Check out some of the news and articles published over the last week in the world of poker.
“The Hawk” swoops again!
Over at the final WSOP Circuit gold ring event at Palm Beach Kennel Club in the $365 No-Limit Hold’em, Maurice “The Hawk” Hawkins won a record-equaling ninth ring last week to match Alex Masek.
Hawkins went up against Waller Everitt and despite a 4:1 chip lead, the match lasted over three hours…
“Where I’m from, your results speak for themselves. You don’t have to tell me how great you are. All you gotta do is pull up the results and see who wins. You know who’s great – look at who wins,” he said.
To find out more head over to the story on WSOP.com.
In related news, Hawkins had further reason to celebrate last week as he picked up the ‘Breakout Performance of the Year’ honor in the third annual Global Poker Index American Poker Awards, presented by PokerStars on Friday, February 24.
David Peters scooped the headline ‘American GPI Player of the Year’ award, while Cate Hall was hailed as the ‘GPI Female Player of the Year’.
Wynn Resorts appoints new Chief Financial Officer
In Las Vegas, Craig Billings has been named Wynn Resorts new chief financial officer. He replaces Stephen Cootey, who departs to “pursue other interests”. The appointment comes into effect from March 1st.
Wynn Resorts says Billings is “a highly-respected veteran of both the gaming and banking industries, and brings extensive experience in business innovation to the company”. It also adds he has held top posts at Aristocrat Leisure Limited, including Chief Digital Officer and Managing Director of Strategy and Business Development, and at International Game Technology.
‘First Lady of Poker’ picks up first World Poker Tour honour
In other news, American professional poker player and 2011 Poker Hall of Fame inductee Linda Johnson has been awarded the inaugural WPT Honors Award, representing outstanding contributions to the World Poker Tour and the greater poker community.
“We are proud to present Linda Johnson with the inaugural WPT Honors Award,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour.
“The award represents WPT’s highest honor and will serve as a lasting tradition that allows us to recognize the most important people in our industry and in the WPT’s history. Linda played a unique role in helping shape the World Poker Tour, and she embodies all that the WPT stands for.
“In addition to her time spent with the WPT, Linda’s extraordinary contributions have helped better poker globally and her efforts have left lasting impressions that will forever impact our game.”
Johnson began playing poker back in 1974 and remained a professional until 1993. She is estimated to have earned over $350,000 from it. In more recent years, following a successful spell as owner of CardPlayer Magazine (1993-2000), she has co-authored two books and has helped set up the Tournament Directors Association and the World Poker Industry Conference.