Just like any other gambler, poker players need diversity and constant action. That said, playing for millions of dollars in poker cash games and in WSOP tournaments just isn't enough for some individuals looking for more thrill and excitement.
A professional poker player has just agreed to a high-stakes prop bet in which the challenge is to try eating $1,000 worth of McDonald's fast food in 36 hours, and the prize if he accomplishes the dare is over $200,000!
In the world of poker, players can get some extra entertainment (and a lot of money as well) by means of winning at side/prop bets. It is the norm that poker pros will usually make side bets while they play in the tournaments, and the events in World Series of Poker (WSOP) are no exception. What makes such side bets truly interesting is that there are those that are bigger than others, and there are some that are downright extreme.
If you have had enough of prop bets between Bill Perkins and Dan Bilzerian lately (wherein Dan had to bike from Las Vegas to Los Angeles within 48 hours, which Dan won $600K), then you would be curious to know which one is next on Bill Perkins' list.
Brian Rast endured and prevailed his prop bet bike ride starting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, but those who strictly tuned in would say that it was a close call. Halfway through the 48-hour allotted deadline, because of the high winds and without the help of a drafting van, Rast was not yet even at the mid-way point near Barstow, CA.
Approximately two weeks ago, poker superstar Sorel Mizzi announced via twitter that he had laid a 3:1 bet for $10k that he could swim from Ipanema Beach (Rio, Brazil) to one of the islands about 5km away.
Mizzi asked his followers on twitter for training advice after the annoucement: "anyone have any insight / training advice ? I use to swim quite a bit when I was a kid but haven't swam in a while and a bit out of shape."
The 2014 World Series of Poker features 65 unique events and will run May 27 - July 14. Two players that will be fighting extra hard for a bracelet this summer are Team PokerStars ProDaniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey.
Believe it or not but a 22-year-old man from Normanby, New Zealand, has changed his name to ‘Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova' after losing a drunken bet in a poker game 5 years ago.
Here's one of the craziest prop bets in history. According to several news sites, Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari, the winner of The Big One for One Drop in 2012 ($18.3 million), has made a bet with millionaire businessman and poker amateur Bill Perkins that he will get $500,000 if he doesn't have sex for 1 year.
The bet followed another prop bet made the same day. That bet was that Esfandiari would get $150,000 from Perkins if he didn't eat bread for a whole year. If he failed, he would have to give $25,000 to Perkins. Now, that bet didn't last for long as Esfandiari asked Perkins after just a few minutes to buy out of the bet - Perkins accepted 90 minutes later for a small fee of $5,000
It seems like Antanas "Tony G" Gouga has no plans whatsoever to take it easy after the London 2012 Olympics, where he was the manager for the Lithuanian basketballl team, as he already has several new projects in the pipeline and some already up and running. However, the most interesting "project" must be the staking of Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates (live and online).
A new prop bet was brought to the surface a few days ago on a Danish poker forum. Alexander "AlexKP" Petersen (on the right) has betted €100 to 1000 times the money against Peter "Zupp" Jepsen (left) that he will score 1 goal in the highest division (Superliga) in Danish soccer within 5 years. In other words, if Petersen succeeds, Jepsen will have to give him €100,000!
Tony G is a well-known loudmouth in the poker community. When he's not busy trash talking someone at the poker table, he (and many other poker players) likes to bet money on crazy stuff. During the 2012 Aussie Millions, Tony G offered Melanie Weisner, an American poker pro, a seat in the Main Event ($10,000 buy-in) if she could go around a poker table twice on a unicycle.
Yesterday the long-awaited kickboxing match between PokerStars Pros Lex "RaSZi" Veldhuis, from Holland, and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, from France, took place. The 27-year-old Dutchman had a lot more experience in kickboxing and took the command straight away.
ElkY survived the first round, but a bit into the second round he got a kicked in the face and fell to the floor. He managed to get up again for a few minutes before Veldhuis kicked him down once again.
On November 22nd it's time for the long-awaited boxing match between Lex Veldhuis and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. The winner of the match will take home amazing $100,000 - and a whole lot of prestige. This is what Lex Veldhuis, from Holland, had to say about the upcoming match...
"We are gonna fight, I want to knock him out, which will be a bit of a shock to him, it will really play with his mentality. I think the fight is gonna have something ElkY has never experienced before, the pressure of someone really wanting to hurt him badly. I know he has the drive, but I have the same personality which is why we do a lot of prop bets." Veldhuis said in an interview.
After the game between Patrik Antonius and Brandon Adams had finished (6-0, 6-1), David "differ" Peat went up to Adams and asked him to give a line on - how many balls Tom Dwan could return on Antinous serves (out of 20). Brandon thought something like 7 over/under was a good line. Everyone started laughing and "differ" said "Have you ever seen Tom playing tennis?!".
Differ added "It's like 4, and I would like to take the under 7 if so." Brandon got up from the bench, grabbed a racket and started serving. Tom Dwan only managed to return 3 out of 20 serves from Brandon Adams.
Patrik Antonius and Brandon Adams got to play their long-awaited tennis match at the Las Vegas International Tennis Center 3 days ago. Antonius was the big favorite to win the match (best of three set) and laid $295,000 to $30,000 on the encounter. In other words, if Adams would win he would take home more than the semi finalists at the next month's All England Championship.
Professional poker players are known to gamble for lots of money, and it's not only poker and sports betting they love to bet on. Daniel Cates, 2010's biggest winner online, recently said in an interview that he betted $25,000 to the odds 1/4 in a game of Angry Birds against his close friend Ashton Griffins. Even though a lot of money was at stake, the only rule was that the one who accumulated most points on the first map would take home the money. However, the prop bet could not be completed since Cates's iPhone broke down.
"I lost because my iPhone stopped working during the game. So I ended up losing all my points and was forced to pay Griffin some money to cancel the prop bet," said Cates in the interview.
410 players paid the buy-in of $1,1000 and entered the Florida State Poker Championship Main Event at the Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano Beach. One of the participants was no one else than Mike "the mouth" Matusow who was in town for a poker seminar. And believe it or not, Mike ended up winning the whole tournament and grabbed the first-place prize of $103,000. A decent amount of money for many poker players in the world but probably peanuts for Mike Matusow who owes Ted Forrest $2 million for a weight-loss prop bet he lost a while ago. However, it seems like Mike was quite happy with the win after all.
"This title, even though, it may not be the WSOP Main Event or WPT event, was very important to me. I came down here to put on one of my famous one day power poker courses to help Florida players adjust better to the new limits and in turn I proved to people that when you are well trained and prepared you can expect to win." said Mike Matusow after the win.
Proposition bets have been around in the poker world for many, many years. It seems like poker players/gamblers always have had the need for something else going on when they are not sitting at a poker table. If you ask me, the most interesting and fun prop bets to read about usually are the ones that don't have anything to do directly with poker, and of course lots of money has to be involved. It adds to the fun!
About 2 months ago, Ted Forrest, the american poker pro, received a crazy prop bet from his fiends Mike Matusow and Justin Smith. The prop bet meant that if Ted Forrest could lose 50 pounds (22,68 kg) before June 15, he would get $2 million dollars. Ted Forrest, who weighed 85 kilo at that point, accepted the prop bet almost straight away. The challenge was on and Ted went on a strict diet!
When Ted stepped on the scale 2 months later, he was just skin and bones and weighed around 60 kilo. He had lost about 23 kilos and accomplished the impossible - to lose 26% of his body weight or about half a kilo almost every day for 2 months.
When Mike Matusow hits the "headlines" lately it's never about him winning a poker tournament or lots of cash, instead it's usually about about crazy prop bets and similar things. In a recent episode of the TV show "Poker2Nite", Mike Matusow spoke his mind regarding women's success in poker.
It seemed like he wasn't all that happy with how well women have been doing so far this year. However, Mike is sure of one thing - they wont do as well in 2010 WSOP. He's so sure of their failure that he promised to run naked down the strip in Las Vegas if they win at least 3 bracelets.
According to Phil Hellmuth's twitter, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow and Ted Forrest have a crazy prop bet going on. Ted Forrest wants to lose some weight, and Mike Matusow said that he will give him $2 million if he manage to lose 22 kilos before July 15. And if he doesn't manage till then, he will still get $1 million if he manage before 24th September. However, if he fails, then he has to give Mike $150,000.
I have my doubts that Ted Forrest will manage to lose 22 kilos in such a short time, at the same time I doubt that Mike Matusow can afford to give him $2 millions. Anyhow, it is a very interesting challenge. :)
Not long ago Tom Dwan offered Phil Ivey $1 million if he could stop eating meat for a whole year. Phil Ivey wanted $2 million dollars at first, but since he had thought about becoming a vegetarian anyway, he decided to accept the challenge.
The challenge was on and Phil Ivey "tried his very best" to stick to vegetarian food. Well, probably he didn't since it only took 3 weeks before he decided to give up and accept the fact that he cant be without meat.
Ever thought of becoming a vegetarian? If no, what if you got $1 million dollars and only had to stick to it for one year? Now it start sounding interesting ha? Well, if you're a good friend of Tom "durrrr" Dwan and have a lot of money, then you might get a crazy prop bet like this one!
In the latest episode of High Stakes Poker, Tom Dwan offered his High Stakes buddy Phil Ivey $1 million dollars if he stops eating meat and fish for a whole year. At first, Phil Ivey wanted $2 million dollars for doing it, but since he had thought about becoming a vegetarian for some time, he decided to accept the challenge.
"I will do it for $1 million dollars. I have thought about becoming a vegetarian for a while now, so this prop bet will make it extra interesting and challenging." said Phil Ivey in an interview with the host of High Stakes Poker, Kara Scott.