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The Dallas Mavericks, an NBA franchise owned by Mark Cuban, are hiring Haralabos "Bob" Voulgaris as Director of Quantitative Research and Development, reported Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN on Thursday. The hiring of Voulgaris, a famed former professional sports bettor known to play high-stakes poker, is another dynamic maneuver within the progressive NBA. As a poker player, Voulgaris became known during the boom years. He arrived on the scene in 2005 when he reached the televised final table of the Season III WPT L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 Championship. Voulgaris finished second to Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and took home $904,122. He has since earned 10 addition cashes on the World Poker Tour, including a third-place finish in the Season XVI WPT Borgata Poker Open $10,000 Championship for $434,560. Another career highlight on the felt for Voulgaris includes a fourth-place finish in the 2017 World Series of Poker $111,111 High Roller for One Drop where he earned $1.158 million. At the time of this report, Voulgaris had $3.091 million in live tournament earnings. Voulgaris also has several notable appearances on poker cash games on TV, including High Stakes Poker and the PokerStars Big Game. The move could prove transformative for the Mavericks in two ways. Voulgaris’ success in sports betting can be directly associated with his deep knowledge of statistical analysis and application of data. providing the Mavericks with a very high-level get. Through making the hire, the Mavericks can look to apply Voulgaris’ insight and analysis to such things as roster construction and on-court strategy in an effort to get a leg up on the competition. Given his vast experience as a professional sports bettor, the move also provides the Mavericks with a great asset in alignment with the league’s changing landscape surrounding legalized sports betting. As sports betting becomes legal in more and more states within the U.S. and allows for increased revenue generation within the league, having someone on staff with the strategic mindset of Voulgaris could prove incredibly valuable. Photo courtesy of WPT.
Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. In this week's episode Lance and Donnie recap all of the action from partypoker MILLIONS UK, including Steve O'Dwyer's two wins and Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong's strange comments in the aftermath of the festival. They also discuss Chris Moneymaker's NJCOOP wins , Haralabos Voulgaris' new job with the Dallas Mavericks, Shaun Deeb's decision to chase World Series of Poker Player of the Year and wrap up the show by lamenting the lack of marketing and promotion from the WSOP in regards to some of their marquee events. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
There are only 38 players left to pursue the $5.1 million first-place prize of the $25,000 PokerStars NL Hold’em Championship. Day 3 of the record-setting tournament started with 207 players of which only 181 would make the money. By the end of the day, New York tournament pro Scott Baumstein flew into the chip lead with 4.24 million in chips, followed closely by Yiannis Liperis (4.21 million). However, before the stacks could reach such heights, there was a money bubble that needed popping. As one might expect in a tournament where there were over 300 players who gifted their $25K entry, plenty of players were hanging tough to pick up the $25,450 min-cash. With four players left to the actual bubble, the remaining 185 players went hand for hand. It took roughly an hour, plus a 20-minute break in the middle, but eventually, Team Ireland’s Paul Leckey ran pocket kings into Tianle Wang’s pocket aces. Leckey didn’t go home empty-handed though, as the official bubble boy received an EPT package worth over $11,000. After that, the bustouts were fast and furious, with the next pay ladder happening faster than tournament officials could break and rebalance tables. At the conclusion of Day 3, only Baumstein and Liperis have eclipsed the 4 million chip mark, but there’s plenty of top-flight competition left in the field. France’s Julien Martini (3,250,000), Canada’s Louis Boutin (3,040,000) and Platinum Pass winner Ramon Colillas (2,895,000) from Spain complete the top 5 chip leaders. Other notables still left in the field include Mikita Badziakouski (1,910,000), Dan O’Brien (1,765,000), Griffin Benger (1,560,000), Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi (1,330,000), Brazil’s Pedro Padilha (1,315,000), Kristen Bicknell (1,115,000), Tony Gregg (905,000), Platinum Pass winner Jackie Burkhart (660,000) and Day 2 chipleader Farid Jattin (640,000). By the end of the day, 143 players found their way to the cashier to pick up their earnings. Including Felix Schneiders ($69,100), Max and Sam Greenwood ($69,100), Mustapha Kanit ($56,800), Christoph Vogelsang ($56,800), Ryan Reiss ($56,800), former PocketFives #1-ranked Bryan Piccioli ($56,800), Blair Hinkle ($56,800), Athanasios Polychronopoulos ($45,700), Victor Ramdin ($45,700), Benjamin Pollak ($45,700), Dan Shak ($45,700), Brandon Adams ($39,500), Darren Elias ($39,500), Christian Harder ($39,500), Dylan Linde ($39,500) and Matt Affleck ($35,000). Three of the winners of the $86 Moneymaker PSPC Tour made the money, however, all three failed to bag at the end of the day. Clifford Ellefson ($39,500), Anthony Maio ($35,000) and Ori Kossonogi ($35,000) all found a way to turn their Platinum Passes into five-figure scores. Additionally, there were plenty of big name pros who made the money but were unable to ladder up. Parker Talbot, Sam Grafton, JC Alvarado, Frank Kassel, and Sean Winter were just a few of the roughly 30 players to settle for the min-cash of $25,450. Play in the PSPC resumes when 38 players will play down to the final table at noon ET.