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Gambling and Sports Betting News Wire - June 8 2019

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Jun/08/2019

Here are today's headlines in the world of gambling and sports betting as they happen - Saturday June 8, 2019.


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Sir Winston Wins the Belmont Stakes

Sir Winston wins with farvorite Tacitus coming in second and Joevia third after leading much of the race.

Associated Press Picks Tacitus to Win Belmont Stakes

10:36 am ET - Tacitus, the favorite to win today's Belmont Stakes, is the pick of the Associated Press as well.

Tacitus was placed third in the Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security was taken down and smartly skipped the Preakness. He's a closer and he'll be fresh for this race, always a good Belmont combination, plus keeps Jose Ortiz in the irons. This will be Tacitus' sixth start; he's had the same rider every time.

Tacitus is the best horse of the 10. If he gets the right trip, even coming from the outside in a marathon, he wins.

The pick is Tacitus, with Bourbon War second and Master Fencer third, with Sir Winston rounding out the superfecta.

Femi Fashakin Wins Big 50 for $1,147,449 Payday

10:33 am ET - Femi Fashakin has taken down the largest event in World Series of Poker history, winning the special “BIG 50” $500 No-Limit Hold'em Event #3 at the 2019 WSOP. The win was worth $1,147,449 along with Fashakin's first gold bracelet.

Fashakin triumphed after a grueling five days of play in an event that topped the WSOP's previous single-event turnout record by roughly 5,000 players. Before this event, Fashakin, a 37-year-old native of Lagos, Nigeria who now lives in Orlando, Florida, had recorded four previous WSOP and Circuit cashes for a total of $12,171.

Fashakin caught the poker bug somewhat later. “I started playing in 2010 or 2011,” he told the WSOP. “But I was playing with friends and my wife; she had a cousin who was hosting a cash game, and I played with them. My background – I used to play a lot of chess; I never studied it, but I was pretty good. But by the time I was going to start studying it and play competitively, I drifted and didn't do that.

“So when I found poker, I couldn't believe it. I was like, 'This is a game I can analyze and use my mind on.' So I got a little more interest in the game and started watching WSOPs and WPTs. But then I realized that it didn't make sense. The level they were playing at – they were going all in with jack-five....

“So I started playing at local bars. Hold'em and all that. I played that about six months one year. And I thought I had graduated. So I started going to Hard Rock in Tampa,” a major Florida tourney destination, “and I had a few cashes. Then I started to go to south Florida and played some $360s [buy-in events], then some $570s.”

Final Table Payouts:

1st: Femi Fashakin, $1,147,449
2nd: Paul Cullen, $709,183
3rd: Rafi Elharar, $534,574
4th: Nicholas Chow, $405,132
5th: Walter Atwood, $308,071
6th: Danny Ghobrial, $236,508
7th: Adrian Curry, $182,192
8th: Morten Christensen, $141,126
9th: David Rasmussen, $109,922

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