3-Barrels: Norman Chad Needles Sorel Mizzi; PokerStars Promote ‘Lads Night In’; Record Fifth WCOOP Win For Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly

3-Barrels of real value including the World Series of Poker commentator, Norman Chad, needling Sorel Mizzi, PokerStars partnering with Prostate Cancer UK for ‘Lads Night In’ promotion, and Dan ‘djk123’Kelly wins record fifth World Championships of Online Poker title.

norman-chad-needles-sorel-mizzi-pokerstars-promote-lads-night-in-record-fifth-wcoop-win-for-dan-kellyWSOP commentator, Norman Chad, has given Sorel Mizzi the needle, big time, on Episode 2 of the WSOP Main Event. Broadcast on ESPN, in the build up to the airing of the November Nine, at point 37:38 of the 42:50 episode, Mizzi is sitting next to a player with the name Dan Cheater, at which point Chad says:

“Cheater sitting next to Sorel Mizzi…huh…that’s interesting.”

In July, Mizzi was a guest of Joey Ingram’s on the Poker Life Podcast where he talked openly about his past involvement in incidents that could be classed as either immoral or straight up cheating.

His transgressions involved a recent PokerStars ban for using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to circumvent the laws that bar him from playing in the United States.

“I decided to take a risk and play online poker from the United States,” Mizzi told Ingram at the time. “I was being sneaky, and I got caught, and it sucks.”

He then proceeded to admit the incident didn’t bother him saying that he creates his own ‘moral universe.’

I guess Chad was watching.

You can watch the needle here.

PokerStars Unite With Prostate Cancer For ‘Lads Night In.’

A Sorel Mizzi free PokerStars have united with Prostate Cancer UK for the second year to raise funds for this important cause.

The dynamic duo is asking people to support research into prostate cancer by organising home games and spreading the word around social media. Once you have organised your event, contact PokerStars and pay £5 for your ‘Lads Night In’ pack including a deck of cards, dealer button and rules on how to play the game. You can also arrange for your players to donate to the cause via JustGiving or text POKER to 70004 to donate £10.

Last year, the initiative involved 5,400 people throughout the UK raising £114,000 for the charity. Team PokerStars Pro, Jake Cody, held a home game in London, and online qualifiers were able to win a seat. It doesn’t look like PokerStars, or Cody will be doing something similar this year.

Sign up here to get involved. 

Here is the JustGiving page.

More information on SMS donations can be found here.

Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly Wins a Record Fifth WCOOP Title

Dan ‘djk123′ Kelly has become the first player to win five World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP) titles after victory in the first-ever Mix-Max event. The $700 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event started with eight-handed tables, switched to six-max, and then ended with the speedier four-handed format. 722 players entered the event and Kelly picked up $88,102.30 after carving out a heads-up deal with pmahoney22.

In other WCOOP news, the British youngster Charlie ‘Epiphany77′ Carrel won his first WCOOP title after topping a field of 733 entrants, 512 rebuys and 612 add-ons in a $215 Rebuy No-Limit Hold’em event for $60,040.79; Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer added a first WCOOP title to his two SCOOP titles topping a field of 2,528 entrants, in a $320 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max event, and Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19′ Gonzalez won his second WCOOP title after coming out on top of a 144 entrant field in the $1,050 Triple Draw 2-7 Championships.