rewards. We have been sharing our platform with the international gaming community and intend to create as large a player pool as international law’s allow for. We will have more updates and exciting news to share with regards to real money licensing and legislation in the times to come as well. We are excited to continue to promote and share the game we all love. Thanks for your interest and participation, for without you this would never have come to manifestation. Good day all! <3

Although Andrew’s LuckyChewyPoker appears to be in direct competition with Phil Galfond’s announced upcoming poker site, it remains to be seen whether either one will find a way to overcome the industry’s biggest hurdle: new player acquisition, an issue Spinandgostrategy coach Sentin recently interviewed WPN’s CEO Phil Nagy about. Although the road will be extremely long and arduous, a Pokerstars Vs Full-Tilt type rivalry from these two well-respected poker pros will be a welcome sight for players fed-up with the recent moves made by PokerStars, the industry’s current runaway leader.

To learn more about LuckyChewyPoker, check out Andrew’s recent visit to Joe Ingram’s popular Poker Life Podcast where the two players discussed a wide-range of topics including the new site, meditation, and the EV parallels in life and poker.

Weeds Writer Matthew Salsberg Sees (Tens Of?) Thousands Of Dollars Go Up In Smoke

Nothing gets the blood pumping like having a piece of another poker player’s action during a deep run in a major tournament. However, for accomplished TV writer & poker-player Matthew Salsberg, Ankush Mandavia’s recent run to the top of the leader-board must have skyrocketed his blood-pressure for another reason. After Mandavia – a widely-respected professional known online as Pistons87 – posted a celebratory tweet following his chop of the Bellagio $25,000 tournament for $400,000, Salsberg responded by posting a screenshot of the following painful exchange between the two friends:

Although we have no idea how big of a piece Salsberg intended to purchase, Mandavia’s nonchalance in dealing with the purchase likely cost the Entourage alumn a 5-figure payday. Ouch!

Here’s to hoping those Weeds residuals manage to soften the blow. And if not, you may want to give this a try Ankush…

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Doug Polk’s Beef With NBC’s Heads-Up Championship

Although Doug Polk’s accomplished quite a bit in his already-illustrious poker career – including the launch of Upswing Poker, which we recently reviewed – this week he revealed that one of his biggest regrets is never having had the opportunity to compete on NBC’s infamous Heads-Up Championship Tournament. Having always been extremely humble, Doug had this to say about being left off the heads-up bracket…

What do you guys think? Did Doug deserve a title-shot, or were Todd Brunson, Jennifer Tilly, and Eli Elezra the appropriate selections? Let us know in the comments below and we may reward you with a copy of one of our Spin and Go Strategy Video-Packs.

That wraps it up for this week’s Poker Review. Until next time, may your multipliers be maxed and your opponents recreational!





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