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Story of John Hesp Possibly to Become Feature Film

 Story of John Hesp Possibly to Become Feature Film

This summer at the World Series of Poker, Englishman John Hesp had perhaps the run of a lifetime. In the WSOP Championship Event, Hesp played his cards well enough that he made the final table among the chip leaders in the tournament before bowing out in fourth place for a $ 2.6 million payday. That amazing story has caught the attention of the movie industry, whom Hesp is stating is now courting him for a biographical feature film.

According to the Hull Daily Mail’s Alex Grove, Hesp was called by Tinseltown before the Championship Event even ended. “I got contacted by two or three producers when I was out in Vegas, including some Hollywood names, but I elected to go with a U. K.-based company,” Hesp admitted during a ceremony at his home casino, Napoleon’s Casino in Hull. “The offer is formalized in writing and I’ve just got my legal team sorting things out. It’s about 90% through.”

The story of Hesp is one of those stories that, if it were written as fiction, would be tremendously difficult to believe. The grandfatherly 64-year old Hesp had played poker for decades, but only around his home casino in the U. K. His highest ever cash in a tournament was at Napoleon’s earlier this year in June, when he walked off with a $ 1000 prize (£785) for winning a £10 rebuy tournament.

That was until the WSOP, however. In the $ 10,000 Championship Event (by far the largest tournament Hesp had ever participated in), Hesp went on a magical run over the fortnight. Wearing a “coat of many colors” (actually of piecemeal materials that clashed horrendously) and a Panama hat, Hesp captured the visual attention of many in the WSOP tournament arena. His chip stack, which he kept increasing over the span of the WSOP Championship Event, only seemed to further the “legend” that was being born.

By the time the final table was set, Hesp found himself in second place (behind eventual champion Scott Blumstein) and immediately took over the chip lead on Day 8. Were it not for what even he admitted was a bit of a blunder in a hand against Blumstein, it is possible that Hesp would have marched all the way to the World Championship. Instead, Hesp became a legendary figure like 2008 WSOP Championship Event final tablist Dennis Phillips, a player who didn’t win the event but was more notable than the person that did.

It’s arguable that Hesp is having more of an impact since he’s become famous for his WSOP exploits. He has returned home – not hit the international tournament circuit – and assisted his family with some of the $ 2.6 million in winnings (by law, there is no taxation on British citizens for U. S. casino winnings). According to Grove, Hesp recently was feted at his home casino for his WSOP performance, but he would like to do more for the place where he honed his poker game.

“Bridlington has suffered in recent years with the decline of the mining and steel industry,” Hesp noted to Grove. “I want to help…I think it would be great to bring a major poker tournament to Bridlington. It’s firmly in my mind and there are a few people working behind the scenes but I can’t just wave a magic wand.”

Whether the movie gets off the ground or not is irrelevant. The story of Hesp – even without further documentation – is what is inspiring. For those outside the game, the “underdog story” of a grandfatherly man making it big is the major draw. For poker fans, his inspiring run towards poker’s ultimate reward is a story that they believe they can emulate. For Hesp, those are things that cannot be adequately told in a simple movie.

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MPN Alias Change Feature Coming This Month

 MPN Alias Change Feature Coming This Month

Back in June, we reported that MPN (Microgaming Poker Network) was going to implement a feature to help its casual players, the ability to change one’s screen name. The feature was supposed to be added in July, but because of some technical issues, it was delayed. It wasn’t forgotten, though, as according to Pokerfuse, alias changes are on track for later this month.

As we have discussed before on this site, most online poker rooms and networks have been trying to transition to more recreational player-friendly environments over the last few years. Recreational players tend to not only lose money, thus distributing it through the poker economy, but also re-deposit. Compare that to the skilled pros and serious amateurs, who tend to win money from other players and cash out, removing funds from the poker room.

One way poker rooms have tried to make things easier on casual players is by implementing ways to keep weaker players from being hunted by better ones who use poker tracking software. Some rooms have made select tables anonymous, while Bodog has gone to the extreme and made all of its table anonymous. Without permanent screen names, players simply can’t be tracked.

MPN is going about things a bit differently. People often like to have a screen name, an identity at the tables, so rather than doing away with them, MPN is going to start allowing players to change their screen name a few times per year. That way, by the time a shark accumulates enough data on a player to know if they should be targeted, said player can switch up his name and disguise himself from the predator.

MPN won’t just allow constant name changes, but rather will permit players to choose a new alias once every 30 days or every 1,000 real money hands, whichever comes sooner. Everybody will also be given one free name change if they would like to make the switch immediately.

In a June blog post, MPN’s Head of Poker Alex Scott explained the thought process behind the decision in blog post:

The intention behind this is simple – we want to stop parasitic players from ruthlessly pursuing weaker players. We also want regs to play each other once in a while, and we don’t want players to create a new account with a new poker room just because their alias is unlucky. So we’re making the alias change feature quite prominent and I hope that a lot of players will use it.

Along the same lines, MPN is working on combating seating scripts, which are software programs which allow players to be automatically seated a tables with weaker players. The software uses player tracking data that the user has accumulated (or purchased, which is almost always against house rules) and scans the tables for opponents that are defined as weak. It then seats the user automatically, yet another way sharks can hunt down fish.

The alias change feature is expected to be put into action on September 22nd, though it might take about a week for all skins on the network to see it implemented.

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