Molly Bloom Returns to Campus, Poker Tournament for Ukraine War Victims

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Molly Bloom hits the college circuit, Phil Hellmuth’s Las Vegas house for sale, and a poker tournament in Florida to benefit Ukraine war victims are some of the short stacks CardsChat picked up in its latest orbit of poker news.

Molly Bloom was the guest of honor at the University of Colorado in Boulder earlier this month. (Image: CU Boulder)

Molly Bloom visited her old college campus in Boulder, Colo. and found an audience of more than a thousand people filled an auditorium to hear “stories of her notorious past running big-money private poker games, the art of reinvention, and the importance of believing in yourself.”

“Here I am with all of you. It sure feels like a redemptive moment,” she said.

She was the seventh speaker as part of the University of Colorado’s Leo Hill Leadership Speaker series which is made to provide “students the opportunity to hear from world leaders about their own leadership development, growth, and advice as leaders is an important aspect of a student’s own leadership growth.”

According to the University’s website, Bloom touched on how to believe in yourself, making lemons out of lemonade, and accepting responsibility, which is exactly what she did after being nailed for running a high-stakes poker game filled with some very rich and powerful players in Hollywood.

But that was nine years ago. Since then, she served a year on probation, 200 hours of community service, and wrote a biography that was turned into a feature film.

Benefit for Ukraine

Seminole Coconut Creek announced it’s hosting a Hard Rock Heals Foundation Charity Tournament benefiting Ukraine relief efforts on Saturday, April 8. The 11 a.m. $200 buy-in tournament has a $10,000 guarantee.

“Our goal is to help thousands of Ukraine war victims, including Ukrainian children and families who have been injured, displaced or severely financially impacted, in addition to Ukrainians who have lost loved ones as a result of this terrible war, which has passed the one-year mark,” said Jim Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming, Chairman of Hard Rock International and Chairman of Hard Rock Digital.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit

Online sports betting in Mass

The online sports book market went live in Massachusetts March 5, just in time for the second-best sport’s tournament of the year after the World Series of Poker’s Main Event  — NCAA basketball’s March Madness.

Online poker is not included.

BetMGM was the first operator into the pool. They just announced that their ads will appear on the Green Monster at Fenway Park this season. And again, Pete Rose is still banned from baseball.

Win a WSOP Circuit ring online

Win a World Series of Poker Circuit ring — and entry into the $1 million Tournament of Champions — this month on in the US-based markets of New Jersey/Nevada, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

This month’s online Circuit series runs until March 26, giving players about a dozen more chances in each of the markets. As usual, buy-ins range from $100 to $1,000 with a smattering of satellites for each tourney.

Last night, Vikanty “V4Victoria” Shegal won his first WSOP Circuit ring in the $3,200 high-roller event that was available to poker players in NJ/Nev. He won $41,331 in the event that attracted 71 who rebought 32 times.

Hellmuth’s Vegas home for sale

Phil Hellmuth’s Las Vegas’s home is on the market, and it’s listed by none other than Karina Jett. Hellmuth told his Twitter fans he never lived there full-time, but once used the house as his headquarters during the WSOP.

I bought this house in Las Vegas Country Club gated community (great location). I never lived there, but was going to stay there during @WSOP and other long Vegas trips. I’m selling it now for $525,000. If interested in buying: contact Karina Jett

— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) March 9, 2023

Jett is a popular Las Vegas-based poker player who used to appear on poker shows on the Game Show Network like “Poker Royale Battle of the Sexes” and “Late Night Poker.”

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Bob Pajich

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